For the past weeks we have been taking a look at various films over the decades and analysing their depiction and representation of the future. Whilst collectively viewing these films we were asked to live comment and engage in conversation on Twitter. The following are a collection of some of my twitter highlights.
Week 1- Metropolis (1927)
My initial response to viewing Metropolis was that I found it quite fascinating that there were so many biblical references and imagery represented. Personally when imagining the future, these traditional images and thoughts seem out of place and almost outdated. However, Josh made a really good point that “both religion and sci fi are two ways of exploring the same unknown”. Paul made note that as the film was set in 1920s, Christianity was much more dominant, also a very good point.
I had to retweet Josh’s post on the comparison and references to Leonardo Da Vinci “industry destroys humanity” as I thought it really captured the film quite well.
Researching the film online, I found an excellent scholarly article “Technology and the Construction of Gender in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis”. The quote I’ve attached with my post shares how female sexuality is represented in the film.
As I came to understand the film a little better, it became quite clear, the traditional christian views of the time were a big influence on how they viewed women and the fears on women in power, with the development of technology.
Week 2- 2001- A Space Odyssey (1968)
My inner conspiracy loving soul couldn’t help but mention one of the biggest theories of all time when viewing 2001: A Space Odyssey.
THE FAKING OF THE MOON LANDING. You can’t help (well I can’t help) but think there is possibility that the films set was used.
To grasp a better understanding of the film, I did a bit of digging online and found a great article by the New Yorker written for the 50 year anniversary of the film.
We can definitely see ideas explored in Kubrick’s film which are very much more relevant now than ever. Human-computer interaction like that of Siri or Alexa, algorithms and privacy issues are all prominent discussion points brought up in the film. In this tweet I found a great article “What 2001: A Space Odyssey can tell us about life in 2018”, the article sums up these concepts very well.
Julia made such an interesting point in her tweet here, commenting on how the gender of the AI. Josh then replies that HAL was originally to be voiced by a woman. I wonder however, if it was voiced by a woman does it then follow the same sorts of ideas in Metropolis that woman having control = evil.
Week 3- Westworld (1973)
The screening of Westworld was notably my favourite of the films we watched. Something about a futuristic theme park where paying guests live in an artificial Wild West just seemed to fascinate me.
My most liked/retweeted tweet for this week was the following reflection I questioned.
Another tweet I received great interaction from this week was the following “who is liable if an android causes damage to a person or property?”
I found it interesting we can anthropomorphise androids, but when something goes wrong e.g. they try to kill all the humans in a theme park, who is to blame…
Both Chris and Corey made interesting comments to my question “the manufacturers” or “programmers” definitely do get the blame.
I think the main reason I enjoyed Westworld so much was after learning “Gunslinger” was an influence on classic horror film Halloween’s “Michael Myers”.
I couldn’t view Gunslingers indestructible power walk again without instantly imaging him in a Michael Mask. (So creepy but so good)
Week 4- Blade Runner (1982)
The aesthetic imagery portrayed in Blade Runner was something the stood out to me as it’s something that I incorporate into my own blog aesthetic, gif and image editing. Lots of colour, glitch aesthetic and the “cyberpunk” “vaporwave” inspired look.
Jasmine brought up a really good point, which I felt needed to be retweeted. Wouldn’t the blade runners have to be AI’s themselves to defeat replicants? I too thought this viewing the film.
Some script from the film I found quite funny JF telling Pris he makes his friends (robots). I thought this was an interesting concept the D.I.Y friend, with already existing social robots becoming more popularly accepted these days will this be a normalised concept to us in our near future?
A common theme repeating itself in every week’s film was the representation of women. My most liked/retweeted tweet for this week was some commentary on the female replicants in Blade Runner, all employed in male fantasy roles.
Week 5- Minority Report (2002)
Viewing Minority Report in our final week of live tweeting was fascinating as much of what was predicted in the film has become a reality now in 2020. However, as for all the films we’ve viewed there are always ethical concerns. This time round, Minority Report shows a future where psychics are used to predict future crime.
In the following tweet I mention a dilemma or a “infinity loop/ bootstrap paradox” that is a major idea brought up in the film.
I retweeted a conversation from Benny and Sophie who posed interesting questions also surrounding the past and how Tom Cruise’s character Anderton obsesses over the past for him to understand the future. Which is like what we are doing in this class except instead it is how the past commented on the future which actually reveals ideas of that time (2002). Sophie quotes Wendell Bell and I think this excellently sums up the film.
The article & quote linked in my tweet here explains how Minority Report was commenting on “the flawed system”. Although yes, it is far more relevant today than when it was released back in 2002 because of the rise of invasive corporate and government surveillance, it still represents the concerns in the early 2000s.
Surveillance and facial recognition are something that are predicted so accurately in the film. The film suggests that in the future, consumerism will be directly connected to surveillance and the police state, and that the same systems that make shopping and consuming easier also compromise an individual’s privacy and anonymity. I retweeted a tweet from Kendal, she linked a really great article that in fact shows that “pre-crime” techniques are actually something that has become our reality and I thought this was actually fascinating.
Overall, the experience of live tweeting was something I am very new to but I do think it was a great way of engaging with my peers, learning from them, as well as sharing my own thoughts about the movie concepts. All my above tweets/retweets are just highlights, to view all of the interactions and conversations I engaged in over the past weeks have a look at my twitter page! 🙂