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"Go into a shoot with a bad script, and you're in big trouble." Playing in theaters now is the new sci-fi film Ex Machina, directed by screenwriter turned filmmaker Alex Garland. Garland is making his directorial debut with this film after writing the scripts for The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd. A few years back I met up with him for an interview about Dredd, and we talked a lot about science fiction, and how the genre pushes itself forward. I met up with Alex Garland again, this time while he was in New York City to promote Ex Machina, and we again chatted about sci-fi and how much he loves the genre. As always, it was fun to sit down and talk with Alex about filmmaking and much more. Fire it up! "Really interesting areas are beginning to exist that only a handful of »
- Alex Billington
Chicago – Who are we anyway, when as inventors of artificial intelligence, we can create a new wave of thought process? That is what writer – and now director – Alex Garland (“28 Days Later…,” “Sunshine”) has been grappling with his entire career. His directorial debut is the stunning and prescient “Ex Machina.”
The film relates a story of Artificial Intelligence and robot/androids, supposedly invented by a Bill Gates type of world conqueror, portrayed by Oscar Isaac. When he brings a low level worker to interact with his new robots – designed to look like beautiful young women – the implications of the brave new world become apparent. The film works on many interesting levels, including the very question of what being alive means.
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Alex Garland has been an influential novelist and screenwriter for over a decade within the Science Fiction and film industries, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection – The Heavy Mob…
The Heavy Mob features the stories Holocaust 12, Brit-Cit Brute, Wynter and the Judge Dredd tales Father Earth, Debris and Warzone, featuring the work of John Wagner, Robbie Morrison, John Smith, Jim Murray, Kev Walker, Ron Smith, Michael Carroll, Pj Holden, Nick Percival, and more.
This volume concentrates on the heavily armoured divisions within the Justice Department, sent into the most extreme of troublespots. Holocaust 12 and Brit-Cit Brute have never been reprinted since their original publication in the early 1990s, so this will be the first time they will be getting an airing in twenty years!
I feel Heavy Mob is now unfortunately the first real stumble in the Judge Dredd: Mega Collection; it begins well but proceeds to grasp randomly at stories that previously would have been stapled to the closing chapters of the other Mega Collections.
I will be 100% transparent here, I really dig Alex Garland. One of my favorite books is The Beach and the man has created some unique stories with Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Sunshine) not to mention his contribution to Dredd. Garland is now making his feature film debut with a unique sci-fi film called Ex Machina and we have some passes to give away!
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Ex MacHina Opens April 24, 2015
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- Andy Triefenbach
Alex Garland is no stranger to the big screen nor big ideas. Having penned some of director Danny Boyle's lauded efforts ( 28 Days Later, Sunshine) as well as one of my personal favorite films of the past few years (2012's superb Dredd), Garland has finally decided to step behind the camera for his directorial debut, Ex Machina, a minimalist Sci-Fi excursion down the well of creator vs creation and, in the end, which one is truly god.
The film opens on Caleb (Domhnall Gleason), a coder for an internet search engine known as Blue Book, as he has finds himself the winner of an in-house contest. The prize: a week spent with Blue Book's founder and billionaire CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Caleb is quickly whisked away by helicopter to Bateman's hidden home in the wilderness and upon arrival discovers that there's much more to his being there than merely bro-time with the big boss. »
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? There is nothing more human than the will to survive. In theaters in the Us starting today is the feature directorial debut of sci-fi screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Dredd), a film called Ex Machina about a man and his creation. Oscar Isaac stars as Nathan, the billionaire founder of a technology company, along with Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb, a young programmer brought to Nathan's home to test one of his new robots. Alicia Vikander plays Ava, an artificial intelligence humanoid designed by Nathan that Caleb is instructed to test, to see just how real she really is. Once you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on Alex Garland's Ex Machina. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all »
- Alex Billington
Acclaimed screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine, Dredd) moves into the director’s seat for the first time with Ex Machina, a stunning and thought-provoking exploration of what differentiates humanity from the machines it produces and the dangers of bearing such magnanimous responsibilities once artificial life has been created and must be contended with. A harrowing and intimate film that poses a lot of intelligent questions, Ex Machina demonstrates that Garland’s skills as a filmmaker are just as compelling as his screenwriting prowess.
Ex Machina follows Caleb (Domnhall Gleeson), an entry-level programmer for a popular search engine company who wins a contest at work one day, giving him the chance to spend a week shadowing the organization’s reclusive CEO named Nathan (Oscar Isaac) who works solely from his isolated compound situated in the middle of nowhere. Once he arrives, Caleb learns Nathan’s real reason for bringing him »
- Heather Wixson
The first trailer for Courtney Cox’s directorial debut Just Before I Go has debuted online, and you can watch it below…
Written by veteran TV producer/writer David Flebotte (Desperate Housewives), the film follows Ted Morgan (Sean William-Scott), a “down-on-his-luck average joe who chooses to end his life but is first compelled to return home for one last time and revisit all the horrible people from his past.”
Ted Morgan (Seann Willian Scott) has been treading water for most of his life. After his wife leaves him, Ted realizes he has nothing left to live for. Summoning the courage for one last act, Ted decides to go home and face the people he feels are responsible for creating the shell of a person he has become. But life is tricky. The more determined Ted is to confront his demons, to get closure, and to withdraw from his family, the »
- Scott J. Davis
For a man whose directorial debut has earned almost uniformly stellar reviews, Alex Garland seems slightly pessimistic about what might come next. It's likely because of his experiences writing "Sunshine," "Never Let Me Go" and "Dredd." All three earned some heaping of critical praise, but either disappointed or had middling success at the box office. "Ex Machina," which has already had success on the other side of the Atlantic, may break that trend. A contemporary science fiction thriller, "Machina" finds a young programmer, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), dropped off at the remote estate of his company's mysterious and genius founder, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). Caleb has won a contest at their Google-like company to spend a week with this powerful, Steve Jobs-esque figure, but he soon learns, however, that he's been recruited for a specific experiment. Nathan has secretly been developing an artificial intelligence that "lives" within a walking and talking robotic body. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Alex Garland has become known for some pretty great sci-fi screenplays, such as 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd. So it seems only natural that he would eventually direct one of his own works. Ex_Machina has some great elements, such as a beautiful location, top-notch production design, and (at least at first) an interesting concept; but, sadly, what begins as an examination of artificial intelligence becomes a cliché of sexual desire and jealousy. I wanted to like this film, and kept hoping that Garland would find his way back after it started to come apart at the mid-way point. And it isn't necessarily the directing that is the problem, but perhaps it was a mistake for Garland to take on both writing and directing. It...
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There are good science fiction movies, and there are science fiction movies that realign your perception of the world, while thrusting you into some new or otherworldly space, full of unfamiliar technology or biology. Alex Garland is in the business of making the latter. The British novelist breathed life into the zombie movie with his script for Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later," and took audiences to the far flung reaches of space with their second collaboration, "Sunshine" (if you haven't seen it, please correct the error of your ways -- it's fabulous). Garland also adapted a beloved novel for the cloning saga "Never Let Me Go" and an equally beloved cult comic book for "Dredd" (again: outstanding, especially in 3D).
This week, Garland makes his directorial debut with "Ex Machina," a twisty-turny little science fiction film that stars Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb, a coder for a Google-like monolith called Bluebook. »
- Drew Taylor
Plot: A computer programmer gets the opportunity to meet his reclusive boss at his vast estate; he soon learns that he's been brought there to test out an artificial intelligence... one that looks like a young woman. Review: Alex Garland, screenwriter of fan favorites 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd, makes a compelling directorial debut with Ex MacHina, a claustrophobic sci-fi mindgame that's like if Alfred Hitchcock had directed an episode of The Outer Limits. Infused with clever »
- Eric Walkuski
This is a reprint of our review that ran in January for the U.K. release of the film. After giving new life to the zombie and space opera genres with the Danny Boyle-directed duo of “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine,” and devastatingly adapting Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go” for Mark Romanek, it seemed inevitable that screenwriter Alex Garland would eventually find his way into the director’s chair (especially after those rumors that he took over from credited helmer Pete Travis in the editing room of “Dredd,” which he also wrote). What was less inevitable is that Garland’s directorial debut, “Ex Machina,” would be any good. If the film fell flat, he’d be far from the first scribe to unsuccessfully attempt directing. As such, it’s extremely pleasurable to report that the picture is a triumph. It's arguably Garland’s tightest and most fascinating screenplay to date, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Ex Machina is an egghead thriller with a scary selling point: Unlike Liam Neeson shooting up half of Boston, this actually could be taking place right now. It's a smart film about the shrinking divide between man and robot. It's also a hoot, an anti-comedy where all of the jokes double as threats, and vice versa. Ex Machina is the directorial debut of sci-fi screenwriter Alex Garland, who penned the better-than-it-should-be Dredd and the three-quarters-perfect Sunshine. If he didn't keep things so handsome and confident, it could play as camp. As is, it's the film version of an iPhone: small, expensive-looking, and a touch overhyped — plus an addictive sales pitch for whatever Garland makes next.
Our hero is computer coder Caleb (Domhnall »
Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1924…
Borag Thungg, Earthlets! It’s all change this Prog, with five spanking-new stories beginning. Well, they’re kinda new. Four of them are just the latest chapters in long-running strips. Handily, though, the editors have included a ‘catch-up’ page for each, which makes for some entertaingly bonkers reading. 2000Ad, it seems, is where comic book writers’ imaginations go to take drugs.
These narratives make perfect sense when told over time, but appear most strange when condenscened into two paragraphs. The best of these is the catch-up for Strontium Dog, the long-running strip from Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. Mutant turned bounty hunter turned freedom fighter, once-dead-but-returned-to-life Johnny Alpha seemed “blown to smithereens” last time we saw him. Turns out he was saved by the government he fought against to face a greater foe. Personally, Alpha has never done it for me. It »
- Oli Davis
Imitation Game: Garland’ s Compelling Debut Explores Human’s Technological Hubris
Excitingly presented and intelligently written, screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina is certainly one of the more well-versed modern examinations of man kind’s moral struggles as pertains to the symbiotic relationship with the continued honing of artificial intelligence.
Presented as a sort of take on The Island of Dr. Moreau but with a madman amongst gendered machines, Garland manages to create a series of narrative levels within the film. Unconcerned with the how or why of the scenario, Garland glides us straight into a lithe and increasingly intense narrative centered on the concept of manufactured manipulation. Effective without getting hung up on certain questions that would seem impossible (even unnecessary) to answer, Garland achieves his desired outcome, examining the moral quandaries that accompany the possibilities of expanding horizons of intelligence in a future potentially nigh.
- Nicholas Bell
Maybe this is going to become a regular thing as the complete score for this weekend's new release Ex Machina, by Portishead member Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury, has been made available online. Just last week it was the score for Ryan Gosling's Lost River as it seems this is becoming a regular thing more and more. readmore postid="172499" I saw Ex Machina, written and directed by Alex Garland (writer of Sunshine, Dredd) making his feature directorial debut, just last week and I'll have my review soon enough, though I will say I agree with pretty much everything Mike wrote in his review from SXSW. As for the score, it's more mood than anything else. Something you could turn on in the background and just melt into. Give it a listen below and be on the lookout for the film in theaters this Friday, April 10 as 2015 has already started »
- Brad Brevet
In 2061, an international lunar treaty divided a million square miles of the moon’s surface between Mega-Cities One, Two and Texas City. Every six months one of these cities has to supply a Judge-Marshal to govern it… enter Judge Dredd! An environment every bit as deadly as the streets of the ‘Big Meg’, Judge-Marshal Dredd has his work cut out for him – especially when war breaks out during the ﬁrst Lunar Olympics!
Judge Dredd is one of those characters that you love to bits but would never want policing your town. This is perhaps the same sentiments of those citizens living on Luna 1 when Dredd visits there to become the Judge Marshal for six months.
This compilation features the stories of Dredd’s tenure as Judge Marshall of the Luna 1 colony that spanned the progs of 2000Ad from issue 42 to 58 and all excellently »
- Andrew Newton
Villordsutch reviews Judge Dredd: The Mega Collection – Mandroid…
Mandroid is a vigilante story about former soldier Nate Slaughterhouse, who is invalided with his family back to Mega-City One with half his body replaced with cybernetic parts. When his wife goes missing and his son is targeted by criminals, Nate goes on the rampage.
After the Mega-Collection’s fragmented last issue where we took a look at the evolution of Judge Anderson, this time we return to my preferred method of delivery – within this series – with virtually a full issue dedicated to one entire story, which in this case is Mandroid – a tale from the great John Wagner and the fantastic artistic talents of Kev Walker. We do get two other tales stapled on at the end in the form of Escape From Atlantis, and Bad Mother from the talents of Simon Coleby, Carl Critchlow, Paul Marshall and Cam Kennedy »
Every decade has their cinematic science fiction obsessions which speak to its concerns of the age; in the 1950s films such as Earth vs. The Flying Saucers and Them! capitalised on fears of alien invasion and nuclear proliferation. In the 1960s films like Barbarella and Ikarie Xb-1 captured the hopes and dangers of space exploration while in the 1970s Silent Running and A Boy and His Dog showed a growing concern for the environment and a mistrust of governments resulting in dystopian futures. Then in the 1980s it was the exploration of inner space with the boundaries of the human mind and body being crossed and redrawn with films like Altered States and the cinema of David Cronenberg. The 1990s ushered in an obsession with apocalyptic imagery and alternate realities with Dark City and The Thirteenth Floor amongst many others.
Through these decades of cinematic science fiction, the concept of »
- Liam Dunn
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