BLADE RUNNER is the movie that all the other “sci-fi” films of the last 20 years have been trying, unsuccessfully, to live up to. Some of them have achieved more compelling action, some spiffy CGI effects, but none of them can match the grandeur of this film’s vision or its colorful gallery of characters. It’s a film meant to be savored on the big screen and lucky St. Louis film fans will have that opportunity this weekend midnights at The Tivoli.
The film’s action stylings and detective story plot are mostly a cover for the issues it broods over: what is it that makes us human? How indeed do I know that I am human? BLADE RUNNER took sci-fi film and pushed it into adult territory, just when the Star Wars revolution was threatening to turn the tide forever in favor of “space opera”. BLADE RUNNER brought us back to the days of the German silents (especially METROPOLIS) in which a dark, uncertain future was coupled with doubts about the worth or meaning of human existence.
There is a lot to look at with BLADE RUNNER, with beautiful photography, and inspired direction by Ridley Scott and a batch of memorable performances from the excellent supporting cast. Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty steals the movie from the somewhat disinterested Harrison Ford, particularly in the film’s stunning finale. BLADE RUNNER is also notable for the depth of detail that was put into its futuristic vision. Everything enforces the notion that this is an Earth we would not want to live in, and somewhat oblique dialogue occasionally hints that Deckard would in fact not be on Earth if he was healthy enough to leave. This is a future where you can’t even order as much food as you want at a restaurant.
Reel Late at the Tivoli takes place every Friday and Saturday night and ONStl's own Tom Stockman (that’s me!) will be there with custom trivia questions about the film and always has DVDs, posters, and other cool stuff to give away. Ticket prices are $8
The Tivoli is located at 6350 Delmar in The Loop. Visit Landmark’s The Tivoli’s website HERE
Here’s the Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight schedule for the rest of April and May:
May 1-2 BETTER OFF DEAD
May 8-9 MAD MAX
May 15-16 WATERSHIP DOWN
May 22-23 THE THING