Monday, January 19, 2015

i, Robot

  I was clearing out some old file on my laptop and I came across a short paper I did in a college class years ago on i, Robot. It talked about one of the major messages in the movie and decided to share it here. Let me know what you think, and if I should do more posts like this one, going more into the message of the film, or stick more on the review side. Here's the paper below.

                The movie I, Robot seemed to have messages that almost countered each other. There were instances of technology saving us, and there were also instances of technology hurting, and even killing us. That makes it sound like the movie had a weird mental bi-polar issue, and needs some sort of medication. Obviously that isn’t what’s actually going on.  I believe that I, Robot was trying to tell us that technology is alright as long as we limit its use. One extreme or the other can be bad, but if we keep it all on a middle ground, and be careful as to how we use technology it can be great!
                I, Robot is a movie that tells us a story about Officer Spooner, a cop who seems to have a major issue with robots, and how the world seems to rely on them too much in his opinion, and a robot with true artificial intelligence named Sonny, who is trying to figure out, who he is, what he’s meant to do in life, and why he was created. At the beginning Spooner looks like a lunatic blaming Sonny, a robot, for murdering a scientist. By the end you find out that Spooner was right, but by that point, Spooner and Sonny has actually teamed up like a super duo to fight against the real threat VIKI. VIKI was an Artificial Intelligence that had taken the three laws of robotics to an extreme, where VIKI ended up commanding robots to injure, or even kill humans, if the humans didn’t comply with orders for the humans own safety.  Spooner was a character who had to grow to trust a piece of technology to win in the climactic battle in the end. That piece of technology was Sonny, and as stated above, a robot that had actually murdered a human. The same story also has the ideas of technology becoming dangerous for us, thus how VIKI, an A.I. that has the three law of robotics, was actually the real threat to humanity. You see even though Sonny had actually murdered the scientist, it was actually a situation where he had been asked by the scientist himself to be murdered by Sonny. Sonny was programmed to actually have emotional feelings including love, and he has moral values, and on top of that he has dreams. That is why Sonny is the one Spooner had to trust, and partner up with to fight the real threat, VIKI.
                In conclusion you can see how the movie I, Robot is actually a movie that was telling us both messages that,  technology can be both good and/or evil. Spooner, a cop, who doesn’t like, nor trust robots, who actually ended up having to trust, and partner up with Sonny, a robot who can ignore the three laws, if he wanted, to fight VIKI an artificial intelligence who ended up taking the three laws of robotics to the extreme, almost creating a militarized state, ruled by robots. It tells us that technology is good in smaller and controlled doses. We can use technology as long as we keep an eye over it, keep the power in our hands, and take measures to make sure it stays in our hands.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

The Retro Ave Podcast Ep 22 - Star Wars, Guardians, Only One Night!

  John and I talk about the new Star Wars Trailer, Guardians of the Galaxy, and John's movie Only One Night.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

They Live

  In this review we're going to talk about a John Carpenter mover. Here's a hint, I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass... and I'm all out of bubble gum. Yes I'm talking about the John Carpenter flick staring Roddy Piper, They Live.

  They Live is follows a drifter by the name of Nada, played by Roddy Piper, who is looking for work in an "Economically" Depressed America. Well he ends up finding some stylish Ray Ban sunglasses which wakes him up to the reality of the situation. You see, these sunglasses weren't just any kind of sunglasses. These sunglasses lets the wearer see through signals sent out by Aliens. Okay I may have lost you, so let me give you some back story.

  Warning this part may contain spoilers. So Aliens have come to earth to take over the world's economy to make as much money as possible, and that's pretty much it. They see the Earth the same way we see third world countries, and make a profit on us. These aliens have setup a broadcast signal to keep the human race "asleep" from what is really happening. Basically the signal makes the aliens look like they are human, and it hides the subliminal messaging that is everywhere.

  Now back to the sunglasses... so they would filter out this signal, and allow the wearer to see what these aliens actually looks like, and show the hidden subliminal message in adds, and on the news, and any other form of media.

  Overall, They Live is a fun action, sci-fi flick, with great one liners. I have to give it a 3.5 out of 5. If you haven't seen They Live, go check it out.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Official Teaser Trailer #1

  The Teaser Trailer for  Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens was released! I do find the subtitle "The Force Awakens" to be a little weird, but as long as I'm getting another Star Wars film to see, I'm not going to complain. Check the Teaser out below!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jurassic World Trailer

  Thanks to my good friend, and Co-Host to The Retro Ave Podcast, John Davern, I was made aware of the Jurassic World trailer being released. Check it out below.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

PAX East 2015 Badges!

  Today PAX East Badges went on sale at about 3pm Eastern time, with the tweet of "It's the moment you've all been waiting for, PAX East 2015 badges are now on sale! Get 'em while they're hot!" and it included a link which brings you to a queue to purchase the badges. I happened to be one of the lucky few to see the tweet, and was able to purchase some badges.

  PAX East has become one of the few things I look forward to every year, and due to its popularity it gets harder and harder to purchase the badges for the event. This year the Three Day passes sold out within Ten to Fifteen minutes of them sending out the announcement via twitter. To my understanding PAX East is the biggest gaming convention on the East Coast, and if memory serves me right, it's the biggest convention in Boston.

  Now it's time to wait until PAX East 2015 to come around. I plan on doing interviews again, and trying out the different games, and checking out panels. I hope to see you all there!

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Retro Ave Podcast Ep. 21 - Marvel Vs. DC

  John and I talk about the new DC and Marvel movie lineups. I also talk about how I was a guest on the podcast.

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