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Matt and Drew talk about the oft-overlooked film genre of high fantasy and occasionally wax poetic about the glorious cinematic heyday of sword-and-sorcery that was the 1980s.

Matt and Drew talk about the oft-overlooked film genre of high fantasy and occasionally wax poetic about the glorious cinematic heyday of sword-and-sorcery that was the 1980s.
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Matt and Drew talk about the oft-overlooked film genre of high fantasy and occasionally wax poetic about the glorious cinematic heyday of sword-and-sorcery that was the 1980s.

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English


Episodes

Episode 69 – The Warrior & The Sorceress

9/21/2018
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1984’s The Warrior & The Sorceress, directed by John C. Broderick and written by Broderick and William Stout, is a welcome return to good ol’ fashioned 1980s sword-and-sorcery. Despite some quibbles, Matt and Drew ended up enjoying it quite a bit! That’s a sensation that will not last! The Warrior & The Sorceress was “heavily … Continue reading Episode 69 – The Warrior & The Sorceress →

Duration:00:52:18

Episode 68 – Strange Magic

9/14/2018
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Why? Why? WHY?! 2015’s Strange Magic, directed by Gary Rydstrom and written by Rydstrom, David Berenbaum, and Irene Mecchi – from an idea and story by George Lucas – is a “computer-animated jukebox musical fantasy romantic comedy.” And yes, that is every bit as big of a flustercluck as it sounds. It may have been … Continue reading Episode 68 – Strange Magic →

Duration:01:01:18

Episode 67 – Tale Of Tales

9/7/2018
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2015’s Tale Of Tales, directed by Matteo Garrone and written by Garrone, Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, and Massimo Gaudioso, is a dark, thematically heavy film with a very distinct fairy tale skew. Matt, Drew, and Amanda break with tradition by having mostly good things to say about it! So, here’s the thing. Usually, Matt researches … Continue reading Episode 67 – Tale Of Tales →

Duration:00:54:49

Episode 66 – Sinbad Of The Seven Seas

8/31/2018
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1989’s Sinbad Of The Seven Seas, directed by Enzo G. Castellari and written by Castellari and Tito Carpi, is another glorious Cannon production starring Lou Ferrigno in the titular role. Needless to say, this is the greatest movie of all time and Matt and Drew love it! Sinbad Of The Seven Seas claims to be … Continue reading Episode 66 – Sinbad Of The Seven Seas →

Duration:01:06:58

Episode 65 – Excalibur

8/24/2018
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1981’s Excalibur, directed by John Boorman and written by Boorman & Rospo Pallenberg, is a ground-breaking film and is considered a classic of the fantasy genre. Do Matt and Drew agree? Probably not…they’re philistines! Excalibur is a lengthy retelling of a good chunk of Arthurian legend, based primarily on Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur, and … Continue reading Episode 65 – Excalibur →

Duration:01:04:54

Replay – Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

1/16/2018
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The twenty-fourth episode of The Reel Fantasy Podcast – our Halloween episode – featured 2013’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, written and directed by Tommy Wirkola. Feeling a little bit of fairy action burnout, Matt and Drew didn’t find it to be much of a treat. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a super-edgy action-adventure … Continue reading Replay – Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters →

Duration:01:04:14

Replay – Hundra

1/9/2018
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The twenty-third episode of The Reel Fantasy Podcast featured 1983’s Hundra, directed by Thomas Vitale Ottaviano (using the pseudonym Matt Cimber) and written by Cimber and John Goff. Matt and Drew were a little put off by the film…and not just because of the incessant rape and attempted rape. Hundra is a Spanish-Italian co-production that … Continue reading Replay – Hundra →

Duration:00:56:31

Replay – The NeverEnding Story II

1/2/2018
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The twenty-second episode of The Reel Fantasy Podcast featured 1990’s The NeverEnding Story II, directed by George T. Miller (not to be confused with George “Mad Max & Happy Feet” Miller) and written by Karin Howard. Matt and Drew enjoyed it less than The NeverEnding Story, but more than The NeverEnding Story III. The NeverEnding … Continue reading Replay – The NeverEnding Story II →

Duration:01:01:46

Episode 64 – The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen

12/29/2017
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1988’s The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen, directed by Terry Gilliam and written by Gilliam & Charles McKeown, is right up the director’s alley, a feast of visual splendor, where the lines separating fantasy and reality blur and disappear. Matt and Drew continue to have terrible opinions by not really liking this beloved classic! The Adventures … Continue reading Episode 64 – The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen →

Duration:00:56:59

Replay – Hercules

12/26/2017
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The twenty-first episode of The Reel Fantasy Podcast featured 1983’s Hercules, written and directed by Luigi Cozzi, using the pseudonym Lewis Coates. Reel Fantasy’s first exposure to the wonderful world of Golan & Globus, Matt and Drew watched Hercules in awestruck delight! Hercules is a mind-numbingly strange blend of Greek mythology and low-budget-Star-Wars-knock-off-sci-fi starring Lou … Continue reading Replay – Hercules →

Duration:00:49:38

Episode 63 – Reisen Til Julestjernen

12/22/2017
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Merry Christmas! 1976’s Reisen Til Julstjernen, directed by Ola Slolum and written by Slolum and Aksel Helgeland, is the progenitor of 2012’s Journey To The Christmas Star. For Christmas this year, Matt and Drew go full Norway, without the benefit of English dubbing or subtitles! This episode also contains a reading of that perennial Yuletide … Continue reading Episode 63 – Reisen Til Julestjernen →

Duration:00:56:50

Replay – The Christmas Dragon

12/19/2017
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The third and final Reel Fantasy Christmas Countdown episode of 2016 was The Christmas Dragon, released in 2014. Directed by John Lyde and written by Shyla & David Addante, this film starred some familiar faces to Matt and Drew and served quite nicely to round out the holiday season. Produced by Arrowstorm Entertainment, the independent … Continue reading Replay – The Christmas Dragon →

Duration:01:03:10

Episode 62 – Mirror Mirror

12/15/2017
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2012’s Mirror Mirror, directed by Tarsem Singh, is yet another updated fairy tale, although plastered over with the director’s distinctive visual style. Matt and Drew both had less-than-positive reactions to the results. Mirror Mirror is an update of the story of Snow White, starring Lilly Collins as Snow White; Julia Roberts as The Queen; Armie … Continue reading Episode 62 – Mirror Mirror →

Duration:01:01:06

Replay – Journey To The Christmas Star

12/12/2017
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The second Reel Fantasy Christmas Countdown episode of 2016 was Journey To The Christmas Star, released in Norway in 2012. Directed by Nils Gaup and written by Kamilla Krogsveen, this film went on to become both Matt and Drew’s favorite of the Christmas Countdown season. A remake of a 1976 film, which was in turn … Continue reading Replay – Journey To The Christmas Star →

Duration:01:00:55

Episode 61 – Wolfhound

12/8/2017
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2006’s Wolfhound, directed and written by Nikolai Lebedev, based on the novel by Maria Semyonova, is another super-Russian fantasy film, from a much different era than Ruslan & Ludmila. Matt and Drew both found a lot to like in this, but agreed that it desperately needed another pass in the editing room. Wolfhound is based … Continue reading Episode 61 – Wolfhound →

Duration:01:09:32

Replay – Hogfather

12/5/2017
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The first Reel Fantasy Christmas Countdown episode of 2016 was Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather, released on Sky One in 2006. Directed and written by Vadim Jean, the film did little to put Matt and Drew in the Christmas spirit. The first live-action adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s long-running Discworld series of humorous fantasy novels, Hogfather starred Ian … Continue reading Replay – Hogfather →

Duration:01:09:24

Episode 60 – Warriors Of Virtue

12/1/2017
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1997’s Warriors Of Virtue, directed by Ronny Yu and written by Michael Vickerman & Hugh Kelly, is totally not ripping off Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers or Captain Planet & The Planeteers. Matt and Drew have embarrassing levels of fun…with Buffalo Man! Made as an obvious “homage” to other popular franchises … Continue reading Episode 60 – Warriors Of Virtue →

Duration:01:07:51

Episode 59 – Tales From Earthsea

11/24/2017
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We’re back! A dinosaur story! 2006’s Tales From Earthsea, directed by Gorō Miyazaki, is pretty loosely based on the Earthsea series of novels by Ursula K. LeGuin. Matt and Drew take their second trip into the world of Studio Ghibli and dissect the directorial debut of the founder’s son. In its Disney-produced English dub, Tales … Continue reading Episode 59 – Tales From Earthsea →

Duration:00:52:54

We Will Return Soon!

10/23/2017
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An apology for how behind we’ve gotten lately. We’re not dead! We haven’t stopped the podcast! Life has simply gotten in the way lately, but we will return soon!

Duration:00:02:08

Replay – Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King

9/27/2017
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The nineteenth episode of The Reel Fantasy Podcast featured 2004’s Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King, directed by Uli Edel and written by Diane Duane & Peter Morwood, adapted from the epic poem, The Nibelungenlied. The general consensus was “It certainly is German.” Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King was originally a 222-minute television miniseries, which was … Continue reading Replay – Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King →

Duration:01:01:12