What the hell is going on with Cars? There are no people – yet there are sidewalks. I never saw the first film so maybe I’m missing something but I’ve had a hard time wrapping my brain around the universe portrayed in it. Maybe I’m overanalyzing it, punching a dead horse, and whatever other cliché you can insert here but it’s wrong – on many levels. Finally I’ve concocted a theorem about Cars’ civilization:
A long time ago motor vehicles gained consciousness somehow and overtook humanity. Subdued, in a Matrix-like fashion, humans are now the fuel for the cars (one character mentions “fossil fuels” at some point). Very much like Motel Hell the humans are harvested, possibly living in a computer generated reality, and used as fuel. Why else would there be sidewalks in a civilization entirely populated by cars?
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Tagged Allinall, Augustus, Big Oil, Bruce Campbell, Cars 2, Disney, Eddie Izzard, Emily Mortimer, fossil fuels, Japan, Larry the Cable Guy, Lightning McQueen, Martin Heidegger, Mater, Michael Caine, Motel Hell, Orientalism, Owen Wilson, Pixar, post-apocalypse, post-apocalyptic, propaganda, Rome, sidewalks, Soylent Green, The Aeneid, The Matrix, The Question Concerning Technology, Virgil
I just picked up James Cameron’s 1984 film The Terminator on Blu-ray the other day and I’m glad I did. I’ve always been a fan of the Terminator films and the original is still my favorite. I loathe James Cameron as a person (I think he’s a conceded, egotistical prick) but I can’t deny he makes good films. Ok, so maybe Avatar and Titanic aren’t that great (Titanic is enjoyable, even though it’s overly sentimental) but films like Aliens, the Terminator films, Piranha II: The Spawning, and True Lies are excellent – a prime example of why Cameron is lauded by so many. However, moving back to The Terminator, I’ve always felt this film is a great example of what technology can do when left to its own devices. Neil Postman argues in Technopoly that the makers of a technology aren’t the best candidates for determining its application; The Terminator demonstrates how a technology, which resembles cloud computing and is a form of artificial intelligence, can go awry when implemented by those who create it.
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Tagged 1984, Aliens, Apple, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Avatar, DSM-IV, iCloud, iTunes, James Cameron, John Connor, John Searle, Kyle Reese, Lance Henriksen, Linda Hamilton, Martin Heidegger, Michael Biehn, Neil Postman, Paul Winfield, Piranha 2: The Spawning, Sarah Connor, Skynet, Tech Noir, Technopoly, The Corporation, The Question Concerning Technology, The Terminator
I was a small child when the original Tron first entered America’s cultural zeitgeist. Being a product of the Star Wars generation I naturally had (and still have) a soft spot for science fiction, especially visually alluring examples of the genre. As I get older the appearance has lost much of its importance but I’m still a sucker for cool looking science fiction films. 1982’s Tron is a prime example of this; a film with more visual than narrative appeal. I didn’t actually see Tron when it hit theaters but a few years later on television. I waited with baited breath, familiar with the story through magazines, read along records, and action figures. When I finally saw the film I wasn’t disappointed, mesmerized by Disney’s fabricated digital world, Jeff Bridges’ portrayal of the uber-cool Kevin Flynn, and the futuristic sounding analog synth soundtrack by Wendy Carlos (A Clockwork Orange, The Shining). Upon reflection I don’t see Tron the same way, instead believing it a stylish retro ‘80s film that’s more important to film’s history for its meticulous construction than content…and the arcade game and action figures are still pretty cool. Continue reading
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Tagged Alan Bradley, Bruce Boxleitner, Clu, Daft Punk, Dillinger, Disney, ENCOM, Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Flynn, light cycle, Martin Heidegger, Michael Sheen, Olivia Wilde, open source, Quorra, Sam Flynn, the grid, Tron, Tron: Legacy