Rutger Hauer, most prominently known for his role as Roy Batty in Blade Runner, has passed away. I want to say his moments won’t be lost like tears in the rain, but. They shall. And that’s okay. Rest now, my friend.
Last week I took a pounding for hating on some classic movies. Except the Hangover … seems most of the super intelligent OL crowd didn’t fall for that movie. This week I want to move on to happier topics, like death. What makes a good death scene? Dying for ones beliefs and convictions? Sure, that’ll do. Giving some epic prose before sloughing off this mortal coil? Sure, that’s a good one too. I think that a great death scene has meaning. This means that we have to care about the characters, no easy feat. So here they are, my top 5 Death Scenes.
Just be warned, there are spoilers ahead for the following movies: Star Wars, LA Confidential, Saving Private Ryan, Blade Runner, and Highlander: End Game.
In my younger and more volatile years, I tried really hard to be smart. I read intelligent stuff, used big words, and analyzed movies more than I watched them. Hey, we all make mistakes. Anyways, per the requirements of a media theory class, I once found myself reading Scott Bukatman’s Terminal Penetration. At the time, I was simply enthralled by Bukatman’s examination of the postmodern relationship between technology, consciousness, narrative, and virtual reality.
This theorist’s words spoke to me, encouraging me to scrutinize reality and the ways I experience it. However, the class ended, so I went back to drinking beers and playing MarioKart: Double Dash!! instead of worrying about the inevitable collapsing of reality as its paper-thin foundation crumbles.
However, I have now learned that Paul Pope has contributed art for the 2nd edition of Scott Bukatman’s Blade Runner reader. As a diehard acolyte of the PULPHOPE, a fan of Harrison Ford’s most under-appreciated work, and a one-time student of media theory, I may just have to snag this book.
Punch it to hyperspace to see art, clips of the movie, and a video of Bukatman analyzing superheroes.
Quick, name a movie I love!
What’s that you say, Blade Runner? Fantastic!
Okay, now name one of my favorite comics artists!
Paul Pope?! Yeah, he is one of my panel-producin’ heroes!
Now hit the jump to see what happens when the ever-mighty Pulphope tries his hand at sketching a couple of the most iconic scenes from Blade Runner!