As something of a sci-fi fan (both books and movies), and definitely a fan of Philip K. Dick’s work in particular, I’m pleased to report that the new co-production between Amazon and Britain’s Channel 4, “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” is thoroughly enjoyable. I’m about half way through the first season and I think it’s surprisingly well done. It features some impressive talent in the cast, great set design, top notch CG, everything you could hope for in a good sci-fi offering. The episodes I’ve seen really capture the uncanny dystopian future and sometimes paranoid vibe of Dick’s strange little novels.
Brace yourself for some shameless self-pluggery. This week’s T-Shirt Of The Week is from my brand Selector and it’s inspired by one of my favorite TV shows (or, Internet shows, technically), Stranger Things, a Netflix Originals series, in its second season this year. Admittedly, this is perhaps not the most thorough design from a conceptual standpoint, but it is timely, and fun, and those are important aspects of T-shirt culture too. Plus the series really is excellent.
I’ve been enjoying the new German Netflix Original series, Dark, which is dark, creepy, and also quite eerie in places. It’s a supernatural thriller, and at the risk of making some rather lazy comparisons, it has a lot in common with other shows I like, including Lost, and Stranger Things. The similarities are quite remarkable in some places, but I don’t want to spoil anything. I found the English voiceover distracting, so I recommend watching it in its native German, with subtitles.
I didn’t expect to enjoy the newish Discovery series Manhunt nearly as much as I am. Australian actor Sam Worthington plays the FBI agent who eventually takes down Ted Kaczynski, a/k/a the Unabomber. It’s quite a nuanced thriller, perhaps vaguely reminiscent of Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, starring Gary Oldman. It’s currently streaming on Netflix.
…Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared is a newish film from Sweden, a sequel to the 2013 film The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, which was in turn based on the wonderful book, The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. The first film was a huge hit, so it seems to have spawned a sequel, which, as far as I can tell, is not based on any new work by Jonasson. So the bad news is we don’t seem to be getting a new novel from the talented Swedish author just yet, but the good news is, this latest film is really quite good. It’s very, very silly. It’s distributed via Netflix Originals so you can catch it on Netflix.
Here’s a great little animation about how eclipses have “spurred major discoveries about the universe” from NPR’s science youtube channel, Skunk Bear.