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Silent Running (1972) [#5 - winter 2021]

Silent Running (1972) [#5 - winter 2021]

March 6, 2021

Matt and Dave feel some droid love with Huey, Dewey, and Louie aboard the Valley Forge at the rings of Saturn. This film explores the environmental fears of our time pushed into the future so we can see them with clarity. But is it really trees vs technology? Is it really Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann vs Adam in Eden? Or something far more complex and ambiguous? What is for sure, is the ecological, social, and personal trauma of Freeman Lowell.

Things to Come (1936) [#4 - winter 2021]

Things to Come (1936) [#4 - winter 2021]

February 27, 2021

Matt and Dave go back to the early days of sound cinema and one of the first great sci-fi films, scripted by non-other than H. G. Wells. A lavish golden age blockbuster! We follow as the movie explores socialism and technology in the 1940s, 1970s, and 2030s. Along the way we cross paths with the philosophy of Hannah Arendt, Marshall McLuhan, and Karl Marx, as well as the late writing of Wells. At stake are questions of human progress, happiness, and intention.

Demolition Man (1993) [#3 - winter 2021]

Demolition Man (1993) [#3 - winter 2021]

February 20, 2021

Matt and Dave psychoanalyse Lenny Huxley's brave new world of LA 2030 with the rise of uber-criminal Simon Phoenix and return of the indomitable John Spartan. We watch Hollywood burn with the LA Uprisings, interrogate a mise en scène of hygiene, and explore the fetishisation of the male body turning to Freud and his topological theory of mind. Minor warning: some swearing from a little girl in a film sound clip, and we tiptoe around future sex!

I Am Mother (2019) [#2 - winter 2021]

I Am Mother (2019) [#2 - winter 2021]

February 13, 2021

Matt and Dave encounter the aftermath of a human apocalypse and the endeavours of a robot artificial intelligence to repopulate the Earth. But all is not as it seems for the young girl at the centre of events. Swerving the ethical dilemma of the trolley problem - explored within the film – we hurtle straight for Kant and the possibility of universal morality. We also touch upon the lifetime of a civilisation within the Drake equation, as well as the lies of Plato's Republic.

Back to the Future Part II (1989) [#1- winter 2021]

Back to the Future Part II (1989) [#1- winter 2021]

February 6, 2021

Matt and Dave take a deep dive in the further temporal shenanigans of Marty and the Doc. Find out how short shift can be made of the standard paradoxes of time, and what time travel films in general and the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy in particular seem to explore. Along the way we have a close encounter with Trump, get caught up in family values, and see how the film can be said to affirm multiplicity.

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