Movie of the Month/LAMBcast #108: Blade Runner

by Dylan · March 17, 2012 · LAMBcast, MOTM, MOTM Champions, Podcasts · 12 Comments


Once again, our Movie of the Month pick comes from the early 80s – specifically 1982, as discussed on the accompanying LAMBcast, a a banner year for sci-fi films the likes of which we probably won’t see again.  The choice this time out is Blade Runner, the Ridley Scott-directed, Harrison Ford-starring ensemble piece that delves into some of man’s largest questions: What does it mean to be human? To have a soul? And how many versions of a film is too many?

As usual, I give you the IMDb summary for the film, for those few unfortunate souls that aren’t familiar with it:

“In a cyberpunk vision of the future, man has developed the technology to create replicants, human clones used to serve in the colonies outside Earth but with fixed lifespans. In Los Angeles, 2019, Deckard is a Blade Runner, a cop who specialises in terminating replicants. Originally in retirement, he is forced to re-enter the force when six replicants escape from an offworld colony to Earth. “

Now, let’s see what your fellow LAMBs had to say about it.  Thanks to all of the LAMBs that sent in their posts for this edition of the MOTM.

* 1001plus
* Cinematic Catharsis
* Cinematic Paradox
* Defiant Success
* Fogs’ Movie Reviews
* GlamAmor
* missemmamm
* Surrender to the Void
* The Stop Button

It’s also time to vote on next month’s movie. Once again, I put out the call for MOTM Champions. The gist is this: I ask for volunteers – people to select a film to be placed on the poll (up to 10 per month, as usual), then promote it on their site, Facebook, Twitter, whatever. Should their film win, they are guaranteed a spot on the LAMBcast episode where we will discuss said film. As a bonus (?), they will also get to host that segment of the show.  Also, Joel wanted me to mention that if you happen to campaign for your selection on your blog, he’d be happy to put up a Plug for it on the LAMB.

This month, we had five Champions – the sites are listed along with the films in the poll below. You have one week to vote (and promote your movies!). I’ll be putting out the call for the next MOTM in a few weeks, so stay tuned.

As we do every month, the LAMBcast is tied in with the MOTM. This month, our inaugural Champion Fogs hosted the Blade Runner discussion in which we talked up and down the film, covering (we hope) all of the important themes and talking points and analyzing the various versions of the film.  He was joined by host Dylan, as well as Steve and newcomer Max.

Also on tap:

* Rants and Raves of the Week
* Last LAMB Standing

A couple notes:

* Due to the bandwidth issues with Podomatic, I’ve gotten rid of the embeddable player that used to be included with these posts. The show can be found, of course, via iTunes – just do a search for “LAMBcast.” Also, I always post a link to the show on the LAMBcast’s Facebook page, and there’s a player there if you’d like to listen online.

* Shows will eventually make their way to the LAMBcast Archives. If you’d ever like to catch up on back episodes, go there.

If you’re interested, you too can be a LAMBcaster – we love new blood! For more information on the LAMBcast, check out the topic at the LAMB Forums. Music provided royalty-free by Kevin MacLeod’s Incompetech website. Big thanks to Kevin for providing this service. Opening song by Cake. The LAMBcast loves feedback, too – if you’d like yours read on a future show, leave it in the comments section at the LAMB. Please visit and like our Facebook page, and finally, we’re on iTunes, and would still love a review, even if it’s a bad one.

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12 Responses to Movie of the Month/LAMBcast #108: Blade Runner

  1. Dave Enkosky says:

    Great episode. Thanks for the shout out!

    • Dylan says:

      No problem – much deserved!

      I just finished the Allen/Scorsese ep – dug that one a lot, too. It and the book I’m currently reading (The Alienest) have got me wanting to check out Gangs of New York again.

    • CS says:

      The Alienist is way better than anything in Gangs of New York. Granted I am a bit biased as I loved that book but did not care for Gangs at all.

      Solid show overall, really liked the discussion that Blade Runner evoked.

    • Dylan says:

      From what I’ve read thus far, I tend to agree with you. It’s a sweet book – a shame an adaptation will probably never get made.

  2. SJHoneywell says:

    This was a fun episode, even though the second Last Lamb Standing was kinda…sad.

  3. Shep. Burman says:

    Dave you should join the our podcasting network. =)

  4. Shep. Burman says:

    Another very solid show guys. I liked the diversity and depth of the Blade Runner discussion even though I’m not the biggest fan of the film (I do love the soundtrack even more).

    Also thanks Steve! It warms even more to hear such kind words from some one not active on twitter since I’m more or less known as the Twitter guy I think.

  5. Dan says:

    Great show. It had a good flow to it and I got the feeling that the discussion could have lasted for another 30 minutes and still been interesting.

    This would have been a good Last Lamb Standing for me. For some reason, I’ve seen a lot of Michelle Pfeiffer movies. I even remembered forgettable movies like One Fine Day, Frankie and Johnny, To Gilian on Her 37th Birthday (yikes!), and more. This is not a great achievement for me.

    I like the idea of using a movie for LLS, and JFK is a great choice. I watched it a few years ago and knew maybe five or six actors, though Fogs likely would have won.

  6. TheVern says:

    Very cool podcast of one of my favorite movies of all time. I prefer the version without the narration but some nights I do like it with. Glad that that Scott made both verions available.

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