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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best original score shortlist

Johann Johannsson’s (Sicario) heart pounding Arrival score was disqualified as a contender in the Best Original Score category. The Academy deemed Leslie Barber‘s Manchester by the Sea and Kathryn Kluge’s Silence scores ineligible as well. They were ruled out for not being “substantial enough,” but the exclusion of Arrival had to do with Max Richter‘s “This Bitter Earth.”

Below, check out the best original score shortlist.

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Denis Villeneuve, producer Ridley Scott, and stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling on the set of BLADE RUNNER 2049

Is Rick Deckard, the assassin played by Harrison Ford in Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner, one of the very androids he sets out to destroy? This is a question at the core of the 1982 science fiction classic. And now that director Denis Villeneuve is making a sequel starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, many fans are wondering if Blade Runner 2049 will spoil the Deckard-Replicant mystery. Hit the jump to find out what Villeneuve said about the Blade Runner 2049 replicant mystery.
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arrival alien designs

The aliens in Denis Villeneuve‘s adaptation of Ted Chiang‘s Arrival are remarkably simple. Besides not sharing any glaringly obvious resemblances to any other aliens we’ve seen lately on film, there’s a gracefulness to how they move, communicate, and interact with their ship’s environment. Unsurprisingly, the final designs we saw don’t share a whole lot in common with some original designs concept artist Peter Konig made for the emotional sci-fi drama.

Below, see some of the alternative Arrival alien designs.  Read More »

Arrival - Amy Adams

Arrival isn’t a political movie.

It is, in so many ways, an apolitical movie, a movie that wants to rise above the muck, cut through the nonsense, and cast a spotlight on concepts that should be universal to every member of the human race. Arrival is a film about patience and restraint, kindness and hope, communication and understanding. It sees our differences, the imagined barriers that divide us, as nothing short of apocalyptic. To survive, humanity must rise to the occasion and come together. To thrive, we must reconcile our passions and our intellects. We need to be smart. We need to be kind. We need to be brave.

But now, just a few days after the 2016 United States presidential election, Arrival has transformed into a beacon in the dark, a glimmer of light in a black room. The opening of a movie has never felt more fortuitous or more necessary. This was a great movie when I saw it over a month ago, but it is now a moral salve, an engine that can transform despair into hope.

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Blade Runner 2049 music

Denis Villeneuve is knee-deep in the world of Blade Runner. The director behind Sicario and next week’s Arrival is currently shooting the sequel, Blade Runner 2049, which is about the search for Rick Reckard (Harrison Ford). Reimagining and advancing the world Sir Ridley Scott captured on film must put an exceptional amount of pressure on Villeneuve and his team, but like the sequel‘s composer Jóhann Jóhannsson says, they’re making a sequel, something new, so there’s freedom to try new things, like with the score.

Below, learn more about the Blade Runner 2049 music.

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blade runner 2 concept art
Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner sequel is only a year away from release and Warner Bros has finally announced a proper title for the film: Blade Runner 2049. Hit the jump to learn more and see a photo from the set featuring director Denis Villeneuve, producer Ridley Scott, and stars Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.
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Dune remake

Director Denis Villeneuve recently helmed his first science-fiction film Arrival. The Sicario director’s latest is already generating some great buzz, and our own Angie Han called it “brainy sci-fi with a big, bloody, beating heart.” Before that sci-fi drama even reaches theaters, Villeneuve has started shooting Blade Runner 2. The filmmaker is already considering other science-fiction projects as well, and if he had his druthers, one of them would be Dune. Below, read Villeneuve’s comments on a Dune remake.

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Arrival Review

Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival begins with a premise we’ve seen in a hundred summer blockbusters. One day, aliens arrive on Earth, in the form of twelve mysterious ships scattered around the globe. Their purpose is unclear, and humanity is naturally both intrigued and terrified. Where it goes next, though, is a welcome return to grown-up sci-fi, more Contact or Interstellar than Independence Day.

For starters, the aliens don’t open with an attack. And we Earthlings don’t, either. Instead, the U.S. military calls upon Louise (Amy Adams), a linguistics professor, to try and make contact with the alien spaceship in Montana. From there, Villeneuve carefully unspools a story that’s equal parts heart and intellect, encompassing memory, language, loss, love, grief, and the passage of time.

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arrival early buzz

Arrival held its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival earlier today and the first wave of reviews for Denis Villeneuve‘s new science fiction drama have been nothing short of glowing. It seems that Villeneuve, who has previously directed terrific movies like Enemy, Prisoners, and Sicario, is adept at smart genre filmmaking as he is at intense human drama (which bodes well for that Blade Runner sequel he’s currently filming).

Our own Angie Han will catch this film at the Toronto International Film Festival next week and I intend to make it a priority at Fantastic Fest later this month, but in the meantime, here are some of the earliest reactions, which range from very positive to wildly effusive.

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