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CineSci6: Memento

Next CineSci6 screening: Memento 12 February, 2:30pm

The world doesn’t just disappear when you close your eyes. But for Leonard Shelby (Guy Pearce) it does. After witnessing the violent death of his wife, he is hell-bent on revenge, but the event has triggered short-term memory loss.

To get by, Shelby has to take Polaroid pictures and copious notes, even having memos tattooed on his body as reminders.

Christopher Nolan’s highly acclaimed and inventive thriller subverts movie narrative convention, as we follow Shelby trying to unravel the mystery surrounding his wife’s death, the last clear memory he has.

The film was inspired partly by case study of patient H. M., who developed severe anterograde amnesia after surgery to control his epileptic seizures. Many experts say that Memento has one of the most realistic and accurate depictions of anterograde amnesia in films.

Memento (film)

These issues will be discussed after the screening by Hugo Spiers, who researches spatial cognition, memory and goal-directed behaviour at UCL, and Mo Costandi, blogger at Neurophilosophy, which appears on the Guardian Science blogs.

Make sure you come along, it’s the last CineSci6 for now, but we’ll have news of future screenings so keep checking the blog. For previous screening Q&As, you can listen to the podcasts brought to you by the Pod Delusion.

For tickets, visit the Clapham PictureHouse website.

Post written by Simon Frantz, posted by PaoloV

CineSci6: Robocop

Next CineSci6 screening: Robocop Sunday 8 January, 2:30pm

Date: Sometime in the future. All Detroit has a cancer, and the cancer is crime. A policeman killed in the line of battle becomes resurrected as a half-human, half-robot supercop. The indestructible law enforcer successfully wipes crime from the mean streets of Detroit, but his human side is tortured by his past, and he wants revenge on the criminals who killed him. The question is how important will be the glitch programmed into RoboCop by the security company that created him.

Bold, funny and violent, director Paul Verhoeven’s first US feature film is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but it mixes all-out destruction with an intelligent plot. After the screening we’ll be discussing scientific/moral issues surrounding future robotics technologies with Dr Peter Bentley from the Department of Computer Science, University College London, and a contributing editor to Wired UK.

So what better way to enter into 2012 than with this ’80s classic followed by drinks and discussion afterwards? We’ll even give you more than 20 seconds to comply.

Tickets are available here.

CineSci6: Weird Science

Next CineSci6 screening: Weird Science

Sunday 11 December, 14:30

Ah… Weird Science… The film that made nerds cool. Almost. Two geeks, hapless with members of the opposite sex, and desperate for peer approval, decide to create the ideal woman on their computer. Thanks to a bit of hocus-pocus and a convenient lightning storm, the horny young Frankensteins’ implausible plan comes to life, in the form of Lisa, as played by Kelly Le Brock.

Part sex object, part mother, part fairy godmother with extraordinary powers, Lisa turns her two creators’ lives around by making them popular with the cool kids and providing them with some much needed self-esteem. The path from to losers to confident men is far from smooth, though, especially when they get cocky and try to create another woman.

On 11 December, we’ll be re-living this John Hughes teen comedy in all its big-haired, shoulder-padded glory, and after the screening there will be a Q&A with Justin Hancock, trainer and consultant at Bish Training, a sex and relationships website for teenagers.

It’s an unapologetically ‘80s film complete with the obligatory “Valuable Lesson Learned” that was so of its time it is now back in fashion. So, does LeBrock still rock? Is the theme tune really by Oingo Boingo? Could that possibly be Robert Downey, Jr? Come and find out. As the film’s tagline says “It’s all in the name of science. Weird Science.”

Forbidden Planet

Next CineSci6 screening:

Forbidden Planet 16 October, 2:30pm

For the next in our series of CineSci6 films, we’re inviting you to fasten your seat belts, put your space helmets on, and hang on tight, because we’ll be taking a trip through outer space to visit the Forbidden Planet.

This classic 1950s sci-fi, loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, tells the tale of a spaceship landing on a remote planet, populated only by Dr Morbius, his daughter and their robot Robby. The lone survivors of an earlier expedition, the doctor and his daughter say they have pieced together the secrets of the planet’s vanished race. So who, or what, is the invisible monster that begins to attack the human inhabitants with a vengeance?

A cult classic with groundbreaking special effects for its time, and one of sci-fi’s most loved robot characters, what better way could there be of spending a grey, autumnal Sunday afternoon?

After the screening there will be a Q&A with Oliver Morton, Energy and Environment Editor at The Economist, and author of “Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet“, a study of photosynthesis, its meanings and its implications, and “Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination and the Birth of a World“. The topic of conversation will be what makes a classic sci-fi film/story, beginning with the “Forbidden Planet” before broadening out to other films.

So come along, and enjoy a sci-fi classic and lively discussion over a few drinks.  The screening begins at 2:30pm, see the Clapham PictureHouse site for more details.

Post written by Simon Frantz, posted by PaoloV

CineSci 6

We are pleased to announce a series of six films with a scientific slant that will be shown on the afternoon of the second Sunday of every month for the next six months at the Clapham Picturehouse, starting with the cinematic classic Metropolis

After each film there will be a discussion over drinks, with expert input to help get the most out of each film.

Join us for #CineSci6

CineSci 6