Designed to cause shit. This is not an overrated films list because opinions are subjective. However I would love to…
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.
A graceful, yearnful masterwork of connection and evolving artificiality within the tattered seams of the human heart. Reflections, sunrises, and countless other grand images compliment a bittersweet story laced with impenetrable darkness.
Top 3 Spielberg.
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 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 enough…
"Why do you want to leave me? Why? I'm sorry I'm not real. If you let me, I'll be so real for you!"
The dawn lets everything in. The rays of the sun flow through the fractured lives of the suspended dust and the blinds of the half-opened windows. The birds greet humanity again with their gently soft whispers, and as you wake, the day is upon you. And yet, some don't wake along with the light. During the slumber of the night, among the stars gleaming against the void, loss occurs. It is peaceful, calm, and releasing; sending the spirit into a place unknown and undiscovered to those who live. We don't mourn the loss of a person, we mourn the memories that still ache within our hearts and our souls. Dreams are immeasurable, and the bonds from those dreams are unbreakable. Sleep is a gateway to connection.
I’ve been rolling over in my mind over the past day how to characterize Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence; is it a tribute, a homage, a love letter? No, I now think it was a debt of honor.
Stanley Kubrick was a geek. His wife Christiana once remarked that Stanley would be happy with five tape recorders and one pair of pants. He gave us what some feel is the greatest science fiction film of all time. He was fascinated not only with technology, but in the human condition. This is what brought us 2001, and the first credible filmic AI, HAL. HAL was part of our evolution. Part of the evolution of mankind.
Not too many years after 2001…
Kubrick's films to me are often a paint it by numbers image that requires me as a viewer to decide what colour should go where.
A.I. is that image created by Kubrick already coloured in by Spielberg, which is what essentially bugs me about this film.
I appreciated the visuals, the acting and a couple of sequences more this time round, but the insistent hammering home of the themes and messy pacing just don't work. There is nothing left to ponder about, nothing left to explore or discover, which is a great shame as it is a film that certainly would have lent itself well for that.
When you're set out to explore themes about what makes us human you should start with the questions, not with the answers.
This made me feel very many things
I LOVE CRYING UNCONTROLLABLY
Now here's an interesting one. AI: Artificial Intelligence really did have a life of its own, emerging originally as a Stanley Kubrick project in the early 1970's, based on the Brian Aldiss short story 'Super-Toys Last All Summer Long', only for the master to grapple with it for two decades before finally gifting it to Steven Spielberg, with whom he'd developed it since the early 1980's. Spielberg at first refused, wanting Kubrick to bring it to life himself, but when the director died in 1999, Spielberg finally accepted at the behest of his estate, wrote the script from a long held treatment, and helmed what could be his most jarring and to some extent unusual project. Unusual not in the…
It's quite long, tonally ambitious to the point of almost looking unsure of itself and so naively innocent it almost inspires parody. And yet, just as when I saw this on DVD for the first time as a kid, there is something undeniably endearing about this film that keeps you involved throughout. The seamless switch over in narrative perspective, the dense scientific arguments and striking sets of imagery that are no doubt the work of previous director Stanley Kubrick, the bittersweet emotional climax that still gets me to this day and is no doubt the work of final director Steven Spielberg. Far from perfect, yes, but not too far away.
Spielberg cannot do kubrick.
and david continued to pray to the blue fairy there before him - she who smiled softly forever, she who welcomed forever. eventually, the floodlights dimmed and died, but david could still see her palely by day... and he still addressed her in hope. he prayed until all the sea anemones had shriveled and died. he prayed as the ocean froze... and the ice encased the caged amphibicopter and the blue fairy too, locking them together where he could still make her out. a blue ghost in ice... always there, always smiling, always awaiting him."
absolutely perfect and perfectly absolute. definitely the best spielberg can offer.
This movie started off a little slow for me, I had trouble investing myself into David and his family. Right around the time the character Joe was introduced is when I became more interested. I enjoyed the visuals as we followed the two of them through bright, neon signs. The ending scene left the biggest impact on me. It felt very real, this circumstance, as if AIs that I meet in my lifetime may experience something like this. I've always loved the ideas behind artificial intelligence and this movie was another chance to stimulate my love for this genre.
There's a hint of a great sci-fi movie and a hint of a fun futuristic adventure movie. Unfortunately, the two don't mix very well in this film. I really liked the teddy bear though.
A.I.’s a film I loved as kid and still love today. During this past revisit I realized it was even weirder than I had thought it was. As a kid, and even as someone who watched it maybe 5 years ago, the emotional through line of this film always resonated with me. I understood it, and didn’t really care if any thing else made any damn sense, because the most important aspect about it made so much sense.
I can see that the film is all over the place, in fact that’s an understatement. I can see how love between a robot and a real person might be silly. I can finally see why this just did not connect with…
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