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October 4, 2012 4:46 PM   Subscribe

Plurality... in 2023, the Grid knows who you are and where you go at all times. A short near future sci-fi movie (15 min).
posted by crunchland (23 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
That didn't go where I expected it to. Very cool.
posted by eyeballkid at 5:15 PM on October 4, 2012


Hmmmm.... pretty cool!
posted by Ron Thanagar at 5:52 PM on October 4, 2012


Very corny but kinda fun. I smirked at "Bentham" and kept laughing at "Inspector Foucault"... more earnest than the Matrix's Baudrillardian tomfoolery , I suppose

NYC seems to be doing extremely well economically in 2023!
posted by Bwithh at 5:59 PM on October 4, 2012


The twist ending was way out there, yet this film couldn't have been released at a better time.
posted by Apocryphon at 6:08 PM on October 4, 2012


I like the ipad (holograph)? cool stuff.
posted by from_the_outside_in at 6:14 PM on October 4, 2012


So, in the year 2023, there are no (naturally occurring) identical twins?
posted by Dimpy at 6:43 PM on October 4, 2012


"Identical twins apparently do not have identical DNA."
posted by crunchland at 6:47 PM on October 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


I thought that was all very pretty, but boy did it ever make me appreciate professional screenwriters.
posted by matt_od at 6:55 PM on October 4, 2012 [6 favorites]


It actually turns out that the future does not "inspire joy-joy feelings" in the population and the horrifying truth about what those three seashells really do is what is causing these people from the 2032 to go back 9 years into the past to stop it from happening.

But really, if the future of the GUI is those ridiculous floating hologram box interfaces, I'll eat my hat. That, and get myself declared legally blind so I am forced to use only floating command line interfaces in 2-d floating large type, or get a tattooed braille interface on my butt so that I can scratch my ass and pay my electric bill at the same time.
posted by chambers at 7:01 PM on October 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


if the future of the GUI is those ridiculous floating hologram box interfaces, I'll eat my hat.

Then you're gonna love this.
posted by Apocryphon at 7:06 PM on October 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


So, Looper then?
posted by scalefree at 7:35 PM on October 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


But really, if the future of the GUI is those ridiculous floating hologram box interfaces, I'll eat my hat.

Relevant Douglas Adams: The machine was rather difficult to operate. For years radios had been operated by means of pressing buttons and turning dials; then as the technology became more sophisticated the controls were made touch-sensitive--you merely had to brush the panels with your fingers; now all you had to do was wave your hand in the general direction of the components and hope. It saved a lot of muscular expenditure, of course, but meant that you had to sit infuriatingly still if you wanted to keep listening to the same program.
posted by vidur at 10:57 PM on October 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Oh, that was good. The 'Bentham grid' was cute, but 'Inspector Foucault' really made me laugh. Something very peculiar about the idea of Foucault being a law enforcement officer.
posted by undue influence at 11:37 PM on October 4, 2012


Ooooh. I loved that. I want more. MORE! Very P.K.D.
posted by Faintdreams at 4:39 AM on October 5, 2012


Quibble: the crime rate in NYC is already Below Cheyenne. Meth's a hell of a drug.

And yes, screenwriters.
posted by abulafa at 5:16 AM on October 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


LOVED this. I thought the script was fine, especially for the genre. Acting was pretty solid, also.

Sidenote: I really wish we lived in that future where the buildings and doorknobs welcomed me on my commute to work or whatever. Even if they tried to sell me something along the way. I find it oddly comforting that inanimate objects would want to wish me well.

I know - too much Disney and/or Pee Wee Herman.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 5:58 AM on October 5, 2012


Well, what if, as you walked down the street, the bus stop reminded you of your overdue car payment, and the lamppost told you that your library books were overdue?
posted by crunchland at 6:31 AM on October 5, 2012


This was fun -- though something bums me out about the fact that all the small budget scifi short films that pop up like this seem to be advertisements for a full length film or TV series rather than a stand-alone narrative.
posted by HeroZero at 6:51 AM on October 5, 2012


Another quibble: In a city of 8 million people, accurate to within .001% doesn't quite cut it.
posted by ckape at 9:57 AM on October 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Lost Memories
posted by homunculus at 2:58 PM on October 7, 2012


Why Isn’t Cybergeddon, the Most Expensive Web Series of All Time, Going Viral?
posted by homunculus at 10:08 AM on October 8, 2012


Well, what if, as you walked down the street, the bus stop reminded you of your overdue car payment, and the lamppost told you that your library books were overdue?

See, that's another big problem I have with SF tech - much of it lately gives me this feeling that I am watching a somewhat camouflaged pitch session for some new technical gadgetry intended for a venture capital firm, or it has this feeling I'm watching the newest version of the AT&T/Tom Selleck "You Will..." ad campaign of the early 90s.

It's similar to b-list spy movies that think 'cool spy gadgets = good spy film'. That's like judging the quality of a dinner by the silverware.

This short, although it does liberally use the gadgets/tech trope, has enough actual story and and implied backstory going on that I'm interested to see what they could make of it in a feature - the added benefit (hopefully) that the 'Wow future tech product!' moments are spread out more, and the much more rewarding setting and story angles can come to the forefront.

I hope that if the creators could take it to feature length, it would grow, build suspense and create a world to discover, such as Alphaville was able to do, rather than a series of gadget filled chase sequences and fast-paced editing that, like a con-man running a shell game, just impressively distracts you with his dexterity and speed but leaves you with an empty shell and your money in his pocket.
posted by chambers at 5:53 PM on October 8, 2012


True Skin
posted by homunculus at 2:13 PM on October 12, 2012 [1 favorite]


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