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(io9)   The events during the production of "Flash Gordon" (1980) were so absurd, that it's a miracle the movie came together at all   (io9.com) divider line 38
    More: Interesting, Flash Gordon, Dino De Laurentiis, Nicolas Roeg, miracles, Mongo, music production  
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2014-05-29 09:53:36 AM  
DIIIIIIIIIVEEE!!!!
 
2014-05-29 10:57:40 AM  
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-05-29 11:27:36 AM  
Flash a-AH
Savior of the Universe
 
2014-05-29 11:30:26 AM  
The production was fined many thousands of pounds when Heathrow Airport kept filing excessive noise complaints over Brian Blessed's line readings.
 
2014-05-29 11:38:14 AM  
Flash, I love you, but we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth!
 
2014-05-29 11:38:40 AM  
Obviously it's not a very good film, but the actors do seem to be having a lot of fun with it and there's rarely a dull moment, so it's something of a guilty pleasure.
 
2014-05-29 11:39:09 AM  
it's spelled BRIAN BLESSED
 
2014-05-29 11:43:08 AM  

lemurs: Obviously it's not a very good film, but the actors do seem to be having a lot of fun with it and there's rarely a dull moment, so it's something of a guilty pleasure.


It's entertaining as hell, which probably means it *is* a "good film".

Guilty pleasures are still pleasures.

It's too bad
 
2014-05-29 11:59:17 AM  

geocacherphil: it's spelled BRIAN BLESSED


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2014-05-29 12:20:38 PM  
Fall on your sword.
 
2014-05-29 12:30:50 PM  
Read that as Flesh Gordon.
Which was the better of the two movies.
 
2014-05-29 12:37:50 PM  
MY PROBLEM WITH FLASH GORDON ~

He saved Earth in the nick of time, which means the moon is now hovering about 20 feet over the Earth's surface, which means we're all doomed anyway.

Otherwise, the movie is flawless.
 
2014-05-29 12:38:53 PM  
I saw this movie on the big screen when it first came out. My day grew up on Flash Gordon and he loved it just as much as I did. Is it a great movie? Absolutely not! IS it still a wildly entertaining  movie? Yes indeed.

I loved the Alex Raymond comic strips in the opening credits. I still think Flash Gordon has one of the best openings ever. The movie really captured the look and tone of the Alex Raymond comic strip. Ironically it TONED DOWN the sensuality of the comic strip Dale is forever getting stripped and on one occasion at least whipped by a female rival for Flash's affections. Seriously ever female in Mongo has the hots for Flash and want to eliminate Dale so they can have him to themselves. All the while Ming has the Jones on for Dale in a big way. It is all very sexy. I imagine depression era audiences really ate it up. The strips are still fabulously entertaining today..
 
2014-05-29 12:45:51 PM  

Squidbait: Read that as Flesh Gordon.
Which was the better of the two movies.


By a long shot. :D
 
2014-05-29 12:46:02 PM  

Tax Boy: geocacherphil: it's spelled BRIAN BLESSED

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2014-05-29 12:48:33 PM  
A ten year old me farking loved this me. I knew Star Wars was the better movie but at the time this movie was a close second. I also played the crap out of the sound track.
 
2014-05-29 12:55:26 PM  

Parthenogenetic: Tax Boy: geocacherphil: it's spelled BRIAN BLESSED

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His scepter is too big.  I much prefer a piece of cutlery.

/and the queen has a *headache*
 
2014-05-29 12:57:10 PM  

jso2897: Squidbait: Read that as Flesh Gordon.
Which was the better of the two movies.

By a long shot. :D


And a squirt.

/never seen the PG one.
 
2014-05-29 12:57:52 PM  

Parthenogenetic: Tax Boy: geocacherphil: it's spelled BRIAN BLESSED

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Brian Blessed: You can't say he DOESN'T ENJOY HIS WORRRRRKKKKK!!!!
 
2014-05-29 12:59:58 PM  
Oh, and this is hilarious. GORDON'S ALIVE!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoFtYKK1A00
 
2014-05-29 01:00:37 PM  
AHA!
 
2014-05-29 01:04:44 PM  
This is now a Brian Blessed Thread. Here, our hero describes how to subdue a gorilla you may be wrestling: GRAB HIS DICK! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38nD37DlvlM
He's entering Christopher Lee territory now.
 
2014-05-29 01:31:17 PM  
I have an admitted soft spot for this movie, but that said:  The first 5 minutes are so great, so awesome, that it's a steep sled ride of disappointment downhill after that.
 
2014-05-29 01:50:17 PM  

TheSlothAlive: A ten year old me farking loved this me. I knew Star Wars was the better movie but at the time this movie was a close second. I also played the crap out of the sound track.


I had the other experience - the nine year old me loved Star Wars and wanted to believe Flash Gordon would do the same thing for me but instead it left me feeling weirdly upset. I seem to recall sensing in a way that Star Wars was a fluke and that no movie would ever make me happy again. Not sure how to explain how that feeling registers on a nine year old but I remember feeling it.

One part of it was that I couldn't imagine myself as any of the characters, hero or villain.
 
2014-05-29 01:53:34 PM  
..flying blind on a rocketcycle?!?
 
2014-05-29 02:20:54 PM  
George W Bush: Is this true, Barry? Did the world pooh-pooh you?
Barack Obama: Well, perhaps a little.
George W Bush: Well, then, damn it all! What more evidence do you need? The pooh-poohing alone is a causus belli!
Barack Obama: I can assure you, George, that the pooh-poohing was purely circumstantial.
George W Bush: Well, I hope so, Barry. You know, if there's one thing I've learnt from being Presdint, it's never ignore a pooh-pooh. I knew a President, who got pooh-poohed, made the mistake of ignoring the pooh-pooh. He pooh-poohed it! Fatal error! 'Cos it turned out all along that the country who pooh-poohed him had been pooh-poohing a lot of other leaders who pooh-poohed their pooh-poohs. In the end, we had to invade Iraq. Baghdad totally destroyed... by pooh-pooh!
 
2014-05-29 02:21:02 PM  
Brian Blessed once punched a polar bear "straight in his farking face"
 
2014-05-29 02:22:25 PM  
oops.  wrong thread...
 
2014-05-29 02:38:47 PM  

Skleenar: oops.  wrong thread...


One degree off. That's Stephen Fry, season four. This thread is now Brian Blessed, season one.
 
2014-05-29 02:43:33 PM  

Skleenar: oops.  wrong thread...


I rather liked it. Sort of put a surreal twist to the thread.

thread needs more Muti. Multi Muti if you will.
 
2014-05-29 03:38:21 PM  
When I took my roomate to see Ted she didnt believe that Flash Gordon was a real movie. She thought they made it just for the movie, I ended up getting her Flas Gordon for her birthday and she laughed her ass off at it. Now it SyFys version was like the movie it would have been 10x better.
 
2014-05-29 05:02:22 PM  

gshepnyc: TheSlothAlive: A ten year old me farking loved this me. I knew Star Wars was the better movie but at the time this movie was a close second. I also played the crap out of the sound track.

I had the other experience - the nine year old me loved Star Wars and wanted to believe Flash Gordon would do the same thing for me but instead it left me feeling weirdly upset. I seem to recall sensing in a way that Star Wars was a fluke and that no movie would ever make me happy again. Not sure how to explain how that feeling registers on a nine year old but I remember feeling it.

One part of it was that I couldn't imagine myself as any of the characters, hero or villain.


I thing you may be King Haggard from Last Unicorn.
 
2014-05-29 07:43:10 PM  
 I was about 9 when I saw it at a theater, and have loved it ever since. It's cheesy and it's FUN..It's very much like Megaforce, a movie I also really love. All it has to do is entertain, and that is
exactly what it does.Not every movie has to have that "deep message" or "edgy" or "dark" or, FSM forbid, "life affirming"..
 
2014-05-29 09:57:48 PM  
"Blessed put in his own special effects, going "pew pew pew" as he "shot" his cardboard bazooka."

Now I love this movie even more.
 
2014-05-30 12:15:27 AM  
The soundtrack is flat out awesome, and so are Brian Blessed and Max Von Sydow. The scene where Jones and Dalton stick their arms in the tree trunk was so suspenseful as a kid. The tilting disc fight was cool. And the doctor beats the machine by singing Beatles songs to himself.

For a such a "bad" movie, it's got some good stuff in it.
 
2014-05-30 09:24:26 AM  

lemurs: Obviously it's not a very good film, but the actors do seem to be having a lot of fun with it and there's rarely a dull moment, so it's something of a guilty pleasure.


It is a good film.  A very good film.
Infinitely better than anything that has come out in the past five to ten years, hands down.
Your opinion may differ, but that's fine.  It's your right to be completely wrong.
 
2014-05-30 11:27:05 AM  
BRIAN BLESSED! Not Brian Blessed. Jeez... noobs.
 
2014-05-30 04:06:22 PM  
Oh, and here I thought the headline said FLESH Gordon...
 
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