zach staenberg

The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.

The Matrix, Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski (1999)

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Oscar Top Fives: Best Film Editing

#2. 72nd Academy Awards - Zach Staenberg
for The Matrix (1999) - dir. Andy & Lana Wachowski

The Matrix is a once-rare but increasingly common type of movie, in which not the actors but the editing is the true star… namely the bullet-time/Flow-Mo technique that was pioneered in The Matrix, and the extensive mise-en-scne and it very singular aesthetic, which so impressed audiences that it sold almost as many trench-coats and black leather suits as Indiana Jones sold fedoras and whips.” ~ NIkhil Punnoose