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Joining us for the 20th episode of the Hey You Geeks podcast is director Frank Pavich, here to discuss his incredible, hit documentary, Jodorowsky’s Dune. We discuss the film, the enigma of Jodorowsky, alternate timelines and so much more. Pavich shares fascinating stories about first meeting the legendary Jodorowsky, H.R. Giger and Michel Seydoux. From Jodorowsky’s Paris apartment and Giger’s museum to Cannes, Pavich takes us on a journey through the creation of the documentary, and what could have been if Jodorowsky’s visionary epic made it to the big screen. With names like David Carradine, Orson Welles, Dali, Pink Floyd and Mick Jagger attached to Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Dune, the doc is full of fascinating casting stories and a visual tour through a unique vision in film. Give a listen, and don’t forget to share your reviews of Hey You Geeks on iTunes!
If there is an art to the visceral brutality of cinematic violence, Gareth Evans may well be one of the new masters. His breakout 2012 feature, The Raid: Redemption, was a master class of simplicity, placing a rookie cop (Iko Uwais) in the middle of a high-rise apartment building full of criminals who are all ordered to kill him and his colleagues by the drug lord who reigns supreme on the top floor. That was all the plot Evans needed to craft an expert martial-arts action film, and it worked marvelously. The easy route for a sequel, perhaps, would be to offer more of the same: maybe a bigger building, or more fearsome bad guys in a similarly contained setting. Instead, The Raid 2 shifts into a different, more expansive, but no less relentlessly violent gear.
From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, Ep. 1.05, “Self-Contained”: Series continues to excel at character and story development
“Self-Contained” is a tightly wound and nerve jangling episode, set mostly in the RV as the Fullers and the Geckos scramble for power and control over their desperate situation. In that manner it’s not all that different from “Let’s Get Ramblin”. We bounce between characters but each story is fleshed out and we are given a chance to care about what is happening.
Thanks to the likes of James Wan, paranormal horror is all the rage. From Paranormal Activity to Insidious and The Conjuring, audiences are irretrievably hooked to tales of nuclear families being bloodlessly menaced by only-fleetingly-visible entities of malicious intent. What’s remarkable about Mike Flanagan’s Oculus, which follows his no-budget wonder Absentia, is how it manages to wring genuine dread from a beyond-worn subgenre simply by paying close attention to the realities of its deeply troubled characters.Oculus functions equally well as a tragic psychodrama as it does a horror film.