Friday, June 13, 2014

BLADE RUNNER - Then and Now Movie Blogfest

Do we change our perceptions of movies as we go through life? 

Then (1980s) and Now
June 13, 2014





 
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Blade Runner

A near future dystopian story, this movie gave us a new kind of hero. At first, he's all business, then things start to change. Harrison Ford, as Rick Deckard is the retired special operative of the police who is called back to track down Replicants on the run. Released in 1982, this film adaptation by director Ridley Scott is based on a 1968 novel by Philip K. Dick, called Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
 





Some Replicants defy the ban on returning to Earth, and are hunted down by police operatives called 'Blade Runners'. The setting is Los Angeles in the year 2019. Film-noir techniques are used, giving the story an ominous tone. Recommended.

THEN
 
The film raised idealogical questions:
-who has the right to decide how long we or other entities get to exist?
-should the 'fail-safe' of an expiry date be removed from artificial intelligence which interacts with humans?
-what are the consequences of the replicants living longer lives?

NOW

There is a suggestion woven into the movie that humans might not be adverse to robotic entities that look exactly like humans. The suggestion of hunting for rogue humanoid robots seems more likely now than it would have in 1982 when Blade Runner was released.

Blade Runner could represent our future, depending on the choices we make now and in the near future. They still had ethnic food takeout, but pollution had won out in the atmosphere. This film is a favorite.

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Are you a fan of Blade Runner or have you seen the movie? Any thoughts on humanoid robots? Do you know about the Cephalopod Coffeehouse? Are you in the blogfest?

Please leave a comment to let me know you were here, and thanks for dropping by! I'll respond.

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Thanks to the four bloggers hosting this blogfest!   

Hosts:
The Armchair Squid, Suze, Nicki Elson and Nancy Mock. If you don't know these names, then please check those links, or the list at A. Squid's where you'll also find the other participants on this theme.

Assignment:
Tell us about a movie you loved when you were younger and have come to see differently over time - for better or for worse. Post on Friday, June 13th and check the list at any of the host links above. Anyone interested in joining the Cephalopod Coffeehouse,should drop by the Armchair Squid's for the June gathering on the 27th.  Details at the coffeehouse.

 
THE LIST to continue on to the other bloggers.
 
Original post for the blogfest: The Armchair Squid

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner Wiki on the movie, Blade Runner
 
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62 comments:

  1. My cousin was in love w/ Harrison Ford in those days so for her bday I treated her to Bladerunner. I hated it. It was then that I realized that, outside of 'Lost in Space' and 'Star Trek', and Star Wars 4, 5 and 6, I am not at all a fan of science fiction.

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    1. That's fair, JoJo, but someone like me loved it. Of course I liked those other ones you mentioned too, but they weren't as complex as Blade Runners.

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  2. Set in 2019? I think we're still a long way off from that vision.

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    1. Written in 1968 (the book) and the original, movie out in 1982, but then we had high hopes for NASA. Too many other things interrupted the quest for space.

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  3. I've never seen Blade Runner...and I should have. I was at the right age when it came out to enjoy it.

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    1. We have the DVD now, so I still like it. It's a movie that might make you wonder about our future.

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  4. I never saw this when it first came out. Weird, too, because I was all into the punk scene back then. But just last year I watched this for the first time. Pretty cool movie. :)

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    1. I think it's a very cool movie, I loved anything science fiction, but have become more selective now that I've seen a large sampling. I like movies with robots and psychological dilemmas in space. . .But Blade Runner is on Earth, more scary.

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  5. That movie's fashion design changed the look of the future in movies for decades -- Neo's outfit in THE MATRIX even -- the flying taxi's of THE FIFTH ELEMENT -- the world of FIREFLY and SERENITY or of the late, lamented TV show, BEYOND HUMAN.

    I enjoyed the movie more with the voice-over narration it originally had -- now, I cannot watch it. There are lag times in the movie where the narration was supposed to go. But Ridley Scott disliked it, so it was removed in the director's cut DVD.

    It is a movie that stays with you -- I especially liked the soundtrack. :-)

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    1. I'm glad you see the implications this movie had on what followed, Roland. It was defining in many ways. I liked the voice-over version too, and I read that Harrison Ford and Scott didn't agree on many things. I like the way the story developed very much. Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Agree on the lasting imprint of Blade Runner. So much sci-fi and spec-fi seems to point back to stuff in this movie.

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    3. Thanks for stopping by Stephsco, and agreeing with Roland's comment. We can only see these influences in retrospect. A great idea for a blogfest.

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  6. Good pick. Harrison Ford had some great roles during that time in his career.

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    1. Yes, I had a crush on Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones and as Hans Solo. . .he could do no wrong.

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  7. I should really watch Blade Runner again. I've only seen it once and never the director's cut. PKD's vision of an android future is so very different from Asimov's, even though both writers anticipated some of the same controversies.

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    1. Yes, one works with the robots more than the other. Mech jihads are a common solution when man gets too worried about the AI taking over. I went through the scifi section at our library and I have many Asimovs on my shelves. As for movies or books - I'm a purist and wish they'd leave the originals alone most of the time.

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    2. Sadly, I've never read the original Philip K. Dick novel. I should probably get on that.

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  8. Hi, D.G.

    Interesting choice... I missed a lot of movies in the 80's and never got around to watching this one. But it doe look intriguing and I do like Ford's acting. So I need to check it out.

    Yes, we are advancing to this stage for sure. I'm not too thrilled with the idea of humanoid robots... they just may take humans over and then what will happen to us? There's something very disturbing about it...

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    1. You'd like it, Michael - it's got the future noir elements, it has romance of the dark and subtle kind, and it's dystopian. I like the older version like Roland mentioned, but I'd recommend it.

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  9. I didn't actually watch Blade Runner until just a few years ago. I love the soundtrack. And I was very disturbed by a) the love scenes between Sean Young's character and Harrison Ford's. They struck me as oddly, ugh, I don't know. I just got a super ick vibe. Equally from Daryll Hannah's entire character.

    That said, the replicant who dies by crashing through a plate-glass window? That was highly-impactful. The scene was some of the best cinematography I have ever viewed. Her character, though equally and luridly objectified, struck me as going to the death with her fists in the air. I was breathless after that deeply visceral scene.

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    1. The cinematography was fantastic, and I'm glad you mentioned that scene. I like Blade Runner as a nod to an earlier form of the story by an established scifi writer.

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    2. I forgot to call Daryll b). Also, I might have misspelled her name ...

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    3. I checked, it's Daryl Hannah, so not far off. I knew who you meant. She did backover flips and was super athletic looking.

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  10. One of my all time favorite movie. And I think it holds up very nicely.
    There are plenty of Human vs AI's ...what is life moral dilemmas but the scene on the roof in the rain after the fight were Rutger Hauer 's character talks about what he is and has seen just rips my heart out every time.
    Tell you the truth LA kinda looks that that now.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. LA didn't look that good in the later years when I saw it either. I prefer 'Frisco. Glad you like it too. That scene got to me too.

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  11. This is an outstanding film. I saw this in Prince George, BC when it was in the theater--must have had a night off on our road tour. I was very impressed by the vision of the future and it stuck with me.

    In recent years I bought the director's cut DVD. I don't remember what's different, but it's still a great film either way. I think I'm due for another viewing.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Prince George is in our northern part of the province. Interesting that you toured this far north. We heard there was a LA to Vancouver tour circle that many musicians trekked, so I guess variety acts did the same. I could watch it again, too.

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  12. It will be intersting to watch again in another 20 years to see how close it comes to reality, eh?

    I haven't seen this movie, but it's been on my should-watch list for a while. Must move it to will-watch.

    Thanks so much for doing the hop!

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    1. That's true, Nicki, another 20 years, I hope we have spaceships by then or at least those spinners.

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  13. Hello D. G., just letting you know I was here. I think I tried to watch this film once on TV, but didn't get through it. Don't remember much about it. Great summaries of then and now, I liked that approach. And, 2019 is not that far away.

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    1. I like it when you let me know you are here, Inger. Sometimes, we have to be at a different point in time to enjoy a movie. Visited your blog, so sorry to hear about the diagnosis,but one day at a time is the best. I will be sending healing wishes your way for your hubs. You know my email.

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  14. Hey DG, I saw this movie long ago and it was thrilling. Terminator scared the bejeezus out of me regarding the potential for machines to take over from humans, and this plot is similarly frightening.

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    1. The Universal Terminator show (we saw it in Orlando) gave me a moment's pause when those large robots lined up on the side of where we were all sitting, started to activate and move. . .

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  15. I'm ignorant about this film, and about most movies. I love the book title, though: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? It just rose to the top of my favorite book titles list. Have a great weekend, DG.

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    1. You, too, Rawknrobyn, I like that title too, but it didn't fit the dystopian mood.

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  16. This is a movie that I have always heard a lot about but have never seen. Storylines in movies with robotic entities, androids, etc. leave me with a uneasy, unsettled feeling because it feels likely that they really will be part of our future some day... and if so maybe these apocalyptic scenarios like in Blade Runner and Terminator too?
    It's no wonder I cling to John Hughes movies instead. :)
    Thanks for sharing this on our Bloghop!

    Nancy at Hungry Enough To Eat Six

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    1. Written in 1968 it was futuristic in its initial form but had a great impact in 1982, when we thought we be further along in space by 2019.

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  17. Blade Runner is my all-time favorite movie. The soundtrack is the best as well.

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    1. Nice to meet a fellow fan of the movie. It made me want to re-read the Asimov Robot series again. Thanks for dropping by, Ted.

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  18. Hi DG - I've never seen Blade Runner or considered it - but I live and learn in the blogging-author world.

    I do know Harrison Ford has just had his ankle smashed by a falling door during filming Star Wars 7 ... sounds like an unfortunate accident ..

    I wonder what life will be like in 50 to 100 years ... I may in a doddery (very) way see towards 50 years time .. but after that I shall be happily pushing up the daisies ...

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Ow! A door on his foot, that's not good at all. A spaceship door, I guess?
      I like to speculate on the future, and interest in Mars is a good sign. We won't think about 50 years. I hope humanity is smarter by then.

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  19. Big fan of Blade Runner despite its dated look/feel. Might have stood up better if filmed in black & white noir. It wasn't very popular when it came out (mainly due to Harrison Ford's voice-over narrative), but it definitely has a cult following now. I own the collector's edition, and while Ridley Scott is known for endlessly tinkering with his projects, I have to say that his final director's cut is the best of the bunch.

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    1. Interesting to know, Milo, we may have the director's cut, too. I understand he and Harrison Ford didn't hit it off too well.

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  20. I've always loved this movie. It was one of the movies that first got me interested in sci-fi. Also, funny that it's set in 2019. Then again, didn't movies in the 50s say that we'd all have flying cars by now?

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    1. Yes, where is my flying personal vehicle? I've bemoaned that before. Not all scifi is equal - some feature monsters, some epic battles, and others psychological suspense in the future. I probably like all three types. Big scifi fan.

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  21. It's freaking me out to realize we're so close to 2019, the year this futuristic film is supposed to take place. :(

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    1. It will be like the Mayan Calendar and be slightly off since in 1968 writers had high hopes for science. They didn't predict it would get bogged down in officialdom. In Asimov's book, the humanoid robots could take showers. No more tin man.

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  22. I loved Blade Runner and still do. Contrary to some, I thoroughly enjoyed Harrison Ford's voice-over narrative.

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    1. Well I liked that version because it was Harrison Ford's voice. If the voice is a mellow one, I don't mind a bit of narrative.
      PS - Your new pup is such a cutie.

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  23. Blade Runner is understood by writers or creative people better than the ones grounded in the here and now, I think.
    Inception is another movie that had its fans (Me-Big Time) and others who gave up trying to understand it.

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    1. I loved Inception, but thinking about it too much when looking at the visuals made me dizzy. I plan to see that one again. I love the premise.

      I also loved Blade Runner. It was a defining movie in scifi that didn't have any epic battles, or aliens.

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  24. I never saw Blade Runner. I wish I had. I have read, seen and heard very interesting things about the movie.

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    1. There was nothing like it at the time it was released - future noir with robots, and strong questions beneath the storyline.

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  25. I love that movie and the whole noir cyberpunk thing. Have you ever read He, She and It by Marge Piercy? It deals with this exact issue and is a dystopian love story. It's awesome.

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    1. I'll have to look it up, Shell Flower, thanks for the reference. I do love your goggles, btw, and the fact that you put them together yourself!

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  26. Blade Runner is a great movie! In addition to the fascinating premise and twisty plot, the art direction and cinematography are excellent! I'm a tiny bit disappointed that it's set only 5 years from now, but we're such a long way from those amazing advancements in robotics. Great pick, DG!

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    1. It is disappointing but just look at all the setbacks we've had since 1968 when it was first written as a story. Without all the economic mess and additional military events, we could have been a lot further along the scientific arc.

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  27. I haven't seen this movie for AGES. I may need to do that soon. I think I think I read that they were going to do a remake?

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    1. I heard that too, Optimistic E., but I wonder if anyone will do it as well as Harrison Ford and the other actors. Let me know if you do watch it - has your pov changed?

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  28. In another life i this movie was on the curriculum for senior school. There are many opportunities for 'teaching' opportunities when discussing the moral and ethical questions surrounding the premise. I think the original movie would be hard to beat, but then again, maybe not. Somehow Harrison Ford just seemed right for the role.

    Looking forward to seeing your WEP entry soon, D.G.

    Denise

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    1. That's great that lessons can be taught regarding ethical questions based on the movie. And I'll be posting late Monday night PST for the June WEP. I've struggled with this one.

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