Check out an A.I. supercut for a new retrospective of cyborg flicks
The year 2001 has come and gone — but Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi wild-trip classic 2001: A Space Odyssey still reverberates as a vision of the future as imagined from 1968, especially for the calmly menacing computer HAL, who will oblige a human’s any need until he feels threatened.
“Open the pod bay doors please, HAL.”
“I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”
Dave (Keir Dullea) even says “please.” But HAL won’t budge. The dialogue serves as the throttle for this supercut of artificial intelligence clips (above) from New York City’s Metrograph theater’s upcoming retrospective, “The Singularity.” The 18-movie series, focusing on cyborgs and robots, kicks off March 17 and concludes with a one-week revival of 1995’s animated Ghost in the Shell. (The not-uncontroversial live-action remake starring Scarlett Johansson opens March 31.)
“Inspiring equal parts wonderment and dread, vessels of artificial intelligence have always occupied a special place in moving images, providing creative fodder for some of the most inventive films ever made,” Metrograph says in a statement. “This program contemplates the ever-encroaching future moment when artificial superintelligence will overtake human intelligence — known as the coming Singularity — with films spanning 90 years of moving image history.”
See how many films you recognize from the two-minute supercut. The retrospective runs the gamut from epic studio productions (The Matrix, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Resident Evil: Retribution 3D) to ’80s classics (Blade Runner, The Terminator, RoboCop) to outré masterpieces (Alphaville, Teknolust, 2046).
The full selections of titles are available on the Metrograph’s website.