..at least creative wise..been trying to have a social life while mixed with intense training in Bjj and Archery/Bow stuff..trying to finish up stuff before I go to Florida again in two weeks..damn friends...wasting my time with drinks, conversation and fun..how dare they!
See if I can get some stuff in tonight and tomorrow..also on the Memorial Day holiday..(its summer baby! I know because of the gnat bites on my legs!).
Marvel is killing DC sales wise again..Now the New 52 aint stellar but Marvel is so frickin bad in every way; I don't understand..even with my usual contrarian outlook. Maybe its the movies Marvel seems to have a knack for..
Time Bandits (1981).
Saw this movie the other day while working out..I had seen this as little boy in the movie theaters...twice!!! It was a bizarre and at times terrifying movie..but I think it was trying to be for kids..Time traveling borderline horror films with an existential angle..perfect for little kids!!!
Directed by Terry Gilliam..known for his groundbreaking bizarre animation in Monty Python..this film has all the amazing visuals one would expect..pre computer..very imaginative and mixing in scenes and costumes from many different time periods.
Basically a bunch of time traveling dwarves are being chased by a powerful supreme being after stealing an object from him and a little English boy gets dragged along with them..the main villain however is the physical embodiment of Evil..played by the amazing and much underrated British actor David Warner. They go through different time periods causing havoc and meeting people like Napoleon, Agamemnon, Robin Hood among others..ending up on the Titanic..stuff like that.
The battle with Evil comes to ahead and the outmatched but plucky dwarves manage to hold Evil off till the Supreme Being jumps in..
I did not realize this as a kid, but this supreme being is obviously supposed to be God..portrayed as a stuffy demanding Banker type..when the little Boy asks God why the hell does Evil exist and why so many had to die for nothing..well..see the movie yourself.
I thought it was a clever little twist but it was written by Michael Palin from MP so you know its a mocking view on God and religion..a view I have affinity for I wont lie but have to put to the side...the mocking of God and religion over the past four decades has reaped disastrous fruit..and that does NOT require faith to believe..its right in front of our blasted eyes!!
Anyway..its still a great movie..with Sean Connery in a great, non typical role and Kenny Baker aka R2D2 as one of the Time Bandits..
But the standout out actor in this movie is the late great David Rappaport..the leader of the Time Bandits..best known for starring as the Dwarf who befriends Frankensteins Monster in the movie The Bride (starring Sting as Doc Frank). He really comes to the fore, salty at first but then concerned for the Boy and heroic. I will sadly always remember him for the shock I felt as a kid in Junior High (around 1985 or so..what I call the "getting my ass kicked at school every day years")when I heard his final fate.. when he was starring in a CBS series I cant recall the name of as the hero..not an easy task for a Dwarf.
The show was cancelled because he hung himself..
Back then I was a real wussy and I remember being sad all the next day because of this..Im not a bleeding heart anymore but I do feel for people who are dwarves or little people..(I wont call them the M word, see how PC I am..yeah right..).
Just being born and dealing with the condition (In my neighborhood, there was this cool dwarf named Jerry and he was very outgoing..) not to mention the health problems they deal with. But Pity is worthless so..make the best of it and try to kick ass before the curtain closes..end of story.
Also recommended are the films Brazil and Baron Munchausen..Terry Gilliam was definitely a visionary.