Lana & Lilly Wachowski Movies, TV Shows & Comics You Should Know

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For most millennials, the director duo Lana and Lilly Wachowski have apparently been around forever, one step ahead of everyone else, using their work to tap into social anxieties we didn’t even know we had, techniques of achievement that no one had used in all of this long before, and imbuing everything they did with new and old transcendent philosophies, giving layers of meaning to even their most luscious sci-fi stories. They immersed themselves directly in the fears of the digital age with their most famous film The matrix and its many sequels, forever changing pop culture in the process, but their careers don’t start and end with a guy named Neo and some cool undertones.

If you’ve somehow missed the unforgettable imagery and plot the Wachowskis created over a career spanning more than three decades, but still thought about catching Lana Wachowski’s. Matrix resurrections this weekend we compiled a starter kit of the best and most influential job the sisters have done. And while he’s not on this list, we’d be crazy not to sing the praises of Jupiter’s ancestry, the strangest space opera you have ever seen.

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Gramercy Pictures

Leap (1996)

Although they hit it hard with their second film three years later, the Wachowski’s first feature film is an incredibly awesome queer neo-noir, starring Jennifer Tilly as a gangster and Gina Gershon as a gangster. ‘a former plumber who falls in love and plots to run away with $ 2 million in mob money. This movie is – and let me pause here because I want you to know how good I think it is –massively romantic, Tilly and Gershon fit together perfectly in a game of flirtation that is both classic and new. And that doesn’t even mention Joe Pantoliano’s delightfully wicked turn as Tilly’s gangster boyfriend, Caesar. If you want a Wachowski movie that isn’t too weird or over the top, Leap is the best place to start.
Rent it on Amazon

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The matrix (1999)

Obviously, we couldn’t make any list on the Wachowskis without mentioning The matrix, by far their most influential (and perhaps the best?) film to date, which completely invaded pop culture and buried itself deep in our collective consciousness for decades. If you don’t know what The matrix is on point, here it is: Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) discovers that not only is he, like most other humans on Earth, trapped in a fully simulated reality created by a race of machines that use the human body for themselves. power, he’s also the only one who can stop Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) of a rogue AI program from completely destroying humanity. Long black trench coats and slow motion acrobatics around the balls ensue. The matrix arrived at exactly the right time, hitting theaters around the turn of the millennium, just as society was becoming more than a little worried about how much the digital world was starting to influence ours.
Stream it on HBO Max

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Burlyman Entertainment

Doctor Frankenstein (2004-2019)

We are interrupting our theatrical programming to quickly mention the work of the Wachowskis in comics, in particular Doctor Frankenstein, the series they wrote with creator Geof Darrow and artist Steve Skroce about an immortal Frankenstein monster that survived the events of Mary Shelley’s novel and has since influenced the history of mankind, the Wild West at the Scopes Monkey Trials, not to mention earning several doctorates. Doc Frankenstein’s liberal views have made him a target for religious fundamentalists, whom he fights against in the pages of the comics. The series has been published irregularly since 2004, went on a long hiatus in 2007, and then ended its screenplay in a deluxe edition released in 2019. This isn’t the first comic to have the Wachowski twist: in the middle from the 90s, Lana Wachoswki wrote a few issues of the journal created by Clive Barker Ectokid series, and in 2008 the duo released their technicolor adaptation of Speed ​​runner.
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V for Vendetta (2005)

Yet another Wachowski product to be co-opted by the Internet’s scariest factions (where white supremacist misogynists began to call themselves “redpiled” in reference to The matrix, the collective of hackers without borders Anonymous adopted the stylized mask of Guy Fawkes from this film), V for Vendetta claims a screenplay written by the Wachowskis, adapted from Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s DC Comics series about a fascist totalitarian version of the UK and the revolutionary anarchist who hopes to bring it down. Despite the somewhat annoying fan base and Alan Moore’s signature refusal to watch it or be credited with it in any way, V for Vendetta is awesome, with a stylized mid-2000s look and fantastic performances by Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman.
Watch it on HBO Max

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Cloud Atlas (2012)

One of the most ambitious film projects of the new millennium, Cloud Atlas is an electric shock that travels through time and springs from philosophy, the kind of movie you can’t believe you’re watching even as you watch it. Marking the first of many collaborations with British writer David Mitchell, the film is an adaptation of his 2004 novel about a group of people who are reborn into new bodies over multiple periods of time, endlessly fighting and falling in love, killing each other and run away. through the past, present and future centuries. It features an ensemble cast playing multiple roles, completely depleting the film’s wig budget, and a beautiful score by their co-director, Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume: A Murderer’s Story). It’s outrageously long, the kind of movie you love or hate, but if you love it, you will really to like.
Stream it on Netflix or HBO Max


Sens8 (2015-2018)

Yes Cloud Atlas seemed ambitious to you, wait until you have a load of Sens8, one of Netflix’s first original productions that remains arguably the best thing the streaming service has ever done. In the show, eight people around the world (played on location by a multinational cast) discover that they are “sensations”, humans who are linked both emotionally and telepathically. It was praised by many for its portrayal of gender, politics, and identity – things the Wachowskis said weren’t explored enough on television – and had a huge budget due to its many locations. from Berlin to Seoul via Mumbai and Chicago. The show ran for two seasons before being canceled, but due to fan response and the second season’s cliffhanger ending, a two-and-a-half-hour finale (written in part by David Mitchell) was released in June 2018., providing a fitting end to one of the most joyfully emotional shows ever.
Stream it on Netflix

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Emma Stefansky is entertainment writer for Thrillist. Follow her on twitter @stefabsky.

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