Flash Gordon

Based on a 1930s comic strip, this Dino De Laurentiis-produced one-off was light-years ahead of the MCU’s hero-in-tights hegemony and waaay more campy fun. Bland blond Sam Jones plays Flash, a quarterback turned adventurer forced to rally a colorful space empire against the evil Emperor Ming (Max Von Sydow). The score by Queen mixes the perfect cocktail of pomp and wink. -LG

1980 Dir. Mike Hodges 2.35:1 Color dcp 111 min.