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Oct
10

Temple of Bad: XANADU

Not Quite the Next Bright and Shining Star of the Cinema Firmament We Had Hoped: Olivia Newton-John glows prettily and skates adequately in XANADU

Not Quite the Next Bright and Shining Star of the Cinema Firmament We Had Hoped: Olivia Newton-John glows prettily and skates adequately in XANADU

Somewhere towards the end of the 1970’s, the entertainment industry got it into its head that the public not only wanted to spend their nights out rollerskating to driving, disco music, but that they wanted to watch people rollerskating to driving disco music — so much so that there’d be no need for such niggling details as plot, character, or even coherent filmmaking.

Thus, XANADU, a swirling maelstrom of bad ideas that somehow sucked Gene Kelly, Olivia Newton-John, The Electric Light Orchestra, The Tubes, and animator Don Bluth into its destructive vortex. (Oh, and Michael Beck is the lead, which, yeah, exactly.) Temple of Bad clerics Andrea Lipinsky, Kevin Lauderdale and Dan Persons shed their vestments and put on their widest lapels to celebrate this landmark of singing, skating, and really glowy people, a movie with a theme song so infectious that you will never be able to shake it from your memory.

Not even if you wanted to.

Not even with a radical lobotomy.

All together now: XANADUUU! XANADUUUUUUUU!!!

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