blade runner 2049 edward james olmos

Decades before he confirmed himself as a bonafide science fiction icon as Admiral Adama in the great Battlestar Galactica remake series, Edward James Olmos had a key role in Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece, Blade Runner. Now, we know that he’s following in the footsteps of original star Harrison Ford and returning to the rainy, grimy streets of future Los Angeles in director Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sequel, Blade Runner 2049.

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Dunkirk teaser

Sometimes humans can be terrible at predicting things, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun when we try. My previous attempts to predict my favorite films of the year are often wildly inaccurate — inevitably, my actual favorite films of the year will contain lots of entries that I couldn’t have possibly foreseen.

That being said, for 2017, the job is slightly easier. There are sequels on the docket that lots of people are actually psyched to see, rather than follow-ups people didn’t need (Alice Through the Looking Glass) or ask for (The Hunstman: Winter’s War). Still, I have no doubt that my favorite films of the year will be those that I couldn’t have possibly predicted at this stage.

After the jump, check out my picks in chronological order based on release date. Also, I recorded an episode of my new podcast with Joanna Robinson, Gen Pop, in which we both discuss the films that have us most excited. Listen below (and also see Jacob and Ethan’s lists).

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Jacob Hall’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

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Ah, January. A time for reflecting on the year that passed and the year that lies ahead. And more specifically, a time for finishing up those top 10 lists and writing most anticipated movie lists covering the next 12 months. Here are my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2017.

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blade runner 2049 rumors

Today brings us two pieces of Blade Runner 2049 news, both of which could be seen as spoilers and both of which should be taken with the necessary grain of salt. This paragraph exists to warn you away from reading further if you want to go into this one blind. So, you know, spoiler warning.

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Ethan Anderton Most Anticipated Movies of 2017

The first weekend of theatrical releases in 2017 arrives in just a couple days, but since it’s January, we’re still getting rollover from awards season mixed with garbage that doesn’t deserve a release date at any other time. So we’re already looking forward to some of the more exciting movie releases coming this year, and the movies that I’m looking forward to the most range from blockbuster sequels to movies from filmmakers who haven’t delivered a new film in a few years.

After the jump check out Ethan Anderson’s 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2017. Read More »

blade runner 2049 mysteries

While the ham-fisted theatrical cut of Blade Runner felt the need to tie everything up with a neat little bow, the infinitely superior director’s cut and the even better “final cut” conclude on a more ambiguous note. Was Harrison Ford‘s Rick Deckard, a robot-hunting “blade runner” for the LAPD, a Replicant himself the whole time? Everyone has an opinion and the debate has raged on for years amongst fans and the people who actually made the film.

And with the sequel arriving next year, there are plenty of Blade Runner 2049 mysteries ahead of us, and it’s good to know that those closest to the productionseem compelled to keep one of the big unanswered questions from the original movie intact.

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Blade Runner 2049 - Ana de Armas and Ryan Gosling

We still have a lot of unanswered questions about Blade Runner 2049, which unveiled its first trailer just yesterday. But director Denis Villeneuve is happy to lay one of your concerns to rest right now: yes, it’ll be rated R, just like the original Blade Runner was. Read his comments on the Blade Runner 2049 R rating below, as well as his thoughts on the possibility of more Blade Runner sequels.  Read More »

blade runner 2049 images

The first teaser trailer for Blade Runner 2049 arrived two days ago and it got the entire internet yammering over what it shows and it what it pointedly does not reveal. Denis Villeneuve‘s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 science fiction masterpiece may have released an official synopsis, but it is holding most of its cards close to its vest. If early word is any indication, the actual plot of the film is going to lead to some heads exploding (or at least inspire some spirited conversation).

Can we glean any exciting details from a new batch of images from the film? Nah. Not really. But we can ogle how pretty this movie looks and admire Ryan Gosling‘s amazing coat.

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blade runner 2049 trailer

A sequel to Blade Runner can’t help but feel like folly. How do you make a follow-up to Ridley Scott‘s 1982 classic, which redefined is genre in ways that are still being felt today, without constantly being stuck in the shadow of its predecessor? We actually have an answer to that largely rhetorical question: you drag Harrison Ford back into the mix and you hire someone like Denis Villeneuve to direct.

While those aspects make it feel okay to look forward to Blade Runner 2049 and not dread it like some kind of cyberpunk plague, it’s going to take a great trailer to get us fully on this movie’s side. So ladies and gentlemen: prepare your judgmental expressions, because the first trailer has arrived.

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BLADE RUNNER 2049 plot synopsis

That long-promised Blade Runner sequel is less than a year away now, and today we finally have some officially confirmed details revealing what the film is actually about. Read the official Blade Runner 2049 plot synopsis below.  Read More »