Archive for September, 2008

Wargames (1983)

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2008 by miniworld

how much of this movie originates from previous “cold war” sequences?

what happens to the outsider here? Joshua or David? the computer or the hacker?

where is the enemy? is it non-existent?
see one of the final sequences

concerns about automation

Posted in aliens, man/machine, technology on September 29, 2008 by miniworld

some main anxieties are that technology may break or stop functioning. Even worse, a looming fear, especially during the cold war, is that it may malfunction or overpower human decisions.

a scene from “Colossus: the Forbin Planet”(1970)

the faith in technology is remotely reminiscent of Klaatu’s polite offer to the humans:¬† accept the policing of Gort-like robots or be annihilated”

see this classic scene form Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove:

man vs machine

Posted in man/machine, technology with tags , on September 29, 2008 by miniworld

the exploration of the relation man/machine and man/technoscience has a long story. The ambiguous significance of science and technology already emerges in Metropolis

other looming threats

Posted in aliens on September 29, 2008 by miniworld

in Hoffman’s “Red Planet” (2000)Martians are definitely NOT the main threat

Aliens r Us

Posted in aliens on September 29, 2008 by miniworld

Some examples where the alien is not only not dangerous, but it is closer to us than we think

Brian DePalma “Mission to Mars”
astronauts discover some “odd” artifacts.

…and finally, there have a revelation …coming from the Martian herself

the transformation of E.T.

Posted in aliens, questions on September 29, 2008 by miniworld

Neil Badmington indicates how the figure of the alien (in Film, TV and pop culture alike) have become¬† fashionable, friendly and even cute especially after films such as Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T.
this does not mean that Aliens are not perceived dangerous anymore. simply, the classic opposition US vs THEM so popular in the 50s ceases to make sense.

why is this happening?
what issues are at stake here?
if the distinction is now blurred, then who is the alien and who is teh human being?

Mars Attacks! as cult movie

Posted in Uncategorized on September 22, 2008 by miniworld

Music
http://elfman.filmmusic.com/filmography/mars_attacks.html

Fan Club
http://www.timburtoncollective.com/mars.html

Official Mars Attacks! site
http://marsattacks.warnerbros.com/