Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Journey to a world where robots dream and desire.
Eleven-year-old David is the first android with human feelings. He is adopted by the Swinton family to test his ability to function. Before they are done testing him though David goes off on his own following his wish to be a human. He is on an odyssey to understand the secret to his existence. A science fiction film from Steven Spielberg taken over from Stanley Kubrick.
But in the beginning, didn't God create Adam to love him?
Its known that the elusive Kubrick was good friends with Steven Spielberg; the two brains even had dinner together and often talked for hours about their respective beliefs, influences and cinematic creations. What I would give to see, or hear those two talk...
Artificial Intelligence is the cinematic embodiment of those dinner table talks.
Obviously, the melding of minds between two titans of cinema was going to be a very peculiar project. A.I. is what some would like to describe as a rough handoff, or uneasy transition. The film was almost entirely conceptualized by the great Kubrick before being suddenly handed off to Spielberg a couple years short of…
A person recently told me that while he felt unprepared to raise children, he definitely intended to have them, sooner rather than later, with the hope that their existence would bring order and focus to a life lacking all these attributes. This seems like a terrible but definitely not untypical plan, and the question is what kind of abuse, neglect, resentful behavior and other forms of parental distancing take place when (as must often be the case) children turn out not to be reliable emotional crutches or conveyers of constant feel-good vibes but flawed, idiosyncratic human beings for whom no reaction is yet normal or expected, adolescents who will be frustratingly strange and inadvertently terrifying until they've been exposed to…
As the months on the calendar continue to fall off far too rapidly and the years start to sound more like a science fiction setting rather than the present, the year 2001 starts to remind me less of the Kubrick masterpiece and more of a time long since passed. While I recall the memories of things that will be impossible to forget, like the surreal day in September in which America was attacked, very little of what I personally experienced back then will register in my mind ever again. I was 17 years old and the days I lived then all blur together in a mess of underage alcohol consumption and raging hormones, but oddly enough I have carried a…
‘Artificial Intelligence’, world famous director Steven Spielberg’s somewhat overlooked 2001 film about a robotic boy that is longs for his human foster mother’s love, is dividable into three chapters. First there is the prologue, of which I was afraid it would comprise the environment for the whole film, that aroused feelings of awkwardness, quite a bit like ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ did. The moral dilemmas that are brought up in here are forced down the viewer’s throat and as such I was very happy to see that the movie took a turn into a much more fun second part, wherein our protagonist teamed up with a middle-aged male love-robot, played by Jude Law. For what seems like a…
Haven't seen this since September 2001, when I walked out of the cinema sporting roughly the following expression: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Tonight's re-watch on Blu-ray: Completely. Destroyed me. Quintessential Spielberg plus quintessential Kubrick, working (for the most part) in immaculate harmony. Fear and wonder indeed.
Some good, some boring, some bad, some idiotic. The ending sucks, and the film is a bit manipulative. Too bad Kubrick didn't get a chance to make it, this is no substitute.
So, I watched it again (probably 4th time) and was struck by just how good Haley Joel Osment was. The first 40 minutes are brilliant- you can see this is where the short story has it's heart, with just the concept- pure, simple and tragic. I used to say this is Jude Law's best film, but watching again I think it's more that the character plays to Law's "strengths" as an actor (he's all surface charm with lots of ticks and kicks).
Up until they enter the Flesh Fair, it's about as good as anything Spielberg has done. After that there is some fairly standard action, chase scenes and then onto the difficult last half hour. I have always maintained…
La perfecte combinació de ciència ficció i conte de fades. Un allau d'imatges i decorats memorables (em quedaria per sempre mirant el món de Manhattan) que són un plaer reviure-les en 35 mm al cinema.
The perfect mix of science fiction and fairytale. An avalanche of memorable images and set designs (I will watch forever the world of Manhattan) which are a pleasure to wacth again at the cinema in 35mm.
Vastly underrated Spielberg film, with some amazing special effects work and an incredibly bleak storyline. Wish he did more sci-fi films like this.
This has been the only film that I have seen in the cinema that I have been within seconds of standing up and leaving. Simply put I find this film is far to long and frankly dull. An it all stems from David, I find him far to creepy and annoying to actually even sympathize with.
The only section of the film that I enjoy is once Joe comes into the story and we see the strange real world, its just the start and end that I can't stand. I just really don't care for David and his dream of becoming a 'Real boy' an because of that I fail to enjoy the film for what it is. An if…
I may have reached the point where I'll have to acknowledge that A.I. has become my personal favorite Spielberg film.
Stops being the typical Spielberg you'd expect about halfway through, before revealing its Kubrick origins by losing its shit and going mad, then pushing through the madness to deliver some freewheeling lyricism.
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
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- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
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Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!