It was 2007. The Year of the Dolphin. The Scouting Centenary. The year of the last Harry Potter book. The year that Anna Nicole Smith and Bam Bam Bigelow passed. The year that DIE HARD turned PG-13. Amidst all that turmoil and unrest I wrote about an Alejandro Jodorowsky DVD box set for the famous The Ain’t It Cool News websight. And in that review I prophesied a day when the then-mostly-forgotten underground filmmaker of the early ’70s would become a mainstream pop culture phenomenon:
“This thing is gonna spread across the globe like airwaves. Rappers will start quoting HOLY MOUNTAIN; on CRIBS they’ll have THE FILMS OF ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY next to their SCARFACE dvd. Bono will buy a thousand copies and pass them out to world leaders, so they can begin their journeys of enlightenment…” etc. I went on for a while.
For years, my vision did not come to fruition. The average person on the street did not know who Jodorowsky was. The average film buff had not seen HOLY MOUNTAIN. But then somebody made a documentary about the time Jodorowsky tried to make DUNE, and you know how these documentaries are. They become popular and all the sudden everybody and their uncle thinks they’re an expert on Sea World and Sugar Man and shit. So now everybody who knows documentaries knows that THE SHINING something something the moon landing and Jodorowsky something something DUNE.
Here’s the doctored photo I included with that review to make my point:
That didn’t end up happening as far as I can prove, but here is an actual photo I saw on the internet yesterday:
That’s right, the talented producer/rapper and angry pants designer Kanye West recently hung out with Jodorowsky and got his tarot read. US Magazine and other mainstream gossip type outlets covered the meeting between “the Chilean filmmaker” and “Kim Kardashian’s husband.” Apparently they already knew each other, too. According to this comparison from Complex Magazine, West told his audience at the Yeezus Tour that his whole show was heavily inspired by THE HOLY MOUNTAIN.
See, you gotta listen to me, people. I know shit. $100 million Harmony Korine tentpole movie coming soon.
VERN has been reviewing movies since 1999 and is the author of the books SEAGALOGY: A STUDY OF THE ASS-KICKING FILMS OF STEVEN SEAGAL, YIPPEE KI-YAY MOVIEGOER!: WRITINGS ON BRUCE WILLIS, BADASS CINEMA AND OTHER IMPORTANT TOPICS and NIKETOWN: A NOVEL. His horror-action novel WORM ON A HOOK will arrive later this year.