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In which Jules briefly talks about Blade Runner 2049

I adore Blade Runner for its groundbreaking production and audio design as well as the themes it tries to cover. It, however, is certainly not perfect – and the seven different versions that got released over time are a testament to the struggle with the movie’s structure. Blade Runner 2049 manages to stand on the shoulders of an iconic cult classic while delivering a more coherent and even experience at a better pace. It’s also braver than another recent sequel to an influential sci-fi pop culture piece, Star Wars: Episode VII.

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What’s Wrong With Your Face?

Hey, it’s a new year. And I’m not even going to pretend that there will be a lot more content in the months to come. I guess most of the potential blog material simply either ends up being posted at some other place or shredded and then pooped across Facebook or Twitter. Or was it pooped and then shredded? I wouldn’t know. What I know is that I, like most human beings, probably enjoy the sensation and the thrill of writing the word ‘poop’.

Anyway, Mike ‘Harry Plinkett’ Stoklasa has finally published his review of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. It concludes his take on the prequel movies, and if you haven’t checked out any of his pieces so far, I highly recommend doing so. It might seem overly easy to pile on something that never was really held in high regard to begin with, but he does it with great attention to detail, references to other movies and general notions on why some element simply might not work.

I had watched each of the movies exactly once and only remembered being bored enough to not have the intention of ever going through that experience again. It wasn’t until Red Letter Media’s Episode I review that I remembered how stupid the plot and the overarching setup really was. Naboo trade boycott? Good grief. Watching ‘Plinkett’ point out the flaws, inconsistencies, contradictions, and the making-of material he sources to great effect is quite the joy regardless of whether you can appreciate the serial killer shtick that’s attached to the analysis. The most telling parts are probably the behind-the-scenes pieces in which George Lucas presents ideas or make suggestions while everyone else in the room looks highly uneasy, nervous, and uncomfortable. No one dares to speak up though.

In some cases, going unchecked and unchallenged is how brilliance comes to be. This was not one of them.

Linkage: RLM reviews of The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. And, yes, the other reviews are both, entertaining and informative as well.

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