Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
“A Tale of Two Cyborgs, Or Do Androids Dream of Reading Books?” Upon watching Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve, 2017), my son Alex asked why on Earth the replicant cop, K (Ryan Gosling) would be reading Vladimir Nabokov’s experimental novel, Pale Fire (1962). The scene occurs early in the film. After K has retired (in ...

Passengers (2016)

Passengers (2016)
“Morton Tyldum: Science-Fiction as Misdirection” Morten Tyldum’s new film, Passengers is the best sort of science-fiction, one where it turns out the genre is irrelevant to the film’s theme. At its core, Passengers is a down-to-Earth melodrama, about the love two people find under the worst, most Existentially bleak circumstances. Passengers positions Tyldum as one ...

I Origins (2014)

I Origins (2014)
“Aye I Eye” Mike Cahill’s 2014 New Age science film, I Origins begins with a series of close-ups of eyes. In voice over, molecular biologist Ian (Michael Pitt) explains that he researches eyes because of the fascinating connection between the human eye and the camera, both lens-based technologies of vision. His scientific quest is to ...

The Martian (2015)

The Martian (2015)
“An imitation of an action that is (not) serious?” In a petulant snit in accordance with the boy-men in his movies, director Judd Apatow recently whined about The Martian winning a Golden Globe award for best comedy. The strange categorization of science-fiction was a clever marketing maneuver by 20th Century Fox to allow Ridley Scott’s ...