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April 2, 2024 134 mins

On episode 224 of The AwardsWatch Podcast, Executive Editor Ryan McQuade is joined by AwardsWatch contributors Dan Bayer and Cody Dericks to take a look back and review The Matrix for its 25th anniversary and give out their Top 5 1990s Action Films.

As talked about a couple of times on the AwardsWatch Podcast as well as on Director Watch, 1999 is one of the greatest years for cinema, not just in the modern era but of all time. The collective batch of films released in that last year of the 20th century profoundly spoke to the times they were released, while also paving the way for the next 25 years of films and filmmakers to come. One of the most influential films from that year was The Matrix, which just celebrated its anniversary of release just a few days ago. In a wonderful conversation, Ryan, Dan, and Cody break down this one-of-a-kind sci-fi-noir- action spectacle, talking about what the films means to them and so many others, as well as it’s substantial legacy that has made it stand as one of the best films of all time.

In the back half of the show, in honor of speaking about The Wachowski’s masterpiece, the AW team go back to their nostalgic pasts and talk about their Top 5 action movies released within the 1990s. A bountiful decade to choose from, they were able to narrow this difficult exercise down with films like Mission: Impossible, Twister, Heat, Speed, Face/Off, Saving Private Ryan, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and more were discussed.

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This podcast runs 2h14m. On our next episode, we will be reviewing Dev Patel’s directorial debut, Monkey Man, and talking about our favorite actor-director debut feature films.

Music: “Modern Fashion” from AShamaleuvmusic (intro), “B-3” from BoxCat Games Nameless: The Hackers RPG Soundtrack (outro).

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