When Blade Runner 2049 offered an extended stay in the universe created by Ridley Scott's original, most of the major players from the original returned in some form or another. The most important character who didn't is Rutger Hauer's Roy Batty, which is just as well, considering what Hauer thinks of the film.
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If we told you last year that a movie about a mute woman having a torrid, romantic relationship with a modernised version of the Creature From the Black Lagoon was going to dominate at the Oscars in terms of nominations, you might have chuckled a little to yourself. 2017 was a simpler time. The 2018 Academy Award nominations are in and there's a lot for genre fans to be happy about.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Back in October, Entertainment Weekly revealed some of the secrets behind Blade Runner 2049's most startling cameo, Sean Young's Rachael Replicant from the original 1982 film. But the VFX company who resurrected Rachael for the sequel has finally shared a fascinating and detailed breakdown of how it created the flawlessly lifelike digital double.
Blade Runner 2049, while critically acclaimed, wasn't quite the box office smash that longtime fans of its iconic predecessor hoped it would be. Director Denis Villeneuve is still wrapping his head around why the movie underperformed, but the original film's director has an idea of why it didn't work.
Hollywood studios rarely let their A-list stars perform their own stunts. An injury could delay a film production, or worse, prevent a photogenic face from promoting a movie once it hits theatres. In this behind-the-scenes look at the VFX work on Blade Runner 2049 by Universal Production Partners, we see how Ryan Gosling's pretty face was protected by a stunt double and a CG head.
As 2017 comes to an end, we start to look back at the year that was. In film, at least, the year was excellent. So excellent, in fact, that figuring out the top 10 scifi, superhero, and fantasy films was incredibly difficult. However, while there are at least 25-30 movies from 2017 deserve at least some recognition, ultimately, the cream rises to the top.
It's easy to look at Blade Runner 2049's stunning use of shadow and light and declare it a part of the scifi noir genre. But it's really the film's narrative and thematic execution that grounds it in the longstanding noir storytelling tradition.
Blade Runner 2049 was a critical darling, getting a largely raving reception, but audiences didn't seem to reciprocate. The movie had lacklustre success, failing to bring in little more than half its budget domestically. And while it's done better overseas, director Denis Villeneuve is struggling to understand why the movie was such a box office disappointment - though it could be history repeating itself.
Here's to the fools who dream... of electric sheep. YouTuber William Yates (under the name The Doctor of Will) released a short fan teaser trailer for La La Land 2049, a futuristic sequel for the 2016 movie musical that explores love in a vacuum of endless time instead of making it yet another example of Ryan Gosling explaining jazz.
Blade Runner 2049 may open up even more questions than the original 1982 sci-fi classic, but there's only one question that really matters: what happened to Deckard's dog? Spoiler alert!
Movie titles get changed all the time, it just happens. Sometimes it's unfortunate, like when Antonio Banderas' Eaters of the Dead became The 13th Warrior -- sure, the movie would have sucked no matter what, but that original title was so much cooler. Other times, changing the title is a blessing, which is exactly what happened with Blade Runner 2049.
Blade Runner 2049 came out last week, facing the challenge of both honouring and updating the aesthetic of one of science-fiction cinema's most beloved films. The filmmakers who made the just-released sequel rose to the occasion by imbuing the movie with a hauntingly appropriate approach to illumination.
When it comes to the world of Blade Runner, the mysteries have always been better than the solutions. Part of why a sequel like Blade Runner 2049 even exists is because the original film asked so many hard questions and gave so few concrete answers -- and it's a tradition that continues with the new film.