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In the video, Garland and his team sit down with The Creators Project to discuss their inspirations for the film, the relation between AI and our own consciousness, and how AI has changed our cultural landscape.
Ex Machina is a sleeper hit this year with standout performances from Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander. Our own J.K. Kinnard said the film was “a superior techno-thriller that asks a lot more questions than it’s willing to answer.”
See the full video below.
Ex Machina | Examining Our Fear of AI from The Creators Project on Vimeo.
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- Zach Dennis
If “Ex Machina” isn’t one of the best sci-fi films of the year, then I have no idea what is. Hell, remove the “sci-fi” distinction. “Ex Machina” is one of the best films of the year. Alex Garland’s directorial debut outing (before this, he wrote, among other things, the screenplay for Danny Boyle’s 2007 space-traversing thriller, “Sunshine,” which full disclosure, is also counted among my favorite films) is a gorgeous, tense, mind-blowing 108 minutes that sets the bar for sci-fi way higher than it had been prior. As much love as critics and audiences and awards proffers heap upon Garland and his cast, we can’t neglect to consider the achievements of other artists, whose work went into making “Ex Machina” the benchmark film that it is. One such contributor is composer Geoff Barrow (Beak, Quakers, Portishead) whose score subtly yet perfectly haunts the entire film, constructing a level »
- Zach Hollwedel
A lot of noise has been made this year over how fans of Science Fiction should go see some of the larger studio-produced Sci-Fi flicks like Jupiter Ascending and Chappie if they want to see more "original" science fiction films in theaters in the future. The idea was that it didn’t matter if Jupiter Ascending and Chappie were quite disappointing efforts, and they were, they deserved your money if you ever wanted more films like them. It’s an argument equivalent to a hostage situation, and it was ridiculous. You shouldn’t support bad films in the hopes that the studio will throw some good ones your way down the road. Instead, you should pay to see excellent movies like Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, because doing so will be rewarding for you - and it will be. Plus, you get to see one of the more beautifully filmed »
- Lex Walker
Robots have been a staple on the big screen for many decades, showing up as far back as Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic Metropolis and as recently as Alex Garland’s 2015 film Ex Machina. With numerous depictions of robots have come numerous ideas of what they look like, what they’re capable of, whether they’re good or evil, and other such concerns.
Now vimeo user Mennomail has made a mashup of the various robotic representations on the big screen over the years. The video is set to both Fractals by Monea Music and Ich Will by Rammstein, and highlights both the similarities and differences in how robots have been depicted by various filmmakers. Mennomail also released a list of films from which scenes appear, which is as follows:
Films used (in alphabetical order)
1. Automata (2014)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
3. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
4. Alien (1979)
5. Aliens (1986)
6. Bicentennial Man (1999)
7. Big Hero 6 (2014)
8. Blade Runner »
- Deepayan Sengupta
This year marks over 25 years since Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio made his acting debut. As a fresh faced, ambitious teen, DiCaprio appeared in several family soap operas in the early 1990s that had decent runs, including Parenthood and Growing Pains. A quarter of a century later and two Golden Globe wins for Best Actor (The Wolf of Wall Street in 2014 and The Aviator in 2005), DiCaprio has arguably become one of the most recognizable faces in the world, albeit sadly without that coveted Oscar win. Sealing his fate as a global heartthrob in age-old romantic drama Romeo + Juliet in 1996, then following it up next year with the blockbuster Titanic, Leo subsequently shot to stardom and worked with some of cinema’s finest directors, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino. Although a hard list to make given his impressive CV, here we take a look back some of his most remarkable roles. »
- Gary Collinson
So here we are, smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer (and if you don’t get that little saying, try lying out on the sidewalk in 100-degree heat for 15 minutes or so, like Fido does, and see if a light bulb doesn’t go off). The dogs are often howling in movie theaters too—at times it seems as though August has replaced January in the hearts of moviegoers as the dumping ground for pictures not really worthy of our attention (or a serious investment in the marketing department). Movies like Pixels and Fantastic Four have their perverse fascination—just how bad can they possibly be? Both were greeted with reviews so scathing and unyielding in their acidity that studio heads can only pray nothing in October, November or December will be perceived as worse, and I have to admit a certain curiosity. But that »
- Dennis Cozzalio
New Indie One of 2015’s most talked-about new releases, Ex Machina (Lionsgate) revels in the kind of five-minutes-in-the-future science fiction that prompts spirited discussions, not just for the extraordinary filmmaking of writer-director Alex Garland but also for its provocative subject matter regarding artificial intelligence and its ongoing relationship with mankind. Tech drone Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) is thrilled to get an invitation to the high-tech home of the company’s mysterious CEO (Oscar Isaac), only to discover that the boss wants Caleb to test out a brand-new android (Alicia Vikander) who may or may not be more than the sum of her programming. A captivating exploration of technology and of evolving gender roles, Ex Machina will have you rethinking how much...
- Alonso Duralde
Reshoots, angry fans and reports of the director’s on- and off-set travails have plagued the production of Fox’s latest reboot for Marvel’s superhero quartet
Let’s pause before writing off the new Fantastic Four movie before anyone’s seen a single frame on the big screen. Similar negative buzz flurried around 2012’s Dredd, with reports that director Pete Travis had been locked out of the editing room by the studio while untried screenwriter Alex Garland took charge. Three years on, Garland is being vaunted as one of the most talented young film-makers of his generation after huge critical acclaim for Ex-Machina, and Dredd is widely considered something of a cult classic.
Related: Fantastic Four film-makers respond to criticism of decision to cast black actor
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- Ben Child
Ex MacHina was a classy slice of cerebral sci-fi with a literary-cinematic heritage stretching back through Blade Runner and Metropolis to Frankenstein. Director Alex Garland made an impressive debut behind camera, effectively directing with remote, minimal style. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander excelled in the film’s most important role as the sleek, sexy robot who struggles to come to terms with her humanity (or lack of it), giving a performance more about intuition and gesture than dialogue. The only real special effect in the film was the presentation of Ava with a human face, but mostly composed of wires and a partly transparent body, and it was seamless. An electro soundtrack by Geoff Barrow added to the retro sci-fi air of Ex MacHina, a terrific film. Now, Ex MacHina is available on DVD and We Are Movie Geeks wants to give away three copies. Not only that, we want to »
- Tom Stockman
Making a sci-fi film on a limited budget can be a risky prospect. Filmmakers like Shane Carruth, Jonathan Glazer, and Alex Garland have found recent success crafting their low-budget sci-fis by doing away with elaborate and expansive production designs, as well as large-scale action sequences. Instead, it was their complex ideas and themes that were placed at the forefront. “Synchronicity,” on the other hand, has an elaborately detailed production design, a distinctive and inspired visual style, and despite being set in the future, it never comes across as a cheap SyFy film. It may lack the cerebral and thematic complexities of “Upstream Color” or “Ex Machina,” but “Synchronicity” still works -- mostly because it’s a throwback sci-fi noir that’s largely entertaining and, on a technical level, is admirably well-crafted. Written and directed by Jacob Gentry (“The Signal”), “Synchronicity” wears its influences on its sleeve. The main visual inspiration »
- Ken Guidry
There’s little mystery to why exactly a new breed of films are engaging our uncertainty with artificial intelligence. Increasingly sophisticated, the technology will take us strange, new places and both the optimism and anxiety is real. What’s exciting is how these films use the conceit to reveal things about ourselves. Alex Garland’s Ex Machina hit earlier…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Festival’s world premieres include Roxette Diaries, Taikon, Odödliga and Drottninglandet.Scroll down for full line-up
“They are one of the biggest bands to come out of Sweden, and this film shows them in a new light. It was filmed during their tours from 1988 to 1995, and of course with Jonas Akerlund directing, it has a real art feel to it, he’s very brave with this material,” Svante Tidholm, Way Out West’s Head of Film Programming told Screen.
Another world premiere at the Gothenburg-based film and music festival will be Taikon, a documentary about civil rights activist and author Katarina Taikon. “She was one of the pioneers of human rights for the Romany community. It’s an amazing story and she’s an amazing character,” Tidholm added.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
It looks like Warner Bros. is taking another stab at its long-planned Logan’s Run remake, with the studio enlisting writer-producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Star Wars Rebels) to write a story and treatment, according to THR.
The remake of the classic 1976 sci-fi movie has passed through the hands of a number of filmmakers, with writers Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) all taking a crack at the script and Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) both attached to direct at various points.
Based on William F. Nolan’s 1967 novel, Logan’s Run “is set in a future society where people are executed upon reaching a certain age and those that seek to avoid their fate are deemed ‘Runners.’ The protagonist, Logan, is one of those executioners, known as the Sandmen, who »
- Gary Collinson
"Logan's Run" has had a long, long history of trying to be remade in Hollywood. The script has been gone over by a number of talented hands (Alex Garland, Will Beall and Christopher McQuarrie) and more recently, landed in the promising hands of Nicolas Winding Refn. At one point his version would've starred Ryan Gosling and featured a score by Johnny Jewel, but it fell apart, partly because Refn wasn't sure he would be able to put his imprint on the material. "When I pulled out of ‘Logan’s Run,’ it was the decision that if I was gonna make one of these mega-blockbusters, I would control the material,” he said in 2013. However, the dormant project has new life. THR reports that Simon Kinberg, the producer behind the "X-Men" franchise and the various "Star Wars" properties (including one of the upcoming spinoffs), is taking a shot at "Logan's Run." He'll »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The new version of a film based on William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson’s sci-fi novel Logan’s Run has been eluding filmmakers and rights owners Warner Bros. for more than a decade now. But things could finally be turning around for the studio’s efforts, with writer/producer Simon Kinberg now aboard to jumpstart a fresh attempt. Warners has been trying to get this one moving for at least 15 years, hiring writers and directors including Alex Garland, Will Beal, Christopher McQuarrie, Bryan Singer and Nicolas Winding Refn to work on scripts and develop ideas, with the latter bringing Ryan Gosling aboard for one of the efforts that came closest to being realised. But try as they might, none of them managed to get it to production.Nolan and Johnson’s book – famously adapted for the screen in 1976 starring Michael York and Jenny Agutter – imagines a future society that appears idyllic, »
Kinberg is being hired to write a story treatment for the film, along with joining Joel Silver as a producer. The script will then be tackled by a writer to be hired in the near future.
The project would be an adaptation of 1967 novel by William F. Nolan which is set in a future society which executes people upon reaching a certain age. Those who seek to escape their fate are called 'Runners' and are hunted by 'Sandmen'. Logan is a Sandman who ends up on the run after he becomes sympathetic with members of an underground railroad of Runners.
- Garth Franklin
When Alex Garland revealed that his next film would be an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's novel Annihilation, the first thing I did was order a copy. After all, if this book was worthy of rousing the interest of the man who directed Ex Machina, then it was surely something worth reading. Having now finished the book in a single marathon session (it's a hard one to put down), I see what Garland saw in the material. As written, Annihilation is not a movie...but it is a powerful spark that ignites a fire deep within the imagination. This eerie story is science fiction at its most unsettling and horror at its most ambitious. The book itself isn't particularly cinematic, but the possibilities of twisting it, contorting it, and massaging its ideas into a cinematic shape are...
- Jacob S. Hall
Either I’ve been staying on top of my homework or 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for film scores already. From blockbuster disappointments to indie oddities and mindless action sequels, film music has once again shown it can transcend its respective dreck just as much as it can enhance the cinematic experience. With film festival season on the horizon, let’s check in with the best movie music of the year:
Neil Blomkamp’s movies seem to be getting worse, but Hans Zimmer’s sensibilities are getting more exotic and daring. Course-correcting from the massive publicity stunt that was The Amazing Spider-man 2, the master of bombast continues to experiment with digital textures, recruiting pupils Kawczyksnki and Mazzaro for a score that humanizes and contextualizes the childish perspective of its Robocop with a heart of gold.
“It’s a Dangerous City” introduces »
- David Klein
Now we've passed the halfway point of the year and summer blockbuster season is beginning to wind down, what better time to deliver our half-term report on 2015 so far?
From Oscar contenders like Selma and Foxcatcher to blockbusters Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World, it's been a strong year for cinema. Read on to find out our rankings then comment below with your favourites...
15. Fast & Furious 7
The Fast & Furious saga's latest instalment carried with it all the insane action sequences and stunts we've come to expect, but few could have predicted just how emotionally affecting the film turned out to be.
The death of Paul Walker in November 2013 meant that production had to be called off while the filmmakers figured out how to complete the movie without him, and they gave him (and character Brian O'Connor) the perfect send off. Sometimes life presents a fork in the road »
A new sci-fi classic Ex Machina: Ex Machina is perhaps one of the most challenging science fiction movies in recent years, not because it contains some kind of Primer-esque plot that's going to require charts and diagrams to figure out, but because so much of the movie is affected by what baggage and preconceived notions the audience brings to it. On the surface the directorial debut of Alex Garland (who wrote Dredd, Never Let Me Go, and Sunshine) is about a brilliant billionaire (Oscar Isaac) who invites one of his employees (Domnhall Gleeson) out to his gorgeous, secluded estate to test out a mystery technology that just so happens to be a robot (Alicia Vikander) with a high level of artificial intelligence. Below the...
- Peter Hall
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