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(ReadWrite)   Ten great sci-fi films that got the future all wrong. Logan's Run could still happen, dammit   (readwrite.com) divider line 159
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2013-05-12 07:17:40 AM
What about sci-fi films that got the future right?

/off to use the three seashells
 
2013-05-12 08:15:39 AM
Brazil!?

That movie was a satirical look at what the 1940s thought the 1980s would be like. It wasn't supposed to get the future right. It was a movie about an alternate present.
 
2013-05-12 08:17:45 AM
As for getting the future wrong. I remember reading this sci-fi short story where one of the characters got a call from his doctor and he remarks that he was worried that the doctor was going to tell him he has 6 months to live but then he remembered it's 1998 and nobody every gets told things like that anymore.
 
2013-05-12 08:23:07 AM
Brazil takes place in its own little time-space continuum bubble, it's not really future or past or present. But hey.

Back to the Future II did a pretty good job of depicting life in 2015, I'm sure.
 
2013-05-12 08:36:03 AM

Confabulat: Brazil takes place in its own little time-space continuum bubble, it's not really future or past or present. But hey.

Back to the Future II did a pretty good job of depicting life in 2015, I'm sure.


They had the Cubs in a World Series.  I think it's pretty safe to say no one would take their future seriously.
 
2013-05-12 08:58:50 AM

UNC_Samurai: Confabulat: Brazil takes place in its own little time-space continuum bubble, it's not really future or past or present. But hey.

Back to the Future II did a pretty good job of depicting life in 2015, I'm sure.

They had the Cubs in a World Series.  I think it's pretty safe to say no one would take their future seriously.


That movie might be a hell of a motivator for the '15 Cubs. Of course then we'd have to pretend Miami had a baseball team.
 
2013-05-12 09:17:32 AM
"Logan's Run could still happen, dammit"

So I could get to have sex with a twenty five year old Jenny Agutter? Sweet.
 
2013-05-12 09:24:42 AM
Done in one. Demolition Man predicted Skype, Schwartzenegger taking office, GPS, people going to war over the need to eat (maybe I'm reaching a bit with that one), and Wesley Snipes going to prison.
 
2013-05-12 09:26:13 AM
That list was ridiculous.  But the comments are great, with people complaining about the list and the author fighting back.  Good times.
 
2013-05-12 09:31:23 AM
I've always wondered why a lot of Sci-Fi decided it was a good idea to put an actual date on stories that take place in the future. Even if the story holds up, it's still a bit of a goofy to see captions stating the story takes place in a vision of the 1980s that obviously didn't happen.
 
2013-05-12 09:32:03 AM
Not sure what his problem is with Jurassic Park. If I could clone animals the first thing I'd do is make a dinosaur amusement park. Who wouldn't?

Also not sure what "spends figures" means.
 
2013-05-12 09:34:58 AM
From TFA (re: Brazil): Too many damn tubes and wires?

Ducts, jackass. They were ducts. Thus DeNiro's role as a renegade duct repairman. Did you not watch the first 5 seconds of the movie where they set the stage for that running joke?
 
2013-05-12 09:35:03 AM
Stupidest list ever.
 
2013-05-12 09:35:26 AM

Confabulat: Brazil takes place in its own little time-space continuum bubble, it's not really future or past or present. But hey.


It has a pretty clear date: the year 19terrygilliam.
 
2013-05-12 09:35:46 AM
I'd like to know what drugs the people who made the Videodrome trailer were on.
 
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2013-05-12 09:35:52 AM

Confabulat: Back to the Future II did a pretty good job of depicting life in 2015, I'm sure.


the whole miami mlb thing was spot on.
 
2013-05-12 09:42:40 AM

movieman_1979: Done in one. Demolition Man predicted Skype, Schwartzenegger taking office, GPS, people going to war over the need to eat (maybe I'm reaching a bit with that one), and Wesley Snipes going to prison.


They also predicted that Jeffrey Dahmer would still be alive and set free by Wesley's character.
 
2013-05-12 09:43:26 AM
The job of sci-fi wasn't to predict the future, but just to spin fun stories set in some ambiguous future that the author daydreamed. It was just to provide a setting, not blueprints for the future. Like Larry Niven's future with impossible materials and magical propulsion technologies... controlled by the punch card mainframe in the basement.

Sci-fi is really about a point in time and what the author saw at that time. Space Age sci-fi is all about bigger and better rockets with no clue about the computer thing just a few years away,

The future was built by nerds and scientists and engineers building things that, you know, can be built.
 
2013-05-12 09:43:31 AM
Your list couldn't suck more if you tried.

Jurassic Park wasn't a sci-fi movie that tried to portray the future. It was a modern sci-fi movie.

Brazil, Videodrome (again, modern), and Fahrenheit 451 are varying degrees of satire and not meant to be speculative fiction.

Frankenstein didn't take place in the future.
 
2013-05-12 09:44:56 AM
What, no Terminator? Interesting omission, considering we recently took a big step towards having a Skynet of our very own with all the drones coming into play.
 
2013-05-12 09:45:08 AM

Bloody William: Your list couldn't suck more if you tried.

Jurassic Park wasn't a sci-fi movie that tried to portray the future. It was a modern sci-fi movie.

Brazil, Videodrome (again, modern), and Fahrenheit 451 are varying degrees of satire and not meant to be speculative fiction.

Frankenstein didn't take place in the future.


Someone should have made a sci-fi movie about how in the future, internet lists were full of fail.
 
2013-05-12 09:45:31 AM
This is the dumbest thing I will read today.
 
2013-05-12 09:46:05 AM

Tyrone Slothrop: I'd like to know what drugs the people who made the Videodrome trailer were on.


... wow. It's like someone made a parody of what a trailer for Videodrome would be like if made by morons with 80s movie trailer tropes.
 
2013-05-12 09:46:32 AM
Meh... in the Star Trek universe we are either in the middle of a war that's about to go nuclear or in an L.L. Bean commerical. Also there should be aliens messing around with bio weapons in Detroit.

Now If you'll excuse me, I have to dig up a watch under San Francisco, make sure that woman gets hit by that car (even though she's hot), launch some frozen people (more than one group, actually) into (for some reason) a solar escape trajectory, and get the Voyager program back into gear. We still have time on the Mars missions, though.
 
2013-05-12 09:47:32 AM
Can I just say that, as silly as the movie was, the book sucked even harder? Logan's Run read like something I'd written when I was seven. The only reason I finished it is because it wasn't very long and I wanted to see how deep the suck went. It went deep. Very deep.
 
2013-05-12 09:49:49 AM
Coming soon : Centrifugal Bumblepuppy for Nintendo Wii.
 
2013-05-12 09:50:35 AM
"The Apple" was a pretty spot-on prediction of 1994.

/speeeeeeeeeeed
 
2013-05-12 09:51:11 AM
Your blog sucks.
 
2013-05-12 09:51:20 AM

Shostie: This is the dumbest thing I will read today.


Ah, no plans to visit the politics tab, then?
 
2013-05-12 09:52:33 AM

Shostie: This is the dumbest thing I will read today.


I hope this is true for me.
 
2013-05-12 09:54:21 AM
Because science fiction is all about the pinpoint accuracy of a documentary.
 
2013-05-12 09:55:03 AM
I, for one, am still waiting for Wyld Stallyns to lead us into a new era of era-ness with their squealing 80s guitar hair rock and California surfer slang.

It'll be totally excellent.
 
2013-05-12 09:56:31 AM
1.  Max Headroom is still too close for comfort, except that there is not one mouse or touchpad or non-cathode-ray-tube screen in the whole series.  "Computers" in the day meant qwerty keyboards.

2.  What about that movie where Sir Humphrey Applebey and King George III's actor wears a kimono and they go to Taco Bell?  I thought that was baloney until the dorito loco taco came out, now the pieces are nearly in place.
 
2013-05-12 09:56:48 AM
Escape from New York is almost a documentary. So let's talk about what they got right.
 
2013-05-12 09:59:01 AM

keloyd: 1.  Max Headroom is still too close for comfort, except that there is not one mouse or touchpad or non-cathode-ray-tube screen in the whole series.  "Computers" in the day meant qwerty keyboards.


Really, replace "(television) network" with "Web site" or "media company" in a more general sense and it's super-farking-creepy eerie.
 
2013-05-12 10:00:31 AM

keloyd: 2.  What about that movie where Sir Humphrey Applebey and King George III's actor wears a kimono and they go to Taco Bell?  I thought that was baloney until the dorito loco taco came out, now the pieces are nearly in place.


Reference: Shell joke above.
 
2013-05-12 10:10:08 AM

miss diminutive: What about sci-fi films that got the future right?

/off to use the three seashells


Came for the sea shells.  Good thing that hasn't arrived yet cause i have no freakin' clue how they work.
 
2013-05-12 10:12:34 AM

Ishkur: I, for one, am still waiting for Wyld Stallyns to lead us into a new era of era-ness with their squealing 80s guitar hair rock and California surfer slang.

It'll be totally excellent.


never understood that shiat.

love the first bill and ted (atho it REALLY doesn't hold up well) but the whole "Wyld Stallyns saved us with crappy Paul Stanley rock" just didn't make any sense at all.

the second movie is a pile of shiat on the level of Ghostbusters 2, MIB2, Robocop 2, Wayne's World 2.......  just dreadful.
 
2013-05-12 10:18:39 AM

nigeman: Escape from New York is almost a documentary. So let's talk about what they got right.


It was filmed in East St. Louis, because the real New York didn't look bad enough.
 
2013-05-12 10:18:44 AM
www.wired.com

But at least L.A. freeways never change in the future.
 
2013-05-12 10:24:33 AM
I read that entire article in the voice of comic book guy. Then I saw his picture at the bottom. Close enough.
 
2013-05-12 10:40:25 AM
The more interesting "where they got it wrong" is where technology actually exceeded what people thought the future would be.

In Blade Runner, he has a video call with Rachel, on a payphone. Which looked all "cool future" in 1982, but in 2013, we're ahead of that. A lot of people didn't forsee digital photography, GPS or the advances in DNA.
 
2013-05-12 10:40:40 AM
You blog REALLY sucks.

I mean really really sucks. That was awful. Worst list ever. That list gave me anal leakage. Someone owes us all a green light.
 
2013-05-12 10:41:04 AM
So that guy gets paid to write articles like this?
 
2013-05-12 10:45:37 AM
This blogger has never heard of allegory.
 
2013-05-12 10:49:37 AM

farkeruk: The more interesting "where they got it wrong" is where technology actually exceeded what people thought the future would be.

In Blade Runner, he has a video call with Rachel, on a payphone. Which looked all "cool future" in 1982, but in 2013, we're ahead of that. A lot of people didn't forsee digital photography, GPS or the advances in DNA.


All of which are about information processing. Which really doesn't take a lot of energy to do. Which is why we can watch movies on our cell phones while flying in a 747 at the same speed as in 1969.
 
2013-05-12 10:50:08 AM
So why is it constantly raining in Southern Cal? I don't recall it being explained in the movie, which I've watched a million times. Seems like you are just supposed to figure that, if it's constantly raining in L.A., something went pretty wrong in the world prior to the story.

Don't even get me started on the blogger's take on Brazil. (See Fark handle.)

Does this guy not know how to watch a movie?
 
2013-05-12 10:51:28 AM
Pity this one never made it on screen - the war in the early 90s between militant environmentalists and the rest of us would have been a hoot:
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2013-05-12 10:52:26 AM
Robocop seems to have gotten Detroit right.
 
2013-05-12 10:52:39 AM

Mugato: So that guy gets paid to write articles like this?


Apparently, and for the lulz I went to look up some of his other great works and found this gem:  Top 10 IT skills that aren't useful anymore - #1:  Knowledge of windows XP.

After I finished laughing all my beer across the table and soaking it up I continued reading and well frankly now I need a whole new monitor set and cannot blame anymore but myself.  Clearly we have a savant on our hands.
 
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