Thursday, February 14, 2008

25th Anniversary Award for Best Film, 1982


Blade Runner (89 points/13 votes)

"In 1982, Blade Runner was just a movie. It came and went as a vexing box office failure, with a dark, rain-soaked vision of America that left audiences and critics equally amazed and bewildered. Over 25 years later Blade Runner is an ever-expanding film institution, often acting as a reference point for newcomers to the Bleak SciFi Epic genre and further dividing its cult of fans with multiple versions. The latter now stands at four, with the latest "Final Cut" joining the theatrical, international and director's cut incarnations. The various edits have only deepened the whirlpool of Blade Runner analysis, which centers on the humanity- or lack thereof- of cyber noir detective Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) and his pursuit of a band of renegade replicants in a prospering/decaying 2019 Los Angeles. Whether or not Deckard himself is a replicant, he finds his mechanical targets to seemingly hold life dearer than any of L.A.'s citizenry. When talking about the best films of 1982, Blade Runner says "time to die" to all others." ~ Adam Ross

Runners-up:
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (61/10)
The Thing (53/9)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (48/8)
Fitzcarraldo (31/5)

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14 comments:

DANNY BALDWIN said...

I still don't get FAST TIMES. At all. ;)

Paul C. said...

Don't feel bad. Even as a child of the 80s, I'm still not feeling the Fast Times love.

cjKennedy said...

Phoebe Cates got me through puberty. All I'm saying.

Kza said...

Life's the same
I'm movin' in stereo
Life's the same
except for my shoes
Life's the same
you're shakin' like tremelo
Life's the same
it's all inside you

Paul C. said...

Well yes, there's that. Unfortunately, the 90 minutes or so surrounding that scene aren't nearly so... memorable.

Daniel G. said...

I'm impressed with the correct (according to me) order of votes for the top 5. Blade Runner has to be the most seminal piece to come out of that year, though.

Steve said...

Someone else voted for Tenebrae? Fawesome.

Kza said...

I'd love to take credit for the other Tenebrae vote, but alas, no. Instead, I voted Q--The Winged Serpent. For #1. Cuz it is.

Steve said...

Also to the person who voted for Cafe Flesh: You are a gentleman and a scholar. I wish I had your gumption.

Also, doesn't the IMDb call The Evil Dead an '81 film? 'Cause I totally would have voted for it.

Kza said...

Café Flesh, on the other hand, was in fact me. Because that's what the Muriels needs: More non-erotic (but sorta erotic, but no not really, but yeah kinda sometimes) porn.

Paul C. said...

Steve~~

For Tenebrae, you have yourself to thank, or more precisely an invitee of yours- Mr. Jason Overbeck.

And yes, IMDb lists Evil Dead as a 1981 film, which is why nobody voted for it, seeing as how this award is for 1982.

DANNY BALDWIN said...

BTW, the new award icon is epic.

Steve said...

Apparently one person did, according to the "one vote" rundown. Bah to non-IMDb-checking people.

And good job kza. Cafe Flesh is the most awesome anti-porn out there.

Paul C. said...

Oops. Too late to get a new ballot from this person, but I'll go ahead and correct this now. These are the perils, I suppose.