sight

  ‘Sight’ is a wonderful new short film—in fact the graduation project of Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo at ↑The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem—driving the fusion of ↑augmented reality with ↑gamification to cyberpunked heights. MAY-RAZ, ERAN AND DANIEL LAZIO. 2012. Sight [short film]. Jerusalem: The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. via ↑entry at ↑kueperpunk … Continue reading

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the alien’s shadow

  Everybody knows the ‘↑Alien‘ (Scott 1979), but hardly anybody knows the actor behind the creature, Nigerian-born Bolaji Badejo. Above you can see him practicing on set—his movements remind me of ↑Max Schreck‘s performance in ‘↑Nosferatu‘ (Murnau 1922) and in consequence of Willem Dafoe in ‘↑Shadow of the Vampire‘ (Merhige 2000), an absolute must-see. By the way, in autumn 1979 the magazine Cinefantastique did an ↑interview with Bolaji Badejo. MERHIGE, EDMUND ELIAS. 2000. Shadow of the vampire [motion picture]. Santa Monica: Lions Gate Films. MURNAU, FRIEDRICH WILHELM. 1922. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens [motion picture]. Berlin: Jofa-Atelier Berlin-Johannisthal. SCOTT, RIDLEY. … Continue reading

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star wars 1313

Somewhen I read a quote by George Lucas which I can’t find again—little wonder in the face of the tons of quotes of him published. It might have been in connection to the ephemeral sequel trilogy or the then upcoming ‘The Clone Wars.’ Anyway, if I remember correctly he stated that he wanted further material in the franchise to follow darker, grittier storylines. Immediately I thought that finally ‘the ↵mellow fairy tale mythology of this space operas disguised as science fiction’ are subjected to the cyberpunk discourse, too. Well, now it indeed may happen—at E3 LucasArts demonstrated a new Star … Continue reading

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at tannhaeuser gate

  At boingboing they currently have ‘a ↑series of essays about movies that have had a profound effect on our invited essayists.’ The day before yesterday it was ↑Gareth Branwyn’s turn. From his ‘Like Tears in the Rain:’ I can’t really say what made such a fundamental impact on me. The dark noir mood of the film, certainly, and the questions it raises about the nature of life, memory, what constitutes humanity, and whether “androids dream of electric sheep…” What I didn’t know I was looking at was a cyberpunk aesthetic that I would soon become completely immersed in, through … Continue reading

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science fiction debt

Jo Walton’s ↑The Best Science Fiction Ideas in any Non-Fiction Ever: David Graeber’s Debt: The First Five Thousand Years has some nice ideas about why so many science fiction readers and writers are fascinated by ↵anthropologist David Graeber’s book ‘Debt’ (2011): One of the problems with writing science fiction and fantasy is creating truly different societies. We tend to change things but keep other things at societal defaults. It’s really easy to see this in older SF, where we have moved on from those societal defaults and can thus laugh at seeing people in the future behaving like people in … Continue reading

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dislocation

The Tamil-movie ↵Endhiran (Shankar 2010) is testimony of the cyberpunk discourse having reached Indian cinema. Nigeria’s Yoruba-language ‘Kajola’ (Akinmolayan 2010) shows the ↵same for Africa‘s largest movie industry.     ‘Science-fiction film, like the science-fiction story, is an underdeveloped genre in China,’ writes Yingjin Zhang (1998: 297) in the ‘Encyclopedia of Chinese Film’ (Zhang & Xiao 1998). Nevertheless, already during the heyday of canonical [US-] cyberpunk there was a chinese cyberpunk movie—‘Dislocation’ directed by Huang Jianxin (1986). As with Huang’s first film, Black Cannon Incident [1985], Dislocation uses the science-fiction genre to satirize the workings of bureaucracy. The protagonist, Zhao … Continue reading

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