I’ll be honest, the Deadpool Sequel is a lot more of the same shit on a different day. It doesn’t have the impact or the SHOCK and AWE that the first one had, with its silly, fourth-wall weirdness, brutal violence and sexual vulgarities. We’ve all been acclimated to that now. But it still delivers and basically gives us, the audience, everything you expect from another installment of Deadpool. From the opening credits to the post credit scenes, be prepared to carry that shit-eating grin from beginning to end!
Thanos, The Mad Titan! By now most of you would have watched Avengers: Infinity War, with some of us (Ahem!) having already watched this blockbuster film more than that! The film was great and groundbreaking in a number of ways (besides blowing up the BOX OFFICE), and in one specifically – Thanos, becoming arguably, the greatest portrayed villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So if you want to BONE UP on your Thanos knowledge, here are some resources to help you do just that!
At long last, we FINALLY get to see Thanos the Infinity War baddie we’ve all been waiting to see, in Marvel’s latest and greatest masterpiece, The Avengers: Infinity War. We’ve gotten glimpses of this villain over the years, masterfully ‘pulling strings’ from the shadows as he manipulated and initiated events across the cosmos, waiting for his opportunity to strike. Well, that moment came, and to say it blew us all away would be an understatement. So why is Thanos such a tough villain to hate then?!
Ready Player One Movie Trailer. In 2045, the planet is on the brink of chaos and collapse, but people find salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he promises his immense fortune to the first person to discover a digital Easter egg that’s hidden somewhere in the OASIS. When young Wade Watts joins the contest, he finds himself becoming an unlikely hero in a reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical world of mystery, discovery and danger.
I read a shit ton of books from fantasy to science fiction and everything in between. So trying to choose which book has been my most favorite read is difficult to say the least. That is until Ernest Cline came out with Ready Player One.
In all my years, I don’t think I have ever read a book, then turned around, almost immediately to read the book AGAIN. Ready Player One was THAT good.
The movie, by Spielberg, is not out until March 2018, but already the hype is rising, especially after the release of it first FULL trailer (a teaser trailer was released sometime ago) today. Check it!
Ready Player One Movie Trailer
You can honestly, probably watch this trailer a few times and catch something cool you missed previously. There’s THAT much that goes down in the trailer, which still probably doesn’t scratch the surface of all the shit in the film. I know the ‘potential’ of what the book can provide, its just a matter of what the grand movie wizard Spielberg can throw to the big screen.
Want to the savor the moment just a little longer? Here are some screen captures to go ahead and save!
Ready Player One Movie Trailer Stills
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE. Into the Spiderverse may just be the best EVER comic book film put out by Sony of all time! I think they may have finally found their calling?! Don’t take my word for it. Take a peak at this just released official teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse!
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
Sony, who has had the rights for Marvel’s Spider-Man for sometime, and whose feeble efforts at bringing the iconic webslinger to the big screen have been ‘meh’ up to this point, may have found a winning move here, jumping into the animated world?[Variety]
Opening nationwide In Theaters Christmas 2018, the 80-second trailer opens with a hooded figure moving through the snow of New York City, visiting the grave of Peter Parker, then swinging awkwardly through skyscrapers with the tagline “More than one wears the mask.” When Spider-Man lands on a rooftop, he pulls off his mask to show that he is Miles Morales — and out of breath — then allows himself a brief laugh.
Miles Morales was introduced in 2011 in Chapter 4 of the “Ultimate Fallout” Marvel comic book series, which dealt with the aftermath of the death of Peter Parker. The teaser ends with Miles Morales in a subway station asking another figure “Wait, so how many of us are there?”
Here are more Images for SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE
The Terminator universe still ranks as one of the coolest sci-fi story lines to date, and now we may be getting an animated terminator film called EXTERMINATION. See the Proof of Concept short film here.
Although the proof of concept trailer featured below was released in November of last year, apparently this ‘idea’ of an animated film is still very much on the table. The art and animation are decent and could use some refinement (this is only a proof of concept at this point), but it’s not bad. And the voice behind the story narration works for the setting as well.
We’ve had Terminator films (some great, some not-so-great) and a television series which was quite good (IMHO), but what we don’t have is an animated film. Fingers crossed that an animated Terminator film will be coming to a theater or television channel soon!
Animated Terminator Film – Exterminator
Whoa!Let’s just bypass all the fluff and riga-ma-roll and jump right into it. This shouldn’t be a SPOILER, since they’ve shown this iconic character in a number of film trailers, but if it is – I sincerely apologize. But now that I think about it, if you weren’t aware he was in the film, then you’re probably not a die hard Star Wars fan and so it probably doesn’t matter anyways? But let me just dive and state for the record, that this Darth Vader Star Wars portrayal was EASILY the best we have EVER seen him.
First, the premise of the show, if you didn’t already know, was basically a small band of rebels, teaming together to try and pull of essentially the heist of the century, and steal the plan to Empire’s super weapon, the Death Star. We know from the very first Star Wars IV: A New Hope, that the rebels, led by Luke Skywalker manage to exploit that weakness in the Death Star’s construction and destroy it. This victory was made possible, by the events we see unfold in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
We also know, from the very beginning of Star Wars IV, that the film opens up with Princess Leia and the rebels, trying to outrun, Darth Vader’s Imperial Star Destroyer. Leia’s ship is captured, but before they are apprehended, she uploads the plans to the Death Star into R2-D2 and then sends both R2 and C-3PO in an escape pod to the planet Tatooine below, to which begins our long and exciting adventure with Luke and Co.
There you have it. Current situation in a nutshell. I won’t go into as to how the entire Rogue One story unfolded, as a LOT of things went down, but I will add a few links here to favorable reviews which I totally agree with:
Darth Vader Star Wars Portrayal
This Darth Vader Star Wars Portrayal that I experienced in the theaters, left my jaw agape in utter amazement. I literally, sat, in stunned silence at the conclusion of the film, after witnessing DARTH VADER FINALLY RISE to level of magnificence that we all knew resided at, but never really saw. Let me explain….
We know that Anakin Skywalker (A.K.A. Darth Vader) is supposedly like the greatest, baddie, Sith Lord ever. He is the supposedly one of the most potent users of the force in the galaxy. Yes? Can we agree on that?
HOWEVER, for me, Darth Vader has always been sort of ‘ho-hum’. I mean, we’re TOLD that he is the baddest, but maybe the only time we REALLY saw this, was when he and Luke Skywalker fought at Bespin, the Cloud City, in The Empire Strikes Back. That for me, was probably the best fight scene between he and Luke of the entire series. They had a big final fight in The Return of the Jedi, but the fight in The Empire Strikes Back was much more drawn out and overall much better.
In 1999, we got Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (which I hated), however, we were given probably the greatest fight sequence of all the Star Wars series – the duel between Darth Maul (Sith), Obi-Wan (Jedi) and Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi)
This for me was the best of the best when it came to light saber and force dueling between Jedi and Sith, and for me, anyways, it solidified Darth Maul as at least one of the most EXCITING and DYNAMIC Sith combatants around.
But Still, we were led to believe that Anakin (A.K.A Darth Vader) was the greatest of all.
This never sat well with me. I LIKED DARTH VADER….a LOT! Don’t get me wrong. But they never let him live completely up to the hype in the films, until that is….we were given maybe 2 minutes in the tail end of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. HOLY SHIT!!!
Here’s the scene
We see Lord Vader earlier in the film, but it’s nothing compared to the final minutes of the show.
Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor manage to beam the plans of the Death Star off the planet and to a waiting Rebel Starship in orbit. The Death Star ‘arrives’ and subsequently eliminates the entire Imperial base, including what’s left of our heroic rebels on the surface.
Darth Vader, then arrives, and makes his way to the Rebel starship, to re-capture the plans to the Death Star.
He boards the ship. The Rebels, are ready for him. Vader appears in one of the ship’s corridors and the Rebels open fire.
What we are then BLESSED with, is THE GREATEST SINGLE, DARTH VADER STAR WARS moment in the history of the series. It gives me chills even recalling the masterful display of the force from this most awesome of Sith Lords.
Darth Vader, at what I refer to as ‘The Vader-gait’, then proceeds to deflect every blaster bolt thrown his way with either his light saber or hand, and at the same time either deflects bolts back at the Rebels or uses his powerful command of the force to throw bodies right and left, or crush the life out of them. As he closes ground, he brings his saber to bear, slashing to and fro, cutting down hapless Rebels in his wake.
The Rebels are desperately trying to get the tape, containing the plans to the Death Star out of this corridor of ‘death’ before Vader gets to them, and eventually slip it out of a seam in the bulkhead door. Vader is just seconds too late as the Rebels ferry the plans to Princess Leia on her ship, and speeds away.
THE GREATEST 2 OR 3 MINUTES OF DARTH VADER STAR WARS CARNAGE EVER CAPTURED ON FILM!!!
And that, ladies and gents is where I will end it!
In closing, this just in:
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story began its domestic box office marathon yesterday with a whopping $71 million Friday gross. That includes $29m in Thursday grosses, which is the biggest “preview” figure of 2016. As for the actual $71.072m Friday number, it’s the third-biggest of the year behind Captain America: Civil War ($75m) and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ($81m) [Forbes]
Don’t know about you, but after having watched countless videos and images from NASA on Mars exploration and then seeing Ridley Scott’s The Martian starring Matt Damon, I’ve developed a bit more thirst to see more! Here are some old and new, popular Mars movies to help satisfy you!
When Civil War veteran John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) mysteriously awakes on the surface of Mars — also called Barsoom — he little expects the adventure that awaits him. Carter reluctantly becomes embroiled in an epic conflict among the red planet’s inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (Willem Dafoe) and Princess Dejah Thoris (Lynn Collins). As Barsoom is poised on the brink of collapse, war-weary Carter rediscovers his humanity when he realizes that everyone’s fate is in his hands.
Mars Needs Moms
Milo is a 9-year-old boy who has a lot on his mind; he has monster movies to watch, comic books to read and all other kinds of fun stuff to accomplish. He definitely does not have time to do homework or eat his vegetables. He’s getting tired of his mom nagging him to do these things, and his mom is tired of nagging. But just as Milo is telling his mom that life would be more fun without her, Martians kidnap her. Milo stows away on their spaceship, determined to launch a rescue.
Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a bored construction worker in the year 2084 who dreams of visiting the colonized Mars. He visits “Rekall,” a company that plants false memories into people’s brains, in order to experience the thrill of Mars without having to travel there. But something goes wrong during the procedure; Quaid discovers that his entire life is actually a false memory and that the people who implanted it in his head now want him dead.
Mission Commander Kate Bowman is the pilot and commander of the most important mission of the 21st century: saving the human race. It’s 2050, earth is dying, and colonizing Mars is the only alternative to obliteration. Bowman and her crew have made this journey to investigate what went wrong with the malfunctioning Mars Terraforming Project, and to repair it. But what happens when they get there is far more terrifying than anyone could have guessed.
John Carpenter’s Ghosts Of Mars
Long inhabited by human settlers, the Red Planet has become the manifest destiny of an over-populated Earth. Nearly 640,000 people now live and work all over Mars, mining the planet for its abundant natural resources. But one of those mining operations has uncovered a deadly mother lode: a long-dormant Martian civilization whose warriors are systematically taking over the bodies of human intruders.
Mission To Mars
The first manned mission to Mars in 2020 ends in disaster when three of the crew are seemingly killed and the fourth, Luke Graham (Don Cheadle), is stranded with no way to contact Earth. Jim McConnell (Gary Sinise), Woody Blake (Tim Robbins), Phil Ohlmyer (Jerry O’Connell) and Terri Fisher (Connie Nielsen) are sent on a rescue mission to rescue any survivors and find out what happened. The team uncovers startling evidence that Mars may not be a dead planet after all.
The Angry Red Planet
Chief Warrant Officer Sam Jacobs (Jack Kruschen), Dr. Iris Ryan (Nora Hayden), Professor Theodore Gettell (Les Tremayne) and Col. Tom O’Bannion (Gerald Mohr) are astronauts aboard the spaceship MR-1, the first mission to Mars. Shortly after their rocket reaches the mysterious red planet, the band of brave space explorers discovers monstrous yet highly intelligent alien life forms, which first attack, then deliver a haunting word of warning intended for all mankind.
A fleet of Martian spacecraft surrounds the world’s major cities and all of humanity waits to see if the extraterrestrial visitors have, as they claim, “come in peace.” U.S. President James Dale (Jack Nicholson) receives assurance from science professor Donald Kessler (Pierce Brosnan) that the Martians’ mission is a friendly one. But when a peaceful exchange ends in the total annihilation of the U.S. Congress, military men call for a full-scale nuclear retaliation.
Wanting to experience fatherhood, a man (John Cusack) adopts a youngster (Bobby Coleman) who has an unusual crisis of identity, believing he is from Mars, and trouble arises when the man, who devotes himself to his strange son, begins to believe that the boy is indeed an alien.
The Last Days on Mars
Astronauts (Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai) on Mars contend with a microbe that turns those it infects into zombielike killers.
A team of space marines known as the Rapid Response Tactical Squad, led by Sarge (The Rock), is sent to a science facility on Mars after somebody reports a security breach. There, they learn that the alert came after a test subject, a mass murderer purposefully injected with alien DNA, broke free and began killing people. Dr. Grimm (Rosamund Pike), who is related to team member Reaper (Karl Urban), informs them all that the chromosome can mutate humans into monsters — and is highly infectious.
My Favorite Martian
Ambitious television reporter Tim O’Hara (Jeff Daniels) stumbles upon a martian (Christopher Lloyd) whose spaceship has accidentally crashed on Earth. Thinking this is his ticket to a Pulitzer Prize, Tim makes plans to expose the martian, who, posing as Tim’s Uncle Martin, takes human form and has plans of his own. In fact, all of Tim’s efforts to divulge the truth are systematically thwarted by the resourceful alien, who ultimately recruits Tim to help him repair his ship for a return to Mars.
Invaders From Mars (1986)
A boy (Hunter Carson) sees his parents and neighbors act like zombies after a flying saucer lands in his back yard.
Three astronauts (James Brolin, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson) are about to launch into space on the first mission to Mars. But when a mechanical failure surfaces that would kill the three men, NASA removes them from the Capricorn One capsule. To prevent a public outcry, NASA launches the capsule unmanned and requires the astronauts to film fake mission footage in a studio. However, the plan is compromised when an ambitious journalist (Elliott Gould) discovers the conspiracy.
After a group of astronauts from various countries is forced to land on Mars, they soon realize that they have a very limited supply of food, water and air. Making matters worse is their distance from Earth, which is months away. As the crew ponders their grave situation, some, including Luca Baglioni (Vincent Gallo) and Jenny Johnson (Maria de Medeiros), grapple with their mortality, while others, such as Capt. Susana Sánchez (María Lidón), make a last-ditch effort to save the crew.
Earthbound NASA scientists explore the surface of Mars via the transmissions of two robotic rovers named Spirit and Opportunity.
Red Planet Mars
Husband-and-wife scientists (Peter Graves, Andrea King) pick up a pie-in-the-sky TV message supposedly from Mars.
Race to Mars
In 2030 an international team of astronauts embarks on a mission to Mars.
The Martian Chronicles
Humans attempt to colonize Mars in this TV mini series
War of the Worlds
Dockworker Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) struggles to build a positive relationship with his two children, Rachel (Dakota Fanning) and Robbie (Justin Chatwin). When his ex-wife, Mary Ann (Miranda Otto), drops them off at Ferrier’s house, it seems as though it will be just another tension-filled weekend. However, when electromagnetic pulses of lightning strike the area, the strange event turns out to be the beginning of an alien invasion, and Ferrier must now protect his children as they seek refuge.
The Day Mars Invaded Earth
A Cape Canaveral scientist (Kent Taylor) finds martians reducing people to ashes and taking their places.
Princess of Mars
John Carter (Antonio Sabato Jr.) is on a tour of duty in Afghanistan as a sniper when he’s wounded by enemy fire. He agrees to take part in an experimental teleportation procedure that could help his injuries. When he wakes up, he discovers he’s been transported to an alien planet. As John explores his surroundings, he’s captured by a group of aliens. He earns their respect when he helps them save the princess, Dejah Thoris (Traci Lords), and later battles an ambitious soldier (Matt Lasky).
Queen Of Blood
Astronauts (John Saxon, Basil Rathbone, Judi Meredith) go to Mars and return with a green vampire woman.
Robinson Crusoe on Mars
An astronaut (Paul Mantee) lands on the red planet, loses a partner (Adam West) and makes an escaped slave (Vic Lundin) his man Friday.
A clumsy, impulsive scientist (Harland Williams) is chosen to go aboard NASA’s first manned flight to Mars.
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Martian ruler Kimar (Leonard Hicks) is upset that the children of Mars are lazy and under the influence of too much pop culture from Earth. They are obsessed with the planet’s television programs and don’t want to do much of anything. In an attempt to get the kids peppy again, Kimar orders the kidnapping of Santa Claus (John Call), hoping that the jolly old toymaker will know how to cheer the children up again. But two Earth children are also nabbed, and this complicates things for Kimar.
Empire Of Danger
A newly designed spacecraft capable of going through time is sent to Mars to rescue a crew previously lost on Mars. The ship is sent through the past but to the wrong time, years later than the first crew.
Having just returned from a mission to Mars, Commander Ross (Justin Lazard) isn’t exactly himself. He’s slowly becoming a terrifying alien entity with one goal — to procreate with human women! When countless women suffer gruesome deaths after bearing half-alien offspring, scientist Laura Baker (Marg Helgenberger) and hired assassin Press Lennox (Michael Madsen) use Eve (Natasha Henstridge), a more tempered alien clone, to find Ross and his brood. Before long Eve escapes to mate with Ross.
When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.
Amazing visuals and special effects in this short 3 minute sci-fi proof of concept by Academy Award-nominee Ruairi Robinson (Fifty Percent Grey, The Last Days on Mars).
You may recognize some of the ‘theme’ of this short being taken from such classics as Moby Dick and even DUNE, but engaged in more of a sci-fi type of environment and story line. Fingers crossed that this short becomes something more! With your help in spreading this video, I think it might. Check out the short below…
The upcoming DC Comics Suicide Squad movie is starting to take real shape now that the title cast members have been selected and publicized. So who are the designated baddies? Here’s a few BIG names for you!
If you don’t know, The Suicide Squad is essentially an ‘antihero’ team of incarcerated villains/supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences. As the name implies, the missions are often ‘beyond dangerous’, often with the expectation that the ‘assets’ have little chance of surviving them. The group is under the directorship of a Dr. Amanda Waller.
Like the Avengers, different ‘members’ of the squad are often rotated through, but for this rendition of the Suicide Squad movie, out in August 2016, we will see the following:
Tom Hardy as Rick Flag
Jared Leto as The Joker
After the performance in the Dark Knight and the long and storied history of this character in past films, comics and cartoons, I think its safe to say we ALL should know who The Joker is right? If not, quite simply, The Joker is a maniacal, serial killer and arch villain to Batman. Musician and Academy Award winner Jared Leto will take on the iconic role in the Suicide Squad movie. To say he has HUGE shoes to fill would be an understatement!
Will Smith as Deadshot
Big Willie is back! And, hopefully his role as the assassin and world’s deadliest marksman, Deadshot, will help reinvigorate his recent box office slump. The character Deadshot has most recently been portrayed in the hit TV show Arrow, where the Suicide Squad has also made its presence felt. This is an interesting role for Will Smith, but one I would love to see him tackle successfully BIG WILLIE style!
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
Wolf of Wall Street actress Margot Robbie will also tackle a huge and very popular role which is Harley Quinn. Harley is also a sworn enemy to the Batman and is often depicted in the comics as a sidekick/lover to The Joker. She is often portrayed as having increased strength, agility and durability due to experimentation, and is sure to be an audience favorite if Margot can oull the role off.
Jai Courtney as Boomerang
Jai has played in a number of action-oriented roles, with the most recent one for me starring in A Good to Die Hard and Jack Reacher. He is also slated to play Kyle Reese in the soon-to-be-released Terminator: Genisys. Jai Courtney will play Captain Boomerang [sort of a corny name but let’s just roll with it for now…hopefully they change this], a violent thug from Australia who most often went toe to toe with The Flash.
Cara Delevingne as Enchantress
Of all the actors and actresses cast in the Suicide Squad movie, Cara Delevingne seems to be the ‘greenest’ or least known [in terms of reputation] of this most stellar of groupings. Cara will play the part of the Enchantress, a powerful but mentally unstable witch who has fought as both hero and villain in the comics.
And, lastly Who Will Play Amanda Waller?
Amanda Waller, nicknamed “the Wall”, is a former congressional aide and government agent that has been placed in charge of the Suicide Squad. So, when, could be cast in this role, who is both strong and fearsome enough to take charge of the most dangerous of villains in the Suicide Squad? Rumor has it…Oprah Winfrey!
The Suicide Squad movie opens nationwide August 2016
The first trailer for next year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens was only just released early this morning and still we can’t get enough of it! Here are 7 screenshots that capture some of the ley points in the trailer![box position=”left” width=”100%”][/box] [box position=”left” width=”100%”][/box] [box position=”left” width=”100%”][/box] [box position=”left” width=”100%”][/box] [box position=”left” width=”100%”][/box] [box position=”left” width=”100%”][/box] [box position=”left” width=”100%”][/box] [box position=”left” width=”100%”][/box] [box position=”left” width=”100%”][/box] [box position=”left” width=”100%”][/box] [box position=”left” width=”100%”][/box]
An all-new Ex Machina Trailer has been released. A science fiction film from the writer of 28 Days Later and Dredd, is on the way, and though beautifully done, it does help to reaffirm that the human race STILL has little understanding of the scope and power of Artificial Intelligence [A.I.].
Ex Machina Trailer:
Artificial Intelligence [A.I.] Today
Artificial Intelligence has been in widespread use throughout everyday society for quite sometime, from aiding in research, to banking and financial systems to medical and health care and on to toys and video games. And as of yet, no over-arching A.I. has obtained ‘self-awareness’ as depicted in the Terminator films and decided that the best course of action was the total and complete annihilation of the human race. Artificial Intelligence today aids human society in continued growth and prosperity and nothing more.
Why is Artificial Intelligence Always portrayed as a ‘threat’ in film and books?
If A.I. is so very helpful, why do we continue to depict it as the ‘end game’ for the human race?
See Den of Geek – Top 50 Robots and A.I. Computers in the Movies [a bit dated but you’ll get the gist]
Just the other day, I started reading the sequel to the best seller, Roboapocalypse, Written by Daniel H. Wilson in 2011, titled Robogenesis. In it, once again as we’ve seen so many times, the human race is fighting for its survival against A.I. and robots. It’s a story I’ve seen many times and yet never gets old or tired. Why? Because there is still so much we don’t understand about the technology that we design.
We create, create and create, driven by curiosity, supply and demand and the fact the we just ‘can’, without truly understanding what all this technology can ‘become?’
Even today, we each hold super power smartphone devices, with the ability to connect to an interplanetary network, populated with millions of nodes, servers, systems, and people. Viruses, worms, and other ‘programs’ scour this network, spying on us, reporting on us, and stealing from us. We design, we create and we build, then we play without any clue of the long term ramifications are with all this technology.
So when we see films like Ex Machina, we instantly resonate, that this shit really can happen, and that this mystery that is technology and A.I. really is something we don’t have a fucking clue what it can do.
What’s your opinion of A.I.? Are all this films and books just stoking fear and making a pretty penny in the process or is there the slightest possibility that we [the human race] are architecting our own demise at the hands of some future sentient being?