Robot Stories

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Robot Stories
Robot Stories movie.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Greg Pak
Produced by Karin Chien
Kim Ima
Written by Greg Pak
Starring Tamlyn Tomita
James Saito
Wai Ching Ho
Greg Pak
Sab Shimono
Music by Rick Knutsen
Cinematography Peter Olsen
Edited by Stephanie Sterner
Distributed by Pak Film
Release date(s)
  • January 20, 2003 (2003-01-20) (Slamdance)
Running time 85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $131,451[1]

Robot Stories is a 2003 American independent anthology science fiction comedy-drama film written and directed by Greg Pak. The film consists of four stories in which human characters struggle to connect in a world of robot babies and android office workers.

Plot[edit]

The stories include:

  1. "My Robot Baby": A couple, Marcia and Ray, must care for a robot baby before adopting a human child.
  2. "The Robot Fixer": A mother, Bernice, tries to connect with her dying son by completing his toy robot collection.
  3. "Machine Love": An office worker android, Archie, learns that he, too, needs love.
  4. "Clay": An old sculptor, John, must choose between natural death and digital immortality.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Principal photography began on September 10, 2001, one day prior to the 9/11 attacks.

Reception[edit]

The film has a score of 72% with a certified "Fresh" rating and having been met with largely positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes based on 43 reviews with the consensus being that it is "Although its 4 stories vary in quality, Robot Stories is still worth a look for Twilight Zone fans". [2]

Wesley Morris from the Boston Globe in his review said "In Robot Stories, technology hasn't colonized human life, it's finding ways to make living (and loving) better". [3]

The San Francisco Chronicle in their glowing review of the film said that "This is a science fiction film, but like all excellent movies in the genre, the focus never strays from the human heart." [4]

In the TV Guide review of the film it was rewarded with 3 1/2 out of 4 stars and wrote that the film is "ostensibly about artificial life forms, each of these four short, expertly crafted stories offers a poignant perspective on what it means to be human." [5]

Christian Science Monitor's review of Robot Stories said that it was "Four stories with automatons as important characters...The last is the most touching, but all are skillfully made." [6]

Robot Stories received much praise for both the direction of the film and the director Greg Pak's talent himself. Variety magazine said "Greg Pak understands the short form well, mercifully avoiding blatant O'Henry twists while pulling off neat reversals of expertly set-up genre expectations."[7] and Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times wrote of Pak's directing in his review with saying that " The most startling aspect of Robot Stories is not the mix that the director built from spare parts left on the curb but the evolving dramatic acumen of its maker; he's a talent with a future."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robot Stories". BoxOfficeMojo. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Robot Stories". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ Morris, Wesley. "'Robot Stories' lives and breathes". Boston Globe. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Hartlaub, Peter. "Robot Stories". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Fox, Ken. "'Robot Stories' NR, 2004". TV Guide. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Sterrit, David. "NEW RELEASES". Christian Science. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  7. ^ Scheib, Ronnie. "'Robot Stories'". Variety. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Mitchell, Elvis. "Soulful Androids Who Endure Those Cold Humans". New York Times. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 

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