In scifi movies robots are created to assist humans in basic everyday tasks, but in reality many believe they are being built to replace humanity. I know the idea automation can seem scary to many, but in reality people are getting too busy, and too advanced to not allow a robot to do some of the jobs we find tedious. I remember back when I used to work retail, customers would always prefer working with a human over an automated machine, they would think they are doing a service to humans by keeping us useful, but in my opinion what they were actually doing was tying us up in mundane tasks that could have easily been done by a computer. I understand that the use of robots in manufacturing assisted in crippling the American auto industry, and probably destroyed the economy of many cities throughout the US, but fearing the future is not going to stop it from coming. Technophobia is the fear of technological advancement, and it seems as though it is no longer a belief that is reserved for the very old. In this day of technological advancement many people fear they will be made obsolete, and while I agree that many current jobs will not be around in ten years, I think now is the time to begin learning about tech of the future. As long as humanity is building these machines of the future I am sure there will always be a job for man, but we have to learn to embrace the changes in order to avoid getting left behind.
Last night, during an extremely disappointing Monday Night Football broadcast, a new trailer for the highly anticipated Star Wars movie was released. Some may think it a strange idea to tease the new Star Wars movie during a football game, but given the size of the audience, I feel this was a fantastic idea. The average Star Wars fan would have known about this trailer, but the average football fan may not be interested enough to search the web for it, so I feel the trailer was perfectly placed. The original Star Wars films were released almost 40 years ago, but they still manage to garner the same excitement today that they did years ago. When Star Wars was first introduced it was praised for being a visual masterpiece, but now, about 39 years later, many people believe the visuals in the trailer don’t seem like those of a Star Wars film. I have to admit, I loved the trailer, I even watched it several times in a row to be sure I caught every bit of the action, and I don’t see how any Star Wars fan could have been disappointed. I honestly think anyone who thought the teaser didn’t look like a Star Wars movie is nitpicking as well as working with a very small sample size. The name of this film is “The Force Awakens,” and while the trailer was short, it was skillfully crafted in a way that gave the viewer a sense of the overall theme of the movie. I am fairly certain that I have expressed my excitement for this film at least once before in this blog, and I will definitely have to write a full review once I get a chance to see it in a theatre.
The Martian was an interesting film, this movie is based on a 2011 novel, and it was pretty cool to see how quickly and effectively it has been adapted to film. While I enjoyed this movie, I felt as though a few aspects of the film were somewhat sped through. I understand that this was a long movie with a solid pace, and that a cinematic release will never be able to convey the intricacies of written literature, but I still felt like I was forced to know more than what they were telling me in the film. I love space travel, and I especially love that this movie deals with the matter of the possible colonization of Mars, but I wonder if I would have enjoyed it as much if I was ignorant to the film’s subject matter. The Martian is a good science fiction film, it packs enough suspense to keep most movie goers interested, while not over doing it in the dialogue with too much jargon. The visuals of the film, while someone plain, perfectly express the idea of total planetary isolation, and the special effects of the movie are top rate. I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone looking for an interesting and thought provoking action film. If you like a somewhat mindless suspense movie that throws in a bit of science for flavor, then this is definitely the film for you.