Cinema {ish} With Jennifer: Blade Runner

AFI # 97: Blade Runner 1982

Blade Runner movie poster

What I “Think” The Movie is about

Space age super hero, Hans Solo Harrison Ford, stops bad guys while wearing roller blades. (close but no cigar)

The Real Review

“A former police officer trying to enjoy his time away from the grind, is forced to go back to work to capture 4 human-like robots that the government created. 1 by 1 the robots, with shiny eyes and bad attitudes, meet their demise but not before killing those who stand in their way, proving once again, that no one wins when humans attempt to create life from scratch”

Where to begin on this movie review? I think a poem sung to the tune of “Folsom prison blues” is a good place to start (sing along in your head please).

“I hear the cars are hovering, they’re flying over men, and there hasn’t been sunshine, since I don’t know when, I’m stuck watching Blade Runner, and time keeps passing on. If this movie doesn’t end soon, someone shoot me with a gun.”

Ok, that was a bit dramatic, I know, but I’ve been trying to come up with a way to honestly and fairly review Blade Runner. After two days I still have nothing. I hated this movie. I knew we were headed for trouble when, even my husband wanted out after just 20 minutes.

It’s easy to say, “but Jennifer, it’s just not your type of movie, other people really enjoy this genre.” This sentiment doesn’t surprise me, I mean there has to be a reason this movie is on this list, right, or did AFI put a bunch of movies on a dartboard, close their eyes and throw?

If that’s the case, I noticed Steel Magnolias is missing from this list, I think a swap is in order.

So, what to do with a movie you paid 10$ for and never want to watch again? You post it for free on Craigslist (see listing here) and see if someone is crazy enough to want it.

Update: Posting has been up for 2 days, and while it was removed once by Craigslist (they must not be fans of this movie either,) some brave soul claimed it on LetGo!

Update 2: Brave soul who claimed movie stood me up during pick up. (sounds about right) Movie is still up for grabs.

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Are you a fan of Blade Runner (why?) and want to watch along with me? Click HERE to read my ‘live’ scene reactions while I watched this movie for the first time.

Also, are you looking for a serious review of this movie and the rest of movies on AFI’s greatest 100 list? Check out the The Confusing Middle and read his thoughts!

4 movies down, 96 to go. Next up, Do The Right Thing!

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Cinema {ish} With Jennifer

AFI TOP 100

Dear Readers of the {ish} Adventure, I have a confession to make. Are you sitting down? I, Jennifer Lynne Shidler have never seen the movie E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Snow White, Citizen Kane or 85 of the other movies listed on AFI’s 100 GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS OF ALL TIME list. I’ll give you some time to calm down before I continue. Are you settled yet? Good now? Ok, lets move on, shall we!

AFI Website intor

Now, I know what you are probably thinking, “She’s lying, there is no way at the age of 30 you have never seen E.T. or Snow White. You must have seen it at some point as a child.” Well, I haven’t. Don’t sue me. I grew up without cable and in a house hold that couldn’t afford to purchase massive amounts of VHS tapes. For example, not only were Disney movies expensive, but sometimes they were hard to find, thanks “Disney Vault” (is that still a thing?). By the time I was old enough to have cable tv or the funds to purchase the movies I wanted, I wasn’t interested in some of them anymore.

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Snow White, come out come out where ever you are!

 

As for some of the classics like Citizen Kane or Casablanca, well. It just never came up, I guess. I know that is no real excuse, but in a day and age where Netflix rules and cable drools, if I can’t stream it, see it in the theater or if a teacher hasn’t assigned it in class, there is a fair chance I haven’t seen it.

AFI survey result
This is a generous score..some movies I barely remember watching.

Well my friends, that ends now. I have been to the AFI website, taken the quiz (results displayed below) and will be watching all 100 movies listed on their most recent 100 greatest list. I’ve checked 22 movies that I have seen. Some of them I have seen a million times (I’m looking at you The Sound of Music and Wizard of Oz) and some of them I’ve “seen” as in it played in the background while I did some homework, or it was in fact the homework itself (I’m looking at you To Kill a Mockingbird and Schindlers List).

Whether I have seen it a million times or not, I will be watching it again, in order, starting with # 100, Ben-Hur. Check back tomorrow to see how badly I regret this decision. Given what I’ve read about the movie, this seems to be a likely scenario.

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