The Matrix ★★★★½

To my relief, this holds up thrillingly well. Bullet time! Kung fu! Patent leather! Everything is so fully stylized and unreal that 15 years later all the stuff designed to look "futuristic" in 1999 (like the cellular phones that slide open) now works as part of the overall dreamy aesthetic. And it really strikes the perfect balance between serious contemplations of reality and serious displays of asskickery. It's just too bad they never made any sequels. Do you hear me? THEY NEVER MADE ANY SEQUELS.