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Last weekend I decided it was time to burn through the DVD queue instead of sitting wordless at my computer.But when I opened the latest rental,The Good Fairy(1935) -- no,I can't remember why I rented it -- the disc was broken.We ended up watchingThe Matrix(1999) instead because when a black and white Willam Wyler / Preston Sturges comedy starring Margaret Sullavan is denied you,what other movie will do?LOL.

Warner Bros had sent the BluRay and The Boyfriend remarked that we hadn't seen it since opening night in 1999.It seems like one of those movies we've all seen a million times but in my case that's only because it became such a pop culture staple.Not even its gobsmackingly terrible sequels could shake its grip on the zeitgeist.

The Matrix's modern blend ofAlice in Wonderland,gun fetish porn,visual effects bravado,and technophobic dystopia was just what people craved in 1999 when the internet was so obviously and rapidly changing the world.It's tough to even think of a world without the web now but in the early 90s it was still something like a strange and unusual toy...unnerving even if you were hopelessly analog.Watching the movie now in 2012 is kind of a retro shock.

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