Sorry for the late comment but I recently started listening to the podcast again after a long hiatus.

I'd never seen this one before and I'm not a cinephile by any means, so it was a brand new experience for me. I have to say that I like the new blade runner better and by a lot.

The immersion angle just doesn't work for as it feels pretty cheap to me. I never got the sense that it was a real world but rather it felt like a movie. Nothing in this movie felt like it jelled very well, to me, the newer one does a better job of relying more on the narrative as the driving force, so when the immersion breaks it's not as jarring.

From a narrative standpoint this felt really shallow and lacking in substance. The new Blade Runner has a much more engaging plot and towards the end really explores some amazing existential ideas that kept me thinking about it for days. This one just felt shallow. The tears in rain seen was also a major let down. None of the characters were likable and didn't even feel real to me.

I'm not someone who just doesn't enjoy older movies or anything. This one just didn't do it for me. The new Blade Runner, while being far from a masterpiece, is head and shoulders above this one for me.

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Jun 4, 2023Liked by Anna Rettberg

This was my first time watching and it was fantastic! I already want to watch it again because I'm sure I missed a bunch.

My only criticism is that the scene at the start, where the captain is trying to convince Deckard to come back, feels like it's missing a piece.

Bryant: “If you’re not a cop, you’re little people.”


Deckard: “No choice, huh?”

As it stands, how is what Bryant said new information to Deckard? Is Deckard just toying with Bryant and actually wanted to come back? How is being "little people" threatening to Deckard, wasn't he just fine slurpin' some noodles 5 minutes ago as not-a-cop? There's no other "cops vs. little people" references in the film, other than the cop that almost arrested Deckard outside the building. So I may have missed something, but it was very confusing to me.

Other than that, it was a brilliant movie. I can already tell this is one of those movies that becomes a whole different movie on the second watch.

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That scene is a problem in a lot of ways. As I mentioned on the podcast, it also has the problem of letting us know that Deckard knows exactly what all the replicants look like. So several of his future actions therefore make no sense (How does he not immediately know the snake woman is the replicant he's looking for? How does he not immediately recognize Pris at JF Sebastian's? etc.). Furthermore, if the police know what Leon looks like, why did they have to run a Voigt-Kampff on him at all? Why didn't they just shoot him immediately?

So I feel like that scene really needed to be recut or rewritten or something. It's one of the only blatant issues with the film. It doesn't ruin the movie for me or anything, but I really wish it wasn't in there.

- Casey

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