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Old 08-16-10, 11:02 AM
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Re: Tech today that will seem so outdated in movies viewed in the future

Hadn't thought of the websites angle. I think even today, hearing someone logging into AOL ("youv'e got mail") feels outdated since pretty much noone uses it anymore. Myspace seems to have become the redheaded step-child of social sites so even movies a year or so old will stand out when someone uses it.

Google seems to be thrown around a lot in today's shows/movies. I could see it standing out if something more popular comes out.
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Re: Tech today that will seem so outdated in movies viewed in the future

Do people really have a problem with "Present day" movies taking place around the time they were created? Like, does it REALLY take you out of the movie? Could you try repeating to yourself "It's just a movie, I should really just relax"?

It's certainly fun to talk about dated technology we see in older movies, but I get the feeling that some of you are letting this get in the way of you enjoying movies.
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Not exactly what you're asking for, but I already cringe when I hear people mention things like Twitter and MySpace in movies. I just know that in just a few short years it will likely already be outdated.


What is MySpace?
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What is MySpace?
Ask your grandmother.
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Re: Tech today that will seem so outdated in movies viewed in the future

I have a feeling SCOTT PILGRIM will look really dated in a year or two, not so much for the technology but for all of its popcult references and visual quirks. People will be asking themselves why they thought it was so "hip" and "cool" when it came out. It's such a film "of the moment" that it can't have much in the way of staying power.

EASY RIDER came out when I was in my junior year of high school and we all thought it was so "deep" and "heavy." When they showed it in the campus auditorium at my college a couple of years later, everybody laughed at it.

I wonder how INCEPTION will be perceived in a couple of years.
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Re: Tech today that will seem so outdated in movies viewed in the future

The Matrix and Terminator films are going to look pretty dated within the next hundred years, if machines don't make good on their promise of taking over the world.
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Re: Tech today that will seem so outdated in movies viewed in the future

Remember the "Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD" discussion in Tropic Thunder? That debate was dated months before the movie came out...
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Re: Tech today that will seem so outdated in movies viewed in the future

Add videogame consoles and iPods to the list. Basically, any product that has new iterations come out regularly.

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Re: Tech today that will seem so outdated in movies viewed in the future

Originally Posted by Yavin
Add videogame consoles and iPods to the list. Basically, any product that has new iterations come out regularly.
They can't even get games right now most of the time. The sound effects are wrong, or the controller motions don't fit the game at all, or the hardware itself doesn't match the game.

Reign Over Me was a notable exception, as it used Shadow of the Colossus correctly.
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Re: Tech today that will seem so outdated in movies viewed in the future

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
I have a feeling SCOTT PILGRIM will look really dated in a year or two, not so much for the technology but for all of its popcult references and visual quirks. People will be asking themselves why they thought it was so "hip" and "cool" when it came out. It's such a film "of the moment" that it can't have much in the way of staying power.
I can't think of a single "current" moment in Scott Pilgrim, beyond some of the music. The games, clothes, and everything else were already retro, so they'll still be "old" in the future too.
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Re: Tech today that will seem so outdated in movies viewed in the future

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I can't think of a single "current" moment in Scott Pilgrim, beyond some of the music. The games, clothes, and everything else were already retro, so they'll still be "old" in the future too.
don't worry i doubt he's even seen the movie.
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Originally Posted by Yavin
The Matrix and Terminator films are going to look pretty dated within the next hundred years, if machines don't make good on their promise of taking over the world.
Predicting the future is always a chancy business. Just look at the books/movies 1984 and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Seen any HAL computers or space ships capable of traveling to Jupiter lately? The one that saddens me is the Pan American logo on the ship that travels to the space station (I grew up with Pan Am and flew that airline many times). Kubrick guessed wrong on that one.
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Re: Tech today that will seem so outdated in movies viewed in the future

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
I have a feeling SCOTT PILGRIM will look really dated in a year or two, not so much for the technology but for all of its popcult references and visual quirks. People will be asking themselves why they thought it was so "hip" and "cool" when it came out. It's such a film "of the moment" that it can't have much in the way of staying power.
Exactly how old are you again?
I wonder how INCEPTION will be perceived in a couple of years.
What about the invented technology in INCEPTION screamed 2010?
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What I thought was cool in the Tron Legacy trailer was how they used old style green and black computer monitors, but did it in such a way that it looks like it was futuristic.....am I explaining myself clearly here? Not sure if I am.
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Re: Tech today that will seem so outdated in movies viewed in the future

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Predicting the future is always a chancy business. Just look at the books/movies 1984 and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The title of 1984 wasn't meant as a prediction, but an allegory (Orwell wrote the book in 1948).

Now, 2001, that's just a wrong date. Although considering we had reached the moon in 1966 with an unmanned landing, and was on the way to a manned landing in 1969, it was probably hard to imagine in 1968 how stagnant the space exploration program would become over the next 23 years.

The one that saddens me is the Pan American logo on the ship that travels to the space station (I grew up with Pan Am and flew that airline many times). Kubrick guessed wrong on that one.
So many of the companies featured in the move Blade Runner later failed that it's been dubbed "the Blade Runner curse"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_R...e_Runner_curse
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What I thought was cool in the Tron Legacy trailer was how they used old style green and black computer monitors, but did it in such a way that it looks like it was futuristic.....am I explaining myself clearly here? Not sure if I am.
I think you're referring to this:



Which is meant as an homage to this:



The Tron Legacy version does have a bit more retro chic to it.

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansit.../news/?a=15710
http://www.engadget.com/2008/02/29/m...t-friday-tron/
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I know a favorite of Otterville that might look outdated. Tasers/stun guns. I could see them getting much smaller in 10-20 years, making the ones used today seem huge.
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I know a favorite of Otterville that might look outdated. Tasers/stun guns. I could see them getting much smaller in 10-20 years, making the ones used today seem huge.
That reminds me of this scene from Men at Work (starts 4:40 in):

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Re: Tech today that will seem so outdated in movies viewed in the future

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Now, 2001, that's just a wrong date. Although considering we had reached the moon in 1966 with an unmanned landing, and was on the way to a manned landing in 1969, it was probably hard to imagine in 1968 how stagnant the space exploration program would become over the next 23 years.
However, aside from the title, the year 2001 is never mentioned even once in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. (The only specific year mentioned at all in the film is 1992 as the year HAL was built.)

As to why the year 2001 is even in the title instead of just calling the film simply "A Space Odyssey"? I personally think it was a thematic point Kubrick wanted to make because 2001 was the "real" first year of the then still-upcoming new Millennium, so thematically he saw it as the beginning of the next Age of Mankind.
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However, aside from the title, the year 2001 is never mentioned even once in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. (The only specific year mentioned at all in the film is 1992 as the year HAL was built.)

As to why the year 2001 is even in the title instead of just calling the film simply "A Space Odyssey"? I personally think it was a thematic point Kubrick wanted to make because 2001 was the "real" first year of the then still-upcoming new Millennium, so thematically he saw it as the beginning of the next Age of Mankind.
Or it could have been Clarke's idea, as the novel was developed at the same time as the film. Of course he went on to write more novels in the Odyssey series with future years in the titles.
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I personally think it was a thematic point Kubrick wanted to make because 2001 was the "real" first year of the then still-upcoming new Millennium, so thematically he saw it as the beginning of the next Age of Mankind.
Why would an arbitrary milestone based on an arbitrary dating system mark the next Age of Mankind?
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Originally Posted by dhmac
However, aside from the title, the year 2001 is never mentioned even once in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. (The only specific year mentioned at all in the film is 1992 as the year HAL was built.)

As to why the year 2001 is even in the title instead of just calling the film simply "A Space Odyssey"? I personally think it was a thematic point Kubrick wanted to make because 2001 was the "real" first year of the then still-upcoming new Millennium, so thematically he saw it as the beginning of the next Age of Mankind.
I think 2001 just sounds cooler than 2000 or 1997 or 2052.
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What about the invented technology in INCEPTION screamed 2010?
Inception was deliberately made to be more "timeless". Look at the fashions that the characters wear, and the restraint in using obvious technology like laptops and cellphones. This is a big strength of the film, IMHO.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
Inception was deliberately made to be more "timeless". Look at the fashions that the characters wear, and the restraint in using obvious technology like laptops and cellphones. This is a big strength of the film, IMHO.
I was thinking that when I was watching it.
The guns were clearly new models but that device was fairly plain looking. Compare that to the device in Strange Days. Admittingly the SQUID and how it works in Strange Days is more important to the progression to the story.
No one really used computers or mobiles and the cars and van were models that were kinda here and being used for the last few decades.

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