Hollywood's biggest directors and actors have always been drawn to the dark and paranoid science fiction of author Philip K. Dick, from Ridley Scott's Blade Runner to Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Recall to the upcoming Matt Damon film The Adjustment Bureau. Join Now Playing as Brock, Jakob, and Stuart delve into the mind of this imaginative writer and evaluate each big screen adaptation of his books and short stories.
The Adjustment Bureau
Potential New York senator Matt Damon finds more than paparazzi on his tail when attempts to date ballerina Emily Blunt disrupt the predestined order of the universe, and draw out a cosmic cleaning crew of grumpy old men determined to keep them apart. Can these two love birds prove that THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU has a romantic side? Listen in and find out!
Nicolas Cage's movie choices can often be unpredictable, even to a psychic deity like Philip K. Dick's The Golden Man. Was playing an omniscient mutant on the run a step in the right direction for the extravagant actor, or will his NEXT move bomb with the Now Playing critics? Listen in and find out!
A Scanner Darkly
Keanu, Wynona, and notorious Hollywood bad boys Woody Harrelson and Robert Downey Jr toon in and drop out in this trippily animated adaptation of Philip K. Dick's autobiographical novel concerning chemical addiction in near-future Southern California. Does the Now Playing crew find substance to these druggie doodles or is A SCANNER DARKLY one long, bad trip. Listen in and find out!
Was it all about the PAYCHECK for matinee idol Affleck when he signed on to play a classically conflicted Philip K. Dick character piecing together memories of a top secret assignment he completed before having his memory wiped? Or will he learn from past film flubs to forge a better future with director John Woo and botanist babe Uma Thurman? Listen in and find out!
In 2002, Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise synced heads to conjure a Philip K. Dick vision of the future where a trio of psychics can convict murderers before a life is taken. But will Now Playing's threesome find the results of the powerhouse director/actor partnership a crime of confusion or a sci-fi classic? Listen in and find out!
FORREST GUMP's Gary Sinise is a scientist developing a bomb to eradicate alien invaders, who has the tables turned on him when he is accused of being a robotic assassin sent to blow up Earth's warmongering leader. Originally planned as a half hour short but expanded to feature length, can IMPOSTOR fool our Now Playing critics with its newly added storylines or will they cut its ambitions down to size? Listen in and find out!
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This podcast is proof anybody can make a podcast but not everyone should. It tries to be insightful but just comes across as arrogant. The attempts to make connections with the original books demonstrate a lack of understanding of Philip K Dick and the worlds he created. I tried to like these podcast but couldn't get past the snootiness and lack of depth of knowledge.
I'm sure this is a worthwhile podcast if you can get past the horrible 'radio' voices of the hosts. I applaud their efforts but if you've ever wanted a headache, give this fifteen minutes. One of the hosts is a dead ringer for Chris from FAMILY GUY. I'm not joking.