15 February 2007

Radar Blips - Clash of the Titans

The Year: 1981

The Players: Harry Hamlin as Perseus, Laurence Olivier as Zeus, and stop motion effects master Ray Harryhausen

The Take: $41 Million

Do the Titans really clash?: By the strictest definition of Greek Titans, No. Zeus has a quarrel with Thetis (who actually is a sea nymph, not a goddess as portrayed here) over their sons who both want a piece of Andromeda.

Why you should see it: Perseus is a tough sonovagun. He takes on the goatlike Calibos, a two-headed dog, Medusa, and The Kraken among other beasties all for the lass Andromeda. The movie has plenty of action, and its nice to see some of the good guys die. As if that's not enough, there is even a mechanical owl that does an impressive R2-D2 impersonation.

Clash of the Titans


Anonymous said...

mmm....one of my fav movies ever......some people may think of it as being cheese, but this is the epitome of being a classic in my book.

j said...

Always a classic in my house growing up. I've seen this movie at least 10 times if not 20, but sadly its been probably 15 years since the last time.

Chip Chief said...

And J, if it weren't for you, I may have never given the thing a shot. Any other recommends?

j said...

Hmmm...lets see what else I can think of...well "The Incredible Mr. Limpett "might fit your Ink Blots theme if you did a mixed animation/live-action movie. You could do "Flight of the Navigator", or "Jack the Giant Killer" -- I'm partial to the musical version, but haven't been able to find it for purchase. Kind of an interesting background on that one if you don't know it.

One time I saw a movie on the USA Network on Captain USA's Groovy Movies, called "Phase IV" where ants trapped some scientists in a research building in the desert and in the end I think the ants kill them.

Thats all I can think of right now, but I'll let you know if I come up with anything else.

j said...

Correction: The show on USA was "Commander USA's Groovy Movies", not "Captain USA". I apologize.

Dragulf said...

The Incredible Mr. Limpett is an awesome movie! Don Knotts' best work ever.