Jodorowsky’s Dune, the greatest movie never made

What is to give light must endure burning.

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Today, I’m gonna talk about a documentary which is about Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune, a cinematographic masterpiece which was never made.
But first let’s look at Alejandro Jodorowsky’s thoughts on making Dune: “I wanted to make a film that would give the people who took LSD at that time, the hallucinations that you get with that drug, but without hallucinating. I did not want LSD to be taken, I wanted to fabricate the drug’s effects. This film was going to change the public’s perceptions.”

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Alejandro Jodorowsky surely knows how to make a perfect surreal movie and it’s evidence is his movies: El Topo, The Holy Mountain, Fando y Lis which are no doubt surreal marvels.
How such a film was never made maybe because Hollywood was scared of Jodorowsky’s Dune that it would open minds of people and Hollywood not wanted masterpieces but blockbusters. And thus we saw Star Wars otherwise Jodorowsky’s Dune was way ahead of it’s time.
Michel Seydoux, Jean-Paul Gibon, Nicolas Winding Refn, Richard Stanley, Gary Kurtz, Devin Faraci, Drew McWeeny and Brontis Jodorowsky also made appearance plus commented on Jodorowsky’s Dune.

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Jodorowsky’s Dune also shows us how much hardworking Jodorowsky’s spiritual warriors were. For instance, Jodorowsky trained his 12 year son Brontis Jodorowsky karate, judo, aikido and atemi-jitsu six hours a day, seven days a week for two year by stunt coordinator Jean-Pierre Vignau because Alejandro wanted Brontis Jodorowsky to be the character himself. This is called madness, madness of a true warrior and artist which no doubt Alejandro Jodorowsky is.
Just look at the following recruited spiritual warriors for making Jodorowsky’s Dune.
Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Producer: Michel Seydoux
Co-Producer: Jean-Paul Gibon
Artist: Moebius (Jean Moebius Giraud) (1938-2012)
Special effects: Dan O’Bannon (1946-2009)
Artist: Chris Foss
Artist: H. R. Giger (1940 – 2014)
Music: Pink Floyd, Magma
Stunt Coordinator: Jean-Pierre Vignau
Duke Leto: David Carradine (1936 – 2009)
Paul Atreides: Brontis Jodorowsky
Princess Irulan: Amanda Lear (Salvador Dali’s Muse)
Emperor: Salvador Dali (1904 – 1989)
Baron Harkonnen: Orson Welles (1915 – 1985)
Feyd-Rautha: Mick Jagger
Piter De Vries: Udo Kier

What you need more, there was abundance of talent in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s selected spiritual warriors: Salvador Dali, Pink Floyd, Mick Jagger, David Carradine, Orson Welles, Magma, Moebius, H. R. Giger, Udo Kier and they all said “Yes”, “Yes”, “Yes”.
Salvador Dali agreed to work with Jodorowsky but he wanted to be the best paid actor in Hollywood. He wanted $100,000 per hour but Michel Seydoux said that they will give him $100,000 per minute. Dali became excited and said that he’s the only $100,000 per minute actor in the world.

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Jodorowsky’s Dune was beyond the imagination of Hollywood. How can you say no to Alejandro Jodorowsky? Hollywood! Are you kidding me? How can you say no to the greatest movie to be made? Yes Hollaywood! You can say no to Jodorowsky’s Dune because you have got no imagination at all. You’re just encouraging copy/paste technique. Stars Wars is nothing or any of your blockbuster movie is nothing when you see that it’s all copied from Jodorowsky’s Dune.

I hope a great art director living at any corner of the world can make this movie just like what Alejandro Jodorowsky wanted it to be like or maybe his son can make it.

Jodorowsky’s Dune has become my second favorite documentary film after Crumb (1994). It’s a must watch documentry film for all cinephiles out there.

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At the end of this documentary, Alejandro Jodorowsky says these excellent words: “Have the greatest ambition possible. You want to be immortal? Fight to be immortal. Do it. You want to make the most fantastic art of movie? Try. If you fail, is not important. We need to try.”

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Best Surreal Movies to See Before You Die

Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision. Salvador Dali

Surreal movies or art is my favorite genre. Here is the most authentic and detailed list of Surreal movies. The whole list is indeed, a masterpiece work of cinematography. ENJOY! (This list will be updated soon with new sapphires of surreal cinema). Surreal collage

  1. Stalker (1979) – Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
  2. Mulholland Drive (2001) – Directed by David Lynch
  3. The Double Life of Véronique (1991) – Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
  4. Eraserhead (1977) – Directed by David Lynch
  5. Inland Empire (2006) – Directed by David Lynch
  6. Blue Velvet (1986) – Directed by David Lynch
  7. Nostalghia (1983) – Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
  8. The Three Colors trilogy: 1.Three Colors: Blue (1993), 2.Three Colors: White (1994), 3.Three Colors: Red (1994) – Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
  9. The Elephant Man (1980) – Directed by David Lynch
  10. My Left Foot (1989) – Directed by Jim Sheridan
  11. Metropolis (1927) – Directed by Fritz Lang
  12. Paris, Texas (1984) – Directed by Wim Wenders
  13. The Seventh Seal (1957) – Directed by Ingmar Bergman
  14. Bicycle Thieves (1948) – Directed by Vittorio De Sica
  15. Space Rage (1985) – Directed by Conrad E. Palmisano
  16. Mystic River (2003) – Directed by Clint Eastwood
  17. The Virgin Spring (1960) – Directed by Ingmar Bergman
  18. The Wages of Fear (1953) – Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
  19. Koker trilogy: 1.Where Is the Friend’s Home? (1987), 2.Life, and Nothing More…(1991), 3.Through the Olive Trees (1994) – Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
  20. Still Walking (2008) – Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
  21. Synecdoche, New York (2008) – Directed by Charlie Kaufman
  22. The Deserted Station (2002) – Directed by Alireza Raisian
  23. The Wind Will Carry Us (1999) – Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
  24. Fanny and Alexander (1982) – Directed by Ingmar Bergman
  25. Hana-bi (1997) – Directed by Takeshi Kitano
  26. Turtles Can Fly (2004) – Directed by Bahman Ghobadi
  27. A Clockwork Orange (1971) – Directed by Stanley Kubrick
  28. In a Better World (2010) – Directed by Susanne Bier
  29. Lost Highway (1997) – Directed by David Lynch
  30. The Sacrifice (1986) – Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
  31. The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) – Directed by Víctor Erice
  32. Pi (1998) – Directed by Darren Aronofsky
  33. Wild Strawberries (1957) – Directed by Ingmar Bergman
  34. The Saddest Music in the World (2003) – Directed by Guy Maddin
  35. The Taste of Tea (2004) – Director Katsuhito Ishii
  36. The Magician (1958) – Directed by Ingmar Bergman
  37. The Phantom of Liberty (1974) – Directed by Luis Buñuel
  38. Last Year at Marienbad (1961) – Directed by Alain Resnais
  39. Fortress (1992) – Directed by Stuart Gordon
  40. The Serpent’s Kiss (1997) – Directed by Philippe Rousselot
  41. The Secret Garden (1993) – Directed by Agnieszka Holland
  42. Europa trilogy: The Element of Crime (1984) Epidemic (1987) Europa (1991) – Directed by Lars von Trier
  43. The Fall (2006) – Directed by Tarsem Singh
  44. Requiem for a Dream (2000) – Directed by Darren Aronofsky
  45. The Machinist (2004) – Directed by Brad Anderson
  46. Delicatessen (1991) – Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro
  47. Misery (1990) – Directed by Rob Reiner
  48. The City of Lost Children (1995) – Directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  49. Cassandra’s Dream (2007) – Directed by Woody Allen
  50. Amélie (2001) – Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  51. Neverwas (2005) – Directed by Joshua Michael Stern
  52. A Short Film About Killing (1988) – Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
  53. Solaris (1972) – Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
  54. Gozu (2003) – Directed by Takashi Miike
  55. Persona (1966) – Directed by Ingmar Bergman
  56. Brand upon the Brain! (2006) – Directed by Guy Maddin
  57. A Scanner Darkly (2006) – Directed by Richard Linklater
  58. Taste of Cherry (1997) – Directed by Abbas Kiarostami
  59. Baran (2001) – Directed by Majid Majidi
  60. El Topo (The Mole) (1970) – Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  61. The Tree (2010) – Directed by Julie Bertuccelli
  62. About Elly (2009) – Directed by Asghar Farhadi
  63. Trainspotting (1996) – Directed by Danny Boyle
  64. Blue (1993) – Directed by Derek Jarman
  65. Being John Malkovich (1999) – Directed by Spike Jonze
  66. The Jacket (2005) – Directed by John Maybury
  67. The Cement Garden (1993) – Directed by Andrew Birkin
  68. The Willow Tree (2005) – Directed by Majid Majidi
  69. Eyes Wide Shut (1999) – Directed by Stanley Kubrick
  70. Dead Man (1995) – Directed by Jim Jarmusch
  71. The Crucible (1996) – Directed by Nicholas Hytner
  72. Cube (1997) – Directed by Vincenzo Natali
  73. Du Levande (2007) – Directed by Roy Andersson
  74. El Angel Exterminador (1962) – Directed by Luis Buñuel
  75. Deep Red (1976) – Directed by Dario Argento
  76. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Directed by Michel Gondry
  77. The Fountain (2006) – Directed by Darren Aronofsky
  78. Edward II (1991) – Directed by Derek Jarman
  79. The Holy Mountain (1973) – Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
  80. The Science of Sleep (2006) – Directed by Michel Gondry
  81. Performance (1968) – Directed by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg
  82. Hurlyburly (1998) – Directed by Anthony Drazan
  83. Caravaggio (1986) – Directed by Derek Jarman
  84. 21 Grams (2003) – Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
  85. Cowards Bend the Knee (2003) – Directed by Guy Maddin
  86. The Angelic Conversation (1986) – Directed by Derek Jarman
  87. Human Nature (2001) – Directed by Michel Gondry
  88. Naked Lunch (1991) – Directed by David Cronenberg
  89. Barton Fink (1991) – Directed by the Coen brothers
  90. Funky Forest (2005) – Directed by Katsuhito Ishii
  91. Brazil (1985) – Directed by Terry Gilliam
  92. 25th Hour (2002) – Directed by Spike Lee
  93. Jubilee (1978) – Directed by Derek Jarman
  94. The Shining (1980) – Directed by Stanley Kubrick
  95. Videodrome (1983) – Directed by David Cronenberg
  96. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Directed by Stanley Kubrick
  97. Blind Chance (1981) – Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
  98. Dune (1984) – Directed by David Lynch
  99. Brokeback Mountain (2005) – Directed by Ang Lee
  100. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992) – Directed by David Lynch
  101. Adaptation (2002) – Directed by Spike Jonze
  102. Waking Life (2001) – Directed by Richard Linklate
  103. Careful (1992) – Directed by Guy Maddin
  104. Pari (1995) – Directed by Dariush Mehrjui
  105. London Boulevard (2010) – Directed by William Monahan
  106. Modern Times (1936) – Directed by Charlie Chaplin
  107. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) – Directed by George Clooney
  108. The Last of England (1987) – Directed by Derek Jarman
  109. The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) – Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
  110. Space Cowboys (2000) – Directed by Clint Eastwood
  111. The Golden Age (1930) – Directed by Luis Buñuel
  112. Crimson Gold (2003) – Directed by Jafar Panahi
  113. Sebastiane (1976) – Directed by Derek Jarman
  114. Perfect Sense (2011) – Directed by David Mackenzie
  115. Stay (2005) – Directed by Marc Forster
  116. Caligula (1979) – Directed by Tinto Brass
  117. Melancholia (2011) – Directed by Lars von Trier
  118. Apollo 18 (2011) – Directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego
  119. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) – Directed by Luis Buñuel
  120. The Tempest (1979) – Directed by Derek Jarman
  121. Simon of the Desert (1965) – Directed by Luis Buñuel
  122. The Garden (1990) – Directed by Derek Jarman
  123. Black Swan (2010) – Directed by Darren Aronofsky
  124. Cube Zero (2004) – Directed by Ernie Barbarash
  125. Wittgenstein (1991) – Directed by Derek Jarman
  126. Cube 2: Hypercube (2002) – Directed by Andrzej Sekuła

The Grand Budapest Hotel, a comically, hilariously funny movie by Wes Anderson

You see, there are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson was the most anticipated movie of 2013. From the beginning I was sure The Grand Budapest Hotel gonna be perfect because Wes Anderson is an exceptional director and he never disappoints.
So finally I saw the most anticipated movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel” after 1 year of wait. I knew Wes Anderson never disappoints and he has surpassed my expectations.

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Just look at the cast, how much talented the cast is: Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Harvey Keitel, Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, F Murray Abraham, Tony Revolori. These are called real actors unlike phony popular so called actors. I think it was the best cast in a single film.

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The main characters of the movie were Ralph Fiennes (Monsieur Gustave H) & Tony Revolori (Young Zero Moustafa). Both character’s acting was sublime. On a funny note, you both are made for each other. I must admit that everyone’s acting was majestic, PERIOD.

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The best surprise was Tilda Swinton’s character as Madame Céline Villeneuve Desgoffe-und-Taxis (Madame D.). What have they done to her in this film was really hilarious. She has changed from Caravaggio days. Yes, Derek Jarman’s art film “Caravaggio” & all other Jarman films. And how can I forget her performance in “Only Lovers Left Alive” with John Hurt.

Edward Norton as Inspector Henckels looked really different from his other movies. Adrien Brody as Dmitri Desgoffe-und-Taxis was rad too. Don’t forget wicked English accent of Jude Law (The Author as a Young Man).

I think Wes Anderson has surpassed his previous already perfect films with this glorious film. The Grand Budapest Hotel is cinema’s victory and here comes standing ovation from my side for Wes Anderson and every one who worked for the success of this masterpiece film.