Film Riffs: Machine Heads

July 11, 2013
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In “Pacific Rim,” opening Friday, humanity decides that the best strategy for fighting subterranean aliens is GIANT ROBOTS. Because there’s no situation, really, that robots (GIANT or not) can’t make better.

David

In 2001’s “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” Haley Joel Osment plays a synthetic Pinocchio who longs to be real so he can regain the love of his human mother. And you thought your Thanksgivings were awkward.

Fembots

Most movie droids are male (or whatever the mechanical equivalent is), but in 1997’s “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,” the superspy is attacked by scantily clad cyborgs who shoot bullets from their boobs. Yay, progress?

The Iron Giant

He’s an alien! He’s a GIANT ROBOT! He’s at the center of the 1999 animated film that’s the most soul-sucking and tear-jerking allegedly-for-children movie since “Old Yeller.”

Rambler-Crane Series Robot

“Robot” was his name and shouting “Danger, Will Robinson!” in the hilariously bad 1998 “Lost In Space” movie was his game. It was also his game in the ’60s TV show. OK, it was basically his entire game.

NS5 Robot

That’s the series number for the droids in the 2004 sci-fi film “I, Robot,” though only one gets all the attention (and is suspected of murder). The name doesn’t really matter; those creepy white things would be disturbing if they were called “Fluffy Bunny Rainbow McMarshmallow.”

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