My name is Spencer (formerly known as Dr. Paleo Ph.D.).
I am many things. I'm a 22-year-old, Bible-believing Christian. I trust my savior Jesus Christ above all else, and strive to follow Him unceasingly. My soul is that of the warrior's, and I seek to fulfill my duties as such. I am science-minded, and am pursuing a career in dinosaur paleontology.
I am for my God, and His Word, the Holy Bible. I am for the literal six-day interpretation of the Creation account as found in the book of Genesis. I am for my country and its military, and I will give my support to those who defend this nation and its people, even if it means that we are forced to wage war. I am for homeschooling, the rights of parents and the unborn, the Biblical family, and courtship. I am for the rights of gun owners, and believe in carrying. I am for martial arts, and advocate the study of those means necessary to protect the family, the faithful, and the defenseless. I am for the dying ways of chivalry; "Women and Children First!" is a creed well worth dying for. I am for conservatism, and did I mention that I'm also a states' rights Confederate flag-waving Rebel?
This is me.
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"Captain, my religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. Captain, that is the way all men should live, and then all would be equally brave." --Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
"God has fixed the time for my death. I do not concern myself about that, but to be always ready, no matter when it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and all would be equally brave." --Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
"Duty is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less." --Robert E. Lee
"Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.” --Martin Luther
"Never give in—-never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." --Winston S. Churchill
"Look! There is Jackson standing like a stone wall! Let us determine to die here today and we will conquer! Rally behind the Virginians!" --Gen. Bernard E. Bee
Ah, yes...the sci-fi flick from Philip K. Dick turned cult classic. If you've already read my review of the book (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) then you know that the movie differed in many aspects, as is usual. So which one wins out, book or film? The answer might come as rather unexpected.
Like the book, Blade Runner is set in the bleak future of Los Angeles (in 2019), where the former "blade runner" Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford, in one of his better performances) lives out his lonely existence. Forced to re-enter law enforcement again to hunt down and "retire" a group of replicants (same thing as androids in the book) from an off-world colony, Deckard begrudgingly does the job he no longer wishes to do--it's that, or be killed by his old police chief.
Deckard was done with killing, even though they were considered inhuman, but his recent impressment means that he begins tracking the replicants down with the same skill as before. They are led by the merciless Roy Batty (with his dangerous girlfriend Pris, a "pleasure model" replicant) and aided by the kind but naive J.F. Sebastian (J.R. Isidore in the book), genetic designer for the Tyrell Corporation (the Rosen Association in the book). Thrown into the mix is the Rachael, who unknowingly leads Deckard, heart-first, into deep change.
The feel of the film is fantastic. Almost apocalyptic/dystopian, with dark and freaky airs and a mix of noir and '80's sci-fi, director Ridley Scott outdid his usual lackluster self. The world is a hodge-podge mess, and the influence of Asia can be seen everywhere, from food to billboards. What is a little disappointing is that this film missed out on telling the viewer some of what the book told the reader (that there had been a massive war, that there was radioactive fallout, that the government was encouraging all humans to move to off-world colonies, etc.). If these elements had been added, the film would have grown in strength exponentially (instead of being mostly unexplained, the reasons behind the way the world is in 2019 Los Angeles would be known).
Extending further out from the setting would be the overall weirdness of the film. It struck me as quite freaky the first time I saw it, and it is indeed a strange mix of whatnot-ishness. However, wrapped up in the package that is presented to the moviegoers, it fits. The strange stuff makes for the good stuff here.
On top of all this, we have a few moral lessons as well. The most obvious notion would be mankind's science running amok and "creating" life, then not being able to handle it and heinously destroying it. And also, instead of a killer that we see in the book, Deckard hates his work, and it would appear to make him sick...and if I told you much more, I'd be ruining the story for you. Over all, excellent film.
[WARNING: Sexual content discussed. Adult readers only!] Blade Runner improved upon Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? massively by removing the element of Mercerism, and cutting down the sexual content. Deckard is not married, so when the scene cuts out and we guess that he and Rachael may have...*ahem*, it is more "their business" than anything else (and, as opposed to the book, they actually love each other here). Unfortunately, in one scene we do have a completely topless woman who, after taking a shower following an unseen strip club dance routine, decides to put her boots on first instead of covering herself. Even a few seconds of breast nudity is enough to make me give this movie a no.(And any potential viewers should also know that there is a sexualized scene where a female replicant tries to somehow kill Deckard by twisting his neck between her thighs, and Roy Batty, played by Rutger Hauer, kisses a man before brutally killing him, although it is rather plain to see that it isn't homosexual and instead stems from Batty's overall creepiness and the fact that he is saying goodbye in some strange, psycopathic way.)
While Blade Runner lost some of the book's strength, it gained much in what it appropriately left out. Therefore it is such a pity that I'm not able to rate this inspiring film any better. If they hadn't just that one scene (and yes, the Director's Cut and the Final Cut both contain it), this would have made it onto my list of awesome movies.
P.S. And for BattlestarGalacticafans...it has Adama in it!!!! "It's too bad she won't live...but then again who does?"