Ex Machina – Review

Every once in a while I am truly blown away by a new movie. This was the case with Ex Machina.

The movie follows the story of a coder, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), working at a large corporation who is chosen to stay a week with the elusive head of the company, Nathan (Oscar Isaac), who lives in a remote research facility in the mountains. During his visit Caleb is tasked with running a Turing test on a new artificial intelligence, Ava (Alicia Vikander) that Nathan has created.

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The film is shot with a very minimal cast to great effect. The story is mostly told through a series of dialogues between Nathan, Ava, and Caleb which propels the plot through a few good twists. The part of the movie that I personally liked the most is how it raises the question of how we define intelligent life and what rights an AI might have. The cinematography on display here accents the near-future science fiction perfectly with an immersive soundtrack to match.

While I would highly suggest this movie to anyone who has an interest in the subject of AI or science in general it also appeals to those who simply like to think. I have a weekly movie night with my friends at my home which generally devolves into us making fun of the crappy movies that we watch and I was pleasantly surprised when the room fell silent as everyone started focusing on this movies dialogue, hanging off every word.

If you have not had the pleasure of viewing this movie yet I suggest doing so at your earliest convenience.

Green Glasses Weekly – Episode 7 – Live Long and Prosper

Hello Again!

Here we are once again with another brilliant podcast. This week Jon joins us as the official unofficial co-host.

This week we discuss the upcoming movies Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit as well the state of scientific documentaries on cable television.

Of course we also selected some music for the occasion.

Featured Tracks;

Nobuo Uematsu – ‘Prelude’
  – Final Fantasy VII Soundtrack
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Leonard Nimoy – ‘The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins’
– Space Odyssey
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The Vines – ‘Paint it Black’
– Highly Evolved
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Back to the LJ Grind…

Ahhh, Livejournal, its been a while.

For the past week almost all of my friends have been away at band camp with major bitcho, The Big JC. So, my life has been awefully lonely during that time. Towards the end of the week I did get the chance to hang out with Liz, Lizzy, and Viktor, which was fun.

Anyways, I got to spend last night with Kat. Which was nice for once. We got dressed up, and went out to east some sushi and then enjoy the glory that is Freddy vs. Jason. When we got back to her place we watched another Jason movie and went to sleep. This morning I got to go with Kat and her mom to church, and then I took them grocery shopping (their car is out of order.) So now I am home momentarily in order to shower and such before I head back.

Anyways, i hope you all had a great week!