San Andreas: The Uncanny Valley (Fault Line?) Of Disaster Movies

Not pictured: Channing Tatum
Not pictured: Channing Tatum

It may seem strange to compare a disaster movie to a theory on robotics but San Andreas is an earthquake movie starring The Rock so comparisons to strong creatures with limited, if any, emotional range are purely coincidental.  The Uncanny Valley is a theory, pictured above to the extent any theory can be, that says as robots become more and more human-like there is a moment where our emotional reaction to them dips before coming back up.  To the left of the valley the robots are so unlike humans that we perceive them as curiosities.  To the right of the valley the robots are close enough to humans that we can have positive emotional responses to them.  But that moment when the robot is close to being a human without getting it right and instead it is just…creepy–that is the Uncanny Valley.  And San Andreas is the Uncanny Valley of disaster movies.  There’s a lot to discuss here and some of it involves spoilers, so you can read more after the break.

WARNING: THE REST OF THE POST CONTAINS SAN ANDREAS SPOILERS, TO THE EXTENT THAT A DISASTER MOVIE REVIEW CAN ACTUALLY CONTAIN SPOILERS.

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Gabbing Geek 37: TV And Movies

Gabbing Geek 37: TV And Movies
Gabbing Geek 37: TV And Movies

The latest episode of the award winning Gabbing Geek podcast is out and it’s amazing.  We’re talking about TV shows and movies which we haven’t done since…what…episode 36?  Take a listen now to hear about next fall’s geek tv shows, James Cameron film rankings, and some discussion on Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing and the amazing movie Krull!  Find out more after the break!

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Gabbing Geek Box Office Report- Can 7 go for 4?

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In the era of stacked early weekends followed quickly by the next blockbuster, we rarely see a film take four consecutive weekends.  Could Furious 7 hold off the competition and hit the modern era milestone?
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8 Bits of Awesome Titanic Footage

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8 Bit Cinema is back! And this time we have the total reincarnation of James Cameron’s Titanic. See everything from Jack and Rose flying off the back of the boat, to the infamous naked drawing scene. Oh yeah, that’s in there! Best part is when Jack “selects” to stay in the water and die…. Never let go Jack….. never let go! Check out the entire masterpiece after the break:

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