Robert Alpert has studied both movies and law, receiving an MFA from Columbia and a JD from NYU. He then practiced for many years as an intellectual property attorney, while occasionally teaching and writing on movies. Having recently retired from law, he now teaches movies andmedia, with a focus on cultural myths, AI and the digital medium, at Fordham University and Hunter College in NYC. He also has written for various publications, including Jump Cut, CineAction, and Senses of Cinema.
He dedicates this essay to Max and Rose with the wish and hope that they not become the “fossil skeletons” that Alex Garland foresees and embraces.