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Did 'Phantom Menace' kill 'The Matrix'?

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The Matrix
Jasin Boland

Nobody saw The Matrix coming. Everyone saw The Phantom Menace coming. In 1999, the Wachowski Brothers appeared out of nowhere — their only previous film was the lesbian noir thriller Bound — and created what seemed at the time like the next great cinematic myth. That same year, George Lucas finally released a movie he had been promising, in one way or another, for almost two decades. By the end of the year, it was generally agreed by film fans that The Matrix had officially stolen Phantom Menace‘s thunder. But with the first episode of the Star Wars franchise being rereleased this weekend, I spent this week’s episode of Entertainment Geekly looking back on the legacy of those two films… and the curious ways in which Hollywood has evolved in their wake. Check out the new episode below:

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