It is a common enough meme.
The rejection letters of famous authors. The stories of big stars passed over films or mega-hit bands turned down by recording labels. So on and so forth.
It must reassure us creative types that often one cannot recognize genius when they see it. At least the bean counters and the lawyers don't. For example, Geeks Are Sexy recently posted a scanned copy of one of the original sets of screening notes for Blade Runner. A few of the comments are downright hilarious in retrospect.
"I thought we decided to lose the stick figures."
"Deckard at the piano is interminable."
"This movie gets worse every screening."
The suits never get it. That's ok since it's always about the money for them.
While on the subject of Blade Runner, I read this post a while back on Retro-futurism...one of my favorite blogs (which reminds me that I really need to add them to the blog roll.) Just in case you're not getting enough of a Blade Runner experience in America, what with our technology growing in capability and ubiquity while our people get dumber, you can soak up the environment in totality. Check out this pic:
That's not from Blade Runner. That's from China.
Say what you want about them, they got the whole "dystopian future" bit down.
More the cooler, happen to like those whiskey glasses Deckard had in the film? They're available. Here's a bit of ad copy from the seller that was reposted on Retro-futurism:
"We’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. We’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. But we haven’t seen anything half as cool as the Blade Runner Whiskey Glass."
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