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  • ercoerco Posts: 19,298
    edited January 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Upcoming Chappie looks interesting. http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/9/7521143/chappie-trailer
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,996
    edited January 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Cool! Thanks erco! I had not seen this one yet...

    I enjoyed this one and am excited to see the other in this thread - http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php/158084-Robotic-Themes-in-the-Movies?highlight=Big+Hero
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,298
    edited January 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Spare Parts is due out later this month. Based on a true story, looks good IMO.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spare_Parts_(film)

    http://sparepartsthemovie.com/
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • PublisonPublison Posts: 10,406
    edited January 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    erco wrote: »

    Neill Blomkamp did a good job on District 9, one of my fav pics in the last 5 years. Chappie looks like Johnny 5 on a mission. :)
    Infernal Machine
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,298
    edited March 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Saw an advance screening of Chappie tonight. A pretty good (if predictable) story, great special effects, filthy language... too many gratuitous gang-style F words in my prudish opinion since a lot of kids will want to see this robot flick. It felt like a retread of District 9, though. Same director, lead character, South African accents and slums. Also some heavy element borrowing from Short Circuit, Robocop, I Robot and Iron Man. Nice to see Hugh Jackman as the bad guy.

    I'd say it's certainly matinee-worthy. If I ever get the DVD, I could only play it after the kids go to sleep due to the language!

    Now how to stuff all that AI into a 2 kb Boebot routine?
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,996
    edited March 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Saw it tonight and still processing what I think...
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,298
    edited March 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Well I'm glad your ears didn't burst into flames during the rough parts, Padre!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,996
    edited March 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    The rough part to me was the depravity of the human beings - Chappie seemed to draw the best and worst out of everyone.
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,298
    edited March 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    I thought it was interesting that main gang characters Ninja and Yolandi are real people, well-known South African rappers. They just played their everyday selves. They usually perform together. No name changes. No haircuts or wardrobe budget needed. Seriously.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watkin_Tudor_Jones

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yolandi_Visser

    640px-Xeni_Jardin%2C_Yo-Landi_%28die_Antwoord%29_%26_Philip_Nelson_%28cropped%29.jpg

    Die_Antwoord_Ninja_on_the_street.jpg
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,996
    edited March 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Yes! I thought that was interesting too!
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,298
    edited March 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Well somehow, you can watch TARS and CASE and the rest of "Interstellar" on the web for free, even before the DVD comes out March 31. Tons of great movies, Iron Man, Avengers, Frozen. I guess that Russian mob icon near the bottom means something...

    http://ffilms.org//?s=interstellar
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • mindrobotsmindrobots Posts: 6,498
    edited March 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    erco wrote: »
    I guess that Russian mob icon near the bottom means something...

    I'm sure it's just like the HTML5 or WW3 or Verisign or other places that certify a website is properly using things. After all, they are into "protection" of users. It's probably no worse than "Microsoft Certified" stamped on something. (I'm not sure if I'm supposed to put a smilie here or not.....)
    MOV OUTA, PEACE <div>Rick </div><div>"I've stopped using programming languages with Garbage Collection, they keep deleting my source code!!"</div>
  • hazletthazlett Posts: 35
    edited March 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Robocop 1-3 and Star Trek movies.
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,298
    edited March 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    I like the monolithic TARS & CASE robots more each time I see them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7OVqXm7_Pk

    And Adam Savage too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UoOhdvQYmo
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,298
    edited April 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Ex Machina is new and getting positive reviews: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470752

    It's gotta be better than The Invisible Boy! :)
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,996
    edited April 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Holy smokes! - This looks good and scary all at the same time... It will be interesting to see if it is pro/anti or neutral regarding robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). It will also explore Turing Test questions - it looks like.

    Ex Machina is in theaters now - wonder if it will make it here? If not, I guess that means quicker to video and owning a copy.

    The official website is at http://exmachina-movie.com/ and is fun to look around. It includes a page called Ava Sessions - a interactive piece of AI software. Do your own Touring Test, would this software fool you?

    This film is rated R though and looks like it should be! More because of adult themes - I would think. I can't imagine it is more violent or a has more bad language than Chappie!
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • cruXiblecruXible Posts: 78
    edited April 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Ghost in the Shell 1 and 2.
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,298
    edited April 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Whit wrote: »
    Holy smokes! - This looks good and scary all at the same time...

    That's just about what Forbes says about Ex Machina: http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenrosenbaum/2015/04/12/beware-sexy-robots/
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,298
    edited April 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,996
    edited April 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Pretty good list - But, they left off Metropolis!

    Big Hero 6 is very good and encourages both hard work and creativity.
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • GordonMcCombGordonMcComb Posts: 3,366
    edited April 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Surely this is a generational thing. Older crowd -- yes, I'm in this group -- would likely have picked other films. I'd never have nominated either I, Robot or Bicentennial Man, for example. IMO they're not ground-breaking in any way, and they are remakes of old concepts that have been done to death by the time these movies came out. (I understand both were adaptations of older written works, but it's the original works that should get the credit, not the rehashes. OTOH, Stephen Root is quite good in Bicentennial Man.)

    Transformers? OMG!

    I do wholeheartedly agree with WALL-E and Iron Giant, and I'd even lump Short Circuit in there, only because the robots were practical props, and not CG. The story and the acting -- oh, the pain!! -- are gut-wrenching horrific.

    The "best" films surely have changed attitudes about robots, serving as inspiration for other creative output, or perhaps even a real-life involvement with robotics. So I'd nominate films like Silent Running, because of the brilliant metaphorical use of the robots; Terminator because A) the original film was decent and B) it spawned a lot of worthwhile discussion; and most certainly Metropolis. How do you rank Transformers above a classic like Metropolis that influenced millions of movie-goers for decades? (I mean, in a good, productive way!)
  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,996
    edited April 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Already mentioned, but this looks like it might in might meet those criteria Gordon...
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,298
    edited April 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Ex Machina is getting excellent reviews from critics and crowds alike: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ex_machina/

    Also interesting is that "Robot Overlords" is already online at http://ffilms.org/robot-overlords-2014/ even before opening in US theaters on July 3. Looks interesting with Ben Kingsley & Gillian Anderson (and Aussie teen heart throb Callan McAuliffe if you care). Teen whiz kids take on invading robots, decent special effects from the bit I watched.
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • WhitWhit Posts: 3,996
    edited April 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Great find erco - I thought it was just a trailer - I didn't realize it was the whole movie. Cool! Looks good!
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • TappermanTapperman Posts: 319
    edited April 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Did anyone mentioned 2001? Wasn't the robot named HAL? Or, how about that movie with Kirk Douglas I think it was called Saturn 3? That had a really scary robot in it.

    ... Tim
  • RobotWorkshopRobotWorkshop Posts: 2,300
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  • TappermanTapperman Posts: 319
    edited April 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    How about "Battle Beyond the Stars"

    Johnboy's ship was a robot?

    ... Tim
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,298
    edited May 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    A favorite? Not Avengers 2/Ultron. Saw it today: a swing and a miss. Needlessly choppy, jumps all around the world for curious reasons. Not sure what Captain Ahab brought to the party. Too much downtime in Iowa chopping firewood. Spoiler alert ahead, so continue reading at your own risk.






    Another self-aware AI "defensive system" gets out of hand, spreads through the internet, and searches for nukes' launch codes. Didn't we pretty much cover all that in War Games, Colossus/the Forbin Project and the Terminator franchise? And that final climax was just contrived and anti-climactic. A relatively small worst case scenario compared to Avengers 1's space portals, aliens, gods & monsters. Dunno, sometimes I like a movie more after I watch it again. Another factor is that most movies hyped this much can never live up to expectations. I'll have to track down where Ex-Machina is playing and see that before it's gone.
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • ercoerco Posts: 19,298
    edited May 2015 Vote Up0Vote Down
    Besides, wasn't it more like "the Week of Ultron" at best?

    Online already, if you like bad audio! http://ffilms.org/avengers-age-of-ultron-2015/
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
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