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Review: LIFE AFTER FLASH Takes You On An Unexpected Emotional Journey  - Movies In Focus
Mike Hodges’ Flash Gordon is a wonderfully executed piece of science fiction cinema which has become a cult classic since its release in 1981. The film will forever be known for a variety of reasons – from Brian Blessed’s bombastic Vultan (Gordon’s Alive!) and Queen’s infectious pop soundtrack to Gilbert Taylor’s lush cinematography. While the film has much to make it memorable, one of the things about it which has been forgotten is its star – Sam J. Jones. After clashing with the film’s producer Dino De Laurentiis, Jones faded into relative obscurity, before returning to the big screen (and the public consciousness) in the 2012 Mark Wahlberg starrer, Ted. Now director Lisa Downs has decided to tell Jones’ tale in the powerful documentary, Life After Flash. Filled with plenty of heart and anecdotes, Downs’ film is a beautifully crafted (and rather emotional) piece which looks at how Jones dealt with his rise to fame, how things went off-the-rails and then how he turned his role in Mark Wahlberg’s Ted into a career comeback. Life After Flash is a tale of redemption. Through Jones’ own words and those of his friends, family and co-stars, we discover how the actor hit rock bottom after [...]