Danielle Solzman reviews “Blade Runner 2049” and “The Mountain Between Us” for Cultured Vultures

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BLADE RUNNER 2049

Blade Runner 2049 is an impressive work of art. The sequel to the 1982 classic is one that is best seen by going into it without doing anything but watching Blade Runner: The Final Cut.

Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve takes over the director’s chair from Ridley Scott. Those were some large shoes to fill for one of the most anticipated films of the year, but the Arrival director did so nicely as he continues an impressive streak that also includes Prisoners and Sicario – fans of the original should have nothing to fear. Villeneuve is aided in the filmmaking process by cinematographer Roger Deakins for their third collaboration.

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US

Starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, The Mountain Between Us sweeps viewers in through the decisions made by director Hany Abu-Assad and cinematographer Mandy Walker. Rather than shoot this thing on a soundstage with a digital green-screen, the filmmakers made the risky decision of taking it to the mountains where the work is more demanding on actors. In doing so, the film delivers on authenticity not through the scenery but in the work that they get out of the two actors.

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