Tag Archives: Fantasy

Your Highness unfortunately unfunny

Your Highness in a nutshell: It’s like a 13 year-old boy wrote a script because he thought: “Wouldn’t it be funny if there was a Medieval-themed fantasy film with swearing and jokes about blowjobs?!”  You’ll chuckle the first few times they do this, but the novelty wears thin quickly. Continue reading

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HBO fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” has trailer

George R. R. Martin’s beloved fantasy book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, is being adapted into a tv mini-series by HBO and they have just released the first (info) trailer. Continue reading

Rare Exports a Christmas mess

The Finnish film documenting the true, ghastly nature of Santa Clause looked like it could be exploitation horror fun, but instead will leave you with question marks dangling over your head.  The film makes huge leaps in narrative logic, in one case young Pietari deducing from explosions on a mountain, “Santa’s under there!”

What?!

Nothing implies such a statement and Pietari’s proclamation stands in for the film’s inability to expose such a key plot detail in any other fashion.  Which is emblematic for the rest of the film, including the moment Pietari, hitherto a weakling, suddenly becomes Rambo as he organizes helicopter pickups and heroic gestures.  Everything is inexplicable in Finland evidently.

Some of the issues could stem from a terrible subtitle translation, but most of the awful simply stems from bad storytelling.  Cool idea, terrible execution.  Don’t even bother renting.

-Remington Smith

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

In the wake of the film adaptations of Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia have always felt like adorable younger siblings to these other fantasy epics.  Despite this, on the franchises’ third outing with Voyage of the Dawn Treader, it ranks almost as good as Harry Potter 7 pt 1Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows…PART 1!

It has been nearly a decade since the first Harry Potter film was released and in that time we’ve seen the cast grow into adults.  Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) has to shave, and Rupert Grint (Ron) could play for a rugby team.  How fitting that these children-turned-adults bring one of the best, most thematically adult installments into the franchise. Continue reading