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This is stricktly a personal observation but the 2.5 hours I decided to invest watching the latest Blade Runner movie was really a waste to my model building time. It is without a doubt the strangest movie I ever saw. Harrison Ford';s name initially drew me is reassuring me that he surely wouid not do anything overy lame.Well guess what...His first scene was at about the 3/4 mark into the movie.

The back ground scenery is very depressing with smog and terrible backgrounds everywhere, There are akwardly long  pauses in dialog and a super loud sound track. Don't get me wrong,if it those all  add up to a great movie than my all  means go but in my humble opinion  I would rather spend that 2 plus hours sanding plastic and I hate sanding.

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Did you like the original Blade Runner? Because that movie had a lot of the same sort of criticisms, and I loved it.

Haven't seen the new one yet, but we're going to this weekend. And I've heard no so-so reviews so far. It's seems to be either love or hate!

 :)

 

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Ridley Scott's Blade Runner is easily one of my top two most watched movies ever, so when the new one came out it was a must see. That said, I don't totally disagree with anything you said. There are many scenes that would not have been weakened by cutting out the long dramatic pauses when the audience already knows what will be revealed. Half hour at least. Same with characters who speak in monologues of long, poetic riddles, rather than just make their point.

The music is too loud, not melodic and as my fiancee said, "annoying." When Vangelis scored the original Blade Runner soundtrack, he could balance the drear with hope, rather than just beat you over the head with pounding, droning, audio melodrama as this composer did.

I will stray from you about movie's aesthetics. Dreary, yes, but certain to be nominated best art direction. One of my criticisms is the plot gets garbled in places and gets hard to follow. Though Ridley Scott was the executive producer, I think it could have benefiting by him directing.

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Tom - did you go thinking it was a story about Harrison using an X-Acto 'blade' to build a model Ford :)  If so, you was robbed :) 

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Saw that movie a couple weeks ago and posted about it here. I agree with what you said, Movie was too long and boring and the music ( if you can even call it that ) sucked. It was very loud but would have still been bad even at a lower volume. Just one mans opinion.

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This is stricktly a personal observation but the 2.5 hours I decided to invest watching the latest Blade Runner movie was really a waste to my model building time. 

I could say the same thing about an all morning meeting I had to attend today!   :o   I think I would've preferred the movie!

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I don't know Tom, I'm guessing you didn't have to pay to go to your meeting. :D

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That's the draw. Blade Runner is the best SciFi of all time IMHO. Looking forward to this depressing bit as well.

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IMHO........we have probably learned a sum total of nothing. We can continue to spend our retirement income on lame movies or invest another $ .96 in a really great sheet of new sandpaper and will ourselves to eliminate some of life's little imperfections where we can. :)

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For those who dig it, here's a decent 14 minute doc. Perfect to watch while on coffee break or while eating lunch.

 

 

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Thanks for the documentary. Interesting. Had a call from an old friend in Cal a couple of days ago. He and I went to the opening for the original Blade Runner. He was completely freaked over it and I thought it was ok. He asked if I'd seen the new one and thought it was just excellent. Know I'll go see it, just might wait until it gets to the 2nd run theater. With their 1.50 Tuesdays, makes a lot of things more watchable. One of my problems with the original is Phillip K. Dick is one of my favorite writers and "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" one of my 5 favorite books. Since the original movie just borrowed a few ideas and characters and left out the major part (at least to my reading) of the book plot, it sort of irritated me.  It wasn't as bad as 'Total Recall', based 'On We Can Remember It For You Wholesale' which I just about walked out on. Problem with being a fanboy.

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I purchased the first one ( for a few bucks) as I had not watched it back in the day. I don't get what all the hype was about in the first place, not going to see the 2nd one.

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Thanks for the trailer Dan, and I hear ya Wayne, I too am a FAN of the original

Can't wait to go see it this weekend !!

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Here's some long-winded trivia about one of the sets for the original "Blade Runner" - the Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles, with its 5 floors of Steampunk-ish exposed elevator machinery and open atrium. 

That building has a lot of fun links to science fiction (though it wasn't named for sci-fi writer Ray, but local millionaire Lewis Bradbury).  Built in 1893 at 304 South Broadway, it was designed following the descriptions of future buildings in the first American sci-fi novel:  "Looking Backward From the Year 2000" by Edward Bellamy. His cousin Francis Bellamy wrote the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

One of the building's architects was George Wyman.  Wyman's grandson was Forrest J. "Forry" Ackerman, who created "Famous Monsters of Filmland" magazine and was a life-long collector of sci-fi/horror memorabilia.  His collection included the Maria robot from the 1926 movie "Metropolis," and a hand-written letter from a 10 year old fan named Stephen King.  (Back in the 1980s, you could just call up Forry and get a guided tour of his house. A friend and I did that once.)

Another movie set in the Bradbury was the 1951 re-make of the German crime movie "M."  That one recently played on Turner Classic Movies and is worth watching.  Much of it was filmed in the old Bunker Hill neighborhood of Los Angeles. One guy who grew up in that neighborhood, dirt-poor after his father deserted the family:  Jack "Dragnet" Webb.

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