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Transmissions from the Evil Lair Ep 242 – Blade Runner with Ken Reid


Today we’re taking our third trip into the alternate dimension known as the Hauer-verse, Evil Geeks and once again we’ve brought backup! Chris and Tom are joined by comedian Ken Reid of the TV Guidance Counselor podcast to talk about one of Rutger Hauer’s best known films and arguably one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made, Blade Runner.

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The Single Greatest Unbroken Movie Streak Ever

This is my theory, try and prove me wrong. Harrison Ford has the strongest unbroken movie streak of all time. Don’t believe me? Observe: During a four year span (1980-1984) Ford starred in the following movies:

1980 – The Empire Strikes Back

1981 – Raiders Of The Lost Ark

1982 – Blade Runner

1983 – Return Of The Jedi

1984 – Temple Of Doom

No two ways around it, this is an impressive run. All of these movies are varying degrees of classic.  Even the fact that the second Star Wars movie and the first Indiana Jones movie were made a year apart is astounding.

I know we geeks can be pretty biased about the things we like, but I absolutely believe in this. I’m not saying there haven’t been actors who have made a higher number of better movies than Harrison Ford because there definitely has. I just don’t think (or at least no one jumps out in my mind) there has been an actor who has made 5 consistently classic movies in a row. Usually when someone gets on a hot streak of 2 or 3 truly great movies there’s a dud in there somewhere or at least something less compelling or less deserving of “classic” status.

So anyway, there you have it. I officially leave this open for debate.

Nerd Art

This author likes a lot of different things, but high up on that list is Star Wars (and let’s be serious what self respecting Geek doesn’t like Star Wars?) and Westerns. Guess how I felt when I stumbled upon Timothy Anderson’s website and saw this gem:

After my shortness of breath went away I took a longer look around the site and was pleasantly surprised. Slightly lower down on my list of things that occupy more time in my life than it should is Film Noir/Pulp Novels. I think you’d agree that the inner Sci Fi nerd in anyone would rejoice at the sight of a Blade Runner or Alien pulp styled cover.

It’s striking to me in this day and age how much the artist “gets it”. Take some old school covers as an example.

I’ve got a lot to say about pulp art but I’ll save that for a future post. For now head over to Timothy Anderson’s site and check some of his amazing art prints for sale.

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