Denis Villeneuve’s “Blade Runner 2049” (2017)

THE PROLIFIC SCIENCE-fiction novelist Philip K. Dick, on whose short story the original Blade Runner was based, phrased the question of what it means to be human by asking, “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” In Dick’s novel, Rick Deckard hates his pet, an electric sheep, precisely because he knows that it, like the androids […]

‘La La Land’

I’M STILL HUMMING, as I drum away at my keyboard, the tune to La La Land’s second and, undoubtedly, best song, ‘Someone in a Crowd’, which arrives about fifteen minutes into Damien Chazelle’s charming and remarkable new film. In the first scene, the motorists in a rush-hour traffic jam on a section of Los Angeles […]