Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – A Revisited Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So this is a turn up for the books – Blade Runner 2049 (Still a terrible DTV title) ends up being one of the best films of 2017.  Who saw that coming?  To be fair teaming up Reynolds, Deakins and director Villeneuve was a good starting point but still this was a sequel that nobody really wanted to a film that I still feel was a TOUCH overrated.  All this aside at nearly 3 hours in length, sitting in a terribly uncomfortable cinema with the worst audience i’ve shared a film with in a long time STILL didn’t dent my affection for this slow burn sci-fi wonder. Visually stunning, expertly performed and amazing direction.  A must watch. 

Best Bit: Deakins cinematography

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Blade Runner, Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens, Strange Days

 


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Podcast: Secret Cinema: Casino Royale (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Podcast: Secret Cinema: Casino Royale (2019) – Phil’s InstaTake

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this (solo) episode of the podcast Phil delivers his InstaTake on the last Secret Cinema event (and Phil’s first)… Casino Royale.   Can it match up to the highly events of years gone by?

Hosted by Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed:  Back To The Future, 28 Days Later, Star Wars, Romeo & Juliet, Blade Runner, Casino Royale

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For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

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The 25 Best… Films OF The Modern Era (1970’s – Now)

The 25 Best… Films OF The Modern Era (1970’s – Now)

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In our latest regular feature, coming out the first Friday of each month, Phil (of Phil’s Quick Capsule Review)  along with podcaster Josh Morris, Writer Mike Parkin, Grosse Point Geek’s Will Strong and Motion Picture Manic Jamie Robinson breakdown the 25 Best Films Of each major film decade.

 

This time out: Films OF The Modern Era (1970’s – Now)

 

The close but no cigar Films: Apollo 13,Starship Troopers,Little Miss Sunshine,Lord Of The Rings The Fellowship of The Ring,The Descent,The Warriors,Airplane,Ghostbusters,The Thing,Top Gun,Social Network,The Cabin In The Woods, The Dark Knight Rises,Tree Of Life,Whiplash

 

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Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #074 – Blade Runner 2049 (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

Podcast: The Smoking Lamb #074 – Blade Runner 2049 (Non-Spoiler + Spoiler)

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It’s The Smoking Lamb Movie Podcast. A weekly, no-holds-baa-aa-arred, and R-rated look at the world of movies.

On this episode: Don’t worry movie fans, we have you covered. We have a Non-Spoiler and Spoiler review of the critically acclaimed Blade Runner 2049! And in a highly debated Top 5, we say our picks for the Top 5 Movies That Critics Got Wrong!

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Grosse Point Geek – Blade Runner 2049

Grosse Point Geek – Blade Runner 2049

A Blog Grosse Point Geek

K (Ryan Gosling)- an LAPD “Blade Runner” (i.e a cop who tracks and kills runaway artificial humans known as Replicants) – makes a startling discovery that could, in the words of his boss (Robin Wright) “break the world”. Disobeying orders, his investigations lead him to an underground group of rogue replicants and a certain long retired Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford).

Released in 1982, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner split audiences and critics alike. Those expecting some kind of futuristic slam bang actioner were left befuddled by its bleak tone, and slow pace, whilst others hailed it as a beautifully made, multi layered, genre defining masterpiece.

In my humble opinion it is quite simply one of the most brilliant science fiction films ever made  – featuring amazing visuals, superb performances from both Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, an astounding music score by Vangelis and one of the greatest speeches by an actor in the history of film.

When it was announced that a sequel was in the works, i was admittedly somewhat dubious  – however with The Arrival and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve at the helm and a returning Harrison Ford as Deckard, one got the feeling that we could be onto a winner.

So i am happy to report that for the most part i very much enjoyed Blade Runner 2049.

Very much like the original it has a look that is simply a wonder to behold – Roger Deakin’s genius cinematography creates a bleak, polluted futuristic landscape that demands to be viewed on the biggest screen you can find -indeed if the man doesnt win an Oscar for his efforts here then there is no justice.  Additionally Ryan Gosling is extremely good as K, giving a quietly understated performance that ably anchors the film throughout. To be honest ive never really been that impressed with Gosling in his previous films but here he

more than proves his mettle as a leading man. Then there is the welcome return of Harrison Ford as Deckard. In recent years you really never know what your are going to get with Ford  – he was great in The Force Awakens but hasnt really done anything memorable for ages, indeed it would have been somewhat predictable if he had just phoned it in but amazingly he gives one of the best performances of his career to date.

All this would be for naught though without director Denis Villenueve’s superb directing talents. Very much like Christopher Nolan, this guy seems to be completely unable to make a bad film and Blade Runner 2049 may just be his best so far. With the demands of today’s audiences, other less ballsy filmmakers would have gone down a far different route, probably going for something more high octane  – not Villenueve  – the man obviously has a deep respect for Scott’s original film and has thus bravely created a movie that is very non commercial in its tone, oddly ponderous and very thoughtful. Like the original this sequel will probably take a long time to find its audience with people needing to see it several times to really appreciate just how good it really is.

One must also ask if it is as good as the first film  – to be honest i really couldnt say  – at the moment i would have to say no – i did feel that it was a bit too long and certainly could have done with shaving  15 minutes off the running time, i also thought that Vangelis’ incredible score should have been used a great deal more as this very much defined the original film and went a long way to making it the classic that it rightly deserves to be.

These small issues aside, Blade Runner 2049 was certainly a superb film and one of the best releases of this year. I am now very excited to see what Denis Villenueve does next  – talk is that he may be doing the next Bond or a remake of Dune – no matter –  whatever he decides upon, he can count on this film geek to be first in line for ticket.

Author: Will Strong aka Grosse Point Geek

 

Blade Runner 2049 – A Quick Capsule Review

Blade Runner 2049 – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So this is a turn up for the books – Blade Runner 2049 (Still a terrible DTV title) ends up being one of the best films of 2017.  Who saw that coming?  To be fair teaming up Reynolds, Deakins and director Villeneuve was a good starting point but still this was a sequel that nobody really wanted to a film that I still feel was a TOUCH overrated.  All this aside at nearly 3 hours in length, sitting in a terribly uncomfortable cinema with the worst audience i’ve shared a film with in a long time STILL didn’t dent my affection for this slow burn sci-fi wonder. Visually stunning, expertly performed and amazing direction.  A must watch. 

Best Bit: Deakins cinematography

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Blade Runner, Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens, Strange Days

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Blade Runner: The Final Cut (1982) – A Hall Of Fame Quick Capsule Review

Hall of Fame Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I like Blade Runner. I rewatched it today in it’s Final Cut form (a version I’ve never seen before). It’s a great film for sure, visually stunning and unquestionably groundbreaking .  BUT and this is a BIG but… the story isn’t that great and worse still Decker is pretty useless as a character (Come on he lucks in at almost every turn). Controversially I also think the music is WAY to intrusive throughout and dates the film much more than the visuals or FX which hold up well. I can see why it’s classic to many and it’s influence has been vast. BUT not in my top 50 films, maybe even not in my Top 100.

Best Bit: “Ive seen…”

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Blade Runner 2049, Alien, Strange Days

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Author: Phil Hobden

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Films Influenced by Blade Runner

Phil’s Top 5… Films Influenced by Blade Runner

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out:  Films Influenced by Blade Runner

 

Close but no cigar: Minority Report,Ghost in the Shell (2017), Blade Runner 2049, A.I

5 – Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Cyber punk animation Ghost In The Shell (and it’s much lesser remake) cribs heavily from the visual style of Blade Runner.

 

4 – Dark City
Alex Proyas dark, brooding dystopian Sci-Fi could dave come straight from the pages of Philip K Dick.

 

3 – Star Wars: Rogue One
Dystopian Sci-Fi and Star Wars go hand in hand by certainty there’s a heavy design influence that owes more than a passing debt to Bladed Runner in Rouge One

 

2 – Gattaca
Another 90’s film that owes a huge debt to Blade Runner, Gattaca is also another film mostly underappreciated on it’s initial run.

 

1 – Strange Days
Little seen classic from Kathryn Bigelow, took  massive chunk from the Blade Runner play book.  It’s a great film that deserves a major rewatch.

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Years for Movies!

Phil’s Top 5… Years for Movies!

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: The Best 5 Years for Movies… Ever!

 

Close but no cigar: 1982 (Blade Runner, The Thing, E.T, Tron, Rambo, Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior ), 1989 (Batman, Back To The Future Part 2, Dead Poet’s Society, Parenthood), 1974 (The Godfather part 2, Chinatown, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blazing Saddles), 1979 (Alien, Rocky 2, Max Max, The warriors)

 

5 – 1999
The Matrix, Fight Club, American Beauty, Toy story 2, American Beauty, The Blair Witch project

 

4 – 1987
Robocop, Wall Street, The Princess Bride, Full metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, Predator, Raising Arizona

 

3 – 1994
Pulp Fiction, Shawshank Redemption, Four Weddings & A Funeral, True Lies, Speed, Natural Born Killers, Clerks, The Crow, Leon

 

2 – 1995
Casino, Crimson Tide, Get Shorty, Heat, Leaving as Vegas, The Usual Suspects, Die hard: With A Vengeance, Goldeneye, Empire Records, Toy Story. Twelve Monkeys

 

1 – 1984
Ghostbusters, Beverly Hills Cop, The Terminator, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Gremlins, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom, Police Academy, Cannonball Run 2

 

 

Phil’s Top 5… Box Office Flops (That Actually Are Really Good)

Phil’s Top 5… Box Office Flops (That Actually Are Really Good)

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Best Movie Flops.

Yup those films that despite the fact nobody went to the cinema to support them were actually really damn good.   And remember a film needs to make at least 2-3 times it’s budget to be considered a hit these days…

Close but no cigar: Hugo, Children OF Men, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Ed Wood, The Wizard Of Oz, Edge Of Tomorrow 

 

5 – Dredd (2012)
Worldwide takings of just $36 million USD on a production budget of $45 million made Dredd a huge bomb.  Yet the critics loved it, everyone that saw it loved it. It’s a bloody great film.

 

4 – Blade Runner (1982)
With initial takings of under $10 million, studio edits and footage from The Shinning inserted, Blade Runner was poorly handled on it’s initial release.  But it grew and a cult of fans with it which saw more definitive versions and a much belated upcoming sequel.

 

3 – Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
One of my favourite films ever (and one of the best of the 80’s) this barking made comedy action mish-mash made just $11.1m in the US on its $25m budget. Yet it’s brilliant.  Shame on you all.

 

2 – Serenity (2005)
The Fans demanded it. Everyone demanded it.  Everyone wants dates movie sequel to the cult hit Firefly.  Then no one turned up.  The series was officially dead.  $39 Million USD budget with takings of just $38 million USD.

 

1 – The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Took just $16 million USD of a $35million USD budget on it’s initial run. Now heralded as one of the heartiest modern films ever made.  Sometimes even the best films are growers…