Monday, March 24, 2008

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Another way to ask this question is: do robots, or computers for that matter, think about things in human ways - or strictly in ones and zeros? Surely no one would consider this question when the first rudimentary computers were introduced to the world. It's time to consider this question again, as computers can now beat humans in chess and are predicted to make themselves smarter than humans engineer them within the next 25 years.

The question is so beautifully explored in 1982's "Blade Runner" by Ridley Scott. In the movie, we are introduced to slave labor robots called Replicants (same as androids, cylons, terminators, skin jobs ... or whatever you want to call them). The Replicants are modern-day Pinoccio's that strive for one thing: to live and be human. It's as if Scott is telling us these robots value life more than us humans, wake up and smell the sushi noodles!

If you haven't discovered, re-discovered, or re-re-discovered Blade Runner, go out and buy the latest remastered version on Blue Ray or standard DVD. It's worth a second, third or fourth look. The vision of the future is so stunning - and science fiction writers and movie makers tend to be very accurate predictors of the future.

It makes me wonder if 100 years from now robots will be asking themselves "Do humans think in binary code?"

It's too bad I won't live that long ... but then again, who does?

Friday, March 21, 2008

Darth Maul is ... Snake Eyes!

OK, I know I'm a fanboy ... but let me drool over this a little.

A live action G.I. Joe Movie?! The actor who played Darth Maul (Ray Park) is playing the world's greatest Ninja, Snake Eyes? He'll go head to head with the world's other greatest Ninja, Storm Shadow?

Forgive me if I didn't stop to ask who is playing Storm Shadow, because I've heard enough. I am there opening night!

Let me leave you with this:


Saturday, March 08, 2008

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? I WILL!

So, I ask But Who Will Watch The Watchmen? And I say to you ... I will.

I can't wait for this movie adaptation of the greatest graphic novel of all time, The Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. This read more like deep psychological literature than a 12-issue comic book series bound into a single volume. The concept of morally ambiguous superheroes, that in fact aren't super, or heroes, is worth the price of admission alone.

I'll be interested to see how all of the flashbacks and the Pirate "comic within a comic" will play out, if at all, on film. Also sure to be left out are all the text-heavy journal entries, police reports, psych evaluations and book excerpts at the end of each chapter. All of this made for a rich reading experience that was so deep, it took me weeks to finish reading. The adaptation by director Zack Snyder (300) will be a challenge, but I'm sure he's up for it.

To see it play out as a 2-hour movie will be a treat. For my 2 cents, the costumes look great, check 'em out at this link:

Only two burning questions remain:
1. How will they handle Dr. Manhattan's dong hanging out all the time?
2. Which shall it be ... the lady, or the tiger?

The Watchmen opens March 9, 2009.