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– by Seth McDonald

I am sure most of us have a film (likely more than one) from our younger days that we really never let go of, one that sticks with us for years to come. Whether it is the story, or a character, or a combination of the two, films have been known to become part of our lives.

The star of the upcoming and much anticipated Blade Runner 2049, Ryan Gosling, recently talked about this phenomenon at the Blade Runner 2049 press conference, which LRM was lucky enough to attend. Of course, the film that stuck with him was none other than the original Blade Runner.

“When I first saw it I was 12 it had been out for 10 years, I thought I was just watching a science fiction movie, but what I experienced was something very different and what’s interesting about the film is not just the experience of watching it, but how it stays with you. I wasn’t asking myself at 12 what it meant to be a human being, but I was after it, or maybe not consciously, but subconsciously, those seeds were planted, and I realized how much influence it had on the culture I grew up in.”

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It’s funny how movies can have such an impact on our lives, especially in our younger days. We form a relationship with the film and its characters to the point of almost feeling like we actually know them. I feel a real connection to what Gosling is saying, not specifically with Blade Runner, but with other movies made around the same time, Star WarsIndiana JonesGoonies, just to name a few.

While kids today love their Pixar movies, I think there was something special about movies made in the 80s. Movies weren’t as readily available as they are today and for that reason, I feel that the movie experience back then simply meant more to us, and therefore we formed a stronger connection with the films we enjoyed. To this day I blame my obsession with time travel on Back to the Future. I loved that movie as a kid, and still do.

Do you have a special connection with a movie from your childhood? Let us know in the comments down below!

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  • Moby85

    Gosling doesn’t seem like the type of guy that would sit through a hard sci-fi film, especially at 12…But OK, cool?

    For me, I actually didn’t see Blade Runner until I was 22. And my first experience was the Final Cut. It was 2007 and the film had just been released on DVD. I was visiting my best friend but got to his apartment at lunch time and he had to work the rest of the day. He left me with his laptop and choice of DVDs.

    I still remember watching it there and it blew my mind. I think having seen it as an adult AND the Final Cut definitely helped shape my feelings toward the film.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      I took a scifi and horror class in college. While I had seen different scenes from Blade Runner and knew of it’s influence I had never seen it until then. There is no way 12 year old me would have sat through that movie. But if he says so.
      side note: Doesn’t Gosling remind you of a baby duck.