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By TheophileEscargot (Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 03:27:35 AM EST) MLP, ODFG, Watching, Me (all tags)
Watching: "A Scanner Darkly".

What I'm Watching
Saw All About Eve: 1950s melodrama about an ambitious ingenue insinuating her way into an acting career. For some reason I got the impression it was supposed to be a subtle exhibition of acting and wit, but it's actually an utterly cheesy display of hamming it up. Pretty enjoyable though, with some good moments, though it does beat the point home with a mallet a bit. Could have done with some cutting.

Worth watching providing you've got a high enough cheese threshold.

What I'm Watching 2
Saw "A Scanner Darkly" at the cinema and thought it was superb. Seems to be the first Dickian Dick movie: brilliantly disturbing in the way reality shifts around the protagonists. Also the first two-thirds is incredibly funny, though maybe you have to have been there: the drugged conversations are hilariously realistic.

The hallucinatory insects at the start seemed disturbingly accurate too. See the delusions of paratosis section. Also reminds me of the Morgellons disease controversy

Liked the rotoscoped animation: seems to be photos in the distance, but they morph into cartoon as you get closer. The scramble suits are particularly good. Also happened to notice the script for Blade Runner scrolling in one of the windows.

Gets a little depressing at the end. Seems to resolve things and end up a lot clearer than the book. Liked the way they preserved Dick's credits to his burned out friends at the end.

Links.Book quotes; book and film wikipedia; Guardian reviews, slideshow. Also has a rather dubious Dick movie quiz: I was pretty sure that the fictional SF writer Kilgore Trout was based on Theodore Sturgeon.

Operation Don't Get Fatter
Back down to 11st 6 after last week's rise: that might have just been a measurement glitch. Weight seems to fluctuate more than it did during the Operation Become Less Fat phase. I suppose I was eating very consistently back then.

Going home to see the parents this weekend.

Still pretty busy at work: have been working moderately late most nights, but no weekends so far. Hope I haven't bitten off more than I can chew.

Stumbled across this term MUPS: Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms. Seems to be being used to group together things like Morgellons, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Gulf War Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and so on. More details here and here.

Ornamental rayguns; supermarket trolley art.

Looney Tunes WW2 military edutainment cartoons Private Snafu. Youtube, downloads.

More useful stuff from Wikipedia: Offensive terms for every nationality.

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My tangential by johnny (4.00 / 1) #1 Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 04:06:02 AM EST
take on Scanner is here.  Thanks for Guardian reviews. They are interesting. I like your reviews of Scanner and Eve also.

She has effectively checked out. She's an un-person of her own making. So it falls to me.--ad hoc (in the hole)
that by Kellnerin (4.00 / 2) #7 Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 11:44:37 AM EST
is a great not-quite-review. I am intrigued by your hypothesis about Keanu's constancy.

P.S., well, you know ...

Do not misuse.

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**bzzzt** by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #2 Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 05:32:19 AM EST
See: Confessions d'un Barjo & Screamers

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

re: Screamers by dr k (4.00 / 1) #8 Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 11:49:58 AM EST
make sure you stop the video immediately after they return to the base and kill the wounded soldier.

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NooooOOOOOOooo by spacejack (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 05:50:12 AM EST
Not cheese! A hysterical, witty farce (granted, about spoiled Hollywood types, but still.) Damn, that's one of my all-time favourites.

Good cheese, not bad cheese by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #5 Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 06:40:47 AM EST
But very definitely cheese.
Margo Channing: Funny business, a woman's career, the things you drop on the way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you'll need them again when you get back to being a woman. It's one career all females have in common - being a woman. Sooner or later we've got to work at it no matter how many other careers we've had or wanted. And in the last analysis nothing is any good unless you can look up just before dinner or turn around in bed and there he is. Without that you're not a woman. You're something with a French provincial office or a book full of clippings but you're not a woman. Slow curtain, the end.

It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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What I love about it by spacejack (4.00 / 2) #6 Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 07:32:51 AM EST
is that virtually every line in the script is quotable.

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Trout by ucblockhead (4.00 / 1) #4 Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 06:28:26 AM EST
It was definitely least that's what I always remembered (and wiki agrees). The character of Trout is nothing like Dick (and Dick would make a damn-good character!)
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
scramble suits by dr k (4.00 / 1) #9 Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 11:59:51 AM EST
I got a little weary of the scramble suits after the second or third scene.

With the backgrounds they essentially had to mask the moving elements and put them on a static background, otherwise you would get a lot of vector wiggles from slight camera/light changes.

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I liked the way by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #10 Sat Aug 26, 2006 at 09:12:40 PM EST
The scramble suits subtly changed over the course of the film, with skulls and such turning up later on.

Static backgrounds: the bits with multiple moving cars did seem the least realistic in terms of motion.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

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A Scanner Darkly by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #11 Tue Aug 29, 2006 at 05:52:33 AM EST
Excellent indeed, though the Dick fanboys are still up to their familiar bleating. I don't think they like seeing his stuff turned into films full stop.

I thought it was actually an improvement on the book, which is a bit muddy and rambling and pretty boring.

It's political correctness gone mad!

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