A 1947 French Film Accurately Predicted Our 21st-Century Addiction to SmartphonesWhen we watch a movie from, say, twenty years ago, it strikes us that both nothing and everything has changed. Apart from their slightly baggier clothes, the people look the same as us. But where are their phones?
It’s humanity versus cephalopods in an eerie but soggy Twilight Zone“8” is far from the worst episode of this new Twilight Zone season. (So far, that’s still “Ovation.”) But for me, it may end up being the most disappointing. I’m a fan of the films of this episode’s co-directors, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead, whose films Spring and The Endless glory in the visual possibilities and the inherently mind-bending wonders of science-fiction and horror. Plus, “8”...1
Magic and TechnologyOne of my favorite elements of the Japanese science-fiction/fantasy tradition is the connection between magic and technology.* In the Euro-American tradition, magic is almost always characterized as the romantic opposite of cold technology.** Technology represents the mechanized world, facts, logic, and objectivity. Magic, in contrast, represents human will, creativity, mother nature, and...1