Category Archives: Fantasy

Fantasia

Fantasia (1940) The world’s top conductor Leopold Stokowski was a bit of a rock star, associated with dating Greta Garbo and jetsetting around the world. Walt Disney pioneered family entertainment with the risky, but wildly successful Snow White. The two couldn’t have been more opposite, […]

The Bliss of Mrs Blossom

The Bliss of Mrs Blossom (1968) If you don’t love Shirley MacClaine then you haven’t seen The Bliss of Mrs Blossom, a surreal skewering of marriage and conventionality. Mrs Blossom adores her stodgy workaholic husband, but also keeps a younger man hidden in the attic […]

Barberella

Barberella (1968) Although based on the French sex comic of the same name, Barberella is part of a significant genre of film where an ignorant American plops into decadent and politically corrupt Europe, and amidst much destruction and upheval saves them from themselves. That the […]

Return to Oz

Return to Oz (1985) Fans of the original books beware: Disney Studios and Jim Henson’s Muppet factory go to great detail to lovingly recreate the art nouveau illustrations, but disreguard L Frank Baum’s books! Gone is clever rascal Tip, Princess Ozma’s pre-fem identity and wayward […]

What’s New Pussycat?

What’s New Pussycat? (1965) Michael James (Peter O’Toole) has got it rough. Beautiful women throw themselves at him, and despite being engaged he doesn’t have the strength to say no. His therapist Fritz Fassbender (Peter Sellers in his funniest role ever) isn’t helping, in fact […]

Sadko

Sadko (1953) Sadko is a hunk of a poet with a harp, but he’s got a delima. Two girls are madly in love with him! One is a nice village girl but she has a weird pigeon habit…. The other is a Princess of the […]

Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon (1980) Another in the genre of Stupid American saves Europe from Itself, although this time (unlike Barberella) the cast is in on the joke. All except for producer Dino DeLaurentiis who was paying for a serious epic. Poor Dino, there was no way […]

Rock & Rule

Rock & Rule (1983) director Clive A. Smith music Deborah Harry, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Cheap Trick, Earth Wind and Fire starring (voice) Catherine O’Hara Ever get a song stuck in your head? When Debbie Harry supplied her talents for the underwhelming animated musical Rock […]

The Apple

The Apple (1980) Somewhere between Rocky Horror Picture Show and Xanadu lies 1980’s disco parable The Apple.

The Wiz

The Wiz (1978) Quincy Jones updates the Wizard of Oz with an uplifting disco-soul soundtrack, but director Sidney Lumet bungles the innercity finding-yourself musical set against racial themes and New York City landmarks. Diana Ross, Micheal Jackson, Richard Pryor, Lena Horn…, the film showcases a […]

Kismet

Kismet (1944) Move over Gwen Stephani, Marlene Dietrich sends it through the roof in this marvelous campy jewel, playing an uncompromising Macedonian princess locked in the pastel harem of a Grand Vizir. Her favorite past time is listening to the outrageous tales of a beggar […]

A Thousand and One Nights

A Thousand and One Nights (1945) Big colorful sets and fantasy costumes are featured in this hokey update to Alladin’s Lamp that never takes itself seriously. Evelyn Keyes is adorable as the genie that no one but handsome Cornel Wilde can see, but he has […]