Sunday, June 30, 2013

Reblogged Blade Runner

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Blade Runner (1982)

In Ridley Scott's dystopian vision of futuristic Los Angeles, Blade Runner (1982), Harrison Ford plays a "Blade Runner;" A sort of policeman charged with eliminating "replicants," who are human-appearing androids that are forbidden to be on the suface of the Earth. This is, in my personal opinion, the greatest science fiction movie ever made. In addition, it is a splendid example of the neo-noir style.

Harrison Ford brings an exquisite moral ambiguity to the character of Richard Deckard, a man who is tired of killing and hates his job, but cannot find a way to escape it.

Sean Young plays Rachael, struggling with her identity, haunted by memories that may not be her own and afraid that she will discover she is a replicant.

Rutger Hauer is brilliant as Roy Batty, the replicant leader, willing to fight and kill for the chance to live.

Edward James Olmos is Gaff, the cynical detective who leaves little origami figures wherever he goes and who ropes Deckard into one final Blade Runner task.

Daryl Hannah is Pris, the "basic pleasure model" who seduces J.F. Sebastian into providing access to the Tyrell inner sanctum and the replicants' creator.

The beautiful but deadly Zhora is played by Joanna Cassidy.
Joe Turkel as Dr. Eldon Tyrell, the creator of the Nexus series of replicants.
J.F. Sebastian, who works for Tyrell, and whose hobby is the creation of android toys, is played by William Sanderson.

The cinematography in this film is nothing less than gorgeous. The bluish haze of the city, dirty, wet and gritty, contribute to the noirish atmosphere and the brilliant use of shadow and low camera angles lend it a familiar tone to those familiar will the noir tradition. This is not CGI, either. It was made in 1982, so the effects are all achieved through models.

This is neither space opera nor post apocalyptic horror story. It is detective noir set in a grim unappealing future cityscape. It's also a love story, but a story of lovers afraid of what the truth about themselves might be. Most of all, this is a philosophical treatise on what it means to be human and the questions each of us have about life. How long will I live? Why must I die? What happens when I die? Does my creator care? At the end of the film we are left wondering if the replicants are human, and if Deckard himself is a replicant. Scott raises more questions than he answers, and critics are still debating the many layers of meaning in this film.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Sandy Koufax Fires One In, watercolor on Rives BFK 14"x11"

Baseball: Sandy Koufax Fires One In, watercolor on Rives BFK 14"x11" by Kenney Mencher
During his career Koufax struck out 2,396 batters in 2,324 innings; his average of more than one strikeout an inning is a rare accomplishment. In each of three seasons, 1963, 1965, and 1966, he struck out more than 300 hitters; his 382 strikeouts in 1965 set a major-league record that remained unbroken until 1973. Twice he struck out 18 batters in a nine-inning game. From 1962 through 1965 Koufax had the lowest earned run average (ERA) in the NL, winning the NL Most Valuable Player award in 1963 and the NL Cy Young Award in 1963 and 1965. In his last season, 1966, he won 27 games and posted a 1.73 ERA, both figures being the best of his career, and he took home his third Cy Young Award. On Sept. 9, 1965, he pitched his fourth no-hit game, then (and until 1981) a major-league record; the fourth no-hitter, against the Chicago Cubs, was also a perfect game (no player reached first base). After his playing career ended, Koufax worked as a television broadcaster and as a minor league pitching coach and adviser for the Dodgers. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, the first year that he was eligible. Back to TopTo cite this page: * MLA Style: "Koufax, Sandy." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Deluxe Edition. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, 2011. * APA Style: Koufax, Sandy. (2011). Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Deluxe Edition. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Final Week of Zero Instruments before Holiday Closure at Varnish

Final Week of Zero Instruments The Zero Instruments solo show of Dan Quintana's richly detailed artwork ends this Saturday. This first ever solo by the artist has been visited in person by collectors and fans from San Diego to Eureka, and enjoyed online across the country. Don't miss your last chance to see this masterful body of Dan Quintana oil paintings and charcoal drawings before it ends June 29th.