Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cultural Committee film fest explores timeless theme of ‘Love, Sex and Androids’

The OU-C Cultural Committee is hosting two upcoming movies as part of its spring semester film series, which is centered on the theme, “Love, Sex and Androids.”

The film “Her” will be presented on Feb. 17 and “Ex Machina” will be shown March 31. Both films will begin at 6 p.m. in the Bennett Hall auditorium. There will be an opportunity for audience involvement with an explanation of the films’ themes prior to the showings and discussions afterward.

The events are free and open to the public.

According to faculty member Tony Vinci, who is coordinating the film fest, “The movies look to explain how romantic lives are now controlled by technology, such as phones, computers and cars. While most people see an android as something that is not human and cannot feel, I take the opposite view. I think that androids tell us the cold truth about whom we are and, often, what we do not want to see.”

As Vinci explains, “Her” promises to put a damper on any warm Valentine’s Day memories.

“The movie ‘Her’ is set in the near future and involves a guy who falls in love with his operating system, which is voiced by Scarlett Johansen,” Vinci said. “The movie is part romantic comedy and part depressing love story. It is both romantic and horrifying at the same time. It explores how technology is something we often talk about in romantic terms. People will often say ‘I love my iPhone.’ The movie ‘Her’ takes those feelings to the next level.”

The film ‘Ex Machina,’ a dark thriller about two men falling in love with a robot, continues the theme of technology and romance. The stars of the film also had roles in “Star Wars: Episode 7,” so they are veterans of this type of production.

“The films are both fairly recent and should resonate with a campus audience,” Vinci said.

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