Detour (1945), Why Al Roberts is not an Unreliable Narrator

Roger Ebert’s review introduces Detour perfectly: Edgar Ulmer’s Detour is a cult classic. It’s a B movie. It’s a film noir. It’s the film noir with (one of) the highest profit margins of them all. From the start, Detour has been surrounded by unreliable stories. Ulmer said he filmed it within a week on a… Read More Detour (1945), Why Al Roberts is not an Unreliable Narrator

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