Review of The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick

  • October 28, 2007
  • James Skemp
I'm a fan of PKD, but this documentary fails in a number of major areas, making it almost useless in its scope. First of all, the animations that are used in place of slides are annoying beyond _, but I suppose if they trimmed those up they'd only have an hour of play time. The music reminded me of Assault on Precinct 13, and while it wasn't too bad, it was utterly diabolical when it was close to drowning out the interviewed individuals while they spoke.

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Review of Brian J. Robb's Counterfeit Worlds

  • May 26, 2007
  • James Skemp
The book can be purchased online at Amazon.com: Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film First off, I haven't read too many books on films based upon the works of PKD. I bought this book because I'm a fan of Dick's works, and the films that are closely linked to it (A Scanner Darkly primarily, but before that film came out, Blade Runner - the rest, to me, are like Vanilla Sky, and the Matrix; movies 'using' Dick's ideas).

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A Scanner Darkly (2006) - best PKD movie ever?

  • July 18, 2006
  • James Skemp
After watching the film, I was certainly impressed. I was afraid that Linklater was going to add his own spin to it, but he actually did quite well. Of the various movies based on pieces by Philip K. Dick, I'd say that A Scanner Darkly plays very close to the work. However, when compared with Blade Runner, Scanner just doesn't have the same stunning imagery. Of course, it's hard to compare any science fiction movie to Blade Runner, and especially difficult to compare a Dick-based movie to it (since PKD had some impact on Blade Runner - he was still alive for some of the shooting).

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