Film review – A Scanner Darkly (2006)

5 December 2006

Most adaptations of novels or short stories by cult science fiction writer Philip K Dick (Paycheck, Minority Report, Total Recall) use his imaginative scenarios for action sequences but sideline his extraordinary philosophical musings. With A Scanner Darkly director Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, The School of Rock) has directly adapted Dick’s novel from page to screen.

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Top Ten films of all time

24 May 2002

My top ten films significantly moved me emotionally or intellectually when I first saw them. They inspired my love of film and encouraged me to explore new areas of film theory.

(in preferential order)

1.  2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
2.  Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
3.  Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977)
4.  Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, 1990)
5.  Wings Of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1987)
6.  Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
7.  Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977)
8.  Barton Fink (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, 1991)
9.  Burnt by the Sun (Nikita Mikhalkov, 1994)
10. Gun Crazy (Joseph H. Lewis, 1950)

Just missed out: City Lights (Charles Chaplin, 1931), Bad Boy Bubby (Rolf de Heer, 1993), Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976), Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger, 1969), Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999).

Originally appeared here on Senses of Cinema in 2002 

© Thomas Caldwell, 2002