Metropolis (1927) (dir. Fritz Lang)
Things to Come (1936) (dir. William Cameron Menzies)
Alphaville (1965) (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
Playtime (1967) (dir. Jacques Tati)
Sleeper (1973) (dir. Woody Allen)
Logan’s Run (1976) (dir. Michael Anderson)
Escape From New York (1981) (dir. John Carpenter)
Blade Runner (1982) (dir. Ridley Scott)
Akira (1988) (dir. Katsuhiro Otomo)
The Fifth Element (1997) (dir. Luc Besson)
Pleasantville (1998) (dir. Gary Ross)
The Truman Show (1998) (dir. Peter Weir)
Minority Report (2002) (dir. Steven Spielberg)
Wall-E (2008) (dir. Andrew Stanton)
Babeldom (2013) (dir. Paul Bush)
Her (2013) (dir. Spike Jonez)
Bladerunner 2049 (2017) (dir. Denis Villeneuve)
Black Panther (2018) (dir. Ryan Coogler)

4 Replies to “Movies”

  1. Black Panther, for the way Wakanda has bustling urban streets with no cars and uses the vertical dimension in the techno city, along with the social commentary on Oakland and opportunity.

    The Star Trek reboot movies for both the dense vertical dimension and the open plazas.

    The Fifth Element for use of the vertical dimension and intense density.

    Pleasantville or The Truman Show for the antiseptic nostalgic contrast with real cities.

  2. Playtime (1967) (dir. Jacques Tati) — a great critique of modern / cold urban development, car culture, tourism etc.

    Her (2013) (dir. Spike Jonez) — been a while since I’ve seen it, but interesting take on artificial intelligence (and LA of the near-future)

    Boyhood (2014) (dir. Richard LInklater) — worth it, if just to note the rapid evolution of tech. use by the kids (from 2001 to 2013) and later a teen / college rejection of social media use (apparently ad-libbed by the actor)

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