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Old 08-26-2006, 01:57 PM   #1
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the movie "A Scanner Darkly"

Has anyone seen this movie based on a Philip K Dick novel (which was in turn based on the unpleasant drug experiences of PKD and friends in the 70s, and wrapped in a sci-fi context)?

My husband and some friends are going to dinner and this movie tonight and they want me to come. I'm cool (more or less) with weirdness, but I'm a weenie when it comes to violence, extreme tension, and just plain being bummed out in my face in full-screen technicolor. Except for some of the violence, I really liked Blade Runner and Total Recall, also based on PK Dick stories, as well as the Matrix movies. But I must be getting wimpier with age.

I need to make my decision by 4:30pm EST
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Re: the movie "A Scanner Darkly"
Old 08-26-2006, 02:18 PM   #2
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Re: the movie "A Scanner Darkly"

I don't know anything about the movie, but I do not enjoy watching TV commercials in that wierd "rotoscope" animation. Sitting through an hour and a half of it would not be pleasant. I keep expecting the lip motion and dialogue to be out of sync.

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Old 08-26-2006, 02:35 PM   #3
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Re: the movie "A Scanner Darkly"

Thanks, REWahoo. I'm now searching for rotoscoping info and examples online. The wikipedia entry has a little info, but the only item in their list of examples that I can remember seeing is the music video "Money for Nothing" (Dire Straits), which wasn't too painful to watch (but I was in my 30s when I saw it):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotoscope

Some examples, including the trailer for "A Scanner Darkly":
http://www.nallegheny.k12.pa.us/acad...Rotoscope.html

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I saw the review of this one on ebert and roeper.....I dont think I would enjoy watching a whole movie like this....kinda weird...
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I usually refer to this site when I'm in doubt about a movie. This one looks like it received pretty good user reviews. I watched Basic Instinct 2 last night and this site was right on the money. Whatta stinker. Showgirls was better than Basic Instinct 2 :P


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Whatta stinker.* Showgirls was better than Basic Instinct 2* :P
Well, damn, there goes another evening plan.

Of course I might have to do my own research.
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Too late for tonight, astro, but I liked Scanner Darkly. It wasn't violent but there was drug use (some new "soma" drug). Its main theme was government control and corporate oversight of the government.

I like rotoscope. The sound was a bit too difficult to hear but I saw it in an older theater with old speakers. There were funny parts and the movie, while dark, has a relatively upbeat ending.
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