philosophy

The Legacy of the Matrix

“Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.” On Easter weekend twenty years ago, movie-goers took this message to heart when the question was on...

‘In the end, there were only images’: A Review of Until the End of the World

Ah, here I am again reviewing a hidden cyberpunk-styled gem for you guys. Yes, it has been a little while, but today I kickstart my reviews with a chunky film that hovers around the four-hour mark! Di...

‘Science made him a god’: A Review of The Lawnmower Man’

Wow…I did not expect this in the slightest. Originally titled as Cyber God, and then Stephen King’s: The Lawnmower Man (even though it virtually bore no resemblance to his short story) and finally The...

‘IF…my head doesn’t blow up first’: A Review of Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

Ah, it’s finally here, isn’t it? I finally get to review Johnny Mnemonic! Directed by Robert Longo and adapted by our beloved William Gibson (based upon his short story), Johnny Mnemonic’s plot is as ...

Memories of Green: A Defense for the Smart Sci-Fi

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 hu...

How Mr. Robot Makes Sense of Political Vigilantism

Civil disobedience has changed. While the past year reminded us the will to physically mobilize is still alive, it doesn’t address the rise in political vigilantism. In “The Ethics of Gove...

‘You have nowhere to go’: A Review of George Lucas’ THX 1138

When I discuss my writing, I speak about the writings of Orwell, specifically his novel 1984. I’ve always been partial to dreary texts coated with misery. I’ve always enjoyed the non-ending, or the la...

‘This is no game’: A Review of The Running Man

It has been a long week. After the disappointment that was Ghost in the Shell, I had to perk myself up with a classic—The Running Man. Directed by Paul Michael Glaser, The Running Man rounds off my re...

Ghost in the Shell: The Value of Reality and the Evolution of Humanity

Director Mamoru Oshii has a certain apprehension for interviews. The reclusive artist has said that any good artist is a liar, and therefore unreliable in any casual setting; that everything a fan wou...