Category Archives: Film

Limitless — Would You Take the Pill?

Saw a shorter version of this a couple of times during the Superbowl: Limitless: Trailer – Watch more Movie Trailers Intriguing premise — a guy takes a pill that turbo-charges his brain. It doesn’t look terribly realistic, but the appearance of a major transhumanist theme in popular culture is always an interesting thing to see. The specific theme I’m thinking […]

Bleak Outlook, but not Bleak Enough?

Image via Wikipedia College Crunch presents the top 10 Most Technophobic Movies, with some completey expected entries, some fairly obscure material, and a least a couple surprises. Those of us more favorably inclined to technology often take issue with the technology-bashing that goes on in such films (while otherwise greatly enjoying many of them.) But […]

“Dude, that Was the Trailer?”

I don’t often read (much less quote) Youtube comments, but the title of this post was taken from the comments on this video, the theatrical trailer for the 1969 version of True Grit Compare that trailer to the one for the new Coen brothers version of the same story and you begin to see the […]

"Dude, that Was the Trailer?"

I don’t often read (much less quote) Youtube comments, but the title of this post was taken from the comments on this video, the theatrical trailer for the 1969 version of True Grit Compare that trailer to the one for the new Coen brothers version of the same story and you begin to see the […]

It’s a Wonderful Life

Image via Wikipedia [ I just realized that a perennial holiday favorite is chock-full of Speculist themes. My musings to that effect follow. Please note that this piece is rife with spoilers. If you've never seen It's a Wonderful Life, I assume that's by choice. ] First off, I love It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s hokey. It’s sentimental. It’s […]

It's a Wonderful Life

Image via Wikipedia [ I just realized that a perennial holiday favorite is chock-full of Speculist themes. My musings to that effect follow. Please note that this piece is rife with spoilers. If you've never seen It's a Wonderful Life, I assume that's by choice. ] First off, I love It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s hokey. It’s sentimental. It’s […]

Inception

Image via Wikipedia The formula for a big summer action blockbuster could not be simpler: Start with an absurd premise. Use the absurd premise as a pretext for generating loads of over-the-top action sequences. Flesh out those action sequences with a bunch of over-the-top special effects. With Inception, Christopher Nolan has followed the formula dutifully, […]

The Hypocritical Message of Avatar?

UPDATE: The movie Avatar is absolutely gorgeous. I was stunned at the technological leap I was seeing on the screen. The uncanny valley has been crossed. There is nothing unsettling about the digital characters in this film. They are as real and as expressive as any actor I’ve ever seen on the screen. The creatures […]

A New Ghostbusters?

FFR listeners know of my fondness for the first Ghostbusters movie. To me, it is the Godfather of comedy. For years fans have wanted a decent sequel. Finally, it looks like there’s some chance that it might happen. Skip to the 5 minute mark: