Basilique Film Festival: Celebrating 30 years of virtual reality movies

Light CycleI’m celebrating 30 years of virtual reality movies by organising the Basilique Film Festival 2015! Events will include weekly joint viewings and chats during and after the films (Fridays 3PM-5PM SLT – starting Friday, January 15th). You can watch the films independently if you like, or with friends in Second Life during scheduled times over the next 16 weeks at Basilique. Where possible, I’ll be providing links for online viewing on the calendar events themselves (see below).

I’ll be writing and posting reviews of the films after joint viewings on this blog, and invite other bloggers who wish to take part to the do the same (tagged Basilique Film Festival 2015). If you enjoy taking pictures, I encourage you to take pictures in Second Life as homages to any film you like, and post it to the Festival’s Flickr Pool. I’ll share what I can on this blog (like the one above).

Following are trailers to all the movies we’ll be watching, after which you’ll find a calendar of viewings / discussions. Remember, you can watch the movies on your own at anytime OR with friends at Basilique at scheduled times. If you’d like to share your views about the film we see, you can always comment on the review post I write after the joint viewing, or write your own post!

I hope you enjoy my selections. We came up with part of the list at our last Chat Salon, and I added a few of my own ideas to the mix, for this list of films celebrating 30 years of virtual reality movies!

Week 1: TRON (1982)

A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

Week 2: Total Recall (1990)

When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real, or does he?

Week 3: Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

A data courier, literally carrying a data package inside his head, must deliver it before he dies from the burden or is killed by the Yakuza.

Week 4: Virtuosity (1995)

A virtual-reality serial killer manages to escape into the real world.

Week 5: The Truman Show (1998)

An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a T.V. show.

Week 6: What Dreams may Come (1998)

After dying in a car crash a man searches the afterlife for his wife.

Week 7: The Thirteenth Floor (1999)

A sci-fi thriller that explores the ominous possibility of computer-simulated universes, where people only believe they are real.

Week 8: Being John Malkovich (1999)

A puppeteer discovers a portal that leads literally into the head of the movie star, John Malkovich.

Week 9: The Matrix (1999)

A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.

Week 10: eXistenZ (1999)

A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged.

Week 11: Avatar (2009)

A Paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home..

Week 12: Surrogates (2009)

Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others’ surrogates.

Week 13: L’autre monde (2010)

Also known as “Black Heaven”, an innocent young man becomes enamoured with a mysterious girl. He is lured into “Black Hole” – a dark, obscure video game world of avatars with deadly serious intentions in the real world.

Week 14: Inception (2010)

A thief who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

Week 15: TRON: Legacy (2010)

The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father’s corrupted creation and a unique ally who was born inside the digital world.

Week 16: Total Recall (2012)

A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall – a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led – goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

Calendar of Joint Viewings

Viewings will be held on Friday’s starting at 15:00 (Sharp!)

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