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BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017): The Things I Loved…

Blade Runner (2049), Ryan Gosling
Blade Runner (2049), Ryan Gosling

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, one of my favourite directors recently; starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Sylvia Hoeks, Blade Runner 2049 is likely my favourite movie of 2017. Just like the 1982 film, the pace of the story and action started a tad on the slow side but it really just got better and better as time passed.

Set thirty years from 2019, this sequel focuses on a young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret that leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard (Ford). This may sound like a simplistic synopsis but rest assured, the story is highly engaging.

The various things I like about Villeneuve’s movie include the way Gosling’s character and all the replicants moved and fought; their general physicality was so fun to watch. I also loved the costumes. Now, this part is going to sound odd but I definitely also really enjoyed how easily the tears fell out of the eyes of the characters that cried. Why on earth, you may wonder? Well, one of the reasons is that I dislike quite intensely when tearless ‘crying’ happens on film and in life. If your tear ducts are in good working order and you produce no tears as you ‘cry’, then you’re quite simply lying. Lying through your filthy un-moistened eyeballs! And no, dehydration is not an adequate excuse.

My issues with ‘bad crying’ aside, the acting is really quite brilliant. For example, Jared Leto’s part is a small one but my, oh my is it memorable and impactful. The main female replicant played by Hoeks is just fantastic! I really loved her! She had such brilliant physicality and I couldn’t help but see her as a representation of a strong ‘woman’ in charge. So much so that I pretty much felt empowered throughout, just by looking at her.

Goslings acting range has been questioned by some people who argue that he generally plays the same moody roles over and over again. The thought hadn’t really crossed my mind until I heard this. All I can say now is, Gosling is great in Blade Runner 2049. I bought every single second of his character’s emotional journey – to the point where by the end, I felt pretty badly for him.

Villeneuve managed to capture the same moodiness and well imagined dystopian aesthetic present in the first film, but of course using present day technology. I’m so happy that I didn’t see all the story twists and turns coming. There really isn’t much about this movie that I don’t like. Of course I must mention the stunning cinematography that’s synonymous with Villeneuve’s films.

The slowish start aside, watch it because it’s really rather good. Something tells me that I enjoyed the story even more simply because I’d only just watched the original for the first time the previous night.

Happy Film Loving

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BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017): Beautiful Cinematography In New Trailer For Denis Villeneuve Movie Starring Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto…

Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Jared Leto
Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Jared Leto

The new  highly anticipated Blade Runner 2049 movie is coming in October 2017. Directed by Denis Villeneuve; starring Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto and Harrison Ford, I’m quite sure that you’ve already seen the visual feast that is the films trailer. Still, it’s worth it to scroll on through the following beautiful images that showcase some of the gorgeous cinematography – and by the end, the trailer you shall find….

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Ryan Gosling
Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Ryan Gosling
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

My Favourite! ↓↓↓↓ 😊

Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Jared Leto
Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Jared Leto
Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Mackenzie Davis
Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Mackenzie Davis
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Blade Runner Release Dates: October 5th, 2017 (GER); October 6th, 2017 (US & UK)…

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BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017): New Trailer From Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto…

Blade Runner 20149 (2017), Harrison Ford
Blade Runner 20149 (2017), Harrison Ford

Directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas and Jared Leto, the sequel for Blade Runner (1982) is coming in 2017. In the new instalment, the year is 2049 – three decades after the events of the original film, there’s a new blade runner in town and after he unearths a long standing and potentially dangerous secret, he must seek out the original blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years…

Trailer 1

Trailer 2

Is it bad that a massive film enthusiast such as myself has never watched Blade Runner? Even worse perhaps, I actually thought it was an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. Whatever the answer, now that one of my favourite directors of recent years is attached to the movie along with Gosling, I know I really need to get firmly on board because I may actually be missing out in a major way.

Blade Runner Release Dates: October 5th, 2017 (GER); October 6th, 2017 (US & UK)…

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ARRIVAL (2016): New Trailer From Director Denis Villeneuve Starring Amy Adams, Forrest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner

Arrival (2016), Amy Adams
Arrival (2016), Amy Adams

Starring Amy Adams, Forrest Whitaker and Jeremy Renner, in Arrival, alien space crafts have landed on earth and it’s America’s expert linguist Dr Louise Banks (Adams) whose job it is to figure out whether or not they come in peace…

Teaser Trailer

Full Trailer

I’m excited about Arrival because of its director, Denis Villeneuve. His delivery of atmosphere, tension, a brilliant musical score and cinematography in Sicario (2015) was fantastic. As such, we can all expect to be delighted whilst being equally terrified.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the aliens fully look like. Fingers crossed that when we get to see them, the CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) won’t leave too much to be desired.

Something else we can probably all prepare to see in Arrival is a brilliant performance from Amy Adams. Her character is clearly terrified but the people around her don’t seem to be very attuned to that fact.

Arrival Release Dates: November  10th, 2016 (GER); 11th, 2016 (US & UK)…

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SICARIO (2015): For The Performances, Music, Cinematography & Tension

Sicario (2015), Benicio Del Toro
Sicario (2015), Benicio Del Toro

Set in the US / Mexico border area in the middle of the escalating war on drugs, Emily Blunt plays a ‘fish out of water’ FBI agent recruited by Josh Brolin’s Matt Graver. Benicio Del Toro’s character is the mysterious consultant, Alejandro who Graver brings along for the ride.

‘Bristling with expertly captured tension’ is one way to describe Sicario; whether it’s the tensions between law enforcement and the criminals or the tensions between the film’s main characters. Sicario is excellently scored, filled with stunning visuals and really notable performances, especially from Blunt and Del Toro.

Sicario (2015), Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt
Sicario (2015), Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt

In terms of things that I wish were different about the movie, director Denis Villeneuve’s film has a few stretches of time that had me wishing for more things to happen. I’m sure that when little seemed to be taking place in terms of action and drama, those moments were true representations of what days can be like for the main characters involved. Unfortunately, those moments just made my mind wander elsewhere.

Overall, Sicario is a very good movie. Just don’t expect continuous action/ drama, for this is neither Training Day (2001) nor End Of Watch (2012); both great films.

Other key characters are played by Daniel Kaluuya, Victor Garber, Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey Donovan.

A reminder of the film’s excellent trailer

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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SICARIO (2015): Trailer Of The Week, Starring Emily Blunt & Benicio Del Toro

Sicario (2015), Benicio Del Toro
Sicario (2015), Benicio Del Toro

In Mexico, Sicario means hitman. It is also the name of the new Denis Villeneuve directed crime/ mystery /drama about a ‘fish out of water’ FBI agent enlisted to fight the escalating war on drugs in Mexico – whilst accompanied by a mysterious consultant.

With something of an End Of Watch (2012) vibe (which you know is a great thing if you’ve seen the Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena film); Sicario’s main stars include Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and Jon Bernthal.

Why trailer of the week? The execution that doesn’t give too much away, but just enough to get you excited, the excellent editing and that gloriously unsettling musical score courtesy of Johann Johannsson.

I am mad excited.

Sicario No Spoilers Commentary / Review

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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