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tgoyetteFavorite Fantasy Movie?2012-09-03 12:13:02
tgoyetteAlright we’ll skip all the great Sci-Fi movies for now and just focus on the fantasy ones. My favorite, of course, is The Princess Bride. Second favorite is Mary Poppins. Yes I'm a nerd. I also like The Sword and the Sorcerer. It was cheaply produced and the acting was mixed, but the story line was good and overall it was entertaining. However, it shouldn’t make anyone’s top ten list.2012-09-03 12:17:34
mark211Does the 'The Vikings' with Tony Curtis and Kirk Douglas count? If not, 'Erik the Viking' and 'Time Bandits' (both by Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam I think) are good contenders. 'Clash of the Titans' (the 80s one) was pretty good but my childhood was pretty much taken up with all those awesome Ray Harry-Hausen adventures - 'Jason and the Argonauts' and all those 'Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger' style stuff.2012-09-03 15:39:01
CuchulainnKnow O Prince ... my favorite fantasy film is the original Conan the Barbarian. [1982, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, & James Earl Jones, with writing credits including Oliver Stone] It may not just be the film, but the whole experience of that night. A coming of age event for me, and corrupting the morals of a minor for others. For the first time I was able to go out with my older brother and his college friends. During which I was slipped weak pizza shop beer when the waitress wasn't looking (or pretended not to). And one of our party was staring amazed at a Playboy he just bought, and tongue-tied over any incoherent comment he could make about Nastassia Kinski, which I recalled every day in English class when we read Tess of the Durbervilles! Know also O Prince ... the movie itself was great. Although Conan's childhood background did not conform to the sparse sketching given by Robert E, Howard, it worked well for the movie. The battle-play, the sword vogueing, the camel punching. I was struck by the chivalry of Conan to the naked woman 'given' to the pit fighter. The return of Red Valeria (Sandahl Bergman), with shades of Belet, to save Conan in combat. "Do you want to live forever." And most of all the ending where Conan sits on the steps of the temple, watching Thulsa Doom's disciples extinguish their torches. It was the question: what happens after revenge? What happens after you have attained your singular goal in life?2012-09-03 18:11:06
mark211Love the story of the pizza parlour beer! 2012-09-03 22:01:24
mark211A slight cheat as it's not fantasy as such (but an Indian Hindu epic myth) and it was made for TV only was the Peter Brook's The Mahabharata ... I taped it off the telly and must have watched it a dozen times at least (given that it's 6 hours long that's no mean feat!) - there were some awesome performances in it, e.g. the story/parable of desire that Bhishma tells at his death is awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouegHQGjBxw 2012-09-03 22:09:58
Qbabe2Okay I have my short list ready Lord of the Ring Trilogy. and Mary Poppins. It does influence a person's favorite list to have some personal contact with the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed going to the conventions as the Quantumbabe you see on our homepage. At the Icon convention I got to meet Billy Boyd. The real memorable time was watching the Rhode Island SF group do a hula tribute to the song 'Into the West'. Very nice. The movies were so well done in all aspects that I am almost unable to believe them to be fantasy and not some hidden camera peek at history somewhere. Anyway..short list!2012-09-04 07:03:51
micheledutcherObviously the Lord of the Rings - loved the sets of the shire and the elvin city, a huge tales of migrations and the connection of the past and future. this isn't a movie - but I'm currently enjoying Once Upon a Time on ABC(?). The interaction between dwarfs, humans, fairies - all under the thumb of the evil Queen, what's not to love. Rumpelstiltskin is amazing - he's played by Robert Carlyle - who helped start a Shakespeare theater in Scotland - and the classical training really broadens his role in OUAT. 2012-09-04 09:53:17
MachinaWriterAlright, this is a tough one. A Princess Bride and the original Conan the Barbarian were both favorites of mine. But I'd have to say my favorite fantasy movie of all time isn't really a movie, but a miniseries. Merlin, with Sam Neil as the titular character was such an epic tale that I get chills just thinking about it. Chronicling his life from a child to adulthood, his struggles to make Arthur the king he wants him to be. His love for Nimue that keeps with him through years apart, conflict, even the loss of her physical beauty and into old age where he finally reaches her again and turns them young with the last of his magic, giving them the years that were denied them before. Next to this movie would be The Neverending Story. I probably watched it a thousand times when I was growing up. Later on I read the book which is far better than the movie, but the film still holds a place in my heart. 2012-09-04 18:37:13
IronspiderOf recent years, I'd put forward Stardust as a piece of enjoyable fantasy on film.2012-09-06 05:02:30
sfbellIt's awful in many respects. Bad cinematography, bad effects, bad (subtitled) acting. But the source material is so good. I am speaking of The Hexer. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hexer_(film) It is based on the Andrjez Sapkowski. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_witcher The books/short stories are slowly being translated into English. Definitely a great series. I enjoyed the movie for all of its flaws. Not winning any Oscars though. I might actually argue for a remake of this one. 2012-09-06 05:16:35
micheledutcherThe Neverending Story? - I tried watching it when I was 35 - and I thought it would never end. Guess ya gotta watch it as a child.2012-09-06 08:20:50
MachinaWriterIts one of those movies that you can't really get as an adult. The acting, the drawn out story, the really bad special effects are a draw back for many adults. It would be to me at this point in my life. But as a child, when you can fill in the blanks made by the film creation, its a wonderful story. Oh, but I definitely liked Stardust! I almost forgot about that movie, but it was wonderful. I'd definitely say that's the best fantasy film of recent years. 2012-09-06 12:14:44
sfbellI'm gonna float 'Spirited Away' out there. Writing, direction and animation are all top notch. I think it is one of Studio Ghibili's finest efforts. Their more recent titles have been wanting...2012-09-07 08:27:25
mark211Does anyone remember 'The Dark Crystal'? That was blinding (= very good).2012-09-07 13:14:27
mark211http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j679RgrnPVE&feature=related 2012-09-07 13:15:54
tgoyetteThe Dark Crystal scared our children when they were young.2012-09-08 18:27:20
MachinaWriterThe Dark Crystal was good. It was in the vein of movies like the Labyrinth. Does anyone remember that movie Legend, I think it was called. It had Tom Cruise in it when he was very, very young. 2012-09-08 19:05:41





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