Ever since I met my mother-in-law some sixteen plus years ago, she’s lived on a boat. She and her husband, and up until recently their cat, have called their boat home as they’ve spent some years now sailing the Caribbean and even attempted a world voyage. It’s not a lifestyle for everyone, but those who do venture into this world become part of a sailing community. It’s a community where you are welcomed no matter what port you enter as you make fast acquaintances since everyone can relate to your struggles with your boat, equipment, and sailing adventures.
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Two years ago, the first Lost Weekend event was born. The concept was simple: with so many movies out there, what better way to get through the winter months by taking a weekend to binge on films? That first weekend consisted of eight films, three of which had been nominated in the foreign language category at the Oscars. Having this kind of access to Oscar-nominated films was unheard of in this small town, so naturally I had to attend this event. And $30 to see eight films was a bargain. Over the course of that weekend I saw some great films, but something unexpected happened. By the time the last film ended, those of us who attended all the films felt a connection with each other, and friendships were born.
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This appears to be the third installment of an unofficial series of posts involving fantasy films I grew up watching back in the 1980s. We began with Time Bandits, then moved into the world of Legend, and today’s reverie concerns the wonderfully fantastic classic Krull. I can’t remember the first time I watched Krull, but I’ve seen it enough times that it’s become a film that’s just always been around in my life.
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I’m such a sucker for ’80s fantasy flicks. They can be cheesy, campy, adventurous, and romantic, but they all take me away to another world in a way that modern day CGI flicks can’t. Back then actual sets were built instead of the use of green screens so you felt as if these faraway places actually existed, that you could go there and live. With CGI I usually get the sense that something isn’t quite right.
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Edgar Allan Poe may have been the master of the short story, but that doesn’t mean his works translate well into full-length movies. It’s difficult to extend a short story into a movie without stretching out the narrative and adding elements not in the original tale, although as long as Vincent Price is in the movie it probably doesn’t matter.
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The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is a mouthful of a title directed by French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The movie is adapted from the book The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen about a boy genius who finds himself journeying across America from Montana to Washington DC after learning he’s won a prestigious award from the Smithsonian Institute. While the film was officially released in 2013, it barely made a splash in theaters in the United States thanks to The Weinstein Company, who wanted to make edits to the film that Jeunet refused to make and they ended up not supporting the film. It’s a shame the film didn’t get its chance in the theaters since it was filmed in 3D and really deserves a theater experience instead of just the streaming services it now languishes in. If you enjoyed Jeunet’s film Amelie, then you’ll definitely feel the same whimsical spirit in T.S. Spivet.
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Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm originally debuted in 2013 but has now officially been released in U.S. in 2015 most likely due to the recent success of his current film, Mommy. In Tom at the Farm, Dolan both stars and directs, and also co-wrote the script for the film with Michel Marc Bouchard, which was based on Bouchard’s stage play.
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How far would you be willing to go for your beliefs? At what point does your idealism cloud your judgment of reality? Nothing Bad Can Happen is a doozy of a film that’s meant to be difficult to watch and then haunts you for days afterward.
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Ever since I can remember, I’ve always loved the fantasy genre. Back when I was kid and just learning to read, I loved fairy tales. When I was six years old I discovered Enid Blyton’s book The Magic Faraway Tree and I was hooked on the story of a group of kids who have adventures in different lands that appear at the top of a tree in an enchanted forest near their home. As I grew older and the day came when we finally had cable television, I then fell in love with fantasy movies that would show up on HBO. It was only natural that the day would come when I came across Time Bandits and it would become one of my all time favorite movies.
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If you reached the age of 100, could you look back on your life and reminisce on all the crazy adventures you’ve had? Allan Karlsson most definitely can. He’s the central character of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, a surprisingly enjoyable dark comedy out of Sweden based on the international bestselling novel of the same name by Jonas Jonasson. (I personally have not read the book, as I didn’t want it to have influence over my review of the movie.)
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