philoscifiz
Super Mario Bros. (1993) [#15 - autumn 2021]

Super Mario Bros. (1993) [#15 - autumn 2021]

October 16, 2021

What if there are parallel worlds? Our human dominated world, and another, where dinosaurs survived and so evolved a reptile dominated world? And what if you could pass between them? Matt and Dave go portal diving with the first ever film adapted from a video game: the big concept extravaganza of Super Mario Bros. Along the way they explore the intertextuality of games, movies, and comics, and philosopher Gilles Deleuze on incompossible worlds.

Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) [#14 - autumn 2021]

Slaughterhouse-Five (1972) [#14 - autumn 2021]

October 9, 2021

Where's Billy Pilgrim? In his American lakeside home? A WW2 Prisoner of War camp in Dresden? Or on the planet Tralfamadore? Matt and Dave go time tripping in this classic countercultural scifi movie from the novel by Kurt Vonnegut. In so doing, they encounter a narration that disrupts temporality and can be explored through Henri Bergson’s theory of memory. Is this an anti-war film concerning PTSD and mental health? Or a weird alien abduction movie?

Dune (1984) [#13 - autumn 2021]

Dune (1984) [#13 - autumn 2021]

October 2, 2021

Matt and Dave are back for the third season of philoscifiz with as complex a scifi movie as is imaginable! The young nobleman Paul Atreides encounters his destiny on the planet Arrakis, the only source of the drug melange, aka spice. Director David Lynch adapts the original novel in his own way, accentuating the psychedelic enactivism and Nietzschean themes of will to power while playing with temporality and framing the story as propaganda told from the future.

Arrival (2016) [#12 - summer 2021]

Arrival (2016) [#12 - summer 2021]

June 5, 2021

Jeff Gomez – transmedia pioneer and CEO of Starlight Runner – invites Matt and Dave on a collective journey toward first contact with aliens. Along the way we encounter Nietzsche’s love of fate and an ungrounding of mathematics as a universal language. Yet the true ‘beauty of Arrival’ – for Jeff – is how Louise ‘understands something fundamental’, that ‘to know others is to perceive the world differently’, as a collective journey. And so concludes our second season.

eXistenZ (1999) [#11 - summer 2021]

eXistenZ (1999) [#11 - summer 2021]

May 29, 2021

Matt and Dave get trapped in a Cronenberg film! Because – it seems – you have to play the game to find out why you’re playing the game. Follow us as we tumble down a mole hole and enter the world of eXistenZ with the demoness Allegra Geller. Or do we? Technophobia becomes realist terror for the anti-gamer resistance while the film seen through the lens of Zola’s naturalism uses gaming to critique the reality of the real world. Or does it?

Ghost in the Shell (1995) [#10 - summer 2021]

Ghost in the Shell (1995) [#10 - summer 2021]

May 22, 2021

Matt and Dave are dropped head-first into a world where Descartes was right. Yet - proclaims the polyonymous entity from the shadows of this cyberpunk anime - 'neither science nor philosophy can explain what life is'. Set in future Japan, Motoko Kusanagi is a cyborg security agent, pondering such intangibles while fighting terror. From Gilbert Ryle to Samuel Butler’s Erewhon, we explore accounts of the mind-body problem, and the problem of machine reproduction.

Fantastic Voyage (1966) [#9 - summer 2021]

Fantastic Voyage (1966) [#9 - summer 2021]

May 15, 2021

Matt and Dave explore the significance of not smushing an ant! Ship ahoy as the crew of the Proteus are miniaturised in order to enter the blood stream and save the life of a dying scientist. Racing against the clock in real time, we go on a biological excursion as a kind of space exploration. Is the movie an expression of red scare paranoia? Or does it expose such fears? And what is the outcome of the Socratic dialogues between Dr Duval and Dr Michaels?

The Black Hole (1979) [#8 - summer 2021]

The Black Hole (1979) [#8 - summer 2021]

May 8, 2021

Matt and Dave go to robot heaven in this old-skool sci-fi classic from the late 1970s. On one side, the aphoristic, gung-ho Vincent and the fear and trembling of old Bob; on the other, the martial uniformity of the sentinels, the eerie horror of the cyborgs, and the malign presence and silence of Maximillian. Join us and the crew of the Palomino as we encounter the evil genius of Dr Hans Reinhardt, and the ambiguity of the black hole and the spacetime beyond.

The Fifth Element (1997) [#7 - summer 2021]

The Fifth Element (1997) [#7 - summer 2021]

May 1, 2021

Matt and Dave bound into the second season of the podcast with this bright, joyful, and profound multi-perspectival sci-fi movie. A big ball of evil is zooming towards the Earth, with only the elemental Leeloo standing in the way of an extinction event. But is human life worth saving when we do what we do to each other? Or should Leeloo love her fate, as wise-cracking Korben Dallas believes? Questions Nietzsche explored beyond good and evil proliferate!

Krull (1983) [#6 - spring 2021]

Krull (1983) [#6 - spring 2021]

March 13, 2021

To conclude the first season on a high, Matt and Dave explore a box office flop! Why? The film didn’t fail – we, the audience, failed the film. Thusly, it is time to join Prince Colwyn and his disparate companions as they journey through all manner of terrors in this visually stunning film to save Princess Lyssa and their planet from the Beast. Fantasy rises from the foundations of sci-fi as we encounter myth with Joseph Campbell and 'The Hero with a Thousand Faces'.

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