Reader Jim sent in this link for the trailer to John Boorman’s not-so-classic take on the Wizard of Oz, Zardoz. This 1974 sci-fi film has never really developed much of a following, which is odd considering the double-whammy of Sean Connery and no shortage rather conservative-minded violence.
It’s a mess of a movie, and it’s certainly one that could have only been a product of the early 70’s, but it is interesting to see how Boorman subverted the story of the Wizard of Oz to act as a strange cautionary tale against… well, I’m not sure. It’s a weird mash of anti-intellectualism (in that the elite class lives pointless lives of scholarly pursuit cut off from the rest of savage humanity), pro-sex, and pro-violence, but the end result seems to reach for something much more transcendent.
I’d stop just short of actually recommending it, as it’s more a curiosity than a bona-fide good movie, but sci-fi buffs (or fans of just elaborate train-wrecks) should certainly be able to say they’ve seen it.