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Fantasy Movie Music is Often Tragic not Magic

I don’t want music that evokes a feeling of driving down the freeway in an old Trans Am T-Top, the wind blowing through your mullet and making your rat tail whip out behind you as you pump your hands in the air.

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Ten Fantasy Sidekicks Who Could Do Better

Fantasy movies often suffer from Hero Syndrome. Held hostage by the plot, the hero is trapped; their behavior becomes erratic, their moral code tedious, their dialogue overblown. Luckily for us, behind most heroes is a loyal and clever sidekick, delivering jokes and advice (and desperately updating their resume when they think no one’s looking). Below, […]

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The Line Starts Here

It looks to be a banner year for fantasy and science fiction films, at least in terms of quantity, if not quality. In the first month of 2010 we’ve seen the release of Daybreaker vampires, a post apocalyptic Book of Eli, and a Legion of killer angels, not counting The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnasus, the latest Terry Gillium film to tank at the box office.

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SciFi Christmas Classics

Nobody believes in Santa, so Santa refuses to go anywhere on Christmas Eve. Klatu the elf goes into town with his little reindeer, Gortzen, to give humans one last chance to prove themselves worthy of Christmas.

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Ten Things You Should Know about New Moon

You would think that after a year of hype, there would be no surprises left to find in New Moon, the sure-to-go-gangbusters sequel to last year’s unbelievably popular Twilight. But just in case you feel unprepared, here’s a cheat sheet of things you should know before you drop ten bucks.

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Surrogates: Sci Fi’s Power to Make You Go Hmmm

Wouldn’t surrogates lead to trolls stomping around in real life? No, not big ugly creatures fond of bridges, but internet trolls, those who use the anonymity of the internet to be complete jerks without fear of real consequences?

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Ten Fantasy Movies that Deserve Remakes

Hollywood has a serious case of makeover mania, with adaptations of everything from Transformers to Wuthering Heights on the table. While studio execs are on the prowl for films to remake, I’d like to suggest some movies that could benefit from some updating, whose stories have more to tell, or who just plain deserve another chance.

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How the World Will End

December 21, 2012 is the date that the calendar used by the Mayans comes to an end, leading some to believe it is the end of human time. 2012 is also a year of rare astronomical events – I think my luck star will be in the seventh house of my love planet or something. Oh, and all the planets will align, and our earth and sun will align with the galactic center. It’s a very aligny year.

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Ten Fantasy Movie Moments that Mess with Us

They made you laugh, they made you cry, they still give you nightmares you’d never admit to: for better or for worse, some fantasy movies get under your skin. Below, ten fantasy movie moments that were tragic, horrific, or comic (sorry, Keanu).