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I should get a ticket to Nokia World 2010 because…

 

… Nokia has transformed the way I meet and interact with new people.

Perhaps a slightly deeper explanation is in order.

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Blade Runner [review pt1]: Future Denied

Blade Runner [review pt1]: Future Denied

Nothing less than a cinema phenomenon and a long evolving sci-fi classic, even after nearly 28 years Blade Runner still occupies viewers mind’s, across many generations.

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While most veterans agree upon the deep roots it set on the movie industry since then and see through the simple physical media the film delivers to find the underlying layers, it’s the more younger generation of viewers that are struggling  or perhaps just lacking the motivation to explore the marvel of Blade Runner movie directed by none other than Ridley Scott.

Funny as it may appear, the true genius can be a very simple thing, and the initial failure and forthcoming growing success behind this movie isn’t really such a great mystery. Blade Runner wasn’t perhaps the greatest accomplishment in movie making history, or even the character acting wasn’t as stellar as it could have been, nor was the plot the smartest thing ever seen in a movie.

What cleverly sets Blade Runner apart is that it encourages the  viewer to think, and  not only in the context of the events unfolding in the movie itself, but also by looking at the bigger picture, outside the box, so to say. Not many movies dare to do that or even try to challenge its viewers with the tip of an iceberg  sort of idea, when what is actually shown is only the fraction of what the viewer can get – those are the components that most precisely describe a cult classic.

Similarly with historically well known people, it takes time for something to become a widely accepted, famous, and it takes more than one decade to observe it’s impact on the corresponding medium, thus realizing it’s higher status. To understand Blade Runner, we’d need to look at it through the perspective of the time passed, and reflect upon the accomplishments  of corresponding period. The cold reception for the audience when the movie first appeared in the theaters is by itself  the monument and start to the legacy of this movie.

There are movies that become an instant classic in it’s time period, there are those short lived, so called ‘popcorn’ movies, and lastly, on rare occasions, there are movies that surpass their intended time frame and present the viewer with problems he cannot apprehend. The viewer feels alienated from the movie as he can’t find anything in common, and his mind is thrown out of the watching experience, thus making it harder to appreciate the movie like the makers of the movie intended.

At the first screening time, in 1982, the sci-fi movie genre was already crowded, and mostly overshadowed by the collosal success that is called Star Wars. The brighter, uplifting theme of brave rebels fighting a common and well known enemy contracted greatly with Blade Runner. The tone was incomparably darker, moodier and more depressing.

The supposedly main character that is presented to the viewer isn’t neither noticeably clever, heroic or strong. The character played by Harison Ford, already a signature act in the sci-fi from the mentioned Star Wars,  is just an average guy with a gun, that was unlucky enough to have an almost suicidal job of finding and ‘retiring’  (read: killing) androids hiding amongst the population.

But most of all, Blade Runner didn’t really fight the visible enemy we can unmistakeably call bad.  Sure, the main protagonist fought against androids that murdered people, but that is clearly a mind trap set by the progressively thinking of the writer Philip K. Dick, whose novel ‘Do androids dream of electric sheep’ acted as the base idea behind the movie.

Who is the real enemy?  What makes US humans? Is the will to survive any different for other self conscious beings? What would humans do, if they could meet their own creator? These are the hard hitting, existential questions the viewer is left to answer by himself.

The future presented is another unique part of the movie.  Space travel is possible, with most of the population leaving Earth in search for better lives, there are flying cars and immense skyscrapers, yet the reality is crude:  hunger, poorness and loneliness are crawling throughout the water drenched, dark streets of Los Angeles.

If there was a second most important role to name, than without a doubt it would be the city itself. On the foggy and wet, neo-noir styled streets are filled with people, various cultures and languages mix together, ultimately portraying what would look like the last ‘habitable’ corner of a crumbling world.

But that contrasts starkly with the enormous structures of Tyrell Corporation, who is responsible for creation of the human like androids. Those pyramid like buildings leap far above the rest of the city, blessed by the sun like some ancient gods, leaving the smog, dirt and sweat down below, for the ‘mortals’.

Future is not perfect as we’d hope for.  There’s still overpopulation, with air pollution reaching critical levels and breaking down Earth’s eco system, while animals are now nearly completely extinct. Not even the technological advances the most brilliant minds have created were able to stop that and save the planet from it’s grim fate. Still, why bother, if one can can simply start anew? Earth’s many off-world colonies await…

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My Movie Highlights of 2009

My Movie Highlights of 2009

With the year 2010 coming to full swing, but not quite there yet with quality movie releases, it’s a good time to check back on some of the previous year’s biggest tittles that you simply can’t afford to miss out. Here’s my Top 5 picks:

Avatar – James Cameron’s well crafted vision of the beautiful yet deadly planet Pandora draws you straight in and leaves wanting for more. Following the ever thickening plot you become emotionally attached to the enigmatic blue alien race called the Na’vi in their struggles to fight off the ruthless human invaders.


Moon – This outstanding sci-fi film focuses on Sam Bell, a lone human employee looking forward to the end his 3 year contract on a helium-3 mining base. The realistic portrayal of a solitary life on a moon base sets the perfect foundation for a plot twist that not only leaves the main character deciphering the frightening truth about himself layer after layer, but also raises many moral questions for the viewer to ponder long after the end credits.

2012  – This visually intense and disturbing blockbuster follows a group of survivors escaping a narrow death in what can only described as the most refined vision of worldwide apocalypse to date. While the storyline is quite straightforward and the cataclysmic events leave little room for proper character development, this sci-fi drama is a true joy ride thanks to the top of the line special effects.

The Hurt Locker – This war drama explores the extremely dangerous job of a bomb disposal team deployed in Iraq. The ensuing nerve tickling situations are cleverly exploited, where every wrong step can turn fatal at any given moment. What’s more, the interaction between the unlikely members of the team working and living together provides the necessary level of pressure to progress the plot to an exploding finale.

Sherlock Holmes – Directed by Guy Ritchie and featuring a cast of top Hollywood actors, this blockbuster is a surprisingly enjoyable modern translation of the adventures of the famous English detective. Never too shy to go into an occasional fist fight to keep things going, Holmes tries to deduct and solve another seemingly impossible case with his loyal companion doctor Watson. While the plot of the movie has some pacing issues, the real entrainment comes from watching the main protagonist’s brilliantly twisted mind at work.


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