Soon enough, The Man in the High Castle won’t be the only Philip K. Dick-based TV show on Amazon Video, as several short stories written by the late author will finally be realized on screen in the 10-episode anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. While viewers in the UK have already been enjoying the series on Channel 4 (check out our review of the latest episode here), Us audiences will have to wait until next year to see the show. Luckily, however, they can tide themselves over with the mysterious and meditative new trailer released in conjunction with the show’s New York Comic Con panel last week.
At Comic Con, Flickering Myth picked the brains of Electric Dreams executive producers Isa Dick Hackett
See Also: Read our reviews of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams here
Based on various writings from author Philip K. Dick, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams will consist of ten standalone episodes, each set in a different and unique world–some which lay in the far reaches of the universe and time, and others which are much, much closer to home. While the stories may be worlds apart, central to each is the poignant and warm exploration of the importance and significance of humanity. From five to 5000 years in the future, each compelling tale will both illustrate Philip K. Dick’s prophetic vision and celebrate the enduring appeal of the prized sci-fi novelist’s work.
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams airs
On the Basis of Sex is being directed by Mimi Leder and follows the future Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg and her husband Martin (Armie Hammer) as they bring a landmark gender discrimination case before the Supreme Court.
“Our story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg resonates with me on so many levels – from the inspiring partnership she found in her marriage, to overcoming adversity as a woman and discovering the strength of her own voice, to her empathetic commitment to those in need of a voice no matter their gender, race, status or religious beliefs,” said Leder (via EW). “In these tumultuous times, stories like this speak to the heart of humanity and remind us what it means to lead with love and compassion as the way forward.
Directed by Mimi Leder (“The Leftovers“), with an ensemble cast that includes Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston, Jack Reynor, Stephen Root, and Cailee Spaeny, the film will track the young life of the future Supreme Court justice, and the case that made her name.
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As previously announced, Armie Hammer will portray Ginsburg’s husband, Marty, as they team to bring the first landmark gender discrimination case before the Supreme Court. Jack Reynor (“Detroit”), Stephen Root, and Cailee Spaeny have also joined the cast, with Mimi Leder directing a script by Ginsburg’s nephew, Daniel Stiepleman.
Robert Cort is producing, Participant Media is financing, and Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King of Participant are executive producing. Karen Loop and Betsy Danbury will also serve as executive producers.
The feature will premiere in 2018 in line with Justice Ginsburg’s 25th anniversary on the Supreme Court.
Theroux will play Mel Wulf, a longtime national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union. Bates will portray attorney and activist Dorothy Kenyon and Waterston will play Erwin Griswold, who
Kathy Bates, Justin Theroux and Sam Waterston will join Felicity Jones, who will star as the young Supreme Court justice.
Also joining the cast, which already includes Armie Hammer, are Jack Reynor (Sing Street), Stephen Root (Get Out) and Cailee Spaeny (Pacific Rim: Uprising).
On the Basis of Sex follows Ginsburg as she fights for equal rights throughout her entire law career, which began at Harvard University and Columbia Law School and led to Washington. Emmy winner Mimi Leder is directing from the 2014 Black List script...
When Brian and Ed (Jack Reynor and Benedict Wong), two space tourism employees are asked by an elderly woman (Geraldine Chaplin) to her on a trip to Earth, they know that this is an impossibility. The fact the existence of the planet is a debunked myth they decide to fake the trip for her, and take the huge sum of money they are offering her. As Ed grows closer to Irma though it gets harder to continue the scam, leading to a bittersweet ending.
What makes this episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams interesting is that there are only four
Episode two of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is titled The Impossible Planet. Originally published back in 1953 within the American Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine Imagination, this latest iteration is delivered by David Farr (The Night Manager, Hanna, McMafia) who is handling both writing and directing duties.
Set far in the distant future, we find two disenchanted Interstellar Tour Guides, Brian Norton (Jack Reynor) and Ed Andrews (Benedict Wong), trapped on a backwater planet called Primo76, entertaining droves of tourists with visually enhanced excursions throughout the galaxy. Then opportunity knocks in the form of a deaf, elderly woman called Irma Gordon (Geraldine Chaplin) and her robot RB29 (Malik Ibheis), who wishes to see Earth one last time and will pay cash to do so.
Seeing this as an unmissable chance Andrews convinces Norton that he can scam Mrs.
Irma (Geraldine Chaplin), aged 342, wants to visit Earth, is willing to pay a small fortune, and hires two cruise-ship operators to take her there. Only problem: Earth was destroyed years ago. But that’s not going to stop unscrupulous Andrews (Benedict Wong) and conflicted Norton (Jack Reynor) from taking her “there”. A most moving meditation on love and memory, perhaps suggesting that the heart is where home is. Ali Catterall
We said in our review, “The result falls flat and all too conventional for the talent involved. The problem lies more in Sheridan’s direction than in Mara’s acting, which is to say that she does deliver another good performance here, but everything else does her talent a major disservice. Redgrave is also a stand-out, but the film feels
Loosely based on Sebastian Barry’s 2008 novel of the same name, the film co-stars Vanessa Redgrave, Jack Reynor, Theo James, and Eric Bana. It follows an elderly woman committed to a mental hospital, reflecting on her life during the turbulent times of the 1930s and 1940s.
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Detroit is a movie about racism in America for white people. It mostly does not center black characters except as victims. Its villain — a murderously racist white cop — is also its protagonist. A movie about racism in America for white people isn’t the most terrible idea ever: Detroit wants to show us white people how the systematic weight of endless injustice weighs on black people, psychologically as well as physically, because of entrenched racism, not only of the actively vicious kind but also of the “I’m not getting involved, I’m just minding my own business” kind.
Stars: John Boyega, Will Poulter, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Hannah Murray, Kaitlyn Dever, Jack Reynor, Ben O’Toole | Written by Mark Boal | Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow’s third collaboration with screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) is a powerful, angry drama about racism, police brutality and the complicity of silence. Though it focuses on an incident that took place exactly fifty years ago, it feels horrifyingly relevant today and will leave you shaking with rage.
Detroit begins with white police officers raiding a black, after-hours drinking club in July 1967 and violently mistreating its patrons, an incident that quickly flares up into the Detroit Riots and brings the National Guard to the streets of the city. Meanwhile, at a nearby theatre, aspiring singer Larry (Algee Smith) is devastated when the rioting outside forces the closure of the venue, right before
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow.
Starring John Boyega, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, Jack Reynor, Hannah Murray, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore, Jason Mitchell, Kaitlyn Dever, Ben O’Toole, Joseph David Jones, Ephraim Sykes, Leon Thomas III, Nathan Davis Jr., Peyton Alex Smith, Malcolm David Kelley, Gbenga Akinnabve, Chris Chalk, Jeremy Strong, Laz Alonzo, Austin Hebert, Miguel Pimentel, Kris Davis, and John Krasinski.
Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel.
There are few punches pulled in Kathryn Bigelow’s harrowing retelling of the Detroit riots of 1967. That is, until a white cop unwittingly stumbles upon the beaten, bruised body of Larry Reed-lead singer of pop group “The Dramatics – and with an absolute lack of self-awareness declares, “who could have done this to you.” It’s a rare moment of meat-headed,
Detroit review by Paul Heath.
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Kathryn Bigelow follows up solid awards-worthy and indeed winning hits The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty with another hard-hitting drama set against the backdrop of 1960s Detroit.
The film takes place in the middle of the 1967 Detroit rebellion, a five-day long public disorder which began in the early hours of Sunday July 23rd, 1967, but more specifically at the events that took place at the Algiers Motel two nights later.
On that fateful evening, Larry Reed (Algee Smith) lead singer of the professional, black R&B group The Dramatics, along with his friend Fred Temple (Jacob Latimore) are involved in an incident which saw his tour bus attacked by rioters.
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