Auld Lang Syne and Dune

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Auld Lang Syne from the Scottish Parliament, proving once again that most politicians cannot sing to save their souls.  At least it was done on the tax dime of the Scots and not us!  At any rate, have the happiest of New Years. 

Clan McClarey will be spending this New Year’s Eve in our traditional New Year’s Eve activities:  eating snacks, and watching Dune, a movie so bad that it is good!

Who cannot laugh at such unintenionally hilarious lines of diaglogue as :

Muad’Dib: Gurney, when the storm hits… set off the atomics. I want an opening through the entire Shield Wall. Stilgar, do we have wormsign?
Stilgar: Usul, we have wormsign the likes of which even God has never seen.

Paul Atreides: Father… father, the sleeper has awakened!

Piter De Vries: It is by will alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of Sapho that thoughts acquire speed, the lips acquire stains, stains become a warning. It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

Paul Atreides: Shield practice? Gurney… we had practice — this morning… I’m not in the mood.
Gurney Halleck: Not in the mood?! Mood’s a thing for cattle and love play… not fighting.
Paul Atreides: I’m sorry Gurney.
Gurney Halleck: Not sorry enough.

Baron Vladimir Harkonnen: He who controls the spice, controls the universe!

Stilgar and the Fremen: Hmmm. Shai-hulud.

Feyd-Rautha: I will kill him!

Alia Atreides: And how can this be? For he is the Kwisatz Haderach!

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Put into a very good mood we toast the new year with egg nog and retire.  See you all in 2010!

9 Responses to Auld Lang Syne and Dune

  • Pinky says:

    Hilarious movie, Donald. I haven’t seen it in years. The thing I remember most about it was the complete lack of subtlety in the depiction of the houses. The good family was beautiful, noble, and always posed majestically. The bad family was decadent and covered with sores.

    Peter Jackson should be forced to remake Dune.

  • Donald R. McClarey says:

    Subtlety was not Frank Herbert’s strong suit, nor intentional humor. Dune actually wasn’t a bad novel or Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. After that the novels became increasingly esoteric and unreadable.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dune_(novel)

    The film took the Dune mythos with the same seriousness that Herbert did, with disastrous and hilarious results.

  • Donna V. says:

    Oh dear, I missed “Dune” somehow and I dearly love hilariously bad movies. I miss “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ terribly. I’ll have to make sure to rent “Dune” from the library. Even the few snippets Donald quoted had me laughing.

    A very happy New Year to all of you!

  • American Knight says:

    Maud’dib is supposed to be some kind of worm-commanding desert messiah but he comes across more like Mohammad than the Messiah. Racing out of the desert to conquer, with violence and new high-tech weaponry is far less like a true Messiah than the poor babe born in a manger in an obscure West Bank town who overcomes the world.

    Star Wars had a more hopeful messiah-type with Luke despite the simplistic story telling (Episode V excepted).

    None carry the grandeur of Tolkien. Hobbits are far more messianic than Muad’dib or Jedi. Pick up your ring and carry it to Mordor; that rings of Matthew.

    Nevertheless, Dune is entertaining . . . I hope the Clan McClarey enjoyed this movie in all its over-acting drama. I hear it is much better if you take some spice and sync it up with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon :)

    Have a Blessed New Year

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