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Oliver takes a look back at the classic Highlander (video)

May 2nd, 2012 by Marc Comments

Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Highlander… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

“The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”

This film is the ultimate cult classic. It gained a huge following from VHS/LaserDisc and repeats on TV. Looking at the casting on paper you would say it would never work, a Frenchman playing a Scotsman and a Scotsman playing an Egyptian. Sounds crazy, but they actually pull it off.

The movie is beautifully directed and photographed, it has some fantastic visuals thanks to the best music video director of the 80s, Russell Mulcahy. The one thing that holds this film together is its wonderful score by Michael Kamen who collaborated with the band Queen to provide some of the most epic songs on film.

It’s a shame the first Highlander was tainted by some awful sequels and TV show spin-offs… There can only be one!

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The Highlander trailer can be watched here

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….