BLADE RUNNER (Final Cut)

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not the final cut poster, but this is better

 

With the release of my most anticipated movie of the fall season (in fact it’s the last one i really care to see other than The Last Jedi for the year), i figured it would be best to get a review up of the classic Blade Runner before i went to see 2049.

To dispense with the pretense of objectivity in this review (which i rarely care for anyway) in prefacing this entry i have to say simply: that i love this film. In fact i regularly cite it as the movie that got me through the summer of 2005. I don’t know exactly how many times i have watched the film, but there was definitely a week in that summer where i watched it every day.

But much like i have with other movies that i easily consider my favorite, i haven’t watched it in some years. In fact it must be almost 10 since i have, as i don’t recall watching the Final Cut of the film more than once or twice since it came out in 2007. But even with the weight of so many viewings, i was surprised at how fresh the film felt; how evocative its imagery and themes were to me now as they were ten years or twelve years ago.

Lastly i have to give a word of direction for people who may not know where to start with the series, given the existence of 4 separate cuts of the film. Just get the final, it’s a spit shine and polish of the superior Director’s Cut.

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Logan Noir

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I picked up Logan on bluray recently and i highly suggest to anyone reading this that they do the same, or at least watch it now if they missed it in the theatres.

That bit of news alone wouldn’t prompt any post on here, and i’m not going to make it a habit of reviewing home releases; but a curious addition accompanied the bluray in the form of Logan Noir. A black and white version of the film, where they (as the name would suggest) remove the colour from the film for a different version of the same film.

So i figured i would take the opportunity to look at the film in a different light, and address some things that i hadn’t in my original review.

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Alien Covenant

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I figured i should get this out while Alien Covenant is still playing in theatres, considering its rather troubling tumble in the box office it might not be around for very much longer and i think that’s a shame.

There are spoilers within this review, so in short my recommendations are:

Go see the movie, i’ve seen the movie twice and it holds up, and i think it’s better than Aliens.

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Beauty and the Beast (2017)

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Yet another film on the many others that i wanted to watch in 2017.

I was a bit young in 92 when the original released, and as a result i’m not sure if i saw it in theaters though i definitely saw it afterward.

The only other anecdote that i can add to this latest remake craze was the couple sitting beside us had brought their young (5 ish if i were to guess) daughter to the movie, and i thought it nice that the mother was able to bring her daughter to Beauty and the Beast like her mother possibly did when she was her daughter’s age.

So remakes aren’t all that bad guys, lighten up.

Though in fairness the Ariana Grande/John Legend version of Tale as Old as Time is apparently ruining yet another set of childhoods.

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MORE REASONS DOOM IS AWESOME

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I finished DOOM (2016) sometime ago, however i’ve lately been going back to it again, thus racking up nearly 30 hours with the game so far. Sadly it is highly unusual for me to invest so much time into an FPS title in recent years, so that naturally brings up the question of: why?

In examining that question i came to quite a lot of reasons that i didn’t cover in my review of the title, and more interestingly enough it revealed how deep DOOM is despite its seemingly mindless presentation.

So the first place to start in unpacking why DOOM is such a great game we have to look at the most obvious of its traits: the violence.

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BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM

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another cool one from mondo posters

 

Between the unmitigated piece of shit that is Batman v Superman and the merely bad Batman: The Killing Joke it seems 2016 hasn’t been a good year for Batman (though i have no idea what’s going on in the comic book world). So i attempted to rekindle my Batromance by watching one of my favorite Batmovies.

As a side note it is an absolute travesty that Mask of the Phantasm isn’t as well known as even Tim Burton’s Batmovies, and i hope in the coming years more and more people will watch this movie and give it the credit it deserves.

So i’ll do my part with it here:

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