1980s Fantasy Film Festival #2: “Hawk the Slayer” (1980)
Jun13

1980s Fantasy Film Festival #2: “Hawk the Slayer” (1980)

Hawk the Slayer is the most ridiculous film I’ve seen since…well, since last week’s 1980s Fantasy Film Festival entry, Conan the Barbarian, except unlike that leaden, seemingly endless film, Hawk the Slayer is actually a lot of fun. Rather than trying to attain anything approaching the level of operatic grandeur to which Conan constantly strains, Hawk the Slayer seems to revel in its poorly written, directed, edited,...

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A Dinosaur in Paris: “The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec” (2010)
Jun10

A Dinosaur in Paris: “The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec” (2010)

Based on a popular comic book series by Jacque Tardi, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec is a delightful, French, steampunk romp set in the early 20th century and featuring a practically unflappable heroine, a journalist/explorer extraordinaire who combines some of the most beloved traits of Indiana Jones, Sherlock Holmes, and Mary Poppins, and also calls to mind Alexia Tarabotti, the literally soulless protagonist of...

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1980s Fantasy Film Festival #1: “Conan the Barbarian” (1982)
Jun06

1980s Fantasy Film Festival #1: “Conan the Barbarian” (1982)

Today, we kick off our 1980s Fantasy Film Festival with the classic sword-and-sorcery film, Conan the Barbarian, which made a star out of Arnold Schwarzenegger and is known for its over-the-top carnage, sexuality, and operatic broadness. Based on the 1930s pulp stories of Robert E. Howard, Conan is a barbarian hero from the Hyborian Age, a fictional period created by Howard that was set after the Age of Atlantis and before any current...

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Wicked Fairy: “Maleficent” (2014)
Jun05

Wicked Fairy: “Maleficent” (2014)

I was completely ecstatic from the first moment that I heard that Angelina Jolie would be portraying a live-action version of Disney’s Maleficent, the self-proclaimed “Mistress of All Evil” from their animated feature, Sleeping Beauty, which just so happens to be my very favorite classic Disney film. If ever a person were born to play a role on the big screen, it is this actress and this character. When mixed to...

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1980s Fantasy Film Festival
May30

1980s Fantasy Film Festival

The Eighties were an amazing time for fantasy films–fantasy films that were brilliant, insane, campy, operatic, cheesy, visually stunning, ridiculous, sublime, magnificent, terrible, and/or some combination of the above. Even the bad or majorly flawed ones, however, have a distinctly “1980s fantasy” feel to them that is hard to define but instantly recognizable as being not quite like any other era of genre...

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X-Men Week #6: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014)
May27

X-Men Week #6: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014)

Previous: The Wolverine (2013) [Note: The following review contains MAJOR SPOILERS for X-Men: Days of Future Past, along with most other X-Men films.] When I first learned that director Matthew Vaughn wouldn’t be returning for the next X-Men film after his brilliant First Class, I was disappointed, but when I then heard that, instead, Bryan Singer would be returning to direct his first X-Men film since X2 in 2003, I became...

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