Documentaries

Review: Jodorowsky’s Dune

Posted by Keith on May 06, 2014
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Jodorowsky's Dune

As a portrait of an artist, Frank Pavich’s film of the visionary auteur Alejandro Jodorosky’s efforts to create a 10 hour film adaptation of “Dune” is fascinating, entertaining and endearing. The 85-year old Jodorosky comes across as an enthusiastic guru, an almost cultish figure who crosses the world discovering fellow artists and dragging them into a mad campaign to create generation-changing works of art. The filmmaker behind “El Topo”, “The Holy Mountain” and “Santa Sangre”, Jodorosky was already a cause célèbre of cult film when, for reasons not really revealed, he managed to acquire the rights to Frank Herbert’s scifi epic “Dune”, at the time a huge bestseller, and determined, without actually having read the book itself, to recreate the story as a movie that would change the minds of young people forever.

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Documentary I’m Officially Looking Forward To: Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

Posted by Matthew on April 17, 2013
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Ricky Jay

I don’t remember how old I was. I was already a fan of magic and illusion, although I never pursued it as a hobby. I was surfing channels on the 10 foot satellite dish we had when I was a kid and I stumbled across a show called “Ricky Jay and his 52 Assistants”. From that point on, through his appearances in film and television I have been a fan of Ricky Jay. The man has a sense of quiet theatricality and an immese pool of knowledge and skill, and he handles a deck of cards so well that if given the chance to play with him I’d never let him shuffle.

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Episode Eleven: The Ides of March, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Sherlock Holmes

Posted by Matthew on January 20, 2012
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We crank it up to eleven this week as we discuss The Ides of March and its star Ryan Gosling, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold and its star Morgan Spurlock, and the series finalé of Sherlock and its stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

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