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Charlie Brooker’s Gameswipe
Charlie Brooker sets his caustic sights on video games. Expect acerbic comment as he looks at the various genres, how they have changed since their early conception and how the media represents games and gamers. Features interviews with Dara O’Briain, sitcom scribe Graham Linehan and Rab and Ryan from Consolevania. The one-off special was very similar to its predecessors, in that Brooker, along with a camera and various games consoles, reviewed and previewed video games in the same style as Screenwipe. Brooker...
Around the World in 90 Minutes
At midnight, travel to the tiny country of Monaco and watch residents riding on a gondola on a beautiful summer night. By 12:05 a.m. you are transported to Canada to watch a gaggle of geese forage for food on a grassy knoll. Seem impossible? Not when the photographs are provided by the International Space Station as it orbits the Earth. Around the World in 90 Minutes tells the spectacular story of what happens around the globe during one 90-minute voyage through a series of high definition images broadcast from...
High Anxieties: The Mathematics of Chaos
This documentary looks at how developments in mathematics over the past 40 years have completely changed our understanding of the fundamental nature of the world we live in. As we approach tipping points in both the economy and the climate, the film examines the mathematics we have been reluctant to face up to and asks if, even now, we would rather bury our heads in the sand rather than face harsh...
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Butterflies: A Documentary About YouTube
Butterflies is a feature documentary film following the lives of six young people that are prominent 'weblebrities' on the video site YouTube. The film explores the new media, its power and its future. Will the Internet overcome traditional media? Will new media and traditional media...
Posted in: Society, Space, Technology
The Space Shuttle
An idea born in unsettled times becomes a feat of engineering excellence. The most complex machine ever built to bring humans to and from space and eventually construct the next stop on the road to space exploration. Released Jul 5, 2011. 81 min. Narrated by William Shatner. TV...
Kasparov Versus Deep Thought
An intriguing documentary that follows the chess match between Gary Kasparov – generally considered to be one of the greatest chess champions of all time – and the IBM computer named Deep Thought. What initially began as a technical and scientific exercise to test how far computer technology could mimic human cognitive capabilities quickly became an apparent threat to the ability of human beings to remain master in what was previously considered to be a human-dominated...
The Space Shuttle: A Horizon Guide
In 2011, after more than 30 years of service, America’s space shuttle Discovery will take to the skies for the last time. Its story has been characterized by incredible triumphs, but blighted by devastating tragedies – and the BBC and Horizon have chronicled every step of its career. This unique and poignant Horizon Guide brings together coverage from three decades of programmes to present a biography of the shuttle and to ask what its legacy will be. Will it be remembered as an impressive chapter in human...
Future By Design
Future by Design shares the life and far-reaching vision of Jacque Fresco, considered by many to be a modern day Da Vinci. Peer to Einstein and Buckminster Fuller, Jacque is a self-taught futurist who describes himself most often as a "generalist" or multi-disciplinarian -- a student of many inter-related fields. He is a prolific inventor, having spent his entire life (he is now 90 years old) conceiving of and devising inventions on various scales which entail the use of innovative technology. As a futurist,...
Adam Curtis: All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
A series of films about how humans have been colonised by the machines they have built. Although we dont realise it the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers. This is the story of the dream that rose up in the 1990s that computers could create a new kind of stable world. They would bring about a new kind global capitalism free of all risk and without the boom and bust of the past. They would also abolish political power and create a new kind of democracy through the...