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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.
Teddy is my hero.
The best acting a child actor will probably ever do
"I am! I was!"
Although very corny in places, and hit-and-miss throughout its first two acts, the final third of this Spielberg/Kubrick hybrid comes alive, asking genuine questions about existence and what it means to be human.
A missed opportunity to create something truly special.
The Kubrick Expedition: Episode 0 - the prologue.
From this day foreword, I will watch all of the Kubrick films ever made, starting now. I have not seen any Kubrick movies until today, and I will accomplish my goal or die trying.
I made this episode 0 because the death of Kubrick forced Speilberg to finish the project.
I know from many folks that this movie is flawed because Speilberg screwed up the ending. This actually isn't true. The ending given actually is what Kubrick wanted initially. Prior to his death, he had written that he wanted to make this ending to raise further philosophical questions. This was rather a controversial decision to make, as the writers didn't want it…
A lot of people talk about this requiring multiple viewings to enjoy, which hopefully is true.
"A.I." may be uneven here and there but its imaginatively crafted and offers up fascinating questions to ponder long after you've finished watching.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!