Painted ghosts 

They drift in and out of my life each day. Their faces adorned with stark, lurid colours. Warpaint, as they go about their business. Are they even real? These automatons. These androids from outer space. And whilst their expressions are seemingly blank and impassive, they are also revealing. There’s a crack or two beneath their… Continue reading Painted ghosts 

Chappie: Short Circuit gets a reboot?

Johnny Five is very much alive. Apologies to kids of the ’90s, this reference to the 1986 film Short Circuit will be lost on you. What I’m trying to say is that Neil Blomkamp’s Chappie doesn’t feel like it’s hugely treading new ground when it comes to exploring artificial intelligence, but it’s quite a fun… Continue reading Chappie: Short Circuit gets a reboot?

Ex Machina: Lessons in playing God

Alex Garland is a mighty fine writer. He’s now a director. His past writing credits include The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, Dredd and now Ex Machina. With the latter he’s stepped up to the director’s chair, and done so without missing a beat. He’s been helped by a great cast… Continue reading Ex Machina: Lessons in playing God