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Pity if you will the humble Hollywood film director, struggling to provide intellectually-challenging yet entertaining cinematic product on a mere $120 million while battling against studios, producers and heartless bean counters.

Then, having invested all of himself, all of the cash and a hefty two billion hours of CGI server time into a celluloid labour of love, he has to endure the further agony of seeing the whole opus trashed and ridiculed by the pizza-fuelled net pedants at www.moviemistakes.com.

Make no mistake, Movie Mistakes (mottos include: "Watch Films Differently" and "Hollywood's Big Brother") is merciless in identifying even the most microscopic error of continuity/audio/plot.

Which is particularly bad news for Andy and Larry Wachowski, the men behind The Matrix Revolutions. Among the litany of sins committed by the hapless Wachowskis are the following outrages:

In the scene where where Morpheus and Neo are hugging because Neo is about to leave, in the background the matrix code on the screens is falling normally, not messed up as it was earlier due to the matrix being near failure.

In the scene where Neo sees the Oracle at her home, as the shots go back and forth during the dialog her cigarette pack goes from closed to slightly open several times.

When Trinity is meeting with the Frenchman, the olive in his martini changes. In the first close-up shot, he only has one green olive on the cocktail stick. From then on he has two, until he eats one.

Good Lord. So, if they weren't spent on continuity ladies, where exactly did all the greenbacks go? We can only conclude that the $10 left after the special effects boys had finished ended up in the pocket of the person dragged in off the street to write the screenplay. For shame.

As for Movie Mistakes, while we imagine that everyone involved in the site looks like the comic book store owner in The Simpsons, we applaud their efforts in ensuring that film-makers who do play fast and easy with the laws of continuity are held up to public ridicule and shame. Keep up the good work. ®

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