Some films and SW BTS, some pics and a lot of BS =)

 
Hi there, vast unknown of the freeway of possibilities …

This salutation feels like praying to a unemployed god… Anyway I just wanted to welcome you to one more chaotic mess – of course there are chaotic not-messy thingies –  that I did my best to get together. What is it about? Well a little bit of this and a little bit of that, you know, nothing too tekkie just along the lines of general content misc formulae, ja ja ja. I many times surprise myself on the amount of bullshit my brain make its fingers deliver… I’m a slave inside of a slave, please rescue me Popey!!!! Can’t do, he’s drunk, watching porn and eating bacon 😀

 

Without further due, some commercial long feats films from 2014 than I somehow found worth watching:

 

• ACTION
The Raid II

• THRILLER // CRIME
Inherent Vice with runnerup Matar a un Hombre

• HORROR
The Babadook with runnerup It Follows and Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

• DRAMA
other than Loreak and Kis Uykusu (previously featured) Force Majeure

• ROMANCE
Spring

• WESTERN
The Dark Valley

• ANIMATION
Astérix – Le Domaine des Dieux with runnerup The Book of Life

• SCI-FI
Ummm… haven’t decided yet Fehér Isten aka White God

• COMEDY
What We Do in the Shadows and The Little Death with runnerup Housebound

• FANTASY
Birdman

• DOC
Indie Game with runnerup Life Itself — actually Indie Game it is not from 2014 but if I can’t brake my own rules, what’s the point of having a fucking blog?!!!

 

Then carousel of pics

Merci a Rui and Eliz, and Puejo for chewing my shoes
 

 

 

Und miscellaneous videoing

 

 

 

– – – – –  SPOILERS ahead!!! SPOILERS alert!!!  – – – – – 

 

 

Ex Machina

 

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Does Ava pass the Turing test? Does it matter? The question addresses the premise on which the film tricks us to believe it’s built.

 

Quoting Vitaliy, master hoster at  from Personal View:

And always with naked robots you can fuck (main feature!).

Which it is spot on… nevertheless I differ from his overall assessment. I think there’s a valid point, a value in the story and how it unfolds… maybe ’cause I have always been an Asimov fan, as well as sci-fi stories… as the Bible.

 

I think Ex Machina is close related to Her but with different starting point’s premises and thus materialization. As it is to @matt_gh2 Blade Runner and Cherry 2000… those fuckable robo-chicks wanting emancipation. And to some extent also – borrowing “quotes” and/or ambient, or just having simillar/parallel elements – to (massive derailment of) Automata, (cheap) Chappie, A.I., 2001: A Space Odyssey, (seminal) THX 1138 and grandfather Metropolis.

 

But IMO only in (the more cerebral, almost as if a book) Ex Machina the Turing (conscience) test, the moral laws of humanness (???), the inversion of god-human-robot roles, the pervasive relations, it’s implacably explored in such a methodical, surgical and raw way. Of course there’s a lot of deceivement (to the spectator and to the characters) but I don’t see in it so much as an entertainment trickery as a means to deliver a message. The whole film is constructed from a anthropomorphic standpoint… that might sound ridiculously silly but as we dive into the sessions and the 4 characters… it seems clear that are the humans who should be Turing tested and surely too lost and morally lax – Caleb get to an extent where he cuts himself to check if He is a robot. There’s also a suspensive shift, a perspective disbelief… at times being almost surreal and grotesque (Nathan and Kyoko’s dance).

 

While the wild nature outside it’s a restraining and insulating element it also represents all (living things) Ava wants to engage with. Different from HAL and more to the cheese than Samantha, Ava is doing what it’s best for her; in a very human like behaviour (I know in this world there is a bit of everything) she is being ultimately selfish, she wants to survive, to live… and ironic enough, she has learnt  that (from) humans just want to use her – very very nice strong sexual metaphor throughout the film – and get rid of her afterwards. Lying and deceiving it’s something not many species can do and surely we do very well, just turn on tv and blast yourself; just look at who’s in charge of the locomotive. Anyways Ava does everything necessary to get free.

 

Now, and coming back to passing the Turing test; if previous to Caleb’s arrival Ava has been instructed to pass the Turing test as a formal sanction of intelligence and self-awareness, and supposing she’s already at that consciense evolutive stage; are her actions the “absolute”, machine logical results of the instructions she has been given by Nathan (the only true “demi-god” aware of possible catastrophic outcome) or a true free will? If Ava sees herself as an independent sentient being – but (thus) not a human – why does she want to mingle with humans? If there’s no god, which are the limits?

 

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Yurenchu (IMDB user) put it very nicely:

In my view, Ex Machina is in essence a re-envisioning of the Biblical story of the creation of Man, and also a commentary on how our current science-and-technology-driven Western society has turned its back on God.

 

— Which lampefeber user replies

I don’t know about that. That depends on whether you refer to God as a mythical figure and a belief system or an actual being. The movie clearly showed that consciousness extends beyond the creations of God and also questioned our concept of “soul” and the boundaries of our morality.

 

— To which Yurenchu replies

There are the obvious parallels between Ex Machina and the story in Genesis 1-3 or common representation of the Christian God in general:

  • Nathan : the creator of a (new) mankind (God)
  • Ava: the newly created mankind (Adam & Eve)
  • Kyoko: a servant to the creator (a cherubim)
  • the isolated tree in Ava’s room: the Tree Of Knowledge

  • Ava escaping from the house, into the free world: the expulsion of mankind from the Garden of Eden, into the raw free world

  • Kyoko with the knife: the cherubim with the sword, guarding the Garden of Eden

The difference being that instead of God expelling his creation out of the Garden, we have Ava turning her back to Nathan and escaping.

Caleb has to fly for at least two hours “up” (= up North) to where Nathan resides (a parallel with Heaven).

Ava starting to develop a desire when she draws the tree in her room parallels the taking of the apple/fruit from the Tree Of Knowledge.

Nathan being “omnipotent” (physically strong) and “omniscient” (he sees and oversees everything).

Ava covering herself up with a modest dress and modest (short haired) wig parallels Adam and Eve covering themselves up when they discover they are naked.

Story unfolds over seven days, parallels God creating the world in seven days.

And let’s not forget the word that’s missing from the title: “Ex Machina” is derived from “deus ex machina”.

ONGOING

Reality is always more interesting than wild fantasy, and much more complex.

Vitaliy I agree with you here =)

Let’s see how does wikipedia define sci-fi:

{…} a genre of fiction dealing with imaginative content such as futuristic settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, faster than light travel, parallel universes and extraterrestrial life. It usually eschews the supernatural, and unlike the related genre of fantasy, its imaginary elements are largely plausible within the scientifically established context of the story. Science fiction often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations, and has been called a “literature of ideas.”{…}

Of course there’s among sci-fi fans a bit of a fight among the more “imaginative” ones and those who claim that premises and background should be only based and fundamented in demonstrable empiric facts.

If you ask me, even disregarding the human set of laws for perceiving the cosmos, good sci-fi tells more about (what is to) the human species, our fears and handycaps, our limitations but also how we fight to overcome them, to communicate and adapt than anything else. THE UNKNOWABLE will be always unknowable. To my eyes the A.I. theme in Ex Machina serves only as backdrop, as a cohesive drive to underlay and “expose” more interesting and compelling subjects of exploration… Of course all of this can be seen just as an exercise in rethorics, but so is the Bible that has served a big chunk of humanity as “instructions book”… look what happened to the guy who presented himself as the son of god. The truth is we would totally fail as gods… but if it only were for the amount of cynism we’re getting there.

Ex Machina, and most of its sci-fi cousin-flicks reveal more about where are we now that some abstract time in the future. Nathan literaly fucks his “creations”… But this time Eva leaves Paradise over a dead god and without the good Adam, maybe aware that she doesn’t really need him? And here comes another huge Bible chapter, pleasure and reproduction in the times of positronic beings 😛


U P D A T E

With a couple reviews:
RogerEgbert which rightfully praises Isaac, no surprise here, this guy’s work is solid, also goes a bit about the director Alex Garland’s previous works; writer of among others fantastic 28 Days Later.

Real science fiction is about ideas, which means that real science fiction is rarely seen on movie screens, a commercially minded canvas that’s more at ease with sensation and spectacle.

NY Times which also reference – I have only read them after writing all of the above – Her and Metropolis ,-)
 


 

Personally I was a bit disappointed with the film, because I thought it was a little too predictable, and maybe lacked some kind of brain-twisting mystery at its heart that I look for in the best sci fi films.

I think I know what you mean Ted; in my case happened opposite, from the very beginning it was quite clear that what I was seeing was just a kind of projection surface behind which there was the mother dough… as I said before a bit like in a book.  Abraço

 
PS
We are the ones giving the Turing ride ,-)
 
 
I think Ex Machina it’s a more abstract and yet contained (almost like a big brother tv show) version of a Bible in the style of the greek tragedy. Gods and their creations, humans, their emotions and passions, the sex thirst, freedom, death… c’won just add the technological elements and jargon!!!
The other thing I find refreshing is that as an spectator i “have to” pass (the test) judgment of some sort and that is going to shape the way I’ld see and validate the characters and the tragedy itself. I loved that in Winter Sleep, where it was done in a bit more mature, gradual and detached way… maybe one of the differences with european cinema tradition…

Cinema god (yawning) – argghh too many fucking years of this beings going all tragedic and whatnot, I don’t care, send them A.I.s and call Tarantino to remake everything just faster, bloodier and funnier, we get 50% of the income… and just for fun make Chuck Norris and Swwarzzebergger a pair of lesbians


 

 

A bit of cinematic juicing

 

Referred in the video above

 

 For real SW fans

 

 

 For real hardcore SW fans; around 7 hours

 

Now this Samurai Films Responsible for Star Wars?!? — or films are global conversations idea, should be more appealing

 

More on Kurosawa – seriously interesting +)

 

 

 

 

Now, the content of the following 4K video is so so, but there are some truly spectacular images. It is only worth watching if you have a very good monitor/tv and as if a drug, to get knocked out by the colours, by the framing, the movement and so on.

Jetman Yves Rossy and his protege Jetman Vince Reffet from Jetman Dubai soar over the city of Dubai with jetpacks in incredible footage from the short film “Young Feathers.” The film focuses on Rossy and Reffet as well as the jetpacks they have developed which fly with an average speed of 200km/h and can maintain flight for up to 13 minutes.

The film also features narration from Rossy about the dream of human flight, and the freedom the jetpacks give.

 

 

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p style=”text-align:center;”>Signing off
Mad Max is out in the cinemas!!!

 
 

Square-Face

 

 

MAIN GUIDES – eat freshest brains

MOVEMENT – always forward, inchAlah

NOTATIONS – me dead body feels no pain

SUPPORT – crawling if it need be

 
 

gashô

 
 
The fluffy square headed taiwanese doggy insists it’s conceptually tighter if I leave this taschenrechnermusikant‘s short mix at the end of the post. He says just look at the fucking apparently mess of cables, such nice deep grooves, doggy digg them!!! Now seriously this guy has a lot of very nice mixes, check them out, specially the Dub ones =)
 

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