Big Month of Dick – Blade Runner

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Describe in single words only the good things that come into your mind about your mother,

because Blade Runner is the Greatest Movie EVER!

Review in a Nut-shell: Visually visionary but emotionally distant, Blade Runner is a revolutionary piece of  science fiction and its impact on world of film is still felt to this day.

This movie contains:

Harrison Ford, Master of Facial Expressions.

HURRAY FOR UNICORNS!

RealDolls.

Tears in the Rain.

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18 Responses

  1. Cool. I won’t be able to listen to this one until I get the right kind of stormy Friday night to watch the movie again.

  2. I have always been a fan of Blade Runner in different ways: when I first saw it at a young age it was loved with a sense of confused awe. Later in life I loved it because it was ‘cool’ to love it. Long after that I finally watched it myself on my own terms and, in a legit way, just LOVE it. I recently saw the Final Cut on the big screen and sat with jaw open the entire time. The wonder was back but the confusion was long gone.

  3. On the subject of messing with scenes, watch the Dodgeball original ending. Never has a great ending been changed to keep the studio happy. After watching it, it makes Ben Stiller’s rant during the credits mean something,

  4. This movie would have been better if it starred Marc Dacascos.

  5. Blade Runner is responsible for one of my geekiest moments in college. A friend of mine had heard that they considered filming the movie in black & white. So we turned the saturation down on our TV and watched it in black & white. The cinematography has such great contrast and noir-ish look that it still works great!

    FYI, two other movies that also discovered looked good in black & white. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (first one) and Dark City. Just try it.

  6. In all fairness Keith, every movie would be better with Mark Dacascos. In other words, Mark Dacascos is the human equivalent of the rocket hammer from Battle Angel Alita.

  7. Rutger Hauer is a great actor. Case in point, Blind Fury.

  8. Cool! Can ‘t wait to listen to it. Downloading it now on my mp3player.

  9. the “tears in the rain” sequence is awesome. It shows the true acting power of Rutger Hauer.

    Although, for some weird reason,the screencap makes me think of the song “Walk in the Rain” from the 5th episode of Cowboy Bebop (Ballad of the Fallen Angels)

  10. It makes me think of “November Rain,” which means that at any moment, Rutger Hauer is going to light up a cigarette and walk out into the desert to play a bitchin’ guitar solo.

  11. Rutger Hauer is awesome. You guys should review ‘Flesh + Blood’. He is excellent in that.

  12. November Rain just makes me think of the girl at the freshman mixer who rebuked me when I tried to grab her butt during the slow dance. 😦

    Good podcast, though.

  13. Well, Dave, it’s like the man says — it’s hard to a hold a candle, in the cold November rain.

  14. Sorry for a double post, but I’m curious, Paul, if you’ve seen the Outer Limits episode “Demon with a Glass Hand?” That’s the big gun you want to bring out when discussing this movie.

  15. The incredible set included a historic concrete home by Frank Lloyd Wright called the Ennis House in L.A. that was also used in House on Haunted Hill. I can’t watch the movie – too sad except to see the shots of this house.

  16. Blade Runner represents simultaneously all the best and worst aspects of alternate versions of films. I’ve seen the theatrical version and the 1992 Director’s Cut. Ultimately, I don’t have a preference. The voiceover is kind of cliche, but that’s the idea, really (like Sean said, it’s in line with Noir film language). The whole “Deckard is a Replicant?” plot element has got to be the biggest red herring in film history.

    Point of contention: The title isn’t taken from a story by William S. Burroughs; the novel The Blade Runner was written by Alan E. Nourse (born the same year as Dick). William S. Burroughs was hired in 1977 to do a “screen-friendly re-write” which resulted in the book Blade Runner: A Movie, whose title was optioned by Ridley Scott at the suggestion of Hampton Fancher. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCMc_O6VlYw

  17. Rutger Hauer is much better in his early Dutch movies (usually directed by Paul Verhoeven) than in most of his American movies. Check out the World War II movie Soldier of Orange if you get a chance.

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