As a slavering paranoiac by nature with an inherent distrust of my girlfriend’s fidelities, I have always wanted a Voight-Kampf Device. It would have great utility in my life. At midnight, when my girlfriend comes stumbling in from what was ostensibly a “night out with the girls” — stinking of cigarettes, booze her lipstick saucily smeared as if she’s spent the night kissing — I will be sitting there at a kitchen table, chain smoking, ready to badger her with an endless series of seemingly irrelevant ethical questions while I measure the dilation of her pupils.
“You see a tortoise laying on its back, baking in the hot desert sun,” I would begin, watching the quiver of her retina. Eventually, my unyielding series of inquisitions would lead me to the question that I really wanted to ask all along: “You find a picture of a naked woman in a magazine. You show it to me, and I like it so much that I decide to hang it on our bedroom wall.”
“Is this testing whether I’m a Replicant or a lesbian, Mr. Brownlee?” my girlfriend would then ask haughtily.
“This is testing if you are a lesbian,” I would explain with a wink. And then, if she wouldn’t let me hang it on our bedroom wall, that would be the end of the relationship. You can see how such a device would be useful.
That is a longer introduction to the subject of this post than I meant it to be, much to AMC’s horror. The point is: there’s always some prop in a movie that we attach ourselves to, that we desperately wish we owned. And over at USA Today’s Pop Candy blog, they’ve polled their readers for their favorite must-have movie props.
There’s some great answers: the Glowing Suitcase from Encino Man, Darth Maul’s lightsaber, the Time Map from Time Bandits, The Lament Configuration from Hellraiser and the Glaive from Krull.
What about you? In your ideal world, what sci-fi movie props would decorate your home?Read More