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Video of the Day: Watch a supercut of various robot depictions in film

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
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[Comic Execution] 2/7 – ‘Turok’, ‘Minimum Wage’, ‘The Illegitimates’

And we’re back to normal. Well, not entirely normal. I’ve really started picking up on the digital format now and it’s going to have a bit of an impact on the column. You’ll probably see fewer executions, since one of my primary gripes for a lot previous series was paying insane sums of money for comics with too many ads in them. Digital means no ads, and sometimes it means cheaper prices, too. But I’ll always notify you if I’m reading something digitally, so you can take that into consideration. Do I recommend you go digital? Not at all. I still buy all of my personal books in physical form (though not in Vertigo’s case) every week. But for these comics, you should definitely consider it.

Minimum Wage #2

Writer & Artist: Bob Fingerman

Publisher: Image Comics

Price: $3.50

When I look at the cover of Minimum Wage,
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iPad App Vision Machine Reinvents the Independent Digital Comic

Filmmaker Greg Pak (Robot Stories) has released his graphic novel Vision Machine as an iPad app and, in the process, is pointing the way towards new storytelling formats and new production and distribution partnerships. Set in the year 2061, Vision Machine is a dystopian thriller revolving around augmented reality technology not unlike Google Glass. Touching on issues like privacy and digital rights, Vision Machine was funded by the Ford Foundation as an awareness tool, and after it was completed Pak teamed up with Itvs to reimagine it as an iPad app. After learning about Vision Machine from producer Karin Chien, …
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The Greatest Food on Four Wheels

Jeff Yang The Domo Taco Truck.

On a startlingly sunny winter day in the Flatiron District, the walking traffic along lower Park Ave. has slowed to a crawl. The culprit: A knot of hungry folks on lunch break who’ve congregated around a bright yellow-green van parked in a choice slot between 23rd and 24th. Some pedestrians grumble as they’re forced to go around — but every so often, one takes a peek at the menu and joins the throng.
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‘condition:human’ Trailer Has Us condition:drooling

Blade Runner. AI. I, Robot. Robot Stories. Nothing makes us feel more human than watching robots pretend to be like us - and blur the lines in the process. That emotional reaction is the basis for condition:human, an upcoming science fiction web series written and directed by Vancouver-based filmmaker Trenton Lepp and starring Kristian Bakstad that explores themes of humanity and artificial intelligence in the near future. Official synopsis: In the near future, man has begun to address the economic and environmental issues plaguing the early 21st century. Rapid technological advancements have changed life dramatically, especially the creation of advanced humanoid robots who have begun to play an integral part in everyday life. Takumi Kenji, the reclusive CEO of Kenji electronics, and father of all things A.I. has announced the first ever 'companion' bots, a model of humanoid who's interactive capabilities are remarkably natural. As robots continue to evolve
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Urbanworld sets 55 films

Urbanworld sets 55 films
NEW YORK -- The Urbanworld Film Festival unveiled the lineup for its seventh annual run, Sept. 17-21 in New York, with 55 films slated to screen, including nine world premieres. Founded by Stacy Spikes, the film festival -- which will bring together urban selections that made waves this year at Sundance (Joey Curtis' Quattro Nozza), Tribeca (Adam Lough's Bomb the System, Damon Dash's Death of a Dynasty, Maxie Collier's Paper Chasers) and the Hamptons (Greg Pak's Robot Stories) -- is aimed at redefining and enhancing the role of minority films in contemporary cinema.

'Zero' the most at Florida fest; 'Boat,' 'Trip' win

'Zero' the most at Florida fest; 'Boat,' 'Trip' win
Director Ben Coccio's Zero Day took the Grand Jury prize for best narrative feature, worth $100,000 in goods and services, at the Orlando-based Florida Film Festival, which concluded Sunday. The audience award for best narrative feature went to Never Get Outta the Boat, directed by Paul Quinn. The Grand Jury prize for best documentary was presented to Paul Devlin's Power Trip, while Elaine Epstein's State of Deniel took home the audience award for best documentary. Among narrative shorts, Paul Gutrecht's The Vest won both the Grand Jury award and the Audience Award. Vance Malone's Ocularist earned the Grand Jury award for best documentary short, while Alex Budovsky's Bathtime in Clerkenwell won the Grand Jury award for animated short. Special jury awards were also presented to Greg Pak's Robot Stories, Jonathan Karsh's My Flesh and Blood, PES's Roofsex, and Shane Sauer's Voyage of the Kitty Kuku. The narrative features jury was comprised of Raymond De Felitta, Dave Karger, and Diana Williams. The documentary competition jurors were Alan Berliner, Mary Litkovich, and Kelly M. DeVine. The shorts jury was comprised of Michael Ellenbogen, Laura Levine, and Stephen Schaefer. The student works jurors were Tracy Frenkel, Leslie Halpern, and Katrinka VanDeventer.

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