8 items from 2011
It was recently announced that legendary director Ridley Scott has agreed a deal with Warner Bros & Alcon Entertainment to produce & helm a continuation of his classic 1982 sci-fi film Blade Runner, that Hollywood now deem to be a ‘franchise’.
Some two decades after it’s release where it was a relative box office failure, Blade Runner, like Alien, has creatively become a major influence in all kinds of genre’s, most notably in Christopher Nolan’s superhero film Batman Begins or The Fifth Element. A sequel could reinvigorate this inspiration, or alternatively mess everything up, but if there truly has to be another film set in this universe it might as well come from the man who made the original such a masterpiece.
Therefore I have assembled a list of what we should hope for Blade Runner 2 (for lack of a better name) to include in order to give the film »
- Addison Crosbie
The British film-maker is on board to direct a follow-up to his 1982 sci-fi classic – but will it be a prequel or a sequel?
You wait 30 years for a Ridley Scott science fiction film, then two come along at once. Not content with bringing Prometheus, his forthcoming pseudo-prequel to Alien to the big screen, the veteran British film-maker has signed on to make another Blade Runner movie.
Us production company Alcon Entertainment purchased the rights to make a new film earlier this year, and there was speculation at the time that Scott might be asked to get involved. The original 1982 movie, with its iconic Vangelis score and future noir stylings, is a genuine science-fiction classic which continues to attract new fans nearly three decades after its release. In 2007, it was named the second most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society, and in 1993 it was selected for »
- Ben Child
Next project after Ridley Scott finished his adaptation of Dune was a feature film version of Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi novel ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ starring Harrison Ford and featuring an unforgettable soundtrack by Vangelis. But Blade Runner flopped in theatres in 1982 and was removed shortly thereafter. Today Blade Runner is considered [...]
- Nick Martin
I don’t usually put much stock in the opinions of writers who use words like “hurly-burly” and “codswallop.” But some clueless declarations just beg to be disputed. Yesterday, an article about sports movies by Frank Keating in Britain’s The Guardian newspaper had the nerve not just to take several bone-headed swipes at Martin Scorsese’ 1980 boxing masterpiece Raging Bull, but the writer also went on to declare that Chariots of Fire is the greatest sports movie ever made. To borrow one of Keating’s stuffy phrases, Codswallop! Or to translate it to Americanese: Dude, you’re high!
First of all, »
- Chris Nashawaty
As news of a new Blade Runner movie arrives, Ryan wonders whether a worthy sequel or prequel could ever be made…
I'll start by stating the obvious: Blade Runner was a one-off, never-to-be-repeated classic. It was a movie where finances, creative talent and serendipity all came together to produce, not just one of the finest science fiction movies of all time, but one of the most startlingly inventive films ever to come out of Hollywood.
Blade Runner was made at a time when its director was at the height of his creative powers. Fresh from his box office success with Alien, Ridley Scott poured his energies into an adaptation of Philip K Dick's Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep, and he probably hasn't made a film as individual or beautiful to behold since.
It's no secret that Philip K. Dick is my favourite American writer. I've said it here many times before. I think the themes he tackled time and time again have had a profound influence on what we know as modern science fiction today. So, with the latest Dick adaptation, Adjustment Bureau, premiering this Friday, March 4, and Ubik announced to finally have a director, I thought I'd take a look back at all the films that have been adapted from his massive repertoire of short stories and novels over the years and see how they all stack up.
I've put the films in order of my own personal preference. Obviously many of you will probably disagree with my order, but I think because I tend to enjoy Dick's earlier writing which tends to lean towards high concept, fast paced scifi weirdness I tend to go for the more hard scifi, »
Nostalgia tinged with deference is reaching a peak, to coincide again with a sense of society coming apart at the seams
For those of us with even the haziest memories of the Britain of 1981, the deja vu will lately have been coming thick and fast. We have, of course, the stringent tightening of the purse strings handed down by a government telling us it's all for our own good; the resulting simmering disquiet, with occasional bursts of proper aggro; a big-league royal wedding ahead to keep the commemorative plate industry afloat. And at the cinema, critics and audiences rush to embrace a handsome, comforting slice of thoroughly decent period drama. In 2011, there's The King's Speech; 30 years ago, we had Chariots of Fire.
I think it would be a mistake to dismiss the skill with which Hugh Hudson crafted his portrait of Olympic sprinters Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, and dishonest »
- Danny Leigh
Undervalued, misunderstood, unseen or just generally unliked there are some films which we all have strong feelings about being underrated. Here are eight classics which I don’t quite feel get the credit that they deserve.
8.) Chariots Of Fire
“Now there are just two of us – young Aubrey Montague and myself – who can close our eyes and remember those few young men with hope in our hearts and wings on our heels.”
Maybe it’s because Vangelis unforgettable theme has been parodied so many times that people can no longer take the film seriously but Chariots of Fire is nonetheless an exquisite sports drama which features tense, well paced and expertly filmed running sequences that compliment the competitive nature of athletics in the same manner that Raging Bull complimented the bloody and brutal nature of boxing.
What is really impressive about Hugh Hudson’s film is that it does not »
- Laurent Kelly
8 items from 2011
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