The 1986 film Labyrinth marked the end of an era in fantasy/sci-fi films; it was the last big-name movie made before computer animation became the FX standard. An MTV-obsessed, teenage girls reverie, the film sported a dream team productionwise with Monty Pythons Terry Jones as scriptwriter, George Lucas as producer, and Jim Henson as director. A young Jennifer Connelly phones in a deliciously indifferent performance, which, ironically, perfectly captures 80s teenage ennui. And of course, David Bowies turn as the Goblin King Jareth is the reason we watch he lords over his puppet realm like a glam-rock Oberon. For all its campiness and blatant ripping off of classics like The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland, Bowie lends the enterprise an endearing authenticity like a thought bubble popping out from a teenage girls head that reads, I wish goblins would abduct my little brother
and then I meet David Bowie
Catch a screening of a new 35mm print at 11:55 p.m. today and tomorrow. Landmark River Oaks Theater, 2009 West Gray. For information, call 713-866-8881 or visit www.landmarktheatres.com. $8.25.
Fri., Dec. 14, 11:55 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 15, 11:55 p.m., 2007