"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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Watch any film in Ridley Scott’s Alien or Blade Runner franchises, and you’re bound to notice some common themes. Not least amongst these is man’s search for meaning. Biblical aspects span all of the films, with men like Tyrell, Weyland and finally Wallace making gods of themselves. And in the lands of gods exists monsters, […]

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Blade Runner is a special movie for all of us cyberpunks. It was the film that popularised the dank and dark cities of a future that fetishised technology. It was the film that made us question our humanity. And it was the film that has inspired countless writers and critics over thirty years(and still is). […]

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In the final push towards season 3 of Mr. Robot, the New York times published “Rami Malek of Mr. Robot Doesn’t Want to be Alone Anymore.” There’s not much in the way of spoilers, but one thing Malek points out is a change for Elliot’s character, that the most isolated man in New York now […]

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Born from the efforts and dedication of longtime Neon Dystopia fan, Tim McClelland, Neon Dystopia is proud to announce our first event! The Neon Dystopia Micro Festival is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th at 10:30 PM to 11:55 PM MDT at the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you are in the area, we […]

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Blade Runner 2049 is breathtaking. It has already been said, but there’s no harm in reiterating: it is an amazing film in so many ways. It works very well alone, and even better when side by side with the other occupants of the Blade Runner cinematic universe. Maybe it’s just a thing a fan would say, […]

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downtown beijing today
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Introduction Science fiction is plagued by the slow march of time. What might have looked sleek and futuristic ten or more years ago might today look fantastic-but-unrealistic at best, or silly and outdated at worst. But whatever the case may be, the bottom line is this: no speculative sci-fi, not even cyberpunk, survives contact with the […]

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The highly anticipated Blade Runner 2049 has arrived. As the sequel to one of the most well-regarded science fiction movies of all time, and arguably one of the best movies period, I set my expectations high, to say the least. Blade Runner 2049 came in the wake of the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell, another of […]

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It’s not uncommon for science fiction to venture into the realm of the quasi-mythological. Tales like Zardoz and The Sword of Shannara take place in distant post-apocalyptic futures in which forgotten science is regarded with fear and superstition. In others, the depicted universe is simply so much different from our own that the only way […]

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You likely are aware by now that Rupert Sanders’ adaptation of Shirow Masamune’s mainstay of contemporary sci-fi, Ghost in the Shell, is a bit of a mess. The cast is (unsurprisingly) lacking in Asian members, despite taking place in Eastern Asia, and its performance as a whole is uncharming, to say the least. The live-action film […]

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