Why the Dance Scene in Ex Machina (2015) Is More Philosophical Than You Think

The dance scene in Garland’s Ex Machina is the most interesting scene in the movie and the best portrayal of Hegel’s Master-Slave dialectic in centuries. Definitely the best one on a disco beat. At first sight Ex Machina is about what makes an AI self conscious. Caleb, a young programmer, works for Bluebook (a Google-type… Read More Why the Dance Scene in Ex Machina (2015) Is More Philosophical Than You Think

Ich bin Dein Mensch / I am Your Man (2021), What a Male Robot Shows About Love

In the accompanying clips of the movie Maria Schrader, director of I am Your Man, giggles when it comes to the male protagonist Robot Tom. He is good looking, she says. A clip of the lead actress shows the same happy smile. And he looks good, she beams. Schrader says the movie is basically a… Read More Ich bin Dein Mensch / I am Your Man (2021), What a Male Robot Shows About Love

[Art] Shigeru Onishi, Photographs Igniting a Science Fiction Experience

Obliviously I walked into an exhibition of Shigeru Onishi (1928-1994), and only after a couple of pictures my heart started to beat faster. This was exciting. This was about time. This was time travel as a real experience, right here, right now! Who was this photographer? What is his work all about? I bounced back… Read More [Art] Shigeru Onishi, Photographs Igniting a Science Fiction Experience

Titane (2021), Why it’s not Queer, but the Horrific Reversal of a Romantic Comedy

The physical body – its desired appearance, how you care for it, what it needs, the stages it has to go through in life, the pains it should or should not endure, the amount of exercise and sleep it needs – is an expression of social cultural categories, according to anthropologists Marcel Mauss and Mary… Read More Titane (2021), Why it’s not Queer, but the Horrific Reversal of a Romantic Comedy

[Modern Dance] Elenit (2019), Community in a Fantastic Absurd

Elenit, by Euripides Laskaridis // Osmosis, promised architectural modes of light and space, creative costumes, and to be a ‘comedy of the absurd’. This lured me into buying a ticket. It did not disappoint on all these points, but something else happened: I was a lot more touched by this absurd comedy dance theatre than… Read More [Modern Dance] Elenit (2019), Community in a Fantastic Absurd

The Invisible Man (1933) versus (2020), Horrific Changes in Science and Love

The Invisible Man is a science fiction novel from 1897, written by H. G. Wells, and since then it has turned into movies and television shows multiple times, including spin-offs and sequels. What changed between the first and the last movie? Both are tales of a mad scientist, but the same story has sparked different… Read More The Invisible Man (1933) versus (2020), Horrific Changes in Science and Love