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Oliver Retro-reviews Flash Gordon (video)

August 14th, 2012 by Oliver Harper 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 Flash Gordon… 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…

After the huge success of Superman the movie, Flash Gordon was the next golden age comic strip character to get the big movie treatment. Flash was originally created to compete with Buck Rogers back in 1934. During the next few years his popularity soared with the now famous Buster Crabbe live action serial which inspired George Lucas to make Star Wars. Flash Gordon hit the big screen in 1980 and was up against Superman II and The Empire strikes back. Flash was huge in the UK at the box office and many parts of Europe but failed to find a market in the US. The film is now a huge cult favourite and should not be missed if you get the chance to see it. Seth Macfarlane is a huge fan of Flash Gordon as you will find out in his latest film Ted.



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Oliver Harper is, like the rest of us at FTN, a bit of a movie freak. He watches, thinks and then breaks down all the classics that were or may never have been. A big fan of 80s cinema, his trivia knowledge is phenomenal and the best part? He records great little videos to share his knowledge. Epic. Find Oliver's updates here:!/groups/370105659683174/--