Perhaps winter has waned and spring is gently moving in; one can hope. This Friday, March 11, 2011 the Tacoma Film Club is excited to continue with our theme of “futurist’s nightmare” by presenting a screening of Ridley Scott’s landmark science-fiction film BLADE RUNNER (1982). This has been one of my personal favorites.’
Ridley Scott is considered the most successful British director working in Hollywood. He has directed 30 films and produced twice that number. He and his brother, director Tony Scott bought and still own Shepperton Studios in England. His first feature film was THE DUELLISTS (1977), and others I have enjoyed include ALIEN (1979), BLACK RAIN (1989), THELMA AND LOUISE (1991), 1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE (1992), GLADIATOR (2000), BLACKHAWK DOWN (2001), and KINGDOM OF HEAVEN (2005). He has now worked with Russell Crowe in five films, including AMERICAN GANGSTER (2007), and ROBIN HOOD (2010).
He is trademarked for his stunning tableau visuals. He personally sketches most of his own storyboards, left-handed, and with great artistic style.
He said, “Hollywood is an industry, not an art form; where we find commerce overpowering art.”
The film score was done by Vangelis, who is well known for working with electronic and computerized music. He also scored CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981), THE BOUNTY (1984), and ALEXANDER (2004). The team of special effects masters were over 100 strong. The cinematography was by Jorden Cronenweth, who died young at 61, lensing 31 films during his career; movies like ZANDY’S BRIDE (1974), ALTERED STATES (1981), CUTTER’S WAY (1981), and GARDENS OF STONE (1987).
Batty: Fiery the angels fell. Deep thunder rolled around their shoulders…burning with the fires of Orc. Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave.
BLADE RUNNER (1982)
Directed by Ridley Scott @117 minutes
The film stars Harrison Ford, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmett Walsh, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, Joe Turkel, and Joanna Cassidy.
Tagline: Man has met his match–now its his problem.
Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP.
Synopsis: In the Los Angeles of 2020, Deckard is a blade runner, a cop that specializes in terminating replicants–technology has evolved to human cloning, created to serve in the colonies off-Earth, but with fixed life spans. He is brought out of retirement to run down six rogue replicants who have hijacked a space ship and returned to earth complete with a cyber-vendetta against their creator.
Roger Ebert wrote, “The movie creates a vision of futuristic LA which is as memorable as Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS–unimaginable sky scrapers towering over streets clotted with humanity.”
Deckard: They don’t advertise for killers in the newspaper. That was my profession. Ex-cop. Ex-blade runner. Ex-killer.
Peter Hartlaub of the SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE wrote, “Blade Runner: The Final Cut,” in limited theatrical release this weekend with a DVD box set arriving on Dec. 18, is the first version of the movie that truly seems like a finished product. The film is a few minutes longer, yet seems leaner, with a tighter narrative that is now worthy of the outstanding art direction and cinematography. This definitive print should be the last little push that “Blade Runner” needs to complete its 25-year journey from box office failure to cult favorite to full-blown classic.
James Berardinelli of REEL VIEWS wrote, “Blade Runner is a rare science fiction movie so full of material that pages can be written about it without scratching the surface. A review like this can provide little more than an overview. “
Batty: I have seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauer Gate. All those moments will be lost…tears in the rain. Time to die.
So join us this Friday, March 11, 2011 for a stirring screening of Ridley Scotts classic BLADE RUNNER (1982). It will be shown at our meeting hall at 924 Broadway, in the Pythian Temple, street level, across from the Theater in the Square, in the heart of Tacoma’s theater district. Show up early, around 6 p.m. and enjoying socialization and fellowship with other early arrivals. A sumptuous meal will be prepared by the Phantom Director and Farishta. Bring wine or soft drinks to share if you wish, but remember this is not a pot luck. The meals are planned out. We will continue offering the TFC raffle at one dollar per ticket, with the winners receiving either 40% of the collected revenue, or a fine DVD from my personal collection. Look for our huge club banner hanging out front. Make sure to join us for this film. It is one of the great ones. See you at the movies!