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Robin McDonaldIn the end I am honestly not sure if K is Deckard's son and is playing to the theme of "being the stranger out of "love".
Is his memory his memory or hers? Is he the miracle or did he discover he was not? I might have missed some of the finer points.

No, he's just another Replicant. The memory girl offers the best memories, and some of them are her own memories. K was never at the orphanage. Memory-bubble-girl just happened to have created a memory that was implanted in Agent K.

A difficulty here, of course, is that she boasts of implanting happy memories for Replicants who are, after all, fated to miserable futures. They have no future, so she gives them a shining past. If so, why burden Replicants with your childhood trauma?

And if he were born, with an actual history for 20 years, you'd have to wonder how he arrived on the car lot for the LAPD to buy him in the first place. For him to be acquired by LAPD he had to be purchased which means he had to have an established provenance. Replicants were never children, so no Replicant should have ever lived in an orphanage. We get no official narrative explanation for how K could've been purchased by LAPD unless he is just a run-of-the-mill Replicant.

The film is cruel to K, because it builds him up. He gets the sense that he is special, that Joi really loves him, that he has met his father. Reality kicks the bar stool out from underneath him. He believes in magic now, but he is not part of that magic. He is not special. Even is hologirl was not really uniquely into him (she quite literally will attach to any "Joe"). His life is meaningless, his identity melted, his ego hollowed. His character arc depends on him not being special.

I think that his Joi really loved him. Hell, she almost got the phrase out of her mouth before she got stepped on. I think that's part of the message - that artificial intelligence is growing less and less artificial all the time and is able to form complex emotional attachments. And I also got the feeling that Joi isn't a one-size-fits-all program. She adapts and learns based on her experiences. K's Joi would be different from your Joi or my Joi.
Oct 11, 2017 5:37 PM
NathanielThat reads like a long-form tone deaf tweet. The most egregious moment is when she quickly brushes off the performers that are arguably the MVPs with a dismissive remark.

How about:
"Tweeters have also declared that Blade Runner 2049 fails the Bechdel test, which requires a film to feature two named female characters talking to each other about something other than a man. "

Well, if Tweeters have declared it, then I guess this movie is just no darn good! Bechdel test...what a load of fucking shit.
Oct 10, 2017 5:53 PM
Is Blade Runner 2049 sexist -- or a fair depiction of a dystopian future?

"Visually, sexualised images of women dominate the stunning futuristic cityscapes, from pirouetting ballerinas to giant statues of naked women in heels looming over K as he goes on his journey. Of course, one of the themes of Blade Runner 2049 is a world littered with artifice, from replicants to sexbots, but these mainly seem to cater to heterosexual males. A hint of a woman considering a 'pleasure model' is brief and unexplored. Meanwhile Wright's Joshi appears attracted to K, but she is not permitted to use him for her sexual pleasure. Where is her holographic lover, her Joi?"

oh, brother...
Oct 10, 2017 2:15 PM
Should have Dragon's Dogma waiting in my mailbox when I get home.
Oct 3, 2017 5:04 PM
double post.
Sep 28, 2017 4:23 PM
Sep 28, 2017 4:23 PM
MaxRennI loved Ethan Carter. Challenging and unusual puzzles, a beautifully melancholy atmosphere and clever storytelling. I saw it as a window into a traumatized child's mind, i.e. a child who could only find solace via escapism and storytelling.

My main gripe with the game is the location. I mean, what area in Wisconsin looks like that? Northern California, sure, but not Wisconsin.

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I thought I would, so I'm just really disappointed.
Do you have any more you can say about it to maybe give me a more positive perspective on it?

I loved the little side stories like the Spaceman Sequence.

The graphics and music are gorgeous, as well. Sorry you hated it, Wooley.
Sep 27, 2017 4:42 PM
BaadroneI used to visit AICN quite a bit back in the day but the forums were just littered with trolls and over time I just gave up going there. Knowles was always a terrible critic and was at the bottom of the list of people I respected over there. Quint and Capone were 2 of the better contributors so I'm curious to see where they end up. But Knowles and his long-winded reviews talking about how much he loved so and so as a child will not be missed.

I dropped AICN for RT and now both are basically dead which kind of makes me feel old.

I'm surprised to see the ugly layout hasn't changed at all over there.

I've followed AICN since the leadup to the Phantom Menace and gave up on the site completely about a year or so ago. Besides Knowles' insufferable reviews, it just wasn't on top of news anymore. I can't remember the last scoop they had before anybody else. Add in the lost of Moriarty and...shit, the other guy I liked and it just wasn't worth my time.

Quint's interviews were probably some of the best out there, and he usually was able to score some pretty big names. I hope he and Capone land somewhere decent.
Sep 26, 2017 6:55 PM
88 Miles Per HourWow, Franco looks great in this, hope he gets some kind of Oscar nod or something.

Even better, he sounds great. I can't believe how well he got the voice and cadence down.
Sep 13, 2017 5:15 PM
Here's the real thing, for anyone who hasn't treated themselves to the twisted world of Tommy Wiseau.
Sep 13, 2017 12:59 PM
MaxRennSorry if it's already been mentioned, but what is the source of this old Squirrel Nut Zippers video?

God, now I feel old. I remember when that shit came out.
Sep 12, 2017 5:29 PM
Really looking forward to this. My wife is worried that's it's gonna be too scary but I'm dragging her along.
Sep 8, 2017 1:13 PM
Square M.
138The Dark Knight.

It should have ended with The Joker's escape after Rachel's death and Two Face's birth. The city is in total chaos, just like Joker wanted. The End. Have Two Face be the villain for the 3rd movie.

Nope, the third act is necessary as it perfectly encapsulates the theme of escalation throughout the film.
To cut it would be the equivalent of fading to black the instant Vito drops dead in the orange garden or rolling credits after Hannibal peels back the dead officer's face mask or playing the Star Wars ending theme when Yoda says "There is another."
In short, there is absolutely no fat to trim from this film whatsoever.

The "theme of escalation"? What the fuck are you talking about? It's a fucking Batman movie. It's about time we stop trying to imagine themes where there are none.

And cutting what I said to cut isn't remotely like your examples. It's more like the end of ESB. Vader wins, Luke loses his hand, Han is taken away. Shit's fucked up. Roll credits. Same idea with my cut of TDK. Plus, we'd get an interesting villain and perhaps an interesting movie out of the 3rd entry.
Sep 8, 2017 12:35 PM
The Dark Knight.

It should have ended with The Joker's escape after Rachel's death and Two Face's birth. The city is in total chaos, just like Joker wanted. The End. Have Two Face be the villain for the 3rd movie.
Sep 7, 2017 10:32 PM
Is this the Danzig biography that we've all been waiting for?
Sep 5, 2017 7:02 PM
I thought it was fantastic! Bruce Willis as the voice of the baby was great casting. That one scene where he looks at the tits and says, "Mmm...lunch," was hysterical!


It's funny because babies eat tits for breakfast.
Sep 5, 2017 5:29 PM
Really surprised at the low scores for Luke Cage in here. I think that was probably my favorite of all the Marvel shows. It just had such a different feel compared to the rest of the Marvel Universe. It may have been just in my head, but I felt this retro 70's vibe permeating the entire show, even though it was modern day. I thought it was awesome.

As for Iron Fist, eh, my wife and I enjoyed it. I never read the comics so I don't know how true to the page the show is, but I didn't have a problem with it.

After watching the Defenders finale and reading a recap, I realized that Colleen and Misty are actual characters in the Marvel Universe and that they team up together at some point. That's kinda neat.

Sep 1, 2017 11:34 AM
No mention of 'Steel'?

Aug 31, 2017 6:57 PM