Dune

David Lynch’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel Dune is also the most Josh movie ev-actually I think I’ve used up that clickbait lead. But suffice it to say, as both a fan of bad space opera movies and a David Lynch fan, this post has been a long time coming. It’s typically considered to be the worst thing Lynch did and one of the many spectacular duds that crashed in the wake of Star Wars. But I have an immense fondness for it, and, if I’m honest have probably found more cumulative enjoyment in it over the years than from the original Star Wars, or Blade Runner, or a lot of other more respectable sci-fi epics of the era.

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Oh no he’s writing about Malick again

Days of Heaven is also the most Josh movie ever made.

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It’s my story too

The Fall is the most Josh movie I’ve ever seen.

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Reading things

I noticed recently that I had unconsciously allowed my reading habits to slip, relegating books to subway commutes and the bedside. This had to change. Here’s a quick overview of the notables I’ve picked up since.

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Free-Scenario System

SaGa Frontier is perhaps the most Josh RPG I’ve ever played.

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An ending, indeed

I haven’t been writing much lately – a number of things, including but not limited to the worst instances of insomnia that I’ve experienced in my life yet, have left me frequently feeling just kinda tired and demoralized. But these things have also given me a renewed appreciation for the dumb, mindless escapism of video games, so let’s talk about that.

Specifically, Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium.

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The Leger of Zeldo: Broth of the Wilde

The short answer is that, yeah, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a great game. But on the question of whether it’s the ultimate Zelda game or the best game ever, or whathaveyou…

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Perchance to dream

Of course, having just described Akira Kurosawa as a great populist filmmaker I immediately turn my attention to one of his movies that very much does not fit that description – Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams, one of the last features he made, and probably the most opaque and esoteric of them. But what can I say? It’s a curiosity that I haven’t seen before.

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Spider’s Web Castle

When I made my most recent top ten movies list, I casually described Akira Kurosawa as the greatest filmmaker who ever lived. Which is ultimately something of a silly title – artists can and do use the medium for a variety of different, incommensurable ends. Even within the sphere of classic Japanese cinema of the 1950s and 60s, Kurosawa and someone like Yasujiro Ozu are so different that attempting to rank them is pointless.

But when it comes to movies as a crowd-pleasing, populist medium, I don’t think anyone did it as well, with as much formal perfection and intelligence, and with as much range as Kurosawa. To the extent that he was influenced by Hollywood, he typically improved upon it, such that it was only natural that Hollywood would then turn towards him for inspiration. Only he could have pulled off a movie like Spider’s Web Castle, better known in the west as Throne of Blood.

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In which I write about something topical and fun for once

Fourteen years later, The Incredibles still feels sui generis amidst the glut of superhero and 3D animated flicks. Its central premise about superheroes trying to live ordinary lives and raise a family would seem like fodder for gimmickry and broad humor, were it not that the family drama and marital strife depicted in it handled with a degree of seriousness and delicacy that still feels unique among popcorn flicks – especially animate ones ostensibly made for kids. That it also functions as a great superhero/spy movie on top of this just makes it better.

The bad news is that Incredibles 2 isn’t interested in expanding upon this in any incisive way; its attitude is one of just hanging out with characters you know and love for another couple of hours. Which isn’t exactly an unwelcome thing, but it does make it feel a tad less essential than the previous movie in its storytelling. This, however, matters a lot less than it seems, as Incredibles 2 is entirely necessary for other reasons.

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