The Flipside #9: 'Blade Runner 2049'

The Flipside #9: 'Blade Runner 2049'

By Brice Ezell and Evan Sawdey

A big-budget sequel to a certified cult classic is always a dicey cinematic prospect, but with Denis Villeneuve at the helm, the Flipside fellas just couldn't wait to see what this new work would enhance. 20 Oct 2017 // 8:10 AM

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