2.26.2011

Helen & John: Robot Stories - "Clay" Screencaps

(Special thanks to renisanz!)

Award-winning, independent film Robot Stories is a collection of four short vignettes that depicts thought-provoking sci-fi stories for fans who also enjoy the more cerebral aspects of the genre:
The stories include: "My Robot Baby," in which a couple (played by Tamlyn Tomita and James Saito) must care for a robot baby before adopting a human child; "The Robot Fixer," in which a mother (Wai Ching Ho) tries to connect with her dying son by completing his toy robot collection; "Machine Love," in which an office worker android (Greg Pak) learns that he, too, needs love; and "Clay," in which an old sculptor (Sab Shimono) must choose between natural death and digital immortality. (Wikipedia)
In "Clay", John Lee (played by the awesome Sab Shimono) has no more than a year to live and must decide whether to have his memories downloaded into a computer.  But John not only distrusts the wisdom of downloading the essence of who he is into a machine, he also struggles with the morality of it.  Helen, the love of John's life and the mother of his child, appears to have already undergone the process and even in her digitally-altered state desperately doesn't want him to die.*

Eisa Davis was excellent as Helen and did a wonderful job projecting her enduring love for John along with her grief at the thought of losing him.  The fact that she did this while playing a computer-generated image is absolutely amazing.  Both Sab Shimono and Tim Kang (who played the older and younger versions of Lee respectively), were very effective in giving the audience a window through which we could not only see, but feel John's overwhelming love for Helen and his doubts that he was ever truly worthy of her. 

I'll leave it at that because I don't want to spoil it for those of you who haven't seen it yet, but I will say that the story was poignant and beautiful and a touch sad all at the same time.  If you're a fan of sci-fi, independent films or just plain ol' good acting, directing and story-telling, Robot Stories is definitely worth a watch.

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*Someone please let me know if I'm off the mark. 

11 comments:

  1. Awesome job as always, Cinnamon. They're beautiful.

    I thought "Clay" was perfectly titled, excellently written, and hauntingly film story. Thank you so much for doing this.

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  2. Is this on Netflix? *goes to look*

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  3. @ Amaya

    The scenes you're interested in are tender and sweet, not hot and nasty. However, you won't be disappointed.

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  4. "The scenes you're interested in are tender and sweet, not hot and nasty."

    Damn.

    Gonna watch it anyway. That guy is hot. Plus, the title's great.

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  5. @ Amaya

    Oh, yes...Tim Kang officially has my attention. He needs to do the whole Blasian thing more often.

    And I find the title immensely clever.

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  6. It sounds really good. I'll check it out.

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  7. @Ankh

    Anytime. I was glad to do it. It gave me the opportunity to geek out on some really great filmmaking.

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  8. @ Cinnnamon

    Makes you mad when you don't hear about this ish sooner.

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  9. So glad you enjoyed the film. I read about it a while ago while looking for info on Tim Kang (love him on The Mentalist as Kimball Cho). I only watched it recently after coming across it on Netflix. The screencaps are lovely, too.

    I also think you did an adequate summary of the story. It's an interesting dynamic between Helen and John, her not wanting to spend eternity with him, getting a second chance at having the marriage that she probably always wanted but couldn't have in "real" life.

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