Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time—Pt 3: Red Pills & Mashed Potatoes (Podcast)

Sci_fi_podcast_top_10Keanu Reeves, Richard Dreyfuss, Spielberg and the Wachowskis. 

That's right: We're talking "The Matrix" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."

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Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of All Time Pt 2 (Podcast)

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Rick Mathieson & Rick Wootten continue counting down their favorite science fiction films of all time with a look at "The 13th Floor" and "Inception." 

Both explore the nature of reality from what may appear to be very different entry points—computers and dreams. But in fact, both movies offer faithful interpretations of Plato's Idealism vs. the Materialism of Democritus.

While Democritus believed physical objects form reality—matter forms mind—Plato believed in "the world as perceived by our senses"—or, mind forms matter.

The backdrop for "The 13th Floor" is the Simulation Theory propounded by Oxford University professor Nick Bostrom and more recently by Elon Musk, who believes without a shadow of a doubt that we live in, and in fact are, a computer simulation run by a future civilization with some serious processing power.

That is to say, our experience of reality is an expression of ideas. Someone else's ideas, specifically. God's perhaps, or the Man Behind the Curtain in the "Wizard of Oz," Or maybe we're just the creations of a zit-faced computer programmer with an exalted sense of self. As Max Plank, the father of quantum theory, put it long ago:

"There is no 'matter' as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force ... We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter."

The Force and The Matrix in one quote. What's not to love about that?

Meanwhile, "Inception" deals with this notion through the backdrop of dreamworlds and our influence upon them—shaping reality by force of will. As some have put it, the question the movie poses at its climax is not whether the characters are in a dream, but rather, does it matter? It becomes their reality either way.

In "Inception," Leonardo DiCaprio's Cobb explains it this way to Ellen Page's Ariadne:

"In a dream, our mind continuously does this ... we create and perceive our world simultaneously, and our mind does this so well that we don't even know it's happening."

As you'll see, this tension between Idealism and Materialism figures prominently into Rick & Rick's favorite sci-fi movies.

RICK & RICK: TOP 10 FAVORITE SCI-FI MOVIES PART 2: REALITY BITES

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(Approx. 5 mins, 14 sec)


Marketing 'It': From Viral Outdoor to Virtual Reality & Beyond (Podcast)

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"It" is a hit. 

But why? In a podcast recorded during the movie's big opening weekend, Rick Mathieson and Rick Wootten talk about marketing campaign behind "It," which includes an ambitious VR experience, guerrilla marketing and more.


But was any of it even necessary? Or was this a movie that was just destined to make a killing? 

RICK & RICK RULE THE WORLD: MARKETING 'IT'

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Video Game Movies & Robot Buddhist Priests (Rick & Rick Podcast Ep 1/Pt 1)

 

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Welcome to 'Rick & Rick Rule the World!'

In this all-new Gen Wow iTunes podcast series, everybody's favorite Rickheads rant, rave and otherwise ruminate on whatever's hitting their Geeks-&-Mad Men radars these days.

Our Ricks include Rick Mathieson—writer, author and executive creative director at iMathieson, and Rick Wootten—vice president of marketing and sales operations at 24/7.

Their mission: To share a little of their ongoing stream-of-consciousness about all things cool in movies, TV shows, comics, video games, media, marketing and advertising. You name it, they've probably got something to say about it. Either way, it's going to be fun.

All the Ricksomeness starts here:

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ARKit AR-Enabled Dance Practice (Video)

A simple, smart application of AR to learn how to do something we personally have had no hope of learning through any other mechanism thus far.

This particular effort uses Apple's ARKit, and so far at least, it looks promising. Though they could go ahead and just add an option for two left feet for us.

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Gorillaz App Wins Cannes 2017 Gold Lion with VR, AR Experiences (Video)

Gotta love this app. Though as far as this recap video goes, I'm not sure what's better: The app's performance, or the voice talent's accent. Kudos to all involved.

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'Ghostbusters' Hyper-Reality Gameplay from THE VOID Looks Hyper-Cool (Video)

 

It's hard not to get amp'd over this trailer for the "Ghostbusters: Dimension" AR game.

I can't tell how much of this is just video or actual game play, but if it's anything like this promo fro THE VOID and Sony Pictures, this game looks hyper-righteous.

It's important to understand that THE VOID develops experiences at specific venues, versus video games for home.

This is a critical difference, since the experience can be controlled within a locked environment. As the New York Times reported a couple weeks ago, THE VOID has also developed a vest that provides smells and haptic feedback within game play.

It also makes up for the lack of interest consumers seem to have over buying AR & VR gaming equipment for home.

It is interesting how Wired ad the NYT call this VR; from this video at least, it appears to be AR-based, which helps explain how people move about without the disorientation that comes with VR goggles.

THE VOID, of course calls it "hyper reality."

We'll go with that, just so long as it's as fun as it looks.


Headset Removal: Google Research Gives You Your Face Back in VR

Hungering for a little face time while in virtual reality?

Here are some fun, but currently impractical, ways to let others see what you're experiencing in virtual reality—and even see your face.

Think green screen and 3D scans. You won't bother to try this at home, folks. But someday...

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'Field Trip to Mars' Features Goggle-Free, VR-Enabled School Bus (Video)

 


After winning a Cannes Lion last summer, word's out that Lockheed Martin's 'Field Trip to Mars' is up for Creativity's A-List Awards. Well worth taking for a spin.