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If Frank Pavich's wonderful Jodorowsky's Dune exposes even one person to the director's legacy of work then I consider it a success. Whether anyone thinks that Jodorowsky's version of Dune would have been the transcendent experience that he believes it would have been, I think we can all agree that it would have been something unique indeed and the world is kind of a worse place for the lack of it. Personally, I'm a fan of Lynch's Dune, warts and all. Not so much the Toto soundtrack, but that's another story.

We saw this film and reviewed it here. Also, if you've never experienced Jodorowsky's work, stop what you're doing and seek out The Holy Mountain and El Topo.


Onwards!




Obviously you've seen The Raid (review) by now so this film needs no introduction. What? You haven't? Go, go, go! Seriously though, I'm hearing The Raid 2 is the Godfather 2 of the two and increases the scope and action of the first film by a longshot. I wasn't able to catch this theatrically, so I'm eager to see it this week.




Haven't seen it, looks f-ing wild as shit. Lars Von Trier seems to re-invent himself with each new movie and it's my opinion that his recent films have reflected a move towards a new artist's persona where his films are but one aspect of the art. Certainly Nymphomanic Vol 1 & Vol 2 feels like performance art more than a film in the most traditional sense. We can all argue over whether we think Shia LaBeouf's recent antics were tied up in the release of the film. I think they were. At least in the sense that LaBeaouf may have been inspired by Von Trier. Anyway, I've seen every one of Von Trier's films and don't plan on stopping now!




Shout! Factory continues to bring the awesomeness with this blu-ray release of Walter Hill's 1981 survival thriller, Southern Comfort! If you've never seen it, and are a fan of Deliverance, then you owe it to yourself to check this out.

Featuring new interviews with with director/writer Walter Hill, producer/writer David Giler (aka the dudes who produced all the alien films) and actors Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Peter Coyote and Lewis Smith and a remaster this one's for the fans.




You know that Glee-meets-Sleepaway Camp movie you always wanted. Well, here it is! Honestly, you'd have to tie me to a chair to get me to watch another horror musical, but I know there are people out there who will love this one.


Honourable Mentions:
Rigor Mortis
The Time Machine (1960)
Point Blank



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