Like Tears in Rain: Rutger Hauer, Blade Runner, and Being Fully Human

By Leah D. Schade In honor of Rutger Hauer, who played the Replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner, our friend Rev. Dr. Leah Schade (an avid fan of the Blade Runner franchise) has written a piece in memory of Hauer: “What Hauer captured in this character was the full scope and depth of human emotion.  From…

Blade Runner and Theology

By Stephanie Pacheco The Blade Runner films show us a version of Artificial Intelligence (AI) that looks exactly like we do. My take on Blade Runner—both the original and Blade Runner 2049—is that it concerns androids less than appearances suggest, but rather asks us: “What makes us human?” The 2017 sequel utilizes dazzling cinematography to…

Blade Runner 2049: 5 Star Review

Check out Leah Schade’s review of Blade Runner 2049 over at EcoPreacher: Blade Runner 2049 is cli-fi (climate fiction) at its best with superb visual effects, an absorbing storyline, fascinating characters, and poignant religious/philosophical themes. Read more here.

Watching ‘Blade Runner’ in the Age of Black Lives Matter

Part two of Leah Schade’s Blade Runner blog series from EcoPreacher. “In that moment, Roy becomes a Christ-like figure, his hand reminiscent of Jesus’s own hand nailed to the cross. The crucifixion was a saving act. And Roy’s stunning last act – saving Deckard when he did not at all deserve saving – was a powerful…

Do You Like Our Owl? ‘Blade Runner’ and Climate Change

Part one of a two part blog series from our friend, the Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade over at EcoPreacher. “I am eager to see how Blade Runner 2049 envisions the planet’s future 30 years hence.  Yet the idea of seeing our possible fate played out on a screen right before my eyes makes me slightly…