Thursday, November 07, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks: Scientists

For the 45th week of 2019 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We venture into the subject of scientists as it play into people trying to solve problems through science as well as create something that will help the world or destroy it. Here are my three picks:

1. The Face of Another

Hiroshi Teshigahara’s film about an engineer who is given a new face following an accident in this study of identity. The scientist in question doesn’t just create a new face but becomes concerned with his patient’s sudden growth in immorality through the mask he would wear. It’s a film that features a lot of surreal elements as well as a subplot about a scarred woman who endures her own journey dealing with her own deformity as it parallels with the main narrative.

2. The Man with Two Brains

From Carl Reiner is one of the funniest comedies of the 1980s that is the third of four collaborations with Steve Martin who plays a brain surgeon who marries a woman that is cruel and neglectful while he falls for a brain with the voice of Sissy Spacek. It’s a weird yet funny film as it includes a weird subplot about a mysterious serial killer killing people in elevators as the person who plays the killer is shocking in a funny way.

3. Ex Machina

Alex Garland’s film about a coder who is given a chance to meet his reclusive boss as well as an android whom he falls for. It’s a compelling sci-fi film that is set entirely in a house as it play into the ideas of artificial intelligence but also who is in control. Oscar Isaac plays the man who created the android as he is an odd figure yet it adds to the drama that the android is dealing with as she just wants to connect with human beings.

© thevoid99 2019


ThePunkTheory said...

Ex Machina is such a great choice. I haven't seen it yet, but a guy who is in a seminar with me does his master thesis on this film, so I'm super intrigued!

Often Off Topic said...

Ex Machina is the only one of your picks I've seen but oh boy, what a movie. I honestly wish I could erase it from my memory and watch it with fresh eyes again.