M3GAN

M3GAN (2022)

M3GAN first published by SciFiNow M3GAN opens with an advertisement, and with a primal scene. The ad is for Funki’s latest toy product, robotic talking animals which, like Tamagotchi, require constant feeding and attention from their young owners. Young Cady (Violet McGraw) is watching this ad on her tablet and playing with her own PurfectPetz…

The Creator

The Creator (2023)

A text entry in a pseudo-biographical dictionary assigns the name ‘Nirmata’ to the architect of an advanced AI technology that has changed the world forever. This elusive figure, the titular ‘Creator’ who gives Gareth Edwards’ epic sci-fi feature its title, has acquired a semi-divine status from the mechanical beings that he has engendered and the…

10 Robot Films

10 Robot Films

10 Robot Films published by BFI, 7 July, 2022, timed with the UK theatrical release of Jim Archer’s Brian and Charles Includes capsules of: The Golem How He Came Into The World, Metropolis, The Day The Earth Stood Still, The Stepford Wives, Demon Seed, Alien, Blade Runner, Ghost In The Shell, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Ex…

Project Dorothy

Project Dorothy (2023)

“The end is coming, but we’re here to stay” go the lyrics of the song that plays over the prologue to George Henry Horton’s Project Dorothy. That prologue comprises an impressionistic montage of white coats working in a massive facility, and then a ringing alarm and a tannoy announcement of security lockdown, and finally the…

I'll Be Watching

I’ll Be Watching (2023)

We first encounter Julie Alexander (Eliza Taylor), the put-upon protagonist of Erik Bernard’s I’ll Be Watching, through her work: a series of details from her paintings, all showing women gazing out into the middle distance, or into mirrors. One of her subjects floats fully clothed on a water’s surface, staring upwards like soon-to-drown Ophelia. Another…

Implanted

Implanted (2021)

An African-American man staggers though a dark alleyway, clutching – and punching at – his own head. He collapses, gets up, reels about like someone intoxicated, or perhaps a zombie, his hands and the back of his jacket bloody. Bent over and in obvious distress, unsteady and unstable, he lies down in the road, and…

Computer Chess (2013)

Computer Chess first published by Film4. Synopsis: Mumblecore moviemaker Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Mutual Appreciation, Beeswax) looks back to the pioneering days of computers (and video cameras). Review: It is the ominous-sounding year of 1984. A collection of geeky computer pioneers converge on a shabby hotel for an annual chess competition that pits one state-of-the-art…