REVIEW – Blade Runner 2049

Author’s Note: As per usual with a big blockbuster film, every possible care has been taken to avoid unnecessary spoilers. However, people have a different tolerance for spoilers so if you are someone who wishes to avoid every tiny detail or are particularly sensitive to spoilers, this is your advance warning.

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35 years. That’s how long fans of the classic sci-fi noir Blade Runner have waited for a sequel. It’s also how long fans of the Richmond football club had been waiting to return to the AFL Grand Final, but we don’t talk about that. We talk Blade Runner here. Bloody Richmond. Where was I? Oh yes.

Blade Runner 2049 is a brilliant piece of science fiction, filled with gorgeous imagery, philosophical quandries and open-ended interpretations. But, and I feel silly having to say this since you’ve all had a very long time to work out what Blade Runner is, I should stress that this is not a sci-fi action adventure romp. This is quieter, more noirish and certainly not a bombastic blockbuster. Apparently some people in my theatre weren’t aware of this yet. So now you know.

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REVIEW – La La Land

This is an advanced review where I saw a movie before the official release date, with thanks to the Moonlight Cinema. La La Land will release in all theaters across Australia on December 26th.

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Well, folks, Oscar season appears to have well and truly arrived on Australian soil with this one. Damien Chazelle, the director of the highly acclaimed drama Whiplash, has turned his attention to the musicals of the old Hollywood era and brought the style back in a big way in La La Land – currently the hot favourite to win Best Picture at the Oscars.

And should it fulfill that win it will be a very well deserved win. It’s a beautiful movie, expertly crafted and full of vibrant colours, wonderful performances and memorable music. Now, I love a good musical, I really do. I know some (a lot of) people do not. I’d say that this is a musical that is accessible to anyone except the most ardent and stubborn haters of the genre, and it will hopefully be a film that sees the medium have something of a resurgence. I don’t know why we haven’t gotten more musicals recently.

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