Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, “Her” follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.
There has been an on-going discussion about the Bechdel Test as it is applied to films. This test is named after Alison Bechdel, and it is a metric that originated with her comic “Dykes to Watch Out For”.
A boy, Mark Petrie, wakes up in the middle of the night to find the figure of his best friend Danny Glick, recently and mysteriously deceased, emerging from glowing white mist and floating outside his bedroom window. With pale skin, hollow eyes, and protruding fangs, Danny gently scratches at the glass, begging to be invited in: ‘Open the window – open the window Mark – please — let me in — it’s ok Mark, I’m your friend’.
It's a special day when an album from one of the most important and influential artists alive becomes available to hear for the first time. Especially when it's been such a long time coming. 'Caustic Window' is a 'lost' full-length by Richard David James aka Aphex Twin from 1994 which was scrapped at the test pressing stage. Only five copies were made, with one mysteriously making its way to eBay 20 years later. Aphex Twin fans (galvanised by the We Are The Music Makers forum) clubbed together on a Kickstarter project and raised $67,424 (roughly £40k) to buy the vinyl which they've now, with Aphex and his label Rephlex's blessing, released digitally. You can stream the whole thing on YouTube below.
Can humans fall in love with machines?Do people in the future have technology fetishes?Does Samantha pass the Turing test?What is the technological aesthetic of the future?What is the significance of beautifulHandWrittenLetters.comIn what sense is Theodore playing the same role as the sex surrogate?Is Theodore mediating love between humans?True of False: Is Theodore packaging up love in the same way as the company that produced Samantha?How much do we want our love packaged?
With E3 recently rearing its ugly head, there have been inevitable discussions about the representation of women in video games. I call myself a manga enthusiast, but truth be told I'm just as interested in gaming.
Lady Gaga performs "Born This Way" live At the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. (C) 2011 The Recording Academy (Ambientándome con Lady Gaga - Born This Way para ponerle la banda a mi alumna Fátima que tiene mucho arte.
One of the major aims of the new book TV Horror, which looks at televised horror from its golden days to today, is to demonstrate that the tensions that surface between television and horror, manifested in mainstream taste and major broadcasting concerns regarding levels of violence, for example, can work for rather than against dramatic horror. This adage recalls the great theorist Rudolf Arnheim’s central belief that every art form succeeds because of its limitations. In their introduction Lorna Jowett and Stacey Abbott make the important observation that the hybrid nature of television has led to horror being crossed over into other genres (children’s programming, drama, comedy, police procedural, etc.), which has in turn forced viewers (and indeed critics) to rethink what horror is and can be in a “television context” (xiii).
A personal note here first, although I realize if you are a Sopranos (1999-2007) fan it may make you stop reading this article. I grew up in the American Midwest, went to college for four years on the East Coast, and have now lived on the West Coast for fifty years. When The Sopranos first came on, I watched one episode. It seemed to me to be mostly about ugly, stupid, violent people doing ugly, stupid, violent things to other ugly, stupid, violent people.