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Anyone who knows David Lynch’s work is familiar with his penchant for messing with the audience. One only has to look at how he ended his popular series Twin Peaks, or pretty much any part of the mind-bending Eraserhead, to realize this. Even though in the early 1980s, Lynch had been courted as a potential director for some major films (including Return of the Jedi… wouldn’t you have liked to see the Ewoks in that version?), he had his big studio break with the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune. While it was a commercial and critical failure, Dune also represents Lynch’s subversive filmmaking nature, more than some people even realize. At the time, Hollywood was looking for the next Star Wars, much like how they are furiously searching for the next Hunger Games now with films like Divergent and The Maze Runner. Dune had been in development since the early 1970s, and »
- Kevin Carr
They said the royal wedding would be the most anticipated celebration King's Landing has seen in years. They couldn't have known how right they were.
By next week's episode, we may see the capital of the Seven Kingdoms turn up like Storrs, Connecticut after an Ncaa Championship. But tonight's episode, the Alex Graves-directed "The Lion and the Rose," cuts off at the buzzer-beater. His Grace, Joffrey of the Houses Baratheon and Lannister, the First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, »
The critically-acclaimed documentary Jodorowsky's Dune is making headlines lately, and while genre fans are salivating over the amazingly bizarre images and concept art associated with that project, another artist has interpreted a climactic scene from Frank Herbert's epic sci-fi novel using an even more unconventional medium: legions of Haribo Gummi Bears, a two-foot-long Gummi Worm and a completely edible landscape made of licorice, rock candy and sprinkles. Images: Candy Warehouse via Flickr In the diorama lovingly created by Candy Warehouse, the candy bears represent the army of “Fremen” – i.e. elite warriors who follow the story's messianic hero Paul Atreides, who is himself shown riding atop the gummi worm, which perfectly represents one of the massive sandworms that dominate the title location, the spice planet Arrakis (a.k.a. Dune). Images: Candy Warehouse via Flickr Candy Warehouse's images have been making the rounds lately after being featured on popular »
- Gregory Burkart
Villordsutch: Mentats of Dune has just been released to the world and now you have a small amount of breathing room before you begin book 3 in the Schools of Dune Trilogy. What are you doing just for yourselves?
Brian Herbert: When I’m not writing Dune or Hellhole books with Kevin, I’m working on other writing projects. I recently wrote the novel Ocean, based upon an idea from my wife, Jan. And it’s not just “an idea.” It’s the best idea I never had! She came back from Hawaii, where she’d been swimming, and said to me, “What if the ocean were to fight back against us? What if it declared war on us?” By that she meant that the creatures of the sea, and the spirit of the ocean itself, »
Directed by Darren Aronofsky.
A man is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world.
Boy do I love me some crazy. I’m such a fan of enormous, garish spectacles. Movies like David Lynch’s Dune that are just so wildly over the top that you wonder how they ever came to be. In the final scenes when Kyle MacLachlan if riding a giant worm into battle to a smooth rock soundtrack provided by Toto, you just marvel at all the insanity you watch unfolding in front of you. Or any of the big budget works from the warped mind of Terry Gilliam. I could watch The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen or Time Bandits a thousand times. We are given »
- Gary Collinson
The easy comparison might be to look at Divergent as a film hoping to be the next Hunger Games, but connections to the massive Ya trend of dystopias and heroines aside, it isn’t a comparison that holds up, and the book is definitely after a different discussion.
Divergent finds Tris (Shailene Woodley) in a future version of Chicago long after a war has destroyed most of humanity. Chicago is now surrounded by a massive wall, and the people within are divided into five factions – Abnegation, Amity, Dauntless, Erudite, and Cangor. Each faction provides a specific function of society (Amity farms, for example) and largely keeps to themselves. This theory of society is, as are most theories of dystopic works, meant to manage the world in a way that will prevent any future wars and/or conflict.
Tris is a member of Abnegation by birth, but come a certain age, »
- Marc Eastman
Chicago – Should Alejandro Jodorowsky have been able to direct his psychedelic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune”, the results would’ve been less of our planet compared to films like “Blade Runner” or “Star Wars”. Prismatic spacecrafts and golden landscapes would have filled Jodorowsky’s mad canvas, as created by stargazing designers like Jean Giraud and H.R. Giger.
A famous actor/director, pleasantly plump in his later years, would have floated through the air, while another renowned artist shares his expensive cameo time with the image of a flaming giraffe. Inspired by the dynamism of science fiction book covers, “Dune” was also due to have an original soundtrack by Pink Floyd. Could such ambition actually have come true? The $5 million that the project failed to procure has prevented us from ever knowing. Until recently, Jodorowsky’s version of “Dune” remained a dream, a quixotic collision of transcendental imagination with multiplex intent. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by: Frank Pavich
Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins
Release Date: March 28, 2014
Who’S It For? Knowledge of Jodorowsky’s work isn’t necessary, this is for movie fans of all levels.
Should Alejandro Jodorowsky have been able to direct his psychedelic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s “Dune”, the results would’ve been less of our planet compared to films like Blade Runner or “Star Wars“. Prismatic spacecrafts and golden landscapes would have filled Jodorowsky’s mad canvas, as created by stargazing designers like Jean Giraud and H.R. Giger. A famous actor/director, pleasantly plump in his later years, would have floated through the air, while another renowned artist shares his expensive cameo time with the image of a flaming giraffe. Inspired by the »
- Nick Allen
Mentats of Dune is the second book in the Schools of Dune Trilogy following on from the events of Sisterhood of Dune (Book 1). For those versed in both Frank Herbert's Duniverse you will be more than aware of the Bene Gesserit, Mentats, Suk Doctors & Navigators; those not versed in the aforementioned - you’re missing so, so much.
I’ve read a number of Brian & Kevin's Dune books and in the past I haven’t been overly impressed. I’ve found a number of their books suffer with parts of stories being dragged out and clunky writing that's not enjoyable to read. However I was very surprised with Mentats of Dune as this was a very accessible and enjoyable book. Brian and Kevin have placed just the right amount of pieces on the board for you and you »
- Gary Collinson
Noah is on its way into theaters soon, and the first reviews are hitting the net like a torrential downpour. The reviews are skewing towards the favorable, though a lot of words are spent discussing the imperfections and half-baked ideas of a movie that struggles to be all things to all people.
The recent documentary Jodorowsky's Dune is a celebration of strangeness delving into the wonderful world of what might have been. It's a psychedelic, day-glo journey into what could have been a magnificent, garish nightmare. The same kind of loving treatment is being applied to Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage's insane looking Superman Lives project that died during the inception phase.
I love the noble failures. Movies that take risks and try to be something different. High priced deviations from the form. There seem to be a »
- Gary Collinson
Directed by Frank Pavich
“I’ve seen Jodorowsky’s Dune,” director Nicholas Winding Refn announces early on in the new documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, “and it is awesome.” Of course, neither Refn nor anyone else has actually seen the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s famed science-fiction novel that Alejandro Jodorowsky planned to make, because funding fell apart and the film never got made. But Refn has seen Jodorowsky’s Dune book: the collection of script pages, storyboards, and concept drawings that the famed Spanish surrealist assembled to pitch his film to Hollywood studios. Thanks to director Frank Pavich, we can examine these materials just as Refn did, and learn that Refn is right.
- Mark Young
We like to think of movies that never get made, or that were left unfinished, as tragedies. Think back to the documentary Lost in La Mancha, a funny yet ultimately dispiriting look at Terry Gilliam’s strangely cursed attempt to film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote; Gilliam is still trying to make that movie. But when director Frank Pavich entertainingly traces the story of another unmade movie in the doc Jodorowsky’s Dune, he finds something surprising: a happy ending. Sort of.Could Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film version of Dune ever have actually happened? Who knows? In the mid-1970s, on the heels of his cult hits El Topo and The Holy Mountain, the Chilean-born director planned to film Frank Herbert’s dense, immense sci-fi magnum opus. The movie he envisioned, several years before Star Wars, was sprawling, dreamlike, and a little insane, with state-of-the art special effects, tracking »
- Bilge Ebiri
It's hard to imagine any producer today watching Alejandro Jodorowsky's bizarre and formally experimental El Topo and The Holy Mountain and thinking he would be the perfect candidate to direct a big budget version of Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic novel Dune. But that's exactly what happened when Jodorowsky's producer Michel Seydoux made a profit off Holy Mountain, which catching the drug-fueled midnight movie craze of the early 1970s. For two years, Jodorowsky courted an eclectic crew of collaborators, including Salvador Dali, Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, and Pink Floyd. He also gathered a collection of lesser-known visual artists
- Chris O'Falt
Frank Pavich's "Jodorowsky's Dune," opening this week in limited release, is a documentary that, for film freaks at least, is something close to miraculous (read our review). It's a detailed, first-hand account of Chilean-French filmmaker Alejando Jodorowsky's failed attempt to bring Frank Herbert's influential sci-fi novel "Dune" to the big screen (years before David Lynch "succeeded" in making a movie out of the difficult material). At one point Jodorowsky explains that he wanted to create the experience of a psychedelic trip… without the drugs. What could have possibly gone wrong? We got to sit down with Jodorowsky at South by Southwest, and while we mostly talked about his new film "Dance of Reality" (out in May—read our review), we were able to squeeze in a few questions about "Dune." One of the big focuses of the movie is a book that Jodorowsky made which lavishly detailed his plans for "Dune. »
- Drew Taylor
Resurrecting Sci-fi Legend: Pavich Taps Alejandro
Frank Herbert’s epic novel Dune has been a sci-fi benchmark since it’s original release back in 1965, and since, there have been several attempts at a worthy film adaptation. No one guessed that psychedelic surrealist Alejandro Jodorowsky, who rose to fame for his midnight oddities El Topo and The Holy Mountain, would be the man to stake his claim for the task. After a friend suggested he check out the book, Jodorowsky (without initially reading it first) decided it to be the follow up to his 1973 sleeper hit. His goal was to use the interstellar opera to expand the consciousness of youth the world over, reproducing the mind-bending effects of LCD without taking the drug itself. Fancying himself a movie-making martyr with a metaphysical mission, Jodorowsky remarkably amassed a past and future A-list cast and crew of ‘spiritual warriors’ (as he called »
- Jordan M. Smith
As I’ve said in previous reviews, I love watching artists be passionate about their art. True artists create not because they want to, but because they have to. As one of the interviewees says in Frank Pavich’s documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, “You can’t make a masterpiece without madness.” The work of filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky is certainly mad, but the documentary is welcomely sane as the acclaimed director takes us on a journey that guides us through the imagination and inspiration of he and his collaborators to build what ended up being called “the greatest film never made.” But as we look at the storyboards, the concept art, the exacting detail and, most of all, Jodorowsky’s passion, we can’t help but ask, “Can you make a film without the film?” Walking in to Jodorowsky’s Dune, I was worried I would be out of my depth. »
- Matt Goldberg
Directed by Frank Pavich
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, Frank Herbert, Chris Foss, H.R. Giger, Moebius, Magma, Pink Floyd, Dan O’Bannon, David Carradine, Mick Jagger, Amanda Lear, Orson Welles, and Salvador Dali. Yes, that’s quite an array of figures, isn’t it? Frank Pavich’s historically illuminating and expertly constructed documentary on one of the greatest films never made, Jodorowsky’s Dune, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival today. It’s no mean feat to win over a gaggle of cynical jaded hacks but that’s exactly what was achieved with this post-mortem on the omnipresent lack of originality among Hollywood executives, a impenetrable wall of financiers who crushed the dreams of one the industry’s most idiosyncratically original postwar shamans. After a whistle-stop tour of Jodorowsky’s phantasmagorical curriculum vitae—he’s a Mexican surrealist provocateur par excellence, the twisted psycho-nautical genius behind »
In 1974, the Chilean-born filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky was coming off the dual successes of his films El Topo and The Holy Mountain. The former, a violent Spaghetti Western, pioneered the concept of the midnight movie in the U.S.; the latter was a surreal tale full of tarot-card imagery that was a huge box office hit in Europe. (Deacdes later, Kanye West would claim The Holy Mountain was the inspiration for the look of his Yeezus tour.) Sensing that Jodorowsky was not just an artist but a visionary, French producer and »
The most perfect works of art are those suspended between conception and realization, the ones that seize you up with how great they're gonna be. (Well, those and Busby Berkeley numbers.) Alejandro Jodorowsky's daft, daring, surrealist, possibly impossible adaptation of Dune, Frank Herbert's spice-mining science-fiction novel that later proved unadaptable for David Lynch, enjoys that rare benefit of the doubt shared by Hitchcock's Kaleidoscope and Kubrick's Napoleon. It screens only in the warmest theater of them all: the minds of the faithful who dream of it.
Until about a year ago, most people had written off Alejandro Jodorowsky as a figure of the past -- the wild-eyed cult filmmaker behind such midnight movie classics as "El Topo" and "The Holy Mountain" had fallen into obscurity after a series of misfires and fallouts in the eighties. Even the characteristically wacky "Santa Sangre" barely drew much notice upon its initial release in 1989. And the aftermath of Jodorowsky's fame left a particularly bitter aftertaste because of the one project that should have been his magnum opus but never came to fruition: an incredibly ambitious adaptation of Frank Herbert's science fiction novel "Dune," which had the potential to outdo even "Star Wars" in terms of epic scope. Read More: 'Jodorowsky's Dune' Director Frank Pavich on 2,000 Defecating Extras and How 'Dune' Became Part of the Cosmic Consciousness But now, at 85, Jodorowsky is back and seemingly bigger than ever. »
- Eric Kohn
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