Sunday, July 02, 2006

The weirdest sci-fi movie


I may have stumbled across one of the weirdest sci-fi movies of all times: Zardoz.

It is so strange that it's magical. Highly innovative, not your run-of-the-mill film, it also highlights a middle-aged Sean Connery wearing tiny tiny shorts and little else (as seen above). It's got a bit of everything in it, and yet manages to be remain coherent, with a sophisticated storyline that appeals to my love of retro science fiction - deep yet pulpy plot lines combined with a sort of Stranger in a Strange Land-esque touchy-feeliness. It's also surprisingly cool, set far enough in the future so that 32 years after being made it doesn't feel too outdated. And Sean Connery wears tiny tiny shorts.

The movie also has a deeply Freudian fascination with penises. The giant floating stone head at the beginning of the movie utters these almost unbelievably funny lines: "The gun is good. The penis is evil. The penis shoots seeds, and makes new life, and poisons the earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the gun shoots death, and purifies the earth of the filth of brutals. Go forth and kill!"

And did I mention, the movie has Sean Connery in tiny tiny shorts. Mmmmm...what isn't there to love about this movie?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zardoz is like the climax of all movies geared to adolescant males who have just discovered sex and abstract thought. Society is ruined by controlling bourgeois women, who allow immortality and excessive niceness to make the elite impotent. Of course this impotence is right on par with a fascistic government that wipes out whole populations of inconvenient workers. Very, very good review (and long) over at the Agony Booth.
But seriously, the best part is right at the very start: the bouncing head of exposition with its marked-on mustache.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Clever WoT said...

what isn't there to love about this movie?

I'm thinking... Sean Connery in tiny shorts.

7:52 AM  

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