Today I Watched: Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve, 2017)

Blade Runner 2049 (dir. Denis Villeneuve, 2017)

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“[D]ecades of speculation and analysis led to extreme self-consciousness. This feels less like a sequel to Blade Runner than like an adaptation of collected critical essays about Blade Runner; everything intriguing has been dragged to the surface and rendered inert. At the same time, the mystery/quest narrative kept making me think of The Da Vinci Code, which I’m guessing is not a comparison that anyone involved in 2049’s making would welcome.” —Mike D’Angelo

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Today I Watched: Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)

Double Indemnity (dir. Billy Wilder, 1944)

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Score: 9− out of 10.

Today I Watched: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (dir. Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1943)

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Score: 8 to 8+ out of 10.

Today I Watched: The Spiral Staircase (Robert Siodmak, 1946)

The Spiral Staircase (dir. Robert Siodmak, 1946)

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Score: 7+ out of 10.

Today I Watched: Following (Christopher Nolan, 1998)

Following (dir. Christopher Nolan, 1998)

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Score: 7+ out of 10.

Today I Watched: The Descent (Neil Marshall, 2005)

The Descent (dir. Neil Marshall, 2005)

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Score: 7+ to 7½ out of 10.

Today I Watched: Yojimbo (Kurosawa Akira, 1961)

Yojimbo (Yōjinbō, dir. Kurosawa Akira, 1961)

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Score: 7+ to 7½ out of 10.