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A Scanner Darkly
As the title implies, there’s a certain opacity to A Scanner Darkly's cautionary drug tale, but at times Richard Linklater's film can be as naked as the lunch on the end of your fork.
Film Review  July 7, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It’s back to the future for Richard Linklater in his animated film version of Philip K. Dick’s 1977 acclaimed novel, A Scanner Darkly, a near-30-year-old work of prescient science fiction, whose film setting is seven years in the future..."

'A Scanner,' Before and After
An interview with producer Tommy Pallotta and animators Jason Archer and Paul Beck
Screens Story  July 7, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Viewed in the context of the times we live in, Philip K. Dick's novel A Scanner Darkly, first published in 1977, seems remarkably prescient, with overtones of government surveillance, corporate malfeasance, and jagged bursts of paranoia that, in the end, are entirely warranted..."

A Decade Under the Influence
The 'Chronicle' movie critics take a look back at what the Aughts wrought
Screens Story  December 25, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...Locally, it's revealing to track Richard Linklater's animated arc from the intellectually invigorating and potently life-affirming dream world of Waking Life, which premiered roughly eight months prior to 9/11, to the dystopic, paranoid nightmare scenario of A Scanner Darkly. (True, Linklater also helmed such nondowners as School of Rock and Bad News Bears, but I'd say the stark message of Fast Food Nation, with its meatpacking bloodbaths and relentlessly grim mood, counters at the very least the forced jollity of Bears.)..."

Do Androids Dream of a Screening This Cool?
Blade Runner 2049 at the Alamo makes a Golden Hornet buzz
DAILY Arts  October 13, 2017, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Because the Golden Arm Trio’s Graham Reynolds, didn’t he compose the score for Richard Linklater’s version of A Scanner Darkly?..."

Don't Call It a Kickback …
Lance 'Fever' Myers Kickstarts 'Boxer Story'
DAILY Screens  July 16, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...We've known Myers for ages and admired his work on Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly and his [adult swim]/ series The Ted Zone. We're fans of that Riddlin' Kids video, too..."

One in a Crowd: Sword of Gary 6000
Local Renaissance man Zach Hall looks to Kickstart a video game
DAILY Screens  February 3, 2016, by James Renovitch
"...Hall’s résumé in video games includes the behemoth Star Wars: The Old Republic, the more recent Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon, and other notable titles that prove this isn’t his first rodeo. He also worked with Bob Sabiston as an animator on Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly...."

Five Science-Fiction Authors to Scan Darkly
ST 37 captain Scott Telles pulls five notables off the SF bookshelf.
Music Story  July 25, 2008, by S.L. Telles
"...Move on to: Elegiac masterpiece Valis or designer drug nightmare A Scanner Darkly. Neal Stephenson..."

After a Fashion
Panties, heels, shoplifting, dog collars, and suffragettes
Columns  August 20, 2004, by Stephen MacMillan Moser
"...LE SCANDALE NOT Frankly, we've heard rumors for months now about a purported little incident involving Winona Ryder while she was here filming Rick Linklater's A Scanner Darkly. It all seemed so preposterous, so obvious, and there were so many variations on the story, that I wrote the whole thing off as a complete fabrication..."

Shine a Light
'In the Shadow' and more selections from the 15th annual Cine Las Americas
Screens Story  April 20, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...It's been six years since Richard Linklater adapted Philip K. Dick's prescient A Scanner Darkly, by far the most disturbing animated film in a decade (not that we're knocking Pixar, but that film's tagline, "Everything is not going to be OK," was bang on)..."

Securing the Substance
Richard Linklater on his adaptation of 'A Scanner Darkly'
Screens Story  July 7, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly is so trippily in touch with the current cultural zeitgeist that it rattles you to your core. You walk out of the theatre dazed and confused, unsure of whether what you've just witnessed is fiction or fact..."

Totally Total Providence
Animator Paul Beck presents A Scanner Darkly at Alamo Drafthouse Mueller
Screens Story  August 24, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...In the decade-and-change since its release, A Scanner Darkly has shifted in the critical consciousness from an admirable peculiarity to an acknowledged masterpiece of hybridity and illusion. The time is certainly ripe, then, for a conversation with one of its heads of animation, Paul Beck, which the Austin School of Film is offering at the Alamo Drafthouse Mueller on Wednesday, Aug..."

Dream Job
Inside the production of Richard Linklater's 'A Scanner Darkly'
Screens Story  January 21, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...The sight of all this computing power alone is staggering, but the real short, sharp shock comes when you get a look at what the Detour and Flat Black Films conscriptees are working on: It's Linklater's faithful adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel A Scanner Darkly, which is being brought to full paranoid life via Bob Sabiston's gloriously surreal software abilities, which, as in the team's previous Waking Life, utilizes hi-def filmmaking overlayed with a rich, rotoscope-inspired animation..."

Year of the Fish
Year of the Fish is an animated fairy tale for adults that transposes the story of Cinderella to a Chinatown massage parlor.
Film Review  October 17, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Lovely to look at, Year of the Fish is an animated feature that pops off the screen like a goldfish leaping free of its bowl. In much the same fashion as Richard Linklater's films Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly, which made use of Bob Sabiston's computer-aided rotoscoping technology, Year of the Fish creates an animated world from live-action images..."

Tone Setter
Graham Reyolds' 'Scanner' score
Screens Story  July 7, 2006, by Raoul Hernandez
"...One day before the L.A. premiere of A Scanner Darkly, in the hot heart of its Austin birthplace, the man who scored the film leads sax, guitar, and the rest through a 30-minute inner sanctum of imagination and reverberation..."

Your Weekend in Film
What major releases and one-off screenings are worth your theatre time
DAILY Screens  August 25, 2017, by The Screens Staff
"...Sean Malin writes: “In the decade-and-change since its release, A Scanner Darkly has shifted in the critical consciousness from an admirable peculiarity to an acknowledged masterpiece of hybridity and illusion. The time is certainly ripe, then, for a conversation with one of its heads of animation, Paul Beck..."

The multilayered Paprika, the newest animated film from Satoshi Kon (Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers) captures the childlike, helter-skelter chaos and curiosity of the human mind better than any other animated film.
Film Review  July 20, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...It's almost impossible to imagine an animated film like Paprika ever being produced in America. Not to knock the fine work of Pixar and the occasionally somewhat less fine work of the Disney gang, but Paprika's cypher-punk story of futuristic psychotherapy and the inherent perils of messing about with the minds of the masses falls outside even the Dick-realm of A Scanner Darkly, its closest domestic contemporary..."

Waltz With Bashir
This Israeli filmmaker creates a dreamy, animated psycho-documentary about his attempt to recall buried memories of his participation in a massacre while serving in the military.
Film Review  February 27, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...The animation is stark and vividly detailed. It's not rotoscoped in the way A Scanner Darkly was, but it shares much of the same fluid realism..."

Fantastic Fest: 'The Intergalactic Nemesis'
Austin's own living graphic novel makes a Fantastic debut
DAILY Screens  September 26, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...THRILL! to projected scenes from the amazing seven-issue comic mini-series (also available in printed form.) GASP! as three actors (Chris Gibson, Shana Merlin, and Mical Trejo) provide all the voices to this amazing tale of two-fisted adventurers, sinister scientists and bizarro alien invasions. SHUDDER! to the live sound effects from Buzz Moran (part man, part octopus, all sonic genius.) HUM ALONG! to the live soundtrack provided by composer extraordinaire Graham Reynolds (A Scanner Darkly.)..."

Developing Story
AFF honors Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz
DAILY Screens  July 6, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"... Past participants include John Milius (Apocalypse Now), Sydney Pollack (Tootsie), Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day), Barry Levinson (Diner), Robert Altman (Nashville), Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich), Wes Anderson & Owen Wilson (Rushmore), Joel & Ethan Coen (Fargo), Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio (Shrek), Bryan Singer (X-Men), Oliver Stone (Platoon), and Chris & Paul Weitz (About a Boy). Already confirmed screenwriter speakers, schedules permitting, for the 2009 Screenwriters Conference include: Jessica Bendinger (writer/director Stick It, writer Aquamarine, Bring It On) Shane Black (writer/director Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, writer Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Last Boyscout) Billy Brown (writer The Haunting Hour, John Carpenter’s Body Bags, “Night Visions”, “Goosebumps”) Jim Dauterive (writer “King of the Hill”, “Monsignor Martinez”) Doug Ellin (creator/writer “Entourage”) Paul Feig (creator/writer “Freaks and Geeks”, writer/director I Am David, writer/director Unaccompanied Minors, director “The Office”, “Mad Men”, “30 Rock”, and “Weeds”) Michael Green (creator/writer “Kings”, writer The Green Lantern ‘10, “Heroes”, “Everwood”, “Smallville”) David Hayter (writer Watchmen, X2, The Scorpion King, X-Men) Pat Hazell (writer “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman”, “My Life In 3D”, “Showtime’s Aspen Comedy Special”) Lawrence Kasdan (writer/director The Accidental Tourist, Body Heat, The Big Chill, writer Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi) Damon Lindelof (co-creator/writer “Lost”, writer “Crossing Jordan”) Richard Linklater (writer/director Fast Food Nation, A Scanner Darkly, Before Sunset, Waking Life) Chris McQuarrie (writer The Usual Suspects, The Way of the Gun, Valkyrie) Daniel Petrie, Jr..."

The Tangled Web of David Marquez
Local artist takes over 'Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man'
DAILY Books  April 4, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Like seemingly most of Austin's graphic artist, UT graduate Marquez got his start working on A Scanner Darkly before moving into well-regarded indie and creator-owned comics like blood-splattered crime thriller Syndrome. Then a one-off penciling job on issue 24 of Marvel's Secret Warriors lead to a remarkable challenge: Fantastic Four Season One, the first in a series of graphic novels intended to streamline and modernize the origins of many of Marvel's longest-running characters...."

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