Friday: 07.July.2006

A Scanner Darkly, based on the novel by Philip K Dick

The show I'm *really* interested in seeing is .. A Scanner Darkly, based on the book of the same title.

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The author (Philip K Dick) used to live right up the road here in Orange county (which he referred to derisively as Plastictown). Several of his novels have already been made into movies, which include Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report.

His novels often dealt with the illusory quality of reality, which I much enjoy. I like things that stretch my mind.

I also like the way PKD looks. Something about him looks familiar .. come to think of it, his eyes remind me of the look I sometimes see staring back at me in the mirror.

He seems straightforward and down-to-earth (maybe cuz he's sitting on the ground). Heard he experimented with drugs. The novel/movie is supposedly a "personal account of his punishing life".

The book derives its title (I think) from a verse of scripture found in 1st Corinthians chapter 13: For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known .. which describes, I believe, how we don't see things as they really are .. while we're still alive.

Scanner, which also opens today, got better reviews than Pirates. But it's not playing at many theaters. It made the cover story of this week's OC Weekly. Interesting article. Thought it funny where they say, "Doctors told him he was several kinds of crazy." =) Trailers here.

For more info, here's a Google search pre-configured for the query: a scanner darkly film movie philip dick





Posted by Rad at July 7, 2006 08:33 PM

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