Another Saturday means another Saturday Double Feature!
Okay, let’s start with a quick recap of the “rules”, shall we? The basic idea here is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.
Okay, let’s be honest. I really don’t have to say a lot about this week’s feature film. It’s all pretty much there in the title. This is another of Disney’s attempts to cash in on the incredible loyalty of Star Wars fandom with yet another prequel to the original trilogy.
This time they’re taking a look back at the early days of Han Solo before he grew up to be Harrison Ford and became the lovable rogue we all came to know in the first film.
Will it work? Probably. There’s enough of a fanbase that the movie will certainly make a pile of money. And really, that’s all that matters, right?
Do I sound a bit cynical about the movie? Yeah, I guess so, and I apologize to anyone that’s sincerely looking forward to it. But at this point, I’d say that it’s really Disney that are the cynical ones. Not that I can really blame them. After all, that’s their purpose – put butts in seats and make money however they can.
And, who knows? There’s always the chance it’ll turn out to be a really good movie.
Let’s just go to the trailer, shall we?
For today’s second feature, we’re going way back in time to when weekly serials were a part of the regular movie-going experience. Pretty much from the start of film, there have been science fiction movies and space-going heroes. One of the most famous films of the silent era is Melies’s A Trip To The Moon.
One of the most famous of those space-faring heroes was Flash Gordon. Originally created in a comic strip in 1934 by Alex Raymond, Gordon was originally a famous polo player (yes. I said “famous polo player” who met up with glamorous Dale Arden and possibly mad scientist Dr. Zarkov when Earth was threatened by a collision with the planet Mongo. Traveling to Mongo and defeating it’s evil warlord Ming, Gordon became a hero of two planets and went on to have many more adventures.
The adventures of Flash Gordon have been brought to screen numerous times, both in the movies and on television. Today, though, I thought we’d look at one of the earliest versions, the 1936 serial which starred Buster Crabbe as Flash, Jean Rogers as Dale, and Charles Middleton as Ming. I’ve embedded a playlist below which should give you all of the serial chapters, one after the other.
So what do you think? What would you choose for a double feature with Solo? Leave your thoughts in the comments, along with ideas of any other upcoming movies you’d like to see “double featured”. Consider it, if you will, your chance to challenge me to come up with an interesting pair.
Until next time, Happy Viewing!