Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Movie Moxie Podcast 15: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 plus Genre Look at Fantasy Films

It’s time it’s time it’s time! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is finally released and I had absolutely loved it and tune in for my spoiler free review of the film as well as looking as fantasy as a genre. This week we also have the return of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Theatre, as well as a look at some new trailers and DVD picks of the week. Enjoy!

MP3 File

0:00 – 1:20 - Introduction
1:20 – 7:00 – News: release dates for The Thing & Paranormal Activity 3
7:00 – 16:30 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Review
16:30 – 45:30 – Fantasy as a Genre
45:30 – 47:45 –New Trailers
47:45 – 49:00 – DVD releases
49:00 – 50:25 – Outro

Show Notes:

Mystery Trailer to watch:

Green Lantern Trailer:

Mars Needs Mom Trailer:

Fantasy as a Film Genre Show Notes
  • Fantasy Film as defined by wikipedia: "Fantasy films are films with fantastic themes, usually involving magic, supernatural events, make-believe creatures, or exotic fantasy worlds. The genre is considered to be distinct from science fiction film and horror film, although the genres do overlap."
  • Fantasy as defined by wikipedia: "Fantasy is a genre that uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting. Many works within the genre take place in fictional worlds where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction in that it does not provide a logical (or pseudo logical) explanation for the scientifically impossible events that occur, though there is a great deal of overlap between the two (both are subgenres of speculative fiction)."
  • I mention that discussed films with supernatural elements separately back in October when I chatted about Supernatural as a Film Genre on Episode 12
  • Straight-up Fantasy: Lord of the Rings, Willow, The Golden Compass, The Dark Crystal, Dragonslayer and Legend
  • Bridging the Fantasy World & The 'Real' World: The Wizard of Oz, Labyrinth, The Princess Bride, The Never Ending Story, Inkheart, Skellig - The Owl Man and The Chronicles of Narnia series
  • Bridging the Two: Harry Potter series, because it has the acknowledgement of and depiction of both worlds although they are seen as separate cultures.
  • Historically Set Films with a little Magic: Ladyhawke, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Mummy
  • Dark Fantasy: The Seventh Seal, The Hour of the Wolf, Fanny and Alexander
  • 2010 Fantasy Films: Alice in Wonderland, The Last Airbender, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (guessing) and of course Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
  • My Faves: Harry Potter, Labyrinth
  • List of all Fantasy Films Reviewed
Some films close friends with fantasy but not always definitively fantasy:

Unseen, therefore unclassified Fantasy recommendations:
Pan’s Labyrinth, The Great Yokai War, The Green Mile, The Last Unicorn, Zardoz

Not fantasy films that show up on fantasy lists:
It’s a Wonderful Life, Amelie, Harvey and Groundhog Day

IMDB Top 50 Fantasy Films (as of November 22, 2010)
1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
2. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
3. Toy Story 3 (2010)
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
5. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
6. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
7. Amélie (2001)
8. Spirited Away (2001)
9. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
10. The Prestige (2006)
11. Sherlock Jr. (1924)
12. Up (2009)
13. The Green Mile (1999)
14. The Seventh Seal (1957)
15. Mononoke-hime (1997)
16. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
17. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
18. Fanny and Alexander (1982)
19. Avatar (2009)
20. 8½ (1963)
21. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
22. Toy Story (1995)
23. Groundhog Day (1993)
24. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
25. Tonari no Totoro (1988)
26. The King and the Mockingbird (1980)
27. Ratatouille (2007)
28. Harvey (1950)
29. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
30. Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (1986)
31. The Princess Bride (1987)
32. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
33. Time of the Gypsies (1988)
34. The Incredibles (2004)
35. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
36. Let the Right One In (2008)
37. King Kong (1933)
38. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)
39. Stalker (1979)
40. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
41. Faust: A German Folk Legend (1926)
42. The Exterminating Angel (1962)
43. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)
44. Scrooge (1951)
45. Big Fish (2003)
46. Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
47. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
48. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
49. Orphée (1950)
50. Brazil (1985)

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