Blade Runner 2049

Okay, so I watched the new Blade Runner 2049 in the movie theatre on Monday and I really liked this one.  I am so glad that I watched the original first because this was definitely a sequel.  I actually liked this one better than the first and the look of the movie is visually stunning.  I really like the whole world and I definitely feel immersed in this version of the future.

Ryan Gosling plays K, a blade runner who is also a replicant.  He is assigned to hunt down old model replicants and also to uncover the mystery of a replicant assumed to have been born, not created.  His investigation leads him to Harrison Ford’s character from the first movie and other call backs to the original.  Even at the long run time (almost 3 hours!), the movie kept my interest and it was a great time.

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Blade Runner

I watched Blade Runner today in preparation for the new one coming out. I am most likely seeing it tomorrow with my parents so since I had never watched the original, it was probably a good idea. 

I liked the way this movie looked. It was a futuristic (haha, 2019) L.A. noire feel and was gritty and believable in this world. Harrison Ford plays a bounty hunter blade runner who is tasked with killing replicant robots who are now illegal on earth. Over the course of the money he becomes more sympathetic toward them as well. There is some question on whether he is also a replicant but I didn’t find there to be much evidence of that in the film. 

I would recommend this to all sci-fi fans and especially if you are interested in seeing the new film. 

Home Again

I tried out my new Movie Pass card again, this time for Home Again starring Reese Witherspoon. I love her movies and while this was one I wouldn’t necessarily need to see in the theatre, my card has already paid for itself this month, so why not?

This was so fun. Witherspoon plays a recently separated 40 year-old who moves back to L.A. with her two kids. She takes one three younger men as roommates and becomes romantically involved with one of them. They quickly become a part of the family, which is further complicated when her husband, played by Michael Sheen, comes into town as well. 

I had a good time at the theatre today even if the movie wasn’t incredibly deep. You don’t go see this type of movie to be deep, you go to watch pretty clothes and houses and root for Reese. 

Home Again

I tried out my new Movie Pass card again, this time for Home Again starring Reese Witherspoon. I love her movies and while this was one I wouldn’t necessarily need to see in the theatre, my card has already paid for itself this month, so why not?

This was so fun. Witherspoon plays a recently separated 40 year-old who moves back to L.A. with her two kids. She takes one three younger men as roommates and becomes romantically involved with one of them. They quickly become a part of the family, which is further complicated when her husband, played by Michael Sheen, comes into town as well. 

I had a good time at the theatre today even if the movie wasn’t incredibly deep. You don’t go see this type of movie to be deep, you go to watch pretty clothes and houses and root for Reese. 

The Circle

Another airline movie choice was The Circle.  You may remember I read this book and reviewed it here.  I liked the book in general and I like Emma Watson as an actress, so I decided to check it out.  The movie tells essentially the same story as the book: a young woman gets a job at a large Google type company where social media is everything.  The company believes everyone should be searchable and connected and in every aspect of their life.

The movie leaves out many subplots, including any romantic love interests and the ending is actually completely different than the book.  In the book, Mae decides to stay loyal to the company and in the movie, she sells them out.  Maybe the change was to make her character more likable since it is pretty clear the company is basically eliminating any sort of privacy rights.  I suppose this was an okay airplane movie, but I would recommend the book more.

Before I Fall

The movie selection on my last flight left much to be desired, so I picked Before I Fall, a teen drama I vaguely remember hearing about.  It is about a high school girl, Samantha, who has to live the same day over and over again, much like an unfunny Groundhog Day.  At the end of the day, she and her friends crash a car, seemingly dying.

Samantha has to figure out the right way to live the day before she can stop reliving it, including being nicer to her family, making the right choice in boyfriend and helping a troubled girl in the school.  The movie wasn’t completely horrible, but I would still choose Groundhog Day every time.