The first season of Amazon Prime Video’s Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is now available for Prime members in the US to stream or download.
The 10-episode series adapts classic Philip K. Dick stories like Impossible Planet, Human Is, Crazy Diamond and Autofac – and features a cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Janelle Monae, Steve Buscemi, Timothy Spall, Annelise Basso and more.
AOL’s Emmy-nominated Park Bench with Steve Buscemi has been renewed for a second season.
The show, which, essentially, features Buscemi sharing a park bench in New York City with friends old and new and, as he puts it, ‘talking about everything and nothing in an ever-changing New York City. What could be better?’
The second season of Park Bench will feature guests like Elvis Costello, John Oliver, Amber Tamblyn and more. The show streams online at parkbenchtheshow.com. Follow the jump for further details.
In the land of Malaria, things have changed since it was a sunny, happy place. Constant cloud cover and rain have ruined it for agriculture, so the king has decreed that the best way to survive is to develop an economy based on the creation of evil science. The country’s best mad scientists compete in an “Evil Science Fair” – and the king charges the rest of the world a [you should pardon the expression] king’s ransom to not use it.
Each mad scientist has an Igor – a hunchbacked assistant to gather materials and pull the power switch to put the finishing touches on their evil experiments. The film is built on the idea that one of these Igors [voiced by John Cusack] wants to be the scientist, not the Igor. When his master, Dr. Glickenstein [John Cleese] dies during the creation of a new weapon, Igor seizes his chance. With the aid [?] of his previous inventions – Scamper [Steve Buscemi], a suicidal immortal rabbit, and Brain [Sean Hayes], a robot with a brain in a jar – he decides to create life.
The idea of an Igor supplanting his mad scientist and succeeding is a good one, so it’s really a shame that this beautifully designed film [looking like some mad hybrid of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas and a Tex Avery cartoon] is virtually humor-free. Even Jennifer Coolidge’s assortment of scientists’ girlfriends and Eddie Izzard’s unscrupulous Dr. Schadenfreude [who’s won seventeen Fairs by stealing the best efforts of his competitors – and delights in the misery of others] somehow fail to… ummm… come to life.
The animation, from design on, is extremely good, but in light of the paucity of laughs and any real sense of danger, it simply isn’t enough to recommend the film. In short, Igor could’ve used a lot more madness.