Soooo…I had a vicious allergy attack this past week, and I probably blew my nose…400 times? I only tell you this because the fallen vase along the bottom of panel registered to me as a roll of toilet paper. (Yes, I went through all the tissue and was forced to use toilet paper for a while.) (This is the kind of insightful commentary you get after 900 pages.)
I’ve had something of a sci-fi week. First off, and let’s say most importantly, Star Wars Rebels came back…and it came back with the thunder! I don’t know how many of you watch it, and I’m not going to spoil it, but MAN. They’re gearing up for the end of the series, and it shows. The gloves are off.
Then, my wife got me an early birthday present in the Blu-Ray of Blade Runner 2049. I was kind of obsessed with the film when it came out. I’m not going to extol its virtues or suggest that you see it; it’s clearly not for everyone. Not everyone has the patience for a 2-hour-and-45-minute, $150 million art film, and that’s basically what this is, even though there are flying cars and artificial humans and some brutal violence. This is simply not a blockbuster science fiction movie. But man, is it my kind of movie. Thought provoking, patience rewarding, and stunningly beautiful, I’m pretty sure that this was my favorite movie of 2017, despite how much I loved Wonder Woman and Spider-Man Homecoming.
I watched BR2049 yesterday, off and on as I had the time, and I’m absolutely ready to sit down and watch it again with #Squirrel today. Nope, it’s not for everybody, but it’s very much for me.
Lastly, I’ve been seeing some decent reviews for the film I’m most looking forward to this year. (That’s not true, actually. I most looking forward to Incredibles 2, but this is very close.) Alex Garland’s Annihilation comes out this weekend. I LOVED Ex Machina, so I’m excited for this. Alex Garland and Denis Villeneuve are the two guys making visionary science fiction films right now, and I’ll sign up for whatever they do until they start to disappoint.