David Lynch’s Dune is bafflingly incomprehensible on a number of levels. First and foremost, (and I should say that I haven’t actually read Herbert’s Dune), it’s instantly apparent that, if Dune is even adaptable, it’s not as a movie. This is a staggeringly dense sci-fi experience that, at nearly two and a half hours, still feels as if it’s barely scratching the surface of the story that is meant to be conveyed. Even in its best moments, I felt like Dune was merely summarizing broad story points of a much larger, more detailed story that couldn’t quite be condensed.
2017 Movie #107: Stop Making Sense (1984)
In Stop Making Sense, the Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs)-directed concert film for Talking Heads, the iconic ’80s new wave quartet, lead singer David Byrne grabs your attention and hypnotizes you in non-stop action, presenting a series of characters and personas that differ from song to song, culminating in the unmistakable image of Byrne, suited in a comically oversized suit, wiggling his arms and legs, in almost dizzying fashion.
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2017 Movie #5: Sixteen Candles (1984)
The films of John Hughes have not, in general, aged well, and Sixteen Candles is no exception. Anthony Michael Hall is really good though – it’s a real shame he hasn’t really managed to channel his comedic energy into many movies since the ’80s.