The Film That Launched a Thousand Memes: “The Matrix” Turns 20

Listen to CultureShift’s Amanda LeClaire talk with film critic Corey Hall about the lasting influence of the sci-fi classic.

Click the audio player above to hear the full conversation. CultureShift airs weekdays 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on 101.9 WDETFM Detroit Public Radio.


The film that introduced the world to the phrase ‘bullet time’ turned twenty years old this week. 

In 1999, “The Matrix” became the rare box office film to go from cult hit to influential cultural powerhouse.

Listen to CultureShift’s Amanda LeClaire talk with Metro Times film critic Corey Hall about the lasting influence of “The Matrix”, two decades later. 

Will Smith recently explained why he turned down playing the part of ‘Neo’ in the clip above. 


  • Amanda LeClaire
    Amanda LeClaire is an award-winning host and producer of CultureShift on 101.9 WDET-FM Detroit’s NPR station. She’s a founding producer of WDET’s flagship news talk show Detroit Today, and a former host/reporter for Arizona Public Media. Amanda is also an artist, certified intuitive and energy healer, and professional tarot reader.