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Matrix: Reloaded

Seen (in Gold Class) and it was good.

A group of about 14 of us went and saw it, mostly the Poker crowd, theoretically for Kellie's Birthday (which was today) but I think that was really just an escuse.

A lot of people have been saying that it wasn't up to the standards of the first movie. I think I know where they're coming from, but I am forced to disagree. This movie was just as good as the first one, except it was missing one thing, and one thing only.

Reloaded didn't have "the kick". The original Matrix had the ability to change your perceptions. If you went in there without knowing what it was about, it could seriously play with your mind, because the premise was so original. It kicked you in the head, if you weren't expecting it.

Reloaded couldn't have that. Reloaded was the continuation of what went on in The Matrix, along with the Animatrix shorts of A Kids Story and Final Flight of the Osiris. While there are twists in the tale (and I won't give anything away since there are people who still haven't seen it yet), and some of them are in some ways bigger than in the original, they are more "Now that's unexpected!", rather than the "I'm going to have to rethink this!" of movie one.

My advice? Take this movie (and Revolutions) as meerly the continuation of the first movie. Don't expect anything more than what you got in The Matrix, because this still is The Matrix, they've just had a rather long intermission between acts.

On that thought, I loved it, and can't wait until Revolutions.

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Desert Rose

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of fire
Those dreams are tied to a horse that will never tire
And in the flames
Her shadows play in the shape of a man's desire

This desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

And as she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing's as it seems

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of rain
I lift my gaze to empty skies above
I close my eyes
This rare perfume is the sweet intoxication of her love

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

Sweet desert rose
Each of her veils, a secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this

Sweet desert rose
This memory of Eden haunts us all
This desert flower
This rare perfume, is the sweet intoxication of the fall

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