Taking a simple mysterious mythology and explaining it for fun and profit*.
The original Highlander’s original, surprising success story. Deciding to make a sequel. Budgets and revenues and how did we get here, really?
Aliens vs time travel. The clincher: neither actually makes any more sense than the other.
Not only Connnor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod, but ALSO his best friend who totally just died in the last movie. but hey, lol jk it’s a kind of magic. Ol’ Ironsides hamming it up and honestly stealing the show. Recasting Highlander 2 with characters from The Room. The 80s/90s: when bad guys were really bad guys and just didn’t need a reason.
The ozone layer
The actual environmental problem that the world actually got together amd potentially resolved! Fixing the ozone layer. The “shield” in the film and blocking all of the visible light in addition to the UV.
Some scenes from this film were truly mind-boggling and/or amazing and it’s hard to tell which were which. Ironsides ham. The car scene, OR sacrificing Yoshi to make the jump. Sean Connery being rogueish/trash on a plane. Scottish fan-death. Offscreen sword-switching antics.
Highlander 2 Fairytale Ending: YouTube Highlander 2 BTS Interviews: YouTube Sean Connery The Musical by legolambs: YouTube
Anatomically modern humans vs socially modern humans. The evolutionary advantage of controlled fire and beginning to cook food. Getting away from all-day mastication and looooooooong intestines in favor of the big brain on Brad.
Getting boy without modern technology. The earliest evidence for humans cooking with fire. Differentiating human-controlled fire from millennia ago from other sources (like iguanas, or wildfires).
Life expectancies over time. Appreciation for antibiotics. Life expectancy vs lifespan. Evolving into a centauranarian.
Less-than-generous portrayals of religious characters. Third-act surprises. Jesus vs the antichrist.
What: A great scifi vehicle for questions of consciousness and identity and transhumanism and Joel Kinnaman’s abs. Directed by: Miguel Sapochnik, Nick Hurran, Uta Briesewitz, Andy Goddard, Peter Hoar Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Martha Higareda, James Purefoy
What: The first season of Amazon’s anthology series, Electric Dreams, bringing a bunch of Philip K Dick‘s short stories to life. Directed by: Julian Jarrold, David Farr, Tom Harper, Marc Munden, Jeffrey Reiner, Francesca Gregorini, Dee Rees, Peter Horton, Alan Taylor, Michael Dinner Starring: Greg Kinnear, Jack Gore, Shannon Brown, Annalise Basso, Maura Tierney, Connor Paolo, Juno Temple, Janelle Monáe, David Lyons, Karin Anglin, Anton Bassey, Anu Bhatt, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard
What: Stories of dystopian sadness but with multiple stories inside one sometimes. Directed by: Tim Van Patten, David Slade, Colm McCarthy Starring: Georgina Campbell, Joe Cole, Gina Bramhill | Maxine Peake, Jake Davies, Clint Dyer | Douglas Hodge, Letitia Wright, Daniel Lapaine
What: Dystopian sadness over and over where somehow the bright points are even worse Directed by: Toby Haynes, Jodie Foster, John Hillcoat Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Andrew Gower | Rosemarie DeWitt, Brenna Harding, Owen Teague | Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson
What: Haunted house in space. And Hell maybe. You won’t need eyes! Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Richard T. Jones, Jack Noseworthy, Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee
What: Vampires have taken over the world, but face a resource crisis as the human population dwindles to near-extinction. This is actually a really good movie idea, btw. Directed by: The Spierig Brothers Starring: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill