According to IBISWorld, this year, Cyber Monday sales are expected to top $10 billion, a 13.2% surge from 2009.
“The appeal of e-commerce is that it allows for easier bargain hunting and price comparisons than brick-and-mortar stores,” Panteva said. “Web sites like CyberMonday.com will make this an even easier feat for shoppers, and with more and more companies engaging in social media promotions with dedicated followers, online sales are likely to get a big boost.”
With so much talk about the benefits and convenience of computer shopping, we are reminded of the league of good robots who populate so many of our favorite films.
10. Data: Star Trek: First Contact
Brent Spiner's sentient cyborg, who longed throughout the entire run of the series for more human traits, is given a skin graft by the Borg Queen which enables him to feel pain and pleasure.
9. Grek Pak's Robot Stories
"...I'd take a chance on Greg Pak's micro-budget indie Robot Stories, a valentine from the future. Broken into a quartet of subtle science-fiction fables, each is more Ray Bradbury than Keanu Reeves — and romantic in its own strange way: A sculptor becomes obsessed with the digitized memories of his wife; a worried couple tries to love an android baby; a mother reconstructs her dying son's vintage robot-toy collection; and an android office-drone (played by Pak) falls in love. Somehow the cast (largely composed of underutilized Asian-American actors like Tamlyn Tomita) underplays the gizmos and hits the emotional beats dead-on, heating up a genre that so often looks stylish, but feels dead-cold."
- Logan Hill, Nerve.com
8: Tom Servo & Crow: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
They heckle, they prod...and they talk during the movie! But they're still good guys, right? The folks who made This Island Earth may disagree, but for the rest of us, their barbs are priceless.
7. Gigolo Joe: A.I.
Jude Law is mesmerizing in the role of Gigolo Joe, a service robot who programmed to display various kinds of seductive behavior, who takes Haley Joel Osment's lost David (a child cyborg) under his wing. Some have argued that Spielberg's handling of late Stanley Kubrick's treatment was too slight. Deeper viewings show that Spielberg's sentimental sensibility—fused with Kubrick's ice-cold worldview-approximates an awkward world where a child cyborg yearns for the love of his human mother. (The oddest moment of the film comes in the alternative future where the World Trade Centers have been dwarfed by global warming.)
6. Alex J. Murphy/RoboCop: RoboCop
Half man, half machine, 100% ass kicker. This shockingly violent film is also a brilliant satire. (Or is it?) Like so many of Verhoven's films, RoboCop treads the fine line between ironic fertilization of its subject, and worshipful immersion in it.
5. Miles Monroe: Sleeper
In addition to his trusty robot-dog Rags, Woody Allen's Sleeper features robot tailors as well as an army of robot-servants, allowing Allen (pictured) the opportunity to display his physical comedy chops when he goes rogue as a robot. The best of his earlier, funny films?
4. The Iron Giant: The Iron Giant
Brad Bird's brilliant cautionary tale shows that guns don't kill people, robots do. This film, in which a child brings out the goodness in what had previously been perceived as a monster, is a precursor to films like How to Train Your Dragon. As he proved with his Pixar masterpieces The Incredibles and Ratatouille, Bird is a master of pacing, story, and always striking the perfect emotional note. There's more depth in Bird's 2-D animation than a dozen 3-D Shreks.
3. Eve and WALL-E: WALL-E
Chaplin's spirit snuck into the Pixar factory. This masterpiece emerged. Sublime.
2. Robby the Robot: Forbidden Planet
Did Leslie Nielson just pass? What better excuse to watch this sci-fi classic take on William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" which features the benevolent, and ever obedient Robby the Robot.
1. C3PO and R2D2: The Empire Strikes Back
These ARE the droids you're looking for. Part Greek Chorus, part classic comedy duo, and part Johnnies-on-the-spot, R2 and 3PO meander through the sci-fi epic offering a welcome break from melancholy ennui of two generations of Skywalkers and their other human companions. In honor of the passing of Irvin Kershner (who also directed the RoboCop sequel), we've singled out the best of the Star Wars sextology for your enjoyment.
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