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Scanner Darkly, A (2006)

In a drug-infested world where 20% of the population are government spies, a reluctant recruit is ordered to snoop on his friends. | guide

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Old Jul 3, 2006, 04:30 PM   #1
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This potential masterpiece is getting mixed reviews on Rotten Tomatoes!

55% Fresh
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 04:36 PM   #2
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Well if it is going to be half as inteligent as Waking life I think it would be good.

Also I think that since he is using rotoscopy technique it was unnecessary to cast any famous actors. They just distract from the story.
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 04:40 PM   #3
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There's one review I'll ignore...



"Scene after scene of verbose fiddle-faddle: Characters orate at each other, while sitting in cars, sitting at dining tables, sitting in living rooms, sitting at office desks. The film might be better titled The Big Sit."
-- Duane Byrge, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


Pah. It's not meant to be an action movie. In the original novel, the characters do actually sit around and do nothing in a house/car/restaurant. Plus, in most Linklater movies, characters actually sit round and talk for ages. As long as the dialogue is well-written, it could be fun.
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 04:44 PM   #4
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There's one review I'll ignore...



"Scene after scene of verbose fiddle-faddle: Characters orate at each other, while sitting in cars, sitting at dining tables, sitting in living rooms, sitting at office desks. The film might be better titled The Big Sit."
-- Duane Byrge, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


Pah. It's not meant to be an action movie. In the original novel, the characters do actually sit around and do nothing in a house/car/restaurant. Plus, in most Linklater movies, characters actually sit round and talk for ages. As long as the dialogue is well-written, it could be fun.

Exactly. As Long as we get mind-numbing-indepth dialogue I am happy.

You can't expect less from Linklater.
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 05:24 PM   #5
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You care what others think too much. How many 'now classic' movies were slated originaly or largely ignored?
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 05:40 PM   #6
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I find reviews useful, even if they can be "wrong". It's mainly so I'm prepared on what kind of film it is. Sometimes they list objective points as well as subjective ones, such as describing the style, themes I might find interesting, and so on. "There are boring scenes where characters just sit around the talk" is something I will ignore, but I will make note of something like, "There are long scenes of dialogue and no action."

A good example is your review of X3. You told me to go in expecting a fun, mindless action movie, instead of something more. Your review also warned that Dark Phoenix didn't do very much, so I could forget about watching the film soley for that. SO I went and saw the film with your review in mind, and I enjoyed the film much more than I would have if I did not read your warning.

Another example - Vanilla Sky. It wa promoted as some sort of "love triangle" Tom Cruise vehicle. My mum judged the film from its trailers, saw it and told me she hated the film and it confused her. I had no interest in seeing it until I read a review (I think in Empire) that told me it had a science fiction twist, and if I enjoy films involving reality-warping mindfu*kery, I should like it. And I did. The review also mentioned it was a remake (a secret the trailers didn't tell us; bloody typical), so I went out and purchased the remake afterwards, and I enjoyed that even more.

IMDb's "Keywords" feature is also useful for picky people like me...
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 05:49 PM   #7
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Johnothan Ross is the only reviewer I trust worth a damn. If I disagree with him, I know I'm wrong.
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 05:54 PM   #8
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I like Ross, he's a fan fan. Can generaly feel some things out from reviews, RT ratings don't trust though (albiet slightly more than IMDB), just a popularity game.
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 06:00 PM   #9
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Johnothan Ross is the only reviewer I trust worth a damn. If I disagree with him, I know I'm wrong.

He called Batman Forever "one of the greatest films ever made"...
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Old Jul 3, 2006, 06:03 PM   #10
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Heheh See? A fan fan.

Important thing is he never takes himself seriously and he's pretty amusing to boot.

Still like the look of Scanner but I'm not gonna build my hopes up, ok yeah I want Ryder to make decent films again and it does have Downey in it but still....the chickens are pre-math.
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Old Jul 23, 2006, 09:36 PM   #11
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Never fear, its excelent. One of the best movies of the summer so far. I loved the animation style, and the way it all moved and worked together to make a live action comic almost.
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Old Aug 4, 2006, 06:11 PM   #12
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Cool, we don't get it till the 18th, I'm such an easy touch for pretty visuals but I keep trying to not build it up too much.
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Old Aug 4, 2006, 08:21 PM   #13
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I'm gonna take your word on this, Tack, but if your wrong...so help me, if your wrong i'll piss and moan till your gouge your eyes out so that you won't be able to read it anymore!
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Old Aug 15, 2006, 06:24 AM   #14
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TV spots have started playing over here and the fluidity of the cell animation (whateveryamacallit) is practically making me drool - it looks so damn pretty, screw your head up, but still so pretty.

~sigh~ It'll suck.
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Old Aug 15, 2006, 06:28 AM   #15
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Must watch, must watch, must watch.

Now to con someone into going cinema with me when it comes out...
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