The Deipnosophist

Where the science of investing becomes an art of living

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A private investor for 20+ years, I manage private portfolios and write about investing. You can read my market musings on three different sites: 1) The Deipnosophist, dedicated to teaching the market's processes and mechanics; 2) Investment Poetry, a subscription site dedicated to real time investment recommendations; and 3) Seeking Alpha, a combination of the other two sites with a mix of reprints from this site and all-original content. See you here, there, or the other site!

20 February 2006

A Scanner Darkly

Philip K Dick is a science fiction author who, arguably, has had more novels and stories made into movies than any other author, including Jane Austen. The almost metaphysical worries Dick felt personally, and made real in his many works of fiction, are equally present in A Scanner Darkly.

The book and movie are set in suburban Orange County, California in a future where America has lost the war on drugs. When one reluctant undercover cop (Keanu Reeves) is ordered to start spying on his friends, he is launched on a paranoid journey into the absurd, where identities and loyalties are impossible to decode. It is a cautionary tale of drug use based on Philip K. Dick's own experiences.

Scheduled to open 7 July, the movie stars Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder and Rory Cochrane and is written for the screen and directed by Richard Linklater.

Like a graphic novel come to life, A Scanner Darkly will use live action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process (interpolated rotoscoping) to create a haunting, highly stylized vision of the future. The technology, first employed in Richard Linklater's 2001 film Waking Life, has evolved to produce even more emotional impact and detail.

I know where I will be the afternoon of Friday, 7 July! How about you...? I can only hope the movie proves to be as good as this trailer. (Watch it here. And grant it an extra moment or two to load...)

-- David M Gordon / The Deipnosophist

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