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June 10th, 2015, 2:45 am

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Reply NtKGar, June 10th, 2015, 4:26 am




Paige and I watched Ladyhawke the other day. It's a fantasy movie from 1985 starting Rutger Hauer, Michelle Pfeiffer, and a genuinely likeable Matthew Broderick. The 80s were a pretty good time for fantasy movies, especially ones featuring Rutger Hauer, and this one's pretty good example of the genre.

Broderick's our point-of-view character, a wisecracking pickpocket and dumbass who talks to God on a friendly informal basis and gets all the best lines in the film. He breaks out of the dungeons of Aquila, and soon finds himself recruited/abducted by knight-in-exile Etienne of Navarre (Hauer) who wants to break in so he can kill the Bishop of Aquila (John Wood) who placed a curse on him and his beloved. She turns into a hawk by day, he turns into a wolf by night. They have no memory of their animal selves and can see each other only for a moment as the sun rises and sets, but never touch. Always together, eternally apart.

I had to look up whether it was based on an actual medieval folk tale, and apparently it's not. Good job screenwriter Edward Khmara for either coming up with something authentic yet original, or for having a resource obscure enough that a quick internet search can't immediately uncover it thirty years later.

It's all very nicely medieval is what I'm saying. I'm sure there are historical inaccuracies aplenty, but between the costumes, the cinematography (filmed on location in Italy) and the stylised dialogue I was transported to twelfth century whatever-country-full-of-white-people-this-is in a way modern fantasy films seldom capture. I think the difference is in the dialogue. Popular cinema has embraced 'natural' sounding dialogue, which is structured and delivered more or less the way people talk. The more formal and stylised language is a distinguishing feature of 80's fantasy and is here used to great effect.

The authentic medievaliness is undermined somewhat by the soundtrack. Alan Parsons did the music, and it kind of rocks, but the heavy use of synthesizers pierces the 12th century ambience at times. Also the eponymous Ladyhawke's real name is Isabeau and Rutger Hauer pronounces it weird every time.

Ladyhawke has 7/10 on IMDb and I'd say that's fair. It's not the height of artistic achievement but I dug it and would recommend it for an evening's entertainment.

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Reply SuperScratchkat, June 10th, 2015, 2:49 pm

okay but i literally just watched ferris buellers's day off so it's even more funny

Reply Aeternum (Guest), June 10th, 2015, 11:56 pm

Thanks! Finally caught up. Thanks for making this amazing comic and sharing it with everyone.

Also, just for clarification, current update schedule is 'whenever the page is finished and you can post it' right?

Reply Andy (Guest), June 11th, 2015, 1:12 am

Not sure how I feel about this... Every time someone talks about "neat old movies from the 80's" like they are treasures from the long ago past...I realize I saw that movie in the theater when it was first released....sigh.

Reply NtKGar, June 12th, 2015, 3:52 am

@Aeternum: Thanks for the lovely compliment :) The current update schedule is indeed 'whenever it's done'. I'm doing the colouring on the next page now, so it should be up later today. If you follow the Facebook page or @nekothekitty on Twitter you'll get notifications.

@Andy: I'm 33 and getting the same way. Stuff I remember as being fairly recent is secretly from twenty years ago and the music I like is now 'oldies'. I used to be with it, etc.
Still, thanks to the internet we can talk about this stuff and people who might otherwise have never heard about it will be able to find it easily enough if they're interested. Old people were hipsters before it was cool (which I think might be doing something awful to spacetime).

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