Three Versions of Blade Runner Play Three Straight Nights at Cleveland Cinematheque Starting February 27, 2015

February 27th, 2015 No Comments »

For those Philip K. Dick or Blade Runner fans who live in (or near) Cleveland, Ohio (and who don’t own Five-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition), you can view three different verions of the Ridley Scott classic this weekend at tbe Cleveland Cinematheque.

From:
http://www.cleveland.com/moviebuff/index.ssf/2015/02/blade_runner_three_versions_of.html

“The original U.S. theatrical release will screen at 9:25 p.m. on Friday. That will be followed by the 1992 “Director’s Cut” version at 9:10 p.m. Saturday and, at 3:45 Sunday afternoon, the “Final Cut” from 2007.”

Scene From UBIK Cited On Slate.com As Prescient

February 14th, 2015 No Comments »

One of my favorite scenes in the works of Philip K. Dick has been highlighted in an article in Slate.com on February 10, 2015.

Philip K. Dick Warned Us About the Internet of Things in 1969

And while spidering through the links in the article from Slate.com, I found the origin posting of the text from Ubik.

Before we give doors and toasters sentience, we should decide what we’re comfortable with first

The Man in the High Castle Pilot

January 30th, 2015 4 Comments »

Among the new shows for this round of Amazon Pilot Season is an adaptation of The Man in the High Castle, a beloved and highly regarded Philip K. Dick novel. Anyone who wants to watch the pilot may and then complete a survey about how much they liked to show.

I had lost track of the development of this series; the last news I had read was the this was going to be produced on the BBC some time ago and I was surprised to read only recently that it was a pilot that Amazon.com is considering as a series.

My hope is that even if the series isn’t produced at least some viewers will be intrigued by what they saw and seek out the novel. I definitely see as very likely if only the pilot is produced and even more likely and hopefully in more numbers if the series is created. My gateway to discovering the work of Philip K. Dick was through the film Blade Runner. In a undergraduate film course on Post-Modern Film, I selected a paper topic to compare the novel (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) to the film adaption.

Actually, I should state that my hope is that this pilot leads to a series. The writer, Frank Spotnitz, worked on the X-Files and the Executive Producer is Ridley Scott who directed Blade Runner, arguably one of the best adaptations of of Philip K. Dick’s work.

So please watch, enjoy it and send in a positive survey response to the pilot. I’ve seen a lot of good reviews and press about this pilot so I’m very optimistic that it will be made into a series.



The Third Philip K. Dick Film Festival January 15-18, 2015 in New York City

January 14th, 2015 1 Comment »

Apologies for the late notice; this event snuck up on me.

The Third Annual Philip K. Dick International Film Festival of Science Fiction, Fantastic Film, Science and the Supernatural will be held on January 16, 17, and 18 2015 at Tribeca Cinemas, Cervantes Institute and other venues in New York City.

For more information, visit the film festival’s web site: http://www.thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com/

The Philip K. Dick Film Festival

Philip K. Dick and the Umbrella of Light Essay Updated By The Author

January 13th, 2015 1 Comment »

Angus Taylor has reformatted his essay Philip K. Dick and the Umbrella of Light. This includes changing the typeface and margins to make the essay more attractive and easier to read, and also adding more illustrations by Cora Lee Healy from the original 1975 booklet.

Philip K. Dick and the Umbrella of Light cover
Philip K. Dick and the Umbrella of Light
– Originally published in paperback in 1975, Philip K. Dick and the Umbrella of Light by Angus Taylor was one of the first extended critical examinations of Philip K. Dick’s work. This reformatted digital version features Cora Lee Healy’s illustrations from the original edition. The essay is made available here with the author’s permission.

Happy 86th Birthday

December 16th, 2014 6 Comments »

I would like to wish Phil a Happy 86th Birthday today and just let him know that he is missed by his many fans wherever he happens to be right now.

New Issue of PKD Otaku

August 26th, 2014 1 Comment »

PKD Otaku Issue 31A new issue of PKD Otaku has been published. You can view it here: PKD Otaku Issue 31 or view past issues.

Please be patient after clicking on the link for this issue. The file is large and requires more time to download. An alternative would be to save the file to your computer and read the issue from there.

Still Haven’t Seen Radio Free Albemuth? [Updated]

August 26th, 2014 2 Comments »

Radio Free Albemuth
Here are locations that you can view Radio Free Albemuth online:

iTunes

YEKRA

Both found on the Radio Free Albemuth‘s web site.

Also, the film is available on [Your Local Cable Company’s] Video On Demand.

I also discovered the film on
Amazon Instant Video

I’m delighted to see that it is also still in theaters:

  • South Lamar Theatre
    Alamo Draft House in Austin, Texas
    Late Shows August 29 and August 30

  • Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Opening August 29, Radio Free Albemuth will play for one week.

Tickets for both theatres are available at the Radio Free Albemuth Screenings page.

If there are other locations to view Radio Free Albemuth, please leave a comment and I’ll add them to the list. As far as I know, there are no more theaters scheduled to show the movie.

More information can be found at the Radio Free Albemuth Screenings page or at the Radio Free Albemuth Facebook page.

PKD Otaku 31 Coming Soon

August 19th, 2014 3 Comments »

Theaters Set For Radio Free Albemuth For June 27, 2014 Release Date

June 26th, 2014 1 Comment »

Here are the cities and theaters selected for the release of Radio Free Albemuth:

New York – Quad Theatre – New York City (Greenwich Village), NY 10011

Los Angeles – NoHo 7 Laemmle – North Hollywood, CA 91601

Chicago – The Logan Theatre – Chicago, IL 60647

Philadelphia – Frank Theatres Montgomeryville Stadium 12 – Lansdale, PA 19446

San Francisco – Rialto Cinema Elmwood – Berkeley, CA 94705

Atlanta – Plaza Atlanta Theatre – Atlanta, GA 30306

Seattle – Pickford Film Center – Bellingham, WA 98225

Phoenix – Harkins Valley Art Cinema – Tempe, AZ 85281

Minneapolis – The Heights Theater – Columbia Heights, MN 55421

Cleveland – Atlas Cinemas Great Lakes – Mentor, OH 44060

More information can be found at the Radio Free Albemuth site or at the Facebook page.

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