Blade Runner

‘Blade Runner 2′ Is Happening — But Not with Ridley Scott

Sad news today for the half-dozen Ridley Scott fans left on futuristic-present-day Earth: Scott, creator of Alien, Blade Runner and… Read More

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‘Los Angeles Plays Itself': Cinephiles’ Favorite Rarely Seen Movie About Movies Debuts on Netflix

Once it was a whispered secret among movie obsessives: the consensus that Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles Plays Itself was a perfect film, three hours of combing through Los Angeles in a stunning multitude of clips and cuts, exploring how the city shaped the movies that shaped the city. Greeted with hosannas upon its release in 2003, it kept a supposedly necessarily low profile in the years that followed, with screenings limited to the occasional repertory-house run. … Read More

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Wickedly Inventive Happy Meal Tie-Ins for Cult Movies

The movie tie-in McDonald’s Happy Meal is one of our most venerable cultural barometers, a big “get” for family movies hoping to market directly to their most vocal consumers. Starting with Star Trek: The Motion Picture back in 1979 (the same year the Happy Meal rolled out), Disney hits, superhero smashes, and other family favorites have used the cardboard panels of the Happy Meal and the toy inside to hawk their cinematic wares. But what if Happy Meals were used to market slightly more adult fare? This is the question asked by Pinterest artist Newt Clements, who’s made an extensive collection of imaginary Happy Meals that we really, really wish existed. … Read More

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Flavorwire Exclusive: ‘The Art of John Alvin’ Showcases Movie-Poster Rarities From ‘Blade Runner’ to ‘Jurassic Park’

Remember when movie posters were iconic? Back in those days, American artist John Alvin created some of the most crucial key art for the movies that shaped your world (and childhood, quite possibly), including E.T. the Extra-Terrestial, Blade Runner, and Gremlins, among countless others. (The Amblin look of Steven Spielberg’s ’80s films, in particular, was very “Alvin-esque.”) In the new book The Art of John Alvin, the artist’s posters stand side by side with the sketches, drawings, and other work that led up to the final result. Click through for a collection of some of his most iconic work, along with plenty you’ve probably never seen before. … Read More

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Stained Glass-Style Posters for Your Favorite ’80s Movies

Designer Van Orton made these gorgeous, intricate stained-glass posters for iconic ’80s movies, including Back to the Future, The Goonies, and Blade Runner, which we spotted at This Isn’t Happiness. The resulting prints are a clever, colorful ode to a golden age of popcorn flicks that still inspire semi-religious devotion in so many film fans. There are also some black-and-white versions, which could make for a fun (albeit ambitious) paint-by-numbers project. Check out more of Orton’s work on his Facebook page. … Read More

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How ‘Star Wars’ Killed Smart Sci-Fi Cinema

In the opening sequence of Oblivion, the voice of Tom Cruise (playing the film’s protagonist, Commander Jack Harper) creeps onto the soundtrack and painstakingly explains the precise details of the film’s backstory. The year is 2077. The Earth is all but abandoned. An alien population known as Scavengers (Scavs for short) invaded the moon, which in turn nearly destroyed the earth. Most humans have moved to a space station. Drones and technicians like Harper roam the earth, and so on and son on. A metric ton of exposition is slammed into that opening sequence, but here’s what’s peculiar: at the beginning of the second act, after Jack discovers a hibernating astronaut (Olga Kurylekno) and saves her, he sits her down and gives her the whole spiel again. Why? Is this a safeguard in case people showed up late? Do they think we didn’t get it the first time? … Read More

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10 Authors Who Loved the Film Adaptations of Their Books

Last week, we had a good laugh at the recently uncovered notes from the producers of Blade Runner, who seemed united in their hatred for the “deadly dull” sci-fi noir that would prove one of the most influential movies of the ‘80s. But it’s important to remember that some of those casually involved in the production actually liked it quite a bit — particularly Philip K. Dick, whose book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was the basis of Ridley Scott’s film. And while there’s a long (and enjoyable) history of authors loathing what Hollywood does to their books, there are a few examples of writers who are utterly delighted with their page-to-film adaptations. We’ve collected them for you after the jump. … Read More

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