10+ visually influential movies

I love to advise movies to my friends. And sometimes it’s the same movies all over again…

Because of that I tried to make a long list of the “best movies alive” but it became too long too fast. And it’s extremely hard to pick how broad should I be in genre and popularity. For example: anyway everybody has seen The Matrix?

So I decided to break the list into different parts. And here’s the first one!

10 movies that influenced me, especially in a visual way

That’s also quite a broad category, so I tried to pick pretty different flicks and arrange them alphabetically.

Blade Runner

This is the best sci-fi/cyberpunk movie from the visual perspective. Period. If you have already seen it, then check out this 99 page sketchbook!

And if you haven’t, go and watch it right now. And yes, I know, it is a little long and slow, but totally worth it nevertheless.

Interesting fact: That Rutger Hauer iconic monologue at the end was improvised!

Also consider watching: Lexx (tv show), Johnny Mnemonic, Total Recall

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Best Albums Ever:
Mind.In.A.Box — Crossroads

This is my favorite album of the said band and probably the best album for me in this whole genre. It’s perfect when you want to spend some time with yourself among pulsing and ethereal electro soundscapes.

Get full album: on Google Play Music or iTunes or as a YouTube Playlist

I would recommend to start with Amnesia track (and there’s a full album playlist inside this player).

There’s a very particular genre of music called futurepop.
It’s something in between old 80s new wave romantic synthpop music like Depeche Mode mixed and stirred with trance like futuristic rhythms. Or at least it sounded futuristic in the 00s.

Reasons to love Mind.in.a.Box:

  1. It has a concept. All albums are tied into one cyberpunk story. The story adds another level to it, but everything totally works even if you don’t pay much attention. It just creates a wonderful and thought-thru atmosphere.

  2. Lyrics while simple and easy to follow resonate with me personally. They say true art is to express in simple words something complex. And it manages to capture and picture certain feelings and states of mind.

  3. For any synthpop band vocals are a pretty big deal. You either like the lead singer or not. MiaB uses different vocoders and it’s almost the ONLY band where I can really enjoy them and where they are put to good use.

  4. Music :) Probably both new wave and trance fans will be disappointed. But try to understand this sound and it will grow on you!

mind in a box - crossroads

Best Albums Ever:
The Future Sound of London — The Isness

I’m still that old-fashioned guy who listens to albums. Not in that hipster territory with buying vinyls…

But whenever I want to listen to an artist I really care about I would choose an album and listen to it from the beginning to the end, several times in one day.

So here will be some albums I could’ve taken to inhabited island with me or recommend to anyone. Here’s the first one.

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The Future Sound of London — The Isness”

Okay Siri Now

The idea of a digital assistant has been around since Clippy and Microsoft Bob. And in the past year or two it actually became useful thanks to Okay Google and Siri.

Siri is great at making conversations, while Google tries to be a silent butler anticipating all your needs with Google Now. Sometimes it can be scary, and even scarier if you are a tech person.

I feel that Google and Facebook are keeping a lot of functions and data away from users, not only to keep us from feeling overwhelmed, but to hide how much they already know about us.

So. What are they cooking in their labs? What brave new world is waiting for us?

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Some music videos I like, vol. I

Every once in a while I start to think that I need to make an elaborate YouTube playlists of stuff I like. But it all ends with me randomly clicking Like button here and there. And I can make a far better stories about one particular song or a performance, when it comes to making a playlist all of a sudden I’m too perfectionist.

So. Just to jump start the music section of my blog I will dump on your eyes and ears some random flicks from my “Liked videos” playlist. Hope I share at least some of my tastes with some of you.

E-Men — Animal skin

An underground electro, this tune is like a drug for me. Found it somewhere on russian goth forums back in the day and still can’t get it out of my head. May be it’s even on my ringer right now.

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Cognitive watch

Imagine. You have a nifty little gadget on your wrist.

It reads your temperature, blood pressure, sweat, electro-something, can listen carefully and recognize your voice, it is aware of your surroundings…

That's the amount of data a Garmin sport tracker gets from 1 run.
That’s the amount of data a Garmin sport tracker gets from 1 run.

— Looks like a perfect medical personal assistant?
— No, that’s exactly what a lie detector is.

Such device can not only tell that you are lying, but also a vast array of your emotions from pain and fear to anger or joy.

And it does all of this even before recording what you are saying and putting it into context (which it could also totally do!)

And where do we go from here?

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