Continuing our series of commentaries on movies that came out during the Reagan administration, Daniel and Jack sit down to watch original Blade Runner (and then chat a bit about the sequel).
Show notes: Main Topic: Blade Runner. With Jack Graham and Daniel
Harper. Introductions and the obligatory Trump reference. Our histories
with the film. Commentary begins at 10:23. Distinctive logo. Ridley
Scott: complete bastard. Odd names. Daniel makes an Asimov reference.
The plusses and minuses of opening crawls. Industrial sublime. Skipping
the Voight-Kampf. Not the brightest Nexus-6, not the brightest Blade
Runner. Dick joke. William Gibson. Japanification. 80s special effects.
Racial slur. Noir voiceover. The Six Deadly Words. Tortured fan.
Non-developed characters. Replicant personalities. Chemistry. A
no-Deckard Blade Runner. Novel vs film and ethical philosophy vs
cardboard characterization. Visually influential. Retro-futurism.
Kipple. Freezing. Delicate Rutger. Frank Lloyd Wright? Impenetrable
apartment. "These must be people!" Leaning into cliches. Daryl Hannah.
Pris and JF. Deckard's photos. Huge in university.
Tick-tick-tick-tick-tick. Ethnic stereotypes. Phone booths and phone
calls. Implied sex show. Biblical metaphor. An actual detective. Diana
Cassidy's performance. Streetwear. Outmatched in combat. Quiet. Used
future in Our World. Jupiter orbit. Fashion choices. Gaff. Limp-wristed
slap. Booze and relationships. Ford's star power turned on low. Assault.
Reverse Mirror. Broken biology. Another more interesting story. Human
images. Oversignified chess. Owls. Tyrell the CEO. Father fucker.
Science is real. Gore. Bradbury. Pointless sequences. Ineffective
police. Clever Pris. Shoe leather. Worse ways to die. Life force leaving
the body. Twenty-three minutes of climax. Why is Deckard doing this?
Psychopathic Roy. Human or boogeyman? Growth at the end. Leonine. Sky.
Watch him die. Is Gaff a replicant? What are the stakes? Critical.
Broken aesthetics. Happy endings. Wrapping Up, and moving on to 2049 at
2:07:50. Some ambition. Clever Force Awakens. Describing the plot. Evil
Blind Genius Things. Relations between replicants and holograms.
Interrupted by a dog. Narrative. Joi/K/Mariette love scene. Sexualized
subservient images. Heuristic. Open relationship problems. Iron Man
moment. Bond villain Jared Leto. Old Deckard. Lived history. Off-topic
onto JJ Abrams. Underwhelming. A second Asimov reference. Wrapping Up.