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ZARDOZ



My friends on Facebook kept telling me things like "We watched a few minutes of it and turned it off" "It's horrible" "Do you want to randomly find yourself screaming 'No! Why!?!' for the rest of your life?" but these sort of warnings only made me bump it to the top of the Netflix queue.

The disc arrived in the mail yesterday and as soon Amy and my firstborn were asleep, I hurried down to the den expecting two hours of MST3K-level awfulness.

It was good. It wasn't bad.

The acting, costumes*, directing, cinematography, and editing were not award-winning, but were as good or better than many other movies I've seen that are much more highly acclaimed than poor old Zardoz.

A couple of the sets were a bit cheesy, but the special effects were actually good (allowing for the fact that this was a pre-Star Wars movie).

The plot is followable** and interesting. I was expecting an incoherent mess.

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The part where Zed figures out what Tabernacle is, and goes to destroy it is a bit of a mind-bender.


So taken simply as a straightforward science fiction movie, it's average, but when you realize it's meant as a criticism of modern culture and class structure and subtly asks the question "What happens to a human race that has stopped evolving?" then you see the full scope of the film.

*OK, the red banana-hammock bandolier is a nightmare, but the rest are acceptable.

**May have coined*** a new word here

***Footnotes are awesome, but nested**** footnotes are super-awesome

****Why, yes, I am a Terry Pratchett fan.
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+4 for footnotes/endnotes*




*I think I gotta find me a microbadge for this *note philia.

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It's been more than 20 years since I saw this, but I remember enjoying it and several of the scenes are still vividly memorable to me.

*thankfully I had forgotten blocked out the red banana-hammock bandolier.

**curse you for reminding me.

***time to call a hypnotist to re-block it.

edit: stupid spelling.
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ZARDOZ SPEAKS TO YOU...HIS CHOSEN ONES
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I've seen it two times, now. And yes, it's very weird but not exactly a "bad movie".

It sure made me think (and laugh) more than Avatar, so...
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Turner Classic Movies just played this a few weeks ago. I remember it being better when I was younger, but it is still worth watching.
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Everyone know that Connery's worst movie is Highlander II.

And to tie it all together (Neil is actually Sean's brother. Start the video from the beginning to see him in one of the best MST3Ks they made, featuring Operation Double 007)



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I agree that it's not that bad, especially considering the social commentary that underlies the film. It's definitely memorable, whether favorably or not.

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I have not unwrapped my DVD yet. I saw the film at the Scala cinema many years back and remember a lot of it. What you neglected to mention was the NUDITY.

I shall try to watch it tonight.

I watched The Men Who Would Be Kings again this week. Very good. Watching films I'm very familiar with lets me concentrate on nuances in the acting that I normally miss.
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leemc13 wrote:

The gun is good. The ____ is evil.


Oh yeah, when the
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giant floating stone head said stuff like that and then stared puking guns and ammunition, it made me think of

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Hey what happens when you have nested spoiler text?
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This, I guess.
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It has some great imagery in it (you gotta love the giant floating head spewing guns and shotgun shells out of its mouth), but it tries to be Very Very Profound in that dopey sci-fi way and it's just not.

I've seen worse, though. It's no Event Horizon, that's for sure.
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I saw Zardoz about 20 years ago. Thought it was goofy and dumb like most '70s sci-fi, but still watchable and fun in parts. I don't remember a whole lot of it any more, though.
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Gola wrote:
It's no Event Horizon, that's for sure.


Event Horizon rocks.
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Geosphere wrote:
Gola wrote:
It's no Event Horizon, that's for sure.

Event Horizon rocks.

That's not how the word is spelled.
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Geosphere wrote:
Gola wrote:
It's no Event Horizon, that's for sure.

Event Horizon rocks.

Event Horizon is so far from rocking that its very existence on a planet which also contains rocking things can only be explained by the curved space described in non-Euclidian geometry. Physicists theorize that what is happening is that the strong AH* field given off by the film actually warps the space-time continuum in such a way that coolness bends around it. This is why anything awesome that is visible behind a copy of Event Horizon displays a redshift.


* Ass-Horrible
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Gola wrote:
This is why anything awesome that is visible behind a copy of Event Horizon displays a redshift.

I think I would have gone with brownshift. It would have fit your premise better.

Also, I might have mentioned how the suck increases geometrically as you approach Event Horizon, and that once you get close enough to begin watching it, you are now forever stuck in its suck and all time has ground to a halt.
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I would never say that Zardoz is good, but I will say I love it.
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I will say that Zardoz is good.
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I have seen Zardoz and I would see it again.
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Have to see Zardoz again. It's probably one of the 70ies SF movies that was really different. I like Zardoz.
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