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Watched 1984 Dune and 2013 documentary Jodorowsky's Dune about the never made 70's adaptation.

I liked Lynch's Dune, despite having always found it very flawed, it is different from anything else and has some very good stuff mixed with not so good (it felt a bit like Robocop 2). Also, a very slow and detailed first half, followed by a more rushed second half (I checked the extended edition differences, and they were mostly extended dialogues of the existing scenes, nothing really new and the theatrical cut is already heavy on dialogue exposition).

It is that kind of flawed movie that still has a unique vibe and magnetism, not surprising it has a bit of cult following. Being released in the 80's it needed to be more commercial and entertaining, it was the time of Star Wars and Indiana Jones after all, it lacks some sense of adventure and fun, it is too dramatic/tragic to succeed at that time. The war action bits are also really poorly directed.

The Jodorowsky's documentary is really interesting, but I understand how the project was too ambitious and lacked focus, also the documentary is fascinated by all the concept art and aesthetics (which was ahead of its time, since it was before Star Wars), but there is little discussion of the actual story.
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Jodorowsky's Dune is a very interesting commentary about what's probably the greatest film never made. The designs, the cast choices, everything! I love that the design of the Padishah Emperor ended up as Skeletor's armor in Masters of the Universe.

As for the 1984 film - it has it's strong sides, but I feel like they spent way too much time on the early part of the book and once the Fremen get invovled it's a rushed mess. It might've been better for it to be the other way around. I seem to remember the 2000 miniseries being very good, along with Children of Dune, but I haven't seen them in a long time.
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Got together with my best buddy last night to check out the "Castlevania" series on Netflix. "Castlevania" is really special to us, we've had a lot of bonding over the series and so we got a pizza and some drinks and were ready to have a good time.

We didn't.

What is the Castlevania show? A miserable little pile of bad writing...

I thought the first episode was pretty good overall, but everything went downhill from there. I can't stand Trevor, the script is utterly weak, the voice acting - uninspired and the music - boring. You're making "Castlevania", a series famous for its great music as much as for everything else and you put such an unmemorable score?!

Why dedicate time to story development when you can put a 2-minute talk about f***ing a goat? Why get some character development when you can put in the same speech about who the Belmonts were 3 times in the same episode or have the characters fall through the floor 3 times in a row?

Yeah, thanks, I'll stick to the Hugh Jackman "Van Helsing" movie. That one at least FEELS like "Castlevania".

The things I liked (minor spoilers)
- First episode and the Intro
- The Cyclops battle (nice that they put an actual boss from Castlevania III in there)
- The duel with Alucard

For now, with these 4 episodes, the show feels like a proof of concept. They know they want to do it, they know the style, but they barely have anything in terms of story. I am gonna give season 2 a chance, but if I don't see signs of improvement, I'm probably not going to stick with it. That time would be better spent replaying one of the games.

Also, something I didn't mention before, but just like a lot of the dialogue, the gore was really tasteless and being gory for the sake of gore. For "Dredd" - it worked, it's in the source material. For this and for the dogshit fan-made "Power/Rangers" movie - it didn't. There is a huge difference between horror and gore, which they seem to not understand. Castlevania is about being gothic and wrapped in classical horror tropes. Not for having some guy's eyeball being whipped out or for having a baby being eaten alive.
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