I absolutely love The Matrix Trilogy! People hate on the sequels, but The Matrix Reloaded is really solid. Not just the action, but the way the story is woven together. If you are any kind of software engineer or programmer, it's an amazing story when realize that everyone in the Matrix who is not a "battery" is a computer program.
I do feel like Matrix Revolutions had several large missteps, the largest being having 50% of the screen time go to actors who were not the main characters. It also didn't help that 4 years took place between #1 and #2, and 50% of all movies released in that time did some sort of Matrixy type of spoof.
I have owned every form of DVD and BluRay, including the Box Sets, The Animatrix books, and source literature that the actors read to prepare. Lawrence Fishburne is one of my all time favorite actors, as well. Got the action figure of him sitting in that chair with the phone, right on my office desk.
My memory and follow-up research indicates The Matrix was released March 31st, 1999. I'm surprised you're bringing attention to the anniversary on July 17, 2014, but I always want to talk about The Matrix!