Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Best Movie to Not Watch Right Now

This week we did finally get around to watching Jodorowsky's Dune, a documentary that was released in summer '13, but which we missed to see something else at the time that I can't remember now. Anyway, a few days ago, we finally wrangled a copy and got a chance to see this. It's hard to explain how fascinating and painful it is to see a movie about a movie that doesn't actually exist. There is one other similar documentary that comes to mind, Lost in LaMancha, about Terry Gilliam's failed effort to make his dream version of Don Quixote. Jodorowsky's Dune similarly discusses an epic, tantalizing, but ultimately abandoned  attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's sci-fi masterpiece novel, Dune, to film. Whereas Lost in LaMancha is actually cobbled together from what was intended to be behind the scenes footage of the filming of Gilliam's project, including a live action accounting of the unfortunate misadventures that ultimately derailed the production entirely, Jodorowsky's Dune tells the tale of the most brilliant movie that was never filmed.  More than a little hard to watch while in the middle of the submission doldrums - seeing a project that looks so, so perfect on paper, that ultimately comes to nothing more than a brilliantly thorough production plan, and a dream that can never be realized.

Film Count 2015 : 42
Watched this week:
(*not first viewing)

Jodorowsky's Dune
Some Velvet Morning


Things that are technically TV shows even though I only watch them streaming on the computer: 12
New this week:

BoJack Horseman

Books of 2015 : 9
New this week:

Not a dang thing. This was a writing week


Mirka Breen said...

Statistically most movie projects never become movies... it is sobering. Most manuscripts are never published, and most people who audition don't get the part. But "most" is not you, right?

Lily Cate said...

No way! Well, not for a very long time to come, at least ;)
I'm kind of stubborn that way.