The Social Dilemma is a documentary-drama hybrid that explores the dangerous human impact of social networking with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations. Its a fantastic film and should be required viewing for anyone that spends time on social media. Most people are not aware of the extreme levels of psychological manipulation they are exposed to on services like Facebook, and the documentary should be very eye opening.
If you find the documentary interesting, I also highly recommend the book LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media which covers topics such as how Facebook was used to incite genocide in Myanmar, and how social media is being used to attack democracy around the world by nations such as Russia.
First up is the trailer for the movie adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. I read the book a while ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. According to Cline:
“I’d say the film is very faithful to the book, but also an original story. There will always be something new with Steven [Spielberg]. The book has a lot of puzzles and keys that the characters have to figure out, and Steven has introduced new puzzles and keys so that the people who read the book will still not know how it’s going to work out. It’s a marvelous story with twists and turns and many thrilling moments.”
Next up is the trailer for season two of the Netflix Original Stranger Things. Holy crap this looks great!
The first full trailer for the live action Ghost in the Shell Movie is out, and it looks pretty good. I am not sure how faithful they are going to be to the source material, but they certainly nailed the visuals.
The Ghost in the Shell universe is pretty large, which can make getting into it a bit intimidating for newcomers. Here is a video to help you make sense of the franchise. If you are looking for a simple recommendation on how to get started, I would suggest first viewing the original 1995 movie as an introduction, then moving into the 2002 TV series Stand Alone Complex. Both are separate though, and could be viewed in the opposite order.
I was initially kinda down on the live action Ghost in the Shell movie. The 2002 anime tv series is one of my favorites, and I did not really see how they were going to be able to do it justice. The new teaser trailer gives me a little bit of hope that this could actually be good. It seems like they nailed the atmosphere. Lets hope they get the rest of it right.