A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David (Haley Joel Osment) is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee (Sam Robards) and his wife (Frances O’Connor). Though he gradually becomes their child, a series of unexpected circumstances make this life impossible for David. Without acceptance by humans or machines, David embarks on a journey to discover where he truly belongs, uncovering a world in which the line between robot and machine is both vast and profoundly thin.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) is really the vision of two different directors, Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick. Join us as we discuss the evolution of this project and its collaborative progression from one director to the other. Join us as we discuss the pros and cons of the movies including, the screenplay, the talented cast (especially Osment and Law), and special effects. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys, ventures into a robotic future where again we ask that common sci-fi question… What does it really mean to be human?
Dr. John Markway, an anthropologist with an interest in psychic phenomena, takes two specially selected women to Hill House, a reportedly haunted mansion. Eleanor (Julie Harris), a lonely, eccentric woman with a supernatural event in her past, and the bold Theodora (Claire Bloom), who has ESP, join John and the mansion’s heir, cynical Luke (Russ Tamblyn). Soon, strange sounds and mysterious events occur, and Eleanor comes to believe the house is alive and is addressing her.
Welcome to the superbly haunted world of Robert Wise. We covered the recent Mike Flanagan series adaption of this movie in our first season, and now we’re tackling the first film adaption of the classic novel by Shirley Jackson. Join us as we discuss what makes this film a classic, including the sublimely talented Wise, the use of atmosphere over special effects, and the small but talented cast. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys enter that the house where silence lay steadily and whatever walks there, walks alone.
In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death and only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.
We’re back in the dystopian future with this first contribution to an incredibly successful film franchise spawned from the popular books by Susan Collins. Join us as we discuss what makes this movie a classic, including the concept, screenplay, and cast, featuring the wonderfully talented Jennifer Lawrence. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys joins a competition where there’s only one chance in twenty-four to win… and live.
Desperate for cash to afford a new apartment, college student Samantha Hughes (Jocelin Donahue) takes a mysterious babysitting job. At the home, Mr. Ulman (Tom Noonan) explains that Samantha will not be watching a child, but his elderly mother-in-law instead. After exploring the creepy house, Samantha soon realizes that the Ulmans are hiding a horrifying secret and plan to sacrifice her during a lunar eclipse.
Welcome to Satanic Panic! Ti West’s fabulous homage to films of the 1980s is not perfect, but neither were the films he’s paying homage to. Join us as we bask in the nostalgia and fun that this film brings, from its attention to detail and fabulous cast, to the skilled, intentionally antiquated cinematography, editing, and music. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys explores a creepy house where a family awaits the perfect host to usher evil in by the pale moonlight.