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Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Reply #12630 on: February 26, 2020, 10:04:53 AM »
Blade Runner
Of course he had a big laugh at the date the movie takes place (2019), then asked if that is what we thought the future would look like back in the '80s. I said that it was more like what the 80s felt like.

A really good answer. But I will say Blade Runner picked up on the idea that the future with gee wiz technology doesn't mean a better Star Trek world. People will still be living in hovels. Just with laptop computers. I really noticed this while living in Seoul. You've got this massive city with both modern buildings and people running shops out of hovels. But even the people in hovels have laptops and phones and other technology to our 80s eyes would seem like the distant fantastic future.
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« Reply #12631 on: February 26, 2020, 10:48:01 AM »
The only replicant I can actually imagine being built are the pleasure models. I can't see what reason the other have for looking human.
The assassins make sense, soldiers and laborers not so much.

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« Reply #12632 on: February 26, 2020, 11:24:27 AM »
The only replicant I can actually imagine being built are the pleasure models. I can't see what reason the other have for looking human.
The assassins make sense, soldiers and laborers not so much.
I read a story way back when about robots having pyschological problems with limbs they didn't need. Dispatcher for police department can move its legs, etc. Obvious solution was obvious.
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Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Reply #12633 on: February 26, 2020, 01:40:17 PM »
Blade Runner 1982
8/10
Watched this with my 15 year old son.
Of course he had a big laugh at the date the movie takes place (2019), then asked if that is what we thought the future would look like back in the '80s. I said that it was more like what the 80s felt like.
Then within about 15 minutes he asked if we find out Deckard is actually a replicant as well.

It's always interesting to see what predictions would be accurate and whatnot.
Of course we don't have air cars and LA isn't getting constant rain, and thankfully we don't have as much cigarette smoke.
Newspapers?

The only replicant I can actually imagine being built are the pleasure models. I can't see what reason the other have for looking human.

Movies about the future always look an awful lot like the present in which they were made, but with flying cars, space ships, and robots. Hair styles remain the same. "Future" computers continued to use CRTs until flat-screens came along, and nobody made future movies with tablet computers or cell phones until those things actually came along.

"Futurists" are really bad at predicting the future.

And we still don't have flying cars or general household robots. And the self-driving cars in development do not have a talking, AGI humanoid robot sitting in the driver's seat.

The one reliable prediction about the future is that it won't look anything like anybody has yet imagined.
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Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Reply #12634 on: February 26, 2020, 04:43:27 PM »
Movies about the future always look an awful lot like the present in which they were made,

Not in the great ones.
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Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Reply #12635 on: February 26, 2020, 05:30:44 PM »
Movies about the future always look an awful lot like the present in which they were made,

Not in the great ones.
Those being...
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Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Reply #12636 on: February 26, 2020, 07:08:49 PM »
Movies about the future always look an awful lot like the present in which they were made,

Not in the great ones.
Those being...
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Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Reply #12637 on: February 26, 2020, 07:34:50 PM »
Movies about the future always look an awful lot like the present in which they were made,

Not in the great ones.
Those being...
2001
Sleeper
1984
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Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Reply #12638 on: February 26, 2020, 09:09:31 PM »
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Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Reply #12639 on: February 26, 2020, 09:17:14 PM »
Hope you didn't watch this on my recommendation

Time Trap (Netflix) 5/10 - One way time travel in a cave with magic healing power so no one really dies. Sorry just spoiled it. Nothing really worth watching anyway.

Clearly not, but I can see your POV. Maybe I've watched too many terrible movies. This struck me as "totally OK to waste an evening on" fine.
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Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Reply #12640 on: February 27, 2020, 06:09:42 PM »
Movies about the future always look an awful lot like the present in which they were made,

Not in the great ones.
Those being...
2001
Sleeper
1984

Those first two were the ones that came to my mind.
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Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Reply #12641 on: February 27, 2020, 09:54:52 PM »
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It's always interesting to see what predictions would be accurate and whatnot.
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Movies about the future always look an awful lot like the present in which they were made ...

Science fiction is not about the future; it uses the future as a narrative convention to present significant distortions of the present.  - Samual Delaney

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Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Reply #12642 on: February 28, 2020, 06:08:54 AM »
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It's always interesting to see what predictions would be accurate and whatnot.
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Movies about the future always look an awful lot like the present in which they were made ...

Science fiction is not about the future; it uses the future as a narrative convention to present significant distortions of the present.  - Samual Delaney
Frequently they're explorations of "what if" in sociological themes. The society in Starship Troopers is an excuse to consider one way to make the public be more responsible for their choices of government.
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Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Reply #12643 on: February 28, 2020, 09:04:26 AM »
Movies about the future always look an awful lot like the present in which they were made, but with flying cars, space ships, and robots. Hair styles remain the same. "Future" computers continued to use CRTs until flat-screens came along, and nobody made future movies with tablet computers or cell phones until those things actually came along.

2001 had flat panel and iPads. TNG presaged flat panel and touchscreen. I did find it funny in TNG they thought it was a huge innovation to upload video through Gordie's visor. Gopro was lost in the ensuing centuries.

Dr N. made a point a number of years ago how many sci fi writers before and during the space age thought all the advances were going to be made in rockets and space travel. People didn't see huge end over end advances in computing technology.

Sci fi shows these days seem to trying to usher in display technology that projects into thin air or see through panels. I don't *always* want people seeing what's on my computer screen. But I can see it's a good device. You can shoot the actor and also show what she or he is looking at.
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Re: Rate the last movie you just saw.
« Reply #12644 on: February 28, 2020, 09:16:24 AM »
Keep in mind, its also pretty hard to make a movie look like the future.  How do you show a flat screen when all you have are CRTs?

I think it was also Dr Novella that said something to the effect of, Scifi always overestimates near term technological advancement and underestimates the far term.  Doesn't matter if the story happens 50 years from now or 2000 years from now, they all seem to have about the same level of technology.