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lmo911
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#1 Posted on 27.4.02 2316.00
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Today, I was stuck at home watching the Sci-Fi channel when what movie comes on...none other than Flash Gordon! Is it just me or is this movie like the ultimate enjoyable waste of time? Everytime it comes on I can't help but sit down, rock out to Queen, crack jokes with my friends and watch this car wreck happen. The cheesie special effects, the what some people call it's "self parody", the acting...it's bliss!

Some thoughts:
-Exacly how many times does that chick cry? "I love you flash!"

-I haven't seen that much bad chroma key since my TV101 class. And that's just the tip of the bad effects iceburg.

-During the "salute" to Meng during his wedding, did anyone else notice his arm movement, almost motioning "YES!" It's the little things people. And Meng did completely make this film.

-"The End?" THERE MUST BE A SEQUEL!!! I love this flick!

Any thoughts on this classic?
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#2 Posted on 27.4.02 2333.52
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"Flash Gordon" rocks my damned socks. Half-naked chicks, terrible acting, and Brian F'N Blessed giving it his all when he has none. How can you NOT like a movie like that?

Here's some things I always notice about the moive:

-Even in Mongo, ethnicity means a detah mark as Blacky gets killed in the first damned real. The Man is always keeping a brother down, even a galaxy far, far away.

-Just HOW MANY different types of guards did Ming have? I suspect some serious damned kickbakcs in the costuming department on this movie

-If I have a choice between Aura or Leia, Aura wins 10 times outta 10. Leia never had her own personal red midget.

-Never stick your hand into a strange stump in the middle of some treehouse church.

-Flash may be the single most ineffectual hero in the galaxy . . .unless he has a big green egg in his hands.

-For the luvva God. Remember to keep your head down

-And finally, nothing stops a wedding like running over the groom with a Freudian looking rocket.




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#3 Posted on 28.4.02 1100.25
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I freaking LOVE this film. Hell, I even have it on videotape - which I bought from the store, not recorded from TV.

I'm not sure that any soundtrack since then has ever rocked as hard as the soundtrack Queen made for the film. And most "metal" bands today could only wish they rocked as hard as Queen does in the final battle score.

Some responses to others' thoughts:
Exacly how many times does that chick cry? "I love you flash!"

"But we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth! FLASH!" Jeez, she meets him on a plane, and she's already head over heels for him. Was Dale Arden the easiest chick on Earth, or what?

"The End?" THERE MUST BE A SEQUEL!!! I love this flick

Man, that was the biggest set-up for a sequel ever until "It's your kids, Marty!! Something's got to be done about your kids!!"

If I have a choice between Aura or Leia, Aura wins 10 times outta 10. Leia never had her own personal red midget.

Not to mention that she's a total slut. And she knows how to get her way:
To Flash, after he's resurected and wants to save his friends: "It's pretty risky turning against the Emperor's daughter."
To Baran: "If you hurt Flash, I'll never see you again."

Princess Aura would make the perfect heel valet/manager.

Never stick your hand into a strange stump in the middle of some treehouse church.

Especially when you're led there by Riff-Raff from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

For the luvva God. Remember to keep your head down

"See you in Mingo City, Prince!" Fucking classic.

And finally, nothing stops a wedding like running over the groom with a Freudian looking rocket.

ROTFL!!!! Or trying to run said Freudian looking rocket into the lightning field.
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#4 Posted on 28.4.02 1146.22
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If you've never seen "Flesh Gordon", do it, or ask your parents.

(Hell, they have it at Best Buy now.)

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#5 Posted on 29.4.02 0138.18
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My insights on "Flash Gordon":

* If Flash (Sam Jones) was acted any more stiffly, a mannequin could have taken over the role. Prince Barin (Timothy Dalton) runs him a close second in the stiffness category, though.

* Dale (Melody Anderson) is incredibly easy: she falls for Flash on sight, succumbs to Ming's ring instantaneously, and agrees to marry Ming even after he reneges on his word to spare Prince Barin and Hans Zarkov.

* Brian Blessed and Topol seem to be battling over who can overact the most. Brian Blessed wins, of course - no one chews the scenery like Brian Blessed!

* Aura (Ornella Muti) is impressively slutty.

* The score does rock - has a band ever rocked better on a movie score?

* The special effects were obviously charged to Dino De Laurentiis' American Express Card.

* Sucks to be Ming - killed by an ornamental bauble on one of his own War Rockets.

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#6 Posted on 29.4.02 0955.49
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I love this one, too. One of those movies that knew exactly what it was and was damn good at it. Ming's wedding vows are great, promising not to blast Dale into space until such time as he grows weary of her. And not only is the battle theme full of that Brian May awesomeness, the actual Flash theme with the "Flash! Ahhh-ahhh! King of the Impossible!" stuff is fun, too.

I know there are some pulp/comic afficianados here who will probably think I'm nuts, but I think The Rock could make a really fun movie in this style (a bit toned down, I guess) if they ever tried to make another Doc Savage movie. He's already bronze, just keep the hair all the way down and spray it some white/platinum color, and you have your Man of Bronze right there.
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#7 Posted on 29.4.02 2220.00
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Funky little parallel re: "Flash Gordon"

"Flash Gordon" Ming the Mercilles rules over a vast empire of goofily dressed misfits with an iron first. His daughter Aura hangs around with Ming and gives the whole thing a weird kinda incesty vibe. Weird incesty vibe and ruling with iron fist jeopardized when Dale Arden shows up and Flash Gordon crosses the boss and makes Ming look stupid.

WWF: Vince McMahon rules over a bunch of gaudily dressed misfits with an iron first. His daughter Stephanie hangs around and gives the whole scene a weird kinda incesty vibe. Weird incesty vibe and ruling with an iron fist jeaopardized when Trish gets Vince all horny and crazy and ruling with an iron fist thrown verklempt by Steve Austin who crosses the boss and makes Vince look stupid.

. . .I sense I've gone too far. *L*

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#8 Posted on 1.5.02 0706.10
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No, E.V., you can never go too far when you discuss either the coolness that is "Flash" or the weirdness of the McMahon family psychosexual saga.
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#9 Posted on 1.5.02 1201.28
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    Originally posted by Evil Buddha
    No, E.V., you can never go too far when you discuss either the coolness that is "Flash" or the weirdness of the McMahon family psychosexual saga.


Thank God. Trouble is my thesis falls apart because I don;t really have a WWF counterpart for Brian Blessed. Well, Mick Foley, but. . .he doesn't have enough beard

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#10 Posted on 1.5.02 1703.14
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Rock as Doc Savage = BRILLIANT.
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