In the school where I work, teachers show their students the latest edition of CNN Student News. For those of you who had no idea such a thing existed, it's a kid-friendly breakdown of the big stories from the prior day and a few interest pieces. Each episode is maybe ten minutes long. One day last week, one of the interest pieces was on the proliferation of robots in Japanese society and how commonplace they are becoming with many businesses using them for many face-to-face customer service jobs. The reporter even did an "interview" with a full-size humanoid robot. I hope I don't offend anyone who may be from the great country of Japan, but that was about the creepiest looking thing I've ever seen in my life. I know I'm just an unsophisticated American, but I hope we don't get robots like that here until we've at least reached a Michael Fassbender in Prometheus level of life-like.
If you couldn't tell, the topic for this week's Thursday Movie Picks is Androids/Cyborgs. The definition of an android is
Godzilla vs Megalon
Android: Jet JaguarLike just about all of the Godzilla vs... movies, something environmental happened and creates...or awakens...or summonses some new monster to terrorize the good people of Japan. In this case, it's Megalon. As per usual, Godzilla comes along to save the day. However, what's a bit different about this outing is that Godzilla is getting his ass kicked. No worries, a trio of inventors has created a decidedly not so creepy droid they call Jet Jaguar to help the big fella out. You wouldn't know it at first, because they damn thing is a rather puny six feet tall or so. Luckily, Jet has been built using the finest technology since the advent of the wheel and grows to somewhere in the neighborhood of 160 feet tall. And knows martial arts. Godzilla, your back is got.
The Six Million Dollar Man: The Secret of Bigfoot
Android: BigfootA pair of scientists go missing up in the mountains and it just so happens that some nearby footprints resemble those of the legendary Sasquatch AKA Bigfoot. It also just so happens that the missing scientists were working as part of a team which includes Steve Austin AKA The Bionic Man. Needless to say, he goes hunting for Bigfoot. And he finds him. The kicker is that he soon finds out that this is not really the beast of American folklore, but an android built by some aliens who use him as a bodyguard. Okay, so this is not really a movie, BUT, it took two parts to tell this story with each running an hour, or roughly 45 minutes without commercials. Slap them together and you've got an hour-and-a-half of 70s bionic goodness. Almost forgot mention, that goodness is multiplied because Bigfoot is played by none other than WWF...that 'F' is not a typo, young'uns...so let's repeat...Bigfoot is played by none other than WWF icon Andre the Giant.
Android: Kay-em 14 Cyborg: Uber JasonAfter years of bodies piling up in and around Camp Crystal Lake, the US government finally gets involved. They managed to capture Jason. Not one to take kindly to being locked up, Jason tries to break out, kills a few folks, but manages to get himself cryogenically frozen in the process. Fast-forward 455 years Jason's body is now aboard a ship way out in space with some kids on a field trip. Bada-boom, bada-bing Jason gets woken up and starts killing up more folks. What he doesn't bargain on that his latest prey is accompanied by a droid named Kay-em 14. She actually gets the best of Jason. For a while. Of course, he somehow winds up in a machine that transforms him into a version of himself more powerful than ever before, a cyborg dubbed Uber Jason. Shit is on, now. In space.
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