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The Art of the Matrix
by Spencer Lamm - Includes commentary about various scenes by the Wachowskis themselves, pictures and commentary on omitted scenes, 27 full color pages from
the movie, among other things. One user comment says, "This book gave me the feeling I had when I saw The Matrix for the very first time.
Overwhelmed, in a good way."
Enter the Matrix Official Strategy Guide
by Doug Walsh - On top of standard strategies to be expected in a book like this, it also includes a "Behind the Game" section with interviews, concept art and other
information that helps to complement your understanding of M2 and M3 (around 60 minutes of ETM cinematics were filmed along with M2 and M3).
The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real
by William Irwin - A collection of essays that nearly all reviewers agree are very well-written, creative, informative and easy to understand, each written by a
different author. Essays cover various topics, including artificial intelligence (and the mind's nature), fate/freedom/omniscience/determinism,
Cypher's choice (bliss of ignorance), a comparison between Neo's journey and Plato's cave allegory, and many other topics.
More Matrix and Philosophy: Revolutions and Reloaded Decoded
by William Irwin - Reviews recommend that you read Irwin's The Matrix and Philosophy before this one. Some authors from the first book return in this book.
The essays are arranged in four categories called "scenes". Some essay topics include love, pessimism/Nihilism/Nietzschean Will to Power,
Choice/Purpose/Understanding, Simulacra and Simulation, music, Vedanta, Islam, faith, Christianity, and cultural issues (race, violence).
Philosophers Explore The Matrix
by Christopher Grau - This Oxford University Press publication includes essays written with minimal jargon (making the book highly accessible to a wide audience) by
well-known philosophers such as James Pryor, Colin McGinn, Hubert Dreyfus, David Chalmers, Andy Clark, and Kevin Warwick. The appendix has a
selection from the classic philosophical texts that inspired the Wachowskis.
Beyond the Matrix: Revolutions and Revelations
by Stephen Faller - A discussion of the movies' mythological names, images, and suggestive dialog and how they tie into the philosophy, theology,
Western values, pop culture and literature embedded within all three Matrix movies.
Journey to the Source: Decoding Matrix Trilogy
by Pradheep Challiyil - Explores Hinduism and eastern philosophy as it applies to all three movies. Although there seems to be several errors in the
book (such as misquotes and misunderstandings that actually falsify some of the points in the book), most reviewers recommend the book for an
understanding of Eastern philosophies and religions in the Matrix movies, saying also that this book tackles M2 and M3 more aggressively while most
books tend to focus mostly on M1.
The Matrix Revealed: The Theology Of The Matrix Trilogy
by Mark W. Worthing - "In The Matrix Revealed, Mark Worthing deciphers the complex world of the Matrix trilogy from the standpoint of Christian
thought. He tackles the comparisons between Neo and Jesus, unravels the messianic symbolism and explores the postmodern context, world religions,
philosophy and religious imagery depicted in the films."
Matrix Reflections: Choosing Between Reality And Illusion
by Eddie Zacapa - "Matrix Reflections is not alone in finding hidden meanings in one or more of the movies in the Matrix trilogy, but it is unique in
form and style and would make an excellent study guide for any fan of the Matrix movies interested in exploring the parallels between what the movies
have to say and what the Bible has to say. In fact, it would be a great tool for a church youth group (older kids) who wanted to have a movie review
followed by some study sessions."
Connect: The Matrix
by Damaris - A 24-page small group Bible study that focuses on linking God's word to the world by exploring Christian meanings contained in The
Unofficial: Film Study
Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present
by Karen Haber - "Haber, a veteran sci-fi and fantasy editor, assembles an array of original essays by 17 science-fiction authors and digital
artists, including Alan Dean Foster, Joe Haldeman, Bruce Sterling and Ian Watson. John Shirley (Black Butterflies), insightfully explores what he
defines as a new cinema movement of 'films questioning reality' as he compares The Matrix with American Beauty, Fight Club and the
enigmas embedded in Mulholland Drive. Shirley sees allegories amid adolescent imagery, while nanotech novelist Kathleen Ann Goonan finds the
Zen within. David Brin traces fiction's 'suspicion of authority'; writer-illustrator Dean Motter tours The Matrix's kinetic architecture; and Kevin
J. Anderson examines the Columbine connection."
by Joshua Clover - "Examining The Matrix's digital effects and how they were achieved, Clover shows how the film represents a melding of cinema and
video games (the greatest commercial threat to have faced Hollywood since the advent of television) and achieves a hybrid kind of immersive
entertainment. He also unpacks the movie's references to philosophy, showing how The Matrix ultimately expresses the crisis American culture faced at
the end of the 1990s."
Key Film Texts
by Robers and Wallis - Offers film students a quick and easy introduction to
(The Matrix is Chapter 50). Each entry offers students a guide
to production details, information on the film-makers and the institutional content of the film. It also explores issues of genre and stardom, the
social and historical context, and questions of form and content. An introductory chapter introduces students to the core principles of reading
films, and each entry ends with a list of other similar films to encourage students to broaden their viewings as required.
Unofficial: General Analysis
Jacking in to the Matrix Franchise: Cultural Reception and Interpretation
by Matthew Kapell - A collection of essays that go into depth about the entire Matrix franchise (films, games, comics, pop culture aspects), also
includes original articles that cover cultural/religious implications, gender/race issues, and its place within "cyberworlds of contemporary literature
and philosophy". One reviewer says, "Accessibly written, enlightening, intellectually stimulating, with touches of humor that delight and
The Matrix Trilogy: Cyberpunk Reloaded
by Stacy Gillis - "The Matrix Trilogy: Cyberpunk Reloaded is a collection of critical essays on the massive phenomenon that is the three Matrix films,
including the subsequent Web sites, computer games and The Animatrix films. Among the topics considered are the new cyberpunk, Baudrillarian simulacra,
the politics of gender and race, the femme fatale, costume, cyberculture and the body, virtual realities and special effects."
The McAtrix Derided: A Parody ... Or Is That Just What They Want You to Think?
by Robertskis - author of Bored of the Rings turns the Matrix movies into a source of "unstoppable laughter". "In spite of featuring
a lead actor who can barely speak, and quotations from philosophers most of its audience hadn’t read, the movies spawned an immense following. Now the
entire trilogy has been transformed into comedy. You’ll recognize the pretentious themes—twisted realities, paranoia, and godhead—and the distinctive
imagery: dark glasses, impractical long coats, slow-motion bullets that are deadly in more ways than one, and strange robot thingamajigs. They’ll all
come in for ribbing."
Unofficial: Self Help
Matrix Warrior: Being the One
by Jake Horsley - The author looks at our own pop culture through the lens of the Matrix, drawing an analogy between the truth that Matrix-aware bluepills are seek
and the truth that real world people seek in today's society, arguing that anyone can become an enlightened "One".