All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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 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…
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It may be my favorite film ever. I love this movie. I have only seen it 5 times. The first time I watched it, I thought it was good, nothing special. The second time it hit me, and every subsequent viewing the movie completely overwhelms me. I love it so much I cannot watch it often, because when I do watch it, the thing destroys me.
I saw this last Sunday night, and could not bring myself to write a proper review for days. Even then, the document I wrote blathering on about my love for the movie was without structure or coherence, full of contradictions and weird bursts of emotions that is better to be lost forever in cyberspace.…
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.
That everlasting moment. We all reach for it. And it always passes.
How I managed to not see this film for 14 years is beyond me.
I feel ashamed.
A fantastic film on every level!
Liked this. Unapologetic Spielberg tearjerkery with some pretty cool design and Jude Law playing a robot gigolo. I mean, I know I would.
Daring, beautiful and emotionally powerful. Spielberg's film that Kubrick was initially slated to direct asks all the big questions that any film dealing with artificial intelligence brings up, but is more intimate than many that you would see. Haley Joel Osment gives another memorable performance as the mecha trying to be as loved as a real boy by his mother, never blinking during the film but still displaying the beating heart that all humans have.
His adventures with Gigolo Joe (an absolutely wonderfully cocky and chipper Jude Law) teach him about the world and takes him to the end of it. The ending is much debated, but I loved the decision to tack on the final 15 minutes. As with…
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A true mess
Questions Before We Begin:
1. New Beverly Cinema Double-Feature Pairing: "D.A.R.Y.L"
2. Part of a Franchise? Where Does it Rank? Nope, but it is definitely in the top 10 Spielberg movies, and that is saying something.
3. Is Samuel L. Jackson Part of the Proceedings? How Does He Do?
No, but if he were, he'd probably voice a sassy Mecha.
Exhibit A as to why revisiting movies can be a good, great, idea...
Full disclosure- the first time I saw this, there was a non-English speaking person sitting behind me who had the entire movie translated, word-for-word, into English. Yeah, that may have influenced my feelings toward it, but more than that, I think I expected something else, mainly based…
I liked the scenes with Jude Law but a lot of the family drama stuff was boring and tough to watch. Also, there are some very weird cameos in this movie.
Film 16 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
I was fascinated by how clearly this film was the result of combining Spielberg and Kubrick's sensibilites. The moral is heavyhanded, as one expects from Spielberg, but the setting is dazzling, as one expects from Kubrick. The feelings are sentimental, but the story is brutal.
I felt the middle part of the film worked best, in particular any scene with Jude Law (great use of the actor), or the other robots - all intriguing characters in their own right, some quality world-building in their scenes. The first part was a bit too slow for my taste, and the last one also slows down a bit too much, though I found the ending perfectly insane. However, throughout the film I loved the feeling of wonder from a beautiful, horrible, self-contained universe.
sometimes tonally confused, sometimes really smart
it's just weird at times, and could've been done far, far better
i would've liked to see kubrick's take on the story, in part due to him never having done a movie with a child as the focus. now the movie is just kinda standard spielberg fare
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!