Of Miyazaki's oeuvre, this is one of his most straightforward - a light-hearted caper film absent a lot of his mysticism and broader flights of fancy. But there are so many of his stylistic signposts, from that brighter, more summery color palette to his love of architecture and landscapes. Plus, it's just hella fun; I'm glad I was watching this version of Lupin and not the allegedly more morally compromised thief of the series. Great start to Miyazaki Month over…
Twenty-three years, six movies and a million attempts on his own life later, the first M:I still holds up like crazy. It's really interesting to go back to this one, knowing more about De Palma's style, and clocking each canted angle and his patented use of light and shadow. Plus, the Langley sequence still bangs.
Full review here: consequenceofsound.net/2017/09/film-review-blade-runner-2049/
"In the final estimation, Blade Runner 2049’s legacy will be estimated by both its ability to capture the spirit of the original and tell an enticing story in its own right. By virtually every measure, it succeeds — whether it’s in Villeneuve’s careful, calculating directorial eye, Deakins’ sharp, distinct cinematography, or the film’s eye-popping visual design.
It may seem premature to ascribe the word ‘masterpiece’ to the legacyquel of a heady sci-fi head-scratcher from the ‘80s, but its audacity and formal perfection – not to mention its thematic weight – leave no other alternative."