I’ve seen the theatrical version and the directors cut, but I can’t ever see myself compelled to watch more than that. I’d much rather read Phillip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" before strapping in for that film again.
I would have to say Aliens, but The Fifth Element runs a very close second.
Oh, and thank you!
HALO, for the lovely sheptsoni <3
You utter bastard. Get out of my sight.
I mean, since it’s “science” based “fiction”, I’m going to have to agree. The book is far more complex than the film, of course, and it’s much heavier on the science by far.
It’s disheartening that science fiction is usually looked down upon. It’s inception was born out of a need for inspiration, and rose to popularity in a time when people needed a sense of hope, of something to look forward to. Those people looked to the future. I really enjoy seeing retrofuturistic art and witnessing all the things that people envisioned — flying cars, lunar bases, bi-pedal alien humanoids, and the repercussions these things have on mankind. Science fiction allows a freedom that other genres simply cannot touch — it grants us the ability to look, not only into the future, but into ourselves.
And that really bums me out, you know? Because obviously it’s a challenge to correctly translate the source material completely, but it’s another thing to skip over entire themes altogether, themes that change the story inherent in the original text. The pacing is definitely a problem, too, but I think that might have been a motif of its own — I can’t speak for Ridley Scott, though. I’m still grouchy at him for Prometheus.
I definitely am! I’m really interested to see which direction Neil Blomkamp will take with his writing/directing, and some of the ideas he explores in it sound promising.
Nothing’s going to top my excitement for Pacific Rim, though. I honestly have daydreams about that film. It’s a little embarrassing.
Blade Runner is… highly entertaining. Great script, stunning visuals, wonderful premise, and yet there’s just something about it that falls flat for me. It didn’t grab me by the shoulders and lure me in, you know? There’s some inherent human element (pardon the pun) missing from it that leaves it in the limbo of “films I only just enjoy”.