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It doesn’t seem like its real, but we’re getting a direct sequel to the iconic science fiction masterpiece Blade Runner next year, and the first trailer dropped yesterday [watch it here]. So, what did our Flickering Myth writing staff think of our first look at Blade Runner 2049?
Sean Wilson: Captivating, discombobulating and visually arresting but, most crucially, enigmatic. It doesn’t front-load its mystery but teases at all manner of philosophical questions in a manner that intrigues. I can’t wait, frankly. This is in excellent hands with Denis Villeneuve.
Tai Freligh: The original is my favourite movie of all time, so »
- Luke Owen
The first teaser trailer for Blade Runner 2049 has landed and it's a face melter! Simply incredible cinematography, a ravaged earth and tech noir dreams. This feels like something we haven't had since the original film. And that Vangelis theme amped up? Come on! 2
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, Lapd Officer K (Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Ford), a former Lapd blade runner who has been missing for these 30 years.
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Everything came together for film composer Jóhann Jóhannsson on “Arrival,” his third score with director Denis Villeneuve (following “Prisoners” and “Sicario”). Here he was able to broaden his avant-garde musical expression in a way that was totally in sync with the alien contact movie about language and communication.
“I have the luxury of working in pre-production with Denis, and the primary inspiration for the score came from the concept art,” Jóhannsson told IndieWire. “One of the main themes was written during the first week of shooting when the helicopter approaches the alien shell [or ship] for the first time.
“I did a session in Berlin where I was working with a 16-track tape loop and I recorded layers and layers of piano drones (sustained without the attack) at different speeds and slowed them down. So it took on the texture of the very tense drone with almost no processing. These were analog »
- Bill Desowitz
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With two Oscar nominations under his belt, Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has become one of the go-to film scorers, mainly due to his work with Denis Villeneuve on Prisoners and Sicario, the latter being one of his Oscar-nominated scores.
He’s likely to get a third nomination for his work on Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi film Arrival (out November 11), and the two of them are already working on their fourth collaboration, Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, a sequel to the Ridley Scott sci-fi classic.
“It’s very early on with Blade Runner,” he responded. “They’re still filming. I’m sending them stuff, and we’re still looking for the sound. It’s a slow process. »
- Edward Douglas
Other than the collected works of John Carpenter, perhaps no other movie score looms so large over modern music as Vangelis’ Blade Runner, whose noirish synthesizer moods—a sort of darkly ambient, electronic blues—have been name-checked in half the electronic music releases of the past decade. Attempting to replicate it for an actual Blade Runner movie, such as Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sequel, would therefore seem to be incredibly intimidating. It’s not exactly necessary (though frankly, nothing about this project is), given that Vangelis is, in fact, alive—and even releasing new albums. But since the decision was reportedly made “a long time ago” to move forward without him, much like the decision to do it with a director besides Ridley Scott, Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has now stepped into that considerable void.
In an interview with Fact, Jóhannsson acknowledged that crafting a follow-up to Vangelis’ iconic soundtrack »
- Sean O'Neal
There's a lot of elements that helped to make Blade Runner the classic it's considered today, and one of the most notable of those was the score from Vangelis. While most electronic scores from yesteryear generally date the film, Vangelis was able to create a sonic landscape that felt new, yet familiar. It goes hand in hand with the fantastic imagery, so I think we can all agree the music for... Read More »
- Sean Wist
In this ongoing column, Shock’s managing editor Chris Alexander muses on his favorite movies and music and moments in cult cinema history. Recently, I made the move to catch a solo screening of Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking existential science fiction noir Blade Runner, a picture that needs no class of lengthy introduction but a movie that…
- Chris Alexander
If you’ve watched TV in the past 10 years, chances are you know Bear McCreary’s music. He’s become one of the most (if not the most) sought-after and prolific composers in television, ever since he came into his own writing the boundary-pushing score for the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series. He counts The Walking Dead, Outlander, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. among his credits. And this March theater-goers got to experience his music with a big screen presentation; he composed the chilling and thrilling score for J.J. Abrams’ 10 Cloverfield Lane. Today McCreary is juggling so many projects that he can’t count all his current TV shows and movies and video games — “I can’t even tell. I honestly don’t even know,” how many projects he’s in the midst of, he said during an interview at Cafe Laurent in Culver City, CA. The »
- Emily Rome
Few live music experiences are more visceral than a symphony orchestra – and they didn’t come more electrifying than the sensational performance of John Williams’ seminal Raiders of the Lost Ark score at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Performed by the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the group’s founder Ludwig Wicki, the concert was a world first: as the Albert Hall website proudly proclaimed, this was the venue’s first-ever public airing of a complete John Williams score.
With the movie playing on a large screen suspended above the musicians (dialogue and sound effects intact, soundtrack muted), it all made for an intriguingly contradictory experience, given the audience’s attention was naturally split between the iconic visuals of Steven Spielberg’s classic movie and the arresting impact of »
- Sean Wilson
If you could slap a dudebro fedora on Blade Runner, you’d get this ridiculous attempt at a mind-blowing sci-fi drama. Pretentious yet accidental silly. I’m “biast” (pro): big science fiction geek
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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If you could slap a fedora on Blade Runner — not a cool Indiana Jones sort of fedora, but the sort of fedora that has come to be a signpost of clueless dorky misappropriation of style and attitude — you’d get Synchronicity. A completely ridiculous attempt at a mind-blowing science-fiction drama, this amalgamation of pretentious yet accidental silliness gives us physicist Jim Beale (Chad McKnight), who is, like, a super genius, totally for real, but also put-upon and misunderstood. Because of course he is. Still, someone compares him to Nikola Tesla, he’s that awesome. And he’s just built a wormhole generator, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
I never thought it would happen, but I have finally, personally, hit the wall with indie time travel flicks. Jacob Gentry's Synchronicity is not lacking in smarts or clockwork precision, but abjectly fails to convince in its core ideas of love and fate. Love may be a sticky and difficult thing, but the film seems to only communicate lust and desire, while empathy fails to make the journey. There is one worm hole too many. This leaves some impressive homages to Blade Runner's dreamy Vangelis score and neo-noir chiaroscuro, as well as Code 46's delight in contemporary-future architecture, simply hanging in empty space.Slightly strung out scientist Jim Beale (Chad McKnight, often evoking Jared Leto) is on the verge of inventing time travel with the help of his two calmer, wise-cracking lab technicians,...
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Late in Jacob Gentry’s thought-provoking but clumsy sci-fi time bender, Synchronicity, one character says to the other: “You have the power to cross the universe in an instant… All the things you could accomplish, all the questions you could answer, and you just want to get laid.” That monologue synthesizes the most important aspect of the latest crop of time travel movies: they’re all rooted in primal concerns. Like last year’s underrated Time Lapse, Synchronicity centrally revolves around the way a relationship feeds into a headier concept — in this case, time travel.
Unfortunately, even by the end when all the twists have been revealed that explain that central relationship, it still just doesn’t make sense. But even if Synchronicity doesn’t succeed on its own merits as a story, it’s another example of the possibilities of low-budget sci-fi alongside recent successes like Coherence and The One I Love. »
- Michael Snydel
If you recall the scene in Blade Runner where Harrison Ford's detective is shown the replicants that he's hunting, you might remember that the birthdays (or "incept dates") were also given. Today is January 8, 2016 -- the on-screen incept date for th replicants' leader, Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer).
It's a piece of sci-fi geekdom trivia, but also a telling reminder of two things:
1. We're almost caught up to the time when Blade Runner (released in 1982) takes place: November 2019. At the time of the movie's release, 2019 was a long time away, nearly four decades in the future. I'm sure that the filmmakers thought, when 2019 rolls around, who's gonna remember some brief mention of the birthdate of the film's villain?
2. Acknowledging the rollaround of on-screen sci-fi dates is getting to be more of a trend. Last year we bore witness to the year that Back to the Future II's future scenes take place in, »
- Patrick Sauriol
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