Ask any real fan of science fiction, of Bradbury and Asimov and Heinlein, to list their favorite underrated films of the last ten years and, if they are worth their salt, the indie darling Moon starring the inimitable Sam Rockwell will land somewhere in their top five. Written and directed by Duncan Jones, son of legendary rocker David Bowie, Moon is one of those unique movies that slips under the radar for being too odd and personal to appeal to a large audience but has a fiercely loyal fanbase that will continue to duct tape their friends to a sofa and force them to watch, a la A Clockwork Orange. Jones followed it with the equally underappreciated Source Code and then went full blockbuster status with Warcraft which failed to impress critics and audiences outside of China. However, hope sprang anew in the hearts of all sci-fi junkies when it was announced that Jones was returning to his indie roots with a spiritual sequel to Moon, simply titled Mute.
Today a synopsis and first look photos were released. (more…)
There’s been a long standing rumor that David Bowie once auditioned for a role Peter Jackson‘s Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. Which role changes with each telling, but now Dominic Monaghan, who played the hobbit Merry, has added his story to the mix. While it does confirm that Bowie auditioned, it still leaves up in the air which role he was up for. (more…)
Its hard to believe that Labyrinth, the Jim Henson directed fantasy movie that introduced me to recently passed David Bowie, turns 30 this year, and to mark the occasion, Tri-Star Pictures and The Jim Henson Company has decided to reboot the franchise. And despite the coming uproar over the idea, the project has announced that the movie will be penned by non other than one of 2014’s biggest surprise hits, Guardians of the Galaxy.
Last week, the world lost a music legend that can never be replaced. For some, there will be no greater musician than David Bowie. There is absolutely no denying the musical genius behind Ziggy Stardust. Bowie was more than just a haunting voice and a pretty face, however. The man was also an all around entertainer and anytime he happened to show up in a film, his acting chops were on full display and even at his worst, Bowie stole every single scene he ever laid down on celluloid. Of the films in which he lent his presence, there is none more cherished and beloved than the 1986 Jim Henson classic, Labyrinth. Well, Screen Junkies will be Screen Junkies and this week, they have decided to give this beautiful film the Honest Trailer treatment. Don’t worry, fans of the film (so, really, everyone) will likely be very okay with the final product. Really. (more…)
In an age where thousands of films are produced per year, it is sometimes difficult to imagine the many that barely scratch the surface of popular culture. Plenty of others have their moment in the spotlight and then disappear. Only the rare few can truly stand the test of time. David Bowie’s Labyrinth is one of those special few. But what makes the 1986 cult classic so well-loved that not only one generation, but now three, call it a favorite? Why is this film so different from the Hollywood standard? It’s not just nostalgia for a time before CGI, and it’s not just because a legend passed and so many want to remember him. It’s so much more than that. (more…)
Music and Rock lost a legend when David Bowie passed away earlier today at the age of 69. But even more so, Science Fiction lost a great influence. When news of Bowie’s passing reached James Gunn, he took to social media to share some news about how he and Kevin Feige were actually working on getting the Starman to make a cameo in the next installment of Guardians Of The Galaxy. Sadly, audiences will never see it, but at least they’ll learn about it and what could have been.
Pop star, rock star, artist, actor, icon. David Bowie has passed away two days after his 69th birthday, following an 18 month fight with cancer. The world’s entire social media output currently reads as a global epitaph for the great man, and rightly so. It was only a few days ago that Bowie released his now final album, Blackstar, and his long-time producer Tony Visconti has explained on his Facebook page that it was always intended as Bowie’s swansong and as a final gift to his fans. And now it really is. (more…)
Just when you thought it was safe to let your baby brother take a nap, news has come out that the Goblin King will be back on the big screen! That’s right, Labyrinth is getting a sequel from the only people in the world that could do it justice, the Jim Henson Company. Variety buried this golden sequel nugget at the bottom of an announcement concerning Billy Crystal‘s involvement in another Henson project, Which Witch. (more…)
Bret McKenzie took home an Oscar the first time he tussled with puppets, working as the music supervisor on 2011’s The Muppets. Naturally, he signed up for seconds, serving in the same capacity for the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted, but apparently, the Flight of Conchords co-frontman wants to continue thumbing through Jim Henson’s back-catalog for inspiration… sorta.
In a new interview with Collider, McKenzie talked up another project that he is working on with James Bobin (the director of both Muppet revival movies and also 11 Flight of Conchords episodes), one that McKenzie compared to Labyrinth, Henson’s David Bowie starring dark fantasy.
“I’m in the middle of a script for a kind of—it hasn’t got a name yet but it’s a fairy tale comedy musical, sort of akin to Labyrinth or something like that. I’m developing and that script’s halfway through. James Bobin’s helping me. I’m the official writer but we’re developing it. I want to make a comedy musical with singing dragons and monsters and stuff. [It’s] live-action, so it would be a mixture of The Muppets and The Princess Bride.”
Obviously, this is still in the formative stages, but those comparables and McKenzie’s work with the Conchords makes this one to watch, even if it isn’t the Labyrinth-era David Bowie filled space party that we all desperately want and need.
I have to say that Labyrinth is one of my lifelong favorite movies. It honestly appeals to me as much as an adult as it did as a child. It’s beautiful, imaginative, dark, creepy, and curious. The music actually holds up pretty well. David Bowie as The Goblin King just has this magnificent magnetism (prolly a result of the gravitational pull of his spandex covered balls). And the puppeteering is genius and makes me wonder if CGI has already jumped the computer-generated shark.
Labyrinth, made in 1986, is the story of a young girl who gets sick of a crying baby and wishes the exotically attractive Goblin King would come and take the baby away so she can spend more time wearing stupid costumes in the park in the rain and not having any friends. One important question isn’t addressed in the movie though: why exactly is Jareth kidnapping a baby from the young girl Sarah?
Tumblr user Glamdamnit’s sister asked about whether the events of the movie were real or just Sarah’s dreams, and it made Glamdamnit’s nerdy brain go into overdrive. She wrote a backstory that makes so much sense, it’s genius!
In a time long long ago a sorcerer named Jareth fell in love with a girl named Sarah. Sarah’s father and step-mother would not let her marry Jareth because they wanted her to keep her, as a servant, to care for their other child. In a fit of rage Jareth kidnapped this other child and spirited it away to the fairy world. In this new world Jareth built a palace for his Sarah. He turned the spoiled child into a goblin, and kept it to be a servant.
Many stories of the fairy world tell us that time moves differently there than in our world (Rip Van Winkle for one). In the time it took for Jareth to build his kingdom, which he may have thought was little more than a few years, Sarah grew old and died.
Overcome by grief and addled by a lifetime spent in a strange world filled with monsters, Jareth goes mad. He refuses to believe that he has lost his love. He searches the mortal world from his castle, looking for her.
Sarah is Hebrew name. So, it is common, and has been in use for thousands and thousands of years. It does not take long (for him) to find a dark haired girl named Sarah, who has a younger sibling, and who feels that she is treated unfairly by her step mother. In a fit of rage he kidnaps this other child and spirits it away to the fairy world. Perhaps this new Sarah dies in the quest to find the child, perhaps she wins her sibling back and flees.
This is how Jareth becomes the goblin king. Every goblin in the goblin city is a child Jareth has stolen, who was not recovered by a Sarah… This is why he builds the maze.
I feel humbled when I witness genius such as this. Still, I just think the story is better when Jareth, and all of the Labyrinth, are created by Sarah’s own mind. She is literally confronting herself and her own dreams and wishes and hopes.