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Whether or not Deckard is a replicant lies at the heart of “Blade Runner” and its evolving themes of artificial intelligence and free will. However, it’s also been one of the most debated elements around the original film for decades….

Based on the Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Ridley Scott’s 1982 science fiction thriller, Blade Runner, introduced audiences to a dystopian future where synthetic humans, known as Replicants, are bio-engineered for use in off-world colonization. When these Replicants go rogue, special police units called Blade Runners hunt down and “retire” them. Despite its initial lukewarm critical and commercial reception, Blade Runner has become one of the most influential movies of the last 40 years, pioneering what became an entirely new genre: neo-noir cyberpunk. 35 years later, thanks to subsequent releases like the 1992 Director’s Cut and the definitive 2007 Final Cut, Scott’s film is now heralded as a groundbreaking visionary masterpiece and one of the most important motion pictures ever made. Now, another visionary filmmaker, the Oscar-nominated Denis Villeneuve, attempts to honor the original film while expanding its influence with a sequel, the highly anticipated Blade Runner 2049. Directed from a screenplay written by Blade …

Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film news and other film and television related items. On this episode, I’m joined by Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez and Adjust Your Tracking co-host Erik McClanahan to discuss the movie that is on everyone’s mind this week, and one of the most anticipated films of the year: “Blade Runner 2049.” We start the discussion off with some reflection on Ridley Scott‘s original 1982 film (and which of the 94 different cuts you should watch). Continue reading ‘Blade Runner 2049’ & Meditating On The Future And The Past [Podcast] at The Playlist.

Film noir has traversed various means in the cinematic-sphere. Once a genre, then a form, now finalizing itself as the foundation for narrative and aesthetic stylistic elements, noir has gained popular resurgence. Able to ebb and flow as needed, the presence of noir can be fully detected in Ridley Scott‘s 1982 film, “Blade Runner.” At surface value, “Blade Runner” may not showcase its noirness. Even upon first view of the seminal science fiction drama, what may normally be easy to determine in a noir is layered beneath a study of what it means to be human in this industrialized future world. Continue reading ‘Blade Runner’: Constructing A Future Noir at The Playlist.

The streets of a futuristic Los Angeles are cluttered, not only with debris, but also with living, lonely human bodies. This is the backdrop of Ridley Scott‘s seminal science-fiction/ future noir 1982 film “Blade Runner.” Constantly fluctuating between gaunt solitude and the realization of self-purpose, Scott’s film adequately and artfully articulates by way of screen and theme the feeling of loneliness. READ MORE: ‘Blade Runner 2049’: An Enthralling, Thrilling Mystery & Philosophical Provocation [Review] In a video essay by Matt Draper, loneliness in the context of “Blade Runner” is derived by way of score, genre, and thematic elements. Continue reading Loneliness Explored in ‘Blade Runner’ at The Playlist.

Blade Runner” turns 35 years old this year, and while the ultimate celebration will hopefully arrive with Denis Villeneuve‘s sequel “Blade Runner 2049,” there’s another way you can blow out the candles on the cake. Warner Bros. is gearing up to release a 4K edition of the film, and if you thought Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi couldn’t look more dazzling, guess again. Continue reading ‘Blade Runner: The Final Cut’ 4K Trailer Gives Ridley Scott’s Classic A Beautiful New Look at The Playlist.

Blade Runner 2049” is on the way, and judging by the recently released timeline exploring what has happened between the original film and sequel, a lot of thought has been put into it. However, the upcoming film from Denis Villeneuve is not the first time the idea of a followup to the 1982 sci-fi classic has been considered. In fact, not along after “Blade Runner” originally opened, concepts were being tossed around about a possible followup, and screenwriter Hampton Fancher has revealed one of the early ideas that was being toyed with. Continue reading Original ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel Would’ve Been John Le Carré-Esque at The Playlist.

Saturday’s “Blade Runner 2049” Comic-Con panel was, in appropriately futuristic fashion, introduced by Jared Leto in hologram form. The actor showed up to hype the sequel to Ridley Scott‘s classic, promising fans that Denis Villeneuve‘s new installment in the series wouldn’t disappoint. Do we really need  Hologram Jared Leto’s assurance, though? (No offense, HJL, in case you’re reading this.) With a string of assured, well received movies under his belt, including “Arrival,” “Prisoners,” “Sicario,” and my personal favorite, “Enemy,” Villeneuve has yet to miss the mark. Continue reading ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Timeline Revealed, Includes Replicant Prohibition & Hunger Crisis at The Playlist.

The most recent trailer for “Blade Runner 2049” features a scene at the beginning that kicks the whole thing off between actors Ryan Gosling and Dave Bautista. In the scene, Gosling’s Officer K is sitting in a dark room opposite Bautista’s character, who is cooking food. After a tense exchange of words, a fight breaks out. It’s a good scene and plays really well in the trailer. Continue reading ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Features Unfilmed Scene From ‘Blade Runner’ at The Playlist.

June is nearly here, and we’re really in the thick of summer blockbuster season. “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Diminishing Returns” opened this past weekend, “Wonder Woman” is coming up, Tom Cruise battles “The Mummy” after that, then “Cars 3,” “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “Baby Driver,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “War For The Planet Of The Apes,” “Valerian,” “Dunkirk” and “Atomic Blonde” are all on deck without a quiet week to be found. Continue reading The 50 Best Summer Blockbusters Of All Time at The Playlist.