1289 – Akira (1988)

timespace coordinates: AD 2019 Neo-Tokyo (31 years after ww3)

Akira (Japanese: アキラ Hepburn: Akira) is a 1988 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic cyberpunk film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, based on Otomo’s 1982 manga of the same name. The film had a production budget of ¥1.1 billion ($9 million), making it the most expensive anime film of its time.

Set in a dystopian 2019, Akira tells the story of Shōtarō Kaneda, a leader of a local biker gang whose childhood friend, Tetsuo Shima, acquires incredible telekinetic abilities after a motorcycle accident, eventually threatening an entire military complex amidst chaos and rebellion in the sprawling futuristic metropolis of Neo-Tokyo. While most of the character designs and settings were adapted from the manga, the plot differs considerably, and does not include much of the last half of the manga. The soundtrack, which draws heavily from traditional Indonesian gamelan as well as Japanese noh music, was composed by Shōji Yamashiro and performed by Geinoh Yamashirogumi.

Akira premiered in Japan on July 16, 1988 by Toho, but was initially unable to recoup its budget. It was released the following year in the United States by pioneering animation distributor Streamline Pictures. It garnered an international cult following after various theatrical and VHS releases, eventually earning over $80 million worldwide from home video sales. It is widely regarded by critics as one of the greatest animated and science fiction films ever made, as well as a landmark in Japanese animation. It is also a landmark film in the cyberpunk genre, particularly the Japanese cyberpunk subgenre, as well as adult animation. The film had a significant impact on popular culture worldwide, paving the way for the growth of anime and Japanese popular culture in the Western world as well as influencing numerous works in animation, comics, film, music, television and video games. (wiki)

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1285 – Source Code (2011)

timespace coordinates: 2010, Metra commuter train headed to Chicagosource-code-movie-poster-olly-moss-mondo-01Source Code is a 2011 action/ mystery & suspense/ science fiction thriller film directed by Duncan Jones and written by Ben Ripley. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a U.S. Army captain who is sent into a computed reality to find a bomber. Michelle MonaghanVera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright play supporting roles. (wiki)

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1283 – Sphere (1998)

timespace coordinates: the floor of the Pacific Ocean, 1990’s

sphere_ver3_xlgSphere is a 1998 American science fiction psychological thriller film directed and produced by Barry Levinson and starring Dustin HoffmanSharon Stone, and Samuel L. JacksonSphere was based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton. (wiki)33977_Sphere-11000 feet below the ocean, navy divers discover an object half-a-mile long. A crack team of scientists are deployed to the site in Deepsea Habitats. What they find boggles the mind as they discover a perfect metal sphere. What is the secret behind the sphere? (imdb)

1281 – The Loved One (1965)

timespace coordinates: LA, 1964

714HJogGrsL._SL1210_The Loved One is a 1965 black and white comedy film about the funeral business in Los Angeles, which is based on The Loved One: An Anglo-American Tragedy (1948), a short satirical novel by Evelyn Waugh. It was directed by British filmmaker Tony Richardson and the screenplay—which also drew on Jessica Mitford‘s book The American Way of Death (1963) —was written by noted American satirical novelist Terry Southern and British author Christopher Isherwood.

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The film stars Robert MorseJonathan WintersAnjanette Comer and Rod Steiger. Among those making appearances in smaller roles are John GielgudRobert MorleyRoddy McDowallJames CoburnMilton BerleDana Andrews and Liberace. (wiki)

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1277 – Sacred Games S.2 (2019)

timespace coordinates: 1994 > early 2000’s > modern-day MumbaiMombasa, Kenya, Dubai, CroatiaMV5BMjJlMjJlMzYtNmU5Yy00N2MwLWJmMjEtNWUwZWIyMGViZDgyXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyOTAzMTc2MjA@._V1_SY1000_SX675_AL_A policeman, a criminal overlord, a Bollywood film star, politicians, cultists, spies, and terrorists — the lives of the privileged, the famous, the wretched, and the bloodthirsty interweave with cataclysmic consequences amid the chaos of modern-day Mumbai. The series is based on the critically-acclaimed best-selling novel Sacred Games by author Vikram Chandra. (rottentomatoes)

The title sequence, logo, and title designs were designed by graphic designer Aniruddh Mehta and Mumbai-based motion lab Plexus, who drew inspiration from the Hindu mythology for the designs. Mehta said that each emblem was a contemporary take on “stories from ancient Hindu scriptures, mandala‘s, mixing modern design elements with characters from the Indus Valley Civilization” that were derived from the episode titles. (wiki)

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1276 – Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

timespace coordinates: 2010’s Detroit /  Tangier

only_lovers_left_alive_ver6_xlgOnly Lovers Left Alive is a 2013 comedy-drama film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, starring Tilda SwintonTom HiddlestonMia WasikowskaAnton YelchinJeffrey WrightSlimane Dazi and John Hurt. An international co-production of the United Kingdom and Germany, the film focuses on the romance between two vampires. (wiki)

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