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RIP, H.R. Giger, 1940-2014.

You may have noticed the passing of H.R. Giger, the Swiss artist whose dark-themed art became a staple of Hollywood sci-fi and horror. The news of Giger's passing is especially timely for Spokane-area movies fans since Giger is featured in the documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune," which plays for three more days at AMC River Park Square.

Directed by little-known Frank Pavich (this is only his second film), "Jodorowsky's Dune" tells the tale of what some people describe as "the greatest film never made." While that might be just a bit of an overstatement, there is no debate that much of the crew of "spiritual warriors" that the Chilean-born filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky hired to help him adapt Frank Herbert's epic sci-fi novel went on to do other things.

Most notably, screenwriter Dan O'Bannon and Giger. O'Bannon went on to write what would become Ridley Scott's "Alien" (which spawned the whole series), and Giger created the alien monster's design.

Pavich's film works mostly because Jodorowsky is such a passionate interview. But O'Bannon, who died in 2009, and Giger are both featured prominently. And, yes, Giger comes across every bit as strange as you might think. The, uh, "interview" embedded below isn't that far from the truth.

And catch the documentary at AMC if you can. It's not going to get a Magic Lantern run, so you're only other chance will be to see it online or through your On Demand service.