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simstim

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I loved the new Dune. Haven't seen the old one but I am interested in reading the book now!

I know there is a ton of stuff to read in that universe. Would anyone like to recommend which ones are necessary and what order to read them in?

Definitely start with Frank Herbert's Dune. Then if you're into it read the rest. There will be a of Dune novels in order in the front of the book.

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Just start with the first one dood, i think i read 3 didn't know there were more?
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I think Frank Herbert's son may have written several as well. There's no telling what other additions have been made in the ensuing decades.
 

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From the last few months. I've been slacking a bit, admittedly. Please excuse the lack of reviews (see previous sentence):

8 1/2
Woman Under the Influence
Bicycle Thieves
Tangerine
Running Man
Sweet Smell of Success
Dead Zone
The Hustler
Citizenfour
Babe
Saw
Death Warrant
Commando
Dynasties
Under the Volcano
Opening Night
The Thing
They Live
Powaqqatsi
Naqoyqatsi
Short Circuit
Pig
Enter the Dragon
Up in the Air
Brave Little Toaster
Clockwork Orange
Limelight
Many Saints of Newark
Usual Suspects
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Quiet Place 1
Quiet Place 2
Scream
Station Agent
Casino
Aristocats
School of Rock
Book of Eli
Gummo
Sullivans Travels
Boogie Nights
Breakdown
Michael Clayton
 

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Twin Peaks was excellent but it turns out I didn't understand shit and missed a lot. Didn't help that Fire Walk With Me was years ago.
I'm gonna have to give everything a rewatch at some point.
10/10
 

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Army of Thieves (2021)

Anthony Michael Hall reprises his role as Ludwig Dieter for this prequel to Army of the Dead. He does a very convincing German accent. Unfortunately, the film mostly consists of typical heist fare. None of the characters stand out except for the protagonist. The plot is trite, but I like Dieter enough to watch till the credits.
 

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Twin Peaks was excellent but it turns out I didn't understand shit and missed a lot. Didn't help that Fire Walk With Me was years ago.
I'm gonna have to give everything a rewatch at some point.
10/10
I just finished my third viewing last night; I still feel there are pieces left out of the jigsaw puzzle so-to-speak. I definitely feel like I 'get' it though.

It's very important to pay attention in Fire Walk with Me and the first two episodes of the Return if you want any chance of understanding the last two episodes lol. This show was built for reanalysis.



The French Dispatch (2021)

As others have said, this was probably the most 'Wes Anderson' type film I've ever seen, for lack of a better term. Suffice to say it was quirky, humorous, filled with the best of the best actors, and very entertaining. If you enjoy Anderson's prior works, you're bound to enjoy this one. It kinda petered out towards the end after such a strong start, but perhaps I just needed to pee lol.

7.5/10
 

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An Angel for Satan (1966)

Pretty good atmospheric gothic horror shot in beautiful B&W, but I'm not sure Barbara Steele was the right choice for this: she's supposed to be this noblewoman whose extraordinary beauty (as immortalized by a cursed statue of her identical-looking ancestor) is driving everyone mad with envy—but all the other actresses are way prettier! All subjective of course LOL. Still, perfect for an early morning watch.
 

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Yo, legit -- Breakdown is the best Kurt Russell film I've seen in awhile.

Do not tag me using the '@' functionality, my brethren.

Albeit, the last act was a bit too 'Michael Bay' ...ish.

Still: 4.4/5
 

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Most recently, I watched a bad copy of Venom: Let There Be Carnage that was clearly filmed from a cinema seat. As far as bad copies go, it was pretty good... but that is worse. It's so close to a good copy that your mind thinks you are watching the actual film. I need to stop watching this pirate shit.

One of the benefits of COVID is: we get HD copies of cinema movies in like 2 weeks now because they stream them soon after release and there are a hundred million people with half-decent capture cards.

Anyway, back to the movie.

It really annoys me when they say the title in the movie.


It should have been called Venom 2. Whenever they say the title, I cringe hard.

The movie was okay. It was a lot like The Suicide Squad. Both of them are completely insane and that makes them different from Marvel films which are (for the most part) very safe big budget Hollywood ventures... but are they actually better than Marvel flicks?

Carnage is directed by Andy Serkis (most famous for playing Gollum in LOTR) which makes sense because the whole film is this split-personality thing between Eddie and Venom.

The first Venom was weird.

Carnage is batshit.

I'm a big Woody Harrelson fan. He does a wonderful villain. Serkis isn't as talented as Stone, but seeing Woody as a villain gave me nostalgic goosebumps thinking about Mickey Knox.
 

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Old

Classic Shyamalan. There's something about him I love. Even when the film is awful, I'm still engaged. Nobody else is still making these old school flicks.

Old isn't his best work, but - like all his films - it is memorable.

The Visit was better.
 

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Directly after watching Old, I watched Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.

Totally utterly forgettable. It is a true story about a murderer who pleaded not guilty for reasons of demonic possession.

I don't believe in demons; this guy just murdered someone.
 

Nas47

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I loved the new Dune. Haven't seen the old one but I am interested in reading the book now!

I know there is a ton of stuff to read in that universe. Would anyone like to recommend which ones are necessary and what order to read them in?
As I remember there is two books of Dune
 

Nas47

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Isn't there like six written by Frank and then a bunch of other books?

Frank - (Dune / Messiah / Children / God Emperor / Heretics / Chapterhouse)
Personally know only about Dune.Is possible that Frank Herbert wrote anothers.
 

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Yeah pretty sure he wrote a bunch of books over a couple of decades. I read at least two of the Dune novels at some point. That time in my life is very hazy. Can't say I liked them very much, but that sort of thing (sprawling space opera) has never been my cup of tea.

Chuck (Palahniuk) >>>> Frank
 

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Yeah pretty sure he wrote a bunch of books over a couple of decades. I read at least two of the Dune novels at some point. That time in my life is very hazy. Can't say I liked them very much, but that sort of thing (sprawling space opera) has never been my cup of tea.

Chuck (Palahniuk) >>>> Frank
Years ago had read Dune.At this time likes me.Also also some kinda fan of sci-fi.Sheckley,Bradbury,Strugatski brothers these were one of my favourites
 

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As I remember there is two books of Dune
Yeah pretty sure he wrote a bunch of books over a couple of decades. I read at least two of the Dune novels at some point. That time in my life is very hazy. Can't say I liked them very much, but that sort of thing (sprawling space opera) has never been my cup of tea.

Chuck (Palahniuk) >>>> Frank
The first book is split into 'two' books. The first half of the book occurs like a decade before the second half. Then Herbert also wrote five more novels after the first. His son also wrote a few more but they aren't as highly regarded IIRC.

Upon further reflection and a second viewing, I really, really enjoyed the newest Dune adaptation. The little things that were changed were barely noticeable; the soundtrack was stellar; cinematography was stellar; casting and acting was stellar; costumes were stellar. I mean it was simply the best sci-fi in several years, if not a decade.

Read the book first though if you really wana enjoy it. My wife enjoyed Part One so much that she dug out my old copy of the first book and is currently reading it.
 
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