Blade Runner 2049 review

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Do humans dream of organic sheep?  Don’t they just count them?

by Thom Yee

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Blade Runner 2049 images courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

So let’s get one thing straight:  The original Blade Runner is a quality movie.

It’s an interesting movie, a distinct movie, and, more than either of those things, a revered movie.  There are some circles for which a Blade Runner sequel is like a dream even, the fruition of decades of speculation and the ultimate expression of the growth of the movie from a once misunderstood quandary to now a cultural icon.  It’s a visual spectacle with a haunting score and a chilling vision of where it looked like we were going.  In preparation for the release of Blade Runner 2049, I, finally and for the first time, watched the original Blade Runner (and read Grace’s now-classic review of course), only days before I would see its sequel.

I fell asleep twice trying to make it through. Continue reading

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Skin for Skin short review

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by Thom Yee

SKIN_FOR_SKIN_10025903_0So we’re at about the halfway mark of the Edmonton International Film Festival.  The 31st one in fact.  Exciting, isn’t it?  Or maybe not, I don’t know, apparently some of you out there don’t obsess over movies the way we do here at GOO Reviews.  Apparently some of you out there can’t find time to see more than five movies a year.  Apparently some of you don’t measure time based on what kind of Star Wars movie is coming out this year (i.e., this year’s The Last Jedi is a mainline saga film, so 2017 must be an odd-numbered year; last year’s Rogue One was an anthology side story, so 2016 must have been an even-numbered year).  Apparently some of you have a firmer grasp on life and reality (and basic maths) than that.  Fancy you! Continue reading

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets review

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The Sixth Element?

by Thom Yee

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets images courtesy of STX Entertainment

So.  Summer 2017.  It’s over.  And it really wasn’t a very good summer now, was it?  Adam West died.  North Korea launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile.  Some of the strongest hurricanes on record destroyed (or are still destroying) significant parts of the world.  Interest rates went up for the first time in seven years.  It seemed like the eclipse was the only thing people were talking about on that one day.  Spencer Foo and Travis Hamonic signed with the Calgary Flames.  Anthony Scaramucci.  “Despacito”.

And those movies!

This past summer (generally considered May through September’s Labour Day weekend in the movie biz) saw the worst performance at the domestic box office since 2006.  Continue reading

IT (2017) review

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When the hell did kid actors get this good?

by Thom Yee

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IT images courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, I was terrified.  And I was terrified most of the time too.  I was terrified of looking stupid, I was terrified of not knowing the answer, I was terrified of letting people down, I was terrified of never having control of the situations I was in, but most of all I was terrified of the future.  I was terrified of growing up.  When I was a kid, growing up seemed less to me about gaining new knowledge and abilities and taking fate into my own hands and more a series of tests, crucibles almost, whether it was finding new friends in transitioning from elementary to junior high/junior high to high school, getting through puberty without any deep scarring, passing my driver’s license exams (with the notable hindrance of being a Chinese driver), or getting into the right university and then picking the right career path.  It felt like my passing or failing of each of those tests would become the building blocks that would make up who I was, cemented and irreversible whether I wanted to be that person or not.  And I just never felt ready for any of it Continue reading