Blade Runner

Dear reader,

Thirty-four years ago or if you prefer, on the last century  🙂  I watched Blade Runner, one of the best science-fiction movies ever made, for the first time! Since I had some free time after my undergraduating classes during a weekday I invited a friend to watch it in a small movie theater in Porto Alegre, my hometown.

The first thing that called my attention was that it rains during 99% of the movie! Only at the end of the movie was possible to see some sunshine on the big screen… Actually, I learned last week only that all these years me and millions of people around the world watched the studio version, or in other words, the happy end version…

There are seven versions of Blade Runner. The most important (or known) ones are:

  • The US theatrical version (1982, 116 minutes), known as the original version or Domestic Cut,
  • The International Cut (1982, 117 minutes) also known as the “Criterion Edition” or uncut version, included three more violent action scenes than the US theatrical version and,
  • The Final Cut (2007, 117 minutes), or the “25th-Anniversary Edition”, briefly released theatrically on October 5, 2007.

Basically the film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in which genetically engineered replicants, which are visually indistinguishable from adult humans, are manufactured by the powerful Tyrell Corporation. The use of replicants on Earth is banned and they are exclusively utilized for dangerous or menial work on off-world colonies. Replicants who defy the ban and return to Earth are hunted down and killed (“retired”) by special police operatives known as “Blade Runners”. The plot focuses on a group of recently escaped replicants hiding in L.A. and the burnt-out expert Blade Runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment to hunt them down.

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For more details about the movie take a look at Wikipedia link below, please:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner

Until two weeks ago I have watched Blade Runner three times, all of them were the US theatrical version, i.e., with the happy ending… However, only last week (when heard that a sequel will be released next year) I learned that the definitive and true version was the Final Cut version since it shows a completely different ending plus a very important scene that wasn’t present in the studio version!  😉

Therefore if you still haven’t watched Blade Runner (what are you waiting for?) you must watch the Final Cut version since it’s the only version that was completely approved by the film director, Ridley Scott.

You are probably asking me here, “but why do you like this movie so much?”. My answer is a complex one:

Because it contrasted a lot with my reality thirty-four years ago. The differences (for worst) between my hometown in 1982 and Los Angeles in 2019 were so huge that sometimes I asked myself: “Is this the future that wait for us in the 21st-century?”

I personally enjoyed the internal conflict inside the minds of some replicants, especially Roy Batty and Rachel. As an electronics engineer that has became passioned about Robotics through the years it won’t surprise me that in a near future with the advance of A.I. (Artificial Inteligence) some humanoids (or replicants) will be more humans that some of us, mere mortals…

I also liked the movie soundtrack a lot. Vangelis, a Greek musician, composed most of the soundtrack. It is mostly a dark, melodic combination of classical composition and synthesizers which mirrors the futuristic film noir envisioned by Ridley Scott. His music is as much a part of the dystopian environment as the decaying buildings and ever-present rain.

 

 

 

Terra

Dear reader,

After thinking for a while I decided to add a new item on this blog menu, this time related to our planet Earth. It will be called Terra, i.e., Earth in Latim.

In this space I intend to write about the current main problems that affect our world and consequently their causes and possible solutions with the purpose to make our planet a better place to live. 😉

Environment, climate, natural resources, wars, migration, etc. Therefore there are a lot of different topics that are affecting our world, usually for worse…

Keep in mind that the Earth is an old world: formed more than 4 billions years ago. It’s our duty to protect its healthy for future generations!

Let’s save it, terráqueos!   🙂

Comics

Dear reader,

As I wrote a long time ago, reading is definitely one of my favorite pastimes. The main reason is because I started reading comics at a very early age. As far I remember, I have been reading comics uninterruptedly since I was six-years-old! 🙂

My passion for reading comics was definitely encouraged by my father. I always tell people that this was the greatest legacy that he left for me, in other words, the encouragement for reading. I loved to go with him to the newsstand on every Saturday night or Sunday morning. He used to buy a lot of comics together with the daily newspaper! And I really mean a lot, not only two or three comics, but sometimes six or seven in just one day! Of course, my mom usually didn’t approve it since he was spending a lot of money just buying comics to me… 🙂

Therefore in this column I intend to write about the world of comics and how they influenced and still influence my way of thinking even almost fifty years later!

I will write about my favorite comics, i.e., characters and plots, including publishers, artists, writers, etc. Basically it’s about American comics since they used to be published on a full content in Portuguese when I was a kid. In addition I will write about some Brazilian comics too and some Japanese comics as well.   😉

Best Regards from the Land of Manga!   😉

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World Peace Justice: myself character secret ID!

Getting sick…

Dear reader,

On this week I was supposed to write about Culture, but suddenly I had to change my plans…

That’s because I got a mild cold two days ago. Although the fever wasn’t so hard (38.1 degrees Celsius was the highest temperature) I had a terrible sore throat yesterday… 😦

Besides, I had a lot of trouble to logging in my account here on the last three weeks, but everything is OK now. 🙂

Therefore I ask you for your comprehension and I promise to write a more interesting article next month.

Tomorrow I will be back to work and I won’t forget to wear my face mask to protect me of getting another cold… 😉

Best Regards from Japan, The Land of White Masks!   🙂

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Japanese Cuisine

Dear reader,

Are you hungry? I am, since it’s almost lunch time… 😉

In this page, Japanese Cuisine, I intend to introduce some delicious Japanese dishes from a foreigner’s perspective. Although my Japanese knowledge is a basic one, the fact of being living in this wonderful country for almost twenty years and being married to a Japanese woman makes me feel relaxed when talking or writing about most popular Japanese food! 🙂

Therefore if you like some famous Japanese food as sushi, sashimi and tofu you have come to the right place, i.e., the right page! 😉

As Japanese people say before starting eating: いただきます! (Itadakimasu !)

In other words,  Let’s eat!

Brazilian Cuisine

Dear reader,

Are you hungry? I am, since it’s almost lunch time… 😉

In this page, Brazilian Cuisine, I intend to introduce some delicious Brazilian dishes, desserts and drinks to you. By the way, if you’re a foreigner, i.e. a non-Brazilian, you’ll be surprised with the variety of Brazilian food!

Let me make a brief introduction about this delicious (no pun intended) topic: the Brazilian cuisine has a large influence of Amerindian, European and African meals (recently some influence of Asian food too). Due to the country transcontinental size and the miscegenation between native and immigrants, each region has its own variety of local cuisine.

For example, many popular dishes at the North region of Brazil originated from native Indians meals while the local food at the South region (where this humble writer came from 😉 ) has a strong influence from German and Italian cuisine.

Therefore in a near future I intend to write about some very typical Brazilian dishes, desserts and drinks including pictures (some of my own collection) and, if I’m successful, recipes too! 😉

Bom apetite! (in Portuguese from the famous French expression, bon appétit!)

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Connecting the dots…

Dear reader,

I wonder if you’re like me where, from time to time, try to think what are the reasons for some events that occur not only in our own lives, but anywhere…

Personally, I don’t believe in coincidences. A long time ago I have arrived at the conclusion that everything that happens in our chaotic world has a specific reason and especially, a connection with someone, someplace, other events, etc.

The grand mystery is to know the real cause of such things in advance! Most of people don’t realize that anything that they do in their lives will affect not only those that are near them, but everybody in this planet!

Do you want an example? Think about the several wars, including isolated terror attacks, that are occurring in almost all continents these days. I bet that you and/or most of your friends think that wars happen because of religious, political, social and/or economic divergences between countries or different groups of people.

Wrong! All these wars has only one very basic reason: weapons trade. The only and definitive solution to stop current and avoid future wars is to stop making and selling weapons abroad right now. Think with me: where all those terrorist groups, drug dealers, militias, etc get their armament? Almost 100% of them don’t have the resources and technology to design and make such powerful weapons…

And the most interesting thing is the way we connect the dots. Millions of threads are made and changed every minute in our world. A single late or early second, a single spoken word, a rational or irrational decision, etc makes an enormous difference in people’s lives. Some of our actions have an immediate impact and others may take some time (months, years, etc), but all of them will influence how the future is molded.

I’m pretty sure that if someday most of us understand clearly how everyone and everything is connected, then most of our problems in the future will be solved forever…

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Best Regards from rainy Japan,

Your humble writer 😉

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