Magic moment: ‘My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die!’ Enough said. Set in a fantastical land populated by evolved cyclops, fauns, mages and all manner of mythical fauna who have switched from magic to mod cons, ‘Onward’ is a cometh-of-age tale that makes playful capital from our habit of turning the past into touristy kitsch. | | What do they really mean by that? Junya Fukuda, Votes: Stars: Director: Paul Brady, Votes: By the time of ‘The Avengers’, director Joss Whedon had been through the grinder of cancelled TV shows, mangled scripts and failed directorial attempts. Edward Asner, But the spell is broken halfway through, leaving them with, well, half a dad. 118 min 93 min Jeanne Balibar, | Gross: | Gross: | Henry Selick The third film of a five-part art-installation epic -- it's part-zombie movie, part-gangster film. Michel Gondry | Miyu Irino, It may also be called an imagined, constructed, or fictional realm (or world). Director: 2. Jim Henson, | Directors: Jason Barry, With only the legs operational and the missing top half flopping around under layers of clothes, the three bluff their way through a quest to find a magical gem and finish the job. This gruesome, disquieting coming-of-age story draws on ancient influences – the central thread of a young woman drawn into terrible, otherworldly danger goes right back to ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and beyond – and adds an unflinching depiction of the brutality of war. Stars: Stars: Alfonso Cuaron's take on the ‘Harry Potter’ movies was when the franchise proved it was more than just a lifeless, slavish recreation of J.K. Rowling's immeasurably popular fantasy novels. A Muppet Family Christmas 2 (sequel movie) A PSA With Kermit And The Frackles About Texting A PSA With Scooter, Fozzie, A Muppet Octopus, And Gonzo About Seat Belts Stars: Magic Moment: Without a doubt, our first glimpse of Wakanda. Chieko Baishô, 64,543 | $34.40M, G William Dieterle’s supernatural monochrome melodrama has enjoyed a bit of a renaissance since Martin Scorsese echoed the film’s bright green lightning bolt in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. Magic moment: The still-iconic fight between muscle-men and a sword-wielding skeleton army. Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon! Its story is magnificent, too, proving it to be one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s best standalone outing, and the acting feels electric, with the performances by Boseman, Jordan and Wright really standing out. Quincy Jones, Votes: $10.06M, 143 min David Bowie, Swinton plays Orlando, in turns a man and a woman, as s/he travels in half-century leaps from the Elizabethan court to the twentieth century, via the Civil War, early colonialism and more. Possibly. Thanks for subscribing! Frank Oz, Tarsem Singh A. James Algar, 9/16/2020. Danny Glover, Barry Levinson Barret Oliver, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi. Satomi Tezuka, G It’s a sly, wise comment on things such as English history, sexuality and class, all of it wrapped in a beautiful, transporting fantasy. Ron Perlman, Movie Flop (7) Nightmare (7) One Word Title (7) Suicide (7) Surprise Ending (7) Bathtub (6) Battle (6) Bed (6) Book (6) Doll (6) Fantasy World (6) Father Son Relationship (6) Female Protagonist (6) Friend (6) Kidnapping (6) Knife (6) Mother Son Relationship (6) Old Woman (6) Party (6) Photograph (6) Quest (6) Rifle (6) Running (6) Singer (6) Skeleton (6) Song (6) Steampunk (6) Stop Motion Animation (6) Stars: Robin Wright, Votes: | Gross: Justine Waddell, Nearly 70 years after its release, the magic of ‘La Belle et la Bête’ still casts a spell. Catherine Keener, Votes: Steve Martin, | Gross: Paul Satterfield, A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland. Terry Gilliam gave his imagination full reign in this wild, woolly and weird time-hopping comedy for smarter kids. | | 118 min | And while the pre-pubescents continually scream, their doting parents prove equally odious in a finale of astounding sentimentality. As Peter Jackson proved a few years back: not very much. Don Hahn, Drama. Ivana Baquero, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his house equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. 9,007 The movie actually received some criticism for its excessive nudity and graphic sex scenes, but Lee (and many critics) found both integral to the plot. John Neville, Directors: | Gross: 75 min 5 Gotham City Map. $4.71M, G 926,247 James Levine, Buy, rent or watch ‘Céline and Julie Go Boating’. Thanks to his fractured state of mind and her vivid imagination, the line between fiction and reality blurs as the tale advances. But he pushed that fantasy element to its extreme in ‘The Life Aquatic’, in which Bill Murray plays a globetrotting marine biologist exploring a bizarre, dayglo undersea world. A smash-hit in Japan, Hayao Miyazaki’s family fantasy is hands-down one of the most charming films ever made. | The only film that truly captures the grandeur of Arthurian myth is John Boorman’s intermittently ridiculous but cumulatively breathtaking ‘Excalibur’, the grittiest, mistiest, earthiest British fantasy movie of them all. Buym rent or watch ‘Hell Boy II: The Golden Army’. Host Eric Molinsky talks with novelists, screenwriters, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers about their craft of creating fictional worlds. Paul Schrader | Gross: 95 min | Gross: Ken Ogata, Animation, Adventure, Family. During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. | Gross: | Gross: Magic moment: The hidden ‘troll market’ beneath the Brooklyn Bridge rivals the ‘Star Wars’ cantina in the monster-riot stakes. 105 min The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), 21. Alice stumbles into the world of Wonderland. Michel Gondry Robin Williams, Pah. Director: | The ambition of today’s multi-feature sagas can be traced back to Fritz Lang’s two-part 1924 silent based on the mythic German poem ‘Nibelungenlied’ and lavished with groundbreaking special effects, comely princesses and tons of swordplay. | Directors: The Marvel Cinematic Universe boldly straddles sci-fi, comic-book action and fantasy – never more so than in the ‘Thor’ movies, with their Tolkein-influenced take on Norse mythology and outrageous ‘Flash Gordon’-style fetish costumes. Why director Russell Mulcahy cast a Frenchman (Christopher Lambert) as a Scottish clansman and a Scotsman (Sean Connery) as a Spanish noble is anyone’s guess, but when the plot’s this crazed, the direction’s this MTV-tight and the villains are this insanely badass, we’re really not about to argue. | Aimee Mullins, | Jerry Nelson, | Buy, rent or watch ‘Jason and the Argonauts’. If Terry Gilliam thought he’d been dragged through the ringer by the studios following his brutalist sci-fi comedy ‘Brazil’, he hadn’t seen nothin’ yet. The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005) A young boy is recruited by his imaginary friends Sharkboy and Lavagirl to help save their planet. No two movies are the same, yet they can be similar in certain aspects. Buy, rent or watch ‘The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie’. Philip Seymour Hoffman, ‘You! Rob Brydon, | From its very beginning, cinema was indebted to fantasy, with Georges Méliès leading the way. Directors: Ang Lee’s high-flying melodrama, a vivid reinvention of the wu-xia genre and one of only nine foreign-language movies to ever be nominated for Best Picture, is still an unimpeachably perfect combination of physical and emotional combat. Magic moment: Bill and Ted convince St Peter to open the pearly gates by quoting Poison lyrics at him. $20.16M, R Alain Chabat, Votes: The show also looks at the fan experience, exploring what makes us suspend our disbelief, and what happens when that spell is broken. Directed by Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul (his Western friends call him Joe) it unfolds in a reverie as Uncle Boonmee, a dying farmer, is visited in his final days by friends and family – his nephew and sister, but also the ghost of his dead wife and a red-eyed monkey-man who says he’s Boonmee’s son. Magic moment: A breathtaking opening credits sequence, shot in slo-mo and black and white, shows a train-track stunt gone wrong. | It could all have turned out so differently if he’d gone with the studio’s choice of lead actor, Tom Cruise – who wanted the story to have a ‘happier ending’. 82,304 Hayao Miyazaki Stars: | Gross: Director: | $76.66M, PG Marc Caro, Richard Haydn, It gives a whole new meaning to the idea of the fantasy movie. | A high point not only of the consistently excellent output of Japan’s Studio Ghibli but of animation as a whole, this magical adventure turns the wanderings of a lonely ten-year-old girl into an updated ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, complete with nods to ancient folklore and modern ecological anxieties. Amen. Director: Nicolas Buysse, If that's the case then fantasy movies are surely the medium's purest and most pertinent forms of transportation, grabbing the viewer and plunging them into distant lands and magical concepts that question our own relationship with the world. $11.17M, R Drama, Fantasy. | Kim Uylenbroek, Votes: 149 min It’s still the highest-grossing movie in Japanese history. Time Out is a registered trademark of Time Out Digital Limited. Riki Takeuchi, Buy, rent or watch ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’. click below to subscribe or support the show. Magic moment: The film’s quietest scene is also its most magical, as the kids hang out in the dorm room passing a bag of Bertie Bott’s beans and shooting the supernatural breeze. Stars: | Gross: Not if the Queen of Hearts has her way. It’s now the third highest grossing movie of all time. Magic moment: The winged monkeys take flight under orders from the Wicked Witch of the West. Animation, Adventure, Family. ‘Hunger Games’ director Gary Ross’s pin-sharp satire brilliantly undercuts the American Dream, and the visual trick of gradually shifting the film from black and white to colour to reflect the characters’ cultural awakening is masterful. Tarsem Singh | Begun in Britain but completed in California following the outbreak of war, this spectacular adventure based on tales from ‘1001 Nights’ may have had a piecemeal production – and no less than six directors, including the mighty Michael Powell – but you wouldn’t guess it from the result. Vincent Patar Buy, rent or watch ‘Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives’. Director: All they want is to be served, but Buñuel has other plans for them. https://dhumor.in/bollywood-movies-that-are-based-on-imaginary-world Adventure, Family, Fantasy. If all you remember from ‘Muppet’ creator Jim Henson’s cult magical fantasy is Goblin King David Bowie and his terrifying codpiece, look again. Magic moment: Parents are transformed into pigs, and our heroine is truly on her own. This isn’t your traditional princess. 1,369 Agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim. Paul Brizzi, | This Magic Moment: Scorsese got it right: that first flash of colour still sends a chill up your spine. Jim Handley, Partly that’s because this adaptation feels much more suited to the down-to-earth, less polished feel of Dahl’s book, while Gene Wilder nails the role of the reclusive confectionary magnate who lets a small group of children into his factory, switching brilliantly between avuncular, withering and creepy. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), 1. Magic moment: When we learn how the skulking, super-smart rats gained their powers. Magic moment: The series’s greatest showdown, as Gandalf faces the fiery Balrog on the bridge of Khazad-Dum. She loses her scarf and when a curious onlooker retrieves it, the chase is on, one that plunges into exchanged female identities, interdimensional time travel and a mysterious house where nothing is set in stone. Poet-turned-director Jean Cocteau created hallucinatory reveries in his adaptation of the fairytale – most memorably the disembodied arms appearing through the walls of the Beast’s castle to hoist the candelabras lighting Belle’s path. 3 Game of Thrones Map. Stars: In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay. | ‘Thor’ is essentially a reboot of ‘Masters of the Universe’ – bulging hero heads to Earth to battle skeletal psychopath – but with better special effects and more nod-wink humour. 119 min | However, as our list proves, not all fantasy movies are filled with wizards, dragons and epic battles. Here we've included body-swap films, superhero extravaganzas, as well as a healthy dose of sword and sorcery. Frank Oz, 9000. A pair of grieving elf brothers turn to magic to reanimate, for 24 emotional hours, the dad they never really knew. Swiss-cheese plotting, dodgy accents, even dodgier kilts and Queen on the soundtrack: what’s not to love about ‘Highlander’? A fictional universe, or fictional world, is a self-consistent setting with events, and often other elements, that differ from the real world. Gerry Robert Byrne, Votes: Milla Jovovich, | | Gross: Buy, rent or watch ‘The Adventures of Baron Munchausen’. Clyde Geronimi, $40.58M, Not Rated | James Frawley Samuel Armstrong, When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. Mieko Harada, Votes: 67,492 | Stéphane Aubier, 100 min 23. Adventure, Drama, Fantasy. Jordan Nagai, Hitoshi Matsumoto | So, it’s no coincidence that two of the top grossing movies of the year were Jaws and Jurassic Park, mostly seen at drive-in theaters. An account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits. Stars: Maribel Verdú, Votes: When Lieutenant General Leland Zevo (Sir Michael Gambon) inherits a toymaking company and begins making war toys, his employees band together to stop him before he ruins the name of Zevo Toys forever. 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