In the early '80s, the dawn of home video, it would be easy to think movies had a lifespan of only four years. But Ridley Scott's creation Blade Runner escaped box-office failure to find its own life. Its imagery still influences artists 35 years after being released, and it's spawned novels, video games, and more. But now this dystopian vision returns to big screens with a sequel: Blade Runner 2049. Harrison Ford returns as Deckard, a man with secrets sought after by a new Blade Runner played by Ryan Gosling. Can director Denis Villeneuve craft a vision that we'll still be discussing in 2052? Listen to this review to find out!
Philip K. Dick's novel Radio Free Albemuth was published in 1985, three years after the author's death and nine years after the book was written. Yet with the author's name as propellant, this discarded novel was optioned for a low-budget movie. After lengthy post-production the film Radio Free Albemuth was released direct-to-VOD in 2014. Can the acting (and singing) of Alanis Morissette help audiences swallow this film's extra-terrestrial premise? Listen to find out!
Do you remember Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1990 movie Total Recall? If not, Columbia Pictures will remind you with their wholesale retelling of that film. Featuring Colin Farrell in the lead this movie was quickly forgotten in theaters. But now, after much listener demand, the Now Playing hosts give Len Wiseman his props! So join Stuart, Brock, and Jakob for this return to our Philip K Dick Retrospective Series!
Harrison Ford took a break from STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES to play cynical bounty hunter Rick Deckard in an expensive adaptation of Philip K Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?". A flop in 1982, BLADE RUNNER's cult following has grown in the subsequent decades as new edits of the movie offer expanded interpretations of Deckard's real identity. Does Ridley Scott's vision pass the hype test with our hosts, or will they retire it from the list of great sci-fi flicks? Listen and find out!