The best film picks, Dec. 21

CorrespondentDecember 20, 2012 

David Bowie in Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy favorite “Labyrinth” will be playing at the Colony Theater Thursday.


Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy favorite “Labyrinth” has been one of the Colony Theater’s most popular movies in their Cool Classics series, but this Thursday night its best-selling soundtrack by glam rock icon David Bowie will be celebrated when the film makes its first appearance in their Music at the Movies series. “Labyrinth” concerns a 15-year-old Jennifer Connelly, who wishes her baby half-brother away (“I wish the goblins would come and take you away – right now”) which brings forth a challenge by Jareth, the King of the Goblins, (Bowie in tights and a gigantic teased hairdo) to solve an enormous maze in another dimension to get the kid back.

I asked Colony General Manager Denver Hill why the film has such enormous appeal after all these years. Was it that the songs are so catchy? Was it that Brian Froud’s character and creature designs are so delightfully filled with Escher-inspired invention? Or was it the clever screenplay written by Monty Python’s Terry Jones? “David Bowie in tights,” Hill replied. “That’s what gets the biggest crowd reaction.” Of course it is. “Labyrinth” starts at 7:30, and admission is $5.50. Details: 919-847-5677;

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