Wordless Wednesday: 7 Favorite Scenes of Man & Machine

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Hello everyone! It’s a bit late and I already skipped a month without Wordless Wednesday, ahah well I guess I’m consistent at being inconsistent in keeping up with my own blog series, ahah. In any case, as I did in my previous Wordless Wednesday on Emma Thompson, I choose a random Wednesday of the month to shine a spotlight on or pay tribute to something/someone with clips and/or gifs I find on Tumblr.

Well, since I was just talking about Man-Machine relationship on my Question of the Week yesterday, I figure why not feature some of my favorite scenes. So here goes:

Tears in Rain – Blade Runner

Are these feelings real? – Her

Superman! – The Iron Giant

Frank & robot doing some light exercise – Robot & Frank

T-800 tries to smile – Terminator 2

 

Helo & Sharon (Boomer) – Battlestar Galactica (2004 series)

I LOVE the tricky yet passionate relationship between human (Helo) and cylon (Boomer), one of my fave couples in the space-opera.

 

Vincent & The Machine – The Machine

[originally posted on my Tumblr] Can’t find the exact scene of this one [hopefully someone will post it now that the Bluray is out!] but I LOVE the dance sequence in The Machine… sleek, eerie, ethereal and sexy all at the same time.

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These are just a sampling of my favorite Man-Machine scenes. Feel free to share yours.

Question of the Week: What’s your favorite film(s) on Man-Machine relationship?

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I saw The Machine back in April and while I didn’t think it was perfect, it’s a pretty darn good sci-fi that’s worth your while. I think the concept is intriguing, with fantastic acting [Toby Stephens, natch!] and compelling direction. I have been re-watching clips of this film recently, especially the scenes between the scientist Vincent (Stephens) and his robotic creation Ava (Caity Lotz). At the core of it, it’s the relationship of man and machine that makes the story memorable.

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One of my favorite scenes in the movie

Sci-fi classic Blade Runner, which The Machine undoubtedly paid homage to, explores that man-machine relationship brilliantly. I actually love the original title of Philip K. Dick novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?‘ Now it doesn’t sound as cool but it’s effective as it immediately makes you think about the humanity [or lack thereof] aspect of man-made machines better than Blade Runner.

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All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain …

I love sci-fis, especially those that explore this topic, perhaps even more so than sci-fis involving aliens from outer space. So no doubt I love movies like Terminator, Iron Giant, The Matrix, A.I., Her and the Battlestar Galactica (BSG) TV series, which is a big space soap opera of Cylons (android race) and humans. I think there’s something about ‘men playing God’ aspect that captures my attention, as in some ways these androids are part of us humans who create them, in the same way that we’re created in the image of our Creator. But of course the fantastical aspect of seeing machines somehow developing consciousness is what I find fascinating AND entertaining.

Often the depictions of these androids actually remind us of what it means to be human, as the Blade Runner ‘tears in the rain’ scene so poignantly illustrates. In this scene in The Machine, Vincent [a scientist akin to Dr Frankenstein] asks his own robotic creation…

‘Just who are you really? How do I know that you’re alive and not just some clever imitation of life?’


Now even Vincent himself probably realizes he might never find the answer. Now another the burning question being asked time and time again is can man and machine co-exist? In the BSG series, the Cylons threaten human extinction, forcing the humans into deep space confined in a spaceship. The tagline of The Machine says ‘They Rise. We Fall.’ which suggest that the much-more advanced and powerful machines are more dominant and that the future seems uncertain for the humans.


So what are your thoughts on this topic? What’s YOUR favorite movies about man & machine?

No BSG movie for Bryan Singer … for now at least

BSGlogoThanks to my buddy Vince, a.k.a Rockerdad who lent me the miniseries DVD, my hubby and I were hooked on Battlestar Galactica almost instantly. That’s why when I heard Bryan Singer were interested to adapt this to the big screen, I got really excited. It was short-lived as I soon found out he wasn’t thinking about the Ron Moore’s contemporary version, instead his vision was to do a sequel to the original 70s version. According to hitflix.com, he actually was already working on the BSG remake project prior to the 9/11 attack. However, given the plot about the Cylon surprise attack on Caprica, the studio got very nervous about it and the whole thing fell through.

Meh, I’ve only seen the original 70s version for about 10 minutes and no offense, but I doubt I’d ever get hooked on that show. Ron Moore and David Eick’s version was so compelling and well-written with an excellent cast. Good enough to even win the prestigious Peabody award for excellence in broadcasting.

To those who aren’t well-versed in this sci-fi series, basically both the 70s version and the later one is the same: Set in a distant galaxy where humans create a cybernetic race, basically intelligent robots, called Cylons. The Cylons ended up revolting against humanity, destroying all of human race civilization except for a small fleet of ships on the run and lead by the humanity’s last warship, the Battlestar Galactica. Hunted and pursued by the Cylons, they fight their way through space looking for safety and a new home.

The Cast of Ron Moore's BSG Series
The Cast of Ron Moore's BSG Series

It’s a riveting sci-fi drama that’s well worth adapting into the big screen. The thing is, the cast is a huge part of why I love the contemporary BSG. Without Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, and the rest of the superb cast, I’m not sure I’m as keen to watch it.

Now, I like Bryan Singer. He set the bar high with The Usual Suspect, and his follow-up Apt Pupil, a creepy Nazi-themed thriller, was quite masterful. I respect him even more when he pretty much launched the trend of comic book movies with the excellent X-Men and X-2. But after he kind of botched the Superman franchise with Superman Returns and Valkyrie wasn’t a box-office hit, I’m not sure where his reputation stands right now.

But BSG fans can rest easy for now. According to heatvision blog, the director is already on to another project, some fantasy adventure called Jack the Giant Killer. This is a good thing in my book. The power that be ought to just spend some time figuring out what vision of the sci-fi series they want to go with, and find a decent writer(s) to create a feature film that’s worth-seeing. Whether or not Singer will still be involved in the project, I wonder whether he’s got the chops to do to BSG what J.J. Abrams did with the critically-lauded Star Trek?

BSG fans, what do you think about the whole remake idea? Do you think Singer is the man to do it?