Saturday Cinema: dreaming of electric sheep

Autumn arrived without a moment of hesitation in Belgium: vibrant reds, verdant yellows and magnificent sunset-orange shades mark the trees and make this season contrast sharply with dreary rainy afternoons. Unfortunately, this weekend was dominated by rain this weekend, and I couldn’t muster the courage to go for my favorite forest autumns walks. Besides, it was jam-packed with activities: discovering a tapas bar in K-city (Kortrijk) on Friday evening, checking out a possible new apartment with the misses, feverishly looking for a present for my little niece (mission failed because of Armistice, thank god for online shops), and finally, enjoying some good old cinema time: the best pastime for a cold and wet Saturday night.

On Saturday evening I went and saw Blade Runner 2049, a film for which I had high expectations. It didn’t disappoint. But lets start at the beginning.

The cinema we visited is called Studio Skoop, in the city of Ghent, Belgium. It’s an independent, art house cinema, that really boasts a varied collection of films, outside of the usual Hollywood blockbusters. That being said, they played Blade Runner 2019, eloquently described as a type of “independent movie with a blockbuster budget”. And I personally think that fits the cover perfectly. The cinema has a fun cafe, and cosy small cinema rooms that can’t fit a large audience. It’s a bit intimate really. I’m thinking of getting a subscription or multiple movie admissions card so I can see more independent movies during winter. (FYI: Belgium has shorter days in winter so it gets dark very quickly). It seems like a fun backup activity to do.

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Studio Skoop room

The last thing I want to do is review Blade Runner 2049 in this post. You can surely rely on professionals who genuinely have knowledge about these things. I just enjoy Science-fiction. I own and have read most sci-fi classics, and therefore I just couldn’t miss out on Blade Runner .The scenes were a grandly envisioned, dark but recognisable future, the sound track and silence were heart-gripping, and I think it was an honest approach to what its original book “Do Androids dream of Electric sheep” (by Philip K. Dick) tries and intends to convey. The intricate layers of human versus Android, Android versus humanity, the inhumanity of humans, and what it means to be human or humane, are intriguing, compelling and sometimes disconcerting. And then there’s the whole ecological transformation of earth that is beautifully and terrifyingly introduced in the background, just nudging your brain as a sidenote.

And that’s it. There’s nothing more I want to add. Discover it for yourself: my girlfriend loved it, and she isn’t even remotely a science-fiction fan. Furthermore I really suggest reading Philip K. Dick’s book, so you can trace the stories’ origins. Enjoy!

Cover of first hardback edition (Source: Wikipedia)
Cover of first hardback edition (Source: Wikipedia)

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