YOUR NAME HERE (formerly PANASONIC) is a 2008 American surreal
dramatic fantasy biopic loosely based on the life of
Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick .
Written and directed by and the feature film directorial debut of
Matthew Wilder, it stars
Bill Pullman and
Taryn Manning in the lead
* 1 Plot
* 2 Cast
* 3 Production
* 4 Critical response
* 4.1 Awards and nominations
* 5 References
* 6 External links
During the summer of 1974, science-fiction writer William J. Frick
Bill Pullman ) is having a meltdown. Despite having numerous popular
titles to his credit, Frick is penniless. His ex-wives and
ex-girlfriends are hounding him, and the IRS has sent Agent Duke (Dave
Sheridan ) to investigate his property and holdings. Bikers are mixing
meth in his garage and having drug parties in his home. His final
masterpiece, an account of his collision with God in an East L.A. taco
stand, is nearly complete and actress Nikki Principal (
Taryn Manning )
encourage his writing, telling him that it has the power to change the
world. However, after an inadvertent dose of a powdery white mescaline
substance, Frick wakes up to discover himself lost in a series of
Bill Pullman as William J. Frick
Taryn Manning as Nikki Principal
Traci Lords as Julie Frick
M. Emmet Walsh
M. Emmet Walsh as Kroger/Maurice Stanz
Richard Riehle as literary agent Lipschitz
* Dave Sheridan as IRS agent Duke
* Charles Napier as Chuck Heston
Harold Perrineau as Richard Roundtree
Ivana Milicevic as The Blonde
Adair Tishler as 8 Year Old Laura Hayden Frick
Mircea Monroe as Black Turtleneck Girl
Brittany Perrineau as Sinner
Wali Razaqi as Sinner
* Megan Duffy as Spokesgirl
Matthew Wilder first wrote the screenplay and cast it under the
working name Panasonic (meaning 'all sounds at the same time'), until
the title was changed as a result of
Panasonic Corporation suing
Wilder for trademark infringement . While still being referred to as
Panasonic, it was announced in July 2006 that filming would begin the
following August. However, filming actually took place in September,
Digicam HD during a 15-day period that month in Huntington
Park and other Los Angeles locations. The project was in
post-production in 2007, with its name changed to Your Name here.
The project premiered June 13, 2008 at the
Cinevegas Film Festival ,
and later screened in
Spain at the Sitges - Catalan International Film
Festival and in
Canada at the
Montréal World Film Festival .
The reviewer at
JoBlo panned the film, writing that it was a "sad
sack excuse for a movie didn’t help me start my day on a good foot".
He expanded that the film's characters were bland and it never
expanded on their backgrounds. It was offered that the film's jumping
"in and out of was obviously NOT a true reality" made it difficult to
become invested in the project. It was felt that Traci Lord's
character of Frick's foul-mouthed former-wife Julie was funny at first
but was overdone to the point of no longer being entertaining. Bill
Pullman was praised for bringing his ability to an otherwise stale
role of Frick as was
Taryn Manning for her work as Nikki, but what
ruined the film for the reviewer was it being a "rinse and repeat, go
everywhere yet nowhere jamboree of snoozes." The reviewer decried the
"low-rent, crappy locations", the film's repeated use of "mind-f*ck
clichés", and the overall "sad-sack" cinematography. Variety agreed,
writing the film "flubs an opportunity for a full-bore B-movie romp in
a series of overextended, flat episodes" by director Matthew Wilder
who allowed too many scenes to run overlong.
Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly noted
that Pullman's character of Frick looked like
Michael Douglas and
bemoaned that his "acting is fine, but it’s got no context" while at
the same time noting that
Traci Lords gives "what is probably her
career-best performance as, ironically, a frumpy housewife." They
also noted that with its relatively small budget "the production has a
curious emptiness to it, as if it were all shot in one abandoned
warehouse hastily redressed for each new locale". They concluded the
film was a disservice to Philip K. Dick's legacy. The Hollywood
Reporter appreciated that
Bill Pullman was cast in a role where he was
"able to stretch in a vehicle that showcases his unappreciated comic
talents", but offered that the film "ultimately proves too
impenetrable for its own good."
Film Threat granted that while the project was "not for
everyone", it reminded "of some odd literary films like Fear and
Loathing in Las Vegas and Naked Lunch ," and promised viewers that
"if you stick with
Your Name Here
Your Name Here until the end, you will be rewarded.
For all its oddities and confusion, the ending come across as very
powerful and quite sad." It was appreciated that in the film's
extrapolating from events surrounding the life of Philip K. Dick, it
acted as an homage both to the man's fiction and to the 1970s. They
Taryn Manning for showing "some serious acting chops as Nikki
and described Bill Pullman's Frick as "simply brilliant. You can
almost see the fried wheels in his brain spinning as he, along with
we, try to figure out what the heck is going on."
AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS
* 2008, won
Special Jury Prize' for 'Best Performance'
* 2008, nominated for 'Grand Prix des Amériques ' at Montréal
World Film Festival
* 2008, nominated for 'Best Film' at Sitges - Catalan International
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Bill Pullman Is Kind Of, But
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MTV News . Retrieved April 10, 2014.
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Here’". Variety . Retrieved April 3, 2014.
* ^ A B Brunton, Richard (May 18, 2007). "
Philip K. Dick
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The Hollywood Reporter
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Moviefone . Retrieved April 3, 2014.
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Bill Pullman is Philip
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CineVegas X: Matthew Wilder
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Bill Pullman As Philip K
Dick In indie flick Panasonic". Empire . Retrieved April 3, 2014.
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Screen Daily . Retrieved April 4, 2014.
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* ^ A B C Bell, Josh (June 14, 2008). "Your Name Where?". Las Vegas
Weekly . Retrieved April 3, 2014.
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Moviefone . Retrieved April 3, 2014.
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