Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
“A Tale of Two Cyborgs, Or Do Androids Dream of Reading Books?” Upon watching Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve, 2017), my son Alex asked why on Earth the replicant cop, K (Ryan Gosling) would be reading Vladimir Nabokov’s experimental novel, Pale Fire (1962). The scene occurs early in the film. After K has retired (in ...

La La Land (2016)

La La Land (2016)
“More Than One La La Land” The responses to La La Land (Damien Chazelle, 2016) have been predictable. There is the immediate majority, those of us who are completely enamored of its loving recreation of classical Hollywood films, such as Singin’ in the Rain (Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, 1952), celebrations of the power of ...

The Nice Guys (2016)

The Nice Guys (2016)
“Nice Guys Finish First” This is my 150th post since I started writing regularly about films in current release, and it’s time to revisit my statement of purpose, a defense of learnedness as a framework for discussing the cinema. In applying Walter Benjamin’s famous essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” ...