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Episode 308: A Stargate in His District

August 31st, 2018 | Robin



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6 Responses to “Episode 308: A Stargate in His District”

  1. Brett Evill says:

    I was a little surprised that in your Fantasy Films 101 you did not have a kind word for Matthew Robbins’ 1981 “Dragonslayer”. I’ve always thought that it was under-appreciated and pretty damned good.

  2. John Rauchert says:

    I would have included:
    The Dark Crystal (1982)
    Legend (1985)
    Stardust (2007)

  3. Brett Evill says:

    “Ladyhawke”, too.

  4. gdave says:

    For a “Fantasy 101”, as opposed to a “Best of…” list, I’d argue you really should include some of the drek. “The Sword and the Sorcerer” and “The Beastmaster” were not good movies, but, along with “Conan the Barbarian”, they were hugely influential on my understanding and appreciation of fantasy. Their release also coincided with the early 80s boom D&D experienced, and I suspect they helped shape a whole generation of gamers during a critical period in the hobby.

  5. Laurence says:

    You are not correct that “Monty Python’s Holy Grail” (1975) was not parodying an existing genre. There is a small body of Arthurian films, including Robert Bresson’s “Lancelot du Lac” (1974) predating Monty Python. But, specifically, they are parodying “Gawain And The Green Knight” directed by Stephen Weeks (1973) — to my mind it’s a great film and ten times better than its bigger budget remake (also by Weeks) “Sword Of The Valiant” (1984). The cheep style of “Gawain”, the knight and his squire on the road, the knight storming around real castles, the season transitions through medieval paintings and the voice over, all have parallels in Python. Sadly it’s a hard film to get to see these days, but it’s worth a look.

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