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reviewed The Wind in the Willows. April 10, 2010
The Wind in the Willows (first edition; 1908)
In the 20th Century there have been two movements which have directly affected society and the world at large. There has been the steady progress of technology that brought with it urban expansion and industrial …
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"You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve," said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest …
reviewed THX 1138. January 13, 2009
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THX 1138 (The George Lucas Director's Cut 2-disc Special Edition DVD)
-This review pertains to the George Lucas Director's Cut of THX 1138-   Before achieving critical and commercial success with his films American Graffiti and Star Wars, George Lucas directed the …
reviewed Stardust (2007 film). December 24, 2008
Stardust (Widescreen Edition) (2007)
Based upon comic book and graphic novel writer Neil Gaiman's original story, Stardust is a charming fantasy film with a humorous twist. Much like The Princess Bride in its combination of …
reviewed The Illusionist. December 24, 2008
The Illusionist
It's odd, but in the year 2006 there were two major motion pictures to feature stories about magicians and/or illusionists. The first film was The Illusionist, while the second film was The Prestige. …
reviewed The Fountain. December 24, 2008
The Fountain
Director Darren Aronofsky (Pi and Requiem for a Dream) has created a niche for himself in the film industry. Much like filmmakers David Lynch, Terry Gilliam, and Vincent Ward, Darren Aronofsky explores …
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
After the phenomenal success of J.K. Rowling's first four Harry Potter novels and the first Harry Potter film, there was no doubt that the boy wizard would be returning to the big screen. In …
Original Version of the Poster
Note: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is the same film as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The film just uses the original U.K. title rather than the U.S. title.       …
reviewed The Princess Bride (1987 film). December 23, 2008
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Screenwriter and novelist William Goldman's book, The Princess Bride, was first published in 1972. For years Goldman, who wrote the screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, attempted to have …
reviewed The NeverEnding Story (1984 film). December 23, 2008
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German director Wolfgang Petersen, the man responsible for the harrowing WWII epic Das Boot, may seem like an odd choice to direct a film adaptation of Michael Ende's children's book, The NeverEnding …
Jim Henson's Fantasy Film Collection
In the 1980s people were sick of political and social unrest, so naturally they escaped into the zeitgeist of popular culture, which resulted in terrifically shallow yet entertaining films. Two genres …
reviewed MirrorMask. December 23, 2008
MirrorMask
There are few comic book writers in the world that are more respected than master storyteller Neil Gaiman, whose combination of whimsical fantasy, dark satire, and comedic absurdism brought him to the …
reviewed Willow. December 23, 2008
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George Lucas (Star Wars Trilogy) has always enjoyed delving into mythological archetypes in his films and when Willow was released in 1988, it served as an example of his fascination with stories of unlikely …
reviewed 300 (2007 film). December 22, 2008
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Special Edition DVD (front)
WARNING: This film contains brutal, graphic, stylized action/violence, sexuality/partial nudity, and fascist ideologies.      Based upon Frank Miller's graphic novel of the same …
DVD front
-This review pertains to the 2-disc Masterpiece Edition DVD of Alice in Wonderland-       Early on in Walt Disney's career, he had wanted to tell the story of Alice in …
Book Cover
Combining the talents of Jim Henson's storytelling with Brian Froud's exquisite art, The Dark Crystal is an amazing film. The World of the Dark Crystal is a must-have companion piece to the film. …
Emir's Education (artwork by Lynne Cherry)
Emir's Education in the Proper Use of Magical Powers is an enchanting book for children, young adults, and adults. It explores the nature of reality, life, and death with poetic grace and humor. …
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-This review pertains to the original DVD release, not the remastered edition-       In 1990, the final film in the BBC's Narnia series made its debut. The series, which consisted …
DVD front
-This review pertains to the original DVD release, not the remastered edition-       In 1989, the BBC produced the second and third films in their four-film series adapted from the …
DVD front
-This review pertains to the original DVD release, not the remastered edition-       In 1988, the BBC produced the first of four films based upon The Chronicles of Narnia books …
Box Set Cover Art
In 1988 the BBC produced the first of four films based on C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia books.      Since their original airing the films have become family favorites …
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
"Once a king or queen in Narnia, always a king or queen. Bear it well, Sons of Adam! Bear it well, Daughters of Eve!"  -Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, …
reviewed Corpse Bride. December 19, 2008
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It's odd that Tim Burton's Corpse Bride should be released the same year as Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Perhaps it was just an unfortunate coincidence that the two films, both …
The Nightmare Before Christmas (DVD front)
-This review pertains to the 2-disc Collector's Edition DVD of The Nightmare Before Christmas -      What happens when you mix a strange combination of Walt Disney Studios …
Gargoyles: The Complete First Season (2-disc Special 10th Anniversary Edition DVD)
-This is a review for the 2-disc Special 10th Anniversary Edition of Gargoyles: The Complete First Season)-          In 1994, Walt Disney Studios took a risk on an …
Special Edition DVD cover
Robin Williams in a serious role? Could work.    Robin Williams with an emotionally unstable wife? Ironic.    Robin Williams dies and goes through heaven and hell? Cinematic gold. …
Anniversary Edition front
-This review pertains to the 2-disc Anniversary Edition DVD of Labyrinth-      Labyrinth was the second fantasy film directed by Muppet creator Jim Henson. Though the tone of …
25th Anniversary Edition front
-This review pertains to the 2-disc 25th Anniversary Edition DVD of The Dark Crystal-      "Another world, another time, in the age of wonder..."   ...So begins …
Monty Python and the Holy Grail Special Edition
-This review pertains to the Monty Python and the Holy Grail 2-disc Special Edition DVD-         In 1974 the bad boys of British comedy decided to create a full-length motion …
reviewed Witchblade: The Complete Series. December 17, 2008
Witchblade: The Complete Series DVD set
-This review pertains to the Witchblade: The Complete Series 7-disc DVD collection-      Not only was it one of the most complex series in the history of cable television, Witchblade …
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