Discovering good movies, one bad movie at a time

With Blade Runner 2049 having opened to great acclaim, but nowhere close to great box office, we could hardly pass up the chance to talk about the present and past of one of cinema’s most legendary portraits of the future (not to mention, it’s one of Rob’s most-anticipated films of the fall). That’s why we’re looking at both BR2049 and the legendary, groundbreaking Blade Runner, a film that Tim has very nearly memorised in two different cuts, Rob saw one time a couple decades ago, and Carrie has never watched at all. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll spare a thought for the three promotional short films that came out before the new movie.

In Worth Mentioning, Tim shares the indie flick Columbus, while Carrie and Rob caught up with The Mountain Between Us.

6 Responses so far.

  1. victor says:

    Not related to “Blade Runner,” but in appreciation for Tim’s Worth Mentioning from a couple of weeks back. We watched “Le Million” this past weekend (it was basically the final nudge I needed finally to pick up FilmStruck: “For Film Lovers, By People Who Couldn’t Develop a Decent Player App to Save Their Own Lives”). It was even more delightful than advertised, very sweet and laugh out loud funny. I want to be Grandpa Tulip when I grow up! Thank you again for the recommendation!

  2. In 32 years, someone’s going to make the next Blade Runner movie, and boy will this title cause confusion.

  3. I’ve always been fond of Blade Runner but not quite to the level of loving it. I certainly enjoy the hell out it when I happen to screen it, but it’s never really gotten above the level of “really good” for me. The technical merits are obviously beyond question; the term “production design” doesn’t do this movie justice. The direction and score are also fantastic. But I find the plot to be a bit simplistic and also poorly told at times, and the forced love story angle is the worst culprit of this. Blade Runner is never less than a feast for the eyes, but at its (admittedly few) worst moments it smacks of a beautiful painting that decided it wanted to move. But the writing is completely on point with Roy Batty (for me the film is at its best with Rutger Hauer onscreen). All told, time is the true judge of art, and this film wouldn’t have the reputation it has if it wasn’t a classic. I’d recommend it in a heartbeat, criticisms be damned.

    Shocked to see I’m in the minority given the comments on Tim’s review of Blade Runner 2049, but I’m quite fond of the sequel. And believe it or not, I actually found myself preferring it at times. The elements of the first film I found most resonant (Roy Batty’s soulfulness and the open metaphors) seemed amplified, which I greatly enjoyed. Perhaps that makes it less subtle, well-crafted or focused, but I find the assertion that anyone could call a film of no less than seven known cuts to be “focused” a bit laughable. I also think that Harrison Ford is phenomenal in his limited screen time; I like him just fine in Blade Runner, but I can’t ever shake the impression that he’s just on the cusp of autopilot when watching. Here he imbues Deckard with some feeling, which others may not have been clamoring for but I was certainly missing. That said, I’ll echo the sentiments I’ve seen that the film is a tad too long and doesn’t really look or feel like the original film. But society doesn’t look or feel like it did 35 years ago, I’d assume, so I find that last little criticism forgivable, if still notable.

  4. Pearce says:


    I love you all, and there’s a certain genuine midwestern charm to your attempts at French, but this has gone on long enough.

    You must pronounce the “Ls” in his name.

    • Carrie Jarosinski Carrie Jarosinski says:

      I don’t know if it helps or hurts my case that I thought Villeneuve was of Latin American origin… Veeyanoove.

      I’m going to assume it doesn’t…

  5. Fedor says:

    Lots of good points here. The bit about Bautista’s lost potential as someone who could have taken on Rutger’s function is brilliant and, I now think, the key to any analysis of this as a film… especially when comparing it to the original. My way of thinking about movies has been expanded. Thank you.


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