Back in a land long-forgotten, an era known as “the 80s,” my mother rented a VHS (think old school DVD) for the family called The Wizard of Speed and Time. It quickly became my favorite movie of all-time and remains so to this day.
It was made by a special effects artist named Mike Jittlov who wrote the script, directed, played the lead role, did the special effects, and fulfilled all manner of other jobs. He also spent his life savings to make the movie. It is a comedic, touching film that follows an ever-upbeat filmmaker as he attempts to pursue his dream. There is literally more magic in this one, humble film than in the sum of all other movies I’ve ever watched.
A poster for the movie is one of two wall decorations that I own (courtesy of mom at Christmas one year).
A decade ago I wrote Jittlov to tell him that I was studying performing, that I loved his movie, and to ask if he had any advice for me. He actually wrote me back to encourage me. So not only is he that awesome, but I was poking around his website and found this Craigslist ad. In describing the woman he’s looking for, he says…
#3: A musical, artistic idealist who is romantic, cuddley, old-fashioned, but non-Religious, non-abusive, non-oral and non-smoker/drinker
Methinks we have an atheist on our hands!
Sadly, this movie never got the acclaim it deserves. In writing this post I found that the movie, in its entirety, has now been uploaded to youtube. Given Jittlov’s tacit endorsement of the fan-created laserdisc version of the movie, I can only assume he’s not filed a DMCA so everybody can see this movie almost 25 years later.
This movie always makes me happy. I put it on while I’m writing at least once each month. If you have the time, you should watch it.