Blade Runner 2022: Blackout (2017)

Prequel short films are a more creative way to advertise a film than trailers, and usually less spoiler-filled as well. Ridley Scott seems particularly enamoured by them, as Prometheus and Alien: Covenant both had them too. Blade Runner 2049 gets three, two directed by Scott’s son, no less. This one, the first chronologically, was not.…

Trafic (1971)

The ambling nature of “Trafic”, along with Tati’s visual creativity, give it a sort of therapeutic vibe, but lacking the ambition and drive of his earlier films hurts it. It’s more nakedly episodic and directionless in a meandering way rather than the sauntering way of some of his earlier films. It’s certainly entertaining in many…

Blade Runner (1982)

One of the most seminal works of science-fiction, Blade Runner played to the strengths of nearly everyone involved, Ridley Scott developing atmosphere and visual storytelling over a plot-light screenplay, Phillip K. Dick’s original novel being smoothed and distilled into a cinematic vehicle working off the same themes and worldbuilding, Harrison Ford given a character that…

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K. Dick

“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” exhibits nearly all of Phillip K. Dick’s pet themes (existential terror in the wake of doubting the validity of reality, a society of oppressive government and over-reaching corporations where people are dehumanised, bizarre techno-spiritual elements touching on altered levels of consciousness and reality, etc.). It does so certainly in…

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Matthew Vaughn is a delightful director. He has a strong sense of what makes a good story and how to tell it through fun, engaging visuals. I think “X-Men: First Class” was the most successful execution of his style in many ways because by setting itself in the pulpy 1960s it let some of his…

mother! (2017)

Aronofsky has a very specific style and very specific interests. I think the unexpected commercial success of “Black Swan” and the confused (even coopted?) marketing of “Noah” positioned Aronofsky as someone he wasn’t. “mother!” feels to me more an assertion of Aronofsky’s particular style and sensibilities rather than a tilt at further mainstream success, the…

It (2017)

Cutting half of the story of “It” out and concentrating solely on the children’s tale might cause issues in the sequel tackling the less standalone adult half, but for this 2017 adaptation of “It”, it works wonders, giving way to a streamlined, coherent story that makes it look fairly effortless. Honing in more on the…