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Applied Awesome – Labyrinth

applied awesome transThere are a few movies which I watched as a kid growing up which I want to watch with my own kids.  One of those movies is Jim Henson’s 1986 ‘Labyrinth’.

At its core the movie is about the transition between childhood and responsibility and the leaving of childish things and just how comforting those childish things are.

It is also the movie that launched the career of the then 15 year old Jennifer Connelly and featured the first use of relaistic looking CGI.  It flopped at the Box Office making only about half what it cost to make and since then has attracted a cult following on DVD and VHS (did I mention it was released in 1986).

Full of puppets, music, dancing, goblins, humour and David Bowie the movie is a fabulous blend of fantasy and tension.
More Applied Awesome and spoilers after the jump


Recycled and Adapted – What is Best in Life?

InterrobangIn the 1982 movie, Conan the Barbarian, Conan is asked the question ‘What is best in life?‘ to which he answers with possibly the most famous quote from the movie…

…to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women.

When I first heard that I thought it was pretty cool and pretty badass but then again it was Conan and he was after all a barbarian.  Not any barbarian mind you he was the barbarian so you’d expect him to be pretty badass.

I was later told that it wasn’t in fact an original quote written by either the author or by the screenwriter who adapted the book for the screen nor was it the director’s work or an ad lib by Arnold Schwarzenegger before he became the governator.  I was informed that it was lifted from the writings of Sun Tzu ancient Chinese author of the Art of War. Continue reading


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