Category: futures


still from 2001: a baby in a glowing corona looks on at the edge of a planet in the darkness of space

Two Nerds was contacted by a friend of ours recently who put in some requests for podcat subjects. On the list were some titles we’d already tackled, like Another Earth and Shane Carruth’s Primer, and some we hadn’t yet, like…

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The Matrix Resurrections

two hands held out in a black background, one holds a red pill and the other a blue pill

As Gen Xers, Two Nerds have some pretty Strong Feelings about the Matrix movies, so it was with some trepidation we watched The Matrix Resurrections. A late-period fourth movie appended to a long-completed trilogy almost never goes well (e.g. Indiana…

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Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, Part 2

Banner photo of all the main character's in the Villeneuve Dune arrayed along a sandy horizon. Paul Atreides is in the center, looking over his shoulder at the viewer.

Part the second of our discussion of Denis Villeneuve’s take on Frank Herbert’s Dune. We discuss the film after the Atreides land in Arakeen: how terrifying lasguns are, what a badass Duncan is, how funny coffee services are, and one…

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Jodorowsky’s Dune

A cartoon drawing of Salvador Dali as the Baron Harkonnen, flanked by who must bust Feyd Rautha and the Beast Rabban. dali has his signature upturned mustache and is wearing vaguely Egyptian looking garb.

In which we discuss the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, which details Alejandro Jodorowsky’s efforts to make a movie version of Dune in the 70s.Some of the stories told by Jodorowsky are so bonkers as to strain credulity, but he’s an incredibly…

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Frank Herbert’s Dune: the Miniseries

A headshot of Princess Irulan fron the SyFy Dune miniseries wearing a big fanned headdress with butterflies all over it.

In the second installment in our series on all things Dune, Two Nerds discuss the 2000 SciFi (before it became SyFy) channel’s miniseries entitled Frank Herbert’s Dune. It’s … not great: seriously mis-cast, with weird pretentions of theatricality, but a…

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Dune. Arrakis. Desert planet.

Cover of Frank Herbert's Dune. The title is written over a red sun with a giant sand worm in the foreground

With the premiere of the Villeneuve Dune just around the corner, Two Nerds have decided to revisit all things Frank Herbert. This first outing is a discussion of the book Dune and Frank Herbert’s work more generally. We touch on…

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Generation Ships in Film

A red circle sits slightly off center on a black background. White lines radiate from the red circle. A small, narrow spaceship intersects the white lines in the lower left, which distends them a little.

Two Nerds sat down to watched the recent film Voyagers with some excitement, because there are a vanishingly small number of actual generation ships in film. There are oodles of long haul ships, like the Nostromo, where its crew and…

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Bruce Willis Has Hair: The Fifth Element

Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich as their characters in The Fifth Element stand side by side. Jovovich holds up an ID card.

Our other listener asked if we’d done a podcast about The Fifth Element, so we watched it again. You guys, that was totally off the hook. Apparently, in the intervening decade or so since the resident nerds last viewed The…

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Cops in the Futurrrrrre

A still from the movie Demolition Man: Sandra Bullock and Sylvester Stallone, sitting side by side in a restaurant booth, sip from champagne glasses. They are both wearing formalwear.

Two Nerds watched three movies that are about the justice system (or policing more generally) in futuristic dystopias: Demolition Man, Judge Dredd, and Robocop. The first two are very similar: both mid-1990s, with Sylvester Stallone as the lead. Both were…

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The Last Teen Dystopia: The City of Ember

For our final outing into teen dystopias, two nerds sitting on a couch watch The City of Ember.The City of Ember ended up being significantly different from the other young adult dystopias we watched, while still relying on some of…

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