Posts Tagged ‘Laurence Olivier’

This week’s releases include: a cancer drama made lighter; a Woody Allen masterpiece; director Billy Wilder’s best picture winner; a man giving up everything for love; a spy with a difficult choice to make; a found-footage horror prequel; Rocky with robots; a woman haunted by her competition; a chance meeting leads to an unusual friendship; a murder mystery; a throwback adventure film; an eye-opening look at the Bosnian underworld; and a film that made Oscar history. (more…)

This week’s releases include: a Roger Corman monster movie; a breathtaking documentary; a good ol’ fashioned haunting flick; a legal dilemma; a political minefield; a not-so-typical sequel;  a set of films from a legendary starlet; a collection of classic books on film; and England’s national poet recited in moving pictures. (more…)

The ’80s were big for fantasy pictures of epic adventures, so the production of Clash of the Titans fit in perfectly.

Valorous Perseus (Harry Hamlin), mortal son of Zeus (Laurence Olivier) sets out to fulfill his destiny by rescuing beloved Andromeda (Judi Bowker) from the wrath of goddess Thetis (Maggie Smith). Perils await Perseus time and again as he encounters the snake-haired Medusa, fearsome Kraken, winged Pegasus, two-headed dog Dioskilos, giant scorpions and more.

The great part about films in this genre at this time is the use of practical effects versus CGI. Eye-filling thrills await viewers as stop-motion effects legend Ray Harryhausen (Jason and the Argonauts) unleashes a variety of creatures onto the screen. The monsters appear somewhat ridiculous by today’s standards (hence the 2010 remake), but they are still incredibly entertaining even if they’re not as intimidating. Also, the oral history of these creatures lends itself to their imperfect appearances as they are only seen as they’ve been described.

The acting is above average for this type of film, helping raise it above the likes of Conan the Barbarian. Hamlin is wonderful as the brave, impulsive Perseus. Most other characters are secondary and inconsequential, but they round out the cast well.

Special features include: a conversation with Harryhausen and a “Myths and Monsters” gallery.