Movie Trailers: Our Essential Obsession with Utopia

↑ Watch The Little Prince trailer.

Establishing a utopia on Earth is what the Yankees set out to do when they left England to establish New England, and later, when they migrated to the Left Coast. So it should come as no surprise that we here at Left Coast take a keen interest in utopian visions.

The summer movies are coming. Here are this week’s notable trailers, led by The Little Prince (see above).

What is essential is invisible to the eye.

The film stars the voices of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Benicio del Toro, Ricky Gervais, Bud Cort, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks and Mackenzie Foy. So that’s promising. In the trailer we see today’s typically over-scheduled kid meet a force of chaos in The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). This means the story takes a slight deviation from the much-loved book, but that can be a good thing.

Next up is Tomorrowland.

It felt like anything was possible.

Establishing a utopia on Earth is what the Yankees set out to do when they left England to establish New England, and later, when they migrated to the Left Coast. So it should come as no surprise that we here at Left Coast take a keen interest in utopian visions—we even use a utopia tag. While we’re wary about any vision of utopia crafted by Disney, we’re eager to see Tomorrowland.

Ex Machina. God is a machine?

If that isn’t true AI, what is?

Another topic of interest here on the Left Coast is of course technology and the latest buzz around artificial intelligence. Here to exploit that interest is Ex Machina. Behold:

Were you not appropriately creeped out by moments in that trailer? Understandable. It was kinda cheesy.

If it’s legit chills you’re after, watch Nick Bostrom’s presentation, “What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?” It’s filled with real thoughts and fears about what artificial intelligence may portend for humanity. Behold:

It’s curtains for you, doctor. Lacy, gently wafting curtains.

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