Tag: sci-fi

BLOOD AND MADNESS: 8 Cinema Creepers for Halloween

Getting ready for Halloween is one of my cherished times of the year. I start hoarding skull travel cups from the drug stores, I blueprint what costumes I can make for my kitties, and finally, it’s considered “normal” to binge watch a lot of my favorite films. Instead of making a list of the best horror films to watch this season (I hope we all have seen the Shining, Halloween, and the Exorcist by now), I ruminated over a different kind of list… Most of these could be considered sci-fi or psychological thrillers, and even “tame” in the eyes of many horror cinephiles, but I prefer creepier— more imaginative— horror plots. Here are my own recommendations for everyone who’s in the mood for something spine-tingling, sinister, disturbing, shocking, but nonetheless— human (even when they are monsters).

8. Altered States (1980), directed by Ken Russell.

This one is for the sci-fi lovers out there— A doctor who experiments on himself with hallucinatory drugs and isolation chambers, this movie comments on creation and the power of the human ego. It’s packed with visceral visuals, accompanied by bits of pseudo-intellectual gab.

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Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67lYG7a4YOA

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Falling in Love with AI

ai_coverOver the weekend, there was buzz about a recent marketing stunt. Ex Machina, a sci-fi thriller about an experiment involving the first true A.I. named Ava, has a profile on Tinder. Users swipe to the right to connect with her and she responds.

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STAR WARS – Travel Posters

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Here’s another post from a long, long time ago in our lead up to Star Wars day this Sunday. If you’re planning a long weekend some time soon, why not take a look through some of these galactic travel ads before you book?
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The Future – Vision and Reality, Part 1: Envisioning the Absurd Future in the Past

“The only thing that we can be sure of the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic.” — Sir Arthur C. Clarke, 1964

This is part of a series of blogs on visions of the future. Although rather complex when accurately taking into consideration socio-political, ethical, and cultural aspects, we shall focus primarily on technology and the user experiences that we expect to find in the near or distant future. But before we examine our current ideas of the future, let us go back in time and see how people envisioned our presence. As tempting as it is to laugh off historic visions of the future today, it might prove helpful to examine them. Common mistakes seem to be made whenever we try to envision the future.
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