<p>Sean and Cody exchange the gross creatures of the last episode for the dubious charms of an animated, drug-induced alternate universe as they dive into this visionary 2013 dystopian science fiction drama. In <em>The Congress</em>, aging Hollywood star Robin Wright, playing herself, lets a movie studio zap her into a digital clone that they can use to put her into any film for the next 20 years. When her contract is up and it’s time to renegotiate, though, she finds herself hyped on hallucinogenic drugs to join the raddest party in town, which is a freaky alternate reality that turns everyone into cartoon characters and makes them forget the real world and its problems. Environmental issues discussed include Facebook and the “metaverse,” plans by Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to either leave Earth behind or make it even worse for its inhabitants, and the ethics of abandoning the real world and allowing environmental problems, like climate change, to go unchecked because reality is just too much of a bummer to deal with.</p> <p>What is Zuckerberg’s “Metaverse” and why, among its many terrifying implications, is it a total disaster for the environment? Did Zucky announce the whole “Meta” thing to divert attention away from Facebook scandals? What does the “Metaverse” have in common with the environmental history of Las Vegas? Do amoral libertarian billionaires really plan to evacuate Earth and just leave us stuck with all the problems? How did said billionaires totally misread the science fiction novels they obviously grew up on? How are cryptocurrencies, blockchain, NFTs and related scams making climate change worse in a big hurry? Can you really “scan” an actor and put them in any movie you want, as depicted in this film? Remember when they actually tried to do that and put Cary Grant in a Diet Coke commercial? Which movie was it where they turned Paul Giamatti blue? All these questions are assuming new cartoon avatars and heading for the party in this positively hallucinogenic episode of <em>Green Screen</em>.</p> <p>Where you can find <em>The Congress</em>: <a href= "https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/the-congress" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/the-congress</a> </p> <p><em>The Congress</em> (2013) on IMDB: <a href= "https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1821641/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1821641/</a><br /> <em>The Congress</em> (2013) on Letterboxd: <a href= "https://letterboxd.com/film/the-congress-2013/" target="_blank" rel= "noopener">https://letterboxd.com/film/the-congress-2013/</a></p> <p><strong>Next Movie Up: <em>Robinson Crusoe on Mars</em> (1964)</strong></p> <p><a href= "https://greenscreenpod.com/2022/01/20/episode-51-the-congress/"><strong> Additional Materials About This Episode</strong></a></p>

Green Screen

Sean Munger

The Congress

JAN 20, 202265 MIN
Green Screen

The Congress

JAN 20, 202265 MIN

Description

Sean and Cody exchange the gross creatures of the last episode for the dubious charms of an animated, drug-induced alternate universe as they dive into this visionary 2013 dystopian science fiction drama. In The Congress, aging Hollywood star Robin Wright, playing herself, lets a movie studio zap her into a digital clone that they can use to put her into any film for the next 20 years. When her contract is up and it’s time to renegotiate, though, she finds herself hyped on hallucinogenic drugs to join the raddest party in town, which is a freaky alternate reality that turns everyone into cartoon characters and makes them forget the real world and its problems. Environmental issues discussed include Facebook and the “metaverse,” plans by Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to either leave Earth behind or make it even worse for its inhabitants, and the ethics of abandoning the real world and allowing environmental problems, like climate change, to go unchecked because reality is just too much of a bummer to deal with.

What is Zuckerberg’s “Metaverse” and why, among its many terrifying implications, is it a total disaster for the environment? Did Zucky announce the whole “Meta” thing to divert attention away from Facebook scandals? What does the “Metaverse” have in common with the environmental history of Las Vegas? Do amoral libertarian billionaires really plan to evacuate Earth and just leave us stuck with all the problems? How did said billionaires totally misread the science fiction novels they obviously grew up on? How are cryptocurrencies, blockchain, NFTs and related scams making climate change worse in a big hurry? Can you really “scan” an actor and put them in any movie you want, as depicted in this film? Remember when they actually tried to do that and put Cary Grant in a Diet Coke commercial? Which movie was it where they turned Paul Giamatti blue? All these questions are assuming new cartoon avatars and heading for the party in this positively hallucinogenic episode of Green Screen.

Where you can find The Congress: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/the-congress 

The Congress (2013) on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1821641/ The Congress (2013) on Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/film/the-congress-2013/

Next Movie Up: Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)

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