Friday, September 08, 2006

See A Scanner Darkly

Film critics - what's that all about? Here's Joe Queenan in The Guardian and here's Manohla Dargis in The New York Times on Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly. (In Queenan: what is a strunt, by the way?)
They move me to point out that A Scanner Darkly contends with Blade Runner as the best adaptation of a Philip K.Dick novel. In fact, it is better than Blade Runner at capturing Dick's Chandleresque side - his baffled and not quite sentimental humanism. Philip French - here - gets it right.


  1. Critics...tut. I seldom believe a single word. I prefer to be my own critic. We all have different tastes, although nothing really excites me at the cinema anymore. I do find the word 'Hilarious' over used, (tabloid talk), to me, it usually translates as 'Mildly humouress in a couple of scenes in an otherwise mediocre movie with not much of a storyline.'

  2. Revive your flagging cinematic spirits, Lee, see anything by Wong Kar Wai, notably 2046, and the critics were wrong about Speilberg's Munich as well.