"What’s almost scarier to me is how even though the idea of virtual reality is almost universally portrayed as negative in the media, we’re still trying to make it happen."
I’ve been Sundancing for 7 years now and while this was a particularly strong year for the festival, it was not a strong year for genre films.
I never realize how much of a Texan I am until I get to Sundance and fill the 10-degree air on my face. The good news is most of the time I’m there, I’m in a warm theater watching some great films. Unfortunately, there was an equal lack of Science Fiction films at the festival this year.
“Aliens were talking through the radio. They would say something, and then they were gone. I think they were sending secret messages,” I said, showing off my 4 year old deduction.
This elicited one of the biggest laughs that I’d ever heard from my father.
The genre of SciFi in particular has provided us with some of the most creative, arresting images of where the future may take us, whether it’s fantastically removed from our current life (still waiting on those flying cars) or disturbingly relatable to the world as it is today. Both avenues offer fascinating insight into what is possible or even probable.
ASCENSION frames mental illness as a dark and sinister force from the stars. It makes the behavior understandable on some level. The person you know and love isn’t doing these terrible things. It’s that dark entity. That thing.