JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 12 Jul 2021, 22:20

Jox wrote:Another screening of Robert Longo's B&W version will be held August 17 at Guild Hall 90 in East Hampton, NY (along with Longo’s exhibition, A History of the Present)
https://www.guildhall.org/events/screen ... -mnemonic/

Robert Longo and Shirin Neshat in conversation Tuesday, August 17, 7PM - 8PM
https://www.guildhall.org/events/robert ... versation/
Artists Robert Longo and Shirin Neshat will discuss process of visual artists making and directing films – how the approach is different, and what the advantages are of being an artist involved in creating cinema. Longo will also discuss his directorial debut with the film Johnny Mnemonic which celebrated its 25th Anniversary last year, and was transferred from color to black and white – the artist’s original intention.
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 17 Jul 2021, 14:54

Never-seen interview with Dolph and William Gibson, recorded in May 1994 at Cannes but aired 18 months later in 1995 in the Australian SBS "Movie Show"
https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/ko/watch/11704387692
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 02 Aug 2021, 15:09

From July 2018:
Toronto actor Denis Akiyama, who appeared in Johnny Mnemonic and on Broadway, dies at 66
https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/o ... -1.4732368

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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby alex.sp89 on 28 Aug 2021, 09:38

Good movie but.. they should develop more interaction between Dolph and Keanu- a some good fight between them especially during the final could be nice ( like in Unisol but not that long sequence), and another small fights during the movie where Keanu always escape. Dolph has this Evil Character but doesn't have too much stuff to do...
What is your opinion Jox regarding The Preacher and Johnny relation thru the movie ?
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby JuV on 28 Aug 2021, 14:16

Watched this for the first time a while ago and was rather disappointed with Dolph's small role but despite that it was definitely enjoyable. I believe the Unrated version (only released in Japan?) has a few more 'Preacher' moments tho :D
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 28 Aug 2021, 22:23

alex.sp89 wrote:Dolph has this Evil Character but doesn't have too much stuff to do...

I think part of the appeal for Dolph back then was to play a colourful character who wasn't really an "action guy".

alex.sp89 wrote:What is your opinion Jox regarding The Preacher and Johnny relation thru the movie ?

I never really thought of it in those terms so I don't have a strong opinion about that from the top of my head...

By the way, in the original William Gibson short story, the nemesis was the character of the not yet called Shinji, who sort of has a more secondary role here. Street Preacher was added for the screenplay.

JuV wrote:I believe the Unrated version (only released in Japan?) has a few more 'Preacher' moments tho :D

Yes, he has an additional monologue scene, a couple of alternate lines of dialogue and some additional shots towards the end when he fights Jane / Dina Meyer.

Even though the Japanese release version is not Robert Longo's "director's cut", it's darker, has a different "industrial rock" score, and makes a bit more sense.
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby JuV on 29 Aug 2021, 13:39

Jox wrote:Even though the Japanese release version is not Robert Longo's "director's cut", it's darker, has a different "industrial rock" score, and makes a bit more sense.

After my comment i quickly looked up if this version has been released outside of Japan and it has! The Japanese cut (in SD with English subs for the Japanese parts) is added as a bonus feature on the recent German blu-ray releases from Turbine.
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 29 Aug 2021, 16:20

Yes indeed, and it includes other good extras such as an audio commentary with Longo, and the complete Brad Fiedel isolated score track, plus vintage featurettes and interviews...
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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 02 Sep 2021, 19:08

Reminded that the original JM short story is 40 years old...

Why William Gibson Is a Literary Genius
Forty years after his breakout story, “Johnny Mnemonic,” the father of cyberpunk remains one of the best writers around
https://thewalrus.ca/why-william-gibson ... ry-genius/

The first pages in Omni magazine, 1981:
http://www.williamflew.com/omni32a.html

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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 24 Sep 2021, 11:12

35 mm screening in Barcelona this Sunday September 26th
https://www.phenomena-experience.com/evento/2127/.html

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Re: JOHNNY MNEMONIC (Robert Longo, 1995)

Postby Jox on 12 Oct 2021, 10:46

35 mm print of JOHNNY MNEMONIC (feature-length)
https://www.ebay.com/itm/294454675322

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