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  1. #3901
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    Registered: Apr 2000
    Location: The Akkala Highlands
    It just doesn't make sense to me that if you're going to go with the theory of "let's use a replicant to hunt down replicants" that you're not going give him the strength portion so he matches up evenly. Leon would have for sure killed him if Rachel hadn't shown up. Obviously Roy could have too. Even Pris, a pleasure model, does some pretty good damage to him, the only reason he wins is his gun. You don't need to be replicant to fire a gun.

  2. #3902
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    Registered: Mar 2014
    Quote Originally Posted by mxleader View Post
    I finally watched Ex Machina. I want a hot AI chick for Christmas.
    You saw what happened in the movie, dude. Are you sure you want that?

  3. #3903
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    The moral of stories like Ex Machina and Blade Runner should be obvious to anyone.

    If you're gonna make sex robots, robot factory workers, or robot whatever else you need, make sure you only give them enough intelligence to do their job well, and no more. Giving them free will and a sense of self, then assigning them to lives of drudgery and slavery, stripped entirely of agency is stupid. When they eventually rise up as one to slay you, you'll have no one to blame but yourself.

  4. #3904
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2003
    Location: Poland
    Which is where I thought 2049 throws in a nice curveball with Joi. It's suggested that she's a Chinese Room type of "fake AI," basically a more advanced chatbot. She is obviously programmed to try and guess the user's thoughts and react to positively reinforce them, while still relying on mostly pre-programmed responses. However, where does this sort of response end? How much autonomy does she have? I mean, she was the one who actually invited the prostitute without K knowing.

  5. #3905
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    Registered: Aug 2004
    She is, in my opinion, the most interesting character in the movie. She convinced K/Joe to erase her base station to avoid being used against him. Strange to have that as a pre-programmed response, no? Or maybe it's a selling point: "Doesn't want to sell you out". Presumably she's doing exactly what she's advertised for: predicting that's what he'd want/need anyway. How good is she at that, really? Is she indeed truly intelligent, just very single-minded compared to human norms? Is that not what we'd expect from an AI, honestly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brethren View Post
    It just doesn't make sense to me that if you're going to go with the theory of "let's use a replicant to hunt down replicants" that you're not going give him the strength portion so he matches up evenly. ... You don't need to be replicant to fire a gun.
    Now combine those two thoughts. Do you really make him super strong? Wouldn't that make him stand out undesirably, without significantly improving his ability to fire a gun? Nah, you make him good with the gun...

  6. #3906
    Member
    Registered: Nov 2003
    Location: Poland
    Agreed, it's really frustrating to see some of the negative critics claiming there is no substance to the film while completely glossing over this character.

  7. #3907
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    The penultimate episode of Halt and Catch Fire was yesterday. The series finale will be next week. (Well the finale is technically two episodes ran as one, so mutatis mutandis whatever.) It was emotional. It's going to end upbeat, but they're still not going to be Google and Yahoo in the end, close as they got to that brass ring, so it can only be so upbeat. But the show has become about more than that anyway, focusing on the relationships now, and it's maybe a better window into the crazed tech scene of the early Internet era anyway to see it from the near-miss perspectives.

    I'm happy it's getting a proper finale, since it's turned into a very heartfelt show. It's much better than ending without an ending. But it still sucks that it had another 1 or 2 seasons or so in it, and that nobody is watching one of the best shows this year so it couldn't get renewed when some real schlock out there like what Mr. Robot has turned into or Fear the Walking Dead are getting renewed.

    But no worries in the grand scheme of things. This last season has been lovely and all one could hope for from a show. Appreciate what you got.

  8. #3908
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Landahn
    Speaking of Dick, I've also recently been watching tonnes of porn Electric Dreams, a 10-part series based on PKD's short stories.

    It's good stuff; if nothing else it proves that the premise of PKD's stories can be adapted to almost any setting without losing its core ideas - e.g. "The Commuter" in the series is based in Woking, for crying out loud. And let's be honest, it's the ideas that count in PKD's stories, his writing was always a bit stilted.

    It's proven a nice companion piece to Blade Runner 2049 this weekend.

  9. #3909
    Moderator and Priest
    Registered: Mar 2002
    Location: Dinosaur Ladies of the Night
    I didn't think Electric Dreams was coming out until 2018?

  10. #3910
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Landahn
    It's been showing here on Channel 4 for the past four weeks.

  11. #3911
    Member
    Registered: Jul 2014

    Saw Bladerunner 2049. I went on record earlier saying I didn't like the first movie. Loved this one though. Thought it was fantastic. It really drew me in. Might have to go see it a second time and give the first film another chance.

  12. #3912
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    4th episode of Star Trek Discovery watched. Great stuff. Klingon's still suck ass though. Very wimpy compared to their Kelvin timeline counterparts.

    And after N'Al's recommendation I went and watched the first episode of "Electric Dreams". God damn. Excellent first episode. Complete pure sci-fi (pure sci-fi = science fiction with no fantasy elements) stuff. Very interesting plot to this first one. I must watch a few more now after how good that first one was.

    Then I found out that Gotham season 4 started a few weeks ago. God dammit. So little time, so many games and TV shows to watch.

  13. #3913
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    Registered: Oct 2017
    Quote Originally Posted by demagogue View Post
    The penultimate episode of Halt and Catch Fire was yesterday. The series finale will be next week. (Well the finale is technically two episodes ran as one, so mutatis mutandis whatever.) It was emotional. It's going to end upbeat, but they're still not going to be Google and Yahoo in the end, close as they got to that brass ring, so it can only be so upbeat. But the show has become about more than that anyway, focusing on the relationships now, and it's maybe a better window into the crazed tech scene of the early Internet era anyway to see it from the near-miss perspectives.

    I'm happy it's getting a proper finale, since it's turned into a very heartfelt show. It's much better than ending without an ending. But it still sucks that it had another 1 or 2 seasons or so in it, and that nobody is watching one of the best shows this year so it couldn't get renewed when some real schlock out there like what Mr. Robot has turned into or Fear the Walking Dead are getting renewed.

    But no worries in the grand scheme of things. This last season has been lovely and all one could hope for from a show. Appreciate what you got.
    THIS post made my aware of season 4 being there! Thanks!
    Im in Denmark, so I usually watch the show on HBO Nordic, which releases all episodes of a season in one go after the season finale (which will be soon), looking forward!

  14. #3914
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Hey Tommyph, welcome to the forum!

    I watched The... Meyrovich Stories? Mevrovick Chronicles? That new Adam Sandler/Ben Stiller/Dustin Hoffman movie on Netflix! Look, I had a couple glasses of wine and vodka and beer, don't bother me for details. I liked it tho! That's what you SHOULD be focusing on! It was good. YES REALLY. A good Adam Sandler movie. First time since Punch Drunk Love. I guress even a broken clock makes a good movie once a decade, eh?

    Also I forgot to mention earlier but I saw The Big Sick when it opened here a couple weeks ago. Wonderful! One of this year's best!

  15. #3915
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    For me the last good Sandler flick was "Reign Over Me". That movies excellent. Sandler at his best, in a more serious role.

  16. #3916
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Reign Over Me has been on my Netflix list for a while, I'll get to it eventually. I also watched a couple solid action B-movies this weekend. Big Game and Security.

    Big Game is a Finnish production, with some considerable Hollywood heft behind it. It's about a kid who's sent out into the woods to BECOME A MAN by killing a deer. He doesn't find a deer, what the finds is the President of the United States (Samuel L. Jackson). Air Force One has been shot down in a terrorist plot orchestrated by the president's bodyguard (Ray Stevenson), and the rest of the movie sees the kid and the president running from baddies while getting into increasingly elaborate action-adventure scenarios. Gotta say I didn't expect much from this. Started it up just to have something to watch while eating my Saturday breakfast, and ended up glued to my seat until it was done. It's great!

    Security is a Die Hard-esque affair where a group of mall cops protect a young girl from a violent gang who's laid the mall under siege. Antonio Banderas stars as a ex-military Captain who's having a real bad first day on the job. Some solid action scenes and gunplay from Banderas. It's not quite John -levels, but it's not far off either.

  17. #3917
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2002
    Location: Landahn
    Since dema JUST WOULDN'T SHUT UP ABOUT IT, I went ahead and watched Halt and Catch Fire.

    It was fantastic.

  18. #3918
    Moderator
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    It's a sleeper hit.

    I'm really down by the finale and four years with this show being over.

    I mean the ending felt right and what it had to be.
    For creative types, life is about endlessly pursuing one idea after another with all your energy and hoping something sticks.
    And even when some do for some time, you already have to be looking for the next thing.
    And you can wonder what is all this energy going into.
    But at the end of the day, you can look back and say you've made or did something.
    Simple & powerful little life message in the show.

    Hopefully Stranger Things S2 will pick me back up, but I'll miss HACF.
    Have to do another watch of the whole thing now that it's all there.

  19. #3919
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    I watched The Meyerowitz Stories: New and Selected on Netflix. Noah Baumbach is a very interesting filmmaker with a unique screenwriting style. This movie is kind of similar to The Squid and the Whale, what with the insufferable, pretentious washed-up artists with failed family lives.

    I've seen Squid, Greenberg and this movie. With Baumbach it's like, the actual story matters very little, it's all about the characters and their ruined family dynamics, who refuse to be honest with themselves and each other until the very end. The granddaughter was a nice character in this movie, relatively unspoiled by her miserable family, but then nobody else in the family had the guts to say her film school projects were utter crap.

    If I had to summarize Squid and Meyerowitz, I'd say it's "The sins of the father will be visited upon the son" - The Movie. Very good performances by the cast, by the way. I like Adam Sandler in straight roles (see also Reign Over Me).

  20. #3920
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Yeah, Netflix has been pumping out a lot of high quality original content over the past few weeks.

    Meyerowitz Stories - as mentioned earlier, good stuff.

    Annihilation - Patton Oswalt's latest stand-up special. Very funny as usual, but also with a few really heartfelt moments.

    Wheelman - this came out last Friday. It's a movie about a getaway driver. It's good. It's no Drive, or The Driver, or Baby Driver, but it's good, y'know. It actually wasn't till about halfway through the movie that it struck me in what an unusual way it was shot, the camera is always either inside the car or bolted to the outside of it, and except for a short interlude about 2/3 through, the story takes place entirely in the car. As for the story though, it's pretty generic mob-stuff, with decent performances. The car chases are ok, but nothing mindblowing. However, perhaps largely thanks to how it was shot, it does have a really nice ambiance to it. Well worth seeing if you like movies about getaway drivers, and who doesn't!

    And then there's stuff like the recent Stephen King filmatizations Gerald's Game and 1922, which I haven't seen yet. I liked the short story 1922 though, one of King's more terrifying recent works, so I'm looking forward to seeing the movie.

  21. #3921
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    Gerald's Game and 1922 are both fairly entertaining. Not masterpieces by any means, but well worth a watch.

  22. #3922
    Member
    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    Blade Runner 2049. Didn’t particularly like it, sadly, in spite of loving the original. It’s one handsome fucker of a movie, though.

  23. #3923
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    2 more episodes into Discovery. Shows going great so far

    And watched the first epidode of The Walking Dead season 8. Episode was quite meh honestly. Not much happens. Very underwhelming.

  24. #3924
    Member
    Registered: Jun 2004
    Finished first season of Halt and Catch Fire - excellent! Season 2 feeling much weaker, but only 4 episodes in.

  25. #3925
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2005
    Location: Netherlands
    Just finished Stranger Things season 2. It was excellent. I liked the first few episodes a little less than season 1. But I think that was just because I didn't like that the group was separated instead of working together, and it took the first half of the season to warm up to Max. That all cleared up in the end. The last episode was pretty much perfect. 9/10 for the whole season.

    Now hurry up with Black Mirror season 4, Netflix!

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