Comment 39471

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted April 06, 2010 at 10:21:23

Reading this review brought back some fond memories. When I was a kid, I absolutely LOVED Harryhausen's animated skeletons in the original Jason and the Argonauts (1963). My biggest surprise watching Clash of the Titans was how well the earlier film stood up: some two decades later, the quality of the effects hadn't really changed. I also loved Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977), which I must have seen later on VHS because I was only four when it came out.

While I've been excited to sit my older son down and subject him to some of my favourite classic action/SF films - 2001: A Space Odyssey (and its underappreciated sequel 2010), Blade Runner, the original Star Wars trilogy (duh!), the, er, even-numbered Star Trek movies, The Terminator, The Abyss, The Quiet Earth, the delightfully malevolent Krull, and so on - others haven't held up that well.

I regret going back and re-watching The Last Starfighter, The Black Hole, Tron, Ralph Bakshi's muddled Lord of the Rings cartoon, the quasi-sequel Return of the King by Rankin-Bass (and their unfortunate take on The Hobbit), and the abysmal Flight of the Navigator. These movies aged poorly. The effects feel merely dated rather than nostalgic, the dialogue and acting are cringeworthy, and the plots would be insulting to today's moviegoers.

(Aside: I was delighted, watching JJ Abrams' Star Trek, when a crew member was whisked out through a hole in the ship's hull into the silence of space. Even as a kid, I bristled at exterior shots of space battles with ship engines roaring and whistling and lasers making physically impossible "bzzew! bzzew!" sounds. I understand the new Battlestar Galactica series does this as well, but I don't get cable and haven't seen it.)

As a result there's a whole category of such films that I'm reluctant to watch now, preferring to preserve my childhood (and less digital effects-saturated) memories: Flash Gordon, Battle Beyond the Stars (note: written by John Sayles, score by James Horner and effects by James Cameron), Dreamscape, Dune (which was already awful when it was new), The Fly (the Jeff Goldblum version), Innerspace, The Running Man (read the gritty, less-cartoony book instead), Videodrome, Dreamscape, The Final Countdown and its thematic opposite The Philadelphia Experiment, and so on.

Comment edited by administrator Ryan on 2010-04-06 11:18:08

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