July 9, 2007

The Origami of Life

Bladerunner!! What a great movie! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner I just re-watched it last weekend. My favorite character is Gaff (Edward James Olmos), the origami folding police inspector who shadows the replicant terminator Deckard (Harrison Ford). Edward James Olmos is chilling with his blue contacts and dark complexion. It is fascinating to watch how the origami predicts action, contributes to the sinister feel of the film and adds tension to the plot. It reminds me a lot of life lived in the moment. Living in the moment. Living in the folds of the origami trying to restrain my yen to unfold reality faster than it unfolds on its own.

Here is part of the Wikipedia review of Gaff:
Gaff, a mysterious character in the film ...
is quickly identified as being very different than Deckard through the ways he dresses and behaves. He makes subtle observations about Deckard, sometimes by making little origami figures and sometimes through dialogue. This can be seen when he folds a paper chicken when Deckard refuses Bryant's request to hunt the "skinjobs", his term for the replicants, with the implied meaning of calling Deckard a chicken or coward.

The last words heard in the film (Director's Cut version) are spoken by him: "It's too bad she won't live. But then again, who does?"


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