Ex Machina writer/director Alex Garland grew up a fan of science fiction. His new film sets itself apart by happily eschewing on- and off-screen obstacles that get in the way of sci-fi cinema being great.
At SXSW 2015, he and Moisés discuss the formative and professional influences that brought Ex Machina to the screen.
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Show Notes and Links
- JG Ballard is a writer worth discovering if this is the first you're hearing of him. This site looks like a pretty decent secondary source on all things Ballard.
- In the Information Age, it is not at all as hard for a non-UK comics fan to read 2000AD (wikipedia) as it was when I was younger, when one would have to rely upon "the one guy at the comics shop" who imported it. The latest installment of the long-running weekly (since 1977) anthology is Prog 1925, featuring Judge Dredd, Sláine, Strontium Dog, and others.
- See Ex Machina theatrically if you can, and not because it was shot for IMAX with a multi-hundred-million-dollar budget (neither of those are true of Ex Machina, I'm slagging a movie covered on this very show months ago). You'll wish you had if you see it at home for the first time.
- Screen Time 47: Oscar Isaac - Super-Vanya (reposting soon) is an interview with Oscar Isaac after an Austin Film Festival screening of Inside Llewyn Davis.
- Giant Size ORIGINS 14: Cigar-Smoking Baby (originally posted in 2013) finds Moisés consulting native Englishmen (writer Antony Johnston and Drobo CEO Geoff Barrall) on what hooked them as impressionable young fans of 2000AD
- Giant Size ORIGINS 15: Just a Disco Queen (reposting soon) was originally expected to be a short after-show with Antony after Geoff had to go, but it's now (in "reprinted" form) best considered a full episode of proper show.