I watched Dune twice yesterday and again after work today. I have a lot of movie obsessions, but this is the quickest it's ever happened. Thank heavens all the Hallmark Christmas movies are coming up, because I could easily watch this film every day. There's just so much there on the screen. I see something more... appreciate the film more... with each new viewing. Something tells me this will be going on for a while. I haven't seen Eternals yet, but this is my favorite film of 2021 right now.
My obsession has lead me to becoming obsessed with director Denis Villeneuve. Despite him having crafted Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, two of my favorite films, I know almost nothing about the guy. As opposed to a director like Luc Besson and Ridley Scott whom I've watched numerous interviews and read books about them and by them about their craft.
And so I've been watching interviews with Villeneuve.
His passion, love, and attention given to the films he makes is pretty inspiring. The best I've seen is this break-down for Vanity Fair...
And here he is on Arrival...
And Blade Runner 2049...
On his plate next? Dune: The Sisterhood for HBO Max and a Cleopatra feature film. And then... God willing... Dune Part Two.
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I saw it in IMAX and again on HBO+ the following day. Like you, I will be watching this several more times. Absolutely brilliant.
I think my main reason for reviewing is to savor more of the smaller roles… to extend them somehow. Thufir and The Baron were wonderfully realized… but we saw so little of them. But watching over and over, I get to see them more.