Yet again, my major disappointment with
this film is that it’s targeted at a young
audience, young men in this case who are
much younger than the original Blade
Runner audience is now. The lead actor,
Ryan Gosling, is a generation Y icon, he
looks like he could be about thirty. Yet
the original Blade Runner audience who
saw the movie in their teens is in their
fifties now!

This is a young man’s movie with
youthful male sexuality a recurring
theme. It’s about men and their
relationships with chicks. Even Rick
Deckard’s role concerns only his past
relationship with the female replicant
Rachel.

And Gosling is fending off women left,
right and center in this film, he’s a real
chick magnet. Even his L.A.P.D. boss is
interested in him! In fact, isn’t he best
known for the romance The Notebook?
But this is out of step with the original
Blade Runner audience in my opinion
who have matured way beyond the pursuit
of carnal pleasure. We’re not sex-
obsessed kids anymore.

I was also uneasy with the way the two
returning actors were depicted as
stereotypes of old age. In Edward James
Olmos’s cameo he is shown as decrepit
and in a seniors’ home.

And Harrison Ford as Deckard is a
haggard old recluse. There is a sense of
contempt for the original Deckard
character from the filmmakers. Where is
the cool Deckard from the original film?
Why did he have to be so pathetic? Even
his opening line of dialogue is dreadful.
Why couldn’t he have been more like
Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven? Deckard
has been defeated and that was sad. But
thankfully he hadn’t been brought back
just to be killed off as happened in the
Star Wars movie.

There were a few other minor flaws as
well. One big one was setting the movie
in the year 2049 which is just around the
corner. This didn’t feel right to me
considering how radically post-
apocalyptic America is depicted as. But
this Blade Runner world is not our
world, it’s Ridley Scott’s world from the
first movie. Also, the difficulty the police
had apprehending and dealing with
criminals felt unrealistically
incompetent.

Nonetheless, Blade Runner 2049 is a
visually mesmerizing art film and I found
myself enthralled with its measured
approach from beginning to end, savoring
every minute. Thank you for creating this!
The sound design was like ear candy and
the haunting electronic music score was
the key element that pulled me back into
the world of Blade Runner. Hopefully
there will be a sequel to this movie.
Yet again, my major disappointment with this film is that it’s targeted at a young
audience, young men in this case who are much younger than the original Blade
Runner audience is now. The lead actor, Ryan Gosling, is a generation Y icon, he
looks like he could be about thirty. Yet the original Blade Runner audience who saw
the movie in their teens is in their fifties now!

This is a young man’s movie with youthful male sexuality a recurring theme. It’s
about men and their relationships with chicks. Even Rick Deckard’s role concerns
only his past relationship with the female replicant Rachel.

And Gosling is fending off women left, right and center in this film, he’s a real chick
magnet. Even his L.A.P.D. boss is interested in him! In fact, isn’t he best known for
the romance The Notebook? But this is out of step with the original Blade Runner
audience in my opinion who have matured way beyond the pursuit of carnal pleasure.
We’re not sex-obsessed kids anymore.

I was also uneasy with the way the two returning actors were depicted as stereotypes
of old age. In Edward James Olmos’s cameo he is shown as decrepit and in a
seniors’ home.

And Harrison Ford as Deckard is a haggard old recluse. There is a sense of contempt
for the original Deckard character from the filmmakers. Where is the cool Deckard
from the original film? Why did he have to be so pathetic? Even his opening line of
dialogue is dreadful. Why couldn’t he have been more like Clint Eastwood in
Unforgiven? Deckard has been defeated and that was sad. But thankfully he hadn’t
been brought back just to be killed off as happened in the Star Wars movie.

There were a few other minor flaws as well. One big one was setting the movie in the
year 2049 which is just around the corner. This didn’t feel right to me considering
how radically post-apocalyptic America is depicted as. But this Blade Runner world
is not our world, it’s Ridley Scott’s world from the first movie. Also, the difficulty
the police had apprehending and dealing with criminals felt unrealistically
incompetent.

Nonetheless, Blade Runner 2049 is a visually mesmerizing art film and I found
myself enthralled with its measured approach from beginning to end, savoring every
minute. Thank you for creating this! The sound design was like ear candy and the
haunting electronic music score was the key element that pulled me back into the
world of Blade Runner. Hopefully there will be a sequel to this movie.
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I found them appealing because they were
all sequels or tie-ins to 1970s-era
classics I loved when I was a kid. I wasn’t
sure if I’d get to see any of them but most
of them showed up at Walmart so I
decided to do a write-up on them. One
interesting thing I noticed is that they all
seemed to be shunning the very audiences
that made them successful in the first
place.

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

I’ve been a passionate Planet of the Apes
fan since I was a boy. I’d watch Planet of
the Apes every time it was on TV, even
late at night -- I must’ve seen it ten times
by the time I was twelve. I bought the
magazine and comic adaptations and the
trading cards. One of the first movies I
saw in a theater was Conquest of the
Planet of the Apes in 1972 which thrilled
me beyond belief. As such, as a lifelong
Apes fanatic I’ll always check out the new
productions when they’re released.
 
It’s not too often I give a shit about new
movies but the recent wave of big sci-fi
films really interested me.
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It’s not too often I give a shit about
new movies but the recent wave of big
sci-fi films really interested me. I found
them appealing because they were all
sequels or tie-ins to 1970s-era classics I
loved when I was a kid. I wasn’t sure if
I’d get to see any of them but most of
them showed up at Walmart so I decided to do a write-up on them. One interesting
thing I noticed is that they all seemed to be shunning the very audiences that made
them successful in the first place.

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

I’ve been a passionate Planet of the Apes fan since I was a boy. I’d watch Planet of
the Apes every time it was on TV, even late at night -- I must’ve seen it ten times by
the time I was twelve. I bought the magazine and comic adaptations and the trading
cards. One of the first movies I saw in a theater was Conquest of the Planet of the
Apes in 1972 which thrilled me beyond belief. As such, as a lifelong Apes fanatic I’ll
always check out the new productions when they’re released.
Right away, though, I was unhappy with this new series because the look and feel
was completely different from the original series while at the same time claiming that it
was a continuation of that series. We were misled. I think the producers probably
went with a new “cuter” look for the apes to appeal to a young, wide audience and to
put their own unique brand on this reboot. But these are not the apes I grew up with,
they’re just animated monkeys.

After the first one, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I held hope that the sequels would
be closer to the classic Apes look but that didn’t happen.

The harder, militaristic stuff in War hints at the grittiness of the originals. Woody
Harrelson was the best part of War. He portrayed an insane military leader clearly
modeled after Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now. He’s even bald and called
“Colonel” and you see the words Ape-Pocalypse Now written on a wall at one point.
The director is obviously a fan of THAT movie. Now if only he’d taken that same
retro approach with the apes and modeled them after the original Planet of the Apes
movie.

There is something nightmarishly bizarre about humans interacting with semi-
intelligent simians of all shapes and sizes and at times I found myself marveling at just
how absurdly WEIRD this movie is.

War for the Planet of the Apes drips with sentimentality and sympathy used to endear
the audience to the monkeys which I suspect would work especially well on children.
In fact, the lead human character is a ten-year-old girl, so that gives you a clear idea
as to who this movie is aimed at. It was not made for fifty-something men who
watched the original series as children.

While there are elements in the films that are really well done, I have to say that this
series was a big disappointment for me overall. If it isn’t Planet of the Apes then
don’t call it Planet of the Apes. Hollywood must stay away from this franchise and
let it rest in peace until they can do it right. Thumbs down.

ALIEN: COVENANT

The Alien series went bonkers when original Alien director Ridley Scott came back
to the fold and did Prometheus. That movie broke so many rules of the franchise that
you just couldn’t take it seriously. But the thing is, as unorthodox as it was, it was
really entertaining! The biggest joke was when one of the Prometheus astronauts (that
was the name of their spaceship) actually piloted the derelict alien spacecraft from the
first Alien and took off into space in it. Crazy stuff but loads of fun and I was dying
to find out what happened next!
So now we have the sequel, Alien: Covenant, and I just loved this movie. Ridley
seems to be finding his footing and has brought some stability of realism to this new
continuation. It’s considerably more reality-based than the first one.

Casual Prometheus fans will NOT like this film. The word-of-mouth I’ve heard about
this film has been lukewarm and I can understand why. This movie is not for general
audiences, it is for monster movie fans who grew up in the ’70s and ’80s. This is not
a science fiction film, it is a gothic horror film with sci-fi trappings in the tradition of
the original movie.

The android David is now a Dr. Frankenstein-type psycho experimenting on alien
creations in a lab. This movie is very much in the mode of Hammer films where the
unsuspecting Transylvania travelers come across Dracula’s castle and are invited in.
Also, late cycle movies in Universal’s original Frankenstein series. In fact, the name
Prometheus is a beautiful homage to old Franky since Mary Shelley’s 1818 book was
subtitled the Modern Prometheus.

I have a lot of admiration for Ridley in that he took the uncompromising hardcore
horror route instead of making something softer. And the 1970s-style down, twist
ending was awesome. I look forward to the sequel.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

I realize I’m a little late with this one but I finally saw it when it aired on broadcast
television.

First let me disclose that I was turned off by the George Lucas prequels of the 1990s.
They were quite a mess in my opinion. The person I saw the Phantom Menace with
actually fell asleep during the movie! Hollywood is a strange entity. They know how
to make movies correctly but you get the impression that a truly fantastic movie
requires an almost insurmountable amount of focus and it’s very easy for them to go
off the rails.
However, they came pretty close to perfection with The Force Awakens. This was an
example of filmmaking done correctly. This film was very much a throwback to the
great cinematic storytelling of days gone by and it has a classic feel to it, so classic in
fact that it seemed kind of dated. But movies WERE better back then. It’s interesting
that simply making a movie correctly is such a big event these days.

Bringing back a bunch of the original characters from the first series was a brave
move where lead actors generally have to be young and perfect. The only other time I
remember the same thing happening on a similar scale was when they brought back
the original Star Trek cast for Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979.

Strategically, these new movies are a way of reinvigorating the Star Wars brand and
handing the series over to young blood. Would it be sacrilegious to say that The
Force Awakens might be even MORE ENTERTAINING than any of the original
trilogy movies? It’s blasphemy to me too but it might be true!

A great movie but it’s kind of sad that the original stars are being brought back only
to be killed off and put to rest. And with the heroes being a twenty-ish girl and her
black boyfriend, this is not a film made for the original Star Wars audience who saw
it in 1977. Yet another production eschewing its original audience and pandering to
children. And because they’re aiming this franchise at young females I have little
interest in seeing the sequels.

They did the same thing with the last Terminator movie, Terminator Genisys, which
also featured a young woman as the lead. It might work for a specific demographic
but it doesn’t resonate with me.

BLADE RUNNER 2049

Okay, the original Blade Runner wasn’t a 1970s movie, it actually came out in 1982.
But it feels like a ’70s picture to me.

It was Blade Runner 2049's quiet poetic sequences that I enjoyed the most. I could
just sit back and take that stuff in endlessly for hours. Watching this movie was like
being high on opium and it was a shame when the moody dreaminess was interrupted
by explosions of action. As a matter of fact, I’d love to watch a travelogue that
featured nothing but sprawling images of the cityscapes and vistas they created for
this future Blade Runner world.
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Right away, though, I was unhappy with
this new series because the look and feel
was completely different from the
original series while at the same time
claiming that it was a continuation of that
series. We were misled. I think the
producers probably went with a new
“cuter” look for the apes to appeal to a
young, wide audience and to put their own
unique brand on this reboot. But these are
not the apes I grew up with, they’re just
animated monkeys.

After the first one, Rise of the Planet of
the Apes, I held hope that the sequels
would be closer to the classic Apes look
but that didn’t happen.

The harder, militaristic stuff in War hints
at the grittiness of the originals. Woody
Harrelson was the best part of War. He
portrayed an insane military leader
clearly modeled after Colonel Kurtz
from Apocalypse Now. He’s even bald
and called “Colonel” and you see the
words Ape-Pocalypse Now written on a
wall at one point. The director is
obviously a fan of THAT movie. Now if
only he’d taken that same retro approach
with the apes and modeled them after the
original Planet of the Apes movie.

There is something nightmarishly bizarre
about humans interacting with semi-
intelligent simians of all shapes and sizes
and at times I found myself marveling at
just how absurdly WEIRD this movie is.

War for the Planet of the Apes drips with
sentimentality and sympathy used to
endear the audience to the monkeys
which I suspect would work especially
well on children. In fact, the lead human
character is a ten-year-old girl, so that
gives you a clear idea as to who this
movie is aimed at. It was not made for
fifty-something men who watched the
original series as children.

While there are elements in the films that
are really well done, I have to say that this
series was a big disappointment for me
overall. If it isn’t Planet of the Apes then
don’t call it Planet of the Apes.
Hollywood must stay away from this
franchise and let it rest in peace until they
can do it right. Thumbs down.

ALIEN: COVENANT

The Alien series went bonkers when
original Alien director Ridley Scott came
back to the fold and did Prometheus. That
movie broke so many rules of the
franchise that you just couldn’t take it
seriously. But the thing is, as unorthodox
as it was, it was really entertaining! The
biggest joke was when one of the
Prometheus astronauts (that was the
name of their spaceship) actually piloted
the derelict alien spacecraft from the
first Alien and took off into space in it.
Crazy stuff but loads of fun and I was
dying to find out what happened next!
So now we have the sequel, Alien:
Covenant, and I just loved this movie.
Ridley seems to be finding his footing
and has brought some stability of realism
to this new continuation. It’s considerably
more reality-based than the first one.

Casual Prometheus fans will NOT like
this film. The word-of-mouth I’ve heard
about this film has been lukewarm and I
can understand why. This movie is not for
general audiences, it is for monster
movie fans who grew up in the ’70s and
’80s. This is not a science fiction film, it
is a gothic horror film with sci-fi
trappings in the tradition of the original
movie.

The android David is now a Dr.
Frankenstein-type psycho experimenting
on alien creations in a lab. This movie is
very much in the mode of Hammer films
where the unsuspecting Transylvania
travelers come across Dracula’s castle
and are invited in. Also, late cycle movies
in Universal’s original Frankenstein
series. In fact, the name Prometheus is a
beautiful homage to old Franky since
Mary Shelley’s 1818 book was subtitled
the Modern Prometheus.

I have a lot of admiration for Ridley in
that he took the uncompromising
hardcore horror route instead of making
something softer. And the 1970s-style
down, twist ending was awesome. I look
forward to the sequel.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

I realize I’m a little late with this one but I
finally saw it when it aired on broadcast
television.

First let me disclose that I was turned off
by the George Lucas prequels of the
1990s. They were quite a mess in my
opinion. The person I saw the Phantom
Menace with actually fell asleep during
the movie! Hollywood is a strange entity.
They know how to make movies correctly
but you get the impression that a truly
fantastic movie requires an almost
insurmountable amount of focus and it’s
very easy for them to go off the rails.
However, they came pretty close to
perfection with The Force Awakens. This
was an example of filmmaking done
correctly. This film was very much a
throwback to the great cinematic
storytelling of days gone by and it has a
classic feel to it, so classic in fact that it
seemed kind of dated. But movies WERE
better back then. It’s interesting that
simply making a movie correctly is such
a big event these days.

Bringing back a bunch of the original
characters from the first series was a
brave move where lead actors generally
have to be young and perfect. The only
other time I remember the same thing
happening on a similar scale was when
they brought back the original Star Trek
cast for Star Trek: The Motion Picture
in 1979.

Strategically, these new movies are a way
of reinvigorating the Star Wars brand and
handing the series over to young blood.
Would it be sacrilegious to say that The
Force Awakens might be even MORE
ENTERTAINING than any of the original
trilogy movies? It’s blasphemy to me too
but it might be true!

A great movie but it’s kind of sad that the
original stars are being brought back only
to be killed off and put to rest. And with
the heroes being a twenty-ish girl and her
black boyfriend, this is not a film made
for the original Star Wars audience who
saw it in 1977. Yet another production
eschewing its original audience and
pandering to children. And because
they’re aiming this franchise at young
females I have little interest in seeing the
sequels.

They did the same thing with the last
Terminator movie, Terminator Genisys,
which also featured a young woman as the
lead. It might work for a specific
demographic but it doesn’t resonate with
me.

BLADE RUNNER 2049

Okay, the original Blade Runner wasn’t a
1970s movie, it actually came out in
1982. But it feels like a ’70s picture to
me.

It was Blade Runner 2049's quiet poetic
sequences that I enjoyed the most. I could
just sit back and take that stuff in
endlessly for hours. Watching this movie
was like being high on opium and it was a
shame when the moody dreaminess was
interrupted by explosions of action. As a
matter of fact, I’d love to watch a
travelogue that featured nothing but
sprawling images of the cityscapes and
vistas they created for this future Blade
Runner world.
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