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BEST: 10. Jodorowsky’s Dune
Easily the geekiest and most obsessive documentary I saw all year, Frank Pavich’s Jodorowsky’s Dune is an exhumation of the weirdest movie never made. In the mid-’70s, eccentric Chilean auteur Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo) tried and failed to adapt Frank Herbert’s sci-fi talisman Dune. The false starts, bizarre detours, and cult luminaries attached to the project are probably more interesting than the film would’ve been. But Pavich argues (convincingly) that Star Wars, Alien, and The Terminator wouldn’t exist as we know them were it not for one man’s epic fail. A delightful celebration of a visionary whose dream never got the chance to live outside his head.
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