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10 December 2007 @ 09:16 am
Blade Runner and Atonement (possibly slight spoilers for both)  
Well, I was wrong about Juno coming out this weekend, so my movie choices were easier that I thought.

Saw Blade Runner on saturday. Assuming that everyone has already seen this classic, there's really no need to say that it's a great film that looks absolutely gorgeous or to babble on about what an amazing job Rutger Hauer does stealing the film out from under Harrison Ford. The new version drops the studio-mandated narration and Hollywood-style closing scene, while reinstating the full unicorn daydream (which is so crucial to knowing what's really going on in the film), as well as some of the gorier bit of violence that were cut from the original American release.

Then K. and I saw Atonement on sunday. Extremely well done film. I can't speak to it's faithfulness to the novel, but it was pretty much everything you could want from a clever arthouse tearjerker.

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Listening to: The Concretes - "Fiction"
Dan the Serenedantheserene on December 10th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
I kind of miss some of the narration, but that's the tradeoff.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on December 10th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
It definitely made the movie more challenging. Even paying close attention, there were moments I had to think about in order to understand.
zantimisfit on December 10th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
I would think that some of the noir-ish quality would be lost without the narration.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: aqua chairassmonkeydiary on December 10th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
I reckon that's true. Even if the narration was arguably a weak imitation of noir. Fortunately, the movie still has noir to spare.
...wyndebreaker on December 10th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
Wait a sec, you didn't see Blade Runner for the FIRST time on Saturday?!

Say it ain't so.
The new Final Cut DVD isn't even out yet, is it?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: angel and the apeassmonkeydiary on December 10th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, heck, no, it was at least the third or fourth time. The final cut is actually out in theaters now (in Philly anyway).
...: Vorta Iggywyndebreaker on December 10th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but I'm cool because I saw the Workprint in San Francisco in 1992. (I actually contributed to that WIki entry).

Kneel before Zod.
orcaarroworcaarrow on December 11th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
You lucky, lucky man. To be able to see Blade Runner on the big screen would be delightful. Sadly, I don't think it made it close to us.

I was in the minority that actually liked the narration.

Either way I love the movie!

Question, does K enjoy the film?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: PBF zookeeperassmonkeydiary on December 11th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, she liked it a lot.
misterhumbug on December 11th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
I actually work at the studio that released the final cut, and I was able to attend a screening where some of the actors showed up to talk to the audience about stuff. I tells ya, most of the time my job is like that of every other corporate schmuck (i.e. crappy), but once in a while, I get one of those fun perks.
misterhumbug on December 11th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)
P.S. And wasn't that print friggin' beautiful? Let me tell you, it looks even better on Blu-Ray.
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on January 4th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
It was indeed a great looking print.
(Anonymous) on December 14th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
So what's the difference between the director's cut and the final cut? I will be buying the set that has all versions. Can't help it. I have the nerd gene. So far I prefer the Director's cut over the original.

Sorry. I am a few days behind on my AMV (Ass-monkey viewing).
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: aqua chairassmonkeydiary on December 14th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Hmm.
They're pretty close, I think. The new one shows a bit more violence and there's more of the unicorn dream.