Nice essay over on Entertainment Weekly by Darren Franich about how the Wachowskis' post-Matrix career eerily parallels that of George Lucas after Return of the Jedi.

As Franich observes, both Lucas and the Wachowskis position themselves as mavericks working outside the system, who are interested in making genre movies with deep political/philosophical frameworks. Unfortunately, they seem oblivious to the fact that their films all tend to be variations on the same formula, with a fatal dependence on CGI, bland archetypal heroes, and corny dialogue, and that ultimately, despite some interesting ideas, their "challenging" visions are no better or worse than typical Hollywood blockbuster fare. In effect, they become prisoners of their own legend, unable to recognize that their movies are barely enjoyable except for a dwindling fanbase of true believers.

In related news, Harry Knowles thinks Jupiter Ascending is the bees' knees. The dream of the '90s is alive and well.