Blade Runner 2049

Full disclosure, I just saw the original Blade Runner in October of last year and my takeaway from that film was lukewarm at best. After digesting the movie for a couple days, I realized that my presumptive expectations of Blade Runner being a science fiction action film, when in reality it’s a science fiction noir, were to blame. After seeing Blade Runner 2049 and going into it with the proper mindset, I badly want to re-watch the original Blade Runner and reevaluate my opinion of it. Surprisingly, Blade Runner 2049 is one of the best movies I have seen from 2017.

Blade Runner 2049 is everything I could ever ask for from a science fiction noir film and more. Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins have come together and built a masterpiece that didn’t get its due credit, much like the first film. Denis Villeneuve took this project on knowing that a large portion of the Blade Runner fanbase, were unsure they wanted this cult classic story ever touched again. He did it with care and vision and delivered the proper tone and feel that the first one gave off. The cinematography is off the charts thanks to now 14th Time nominated Best Cinematographer, Roger Deakins. By far the most beautiful movie I have seen in recent years and hands down favorite to finally win his Oscar.

Ryan Gosling continues to take on any genre and deliver a strong performance, while Harrison Ford returns to his role as Rick Deckard. Ford’s performance is strong and begs the question of how close was he to a Best Supporting nomination. Jared Leto is fine and Robin Wright is good as usual, but Sylvia Hoeks is a scene stealer. She plays the ruthless character of Luv, Niander Wallace’s (Leto) hench-woman.

Please check this movie out and give it the cult classic credit it well deserves. I loved it and will rewatch the original Blade Runner after I catch up on Oscar movies. Blade Runner 2049 is a 10/10, must see film. Yes it’s long but it somehow leaves you wanting more.

Rating – 10/10

Backlighting: Jóhann Jóhannsson

I just heard the sad news of Oscar winning composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s passing at the age of 48. As my love and passion for film continues to grow, I have started to remember names and faces like I used to do with my favorite sports teams. Now, instead of knowing the Braves AA backup catcher, I remember the composer or cinematographer of my favorite movies. I don’t know many composers off the top of my head, but Jóhann Jóhannsson was one I knew and knew quite well. I have a spotify playlist dedicated to my favorite movie scores and Jóhann is a big part of it.
 
I first noticed his work with the film, The Theory of Everything. A powerful Eddie Redmayne performance driven home by Jóhann’s beautiful score. He has also teamed up with probably my favorite director working right now, Denis Villeneuve, on several projects including Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival. He won a Golden Globe for his original score for The Theory of Everything and an Academy Award for his original score for Sicario. At just 48 years of age, it feels as if Jóhann was just beginning an amazing career. Sad loss for the world of film and music.
 
RIP Jóhann Jóhannsson

My Top 5 Songs

  • “Forces of Attraction” The Theory of Everything Soundtrack (2014)

 

  • “Flight From the City” Orphée (2016)

  • “Cambridge, 1963” The Theory of Everything Soundtrack (2014)

  • “The Beast”  Sicario Soundtrack (2015)

  • “Fordlandia”  Fordlandia (2008)

Last Month in Watched It: January 2018

What I Watched January 2018

Movies:

  • Lady Bird (2017)
  • I, Tonya (2017)
  • Coco (2017)
  • Patti Cake$ (2017)
  • The Shape of Water (2017)
  • The Room (2003)
  • The Disaster Artist (2017)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Wind River (2017)
  • The Florida Project (2017)

The Good:

The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro is beautiful love story between a deaf cleaning lady at a government facility and an amphibious man from the sea. The cinematography is some of the best of the year, which we have become accustom to with del Toro’s work. Award season should be kind to this movie. 9/10

The Bad:

The Room, from 2003, is widely considered one of the worst movies of all time. I’m going to agree that it’s bad, but strangely fascinating at the same time. A must see movie if you want to be in the “club.” I gave it a 1/10.

The Old or Surprising:

I truly had no real expectations of Coco. The trailers looked solid but they didn’t have me counting down the days. When I finally saw it, it immediately became one of my favorite movies of the year. Easily a 10/10 movie for me and I’ll even go as far to say it’s the best Pixar movie of the past few years. Best since Toy Story 3 and Up I would say. 10/10