Saturday, December 22, 2007

Fantasy Factory

Top-rated "Fantasy" Titles by

1. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Luke Skywalker finds his calling: He wants to train to be Jedi knight, just like Obi Wan Kenobi, his mentor. But is he ready to face the truth about his father? Highlight: the face-off between father and son, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, the forces of good and evil.

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
An epic journey comes to an end in a spectacular fashion. Frodo finally gets rid of the ring; Aragorn finally get his bride Arwen, and everybody is happy.

3. Star Wars (1977)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... and a mythology is born. As chance would have it, in the span of a single day, Luke Skywalker fulfils his desire to become a Jedi knight at the price he even did not know. But on the way he makes some wonderful friends, including saintly Obi Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Pricess Leia and Han Solo and embarks upon an adventure to last a lifetime.

4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The best example of how a book sould be adapted to screen. Peter Jackson bring alives the world of Tolkien's Middle-earth with such glory that epic films would never be same again. The ring which was supposed to be lost surfaces again. The Dark Lord wants his ring back and the free people of Middle-earth much do everything they can to stop the Dark Lord from getting it back. But the burden is on Frodo who must travel to the heart of Mordor to destroy the ring at the cracks of Mount Doom.

5. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The adventure continues, the journey becomes more perilous, the war more intense, the action mind-bowgling. Yet,

6. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
What life is all about? To know this you need the help of an angel and be as lucky/ unlucky as George Bailey.

7. Laberinto del fauno, El (2006)
This time, not an angel but a fairy visits young Ofelia, followed by a Faun, and the line between reality and imagination is blurred, so is the line between life and death.

8. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)

9. Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957)

10. Faust - Eine deutsche Volkssage (1926)

11. Ugetsu monogatari (1953) 3,110

12. Belle et la bête, La (1946) 5,500

13. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Dorothy still rules the hearts. And a journey through the Yellow Brick Road is still tempting. And the Wizard of Oz is still wonderful.

14. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
The last confrontation between the father and son, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader aka Anakin Skywalker. And the victory of good over evil. As usual.

15. Ángel exterminador, El (1962)

16. Mononoke-hime (1997)

17. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Before Dan Brown proved to the world that the Holy Grail was a woman, it was a cup. And our archeologist hero gets embroyled into seeking the cup, in a very innocent attempt to save his father. The awesome chemistry between Sean Connory and Harrison Ford, and the rendering of the myth in a realistic way, and the appearence of Hitler no less.

18. Harvey (1950)

19. The Green Mile (1999)
Tom Hanks stars in the jail drama based on a Stephen King novel.

20. The Incredibles (2004)
The family superheroes. The ultimate family drama of the superheroes.

21. Charme discret de la bourgeoisie, Le (1972)

22. Stalker (1979)

23. The Princess Bride (1987)
Probably the most celebrated 'fairy tale' for the adults.

24. Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (1922)

25. King Kong (1933)
It's not a monster movie, it's the beauty who kills the beast. Not the Peter Jackson's 2006 film. It's the original, and hence more charming.

26. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

27. Groundhog Day (1993)

28. Toy Story (1995)

29. Himmel über Berlin, Der (1987)

30. Toy Story 2 (1999)

31. Stardust (2007)
This is a story where stars are lovely young ladies and whose hearts gives you ever-lasting life, where you can travel with the help of a candle, and where everything is possible and where love still rules. The 'fairy tale' for the GenX. Fantastic.

32. Tonari no Totoro (1988)

33. Big Fish (2003)
How much do you believe in reality? And what is reality after all? When his father dies, a son is told the adventures his father had, one more improbable than the next, yet disarmingly real and full of human pathos, and love and the strength of belief.

34. Orphée (1950)

35. Kaze no tani no Naushika (1984)

36. Hauru no ugoku shiro (2004)

37. Fanny och Alexander (1982)

38. Scrooge (1951)

39. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
They stole a case of Aztech gold and they are cursed until they return all the gold back. One of the pieces are with Elizabeth, the Governor's daughter in the Caribbean. And when she is kidnapped, her lover Will, whom that piece actually belongs, follows to rescue her along with a mysterious pirate called Captain Jack Sparrow. An adventure like never before.

40. Shrek (2001)

41. Brazil (1985)

42. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

43. Monsters, Inc. (2001)

44. Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (1986)

45. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

46. Sennen joyû (2001)
Millenium Actress. Another Japanese animation movie.

47. Delicatessen (1991)

48. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

49. The Birds (1963)
Alfred Hitchcock at his best. Best of man against natrure before digitally-enhanced disaster movie starting with Jurassic Park.

50. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
The mighty saga comes to an end. And yes, that's how Anakin Skywalker turned into Darth Vader.

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