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November 17th, 2006


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05:00 pm - Science Fiction Double Feature, Episode Two -- Zardoz / Logan's Run
Whether you like it or not, the second episode of the Science Fiction Double Feature podcast is now available. Well, actually, it's been available since yesterday, but I just made a couple of sonic improvements, reuploaded it, and am ready to present it as a truly finished project. This time we look at Zardoz and Logan's Run, two dystopian science fiction films from the mid-'70s. Grab your gun, shun your penis, and head for sanctuary!

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From:seanorange
Date:November 18th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
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What's great is that I've watched Logan's Run again recently. But I also read (part of) the book trilogy years ago. It's pretty clear how their meager budget failed to translate the book's far grander vision to the silver screen. I wouldn't mind seeing a more faithful remake, preferably not a low-budget Sci Fi Channel version, like Brave New World. And, you know, one that's not The Island.

Box is supposed to be a cyborg who ruled Alaska (now a frozen prison). And that's the other difference -- this society spanned the whole globe. You could run, but there was literally no place to run to.

The movie's really inconsistent about ages, too. The book was easy: 21 years, three categories of blue, yellow, and red, and you only spent 7 years in each one. But there were four categories in the movie, the colors for which even the director couldn't keep straight in the commentary. The combination on the Sandman's base walls? White (which looked blue), yellow, green, and finally red. You apparently spent 10 years as red, or eight, or seven, depending on which part of the movie you asked. Apparently yellows "go up" to green when they turn 16. I guess.

That's all beside the point. Loved the podcast, loved the style.

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:November 20th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the praise!

I haven't read Logan's Run, but I've read enough about the differences between the book and the film to know what was changed (or more often, added). Regarding the 21 years/30 years difference, apparently they were having trouble casting good actors under 21, so they changed the plot. I can't address the director's poor memory about the connection between age and lifeclock color, but I'm thinking he probably had a much better handle on that stuff when he was making the movie than he does now. I didn't hear him make those mistakes, though, because although I did listen to some of the commentary, I sort of (unfairly?) gave it short shrift based on one for the Zardoz, which contains such nuggets of insight as "incidentally, that stone head was actually a model" and "What I meant by the problems of the immortal society is that no human should live forever." Brilliant.

Not that you're blaming the budget of the film for its quality, but that $9 was a pretty high price tag at the time. For comparison, Rocky, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1976 was made for $1.1 million, Taxi Driver (also '76) was made on $1.3 million, and Star Wars was made for $13 million. Really, I think the problems with Logan's Run have to do with it being a typically over-simplified, over-glamorized adaptation. Anyone who's ever loved a book -- and I know I don't need to preach about it to you -- knows that Hollywood latches on to all the wrong things when they make an adaptation. Actually, now that I come to think about it, I have no interest in reading Logan's Run, but in the right hands, a re-adaptation of the novel could be very good.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 20th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
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It seems to be that they blew their budget on the Washington DC stuff, because I found it to be the most gorgeous and realistic (not to mention massive). Maybe that has something to do with how they filmed it, too. The interiors and clothing, by comparison, seemed to borrow a lot from the Desilou/Star Trek school of low-cost design.

~Sean
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From:seanorange
Date:November 20th, 2006 06:24 am (UTC)
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Looks like someone logged me out.

~Sean
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From:sacredspud
Date:November 20th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah, did you like those explosions in the Logan's Run review? I thought about lifting explosions from the movie, but I decided I had better ones in my personal "library."
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From:seanorange
Date:November 20th, 2006 06:24 am (UTC)
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Hahaha, yeah.

~Sean
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From:crabmoon
Date:November 19th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
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Colin is so increadobly awesome.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 19th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)

CHARLES DOUGLAS IS POET LAUREATE OF THE RIVERING LAND OF OZ!

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Charles Douglas is the man from up the road and down the glen. He sings a song about the long way in the chair to half past when. Then Biko Biko he will say that Charles Douglas is the way for she's an angel and a strangel, ligging! Lagging! Like a langel! Over hill and over dale, Charles Douglas hits the trail. And when he sings of fairy rings he'll tear your wings with *NING NING NING*s!

Charles Douglas (or Chuck Dug) is Filbertina like a bug. The winds blow out and then blow in. The pretty ladies they show skin. Charles Douglas, he will be the She's an Angel boy, is she! So let the sun stream in tonight and make your body feel all right. And when you scream "OH YIG YIG YAY!" Charles Douglas will kill your balls today.
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From:sacredspud
Date:November 20th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)

Re: CHARLES DOUGLAS IS POET LAUREATE OF THE RIVERING LAND OF OZ!

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Y'know, at first this was just mildly annoying, but now I'm beginning to think that you're genuinely insane.
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From:ribsinbacon
Date:November 22nd, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)

Re: CHARLES DOUGLAS IS POET LAUREATE OF THE RIVERING LAND OF OZ!

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Or just someone really desperate for attention...
Science Fiction Double Feature, Episode Two -- Zardoz / Logan's Run - Garmonbozia for the soul.

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