A few months ago I posted Tears In The Rain, a Blade Runner short film.

I’m still apprehensive about the upcoming Blade Runner sequel. Hollywood has a pretty crappy track record when it comes to mining remakes and sequels for every dollar they can wring from them. There’s a Paul Blart 2.

There’s a Paul Blart sequel.  ‘Nuff said.

The new Blade Runner film is directed by Denis Villeneuve, which is certainly a good sign. Arrival is one of the best hard sci-fi movies to hit theaters in a decade, not just because of the story — which is certainly important, but because of the movie’s direction too. See below.

Ryan Gosling seems like good casting for the man that inherits Harrison Ford’s mantle from the first movie.

Jared Leto? Well, he’s got a long way to go before I forgive him for Suicide Squad and creating a Joker that couldn’t be further from The Dark Knight if he performed on Alpha Centauri.

Part of the promotion for the new film is a handful of short films that will appear on YouTube between now and release day.

It looks like the film will make the man behind the next generation of Replicants the villain, instead of making the Replicants the ambiguous antagonists they were in the original picture.

Blade Runner was about what it means to be human. While the movie was a visual feast, it managed to stay with the core theme of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Is an “artificial person” human?

This film doesn’t seem to be about this, at least not from this short and the ultra-violent trailers. While this short is well-written and directed, and Jared Leto proves that he can read frightening dialog in a strangely-accented semi-monotone while looking down and away from the camera, the scene is about shock value, not science-fiction.

Hopefully, the next short film will bring better news.

Here’s a video about Arrival. Worth watching.