In each episode of Quality Control, a Polygon editor talks to a critic after they review a new game, movie or piece of gear and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review? Also: Did they play it wrong? This week, Polygon’s Julia Alexander joins co-host Charlie Hall to discuss her review of Blade Runner 2049, which you can read right here. Email: qualitycontrol at polygon dot com Music: “Goodwill” by The Custodian of Records … [Read more...] about Let’s talk about our review of Blade Runner 2049
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Toss a science fiction show onto an online streaming service and I will watch it. Literally anything. Yes, even a Cloverfield thing. I have no willpower when it comes to artistic visions of humanity’s future, even clumsy ones. When I sat down last week to start watching Netflix’s new series, Altered Carbon, I wasn’t really expecting much. But the first episode absolutely blew me away. But it wasn’t the tech or the undertones of class warfare that got me so excited. Most of that felt like a bit of a rehash. No, it was the set design, the level of production quality and the absolutely stellar world building. It’s a spectacularly generous show, with a treat for the viewer hidden around every corner. In fact, it might just have out Blade Runnered the new Blade Runner by a country mile. [Warning: What follows contains spoilers for Altered Carbon as well as Blade Runner 2049.] I was looking forward to last year’s Blade Runner 2049, and I feel like the film … [Read more...] about Netflix’s Altered Carbon gave me what Blade Runner 2049 couldn’t
“The first thing you’ll learn is that nothing is what it seems…” This is the opening line of the first episode of Altered Carbon and it couldn’t be more apt. Its true that given the popularity of sci-fi dystopian series and the trend for body-swapping stories, you might think you know everything you need to about the new Netflix Original from the trailers. I thought I did. That didn’t stop me from desperately wanting to watch it though, and chances are you feel the same if you like shows like Westworld, Black Mirror, and The Expanse. Altered Carbon is very much of its time in the sense that it’s riding the wave of high quality futurism, but don’t be fooled into thinking you’ve seen this all before. The series might feel like it has inspirations from all over the sci-fi movie and TV landscape, but it definitely brings something new to the genre as well. Based on the cyberpunk sci-fi novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan, … [Read more...] about Netflix’s Altered Carbon is Blade Runner meets Black Mirror with Westworld’s morality thrown in
Now that Blade Runner 2049 is available on Blu-ray and digital, fans of the epic sci-fi film are getting to relive it again at home. Beyond that, some are getting to watch a number of special features, from behind-the-scenes looks at casting the film and recreating the world of the first movie, to viewing multiple shorts used as prologues to 2049.There are some things those popping the Blu-ray into their player aren't seeing, though. For one, the movie has no director's commentary. While a director's commentary was once practically standard on DVD movie releases, they aren't quite as common anymore. Still, there are no doubt some that were hoping director Denis Villeneuve would give more insight into his artistic vision and the final film.More notable, however, is the complete lack of deleted scenes accompanying the home release of Blade Runner 2049. It's known that deleted scenes from the movie do exist. According to Collider, the first cut of the film ran almost four hours. That same … [Read more...] about Blade Runner 2049 Blu-ray Has No Deleted Scenes, But Does It Really Need Them?
Polygon is kicking off its best of entertainment series, which will run through the end of December and beginning of January, coming to a finale just before the 2017 Golden Globes. These personal essays will examine the best, most important and weirdest moments that occurred in television, film, streaming and YouTube/Twitch in 2017. Each will examine why the author believes that moment to be one of 2017’s most extraordinary. The series will end with Polygon’s Best of TV and Best of Movies pieces. Trailers have become so important to the celebration of movies, and so crucial to studios at large, that we’ve found ourselves in a subversive trailer culture. The movie trailer has become its own art form, with teaser trailers for the trailer released days in advance. In the case of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, sometimes that means having a commercial for the teaser for the tease that will play before the teaser trailer. It can seem a little over-the-top at times, but … [Read more...] about From Blade Runner 2049 to Baby Driver: The best movie trailers of 2017