Ben Cambridge

  • It had been a long time since I had seen Armageddon, and it is clearly a sci-fi film that emphasizes spectacle. The movie is an action packed sci-fi that displays scenes filled with explosions both on earth and in space. I agree with the comment that people tend to have a fairly existential mindset today, and movies like Armageddon echo that in…[Read more]

  • Along with Anna, when I initially watched The Hunger Games, I didn’t pick up on the reality television element either. After seeing the movie again however, I picked up on the critiques a little bit more than when I had initially seen it. The idea of kids killing kids is definitely a bit gruesome, and I think the idea of The Hunger Games being l…[Read more]

  • I watched Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow too, and I agree that it’s style is reminiscent of some aspects of both German Expressionism and film noir, as well as some science fiction of course. The movie is full of vintage technology that would’ve been seen in film noir such as typewriters, but also includes futuristic technology such as gia…[Read more]

  • I watched Barbarella, and it was definitely a product of another time, with it’s flamboyant mise-en-scene and presence of nudity, among other strange features. There’s no other science fiction movie that I’ve seen that includes a bright pink spaceship with a shag carpet clad interior. The presence of aliens as sets of adolescent twins was an inter…[Read more]

  • Parliament Funkadelic’s influence spreads far and wide. The band is by far one of the more popular sources of samples for today’s music, and they’ve even made appearances in movies over the years, such as the 1994 release, PCU.

  • I listened to a lot of Jimi Hendrix as a kid, and he definitely was a big reason why I ever picked up a guitar. I actually think the first time that I heard a song of his may have been “Foxey Lady” in Wayne’s World.

  • I agree with both Shira and Andrea in their comments that The Road was a depressing movie. It was the first time I had seen it, and it was one of the more negative views of the future that I’ve seen depicted. The movie is grey in almost every way possible, with the color scheme containing a heavy dose of shades of grey, while the story itself is g…[Read more]

  • I think that the idea mentioned about engaging in nostalgia as a form of time travel is particularly interesting and reminds me of the idea that a person could be “living in the past.” There are multiple examples of people that dwell on past decades, whether it’s the technology that they use, the music that they listen to, or even how they dress…[Read more]

  • I had heard this song before, but never knew that it was Blue Oyster Cult. Every time I hear them it reminds me of the “more cowbell” Saturday Night Live sketch with Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell.

  • Ben Cambridge commented on the page, on the site A Better Future 11 months ago

    I’m not a huge fan of Bowie’s music either, but I definitely admire the person he was and what he stood for. David Bowie was someone who clearly did his own thing, and I think there’s a lot to be said for that. I agree that it’s really interesting that he showed such as fascination with different aspects of science fiction and space.

  • Ben Cambridge commented on the page, on the site A Better Future 11 months ago

    It’s pretty interesting that Pink Floyd wouldn’t have liked the term “Space Rock” when it so accurately describes their overall style as a band. If they didn’t want to be referred to as such, maybe they should’ve picked a different album title than The Dark Side of the Moon.

  • Ben Cambridge commented on the page, on the site A Better Future 11 months ago

    The song I.G.Y seems to be aptly titled judging by the sound of its lyrics. The song sounds fairly optimistic about the future with the chorus being, “What a beautiful world this will be.” I think it’s interesting that Donald Fagen would write a song like this, talking about advancements in technology such as “rails under the sea” and the time…[Read more]

  • Ben Cambridge commented on the page, on the site A Better Future 11 months ago

    The monster definitely seemed more innocent than the people, in fact, some of them even sympathized with Godzilla and begged for the others to see the good in sparing its life. Honestly I thought the movie was kind of confusing at times, and most of the parts that were supposed to be horrifying were actually pretty funny considering how Godzilla looked.

  • Ben Cambridge commented on the page, on the site A Better Future 11 months ago

    The broadcast by Orson Welles is definitely interesting to listen to, especially knowing how much havoc it caused at the time. It’s crazy to think that people would have believed it was real news, but at the same time, a mass media device hadn’t been used in such a way before. I actually think that we might have a harder time convincing people…[Read more]

  • Ben Cambridge commented on the page, on the site A Better Future 11 months ago

    I agree that Blade Runner can be a little confusing, and I think that having read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep definitely aided me in understanding some of the confusing aspects of the film. In my opinion, the film does a fairly good job at including most major themes present within the book. It does however, omit some of the more…[Read more]

  • Ben Cambridge commented on the page, on the site A Better Future 11 months ago

    Things To Come seems to clearly illustrate from the very beginning that it’s about the fear of war and the situation that was brewing in Europe at the time. The people in Europe still had the aftereffects of WWI in the backs of their minds, the first war to contain chemical warfare, and one that ended with massive death tolls. These factors p…[Read more]

  • Ben Cambridge commented on the page, on the site A Better Future 11 months ago

    This was my first time seeing The Day The Earth Stood Still and it seemed to me that it’s very applicable to the world of today. It’s a very interesting time to view this film because of the current state of the world, such as tensions between the United States and North Korea; The feud is eerily similar to that of the United States and Russia dur…[Read more]

  • Ben Cambridge commented on the page, on the site A Better Future 11 months ago

    I also thought that The Invasion of the Body Snatchers alluded to the paranoia that had swept over the country, as well as the spread of McCarthyism at the time. With the outbreak of the Cold War and the spread of Communism, I’m sure that many people at the time probably felt the same sense of paranoia that Miles felt throughout the film. The p…[Read more]

  • Ben Cambridge commented on the page, on the site A Better Future 11 months ago

    This was also my first time watching anything Star Trek related and it was a much better movie than I thought it was going to be. The major theme of the film is that unity is possible, no matter the differences between people, evident by the diversity of the crewmembers in Star Trek. I think that the message the film sends is important in our…[Read more]

  • This was also my first time seeing Metropolis and I agree with the observations that there were some scenes reminiscent of something that could have been seen in concentration camps, such as those showing the workers marching and working in synchronization, and then keeling over while working the machines. Given the time of the film’s release, i…[Read more]

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