Posts Tagged ‘future’

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In the 1990’s the future was really lame: “Johnny Mnemonic”

August 29, 2013

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Okay, now this film is instructive indeed. It shows us a glimpse of a very specific moment in time—1995, in fact—when the world arrived at the intersection of science and culture. It was the moment that the Internet became a looming thing, a soon-to-be fixture on our lives. We could see this tsunami curling above us, and could only marvel at how it would change our lives. With 1995’s Johnny Mnemonic, we have a window into the predictions and anxieties of the way our future would be transformed into something new. And man, were they retarded.
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Tick-tock: “In Time”

November 22, 2011

You know what my big problem was with Gattaca? Okay, we got a future society in which the overclass consists of people genetically-enhanced in utero, while kids who just pop the normal way–you know, grab bag—are the oppressed underclass and relegated to a second-class, lower-blue collar existence. Ethan Hawke is one of those natural kids who dreams of being an astronaut, only his breeding prevents it. Oh yeah, and he has a congenital heart-condition! Wait a minute, I get that it sucks his station in life prevents him from his dream, but what’s keeping him out of space is the fact that you need to be healthy to be an astronaut! Even without the eugenic apartheid state, this guy couldn’t be an astronaut. Picture it: “Oh my god! The steel-toothed beasties are eating through the hull! Ethan Hawke, fire phasers! Please save us Ethan Hawke!” “I…urk…my heeeaaarttt!!!” CHOMP! CHOMP! “Oh no! We’re being eaten! And all because Ethan Hawke’s heart stopped working!” So that’s my problem with Gattaca. But we’re talking about Andrew Niccol’s new movie In Time. But it kind of the same movie.
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