Monday, March 13, 2006

A Scanner Darkly

I adore this poster, and am very excited for the movie. I never saw Waking Life, though it seems the animation style is similar, no? The image on the poster is cool to begin with, the folk peering behind the venetian blinds reeks of noir, and there is something very hip about seeing Keanu Reeves, Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey Jr., and Winona Ryder all in 2-D.

I'm debating whether or not I should brush up on the Phillip K. Dick book before or after I see the film...I may wait till after, since I don't even remember the ending.

Release date is July 7th. It's going to be a good summer for nerds...

9 Comments:

Blogger Elliot said...

I watched about the first 10 minutes of Waking Life and turned it off.
It is VERY rare for me to not sit through a movie.
I am not looking forward to ASD one teeny bit.

12:57 PM  
Blogger The New Yorker said...

I did not see Waking Life, but it seemed to me the problem with that film was the story -- I am a big fan of Phillip K Dick's work so I am at least excited to see it as an adaptation.

2:14 PM  
Blogger DoorFrame said...

I made it through 15 minutes of Waking Life before I bailed. Just totally intolerable.

I read a story about this movie in Wired a few weeks ago discussing the difficulties they were having with the animation. It was worrying.

The book was really interesting, but I haven't read it in at least two years. I'll avoid re-reading it as well to keep my mind open about the movie.

I LOVED the style of the trailer, I hope they can keep it up for a full movie.

7:33 PM  
Blogger The New Yorker said...

I found that article to be fascinating. I had the opportunity over the summer to get some inside exposure on the production of an animated film and I was shocked by how complex and difficult the production process seemed. Animation is such a pain staking process and it seems unavoidable to subcontract many different groups of animators, but it seems to enter a managerial and artistic nightmare when you try to maintain a cohesive style and constant work ethic among all the groups all of the time.

The article is a bit troubling, you're right, but certainly I thought the trailer looked good. I hope they get their stuff together by July.

8:23 PM  
Blogger jeremybgg said...

i understand doorframe not liking Waking Life because he's, you know, kind of stupid. but it's a great movie, it really is. people (like crazymonk) have a reeeeeeeeal hard time separating pretentious characters from pretentious writing. and those people should be shot.

i am looking forward to A Scanner Darkly. having never read a Dick book (heh heh), i am hoping to see a good movie based on one for a change.

2:12 PM  
Blogger The New Yorker said...

Minority Report was good. Also you should read Ubik.

2:16 PM  
Blogger jeremybgg said...

yeah, i liked minority report better than most folks i knew. i was being harsh earlier. not great, but good enough.

"paycheck" was worse than the holocaust. or at least, it did more directly personal damage to me.

3:34 PM  
Blogger The New Yorker said...

I can't deny it. Paycheck was pretty bad....and I wanted to like it.

3:42 PM  
Blogger jeremybgg said...

amazing that uma thurman was in the best and the worst movie of that year.

she was sooooo bizarre in that picture. and john woo, i was ashamed of him.

i guess "paycheck" was the most accurate title they could have come up with.

10:04 AM  

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