20 June 2010

replicating life

Tonight BBC America showed the classic sci-fi / gritty cop film noir / love story Blade Runner (1982). What can I say that hasn’t already been said? There are so many great lines (not to mention Vangelis’ soundtrack music).

Near the end of the movie, there’s the scene in which Rutger Hauer as the replicant Roy Batty, realizing his pre-ordained expiration date is at hand: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Time to die.”

It’s interesting that Edward James Olmos has been in two storylines in which artificial life forms are referred to as “skin jobs.”

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