Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Top 5 best fantasy movies of all time (according to Talitha)

List by Talitha

"Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination."
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

I have no clue what my top 5 fantasy movies of all time would be. It is something I've often considered, though. I just don't think I'm disciplined enough to be able to make up my mind as to possibilities. There's too much choice. Or maybe I'm not opinionated enough. (Yeah, right!). A quick and dirty use of my Google-fu skills showed me what I'd guessed already, that there isn't one comprehensive list and nor are any two lists the same. They sure do make for interesting reading, though. And that was how I came across Talitha Linehan's Fantasy books and movies site and had fun noseying through everything. Talitha's The 100 best fantasy movies list led to much discussion around our dinner table and everyone had more than their ten cents worth of agreeing and disagreeing. One day we're going to have a quiet night actually eating instead of arguing and gesticulating with forks and peas. One day. So...here are Talitha's top 5 best fantasy movies of all time (and a slew of honourable mentions) here for all y'all.

Query: What would you have as your top 5 best fantasy movies of all time? Caring is sharing, people :)



Honourable mention:
  • Labyrinth [DVD videorecording] / Produced by Eric Rattray ; directed by Jim Henson. Starring David Bowie (in those tights? FTW!) and Jennifer Connelly. G - Suitable for general audiences.
  • The Dark Knight [DVD videorecording] / Directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman. Rated M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Note: contains medium level violence.
  • Dr. Seuss' how the Grinch stole Christmas [DVD videorecording] / Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Molly Shannon. Rated PG. Parental guidance recommended for younger viewers.
  • Big fish [DVD videorecording] / Directed by Tim Burton. Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter. PG - Parental guidance recommended for younger viewers. Note: adult themes.
  • Willow [DVD videorecording] / directed by Ron Howard ; story by George Lucas. Starring Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis; Billy Barty, Jean Marsh. Rated PG: Parental guidance recommended for younger viewers. Note: Contains violence.
  • The green mile [DVD videorecording] / Written for the screen and directed by Frank Darabont. Tom Hanks, David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, Michael Clarke Duncan. R16 - Restricted to persons 16 years and over. Note: contains violence.
  • The lord of the rings. The return of the king [DVD videorecording] / Directed by Peter Jackson ; screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson. Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom. M - Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over.
  • Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory [DVD videorecording] / Screenplay by Roald Dahl ; directed by Mel Stuart. Starring Gene Wilder, Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum.


  • Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban [DVD videorecording] / Screenplay by Steve Kloves ; produced by David Heyman, Chris Columbus, Mark Radcliffe ; directed by Alfonso Cuaron ; music by John Williams ; edited by Steven Weiseberg ; director of photography, Michael Seresin
    Starring: Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith
    Harry, Ron and Hermione, now teenagers, return for their third year at Hogwarts. There they are forced to face escaped prisoner Sirius Black, who poses a great threat to Harry. In addition to new experiences, Harry must overcome the threats of Dementors, outsmart a werewolf, and finally deal with the truth about Sirius and his relationship with his parents. Harry and friends master advanced magic classes, cross time barriers, and change the course of more than one life. PG - parental guidance recommended for younger viewers. NOTE: Scary scenes and mild language.

    Tagline: Mysteries will unfold.

    Edward Scissorhands [DVD videorecording] / Story by Tim Burton & Caroline Thompson ; screenplay by Caroline Thompson ; produced by Denise Di Novi, Tim Burton ; directed by Tim Burton ; music, Danny Elfman
    Starring: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder
    Once upon a time in a castle high on a hill lived an inventor whose greatest creation was named Edward. Although Edward had an irresistible charm, he wasn't quite perfect. The inventor's sudden death left him unfinished, with sharp shears of metal for hands. Edward lived alone in the darkness until one day a kind Avon Lady took him home to live with her family. And so began Edward's fantastic adventures in a pastel paradise known as Suburbia. PG - Parental guidance recommended for younger viewers. NOTE: Contains violence.

    Tagline: Innocence is what he knows. Beauty is what she sees.

    The Wizard of Oz [DVD videorecording] / Directed by Victor Fleming; screen play by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf
    Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin
    We click our heels in anticipation. Theres no place like home and no movie like this one. From generation to generation, The Wizard Of Oz brings us together - kids, grown-ups, families, friends. The dazzling land of Oz, a dream-come-true world of enchanted forests, dancing scarecrows and singing lions, wraps us in its magic with one great song-filled adventure after another.

    The lord of the rings : The two towers [DVD videorecording] / Directed by Peter Jackson ; screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson ; music by Howard Shore ; film editor, Michael Horton
    Starring: Elijah Wood, Ian Mckellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis
    The Fellowship has broken, but the quest to destroy the One Ring continues, Frodo and Sam must entrust their lives to Gollum if they are to find their way to Mordoer. As Saruman's army approaches, creatures from Middle-earth, prepare for battle. The War of the Ring has begun. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture. Rated M. Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Contains medium level violence.

    Tagline: The battle for Middle-earth begins!

    Pan's labyrinth [DVD videorecording] / Written, produced and directed by Guillermo del Toro
    Starring: Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ivana Baquero
    Set in 1944 Spain, against the backdrop of the anti-Franco guerrilla warfare. When young Ofelia and her mother go to live with her new stepfather on a rural military outpost, she finds herself in a world of unimaginable cruelty. Soon Ofelia finds the creatures of her imagination in which she used to escape have become a reality and she must battle them to save both her mother and herself. In the terrifying battle that ensues, Ofelia soon learns that innocence has a power that evil cannot imagine. Academy Awards, 2007: Achievement in cinematography ; Achievement in art direction ; Achievement in make-up Restricted 16 - Restricted to persons 16 years and over. Violence, offensive language and horror.

    Tagline: Innocence has a power evil cannot imagine.

    10 comments:

    Anonymous said...

    The Return of the King is better than The Two Towers. You should have included the trilogy as one movie maybe.

    catatonia said...

    Howdy! Thanks for dropping by. I agree that LOTR: The Return of the King was better than LOTR: The Two Towers and, if this had been my list, I would most definitely have left the trilogy as one entry :)

    catatonia said...

    Although I do have to admit that by the end of the movie LOTR: The Return of the King I was heartily fed up with Frodo and wanted Sam to push him over the edge *guilty look*

    Good Reading said...

    Got to finally take a look at Willow, is has eluded me so far.

    catatonia said...

    Thanks for stopping by! I follow your blog and there are some great posts there :) I remember seeing Willow when it first came out - I'm not sure if I'd want to see it again. I'd be too worried it wouldn't live up to what I remember (but then again, maybe it might).

    Danielle said...

    Personally, I think I've yet to see a fantasy movie that captured what I love about my favourite fantasy writing - the mix of complex, sometimes-sympathetic characters, black humour and the astute social commentary. I also heart great acting and awesome special effects, but I think the clunky scripts let down a lot of mainstream fantasy movies. They're so deadly earnest! Or cornball, like Prince of Persia.

    The New Old-Fashioned Girl said...

    The Princess Bride is the best fantasy movie, comedy, action-adventure, and romance. It has it all: "Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles... " And it's a great book too!

    catatonia said...

    Hi de hi, New Old Fashioned Girl :) Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment! Sibling introduced her son, Mr 7, so The Princess Bride a couple months ago and it's his favourite now and he's constantly surprising me with quotes. I have to admit to being tickled pink about that because it's one of my longtime favs. I'm hoping she introduces him to the book, at some stage, too.

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    - tosca

    Anonymous said...

    Where exactly are Conan the Barbarian, Sword and the Sorceror, Red Sonja, and Fire and Ice? Not to mention the original animated LOTR? Would be nice to have seen those.

    catatonia said...

    HI and thanks for reading/commenting on our post :) At a guess, I think perhaps the author of the list is maybe not a fan. Or at least not enough of a one to list them. My dad introduced me to all of those (except Fire and Ice, that was a colleague who did so earlier this year) and, I have to admit, I enjoy them (as dated and slightly cheesey as they are).