Indiana Daily Student (US), August 12, 2003
Matrix plugs in at IMU
Sophomore Matt Crawford spent $58 on his favorite new movie during five trips to the theater this summer. And that doesn't include what he spent at the concession stands. The theater was Kerasotes, the food was popcorn, and the movie was "Matrix: Reloaded."
"I dressed up in a coat and sunglasses," said Crawford, a recent transfer to IU. "But I had to take (the glasses) off so I could see the screen."
Freshman Kyle Brown was ecstatic to learn that "Matrix: Reloaded," the sequel to the popular classic, "The Matrix," would be playing in the Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union this weekend. Students were even more excited to learn that the showings, scheduled for 8 and 11 p.m., Sept. 11 to 13, are free to IU students.
"I saw the sign for it when I was studying one day," Brown said. "The flier was way across the room, but I was like, 'Boom, that's the Matrix.' It was one of the most exciting moments I've had here. It's definitely a must-see."
Crawford said the film will be the highlight of his weekend.
"I might miss a party tomorrow night to go see it, or I'll at least leave early with some of my fraternity brothers," he said.
Crawford and Brown are just two of the many that are expected to turn out for the showings of "Matrix: Reloaded," which grossed over $270 million domestically.
While few students can match their enthusiasm, others, like senior Mike Raney, plan to turn out just to catch a glimpse of a good summer blockbuster.
"I like 'The Matrix' because it draws a lot from real scientific and philosophical problems," Raney said. "It's a good sci-fi plot, and doesn't insult the intelligence, but I still don't like Keanu Reeves as Neo. He looks the part, but even after all the posturing and special effects, it's still just that guy from 'Bill and Ted' in a black overcoat and shades." (Kill yourself. - Ani)
This weekend's screenings, presented by the Union Board, are part of the country's longest-running collegiate film series, started at IU in 1914. A different film is scheduled to show at the IMU each week of the school year.
"We have a really great film base in Bloomington," Union Board Films Committee Director Ryan O'Connell said. "It's great because these are free films."
O'Connell, a senior, said the Union Board movies average about 750 people per week. This weekend's presentation of the, "Matrix: Reloaded," is expected to draw more than the average number, O'Connell said.
"The first 'Matrix' movie was a cult classic as soon as it was released on DVD, so the next two sequels will be highly anticipated," he said.
This weekend could be a case when students are turned away from a completely packed Whittenberger Auditorium, which seats 432 people, a situation faced last year when "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and the sneak previews of "Old School" and "Red Dragon" were shown.
"We're expecting maximum capacity," O'Connell said. "People should probably come early to guarantee a seat."
Brown is prepared to do just that.
"I'll try to make it for four of the showings," he said. "I've cleared my schedule, and I'll be sure to get there at least an hour early or two."