Jodorowsky’s Dune rises, The Holy Mountain freaks out at the Tivoli, Penny Dreadful and Maron return, and more must-sees
If you haven’t seen the super-inspiring 2013 doc Jodorowsky’s Dune, which chronicles director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed attempts to make a movie out of Frank Herbert’s novel Dune, then today is the day. See it on Blu-ray or online rental now and just try not to get excited about the creative process.
In addition, tonight at 7 at Tivoli Cinemas, Film Society KC presents a rare opportunity to see a newly restored version of Jodorowsky’s 1973 surreal freak-out, The Holy Mountain, on the big screen.
Netflix’s investment in documentary filmmaking has paid off, garnering four Oscar nominations over the past three years. Its latest acquisition is Team Foxcatcher, which recounts the events leading up to the shooting of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz by entitled and unbalanced billionaire John du Pont. It’s similar to the story told in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher (starring Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo as du Pont and Schultz, respectively), but from the point of view of Dave’s widow, Nancy.
I wonder how much footage of Steve Miller will make it into HBO’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony package, premiering tonight at 7. Miller blasted the HOF for disrespecting the artists it means to honor, and he was still sorting out his broadcast contract at press time. What’s interesting is that the mellow classic rocker caused more of a stink than N.W.A. Regardless, the show is worth watching just to see Cheap Trick tear the roof off the building with classic-rock anthem “Surrender.”
We’ll see if the Victorian-horror series Penny Dreadful continues its upward trajectory of critical notice in Season 3, which premieres tonight on Showtime. Executive produced by John Logan and Sam Mendes (Skyfall), the show gleefully recounts and re-imagines origin stories of classic literary characters in the Gothic tradition. It’s anchored by Eva Green, who almost single-handedly manages to make the most dull movies watchable. Don’t believe me? Try watching Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Dark Shadows or 300: Rise of an Empire when she’s not onscreen. It ain’t easy.
It’s week four of The Detour, the scrappy new comedy created by Samantha Bee and her husband, Jason Jones, and boy, is this one growing on me. The show’s family road-trip mishaps are like National Lampoon’s Vacation, but with a darker edge. Jones’ bumbling dad isn’t just trying to get his family to Wally World; he’s actually been fired from his job, stolen valuable company property and is on the run. Catch up on the first three episodes on TBS.com and watch the new one tonight on the network.
Son of Saul won the Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars, and rightfully so. László Nemes’ directorial debut is an absolute stunner, full of cinematic bravura. Set in Auschwitz, the movie is shot from the narrow perspective of a Jewish-Hungarian death-camp worker who discovers an unlikely avenue for his own personal redemption among the carnage. It’s new on a feature-rich Blu-ray, with commentary, deleted scenes and a Q&A.
Last season, Maron hit a confident, if repetitive, stride. By the end of it, the fictional Marc Maron (who is a recovering addict and standup comedian who tapes a successful podcast in his garage) fell off the wagon. This development will likely refresh Season 4, premiering tonight on IFC with back-to-back episodes. It promises new settings (a storage unit, rehab) and lots of new characters, played by Ron Perlman, the Sklar brothers and Amy Smart. Let’s hope the shake-up keeps Maron’s neurotic humor on target.