Fantasy Movies: Articles


'The Great Wall' Movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon Collaboration Proof Countries Should Work Together?

The Great Wall movie with Matt Damon: Awkward-accented British mercenary fights the Taotie in costly Chinese-American collaboration. 'The Great Wall' movie: Zhang Yimou-Matt Damon collaboration evidence that – for better or for worse – countries can work together In this divisive age, when countries are turning inward with a nationalist, […]


'Die Nibelungen': Siegfried Eclipsed by Powerful Women in Masterful Fritz Lang Tragedy

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried: Paul Richter as the tragic dragon-slaying hero of medieval Germanic mythology – with a bit from Homer's Iliad thrown in. 'Die Nibelungen': Enthralling silent classic despite complex plot and countless characters Based on the medieval epic poem Nibelungenlied, itself inspired by the early medieval Germanic saga about […]


'7 Faces of Dr. Lao': Tony Randall Brilliantly Shows Things Are Not As They Seem

'7 Faces of Dr. Lao' with Tony Randall delivering a 'bravura performance': Things are not as they seem. '7 Faces of Dr. Lao' movie: 'Things are not as they seem' Director George Pal's 7 Faces of Dr. Lao surprises on multiple levels: its witty screenplay by Twilight Zone writer Charles […]


'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Lewis Carroll Travesty One of Worst Tim Burton Movies

'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. 'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Plenty of visuals, no substance In the interest of full disclosure, I should start this commentary on Alice in Wonderland by saying that I have never been a fan of Tim Burton's works. I've enjoyed a […]


'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' Movie: Is CGI (Enough) Magic?

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban movie poster with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson. 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' movie: State of the art CGI but where's the movie magic? Alfonso Cuarón seems like an odd choice for director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of […]


'The Huntsman': Frank Darabont In, Kristen Stewart & Snow White Stupidly Out

Chris Hemsworth in 'Snow White and the Huntsman.' 'The Huntsman' release date announced as 'Snow White and the Huntsman 2' drops Snow White a.k.a. Kristen Stewart Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman 2 has a new title, as the “sequel” to Rupert Sanders' 2012 fantasy adventure Snow White and the […]


Kellan Lutz 'The Legend of Hercules' Movie: Terrible Critics' Rating

Shirtless Kellan Lutz in 'The Legend of Hercules,' with Gaia Weiss. Kellan Lutz 'The Legend of Hercules': New Summit release has 0 percent Rotten Tomatoes approval rating Starring Kellan Lutz, best known as the hunky and likable vampire Emmett in the Twilight movies, The Legend of Hercules opens today, January […]


'The Hobbit 2' Box Office: Trailing Predecessor + Will Ferrell 'Anchorman 2' Bigger or Smaller?

The Hobbit 2 a.k.a. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. The sequel to the Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opened below expectations – and below its predecessor – in the U.S. and Canada. The […]


'Oz the Great and Powerful': James Franco Fantasy One of Biggest March Openings Ever

'Oz the Great and Powerful' with James Franco and Michelle Williams. James Franco 'Oz the Great and Powerful': Below expectations, but one of biggest March openings ever March 11, '13, update: Starring James Franco as the magician who becomes The Wizard of Oz, Sam Raimi's $200m+-budgeted Oz the Great and […]


'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2' Breaks Brazil Record, Top Six Movies Ever

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Breaking Dawn - Part 2 among top six movies in Brazilian box office 'history' Jan. 6, '13, update: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are back together for the last time in Breaking Dawn - Part 2. The […]


'The Hobbit': Domestic Blockbuster or Box Office Disappointment + Surprising Victor Hugo Musical Hit

The Hobbit with the Gollum a.k.a. Andy Serkis. Starring Martin Freeman as the young Bilbo Baggins, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – the first installment in the cinematic trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's (not all that long) 1937 novel The Hobbit – is both a domestic blockbuster and […]


'The Hobbit' Trailer / Clip: Gandalf Offers Philosophy (and Merchandising-to-Be?)

The Hobbit movie clip: Gandalf lectures on True Courage The Hobbit movie adaptation (see clip below) is one of the most anticipated releases of 2012 (as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) – and 2013 (as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) and 2014 (as The Hobbit: There and Back Again), […]