Thursday, February 09, 2006

Fix Your Thinking Review: Legend

I'm a movie buff ... I have always found it interesting that Hollywood often features Macs in a lot of the movies set in the modern era. I find it telling of how good a director is, by the subtle elements hidden in the scenery of the movie. Ridley Scott is such a director. He always assembles magnificent set designers, costumers, and make up artists. The scenery in his movies are memorable and will fill your dreams from the first time you see them. Scott brought us Gladiator ... which contained incredible acting and introduced us to incredible actors. He brought us Aliens ... which was essentially a launchpad for artist HR Giger and new stylistic way of presenting modern horror. He also brought us the geek favorite ... Blade Runner ... another movie with incredible imagery.

From time to time - I post two movies that feature famous "apple or jack" keywords, actors, and imagery and/or themes that relate to the content on this website.


I'm not a big Tom Cruise fan ... but every now and then he's in a great movie. The Mission Impossible movies are decent, Minority Report is in my Top 10 ... and then there's this movie.

It's hard for me to get past the fact that he is a scientologist ... because frankly ... it's just weird.


Don't be fooled by the description or the imagery on the DVD. This isn't a really scary movie. It is a little dark, but the imagery is incredible. It may be one of the best stylized films ever produced.

Here is an exposition that scrolls before the movie begins ... this is the best way to give you a plot line without giving the movie away:

Once, long ago, before there was such
a thing as time, the world was shrouded
in darkness.

Then came the splendor of light,
bringing life and love into the Universe,
and the Lord of Darkness retreated deep
into the shadows of the earth, plotting
his return to banishing light

But precious light is protected,
harbored into the souls of Unicorns, the
most mystical of all creatures.
Unicorns are safe from the Lord of
Darkness, they can only be found by
the purest of mortals....Such a mortal
is Jack, who lives in solitude with the
animals of the forest.

A beautiful girl named Lili loves Jack
with all of her heart. In their innocence, they
believe only goodness exists in the world.
Together they will learn there can be
no good without evil....No love without
hate....No heaven without hell....No light
without darkness.

The harmony of the Universe
depends upon an eternal balance. Out
of the struggle to maintain this balance
comes the birth of Legends.

Tim Curry as Darkness (The Devil) is by far the best portrayal and visual of evil in any movie I have seen.

Many of the sets were damaged in mid production due to a fire on a nearby James Bond soundstage.

One of Tom Cruise first movies. His 3rd lead character role:

Top Gun (1986) ... Maverick

Legend (1985) .... Jack

All the Right Moves (1983) .... Stefen Djordjevic

Risky Business (1983) .... Joel Goodsen

Losin' It (1983) .... Woody

The Outsiders (1983) .... Steve Randle

Taps (1981) .... David Shawn

Endless Love (1981) .... Billy

* Information from IMDB.COM

One movie mess up that that even the fan sites for this movie seem to skip over concerns the goblin Blix ... in one scene ... the face of Blix has a normal skin tone ... but in all other scenes, the face of Blix is green. See if you can spot this!

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