"The room is lit by pale, shifting, blue light. It washes over you, as grand vistas of steel and glass pan across the screen. Our hero steps out of an abandoned warehouse, and lights a cigarette. Spires dotted in light rise up behind the warehouse. He walks away casually as the building explodes in ball of fire, littering the street with fragments of glass and metal."

In this section, you will find cyberpunk movie, television, and anime reviews and analysis.

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The future is feeling desperately close this week. There is news of flying cars and dystopian citizen scoring. It is not surprising in our rapidly approaching dystopia (if it hasn’t already arrived) that there is a rise of interest in cyberpunk and dystopian fiction. Cyberpunk Reality FCC Privacy Protection Under Threat Jeff Flake, the Senator […]

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Alien: Covenant is Ridley Scott’s newest addition to the Alien franchise. The film acts as a sequel to Prometheus, which hailed Scott’s return to the franchise and explored the mysterious Space Jockeys introduced in the original film, although they are now named the Engineers. Covenant is set 10 years after Prometheus and 20 years before […]

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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex provides a framework for examining the rise of “fake news” in America as a stand-alone complex. The show starts off with the case of The Laughing Man. This Salinger-obsessed terrorist hacker makes Major Kusanagi go undercover, both in person and on the net, to catch him. The Major […]

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A fan of awesome mid-80’s/90’s science fiction? Techy-savvy enough to own a VR headset (cheap cardboard’s fine if that’s your thing!)? If so, jack into the net and follow me through the ephemeral wiring, it’s time to watch ESCAPE CODE. Developed by Josh Hassin, Director/Animator of San Diego studio, Look Mister, his latest film is, […]

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This week in cyberpunk we saw movies of the future made the low-tech way, a vision of tomorrow from our would-be technocrat, and an assassination that has some laughing out loud. Let’s see what happened this last week in cyberpunk. Cyberpunk Reality North Korean Leader’s Brother Dies at the Hand of the ‘LOL Assassin’ In […]

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APB is the latest in Fox’s crop of tech-thriller shows that attempt to channel cyberpunk concepts while simultaneously discarding what fundamentally makes them cyberpunk. The show, created by David Slack, was based on an article that ran in the New York Times called Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans? by David Amsden that ran on […]

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Valentine’s Day is upon us and I can already feel you scowling as you read. You and I know it’s an empty holiday–most of them are–that give corporations another excuse to get you to buy things no one wants in order to affirm your feelings and commitment for someone you’re likely sick of. And that […]

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This week in the cyberpunk dystopia that is 2017, there is ample cybernetic implants at play, the surveillance state is alive and well, and the foundations of democracy are under threat. Hopefully, Akira, Battle Angel Alita, Judge Dredd are enough to keep ennui at bay. Cyberpunk Reality Implant Used Against Owner In a fascinating case, […]

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Rollerball is one of those special films that needs no introduction. The music. The violence. The macabre and miserable atmosphere. Unlike Death Race 2000, Rollerball contains an ethereality that permeates every second of the viewers’ film watching experience; but akin to Death Race 2000 and SF of the seventies, Rollerball continues this theme of American […]

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