TV & Film
Episode #212: Shuffle of Death pt II - Labyrinth
GUEST HOST: GODFREY!!
Join us for the exciting conclusion of our death discussion. Excitement for the movies, not for death & dead people. You know what we mean, consarn it. Labyrinth is a cornerstone of many a childhood. As Matt was limited in his praise for The Last Unicorn (here's a link), you will find him unlimited in his love for this one.
As we sadly witness the Muppet Show disappear as fast as it returned recently, we still have a strong catalog of Jim Henson creations to adore. As a fantasy film, there is only a small amount of overt time references that help it retain potency. We aren't saying it isn't drenched in 80's but hey, so is Blade Runner & that's timeless, right? If you ever liked it, you will probably still dig it as an adult. We would venture that kids growing up now will like it & each generation will come to gain respect for the fireball of beautiful ambiguity that is David Bowie. We forgot to mention that his songs have been used almost 600 times in movies/television (probably a lot more in the next few years.)
We didn't speak of it, but the writing actually doesn't slant Sarah as a 'girl' character. It is a teenager hanging onto youth. The character could have been a boy with almost no alteration in the script, which is significant in making it a rather universal character because that aspect doesn't really affect their story. Yet another subtlety in this movie that seems simple on the surface.
LINKS: Bowie: Prestige. Jennifer Connelly: Stuck in Love (all links on that post). Muppet episode, Dark Crystal. Trevor Jones: Last of the Mohicans (all links on that post). Also, here's the Yankee Rose video!
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