Heavy Metal was the magazine to read during the 70s and 80s. The reason is that it was the place for talents to write or draw what they want–and not be restricted by censorship. In its original format, I was introduced to the works of Jean Giraud (a.k.a. Moebius). In the American edition, names like H. R. Giger, William Gibson and Harlan Ellison soon graced this publication.
Some of the writing and the artwork featured was once considered cutting edge; it’s very clearly a product of its time. The sexist works won’t hold up today for obvious reasons, and releasing this movie is mostly for those who are okay to the violence and adult themes portrayed. Fans of this anthology series have a remastered 4K presentation of the first movie to thrill to. An extra disc of the main and the second film on blu-ray was unusual. When comparing the prices of the Amazon USA and Canada edition, the former is the better place to order from.
In looking at the purchased physical release rather than an advanced online screener (that I had to wait to arrive by mail order), there’s plenty to like in this remaster. A bit of that soft grainy look is gone, and the better images come later in the film than earlier. Plus, for collectors, the Steelbook offering is a huge draw!
With 2021 now in full swing, to keep an eye out on what pop-culture documentaries is worth checking can be tough.
By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
With 2021 now in full swing, to keep an eye out on what documentaries about pop-culture is worth checking can be tough.
There’s a few gems from the crowdfunding world which gets major attention much later, after its release, and others making a grand entrance through Sundance Film Festival. Most of which will become available regionally or be immediately distributed through streaming services when considering the world is still in pandemic lockdown mode.
The original In Search of TV series ran for six years, with Leonard Nimoy as host, and it dealt with a broad spectrum of “unsolvable” mysteries–ranging from the disappearance of famous individuals to the paranormal. Instead of boldly going to where no man has gone before, this series is revisiting familiar mysteries with the new Spock from the movies–Zachary Quinto–trying to be as excited or curious about the topic at hand.
The last episode, titled “End of the World,” feels appropriate to conclude the two season series. It never had the same enthusiasm which I enjoyed from the original run. Plus, History Channel has not revealed if this show is going to continue.
To offer updates on whether or not certain mysteries can get closure–namely on where the missing Roanoke colony went–would benefit this program greatly than to leave viewers hanging. Some of them are worth revisiting from time to time in other shows, but when it’s the same ol’ material, to make one program better than another requires some original, if not unorthodox thought.
Isa Willinger‘s Hi A.I. is a bizarre and long documentary about attempting to replicate human behaviour. This filmmaker shows how they work in the modern world than science fiction. We all worry about something along the lines of Terminator ala Skynet or I, Robot will take a decade or two more to realize before coders can replicate how the brain works to create that level of uncertainty.
Thankfully, this film is not about the dangers of artificial intelligence. If we can ignore the aspect of trying to put the technology into a human body (it’s still creepy to look at no matter what), the possibilities are endless. We are not there for cognitive ability, but it’s fascinating to see where we are with it now. The creations on display here aren’t ghosts in the shell or a machine either. Gilbert Ryle explains cognizance quite well and reference to his work was brief.