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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

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

Replay – Jack The Giant Slayer

9/19/2017
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The eighteenth episode of The Reel Fantasy Podcast featured 2013’s Jack The Giant Slayer, directed by Bryan Singer and written by a bunch of people, including long-time Singer collaborator, Christopher McQuarrie. While this episode of the podcast remains one of Matt’s favorites, neither he nor Drew particularly cared for the movie itself. Jack The Giant … Continue reading Replay – Jack The Giant Slayer →

Duration:01:04:42

Replay – The Black Cauldron

9/12/2017
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The seventeenth episode of The Reel Fantasy Podcast featured 1985’s The Black Cauldron, directed by Ted Berman and Richard Rich. Matt and Drew both derived some pleasure from a decidedly darker Disney animated film than the usual. The Black Cauldron combined the first two books in The Chronicles Of Prydain series – The Book Of … Continue reading Replay – The Black Cauldron →

Duration:01:04:55

Replay – Dragonslayer

9/5/2017
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The sixteenth episode of The Reel Fantasy Podcast featured 1981’s Dragonslayer, directed by Matthew Robbins and written by Robbins and Hal Barwood. Matt and Drew both enjoyed this film quite a bit, particularly the incredible dragon, Vermithrax Pejorative. Dragonslayer starred Peter MacNicol as Galen, the wizard’s apprentice; Caitlin Clarke as Valerian; and Ralph Richardson as … Continue reading Replay – Dragonslayer →

Duration:00:59:59

Episode 58 – The Ator Series

9/1/2017
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The Ator Series, although not officially named The Ator Series, began in 1982 and was composed of the films Ator: The Fighting Eagle; The Blade Master; Iron Warrior; and Quest For The Mighty Sword. On his own, Matt watches all four films and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of each, and the series as a … Continue reading Episode 58 – The Ator Series →

Duration:00:47:14

Episode 57 – Masters Of The Universe

8/25/2017
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1987’s Masters Of The Universe, directed by Gary Goddard and written by David Odell, is only a single step for the long-running Masters Of The Universe franchise, but one of the last films that Reel Fantasy favorite, Cannon Films, ever produced. Matt and Drew both believe that they have the power! Masters Of The Universe … Continue reading Episode 57 – Masters Of The Universe →

Duration:01:02:20