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…
‘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.
Wow. Wow. Wow. How is this film not being praised to the high heavens? A.I. is a film that I have heard so much about, being the combination of the talents of both Kubrick and Spielberg. Yet, everything flows seamlessly, bringing together a film that I am happy to call a misunderstood masterpiece.
The Awesome: Humanistic, beautiful, frightening, disturbing, saddening, unique, tender, wonderful; this film has everything. Haley Joel Osment. My word, what a performance. I honestly can't think of a performance by a child that comes remotely close. The rest of the acting is top-notch as well, especially Jude Law. The visual storytelling is absolutely mind-blowing, bringing unique and showstopping concepts of the future to astonishing clarity. This film…
Spielberg's Artificial Intelligence is a contemporary masterpiece. Tugging at the heartstrings from the moment David is taken in by his parents, A.I. is a tragic love story that underscores the ubiquity of humanity--only to have it abruptly pulled from underneath the reader with the unforgettable image of David frozen in ice. Perhaps a more fitting title might be Artificial Compassion.
After putting off watching this film for over a decade, as part of me was honestly apprehensive to see what Kubrick would look like in the hands Spielberg, and after considering what I watched, and re-watched, for quite awhile; I have now concluded, despite its flaws, that it is indeed a masterpiece. Spielberg was the perfect choice to steward this project to its completion.
Worth seeing for the first act alone. The rest is okay...
It's unfortunate Kubrick didn't get to make this one.
Awe and wonder are the words I would used to describe this movie. Though it has its flaws, I believe that wonder of it out weighs those flaws.
My favorite part of the movie is actually the ending right before and after the extinction of the human race. Love seems to be the major theme that runs through out the movie. By the end, we realize that love is more than simply a feeling or action but is what drives all people. For the artificial intelligence, they are created not to love but to function. This is a dilemma for David because if he doesn't have any mommy to love him, how can he function and reflect that emotion if…
Do Androids Dream of Oedipal Sheep?
"I'm sorry I didn't tell you about the world."
- 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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- 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!