OK, so Blade Runner 2049 is now out and getting rave reviews but what other influential science fiction and dystopian future movies are out there? We have links to three selections...
New Saturday Night Live video featuring Ryan Gosling for all typography geeks.
As we slip into the long weekend in the UK, here's a video of some psychedelic pop by Nirvana. That's the original 1960s Brit band (here seen in a later 1970s manifestation) not the later Kurt Cobain band.
Just taken delivery of tickets to see John Mayall – the Godfather of British Blues – in Norwich in October. Of course he's ancient now (no disgrace, so am I) however at this distance in time we tend to forget just what a huge impact Mayall had on the UK pop, blues and Mod scenes in the first part of the 1960s.
I still have a copy of his 1964-vintage 45 single with Crawling up a Hill on the A-side and Mr. James (about the Chicago slide guitarist Elmore James) on the flip. Growing up as a teenage schoolboy in Scarborough, I was already aware I was living in a small town and needed to get out. The Mayall song Crawling up a Hill, with its lyrics about heading to London town, for a better scene, and the kind of music that won't bring you down, resonated very strongly in me – even if it actually took me another eight years to get there!
By way of a compare and contrast, here's the original Mayall version and a much later (2003/04) version by Katie Melua (which goes for a more laid-back jazzier approach) from 40 years later.
Yes, an AI wrote all the dialogue for this movie, which makes its debut at this week's SCI-FI-LONDON film festival. The Ars Technica article tells you all you need to know.
For anyone unfamiliar with the Valerian saga, it began life in 1967 in France as an illustrated comic book series and you can see its visuals were the inspiration for subsequent movies, including the original Star Wars trilogy, right down to Princess Leia's metallic slave-girl bikini and the design of the Millennium Falcon.
Here's a short (10 minutes) Russian Soviet-era animated film Polygon from 1977 – yes, 40 years ago – warning of the dangers of military AI and robotics. By Anatoliy Petrov. Советский мультфильм. Автор: Анатолий Петров. Has English subtitles.
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