“Auteur filmmaking”- a term used to describe movies which are the product of the sole vision of their director- has been used to describe the process and works of such masters of cinema as Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Martin Scorsese since the concept originated in France in the 1940s. The term “auteur” has since been reserved for directors whose approach is so signature and iconic that their works would simply be altogether different had they been directed by anyone else. While the “single-vision” concept has resulted in some of the greatest films of all time, the approach has since taken a back seat to the contemporary “filmmaking by committee” style employed by many major studios (which is why most of the Marvel superhero movies- with some notable exceptions, such as Guardians of the Galaxy– have mostly been directed by newcomers or hired guns with experience in completely different genres, yet they all have the same unmistakable market-tested sense of humor and mind-numbingly unimportant finales). Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that the auteur style is dead entirely. Some contemporary expert directors are currently turning in their best work, and any student of film knows them by name: Denis Villeneuve, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and David Fincher.
Blade Runner 2049 is a breathtaking achievement which can remind even the bitterest critic of contemporary moviemaking that the big studios can still deliver artistic, emotional, and thought provoking material to cinemas. Between its expert handling of the source material, its downright gorgeous set design and cinematography, and its incredible performances, the film is a bona fide masterpiece which is more than worthy of the Blade Runner name.
Thirty-five years ago, Blade Runner was released in theaters after a rocky production period. The film didn’t exactly receive a warm reception, and there have since been multiple cuts of the film to more accurately reflect director Ridley Scott’s unadulterated, yet updated vision. However, throughout all of the cuts of the movie, fans and critics began to appreciate it more and more. Its aesthetic was decades ahead of its time, and its themes and motifs were simply beyond the scope of anything else available in the early 80s. It was beautiful, it was terrifying, it was haunting, and it was unforgettable. The movie has since achieved the kind of legendary status that few of its contemporaries currently enjoy; and creating a sequel after 35 years of nostalgia and canonization would be a daunting task for any director. read more
David Bowie was more than a musician. In addition to his unbelievable body of musical work spanning six decades, fans also know him for his incredible acting performances in films like Labyrinth and The Prestige. Unfortunately, it seems that every couple of weeks we are learning that his untimely death prevented him from appearing in more films. We learned in May that director James Gunn wanted to cast Bowie as one of the original guardians in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Now, Indie Wire reports that director Denis Villeneuve originally wanted Bowie to play the role of the villain in Blade Runner 2049! read more
Everyone knows the kooky behind-the-scenes Suicide Squad stories about Jared Leto method acting his role of The Joker to the point of sending dead rats to his co-stars during principal photography. Method acting and a refusal to break character has resulted in some of the greatest performances of all time when attempted by actors like Robert DeNiro and Daniel Day Lewis. The fruits of Leto’s labor on Suicide Squad didn’t exactly yield the same result. Now, Leto has delivered a performance in a new upcoming Warner Bros. production which carries some of the very prestige and gravitas he seeks to attain with his over the top commitment to character. In Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, Leto’s antagonist character, Niander Wallace, is driven by his blindness to usher in a new age of near-perfect replicants. In a new Wall Street Journal profile, Villeneuve and Leto reveal that Leto took his new role to the next level of method acting by temporarily blinding himself in order to perform his scenes with authenticity. read more
Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, Blade Runner takes place in 2019. Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Blade Runner 2049 will take place a full thirty years after the events of the original film. It’s understandable that all of this passage of real-life and narrative time between Blade Runner and its sequel may cause viewers to have questions before going in to see the new film. Warner Bros. have just released a short film to fill in some gaps and answer a few questions about how the world of the film has changed since we first saw it. read more
Excitement for Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Blade Runner 2049 is hitting a fever pitch as we approach its debut in theaters on October 6th. We here at Horror News Network have been enthusiastically covering the film since its explosive teaser trailer hit the web nearly a year ago. And, now, as we wind down the final weeks to the movie’s premiere, fans will start to see official poster art at the local cinema!
Warner Bros. have begun shipping the official double-sided posters for Blade Runner 2049 to theaters across the country. The minimalist design features the film’s main characters- Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, and Jared Leto- against the color-coded dichotomy of the franchise’s signature scenery. The orange lettering is a first for the series, and the greenish blues conjure up reminders of the promotional materials for 2010’s Tron: Legacy. You can view the entire poster art below: read more
Blade Runner 2049, the highly anticipated sequel to the 1982 Ridley Scott masterpiece is right around the corner! It launches in theaters on October 6th, 2017, but you can watch a brand new making-of featurette, courtesy of Warner Bros. Studios, today.
Entitled “Time to Live,” (a play on Roy Batty’s and Leon Kowalski’s famous line, “Time to die!” from the original film) the clip shines some light on the creative process of Scott, director Denis Villeneuve, and actors Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. In the video, art director Paul Inglis has this to say about the nostalgic-yet-original look of the new movie: read more
Warner Bros. Pictures have just released an amazing new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 which perfectly captures the world of the original 1982 film. Between the sets, the characters, and the music, fans will feel right at home with this exciting piece of promotional material. Watch it below right now!
Anything you could ask for in a Blade Runner sequel is all there, ladies and gentlemen! Ryan Gosling’s scenes prove he was born to be the protagonist of a contemporary version of this franchise. Ana de Armas and Dave Bautista look fresh and unique while calling back subtle hints of Pris and Leon, respectively. And better yet, the desert sequences and the animals of the film show that 2049 might explore more of the major motifs and themes of Philip K. Dick’s source novel! read more