Looking Back: The Matrix Trilogy’s Impact on Cinema

Few movies have inserted themselves into the cinema lexicon like The Matrix Trilogy. The explosive franchise from the Wachowski sisters takes us to a post-apocalyptic world where machines have commandeered the fate of Earth, and sustain themselves through energy harvested from catatonic humans plugged into a simulation—all shot with the best special effects and stunt work in film history. “The Matrix” made Keanu Reeves a household name, made Laurence Fishburne an unlikely alt cult icon, and were part of Jada Pinkett Smith‘s record-shattering seven consecutive ...

The Constraints That Move Us Forward: How Covid-19 Has Sparked Creative Solutions

The comedian Jon Stewart was asked what drove the creativity of his late-night talk show, The Daily Show, and his response surprised a lot of people: “I’m a real believer that creativity comes from limits, not freedom,” he said (emphasis mine).  Shelter-in-place has injected dramatic limits into our lives, from work to school to carrying out routine daily tasks, and millions of people have had to rapidly adapt and find new ways to get things done. The questions regarding how to do things are endless. How ...

The 20 Best Friends Episodes to Watch On HBO Max

“Friends” is one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time. Viewers discovered magic the day that Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston) ran out on her wedding and found her old friend Monica (Courteney Cox) at Central Perk.   With “Friends” available now on HBO Max, a complete series rewatch may be in order. But if you don’t have that kind of time, here’s a guide to the 20 best “Friends” episodes, which outlines a fun journey of the show.   ...

New Fiction Podcast Network Wants Ads To Be More Integrated With The Content

All reports are that podcasting income continues to grow during the pandemic we find ourselves in, and indications earlier in the year speculated that 2020 would finally be the year that the podcasting industry grows to a billion dollars in ad revenue. The majority of that ad spending of course, is on podcasts that are mostly panel discussions, or investigative shows which means that most independent fiction podcasts are on the outside looking in for ways to increase their share ...