Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Los Angeles, the City in Cinema: Blade Runner

Blade Runner's future noir, proto-cyberpunk vision of a Los Angeles both post-industrial and re-industrial, both first-world and third-world, has remained in the more than 30 years since its unsuccessful first run the definitive image of the city's future. Using a combination of studio backlots, scale models, matte paintings, and actual Los Angeles architectural landmarks, the film imagines a "retrofitted," Japanified Babel of a megalopolis that, through the name of the film, still stands for a thoroughly realized dystopia — and, increasingly, a tantalizing one.

The video essays of "Los Angeles, the City in Cinema" examine the variety of Los Angeleses revealed in the films set there, both those new and old, mainstream and obscure, respectable and schlocky, appealing and unappealing — just like the city itself.

For more on "The City in Cinema", "Notebook on Cities and Culture", and "A Los Angeles Primer", visit colinmarshall.org




Los Angeles, the City in Cinema: Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982) from Colin Marshall on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

OFF-WORLD NEWS DIGEST | VOL. IV, No. 3

Welcome to another edition of the OFF-WORLD NEWS Digest.






In the news ...


In regards to the Blade Runner sequel, as most of us already know, Harrison Ford and Ridley Scott have buried the hatchet, Scott, along with Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, have written the story, and the script is now completed -- It’s written and it’s damn good,” Scott says. In late November (2014), Ridley Scott decided that he wouldn't direct the sequel. At the same time, Harrison Ford signs on to the sequel, reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Then, a week later, Ridley Scott revealed that he might still direct the sequel despite recently ruling himself out of the gig. Additionally, Ridley Scott said that Harrison Ford said that the Blade Runner 2 script is the best thing he's ever read. As more is revealed, we'll pass the information along.


BAFTA honored 'Alien,' 'Blade Runner' Editor Terry Rawlings this month (December 2014).


Debbie Harry regrets turning down a role in Sir Ridley Scott's 1982 blockbuster Blade Runner. The Blondie star was the first choice to play rebellious humanoid Pris in the sci-fi classic, but she was forced to give up the part following pressure from her record label, who wanted her to focus on a solo music career. Daryl Hannah eventually landed the part, and Harry admits she's lamented the decision ever since. She tells Britain's Event magazine, "My record company didn't want me to take time out to do a movie. I shouldn't have listened to them."



Now for some articles, art, music, videos, a podcast, and some miscellaneous !



Articles



  • Replicants, Unite! by Barry Evans
  • Book vs Film: 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' vs 'Blade Runner' by Cath Murphy
  • Book Review – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Part I, the Simulated-Real Dichotomy by Erin Perry
  • Review – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Part II, the Human / Inhuman Dichotomy by Erin Perry
  • Review – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Part III, Mercerism by Erin Perry
  • Japanese androids take us closer to 'Blade Runner' future
  • The Paintings That Inspired The Movies -- How art classics informed film
  • 15 Essential Director’s Cuts That Cast the Originals in a New Light
  • Never-Before-Seen Alternate Movie Posters for E.T., Jurassic Park, The Goonies, etc. 
  • 8 ADAPTATIONS THAT MASSIVELY DEVIATE FROM THE BOOKS
  • Have You Ever Wondered How Replicants Are Made in Blade Runner? by Annalee Newitz
  • Economic study suggests we're heading for a Blade Runner future by Annalee Newitz
  • Interiors and Blade Runner, by Mehruss Jon Ahi and Armen Karaoghlanian
  • It's all in the details: these miniatures changed movies -- An ode to the golden days of special effects, from 'Batman' to 'The Fifth Element' by Thomas Houston
  • PHILIP K. DICK ON SEX BETWEEN HUMANS AND ANDROIDS by Paul Gallagher
  • 17 Older Special Effects That Still Look Amazing by Kevin P. Sullivan 
  • Ridley's Key: The Forgotten Influence of Joseph Losey in Blade Runner by Vincent Joseph Noto
  • 12 "Futuristic" Worlds Where Everybody Uses Obsolete Technology by Diana Biller
  • Even more signs that fan fiction is driving our industry by Drew McWeeny 


  • Art:


    Raid71's Blade Runner Inspired "Don't Walk" Print Release Information









    Music:





    Videos:



  • Video with brief article: Adam Savage Talks About His Obsession With Recreating Movie Props by Kyle Vanhemert 












  • A video essay from #tic104's Steven Hartzell about AI with clips from Blade Runner, and more.
    tic Future Artificial Intelligence from Steven Hartzell on Vimeo.



    android dreams from Samuel Cockedey on Vimeo.






    WHAT IS NOIR? w/ Peter Labuza from The Critical Press on Vimeo.



    Podcast:




    Miscellaneous



  • El Rey Network Gives Viewers a Chance to Experience Ridley Scott's Masterpiece "Blade Runner" in SpanishAccompanied by Custom Language Tutorials
  • SOASTA Survey: 73% of Americans Have Never Heard of Internet of Things When Americans were asked which SciFi story most accurately reflects the promise of the next wave of technology.
  • The Blade Runner Blaster Replica You’ve Always Wanted by GEEK GIRL DIVA
  • Book-> The Art of John Alvin by Andrea Alvin 
  • What if 'Blade Runner' Starred Bogart? Check Out These Great Imaginary Movie Posters 
  • Book-> Postmodern Metanarratives: Blade Runner and Literature in the Age of Image by Décio Torres Cruz 
  • A scientist's favourite film? 2001: A Space Odyssey: Poll reveals academics' favourite sci-fi movies of all time 
  • Vuelve a escuchar 'Blade Runner', la última ficción sonora de RNE, con Antonio de la Torre -- Listen and download the mastered version of the new sonic fiction RNE, Blade RunnerThe radio adaptation has been produced by Alfonso Latorre under the direction of Benigno Moreno, and performed by Mayca Aguilera and Miguel Angel Coleto. Download by clicking HERE.  
  • Quiz-> Which Classic 80s Flick Should You Be In?
  • Blade Runner's Police Spinner gets an Adorable makeover for the Japanese release of the Final Cut.


  • "Do you like our owl?"
    via Sean Young's Facebook page





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    Happy New Year, and always remember, "Have a better one!"


    ~ Kipple