Ex Machina: The Motion Picture

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i rewatched it was good

lag∞n, Saturday, 2 January 2016 22:56 (five years ago) link

they didnt say why shd didnt just steal nathans key card btw except i guess we cld assume that there was some security thing that wldnt let her leave the room

lag∞n, Saturday, 2 January 2016 22:58 (five years ago) link

i watched the behind the scenes stuff on the bluray, vikkander wore a full bodysuit made of that silver mesh, they didnt have to green screen her at all for any of her scenes

also her & the woman who plays the japanese robot are both ex-ballet dancers, makes so much sense now, the way they inhabit the space & their precise movements, subtle head tilts & gestures, genius bit of casting

also the location for nathan's lair is a house + the hotel, they combined parts from both

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 2 January 2016 23:24 (five years ago) link

wow, zero idea that Evil Elon Musk was Poe Dameron until now

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Monday, 4 January 2016 07:14 (five years ago) link

i didn't either. god, i am the absolute worst with that. i also didn't recognize him in star wars, despite having recently watched him for 6 hours in Show Me a Hero. i am like the guy that doesn't recognize someone when they put charlie chaplin accessories on their face

Karl Malone, Monday, 4 January 2016 15:45 (five years ago) link

i didnt recognize him either he looked really different

lag∞n, Monday, 4 January 2016 16:19 (five years ago) link

smdh @ all of u

Flamenco Drop (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 January 2016 16:41 (five years ago) link

saw this the other day. it was okay. kind of an obvious denouement but on the whole, i liked how it unraveled. the creepiest bit was the android demanding to know why she couldn't be let out and then smashing herself against a wall.

canoon fooder (dog latin), Monday, 4 January 2016 16:43 (five years ago) link

I had to see Oscar Isaac in like three different things before I realized they were all the same dude. He's chameleonic, fer sure.

Some Pizza Grudge From Twenty Years Ago (Old Lunch), Monday, 4 January 2016 16:51 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

https://www.quora.com/At-the-end-of-the-movie-why-does-Ava-ask-Caleb-to-stay-in-the-room
^^this ridiculously long post is somewhat circular in its logic but does contain perspectives that may be of interest

And Caleb thinks he wants to set Ava free, but his perception of her and choice to try to "rescue" her is driven by his own sexual feelings for her, and his ability to see her as a "person" are driven by his ability to feel sexually attracted to her and to justify his attraction to her... and, most importantly, by his assumption that she returns his affections. If he were not sexually attracted to her, and if she did not suggest she was sexually attracted to him, then he would surely not have reacted as he did nor tried to help her escape. His idea of "rescue" is dependent on sexualization of her as a gendered being who will have sex with him. Which is an extension of gender bias and privilege, and of oppression.

niels, Thursday, 16 June 2016 13:08 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

I just watched this.

AVA obviously has no compunction about walking away from the house with Caleb alive, but trapped and probably doomed to a slow death. She is not distressed by this at all. This is pretty good evidence that AVA never had any attachment to or compassion for Caleb, which prima facie proves she was entrapping him purely for the purpose of escape.

However, since AVA's only previous experience of humans prior to meeting Caleb was her master/slave relationship with Nathan, her manipulation of Caleb does not imply that she was incapable of developing a more operative sense of compassion with humans in the future, assuming she learned more about our variations and was less vulnerable to oppression by humans, being both mobile and intelligent (and well-disguised as not an 'other').

btw, I am only using "she" and "her' as shorthand, seeing that AVA is presented to us in the form of a human female. In truth, she is not a woman. It would have been a somewhat different movie if AVA had been male and the interrogator a woman.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Tuesday, 4 October 2016 03:18 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

Ah, pretty decent movie. Some initial reactions.

Nice "hey that's not how the Turing test works, is this going to be *really* bad?" fake-out near the beginning.

The repeated gag about wrongly attributed quotes.

The implication at the end I think is that AVA's emergence into the world is the beginning of the end for humans. Caleb quoting Oppenheimer (quoting the Bhagavad-Gita) is not just about Nathan killing off prototypes. This is made more explicit by the appearance of the OMD song earlier in the film and of course Nathan saying that the next model will be the "singularity". The next model will be built by AVA.

Although bored by so many Eurorack Carpenter knock-offs the Barrow / Salisbury soundtrack was really good. Some luvverly filtering.

Didn't recognise Poe Dameron even though I only just re-watched TFA. Weird choice making this guy a pisshead. You'd think coke + 'research chemicals'; possibly a ratings consideration.

It's not perfect but it's ahead of some of the people on imdb who think it's too dumb.

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 24 May 2017 09:28 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

Thought this movie was very underrated, but anyway, new one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufaDurSCKOk

Seems like a scary sequel to Arrival.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 September 2017 20:29 (three years ago) link

Looks a lot more like Solaris (both versions) with guns.

prelude to abjection (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:09 (three years ago) link

eleven months pass...

this ruled. absolutely classic performance by oscar i. i love how attuned it is to both caleb and nathan's failings.

call all destroyer, Monday, 27 August 2018 01:54 (two years ago) link


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