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.”
Watch the “Blade Runner 2049” trailer here:
Minnesota Governor Asking President Trump to Declare Riots a Federal Disaster In Hope of Receiving Bailout Funds
Weren’t they peaceful protestors?
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz is requesting that President Donald Trump declare the recent rounds of race riots in Minneapolis a federal emergency, so that the state may access federal bailout funds intended for communities affected by disasters.
Governor Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey largely stood by idly as race rioters destroyed and damaged more than 700 buildings in the riots, which occurred after the controversial death of George Floyd during a questionable arrest at the hands of the Minneapolis police department. The property damage from the widespread riots is estimated to range in the tens of millions, and Frey is already pushing a federal bailout to repair the damages enabled by his unwillingness to prevent criminality and support of the rioters’ “message.”
Governor Walz referenced the victims of the riots in a statement requesting the bailout, callously ignoring that the victims of the riots were not only victimized by criminal riots, but simply ignored in their hour of need by state and local officials unwilling to confront left-wing criminality in the name of “justice.”
“We’re asking our federal partners to step up and help our communities recover,” demanded Governor Walz. “We need to come together to ensure Minnesotans who were victims of this destruction have access to critical infrastructure they need so they can go to the grocery store, pick up their medication, and live their lives. Together, we will rebuild.”
The Governor’s estimate of property damage from the riots is considerably greater than what the mayor estimated, claiming that combined damages from the destruction could cost as much as $500 million.
In the new world of unabated criminality and violent destruction from vicious gangs in Democrat-controlled cities, Democrat officials will always be prepared to come cup in hand to American taxpayers with hopes of funding the repairs of the rioting that they enabled, allowed, and perhaps even tacitly supported. No responsibility or integrity.
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