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Deckard in Spinner
What's your favorite cult film of all time, and why? What are the essential ingredients for a cult classic?

Blade Runner. Watched it in my early teens on a tiny portable TV, and have adored it ever since.

Most recently I got to be a blubbering fanboy and have Chinese food with Paul Sammon and Charles Lauzirika, respectively the author of the "Blade Runner bible" (Future Noir) and the producer of the Final Cut DVD/Blu-Ray. And wonderful blokes they are too.

I have also been Internet friends (mostly) with a lovely bunch of BR fans for over a decade now, a group that hail from the original Usenet forum for the film.

As for why I like it: there are very few films that capture a science fiction universe so genuinely, and leave you forgetting that it's not real. Factor into that a wonderfully philosophical story, milestone performances, cinematogprahy that makes you cry, and a magical soundtrack.

One day I will buy the Deckard trench coat and consumate the relationship.

Cult classic ingredients: that you have a cult which follow the film. Blade Runner is one of the original cult classics.

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BLADE RUNNER is one of the most visually dazzling films I've ever seen. I love how the movie production team decided to make the future look so gritty. I'm so used to seeing the future presented as sleek and shiny in a lot of sci-fi movies that it came as a pleasant surprise to see a vision of the future look so grimy and realistic in BLADE RUNNER.

The set design was second to none. And done relatively simply as well.

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