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On New Year’s Day 2001, I saw an article in my local newspaper comparing the world as it was then with the world that was presented in Stanley Kubrick’s classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. With this in mind,…
TV has asked us to identify with a lot of antiheroes---mob bosses, teachers turned drug kingpins, Soviet-era spies who kill sweet old ladies---but embracing genocidal war criminals feels like a bridge too far.
Amazon explores Philip K. Dick's alternative reality where the Nazis conquer the United States, and you can watch episode 1 free! Inquire inside.
“The woman from Central insists, ‘this is not Precrime!’ It’s just... preventing crimes before they happen. Completely different.”
“So for those keeping track, he’s cool with Vega falsifying a police report about a double homicide, but peeking at personal data is a bridge too far.”
“This show’s premise is a bit like doing a TV sequel to Flowers for Algernon where Charlie is played by a sexy 30-something male model-type who uses his newly heightened IQ to solve crimes.”
A pretty okay Tom Cruise movie turns out to be a pretty okay TV show, if the pilot is anything to judge by. But seriously, killer pigeons? Ouch. Let the recapping begin!
“And there you have it: an organization that could have prevented the Holocaust is now putting its top people to work stopping a congressman from hooking up with a dancer.”
“Compared to most adaptations of the works of legendary sci-fi author Philip K. Dick (Total Recall, Blade Runner, Next, to name just a few), the animated film A Scanner Darkly is extremely faithful to its source material. But that’s not necessarily a good thing.”
Recently, Hollywood made an attempt to wipe the original Total Recall from your memory, but The DVD Shelf is here to remember it for you—wholesale! We'll delve into the Schwarzenegger classic, beginning with the original Philip K. Dick short story that inspired it, the film's lengthy development, and how they pulled it all together. And, yes, we'll even look at that remake.
Just in time for the remake of Total Recall, we go back to the original. No, not the 1990 movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone—we're going really old school, with a review of the short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" by Philip K. Dick.
First up, Johnny looks into his own future and sees Next, the story of a low-rent Las Vegas magician who can inexplicably see two minutes into the future. Starring Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, and Jessica Biel, this is quite possibly the most poorly written movie Johnny's ever seen.
In Steven Spielberg's overlong, needlessly complicated adaption of a Philip K. Dick short story, the Couch Jumper (AKA Tom Cruise) plays a "precrime" detective who stops murders before they happen with the help of blind, androgynous "precogs" who can see the future.