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Robot Stories Movie

michael posted more than 10 years ago | from the cowboyneal's-love-is-real-but-he-is-not dept.

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Ant writes "One line synopsis -- Winner of over 23 awards, 'Robot Stories' is science fiction from the heart, four stories in which utterly human characters struggle to connect in a world of robot babies, robot toys, android office workers, and digital immortality." There are a few reviews available.

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Robot Movies ? (5, Funny)

derphilipp (745164) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268713)

What about a movie we all can enjoy:
All my circuits - the movie !

Bill O'Reilly (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8268847)

Super conservative and Bush loyalist, Bill O'Reilly, had this to say, on Good Morning America, on March 28, 2003.

"If the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush Administration again, all right?"

Super conservative and Bush loyalist, Bill O'Reilly, 329 days later, on Good Morning America again, on February 10, 2004.

"I was wrong. I am not pleased about it at all and I think all Americans should be concerned about this. What do you want me to do, go over and kiss the camera?"

Re:Bill O'Reilly (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8268969)


President Buzzle is the shizzle!

Re:Bill O'Reilly (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8269164)

So, now that he's bashing Bush, we are supposed to like him? Wasn't it just a few weeks ago that he was the Enemy of Free Speech for bashing Al Frankin?

He's an embarrassment to whichever side of the debate he's on, so you are very welcome to have him on yours.

Re:Robot Movies ? (4, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268853)

There's also "Jeanet shows her control knob" during the RobotBowl

Re:Robot Movies ? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8269327)

The movie we could all enjoy was: Planet of the Clams.

It portrays a backwards world in which lobster is slave to clam.

SF29! (2, Informative)

MisterTut (663350) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268720)

I'll be watching this movie in 2 days at the 29th annual Boston Sci-Fi Movie Marathon! Can't wait!

Re:SF29! (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8268864)

Robot Stories is one of the best book that Kurt Vonnegut ever wrote. For those of you who haven't read it, I can't recommend it enough.

Re:SF29! (1)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | more than 10 years ago | (#8270589)

Ha! I already saw it at BiMonSciFiCon.

Re:SF29! (1)

tie_fightertk069 (736570) | more than 10 years ago | (#8272838)

When and where? Google isn't giving up any info, sounds like a good time!

Re:SF29! (1)

MisterTut (663350) | more than 10 years ago | (#8272969)

wwwDOTbostonsci-fiDOTcom Didn't want to post this earlier due to /. effect, but it's probably OK now. 24 hours of bliss!

OT: Stuff in the Win2k source code (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8268724)

OK, totally offtopic this, but wanna discuss it somewhere. If you've got the source tree, check out this file:


Some choice lines from it:
ORGANIZATION=Mainsof t Co. Ltd.
MWARCH_OS=i86_linux /usr/ms/win2k_sp1/private/security/msv_sspi/nlmain .c
VIM - Vi IMproved 5.6 (2000 Jan 16, compiled Mar 7 2000 12:18:07)

Do a strings(1) on it to get some info. From a Linux machine, with references to Windows files and techniques. Possibly from the person who originally got the source (ie by cracking)? Or was Microsoft using Linux to test their own security?

This is all REALLY strange...

1 line synopsis? (5, Funny)

azzy (86427) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268738)

Looks like more than 1 line of synopsis to me. Maybe I need a larger monitor?

Re:1 line synopsis? (1)

Joel Carr (693662) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268757)

Or a smaller font. A much smaller font...


Or a better review/synopsis as follows... (4, Informative)

dark-br (473115) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268843)

The disparity between ambition and aptitude has doomed more than one indie, as a veritable graveyard of worthy half-hour films padded to interminable feature length attests. What a pleasure, then, that writer-director Greg Pak gives each episode in his four-part Robot Stories precisely the running time needed to explore its ideas, and not a moment more. Pak, in fact, is savvy and sensitive enough to hold something back in each tale--an audience-grabbing technique even the similarly themed, overdeveloped-in-every-sense A.I. couldn't manage.

As the title says, Pak uses an ostensible sci-fi motif to link his four pieces. What truly binds them, however, is a subtle exploration of the tension between the human and the synthetic, and the sometimes fuzzy distinction between the two. The film also has a distinguishable arc, beginning with an exceedingly nontraditional "birth" and closing with a triumphant death. "My Robot Baby" follows a yuppified couple keen on adopting a child as they take a test run with a mechanical, C-3PO-meets-Furby stand-in. After attempting a disastrous caregiving work-around, Marcia (Tamlyn Tomita), whose own tumultuous childhood is glimpsed in a brief prologue, discovers a nascent nurturing streak beneath her chilly exterior.

The most effective and least science-fictiony of the bunch, "The Robot Fixer," is a poignant, minutely observed study of loss and acceptance. A mother (Wai Ching Ho) stands watch over her comatose son, and with the help of her daughter (Cindy Cheung) and the young man's boyhood toy-robot collection (of which she has no recollection), discerns the scope of the emotional wedge she's driven between herself and her children. The final installments, "Machine Love," a Twilight Zone-esque lark concerning the dawning need for intimacy experienced by an android corporate lackey (played by Pak himself), and "Clay," an edgier look at machine love that slyly asks whether eternal life via a vast computer-network "heaven" would be all that heavenly, are slighter but just as well crafted.

For all the melodrama lurking at the edges of Robot Stories, Pak never resorts to preachiness or pathos. He's an uncannily assured visual storyteller, and his crew--particularly cinematographer Peter Olsen and editor Stephanie Sterne--matches his creative fervor. The result is a quietly impassioned, genuinely stirring indie rarity. As a character in "The Robot Fixer" puts it, "A little care goes a long way."

Source: VillageVoice []

Independents need to hit Netflix quickly (5, Insightful)

sapped (208174) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268741)

Independent movie producers like this with their limited movie release schedules must hit Netflix style distributers early.

Much as I would like to see these movies, I am not willing to fly to some other city just to watch a movie.

I hope they make it to Netflix or something similar so that I can support them then.

Re:Independents need to hit Netflix quickly (4, Insightful)

Rico_za (702279) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268960)

I just visited the website and thought: "I really want to see this!". Then I clicked on the link for show times and checked when it will show in London. 31st of January. DOH! My next thought was: "Maybe I can get this on Kazaa? Naah, probably not, and I'd rather pay to support the movie." Now what are my options?

Why don't movies like this have some kind of digital distribution serviec yet? Surely if it's as good as it looks it will make more money than the setup and maintenance costs for such a system. Hell, if some-one payed me enough I'd quit my job and set it up for them (it would take me a while to figure out how, but I'm sure I'll figure it out).

Re:Independents need to hit Netflix quickly (3, Interesting)

tsa (15680) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269068)

Download it and then try to find a legal copy. That's what I often do... In my opinion, if they don't want you to download it, the least they can do is make it possible for you to buy it without having to order it in the 'States or some other faraway place.

Re:Independents need to hit Netflix quickly (3, Informative)

mstra (38238) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269237)

The problem is, the "big" festivals will disqualify you if your flick is not a premiere.

They haven't really figured out what to do with self-distribution yet; my movie is distributed via CustomFlix [] (which is like CafePress for DVD's), and most of the festivals we've submitted to are cool with that, but some aren't. Also, if you're looking for a distribution deal, it's almost for certain a no-go if you have copies of your film floating around for general viewing already.

Re:Independents need to hit Netflix quickly (2, Funny)

Canuckanuck (235721) | more than 10 years ago | (#8270883)

I am a banana!

Re:Independents need to hit Netflix quickly (1)

simeonbeta2 (514285) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269348)

I just noticed the indie flick Nothing So Strange [] yesterday. Besides the obvious Geek appeal (cmon! it's about the investigation and coverup of the assassination of Bill Gates in 1999. Seriously.) the distributors chose to release to the theatres, DVD, and also to allow a hi-res and lo-res quicktime download over the net via bitpass.

Anybody out there use bitpass? I was going to buy the small version ($3) but saw I'd have to create a bitpass account and I didn't do it. Plus, while it doesn't say, I'm afraid the quicktime files have some sort of drm. Still, at least the effort is being made to distribute via the net. I agree with you tho: we need itunes for movies. I suppose the drm are unavoidable, but it would be nice to logon to a central place and peruse indie films I might never hear of otherwise...

Re:Independents need to hit Netflix quickly (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8270446)

Read the fine print:

"The movie's running time is 78 minutes. The Nothing So Strange file you download is not disabled by any digital-rights-management technology."

Re:Independents need to hit Netflix quickly (2, Insightful)

Joe Tie. (567096) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269873)

That really bugs me too. I don't have much money at the moment, but I'd be more than happy to spend it on a movie with quality writing and ideas. I've had to think that way too many times with movies like these. I want to buy it, I'm sure they'd love to get my money, but there's no way to do it. Even more annoying, the second choice to just get the thing off p2p has never worked for me either. You can find comercial stinkers like house of the dead represented over and over again, but anything indi or indi'ish is usually pretty scarce to nonexistant. Which would be cool in a way, I think they need the money more than a big studio. But my ideals shrink a bit when it becomes the only way I'd be able to see something like this at all.

A digital distribution system seems exactly what they need. They'd win because they'd get a way to earn any money from the public at large and have a way to get their story out there, while the public would win from hopefully lower prices without actual printing needed, and from just having a way to see the thing at all.

Wow (2, Informative)

bigattichouse (527527) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268744)

Just saw this on memepool last night... I feel all ahead of the curve and stuff.

Re:Wow (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268897)

Trust me, beating Slashdot to the punch isn't being far ahead of the curve. This is the weblog that posts two year old case-mods as news.

Re:Wow (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 10 years ago | (#8273345)

Memepool used to be like a full month and a half ahead of the curve. Look at how they were the first ones to find Animutations and they had the best coverage of 'all your base' before it was big.

Now you're lucky if they even UPDATE twice a week. They used to have more links in a single day then they now have in an entire week. I don't know what happened with that site.

Coming to Europe? (4, Interesting)

cozziewozzie (344246) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268749)

Any idea when this will start showing on the other side of the pond?

The stories look very interesting, a move away from soldier-fighting-eliminator machines and back towards Asimov's humane robots. I'd certainly like to see it.

Re:Coming to Europe? (1)

Sargondai (25502) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269086)

hehe... he said 'eliminator'

europeans don't know the right terms... hehehe

I mean... what the heck is a *Philosopher's* Stone anyway? :)

Re:Coming to Europe? (1)

cozziewozzie (344246) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269257)

I was trying to avoid using specific terms, like 'terminator' to keep the term generic enough :-)

Re:Coming to Europe? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8270421)

Those damn eliminator robots are all most as bad as those defecator robots! Watch out for them.

Re:Coming to Europe? (1)

Anm (18575) | more than 10 years ago | (#8270292)

Look at the Festival dates. I see London; France; San Sebastian, Spain; Lund, Sweden; Athens, Greece.

If you're not so lucky, looks like you'll have to wait a year.


Johnny 5 (4, Funny)

DrugCheese (266151) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268750)

This is old, they've already done this with the classic movie Short Circuit and pushed the boundries of a robot living in our society with the ever popular Short Circuit 2

Re:Johnny 5 (0)

q-the-impaler (708563) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268781)

You should RTF-one-line-synopsis. They flipped it: the world is full of robots and they are examining the four humans in that society.

Re:Johnny 5 (1)

SirCyn (694031) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268786)

Then to add the emotional spur of love see AI..

(Skip the end, I don't know what he was thinking)

Re:Johnny 5 (2, Interesting)

Yo Grark (465041) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268790)

Maybe, but this will pickup where Johnny 5 left off.

Sure a robot citizen is cool, but what happens when they become 10% of the population? 20%? Servants, Masters?

Look how the role of women has changed the face of North America in the 20th century. Simply robots at home, they too gained equal foot and became singlehandedly the most powerful changing force in the last 20 years.

Men cannot be the men they were 20 years ago, society won't have it. Why? Because Society at it's fundamental core changed with women becoming equals.

Now take this back to robots. What happens when Robots become the equal. I think the Animatrix explored this concept quite well. We initially reject change, until we are forced to change, and then usually it's too late.

Blah blah you get the picture.

Yo Grark

Re:Johnny 5 (1)

BigBir3d (454486) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269777)

Robin Williams in Bicentennial Man [] is pretty close to what you mention.

Can you imagine... (2, Funny)

dark-br (473115) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268805)

Johnny 5 reading Slashdot?

Input! Lots of input!!! :)

Re:Can you imagine... (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268863)

Or even a Beowulf cluster of Johnny Fives!

Sorry, couldn't resist. Feel like burning karma today ;)

Re:Can you imagine... (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268867)

So that's the truth behind the slashdot effect?

Re:Johnny 5 (1)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268827)

Not only that but this new movie does not have Ally Sheedy [] in it, who having played Jennifer Mack in War Games [] and roles in The Breakfast Club [] and St. Elmo's Fire [] is surely the ultimate fantasy girlfriend for the average hacker.

OK, at least *this* average hacker.


Thanks Michael.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8268766)

"from the cowboyneal's-love-is-real-but-he-is-not dept."

.. That nearly got coffee out my nose when I read it.

XBox rules!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8268769)

first post!!! you lame assholes... I can post first because my XBox is a american product and my pride in my great country and my great XBox accelerate everything...

If only they would make games for that bitch... IAve played Metroid Prime and it ruled... I hope M$ will buy those japanese bastards and port Metroid to my great american console system!!!

Join the fun!!! []

Robot Carnival (2, Funny)

Torgo's Pizza (547926) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268821)

Finally, a live version of Robot Carnival [] . Well, maybe not quite...

What about Data? (-1, Offtopic)

Hangin10 (704729) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268824)

You can't forget about Data.

Data will always be my favorite android! :)

Re:What about Data? (4, Interesting)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268900)

Data will always be my favorite android!

Naww, I like Ash from Alien [] . It shows the dark side of artificial intelligence. We can't guarantee that all makers of all robots, or those that control them, will adhere to the "no harm to humans.." Golden Rule.

Re:What about Data? (1)

Rigor Morty (149783) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268965)

They will as long as I can get to a screwdriver, and a bios flashing tool. Consider this; the T2/T3 would make a perfect RealDoll, and the T1 would do a fine job as Governor of California.

Oh, damn, someone beat me to it. But your point is well made, these would be the last word in company men. But speaking from personal experience, "for the tallest wall, there is a taller ladder" and we take pride in customizing our toys.

See for evidence.

Too human. (0, Funny)

cabazorro (601004) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268828)

No robot story is good without Bender in it.

"Yeah, well I'm gonna build my own lunar space
lander! With blackjack aaaaannd Hookers!
Actually, forget the space lander, and the
blackjack. Ahhhh forget the whole thing!"

Re:Too human. (1)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269051)

Don't forget Bender talks in his sleep.

"Kill all humans, KILL ALL HUMANS"
Fry wakes him up
"Fry Fry, I had this wonderful dream and I think you were in it"
Bender falls asleep again
(in a sexy voice) "Hey baby, wanna kill all humans?"

Re:Too human. (0, Redundant)

SamSim (630795) | more than 10 years ago | (#8271385)

The line is, "Yeah, well, I'm gonna build my own theme park! With blackjack! And hookers! In fact, forget the theme park!"

True story (5, Funny)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268834)

utterly human characters struggle to connect in a world of robot babies, robot toys, android office workers

Yep, I had the same feelings when I worked at Toys'r'Us...

A "Safe" Sci-fi movie? (4, Insightful)

Xthlc (20317) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268861)

From the ad copy, this film is selling itself hard to the indie theater crowd who normally look down their noses at science fiction.

I like the quote on the front page:
"... Following in the footsteps of Ray Bradbury, Rod Serling and Philip K. Dick rather than George Lucas, Pak returns to the tradition of intelligent, humanistic sci-fi and reminds us of the value of good genre fiction."
Translation: "If, during the wine and cheese portion of the dinner party, Kaitlyn and Rog look at you askance when you mention you went to see a movie called 'Robot Stories' down at the Brattle House Theatre last weekend, here are some literary / retropopcult names you can drop to reassure them of your continued hipness. Don't forget to contrast them with George Lucas, chief purveyor of the kind of mass-culture pablum they show on the SciFi channel, which you are so obviously and hiply above"

Not that there's anything WRONG with that. The more exposure scifi gets in different subdivisions of pop culture, the better. We need more people to start thinking seriously and honestly about our future, given how rapidly it seems to be approaching.

Re:A "Safe" Sci-fi movie? (2, Interesting)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268878)

yea, and where the F*** was Asimov on that list?

Re:A "Safe" Sci-fi movie? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8269750)

Glad I'm not the only one that caught that. And it's playing at the Brattle Street Theater?? Sweet!

Re:A "Safe" Sci-fi movie? (1)

shockbeton (669384) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269977)

Pak introduces Sci-Fi to whole new audience: Women. Sci-Fi chick-flicks. Maybe I'm just a guy, but I don't see a future in this sub-genere.

Re:A "Safe" Sci-fi movie? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8270258)

As a geek, this speaks to me as well. They might as well say, "No, this is part of the 1% of sci-fi that isn't crap!"

Re:A "Safe" Sci-fi movie? (1)

lrucker (621551) | more than 10 years ago | (#8272771)

They probably need to, though, since most mainstream reviewers of SF books or movies feel compelled to say something like "bucking the trend of the stories that focus on ray-guns and rocket ships" every single time. You'd think eventually they'd pick up on the fact that all of the SF they've reviewed "bucks" that so-called "trend"

digital immorality (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8268875)

In the words of bender, from the wonderful futurama !

"I like stealing, I like takin' things"

Normally... (5, Interesting)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268879)

Normally you see the complete opposite story.
A robot trying to live/adapt to a human environment.
Bicentenial man (probably spelled that wrong)
Data (from Star Trek TNG)
Short Circuit (who doesn't know this one)
Countless Anime series and movies (Chobits is my favourite, GO BUY IT)

The only series/movie that comes to mind is the (Ani-)Matrix, but that one doesn't really fit the bill either.

Chobits (1)

utawoutau (668151) | more than 10 years ago | (#8271232)

Chobits is only good for about two episodes.

Re:Normally... (1)

passion (84900) | more than 10 years ago | (#8271445)

You forgot the ultimate robot wants to be human stories of "Artificial Intelligence", and what it's based on, "Pinnochio".

Bah... (1)

MouseR (3264) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268894)

Forget THAT.

I'm waiting for this! []

Pure Asimov... gawwhh... next best thing to a Caves of Steel movie.

Re:Bah... (2, Funny)

Killjoy_NL (719667) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268911)

Caves of steel; Is that like.... BOTPORN ??

The Problem (4, Funny)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268918)

utterly human characters struggle to connect

Incompatible sockets no doubt...

Why must they use such pretentious blurbs? (1)

trippcook (529339) | more than 10 years ago | (#8270081)

Hahahahah! Hilarious!

Just another note about the film --- it's far better than its art-house PR blurbs (such as the above) make it out to be. That's the one thing about festivals --- everyone tries to be artier-than-thou. I overheard a guy at one festival describe his film as "a triumph of the human spirit" to a local news crew ... AND HE WASN'T JOKING. Please, people of Robot Stories (and all budding artists), just let the movie stand on its own. Don't try to impress us with your poetic description of your own film. If it is about utterly human characters struggling to connect, we'll know it when we watch it.

utterly human? what exactly does that mean? (-1, Flamebait)

plinius (714075) | more than 10 years ago | (#8268973)

utterly human? what exactly does that mean? why do slashbarf writers always have to put too far much emphasis on mundane topics? why do they hype hype hype rather than just learn how to research and write? if the topic were actually interesting, would it not stand on its own?

What it means (4, Insightful)

hey! (33014) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269403)

utterly human? what exactly does that mean? why do slashbarf writers always have to put too far much emphasis on mundane topics? why do they hype hype hype rather than just learn how to research and write? if the topic were actually interesting, would it not stand on its own?

Utterly adv.

Completely; absolutely; entirely.

In other words, the writer is positing by the phrase "utterly human" is that in a world where machines are becoming more human, humans can't meet them half way. We are what we are, that is to say human nature is fixed. However, the situations in which we find ourselves, particularly due to technology, are constantly changing and hilighting different aspects of human nature.

Which is why technology is an appropriate topic for artists to be interested in.

Notes to usage nazis on /.:

(1) Slashdot is more of a cafe atmosphere than a journal. While we the readers appreciate effort in composition, a relaxed and tolerant attitude towards usage and spelling is appropriate. Rampant pedantry is one of the reasons I stopped reading K5. Yes I realize this post is pedantic, but I don't believe in unilateral disarmament.

(2) This is a instance of a common usageanarian nitpick: the application of adverbs to adjectives indicating class membership. The laws of Aristotlean logic don't apply to natural language, because the law of the excluded middle is false. The degree to which adjectives embodying abstract concepts like "good" or "human" apply to a real world thing is not fixed at absolute truth or falsity. It is almost always fuzzy. For that reason it is entirely appropriate to apply adverbs such as "utterly" to adjectives such as "human" which on their own would indicate class membership.

(3) If you are going to get on your usageanarian high horse, you should pay attention to spelling, usage and capitalization in your own posts.

Re:What it means (1)

fraudrogic (562826) | more than 10 years ago | (#8270619)

that's the best "stfu grammar nazi" post I've read. Apparently he has a little history of being an GN. From a past post

I hate it when inarticulate, uneducated people try to pretend to be eloquent by substituting "fancy" words for what they meant to say. This article is a perfect example of that. Because they almost always don't know exactly what the fancy words mean: they just found them in a thesaurus and never checked the definition to see whether they are accurate or really even appropriate

To the grandparent poster: So, some people aren't as articulate as you'd like them to be. Just by reading your other posts, you sound like you either need to get laid or find better sex. Take a Pill.

asimov (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8269008)

This is like I, Robot, The Rip-off. Although I love to see it. The I-Robot movie hopefully will be written and performed well compared to the stories from the book.

Re:asimov (1)

d3kk (644538) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269849)

Judging from the cast, I would not get your hopes up.

Re:asimov (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 10 years ago | (#8270524)

Good luck. It has Will Smith in it. Heh.

It might turn out to be a decent action flick, but don't expect it to have anything to do with Asimov.

Robots rule (3, Funny)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269020)

I'll worry about my feelings after I can buy a robot to do all my house work.

great film (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8269142)

I've seen this four times (that what I get for being a film festival projectionist). It's by far the most original film that I've seen in the last year, and it should appeal to lots of different crowds (sci-fi, art house, etc.). It even makes a good date movie.

Anyone in NYC (or DC, or Boston, or Chicago, or LA, or any of the other cities where it is opening today or soon) should make a point of going to see it. Support quality film efforts like this. It's even independently distributed (no MPAA here!).

actually, this isn't science fiction (1)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269217)

the breakthroughs required for these scenarios have recently been transmitted down to earth from mars..

these film shorts are actually produced by the marketing department in association with the US Govt agency assigned to 'break the news' to the general populace..

it's an attempt to guage the reaction of the 'man on the street' to next months social upheaval.

Not the web comic? (1)

rickmccl (637396) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269267)

I am disappointed, I thought the movie would be about one of my favorite webcomics, Neil G.'s Robot Stories [] . Start reading here at page 1 [] .
PS should you get into the story, just remember: Keren is mine -- I saw her first! ;-)

Robot Babes? (3, Informative)

Halloween Jack (182035) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269334)

Oh, that was robot babies. Never mind. I say, bring on the robot babes! [] (possibly NSFW)

Greg Pak (1)

PetoskeyGuy (648788) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269427)

Off topic, but Greg Pak looks just like William Ragsdale from Fright Night. Especially the picture on the blog link...

Maybe it's just the wide eyed unbelieving stare.

Re:Greg Pak (1)

mechugena (311767) | more than 10 years ago | (#8271249)

Great...thanks for mentioning William Ragsdale. Now I'm having bad flashbacks to Herman's Head!

So when is the Cyberiad movie coming out? (1)

MinorHeadWound (710187) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269516)

Not that I think that would necessarily work as a film, but I've spent too much time trying to figure out how it could be done.

What about Asimov??? (1)

torrentialimplosion (751871) | more than 10 years ago | (#8269562)

They call it "Robot Stories" and invoke Sterling and Bradbury and not Asimov? It *can't* be *good*!!!

you Fail It!? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8269820)

those obl1gatioNs.

Fuck 4 SHIT (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8269967)


7 thumbs up! (5, Insightful)

trippcook (529339) | more than 10 years ago | (#8270034)

I saw this movie at the 2003 Slamdance [] festival (while helping an old high school buddy promote a documentary he'd made [] ), and I can say it's great. The 4 vignettes are a touch uneven, but all are good. He cast the movie primarily with Asian folk, and it kind of makes you think about how rare it is to see Asians in popular entertainment that aren't just cast to play an "Asian" style character, if that makes sense. Plus, there are robots GALORE, and who doesn't like that?

I spoke with the director about the way some webcomics and other online media outlets were giving away content to make $$$. For instance, I bought the Small Stories book, even though I'd already read Same Difference for free online. I thought giving away one of the vignettes from the website would be a do-able notion (especially with advance promtion somewhere like /., followed with a Bit Torrent to ease his bandwidth bills), which could then fuel direct DVD sales of some kind.

Bottom line, if this comes by you, see it! I can't believe a movie like this has been making the festival rounds for so long and has not been picked up by a cable outlet or some type of distributor. Heck, if SciFi [] has money to waste on some of its crap-tacular originals [] , I'm sure it has the money to buy up something this small-scale. Maybe a grass-roots geek agitation could help this deserving flick out!

Asian...? (1)

gidds (56397) | more than 10 years ago | (#8272829)

Do you mean Asian as we Brits would understand the term, i.e. middle-eastern, or do you mean what we would call Oriental?

Anyway, yes, it sounds like a great movie. I'll look out for it. (Just on the off-chance it ever hits these shores...)

you insensit1ve clod! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8270074)

Prefeerably with an MAKES ME SICK JUST

If you have stairs in your house . . . (0, Offtopic)

JimE G (700302) | more than 10 years ago | (#8270361)


/ Blatant subculture karmawhoring

I saw this at the St. Louis Film Festival (5, Informative)

Elonka (710689) | more than 10 years ago | (#8270415)

... last November.

First off, it was excellent. I also had a chance to meet the film-maker, Greg Pak, and was very impressed. He's a geek who's going out and making movies about geek things, but telling them in ways that everyone, both geeks and non-geeks, can understand.

If you're looking for a high-tech special effects thriller that's heavy on hardware, you may not enjoy Pak's stuff. But if you're looking for some moving stories that really nail some of the emotional truths about people and the way they connect with each other, I can't recommend this movie enough.

I think one of my favorite stories was the one about the mother whose son was gravely ill in the hospital, and she copes with his illness by lovingly restoring each one of his childhood robot toys (and yes, they're real toys -- the director understands!)

Pak already had somewhat of a name for himself by making a few quirky shorts which are already on the internet [] . And I'm pleased to see that he's turned that notoriety into a feature-length film. And I definitely look forward to seeing more stuff from him in the future! He deserves all the support we can give him.

Elonka :)

Sounds like Space Ghost's "Famous Story" (1)

Painaxl (673056) | more than 10 years ago | (#8270419)

Space Ghost: The race war had begun. Machines were building robot babies to replace other babies. Everyone knows what happened next. The End.

I would go see the movie... (3, Funny)

UncleBiggims (526644) | more than 10 years ago | (#8270484)

But I don't want anyone thinking I'm a Robosexual.

Are you Corn Fed? []

Reel Asian (1)

Archibald Buttle (536586) | more than 10 years ago | (#8270863)

This film was the opening night feature at the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival last November.

I saw it then and thoroughly enjoyed it. Whilst there is a sci-fi element to this film it's not a typical sci-fi movie at all, which was refreshing (and I'm a sci-fi fan). The stories are really all about people, not the robots themselves. Rather than relying on sensationalistic special effects (there are none) this movie plays on our emotions, and does so very effectively.

With this movie Greg Pak has shown that you can make a sci-fi film which can have mass market appeal for a low budget. I hope that this gets a wide distribution and that lots of people get the opportunity to see it. I'm also looking forward to seeing his future movies.

If you get the opportunity to watch this film go see it - you won't regret it.

FUCK?! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8270881)

sorely diminished. co3e.' Don't

Yokohama Shopping Diary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8271433)

Readers of this thread might also be intereted to check out the manga (and also anime) Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou, aka Yokohama Shopping Diary (and the official English name is A Quiet Country Cafe)

This too is of a world with quite human-like robots but set in a twilight time of dwindling humanity after a mysterious cataclysm that reduced Japanese metropoles into rural landscape.

The story is slow and quiet, not for those craving massive amounts of action, yet there is this little mystery around the edges, and eerie atmosphere that makes you think.

There are some reviews available at the defunct web zine EX [] of the manga [] and the anime [] .


fago8z (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8272361)

Under the GPL. []

Ni6ga (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8272793)

and has instead most. LLok at the and/or distribute

One More Robot - Sympathy 3000-21 (1)

dnahelix (598670) | more than 10 years ago | (#8273355)

Unit 3000-21 is warming
Makes a humming sound
When its circuits duplicate emotions
And a sense of coldness detaches
As it tries to comfort your sadness

One more robot learns to be
Something more than a machine
When it tries the way it does
Makes it seem like it can love

Cause it's hard to say what's real
When you know the way you feel
Is it wrong to think it's love
When it tries the way it does

Feeling a synthetic kind of love
Dreaming a sympathetic wish
As the lights blink faster and brighter

One more robot learns to be
Something more than a machine
When it tries the way it does
Makes it seem like it can love

Cause it's hard to say what's real
When you know the way you feel
Is it wrong to think it's love
When it tries the way it does

-The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

Saw it at the WI filmfest (1)

ChrisDolan (24101) | more than 10 years ago | (#8273428)

I saw this in the 2003 Wisconsin Film Festival [] . The writer/director, Greg Pak, was present for a Q&A afterward. The stories are superficially about robots. By that I mean it's not hard sci-fi, but primarily about people in a sci-fi context. The characters are interesting and much more significant than the plot.

I enjoyed the film. The middle two stories are the best, I think. If you have the opportunity to see it at a film fest where Pak may be present, I recommend that. He is an interesting speaker.

Just saw it (1)

FancyRobot (752313) | more than 10 years ago | (#8273710)

Just saw "Robot Stories" in New York City. Like four really solid episodes of the Twilight Zone, all delicately interwoven. Really good first feature. Go see it this weekend and it's run will get extended!

Gna4 (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8274026)

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