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Best of 2014 2

Yesterday Holly gave her best-of for 2014, so of course today I’m up! I’ll stick with the same categories she did. I’ll also try to go with different answers from her, so that you get a bit more of the best from the year.

This is a really hard year for me for a lot of topics. A lot of my favorite bands came out with great new albums I’ve been rotating between for most of the year. I’ve branched out and read a bunch of great comics, including a lot of the Batman canon. And though ticket sales numbers are down, I think this was a phenomenal year for movies. So agonize with me as I try to pick the best of 2014!

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The Incal – A Comics Review

The Incal - Classic Collection

I have finished reading The Incal! This graphic novel was a fascinating look into the heart of inspiration. I wrote a first impressions post about this comic. And my inspiration for reading it was the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. So with all of this thought I’ve put into it already… what more do I have to say?

I think the right approach is probably just a plain old review, going through the story a bit, and looking at it. One of the things I was really expecting was to see the echoes of a lot of other stories, hidden in its pages. However, as this series is about as old as I am, I think the end result is that it felt familiar, but did not point to anything in particular. I think this is partially because it – like Jodorowsky’s failed Dune – has been permeating any number of science fiction stories I have encountered in my life!

However, the two that I was most expecting to see – Dune itself, and The Fifth Element, which got into trouble (nearly) for being close to The Incal – I saw a whole bunch in the pages of The Incal. So I’ll go through these movements, explore a bit of my surprise at the ending… but first, let me take a minute with the story’s main character, John DiFool. Spoilers abound for the hard-to-find, expensive-to-buy, The Incal!

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Why Lucy is a Good Science Fiction Movie

Yesterday Holly gave a spoiler-free review of the movie Lucy, by Luc Besson and starring Scarlett Johansson. In the tradition of our Comparative Opinions posts, I thought I would give a different perspective: a post with far more spoilers!

Before I get into spoilers, though, my thought is that Lucy was a few things. It was an artistic film, which Holly compared to The Fountain. It was a science fiction film, rather than an action film. And as a philosophical film, it felt very French.

We linked to the SourceFed Nerd review of the film, and I want to include it here now. They spent 16 minutes talking about this movie, way longer than usual. I think on one hand, it shows that they were paying attention – they point out a lot of the contentious elements of the film, a lot of the reason why it has a mixed response from audiences and reviewers. I think on another hand, it shows that the film got people thinking, and talking about it, and that seems deliberate. And finally, I think it shows, like Holly discussed yesterday, that the marketing for this movie completely failed. It did not set the right expectations for what the film would be or be about.

So these are the topics I want to talk about – spoilers to follow!

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First Impressions – The Incal

The Incal

 

I have been busy switching back and forth between reading two things lately: Guardians of the Galaxy to prepare for my LitFlix, and the item that showed up like magic from a library in Pennsylvania: The Incal.

I found out about this comic thanks to the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune check out my review of that here. The crazy and visionary mind of Jodorowsky never really returned to film after his attempt at Dune – he turned to comics. And his great saga, along with artist Jean Moebius Giraud, is The Incal.

I’ve read up through the first part of the collected edition I got, so through what was called The Black Incal. It’s been an interesting read. I have a deadline to get through this that’s stronger than the ones even for my LitFlix – it’s a library book! It has a due date! So I thought I would share some initial thoughts on the comic, as I continue on my way to the ding of “Achievement Unlocked: You Read The Incal!”

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The Greatest Movie Never Made – Jodorowsky’s Dune

When Holly and I were in Seattle, we got the chance to go see the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune. I didn’t know much about it, but it was about Dune, so I was there. I knew it was about an earlier attempt to make a Dune film, before the David Lynch version in the 80s. That was more than enough to go on.

So I did not know the director Jodorowsky, but he is an interesting dude. Not actually easy to describe. The movie describes him as, for instance, the man who created the midnight showing of the cult classic. And they go on to attribute a whole lot more to him, and to the film he tried to make in the early 1970s. Frank Herbert’s Dune.

The way I think it makes sense for me to move through this is to talk about Jodorowsky and the team he pulled together, about his Dune and the impact that it had on moviemaking, and then talk about the source material – Dune – of which I am such a fan. I suppose there will be spoilers for the documentary, but not many more than the trailer. I really recommend this documentary and if you get a chance to see it – and you love Dune and/or science fiction, do yourself a favor and check it out!

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