Danny Wolf’s documentary series is something of a contradiction in that it’s a series about cult movies that were or continue to be unappreciated. And yet, every movie that’s covered all has rabid fan bases. Some of them even have conventions and social gatherings celebrating them. While the “Time Warp” movie series doesn’t re-invent the wheel, if you’re in the mood to celebrate some fun cult films and just lose yourself in mainly American cult classics, then Volume 3 is right up your alley.
The final volume for “Time Warp” digs in to mainly comedy and campy films, all of which don’t have many connections thematically. They’re all mainly just given random placements here and there. It feels like “Best in Show” would have been better suited for Volume 1 where we got to look back at “This is Spinal Tap,” but I guess that’s more of a nitpick than anything. The movies in the documentary are mostly great films and masterpieces. It’s just that director Wolf doesn’t go any deeper beyond having celebrities boast about them and their influence. What about “Office Space” struck such a universal chord in 1999? Why does it continue to connect to its fans over two decades later?
How did “Fast Times in Ridgemont High” manage to remain in the memory of eighties kids in a decade where John Hughes is widely considered the poster child for this fare? Why did there seem to be bad blood between the crew of “Valley Girl” and its former star Deborah Foreman? And why introduce such an interesting panel of cult figures in film only to cut to them for twenty seconds in random intervals? That said, Volume 3 is a breezy good time that thankfully covers films beyond the eighties. There are fun peeks in to “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” and “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” while director Wolf is able to grab a lot of unique cast members from myriad films that take center stage. It’s a nice 101 course for aspiring movie geeks, and just a neat time killer for cult movie buffs.
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