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Movie Review: Dune (1984)

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Written and directed by David Lynch.
1984.

I’m not sure the fabled four-hour cut of this would have made it that much better. In addition to a creepy kid and a line about milking a hairless cat with a mouse taped to its torso, Lynch concocts great visuals and wicked bad guys, but the good guys are all so vanilla. Delightfully homoerotic — a bunch of men riding giant worms and a slicked-up Sting with a rubber palm leaf — but there’s no joy — no coffee, no pie — and the only tension is what you sense off camera: six months of Mexican heat and a heap of dead dogs.

“Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.” — Duke Leto Atreides

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Andy Davidson is the author of IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN. He lives in Georgia with his wife and five cats.

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