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Monday, May 23, 2011

Earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, major flooding, mass animal die-offs, weird atmospheric phenomena, hurricane season starting up...

Perhaps it is just me, but real life lately is way, way too much resembling the prologue of the 1980 movie Flash Gordon...


Well, at least we've been spared the hot hail so far.

I have a confession to make: Flash Gordon is on my short list of all-time favorite "guilty pleasure" movies. It's a film so exorbitantly bad that it's insanely good! But I doubt that Dino De Laurentiis ever intended this to be a "serious" movie anyway. It's just good clean tongue-in-cheek camp, made even more awesome with that classic soundtrack by Queen! I've also read that Max von Sydow considers this to be one of his favorite movies that he's worked on, because of all the outrageous costumes that he got to wear as Emperor Ming the Merciless.

(And c'mon, Sydow's Ming is one of the greatest film villains in the history of anything. You know it's true :-)

Here's hoping that all the stuff going on lately is just bad coincidence. I'd hate to think that Ming really is out there on Planet Mongo, waiting to see if anybody is noticing his handiwork :-P


Tyler said...

Chris have you seen the new ad for the Xoom tablet that has this same Flash song? Pretty funny :)

Shane Thacker said...

Ming: Klytus, I'm bored. What plaything can you offer me today?
Klytus: An obscure body in the S-K system. The inhabitants refer to it as the planet...Earth.
Ming: How peaceful it looks...[Causes an earthquake.]
Klytus: Most effective, Your Majesty. Will you destroy this...ah...Earth?
Ming: Later. I like to play with things a while, before annihilation.

Shane Thacker said...

It's always tough for me to refrain from saying, "Klytus, I'm bored" when at work. :)

Chris Knight said...

Shane, I have to admit that I definitely had you in mind when I posted that :-P

Shane Thacker said...

That, and "Kneel before Zod," but that last one might lead to awkward misunderstandings.

Danny de Gracia, II said...

Anything by Dino De Laurentiis is going to be epic awesome! Lol. I wonder if the "DESTROYED LANDMARKS" indicator light is flashing on Max von Sydow's dashboard this morning :D