Watched another movie today. Its about the nomination of a female vice-president, but the speeches and the dialogues are just great. I loved the concluding speech by the President, he starts by saying everyone in the Congress is bad, and then they end up clapping for him, when he ends the speech. That is one hell of a speech.
I loved the acting by Melissa McCarthy. More than that, a humorous superintelligence is trying to decide the fate of all human beings (i.e., to save us, enslave us, or destroy us) by studying an average human for three days. It is definitely going in the recommended movies list related to artificial intelligence.
It’s another great movie by Tom Hanks. It really explains the Afghan Situation the world has to deal with today. Somehow, American dollars helped end the Soviet Aggression into the Afghan by handing them weapons but failed to open Schools (post-war) for the children to educate them.
These things happened. They were glorious and they changed the world… and then we fucked up the end game.Charlie Wilson
I have recently watched a few movies on US presidents. I really liked the ones with a relaxed/light-weight story.
- Dick (1999) – A comedy sees the Watergate scandal through the eyes of two silly but smarter-than-they-look teenagers
- Man of the Year (2006) – Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams), a news anchor, contests and accidentally/surprisingly wins the US Presidental election, but there is more.
- Dave (1993) – Dave bears an uncanny resemblance with President Bill Mitchell. When Bill suffers a stroke while having sex with one of his aides, Dave is called to impersonate the President on an ongoing basis.
- The American President (1995) – A Comedy-drama about a widowed US president and a lobbyist who fall in love.
- First Kid (1996) – A comedy movie about the President’s teenage boy and his security detail.
- Chasing Liberty (2004) – The president’s daughter, fed up with being tailed by the Secret Service, runs away. She meets the charming Ben and is unaware that he is secretly working for her father, trying to bring her back home.
- First Daughter (2004) – Just like a romantic fairy tell movie; not with a princess, but with the first daughter.
Most popular Hollywood movies on Alien Encounters, a few modern ones such as Independence Day, Oblivion, Edge of Tomorrow, Alien vs Predator etc.) focus on action and all that doom and gloom that comes with it.
However, I have come across a few of really intriguing concepts portrayed in movies, about Will we really even understand the Aliens, if we do come across them.
Two movies did a great impact on me, Arrival (2016) and Contact (1997). Both movies show the lack of maturity of the general populace to comprehend the idea or fear of the human beings that Aliens are here to get us. My point is, with the kind of advanced tech the Aliens possess, they were here to destroy us, they can do so without us knowing about it.
Why does it become so difficult to act with compassion, and trying to really understand what the other party is saying. Luckily, in both movies, it’s one strong-willed person who goes against the shared views of the whole world and saves the day.
Race and Religion divide people, whereas Science Unites.
Set in the time period of the 1930s to 1960s, In a clip in the Movie “Hidden Figures”, a Cop approaches three Black women, whose car had broken down, possibly with the intent of harassing/Arresting them due to his own suspicions, but as soon as he learns they work for NASA, who are trying to put a Man on the Moon, He immediately changes his perspective, and escorts them to the NASA building.
This is the power of Science.
I would like to quote Neil deGrasse Tyson,
Imagine picking out a bowl of water from the ocean and saying, there are no fish in it.
That’s the state of our progress now. We have hardly explored any part of the universe, to say that life does not exist on other planets.
Another nice quote from Carl Sagan
The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.
The same quote was adapted into the movie Contact (1997)
Daughter: Dad, do you think there are people on other planets?
Dad: I don’t know, Sparks. But I guess I’d say if it is just us… seems like an awful waste of space.
What’s more is Our Civilization, even though we like to think of it as quite progressive, is nothing compared to a slightly intelligent lifeform than us. We are still fighting for fossil fuels (dead plants and animals buried in the sand).
I remember another quote from my favorite video game, The Mass Effect.
Human history is a litany of bloodshed over differing opinions of rulership and the afterlife.
That’s what human civilization is at present.
So, in the best interest of all human beings, we find a way to rise above the difference and work unitedly towards a common goal, i.e., the betterment of humanity through technological advancement and maybe become a multi-planetary species.
What is immortality? It means you never Die. Which part of you Never Dies? The body or Soul/Consciousness? From the moment life evolved on earth, the concept of evolution is dependent on the fact that parents die and the children inherit the good traits from the parents and become superior to them.
With the current advancement of technologies, it may be possible one day. We are already very close to making Bodies, which can be made to look like us, i.e., robots. However, one thing we still need to figure out, how to map/store the consciousness in an external memory bank or say inside a robot brain. The movie Chappie (2015) explores the same idea.
Although advancement in Technologies may one day enable us to become immortal, I wonder if it will be good or bad. It will be Good, if we are able to preserve the brightest minds of Humanities, Our Scientists, Mathematicians, Physicists, etc. The movie Transcendence explores such an idea. Even though the protagonist wants to do only good for the world, the rest of the world is afraid of his immortality. But what about the bad/selfish people who also get to live forever.
What will it mean for the Human Evolution, i.e., the next generation is always better/smarter than the previous one. Will it impact the advancement of the evolving human civilization in a good or bad way.
Some Really Nice Movies I have watched exploring the concept of immortality are:
- Chappie (2015)
- Transcendence (2014)
- Lucy (2014)
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