The host of the BBC 5 Live movie review program “Kermode and Mayo’s Film Reviews” canceled his interview with the stars of the new film “Blade Runner 2049,” after he was denied the opportunity to view the entire movie before the interview.
“We were hoping to have Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling on the show,” said Simon Mayo, who with The Observer’s chief movie critic Mark Kermode has been presenting the program since 2001. In April, the podcast version of the program won the Listeners Choice trophy at the British Podcast Awards.
Mayo told Kermode that he was offered a 30-minute version of the movie.
“It is quite possible to do an interview on some shows for this movie based on half-an-hour, but it was the opinion of all of us on the show that I can’t really do an interview having just seen a cutdown, a 30-minute cutdown–and so that’s why we had to had to say goodbye to Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling,” he said.
Kermode, whose doctorate was awarded by the University of Manchester for his thesis on horror movies, backed up his partner. “It just has always been a policy that you don’t ever interview somebody unless you have seen the film.”
“It just has always been a policy that you don’t ever interview somebody unless you have seen the film,” he said. “It is absolute policy.”
Mayo’s interview with Naomi Watts about her role as Princess Diana made headlines in 2013 after the actress cut the conversation short following Mayo’s questions about the princess’ death.
Later in the program, Kermode gave “Blade Runner 2049” a strong review, complimenting it on its intelligent pacing and the deft way it handled the question of whether replicant-droid hunting police officer Rick Deckard is or is not himself a replicant–left unresolved in the original “Blade Runner.”
Kermode said the new film pursues all of the big questions and the identity crisis addressed in the first movie. “What does it mean to be alive? What does it mean to have memories? How much do memories inform our past and our future? What does the slogan ‘More Human Than Human,” which appears in the first film actually, really mean?”
The critic, who produced and hosted the 1999 documentary “On the Edge of Blade Runner” about the 1982 film, said he was relieved when he was watching the new film and recognized it had been done properly.
“The editing pace of ‘Blade Runner 2049 is so completely at odds with modern blockbusters it is almost a film from the 1970s–the way it has that beautiful pacing,” he said.
“It is very much its own movie and it has the confidence to be its own movie,” he said. “But, the greatest achievement of it–despite all the things that are visually ravishing, like the beautiful details like the candy colors that you get from the artificial light is in such stark contrast to the natural color of this world that eco-collapsed–the real achievement
“The greatest achievement of it–despite all the things that are visually ravishing, like the beautiful details like the candy colors that you get from the artificial light is in such stark contrast to the natural color of this world that eco-collapsed,” Kermode said. “What they have done is, they have managed to absolutely make ‘Blade Runner 2049’ about all the things that ‘Blade Runner’ was really about.”
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Federal Judge Issues Ruling to Allow Elective Abortions in Texas Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic
The abortion industry will continue during coronavirus.
A federal judge has issued an injunction against Texas Governor Greg Abbott after he banned elective abortions from taking place during the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel, who was appointed to the bench by former President George W. Bush, made the ruling in Austin on Monday banning state officials from preventing abortions in Texas. Abortion providers will be able to perform abortions without restriction at least temporarily because of the ruling.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote in a legal brief that the prohibition on elective abortions was needed to “preserve desperately needed medical supplies for the health care professionals combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”
“Medical professionals are in dire need of supplies, and abortion providers who refuse to follow state law are demonstrating a clear disregard for Texans suffering from this medical crisis,” Paxton said.
Judge Yeakel claimed that the constitutional right for women to snuff out the lives of babies the womb trumps all public health concerns during an unprecedented crisis.
“Regarding a woman’s right to a pre-fetal-viability abortion, the Supreme Court has spoken clearly,” Yeakel wrote. “There can be no outright ban on such a procedure. This court will not speculate on whether the Supreme Court included a silent ‘except-in-a-national-emergency clause’ in its previous writings on the issue.”
Because of Judge Yeakel’s decision, the ban on elective abortions in Texas is off until at least April 13 when a court hearing will be held over the phone.
Big League Politics reported last week on the leftist hysteria that occurred after the states of Texas and Ohio announced their temporary ban on elective abortions:
States like Ohio and Texas have enacted orders to cease all non-essential surgeries.
NBC DFW highlights that these moves “have unleashed a new battle over access to abortions during the coronavirus pandemic.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide order on Sunday March 22, 2020 to limit the use of medical supplies hospitals will need as they plan for rising numbers infections resulting from the Wuhan virus. The order prevents hospitals from carrying out surgeries unless the patient experiences an immediate risk for “serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.” …
Republican Attorney General Dave Yost sent letters to Ohio clinics on Friday, March 20, 2020 ordering them to stop all “non-essential” surgical abortions. Yost wrote that the procedures are in violation of a March 17 order enacted by the state health director.
Clinics, pro-baby killing groups, and some state elected officials criticized this move, claiming that abortions are both essential and time-sensitive.
“During an emergency, there is always a chance of government overreach under the guise of `security’ or adherence to `law and order,’” the Ohio Democratic Women’s Legislative Caucus declared in a statement. “In times of national crisis, we have seen egregious acts that have circumvented our freedoms before. And make no mistake – we are seeing them today.”
The baby-murder industry will continue unabated, thanks to the activist judiciary, even if it means putting the public at serious risk of catching coronavirus.
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