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

Altered Carbon s1 (2018): Something Old, Something New and something blue

Altered Carbon is a series with lots of themes, story lines, eye-candy and action. It all begins with one question: who killed Laurens Bancroft? A question asked by ultra rich Bancroft himself, because he didn’t stay dead for long. In this time and place there is a form of immortality. People are stored on little… Read More Altered Carbon s1 (2018): Something Old, Something New and something blue

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018), a Failed Clash of Dimensions

The third Cloverfield, again a completely different take on the same event. However, it is the first Cloverfield movie I would recommend to skip. The Cloverfield Paradox is set in a space station, where the Shepard – a particle accelerator – is tested. The Shepard should theoretically be able to supply earth with abundant energy,… Read More The Cloverfield Paradox (2018), a Failed Clash of Dimensions

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams ‘The Hood Maker’ (2017) vs. Black Mirror’s ‘Crocodile’ (2017), Differences in Mind Reading, Memories and Intimacy

The Hood Maker is the first episode of Electric Dreams, an anthology series based on short stories of Philip K. Dick. It starts with a mob protesting against the telepaths (called teeps, mutants who can read minds). The people want to secure their privacy and they fear that the teeps will take over. The teep’s… Read More Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams ‘The Hood Maker’ (2017) vs. Black Mirror’s ‘Crocodile’ (2017), Differences in Mind Reading, Memories and Intimacy

Blade Runner 2049’s Joi versus Jeanette Winterson about Artificial Love

The most interesting ideas in Blade Runner 2049 are portrayed in the AI character Joi and her relation with male protagonist K. Their relation is not shown as unproblematic. In an early scene K. remarks – while watching an old clip – that Rachael likes Decker, but he is answered coldly that everybody likes to… Read More Blade Runner 2049’s Joi versus Jeanette Winterson about Artificial Love