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"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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.)..."
"...Because the Golden Arm Trio’s Graham Reynolds, didn’t he compose the score for Richard Linklater’s version of A Scanner Darkly?..."
"...We've known Myers for ages and admired his work on Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly and his [adult swim]/Superdeluxe.com series The Ted Zone. We're fans of that Riddlin' Kids video, too..."
"...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...."
"...Move on to: Elegiac masterpiece Valis or designer drug nightmare A Scanner Darkly. Neal Stephenson..."
"...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..."
"...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)..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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.)..."
"... 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..."
"...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...."