Greek Mythology

Clash of the Titans 1981

It’s no secret that I’m old. I’m so old, in fact, that I saw all the Star Wars movies, the entire summer of ‘82 and ’84, plus the original Clash of the Titans, RoboCop, and Total Recall in the theaters when they were released. No HBO needed for me to see a lot of these classics for the first time. The original Clash of the Titans is of particular note because, aside from some terrible Italian Steve Reeves movies and Jason and the Argonauts, it was the go-to film for the Enlgish teachers of my era to show us when studying Greek Mythology. Trust me, it made for a nice diversion from reading Edith Hamilton’s famous book about the subject. When I studied Greek Mythology in high school, our teacher showed us Clash of the Titans, which led to the inevitable questions of how this all fit together. How had we not heard of the badass that was Calibos? Did Perseus really fight the Kraken? Where the Hades did Bubo come from anyway? And that got me thinking again: how much of Clash of the Titans was accurate to Greek myths?

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Drinking Games

There’s a handful of new DVD and Blu-ray releases this week, but who really wants a drinking game for the childish Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked or the morose 9/11 drama Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close? So in the interest of fun, we’re dipping into the DVD archives for an old-school movie that could use a drinking game: the original Clash of the Titans from 1981. If the 2010 remake left you cold, or if you’re eagerly anticipating this week’s release of Wrath of the Titans, now’s your chance to experience the original in its full, sweaty, stop-motion glory. Enhance the experience by getting your hands on some Kraken beer or Kraken rum so you can release your own titan of drunkenness.

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Why Watch? Because animation can transcend language and time. This retelling of the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur comes out of nowhere. The animation has a Persepolis style to it that seems to blend the simplicity of modern art with the literally classic look of Greek drawings. As a result, there’s a lot of suggestion going on which works in its favor. In a sense, it’s the stylistic opposite of 300. The story is told purely with visuals – not an easy task – but what’s truly engaging is that these unembellished lines still manage to create tension, surprise and emotion. They weave together to create something beautifully restrained (even if there’s a lot of minotaur ass in it). What does it cost? Just 9 minutes of your time. Check out Ariadne’s Thread for yourself:

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Drinking Games

Are you one of those people who complained about the 3D conversion in the release of Clash of the Titans in theaters? You know those problems… blurred vision, headaches, eye strain. Well, if you want another chance to see Clash of the Titans in beautiful high definition, now’s your chance on Blu-ray. And if you play this drinking game, you just might get blurred vision, headaches and eye strain from a different source.

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We take a break from movies to provide this handy fake history lesson. The lesson isn’t fake. It’s the history that’s questionable.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Neil and Kevin clash in the Magical Studio in the Sky as we head into pre-summer movie season. They will damn the gods with reviews of Clash of the Titans, question whether Miley Cyrus has grown up in The Last Song and demand a 3D experience for Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?

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Holy hell! Our spy inside the production snapped off a picture of a work-in-progress for one of the Titans! Harryhausen magic is back! Feast your eyes on…The Kraken!

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In this exclusive interview, Cole takes Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi back to their middle school required reading list and gets the skinny on Clash.

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