Sunday, March 12, 2006

Please Be Better Than Paycheck...


The movie that I'm most looking forward to see this year is Scanner Darkly. Based on a story by Philip K. Dick, the film (starring Kaanu Reeves, Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey, Jr. and Winona Ryder) incorporates a unique camera style that helps convey the strange mental angst going on.
I actually found it humorous that it stars Downey and Ryder, considering their real life dramas.


The movie is set in suburban Orange County, California in a future where America has lost the war on drugs. When one reluctant undercover cop is ordered to start spying on his friends, he is launched on a paranoid journey into the absurd, where identities and loyalties are impossible to decode. It is a cautionary tale of drug use based on the novel by Philip K. Dick and his own experiences.

Like a graphic novel come to life, "A Scanner Darkly" will use live action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process (interpolated rotoscoping) to create a haunting, highly stylized vision of the future. The technology, first employed in Richard Linklater’s 2001 film "Waking Life," has evolved to produce even more emotional impact and detail.

To get a glimpse of this slick looking flick, check out the two previews that can be found here.
I'm really liking the whole artistic approach to the film. Damn sweet!

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