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Old 04-07-17, 08:58 AM   #1651
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Dune was a mess.
I found that the people I knew who hated it the most, were the ones who had read the book.
I've never seen it.
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Old 04-07-17, 08:59 AM   #1652
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Well, Dune being my favorite book of all time, I cannot forgive Lynch's movie. SciFi channel did a mini-series a couple decades later which, though flawed, was a far better presentation of the story.
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Old 04-07-17, 04:04 PM   #1653
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Hey, I love Lynch's vision of Dune. It's a huge, messy, campy melodrama but damned entertaining. Same reason I love Coppola's version of Dracula.

Every time it's on TV I end up watching it again. I even watched it while my wife was in labor, much to her annoyance. Hey, it was on the TV in her room and we were just waiting for hours with nothing happening, so...

I was never a big fan of Herbert's novels and usually couldn't even finish reading them, so I wasn't wrapped up in what's canon and what isn't. That's the sort of thing that traps every hardcore sci-fi and fantasy reader or comic fan when the movie adaptation comes around.

The later TV miniseries adaptation of Dune was closer to the novels and it was boring and not memorable.

Lynch added his twisted, perverse sensibility that made the Harkonnens particularly loathsome and memorable. And the entire mantra chanted by Piter De Vries was invented by Lynch. I'm not sure I'd agree with Lynch that the weirding way was unworkable and needed the literal voice module, but it doesn't really bother me.

And it's pretty impressive overall considering he was about ready to commit suicide over interference from the De Laurentiis family.
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Old 04-09-17, 04:52 AM   #1654
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The Big Lebowski - 9/10... How the hell did I miss this????
dunno but it gets better with every viewing altho my fave part is the whole john turturro " don't bleep
with the jesus" scene along with the bowling ball lick and bowling alley shuffle. oh wait...forgot about the
jeff bridges/ben gazzara lebowski/jackie treehorn hollywood hills house interaction. must. watch. again. immed.
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dunno but it gets better with every viewing altho my fave part is the whole john turturro " don't bleep
with the jesus" scene along with the bowling ball lick and bowling alley shuffle.
I got quite a chuckle from a Torturro interview about the film.
The Coen Bros are famous for their insistence on every scene being performed exactly as they wrote it.
When someone improvises, they aren't nasty, but will just say: "OK, let's do it again, but on the script."
Well, Torturro improvised the bowling ball lick, and they loved it, and kept it!
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It was on HBO again last night... lol


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Old 04-12-17, 01:43 AM   #1657
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The Evictors, with '70s B-movie horror waif Jessica Harper (also the lead in the original Suspiria, and she'll appear again in the upcoming remake). Not a particularly good suspense movie but tolerable for the remarkably understated and restrained Harper, Michael Parks and Vic Morrow. Harper had a gift for just ... being ... inhabiting a role without "acting". I remember thinking she was cute back then but didn't really recognize her acting as a cut above the usual for that genre.

Unfortunately the baddies are overacting, the explication is a hamfisted and there's no real tension, let alone suspense or creepiness, despite the usual Gothic Louisiana setting.

6/10, only for fans of the actors, not for the movie itself. Something to watch while piddling on the computer or eating a pot pie for dinner.
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Well, let's see. Last movie was Great Wall. What an epic fail that movie is. Now, it's watchable, to the end, so I will give it the 5 out of 10. Real bummer part for an otherwise decent actor.

Passengers was one of those I went into thinking I knew what it was all about...and I did. However, the telling OF what you knew it was going to be about turned out really well. Heart felt and worth watching. I give it an 8.

The aforementioned Big Lebowski is among the best movies made IMO. I love to watch it again and again. Great movie. Solid 10+
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Watched Straight Outta Compton. Follows the rise of NWA and gangsta rap in the late 80's early 90's. Pretty good movie 7/10.
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