As we slowly enter the holiday season, we want to shift toward lighter topics. We remain within the cyber universe area, but this time we focus on the most exciting films and series where technology plays the leading role. Ready to watch?
The Social Dilemma
If you haven't seen this movie yet, you should do so. The Social Dilemma is a 2020 documentary showing how modern social media works. While some scenes may seem a bit exaggerated, the movie shows how the concept of social media has changed dramatically and what it means for us - the users. The movie's creators expose us to the cruelty of algorithms and show who exactly we are in this perfectly organized technological and financial machine. The Social Dilemma won numerous awards, including the 2021 Emmy Award for Best Documentary Screenplay.
Staying on the topic of social media, we recommend another document. This one is focused on the dirty tricks of people aspiring to be called influencers. Released in 2021, Fake Famous shows how people hungry for likes and money use technology and shady trickery to gain an audience. Are bots and fake followers the best way to go from zero to social media heroes? You will find out by watching Fake Famous.
Blade Runner, a masterpiece directed by Ridley Scott starring Harrison Ford, is an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?". It gives us a glimpse into what 1960' and 1980' creators thought about present days (the action takes place in 2019). Above all, it is a story that forces you to think about both the risks, and benefits of high-technology development. Are robots and AI an opportunity or a threat to humanity? And what does it even mean: to be a human?
Ready Player One
Steven Spielberg takes us to the year 2045. After the real world stood on the verge of extinction, life moved to the virtual universe, called OASIS. At some point, the OASIS’s creator announces a competition in which the prize is not only huge money but also the complete rule over OASIS. What will humans be ready to sacrifice to take control over the other players? Is there a limit to immersion? And if so, should we designate it today? See what answers Spielberg has for you in Ready Player One.
It's the most obvious choice, but if you are interested in technology (or modern cinematography, you know perfectly well that this series is a must-see. Black Mirror is already six seasons of history, showing how modern technology affects our lives and determines the future. The series is strong, dynamic, and at times, extremely painful. So what do black mirrors - at which we so eagerly look every single day - see in us?
Years and Years
Years and Years is a series focused on the English family of Lyon's life. The action takes place between 2019 and 2034. It touches on many well-known topics and problems, such as unpredictable technological development, populism, the financial crisis, nuclear conflict, and even Russia's attack on Ukraine. Definitely worth watching.
We hope you found a real movie gem on our list. Cinema and technologies are a mix always worth considering. Enjoy watching!