Category Archives: Fantasy

‘His Dark Materials’: A New Show to Binge-Watch

Oh man, this is just the type of entertainment I was looking for. Fantasy is a near-impossible genre to pull off on the big or little screen because the worlds and characters can be so fantastical that it’s hard to translate or the stories can be dumbed down and turned into utter disasters.

Just look at films like Warcraft, Eragon, or The Chronicles of Narnia sequels (I happened to like the first one.) Each of these movies could’ve been great but they lacked heart, good storytelling, and great world building.

And then there’s those two great series like The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter movies which are absolutely breathtaking in scale, storytelling, and casting. Even their sequels, The Hobbit/Fantastic Beasts, were disappointments.

After enjoying the heck out of Sherlock I’ve been looking for a new show to sink my teeth into and ran into His Dark Materials, a show on HBO that swept me away in two days. (I happened to watch the last five episodes of the first season yesterday alone!)

Now, I have to let you know, I’ve no knowledge of the Philip Pullman trilogy this series is based on other than the film The Golden Compass which my father and I watched a few years ago and didn’t finish.

There are some who are loyal to the books and don’t like the casting for the series or the way the story is being handled but dang! I enjoyed this show so much.

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Throwback Friday: Arwen, Eowyn, Galadriel, or Tauriel: Who Was the Greatest Heroine?

Both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies were mainly male-dominated but amidst all of the lovable heroes there were a few powerful heroines who helped not only make the movies better but also shined in their own personal spotlights. So today I’m making a post to celebrate these incredible women and debate which heroine was the greatest. Enjoy!

Arwen

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Arwen never had much screen time in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and for the most part she was treated as solely Aragorn’s elven love interest, which is super boring. Especially considering how great of a warrior she really was. She not only evaded the Nazgul as she transported a grievously wounded Frodo to Rivendell but she also managed to conjure the river to her aid to sweep the Nazgul away from those lands! That’s pretty awesome! She would probably be my favorite heroine if she had more scenes displaying her as a warrior instead of a sappy, smooching elf. I still love her though. 🙂

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Movie Review Flashback: Why, ‘Warcraft’, Why?

Remember nearly two and a half years ago when Warcraft, the film based on the highly-enjoyable, very popular MMO called World of Warcraft, charged into theaters? And remember when it turned out to be a flop, overall making a profit at least worldwide but proving the point that games can’t be turned into live-action films? Well, I missed Warcraft in the movie theaters two years ago but I did manage to see it when it was released digitally. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it at all. I was mortified that a game so epic could be turned into a movie so horrid and I vowed to never watch it again. Jump forward to this month and I somehow managed to get the nerve to watch it again.

Have you ever watched a movie, thought it was awful, and then watched it again and actually enjoyed it? Well, this was what I was hoping would happen on my second viewing of the film. It did not happen. I was able to enjoy it a little more than I did last time, for I was kind of able to grasp what the world was going on in its very confusing storyline, but overall I came away from the movie disappointed yet again.

And what makes it so agonizing is the film could’ve easily been a good movie but it had too many problems.

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The Reasons Why the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Franchise Isn’t as Good as the ‘Harry Potter’ Movies

I’m a fan of the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I have been since I was a child. I remember getting taken to the movie theaters to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I was six at the time, and I loved it. It was scary, traumatizing even, but it’s a memory I’ll never forget. For so many years the Harry Potter have dazzled me and even as an adult I still watch these movies with a sense of awe that most movies can’t provide.

Because I love this world J.K Rowling created I found myself wanting to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the other day for only the third time and so, I watched it, and once again I was harshly reminded how lackluster the film’s story and overall essence is compared to all eight of the Harry Potter movies. It’s almost strangely underwhelming in comparison to the films that helped shape my childhood.

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The movie continues to try to recapture the same brilliance as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as it conveys to us new characters, a new world in the wizarding society that lives in New York, and all of the fantastical creatures, but it’s not long before the film falls flat, leaving one baffled by the movie’s lack of quality. Continue reading The Reasons Why the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Franchise Isn’t as Good as the ‘Harry Potter’ Movies

The Reasons Why the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Franchise Isn’t as Good as the ‘Harry Potter’ Movies

I’m a fan of the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I have been since I was a child. I remember getting taken to the movie theaters to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I was six at the time, and I loved it. It was scary, traumatizing even, but it’s a memory I’ll never forget. For so many years the Harry Potter movies have dazzled me and even as an adult I still watch these movies with a sense of awe that most movies can’t provide.

Because I love this world J.K Rowling created I found myself wanting to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them the other day for only the third time and so, I watched it, and once again I was harshly reminded how lackluster the film’s story and overall essence is compared to all eight of the Harry Potter movies. It’s almost strangely underwhelming in comparison to the films that helped shape my childhood.

newtjacobplantthingie.jpg

The movie continues to try to recapture the same brilliance as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as it conveys to us new characters, a new world in the wizarding society that lives in New York, and all of the fantastical creatures, but it’s not long before the film falls flat, leaving one baffled by the movie’s lack of quality. Continue reading The Reasons Why the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Franchise Isn’t as Good as the ‘Harry Potter’ Movies

Here’s a Small Detail That Is Often Overlooked in ‘The Lord of the Rings’

Dogs. Yes, I said it. Dogs.

Middle-Earth is full of fantastic creatures, frightening monsters, ethereal beings, and awe-inducing worlds, so it’s easy to forget that the fictional world crafted by J.R.R Tolkien is so detailed that even man’s best friend gets a moment to shine in the film.

Last night while watching The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring I was watching a scene I have seen literally hundreds of times (the Nazgul rider approaching the Hobbit working outside of his home on a peaceful evening) when I distinctly noticed the dog that was highlighted in the scene.

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I was kind of blown away. Whoa, The Lord of the Rings has everything. Even dogs. It was such a striking observation that I felt obliged to share it with you today. Lol.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have an incredible day.