The Body Electric
This summer, the Nickelodeon explores visionary filmmakers’ cultish, comedic, and nightmarish visions of the physical and financial costs of becoming stronger, smarter, and more productive.
For over a century, the promise of perfection has proved to be a lucrative lure, wielded by gurus, crooks, and corporations, eager to capitalize on a public desire for self-betterment. As the value of the self-improvement market exceeds $9 billion, we find ourselves as product and customer, able to track our steps, moods, and meals in order to generate disciplined bodies and enlightened minds.
Join us for “The Body Electric,” a series of speculative fictions examining the fusion of body, machine, and corporation!
Special thanks to our series sponsor, Frank Cox.
A must-see cult classic! A burned-out bank executive agrees to an experimental surgery that promises him a new, glamorous existence as Tony Wilson (Rock Hudson). A visually-stunning critique of Cold War militarization, suburban conformity, and consumerism from the mind of celebrated paranoiac director John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate).
Directed by John Frankenheimer.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Joel (Jim Carrey) is pained by memories of his ex-girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), and decides to erase her from his mind with the help of the Lacuna Incorporated. Dr. Mierzwiak assures Joel that the trouble-free procedure is only mildly damaging, but once Clementine starts fading away, Joel becomes very troubled indeed.
Directed by Michel Gondry.
Programmer Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) is the lucky winner of a trip to the lush estate of tech CEO Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon arrival, Caleb is amazed at Bateman’s artificial intelligence creation, Ava (Alicia Vikander). As Caleb helps Caleb test Ava’s humanity, distrust grows and Ava proves to be a complex subject.
Directed by Alex Garland.
Set in a dystopian future of corporate and military control. Water is privatized, the U.S./ Mexico border is closed, and border towns, including Tijuana, are sites for virtual reality factories. This Sundance hit is a smart, haunting cautionary tale that feels eerily familiar.
Directed by Alex Rivera.