Live Tweeting PT 2 – BCM325

Live Tweeting PT 2 – BCM325

futuristic movies. I have personally found the communication delivery through Twitter very enjoyable. The delivery has helped me converse ideas, meet fellow students and even debate with said students. Discussing through Twitter has also allowed me to view the selected movie from several different lenses, as different students had various points of view and opinions on the film. Coincidentally, I had not previously seen 4 out of 5 movies, my commentary in response being much rawer and impulsive. The only downside to having not seen the movies was my attention span – I was too enthralled with the films to tweet all time!

Robot & Frank

I personally believe Robot & Frank was one of the most popular movies in this subject – and most touching too. As I discovered earlier on in the subject, each film takes a very different approach on the “Man vs Machine” concept. In this case, the movie presents man and machine working hand in hand. Frank was a relatable character, his opinion on machines being very much like our generation’s opinion towards machines – hesitant and suspicious. Yet, throughout the film, the robot and man become friends and work for hand in hand. As I commented in the tweet below “It’s interesting to see a tame and friendly robot on screen, shows a different posthumanist perspective – without fear or death like the other movies in the subject #BCM325” this specific tweet engaged quite a lot of attention, students agreeing with my opinion and then further adding their own points. This movie was the most light-hearted and warm movie of the bunch and was very enjoyable.

The Arrival

This week’s movie was much darker than the last, and once again was an entirely different scope of the future and “Man vs Machine” concept. It was hard to engage this week due to purely once again being enthralled by the film, the film was definitely requiring continual engagement. Just like myself, I could tell it was hard for other students to engage on Twitter, obviously becoming distracted by the film as well. In opposition to “Robot & Frank” this film was much darker and eery.

It was the third film thus far following “2001 Space Odyssey” and “Ghost In The Shell (1995)” to include the concept of Aliens, presenting this idea of space and technology in the near future. My tweets were more fact-based and spread out this week, I was not engaging as much as usual due to the distraction of the film however I was still reading and gathering opinions from other students’ tweets.

Alita Battle Angel (2019)

As dramatic as this sounds, I was overwhelmed and amazed by this week’s movie. The graphics alone were futuristic in “Alita Battle Angel”. The movie also took decades to make, highlighting just how significant the advancement of film and the future of cinema itself. The roles are reversed in this film in relation to the “Man vs Machine” concept. In past films we have seen robots, in a sense, being invaders of a humane world, In “Alita Battle Angel” It is a human imposter invading a cyborg world. Viewing this movie from an entirely different lens again, after some research I learned the making of this film alone was even futuristic, the technologies used in the film were apparently beyond their year. This movie made it very clear that even though we are studying the films, the backstory and making of the film can have futuristic and advanced aspects too.

This tweet received 47 likes from die-hard Alita fans

Ready Player One

At this point, I feel like I’m slightly repeating myself, but my observation on this week’s film ONCE AGAIN shifted the focus and point of view on the “Man vs Machine” concept. This week, the concept was essentially immersed into one through VR technology. Man used technology as a weapon in “Ready Player One”, a large tech company buying a small-time creator’s dream VR for it to become the driving force in scamming society for their money, manual labour, and power. Many people in today’s class had multiple views on this week’s movie, sparking debate on whether technology or man is truly evil or if it is each other’s use of them that makes them a weapon.

I made a tweet stating “I think this movie along with other movies on this subject ask the same question – when is enough, enough when it comes to technology?” to which I got a response of “Is technology bad or is it how humans use technology”. My tweet caused a small debate about whether there are two evils or if technology only becomes evil in the hands of man. The movie alone highlighted that the extent of technology can be taken too far, removing us and making us severely out of touch with reality. This concept can even be viewed with the distraction of social media and the alteration of reality through apps such as Instagram and Facebook.

Don’t Look Up

We definitely finished off this semester with, in my opinion, the best futuristic based film to date. “Don’t Look Up” is the only film from this subject I had completed beforehand. This satirical masterpiece shows the shocking and frustrating response from humanity when threatened by a comet heading to earth. My largest engagement withing in this subject was in response to this film. The title alone shows the ignorance of humanity and how truly ignorance is bliss. Watching the movie back a second time, I found there was so much more to talk about.

There were continual juxtapositions between nature and humanity as well as SEVERAL satirical punchlines that I found myself constantly wanting to tweet about. “Don’t Look Up” is the nearest future film, the heavy use of social media alone relates closely to society’s response to the COVID19 pandemic, people used social media to laugh and make memes in response to danger. Viewing the #BCM325 feed, I saw even further quotes and actions in the film that mocked society and illuminated the ignorance and closed-mindedness of our society.


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