Stardust

Stardust is a 2007 fantasy film directed by Mathew Vaughn based on the book by Neil Gaiman.   It has a pretty star studded cast (ha ha ) of Claire Danes, Charlie Cox, Robert Deniro, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Stardust Movie PosterPlot:   An awkward young man named Tristan Thorn crosses a wall into a fantasy realm in order to retrieve a falling star for his beloved Victoria.   Only when he gets there, the fallen star is actually a woman named Yvaine.   And unfortunately, he’s not the only one trying to retrieve the fallen star.

This episode came out okay.   I tried to edit out more of the pauses then I was previously taking out as Podcast Squared suggested.   Can anyone tell a difference?   I didn’t want it to be super snappy, because I wanted to preserve the feeling of just listening to regular people talk about movies.   I think it’s possible to become too polished and come off sounding fake and generic.

Stardust is a mixed bag.   It has some great visuals, fun character moments,  and a stellar cast.   But it also has some major plot problems, and the main couple are anything but star crossed.   However, overall it’s a fun movie that’s worth watching at least once.

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Sanctuary Season 1-2

Sanctuary CastSanctuary is a 2008 – Present fantasy television series starring Amanda Tapping.   The series revolves around Helen Magnus, a 150 year old immortal who has dedicated her life to protecting unusual people and creatures.   She does this through her Sanctuary network: a global private task force that investigates, protects, and if necessary contains beings/creatures called abnormals.   The series is currently running on the Syfy channel and has recently completed its thrid season.   A fourth season is schedules to air next fall.

This series is fantastic and vastly underrated.   The story is excellent, the special effects are quite good (and not just for a tv series) and the casting is inspired.   How often do you get to see a badass main character who is a woman, a scientist, a mother, and a badass who is actually older than thirty? Not very damn often, that’s for sure.

I know this episode is way too long.   I was going to break it up into two episodes, but I’m tired of editing and just want to get it out.   Hopefully, someone will still be interested.

What do you think of Sanctuary?   Love it? Hate it?   Have you even heard of it?   Leave a comment!


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The 10th Kingdom

The 10th Kingdom DVD CoverThe 10th Kingdom is an American fantasy television miniseries that was first released in 2000.   The story stars a young twenty something waitress named  Virginia Louis who lives at the edge of Central Park.   One day she accidentally runs into a dog while riding her bike to work.   But its no ordinary dog.   Its in fact, a prince from a fantasy kingdom whose been turned into a dog by an evil step mother.   This drags Virginia and her disaster prone father into an epic fantasy adventure full of trolls, magic, sheep (?), witches, dwarves, fairies, true love,  and one very confused but very sexy half wolfman.

This episode does NOT contain spoilers (or has very little spoilers).   Unlike many works we discuss, the 10th Kingdom is underrated, undervalued and under watched.   In discussing this show, we hope to simply let more people know of its existence.   It’s a fantastic show that not many people have heard of and not very many people watched when it first aired.   Buy this show or rent it from Netflix if you live in the U.S.   You won’t be disappointed.

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day PosterSo we tried to record and upload our Groundhog Day episode on actual Groundhog Day, but well… epic fail on our part.   At least, we made it to the same month.

Movie Synopsis:   Bill Murray plays a cynical weatherman named Phil  who is tasked with covering the Groundhog Day festival in Punxatawney PA.   Everything seems normal at first.  He covers the festival and has to stay in the town for an extra day due to a freak snow storm.   However, he wakes up the next day and its… Groundhog Day again.  He goes to sleep the next night and its… groundhog day again.   The day is repeating itself over and over and over and only Phil can tell.

This is Bill Murray’s best role, in my opinion.   He gives some depth and character to  a role that much have been quite challenging due to the flow of time in the movie (movies are usually filmed out of order).     This is a classic that everyone should see  more than once.   It  ironically stands up to multiple viewings quite well.   If you haven’t seen this, shame on you! Seriously, where have you been? Not knowing about this movie means you have a hole in your soul and you never even realized it!

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Red Sonja

Red Sonja Movie PosterRed Sonja is an eighties fantasy movie about a red haired chick killing evil people with swords while getting hit on by the govenator.   Pretty sweet right?   In all honesty, this movie is terrible.   The dialogue is stilted, the acting is amateurish, and the special effects weren’t that impressive in 1985.   But for some reason, I love this cheesy movie to bits.   It’s got a lot of heart, and despite its many flaws its a fun ride.

Just a quick warning:   If you’re planning on watching this movie with kids around, there is a random female  topless scene.   It’s weirdly random even for a topless scene.   However, the edited for TV version is just fine for kids to watch.   I watched it all the time as a kid and I am mostly a non warped human being.

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Princess Bride

Princess Bride DVD CoverTalking about the film The Princess Bride is hard.

It’s not that it’s a particularly deep film with all of this hidden subtext.   In fact, it’s a pretty straight forward film of swash buckeling adventure where true love conquers all and the heroes ride off into the sunset at the end. This film isn’t good because it’s wrapped in a crunchy shell of childhood nostalgia.   It’s actually good.   And when films are  actually good, they’re very very hard to make fun of.

And here at the Fantasy Movie Podcast we’re all about making fun of things.

That’s the main reason why we put off podcasting about this movie.   We tried to make a go of it this episode, and I’m not sure how well we pulled it off.   How do you think we did listeners?

Thanks for requesting this film Sylvia!

If you want to request what fantasy movie we discuss, complain how we didn’t do this film justice, ask us to forward money to Nigeria, or make a general comment about the podcast, please comment below!

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The Dark Crystal

I apologize for the podcast being released a week late.   I don’t have an excuse beyond me being confused about what week it was; oops.   I’m going to attempt to release another episode next week to make up for the lost time.   We have several recorded, it’s simply a matter of me editing the darn things.

Dark Crystal Movie PosterThis  episode is a  special request from listeners Monica G and Tora-chan.   We review the 1982 fantasy movie The Dark Crystal.   The Dark Crystal is an all puppet movie directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz.   Although this is a typical nostalgia geek movie, neither Melanie nor I had seen this movie prior to reviewing it.

The plot goes like this; Two good puppets who are the last of their puppet race must set forth on a perilous journey to defeat other evil and less pretty puppets and restore peace to their world.

Melanie also makes me admit that if  Bill Murray and I  were the last humans on earth I would utilize him in repopulating the earth. Thanks a lot for asking that Mel.

If you have a request for an anime or movie you’d like to hear us review, please send us an email or leave a comment  on this  post!

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Hook

Hook! Hook! Where is the Hook?!

Hook Movie PosterArrrrgh mateys! Ye be listening to our review of the 1991 fantasy movie Hook!   In this movie there be the scallywags Robin Williams as Peter Panning and that scurvy dog Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook. Swab the poop deck and be ready to eat a parrot! Arrrrrgh!

Ok, enough of that.

Hook is the story of a grown up Peter Pan who has forgotten everything about Neverland.   One day Captain Hook shows up and kidnaps his kids and he must regain his former glory to save them.

The movie was directed by Steven Spielburg and seems to get ragged on a lot by the internet.   But you won’t see that from here!   We both have rather fond memories of the movie and Roofio’s mysteriously dyed hair. In fact, if I ever meet Dante Bosco in real life, I vow to say, “Roofio you’re alive!”  Then he’d be like, “What the %$#@&* is wrong with you?! That was decades ago!”  Yeah, it’d be so worth it.

Also, I have trouble counting whores in this episode for some reason.

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Labyrinth

Labyrinth Movie PosterOur first podcast ever! Today we’re going over the 1986 Fantasy movie directed by Jim Henson, The Labyrinth.   This is one of our favorite movies of all time, so it’s a good fit to be our first episode.   Listen to us discuss the movie’s themes, symbolism, and the effect of David Bowe’s bulge on our developing psyches.

This was our first podcast and the audio quality is not so great. Please, don’t give up on us quite yet. I did eventually figure out what all of these knobs and buttons actually do in subsequent podcasts; more or less.

 

Links:
The Official M.C Escher Website

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