I haven't seen it in a while. We're supposed to get it at my theater for a late night screening (along with the Final Cut of the first film). Definitely excited to watch it again on the big screen.
Posted February 13th
by Jet Presto
I was staunchly against a sequel to Blade Runner in the years leading up to its production, especially when Ridley Scott was still at the helm. My reservations were slightly alleviated once Villeneuve signed on, and [i]almost[/i] excited when Deakins joined. But still, totally wasn't expecting to love 2049 to the point where I think it usurped the original for me. Saw it 3 times in cinemas, came away from each viewing with a deeper appreciation for it. A sequel which paid tribute to the original, whilst still retaining its own identity and could easily stand on its own merits. The filmmaking in general is of such a high calibre, but the love syncing scene in particular is an inspired design. Also, in an age of uncanny valley CGI and de-aged actors, Rachael was damn near flawless and used perfectly (low lighting, minimal soft dialogue).
But yeah. Absolutely love the movie. I think it would have to be in my top 10 films of all time. Before I start rambling about every minuscule detail of 2049 that I loved, I'll just say that this was one of the few films I didn't actively dislike Jared Leto in, and a rare instance of Harrison Ford sort of giving a fuck. I'm thankful that he wasn't the main character, not appearing until the end of the second act and yet still managing to be the soul of the film.
Hans Zimmer's soundtrack superb too! The nods to Vangelis complete me.
Posted February 13th
by Orion Nebula
I will likely be reading Nabokov's Pale Fire because of this film. The use of a mere few lines of Pale Fire in the baseline tests were emotionally potent enough to shake me; I looked up a PDF and read the full stanza and the one after it - even more hellacious of a poleaxe. As I've been trying to get more into poetry anyway, I think I'll see if I can find a hard copy of the whole thing over the weekend.
Pale Fire is also interesting because of the metatextual/intertextual/hypertextual composition, something else that has piqued my interest over the last few years.
Posted February 15th