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Blade Runner

Fired this up for the first time in ages (and I believe my first viewing of the Final Cut version) because I was in the mood for something stylish, maybe noir or prestige sci-fi. Blade Runner is all of those things, but style is the only one it does really well. It’s procedurally, romantically, and philosophically underwhelming (spare me your master’s thesis on the great depths of its inquiry into What It Means to Be Human), and it would be a real slog if it didn’t look so fantastic. But it should be said that making such high grade eye candy out of a waterlogged urban dystopia is no mean feat, and its production design and effects are rightfully influential.