Written in Stone, When All Stones Erode

Often, we think of an artwork as absolute. Picasso’s work, for example, is simply Picasso’s work; unchanged over time. We’re aware that a digital JPEG of a painting will lose all of its tangible resonance, such as its finer brushstrokes. Yet, we still consider it to be a fair representation of an essential absolute. Those with a passing interest in artย may even have some peripheral sense that a long life would naturally degrade the brilliance of a piece. But, outside of the exclusive world of art criticism and appreciation, it’s rare for us to consider the ways that an individual expression can evolve.…   [continue reading]

Blade Runner 2049 [REPORT & FIRST IMPRESSIONS]

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I wrote about Blade Runner 2049‘s first trailer here.ย Because the original film still stands as my favourite of all time (and has since I was fourteen-years-old), I was vitriolic in my ensuing cynicism.ย I thought a sequel would be ineffective in a number of ways. Firstly,ย Blade Runnerย itself is an enigma of spiralling complexity; all anchored by a simple central premise. Expanding on it, even faithfully, seemed a vacuous exercise in contrivance. More importantly, and of great concern, was the potential for a follow-up to dilute its parent. Trailers, and other promotional material, did nothing to quell my worries.…   [continue reading]

Blade Runner 2049 [TRAILER REACTIONS]

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I eventually saw Blade Runner 2049, and subsequently wrote about it here.

I am absolutely the right person at Secret Cave to write this. ย That’s something I believe both Bens would yield to, well aware of my lifelong love for Ridley Scott’sย Blade Runner. ย It’s been my favourite film since I was around sixteen years old. ย Even before that it was ever-present in my upbringing. ย A favourite of both my Dad and Brother, I knew its opening crawl well from a young age. ย The very idea of a sequel to that masterpiece was frightening, but it’s now something I can’t deny or avoid. ย …   [continue reading]