In the year 2019, ex-detective Rick Deckard is called out of retirement to track down and eliminate a team of humanoid androids that have escaped from an outer space mining colony and have taken refuge here on Earth. During his search for the fugitives, he discovers some disturbing secrets about the future plans of the androids’ manufacturer, the Tyrell Corporation. —AFI
One of the most promising directors of the late ‘70s, Ridley Scott displayed stylistic flair and remarkable storytelling abilities in such films as The Duellists (1977) and his landmark Alien (1979). Born in 1937, in Northumberland, England, Scott was educated at the West Hartlepool College of Art and London’s Royal College of Art. After completing his education, he became a set designer for the British Broadcasting Company in the early ’60s, eventually getting promoted to director of such popular BBC series as the long-running police adventure Z Cars. With the establishment of his own firm, Ridley Scott Associates, Scott was in on the ground floor of some of the most inventive European TV commercials of the 1970s.
The director’s transition to the big screen came with his direction of 1977’s The Duellists, a visually striking Napoleonic war film that won the Jury Prize for Best First Feature at the Cannes Film Festival. Further success followed with 1979’s Alien, which established… read more
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Pilot Pirx is hired to command a space mission in which one or more humanoid robots will be among his crew. But can they be trusted?
END—Point of beginning, Webster. Let's be honest: you're never going to watch Creation of the Humanoids, a 1962 zero-budget sci-fi stiff hand
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences only got it half-right for Alien in 1980. To say that Ridley Scott’s commercial breakthrough
A case could have been made for Ridley Scott to be considered the cinema equivalent of Nick Drake, that is if he’d expired after his first 3 films he’d be eulogised as a master and deified as a genius… read review
Title: Blade Runner
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director: Ridley Scott
David Webb Peoples… read review
When I first viewed the director’s cut of Blade Runner (1982), around age 14, I was simply astonished by the use of cinematic beauty juxtaposed by a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk backdrop, including the… read review