Saturday, August 23, 2008

Calling Fantasy Movie Lovers

I have a quick favor to ask: What are your favorite fantasy movies? Of all time. Yes, I'm asking. Really. Lay it on me.

List as many as you want, but tag each one with the closest fitting title. If you can't find one that fits, create your own.

  • Speculative worlds;
  • Urban fantasy;
  • High fantasy;
  • Comic book hero;
  • Legendary hero;
  • Fantasy with Sci Fi twist
I am aware of the myriad of lists out there populating the Internet landscape. My purpose, however, is to discover the idiosyncracies and delights of the community that make up this portion of blog-world. Thank you for your contributions in advance!


RG Sanders said...

Got to go with:

Dark City - Noir Sci-Fi
Equilibrium - Orwellian Sci-Fi
The Fountain - Metaphysical Sci-Fi
The Matrix - Eh... Kung Fu Sci-Fi?
Event Horizon - Horror Sci-Fi

That will do me for now.

Nils said...

RG, sci-fi isn't fantasy. ;-)

Alex, there are almost no really good fantasy movies. Conan was watchable. So were Labyrinth and Princess Bride.

Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away have got to be the top of the crop.

Sorry you'll have to fit them yourself into your little schema. ;)

Wikipedia seems to have a very broad definition of fantasy films, and this would include stuff like Indiana Jones and superhero movies, but I think that's not what you are asking for and at any rate those do not match MY definition of fantasy, since otherwise "fantasy" could pretty much cover all speculative fiction.

Alex Moore said...

When I started thinking about this, I almost went crazy. What is fantasy, after all? Like you said, Nils, it could be anything with a fantastical element (Indiana Jones included). That's one reason I wanted to open it up & see what I got...

My all-time favorite fantasy is Willow. I liked Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, as well as Princess Bride, but you're right, Nils: there really aren't many good fantasy movies out there.

RG: have to agree w/ you that Equilibrium rocked...I'm trying to figure out how I can use pieces of it in the classroom to teach dysutopian literature.

Anonymous said...

Underworld and Underworld II. Harry Potter. Lord of the Rings. Willow, I, Robot. War of the Worlds, Independence Day. Starman. So many more.

AC Gaughen said...

Peter Pan;
Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves;
as previously mentioned DEFINITELY princess mononoke and spirited away;
Howl's Moving Castle was alright but I expected more after reading the book;
Stardust was decent;
Pan's Labyrinth;
does Big Fish count?;
and, to end on a high and obsessed note, THE NEVERENDING STORY!!!

Dave said...

Favorite fantasy movies ...

The most inspirational tend to be the ones I saw as a kid:

1. The Hobbit movie I saw in the late seventies on the "big screen" at the library.

2. The folk tale movies I saw at school about mythic creatures like Anasi the Spider.

3. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.

4. And of course the first Star Wars movie. There's never really been anything like that experience since.

It seems like there ought to be lots of blockbuster type hits, especially since fantasy has been hot with movies like L.O.T.R., Harry Potter, and all the comic book movies, but only a handful come to mind and many of those are from the past.

1. Blade Runner
2. Willow
3. Brave Heart (it's a legend)
4. Bridge to Terebithia
5. The Narnia movies
6. Golden Compass

Okay, here's a good one that I just remembered ... Lady Hawk. There should really be more movies like that! That's with Michelle Phipher and Mathew Brodereck back when they were new to the screen.