Another world, another time, in the age of wonder. A thousand years ago, this land was green and good… a lot of fantasy stories start along these lines. Something that was good has been lost and must be found, or something evil is threatening something good. Those somethings often come in the form of dragons, wizards or monsters (and sometimes even a goblin king). This week on the Lambcast, we decided to go to an era of classic fantasy films and wallow in all the great choices available. It’s a draft, so there is jockeying for position, frustration when a choice gets snatched away, and generally a lot of fun.
There are few surprises in the first round, most of the films you expect to be taken go in the early part of the show, but the order is sometimes a bit of a surprise. Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Morons, when you listen to this show, you will learn all kinds of things about the films being chosen. Todd Liebenow manages to snake a couple of choices right from under the host’s nose. Jeanette Ward gets two or three of her favorites, and Bubbawheat finds fantasy in anime, and Terry Gilliam. Oh, and Richard wins the prize for excessive use of the word “fantastic” when talking about fantasy.
There are plenty of films to talk about, the 1980s may have the richest vein of fantasy films in any era, and for a second week in a row, there are unicorns on the show. Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to be nearly as ubiquitous as Max Von Sydow, Ron Howard and Terry Gilliam. If you are a fan of fantasy films, you are not going to want to miss this show. We also have a heck of an exit question for you and some deep thoughts about fantasy and it’s impact on film history.
So, get your Electro Shock Therapy, find your baby brother, and learn how to operate a puppet. The 80s Fantasy Draft is upon you. Look for a poll to vote on the slates that the candidates chose. Be sure to vote.
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