Thursday, May 5, 2016
Thursday Movie Picks-Androids/Cyborgs
The A to Z takes over one's life doesn't it? It is fun though so well worth it. I am amazed that I still did my Thursday movie picks and it is another week and another theme. This week it is all about robots...ok, Androids/Cyborgs. If you wish to see what the others have chosen head on over to Wandering Through The Shelves to check out the blog list. Here are my 3...
Oh...I picked another silent film and a German film to boot! This is not just any regular film but a masterpiece from the story (which could be used even today) to the great special effects considering the time in which this film was made. Fritz Lang was inspired by New York City when he visited and he tried to duplicate this city for his future city. He co-wrote, with his then wife, Thea Von Harbou ( they separated when she went all hungry Hitler and he hated, rightfully, the a-hole) this futuristic film where a young man who lives in splendour, in the above ground city sees a beautiful woman who is fighting for the welfare of her people who live in the underground city. He defies his father and travels down to the underground city to see the plight of his own countrymen and is disgusted by their treatment so he can live a great life. Unbeknownst to him, his father has a mad scientist construct a robot replica of the heroine to work in his favour but the evil scientist has other plans. This film got reworked in the 80's and had rock music placed into the film which, to me sucked big time. As is always the case, restorers found an original cut by Lang of this film in 2008 and was restored and shown at the Berlin Film theatre in 2010.
2. STAR WARS-1977
I mean, this has to be on my list because of the wonderful Laurel & Hardy, aka R2D2 and C3P0. Yes, George Lucas was inspired by the famous comedy duo when creating these 2 characters. These 2 characters have been in every film (except the last one I believe) since this film came out. You know the plot, beautiful princess with the earmuffs places something in the R2 unit before she is captured by the evil Darth Vader. R2 and C3P0 travel down to a planet and are picked up by a young Luke Skywalker who soon learns that they are not your ordinary droids. With the help of Obi Wan, a former Jedi knight, and Han and Chewie they embark to save the princess and the galaxy. I love that Lucas was inspired by the old Flash Gordon serials of the 30's. It is great movie that started so, so much from special effects (Industrial Light & Magic), McDonald Toys and geeky fans everywhere to so, so much more.
I could have chosen so many others but I have a soft spot for this movie even though it is normally not my cup of tea. From the famous line, "I'll be back," to seeing Schwarzzie's butt, it is one hell of a ride. I am not a fan of James Cameron and feel one should stick a needle in his head to let out all the hot air, but this film packs a wallop. A young woman, nothing special, is being hunted by by a cyborg to be killed since she will give birth to the man who will save earth. A man from the future comes back in time to help her survive. You are on the edge of your seat with this one and, thankfully, Arnie doesn't speak much so, it is quite a good movie. This film also started a whole new franchise of never ending robots vs man movies.
I could have picked Star Trek: First Contact which i love along with A.I. and Ex Machina but I went with these 3. Which ones would you choose??