Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Zardoz floats to the head of Drive Invasion

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 1:00 PM

click to enlarge DIAPER RASH: Sean Connery in Zardoz
  • DIAPER RASH: Sean Connery in Zardoz

A giant stone head resembling an angry bust of Hagrid floats blimp-like through the clouds, accompanied by the stormy strains of Beethoven’s Seventh. Director John Boorman begins Zardoz with some of the most arrestingly weird images in film history, and makes his trippy sci-fi allegory an unforgettable movie experience.

“Memorable,” of course, should not be considered synonymous with “good.” In the pantheon of misbegotten motion pictures lumped together as "bad movies we love," Zardoz is the kind of bad movie that could only be made by a cinematic genius. Zardoz has to be seen to be believed and serves as an essential entry in the Starlight Six Drive-In’s Drive Invasion. The 10th annual festival of movies, rock music and hot rods includes such low-brow film fare as the car-chase/R&B comedy The Blues Brothers, the nature-run-amok shlock flick Frogs, the sleazy Southern melodrama Shanty Tramp, plus a surprise showing.

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