With anything you see repeatedly, you learn to love the little details that aren’t necessarily apparent upon the first viewing. With that, a new feature is born: Little Things I Love. It’s simple, a chosen writer lists out minute details that they love about a certain film.

The filmmaking duo formally known as The Wachowski Brothers, (now formally credited as Andy and Lana Wachowski), exploded onto the world stage with 1999′s The Matrix.  Channeling age-old storytelling archetypes, combined with groundbreaking, kinetic action, the filmmakers delivered a thrilling blast of cyber-punk, tech-noir dystopia that resonated strongly in the age of Y2K anxiety.

It has now been more than a decade since The Matrix premiered, and the duo has never again reached the heights of that landmark film. However, like all great movies, The Matrix offers tons of smaller moments to enjoy with each additional viewing. With The Wachowskis back in the news as their new film, Cloud Atlas, (debuting on 10/26), gets ready for release it is time to look back at the film that made them who they are today. This is Little Things I Love: The Matrix.

  • The iconic green Matrix computer code which opens the film
  • The hilariously dry and stereotypically territorial way that the cop tells Agent Smith to cram any “jurisdiction crap” up his ass
  • The pep-talk that Trinity gives herself at the foot of the stairs right after crashing through a window
  • The awesome and retro computer equipment that Neo has in his “hacker den”
  • “Follow the white rabbit”
  • The sound of Neo’s alarm clock growing progressively louder during the club scene where he meets Trinity for the first time
  • Slow motion cell phone drop
  • The glorious, glorious rain-soaked architecture of the building where Neo first meets Morpheus
  • Morpheus’s verbal goading of Neo during their training fight scene in the dojo
  • “Do you think that’s air you’re breathing now?”
  • How bodacious the “Lady in the Red Dress” truly is
  • The stylish 360 degree camera rotation which cuts from the plugged in bodies of the Nebuchadnezzar crew to their digital selves standing next to the phone in the Matrix
  • “There is no spoon.”
  • The gruesome way that Morpheus’s head hits the toilet bowl and knocks off a huge chunk in his bathroom fight scene with Agent Smith
  • Joe Pantoliano‘s Cypher’s disturbing “mounting” and subsequent taunting of Laurence Fishburne plugged-in Morpheus
  • “Believe it or not you piece of shit you’re still gonna’ burn!”
  • Hugo Weaving‘s brilliant monologue comparing human beings to viruses and the really upsetting way that he grabs Morpheus’s very, very sweaty head
  • “This reality, whatever you want to call it, I can’t stand it any longer. It’s the smell, if there is such a thing. I feel saturated by it. I can taste your stink…”
  • The really stiff way that Carrie-Anne Moss walks towards the helicopter on the roof of the building where Morpheus is being held
  • The way that Trinity bounces against the glass again after she is saved by Neo from her downed helicopter
  • Agent Smith’s mixture of shock and rage after Neo lands a round-house kick to his face and breaks his beloved glasses
  • The knee-slapping, hilarious moment during the Agent Smith/Neo subway fight scene, where Agent Smith catches Neo’s punch but then Neo’s hand extends and smashes into Smith’s neck, causing him to choke
  • “Mr. Wizard! Get me the hell out of here!”
  • How the unnamed Mega City of The Matrix seems to be one big slum
  • The marvelously executed final chase scene and the way that the film cuts between the action of Neo’s flight from the agents in the Matrix to the Sentinels’ assault upon the Nebuchadnezzar in the “real” world
  • Neo bending the visual appearance of the hallway after his transformation into the One
  • The green code appearing again in the final scene and Neo, through his power as the One, creating a system failure in the machine’s tracing program
What little thing do you love about The Matrix? Tell us.

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