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½ December 11, 2007
Thoughtful and human portrayal of Asian Americans in cinema, a rare gem.
November 3, 2007
Interesting for sci-fi fans.
September 30, 2007
Best short films I've ever watched on what life would look like with robots around. May Asimov's bones jingle in joy.
September 22, 2007
You wanna see something different? Try this..
½ September 9, 2007
Four separate stories that deal with very current topic of robots and virtual realities each on different level. Nevertheless, the theme is not too obtrusive - the short stories work well purely as drama, too.
August 31, 2007
quote unquote "...using the frame of the robot story to illuminate human nature."
August 14, 2007
Several truly beautiful short films that capture believable futures and the people in them.
July 15, 2007
This movie is heartwarming and beautiful. Made on next to no money, it still manages to take you to the future. This film will make you cry.
July 7, 2007
The focus is on the human drama, rather than special effects, but the stories are still effective. The movie is not specifically pro- or anti-technology, which is kind of refreshing. My two favorite segments are the one about the mother dealing with the death of her son and the old man trying to decide whether or not to upload.
July 1, 2007
some clever ideas. low budget, but worth a look.
½ June 28, 2007
very compelling. who knows what will happen.
June 18, 2007
I love this film! all CBCs should watch it!
½ June 8, 2007
I like the concept of fout stories all linked together, with robots as the common factor. All the stories are good, the last one the only one not that interesting, and the second one being the best. Interesting, entertaining and very well acted throughout.
June 8, 2007
Lovely movie, unusual.
June 7, 2007
this is one of the most touching movies i've ever seen - some of the vignettes aren't as well-executed as others, but maybe it's only because i don't have as much experience in some aspects of life to completely connect with some of the characters. regardless, this is definitely worth watching!
June 7, 2007
Great collection of Asimov-esque stories of how we discriminate and dismiss what's different. Each one interesting and unique in it's own right. Also how we, as people, like to play God a little too much but not handle the consequences.
Super Reviewer
½ April 14, 2006
[font=Century Gothic]"Robot Stories" is a collection of four short films written and directed by Greg Pak.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]1. My Robot Baby: Marcia(Tamlyn Tomita) and Roy(James Saito) are a young couple seeking to adopt a baby but first they are given a robot baby in order to discern what kind of parents they would make.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]2. The Robot Fixer: a mother(Wai Ching Ho) seeks to reach through to her comatose son through his old toys.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]3. Machine Love: an android, Archie(Greg Pak), is employed at a company as a computer programmer.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]4. Clay: John Lee(Sab Shimono), a sculptor, learns he is dying and must now decide whether or not he wants his brain digitally scanned for posterity.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]All four stories are touching and poignant tales about the human condition. It helps that they all emphasize character over technology.[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Note: Greg Pak is also a very good comic book writer.[/font]
½ October 3, 2005
Artificial Intelligence has been highlighted in many a film. Whether it?s the villain ([i]The Matrix[/i], [i]Terminator[/i]), or the victim ([i]A.I.[/i]) it?s a hot topic, especially with the recent emergence of AI prototypes. What will become of our society and our humanity once they become ubiquitous? These are the issues that the creative but ultimately unsatisfying [i]Robot Stories[/i] poses.

Told in four separate stories, the film opens with a vignette about a childless couple who want to adopt, but first they have to pass a parenting test. To ensure that they will be good parents, they have to care for an egg-shaped robot ?baby? that will record how well or poorly it is taken care of. Things begin just fine, but soon the wife finds herself becoming abusive like her mother before her. Breaking down, she realizes her failure, but the robot baby coos and comforts her, and then she begins to really love it.

The second vignette is BORING. A genius computer programmer is in a vegetative state which forces his mother to come to grips with how she raised him, and she ends up becoming obsessed with his toys in an attempt to get close to him.

The third vignette is aptly titled ?Robot Love? where a humanoid office worker observes the office romances and adapts his personality to make room for that in his own life and falls in love with a ?female? humanoid worker from the next office building which culminates in a love-making scene where they push each other?s buttons to climax. Yeah?okay.

The fourth vignette is by far the best. In the near future people don?t die, instead, they upload their consciousness into a computer mainframe which lets them still interact with the world via a holographic projection. A dying sculptor struggles with his desire to experience life as it was meant to be and being with his wife who is always with him via a holographic projection. It?s very interesting in that it questions what makes us human, but this story isn?t enough to salvage the motley array of futuristic visions.
½ April 28, 2005
Uneven, and looks like an 80's movie.
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