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Fantasy – Sourcery

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The House with a Clock in its Walls (2018)

Duration 1h 45m Ratings UK: 12A, USA: PG, Germany: 6, Source of story A 1973 novel of the same name by John Bellairs  Director Eli Roth Writers/Script Eric Kripke Starring Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Kyle MacLachlan, Lorenza Izzo,  Ratings IMDb: 6.1 by 45,254 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 66% by 209 critics. Elevator Pitch: Lewis Barnavelt … Continue reading

Time Bandits (1981)

Duration 1h 56m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Director Terry Gilliam Writers/Script Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam Starring John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, Ralph Richardson, Peter Vaughn, David Warner, David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Jim Broadbent, Elevator Pitch: Kevin’s wardrobe turns out to contain a time portal and, … Continue reading

Highway to Hell (1991)

Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay inspired only by the name of the song and maybe Orpheus in the Underworld. Director Ate de Jong Writers/Script Brian Helgeland Starring Patrick Bergin, Chad Lowe, Kristy Swanson, Ben Stiller and the rest of his family. Elevator Pitch: While eloping to Las Vegas … Continue reading

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Elevator Pitch Twenty-five years after the Banks family’s original problems, the former children now adults are in trouble. Michael, a widower with three children, has tenuous employment in the bank and Jane, his sister is campaigning for worker’s security. They have no money and are about to be evicted from the family home, when magically … Continue reading

Doctor Strange (2016)

Elevator Pitch Dr Stephen Strange is an arrogant  New York neurosurgeon who, examining an X-Ray photo while driving (serves him right, you might say), has an accident which makes him unable to continue with his work. In his search for a cure he ends up in Nepal being tutored in the magic arts by the … Continue reading

Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)

Elevator Pitch The Warcraft universe contains a number of loosely related races on the side of the good, humans, dwarfs and elves and on the evil side orcs of one sort or another and some lesser races only seen imprisoned in cages in semi-darkness. Both sides have people capable of invoking magic spells and if … Continue reading

The Last Witch Hunter (2015)

Elevator Pitch Kaulder is a witch hunter, part of an organisation which is ready to eliminate witches who threaten humanity. He is 800 years old, having been cursed by the witch queen back in the days of the Black Death, when he and others hunted her in a remote snowbound environment. In modern day New … Continue reading

Jack the Giant Slayer (2013)

Elevator Pitch Jack an absent-minded young farm hand, comes into the possession of some magic beans which, legend has it, will connect his world with that of the giants, and sure enough while a runaway princess is sheltering in hs cottage, one of the beans sprouts and transports the hovel, and the princess up into … Continue reading

Beowulf (2007)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Loosely based on the epic English poem. Writers/Script Neil Gaiman, Roger Avery Additional Info The poem itself hangs over English students like a threatening cloud, since it is written in Old English, but at some point they have to study it. The original manuscript, now in … Continue reading

Mirror, Mirror (2012)

Duration 1h 46m Rating (UK) PG Source of story Loosely based on the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fairy tale. Writers/Script Marc Klein, Jason Keller with screen story by Melisa Wallack Additional Info This film was memorable for the costume designs by Eiko Ishioka, who was postumously nominated for an Oscar in that category. … Continue reading

47 Ronin (2013)

Duration 2h 8m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A traditional Japanese folk tale. Writers/Script Chris Morgan, Hossein Amini Additional Info Story by Chris Morgan and Walter Hamadi. The making of this movie is something of a saga itself. The studio execs wanted Keanu Reeves to have more screen time, and the love interest and … Continue reading

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) PG Source of story A book series of the same name by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi Writers/Script Karey Kirkpatrick, David Berenbaum, John Sayles Additional Info I chose to count the visual effects people named on IMDb. There are more than 300 of them! Director Mark Waters Starring Freddie Highmore, … Continue reading

Knights of Badassdoom (2013)

Duration 1h 26m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script Kevin Dreyfuss, Matt Wall Additional Info Apparently Live Action Role Players (LARPers) get out into the American countryside quite a bit. Director Joe Lynch Starring Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau, Ryan Kwanten, Jimmi Simpson, Steve Zahn (Mostly TV actors) Elevator Pitch A group … Continue reading

The Cobbler (2014)

Duration 1h 39m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Tom McCarthy, Paul Sado Additional Info According to IMDb this film was only released in Italy, and one assumes it went to video thereafter. Director Tom McCarthy Starring Adam Sandler, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi, Melonie Diaz, Method Man, Dustin Hoffman, Ellen … Continue reading

The Dark Tower (2017)

Duration 1h 35m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Apparently eight Stephen King novels of the same name Writer/s Script Akiva Goldsman, Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen, Nikolaj Arcel Director Nikolaj Arcel Starring Matthew McConaughey, Idris Elba, Tom Taylor, Jackie Earle Haley, Katheryn Winnick Elevator Pitch The Dark Tower stands at the centre of the … Continue reading

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Released 2017 Rating (UK) PG Source of story This work has a lot of history starting off with an 18th century fairy tale intended, believe it or not, to prepare young women for arranged marriages. Also the 1994 Disney animated picture and the Broadway stage musical. Writer/s Script Evan Spiliotopoulos, Stephen Chbosky Director Bill Condon … Continue reading

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)

Released 2010 Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Writer/s Script Matt Lopez, Doug Miro, Carlo Bernard Writer/s Story Lawrence Konner, Mark Rosenthal, Matt Lopez Director Jon Turteltaub Starring Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molino, Teresa Palmer, Monica Bellucci, Alice Krige Elevator Pitch A couple of ancient sorcerers in modern Manhattan battle it … Continue reading

Pirates of the Caribbean (1): Curse of the Black Pearl

Released 2003 Rating (UK) 12A Source of story Unbelievably, a fairground ride at Disneyworld Writer/s Script Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio Writer/s Story Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio, Stuart Beattie, Jay Wolpert Director Gore Verbinski Starring Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jack Davenport, Jonathan Pryce, Mackenzie Crook, Kevin McNally, Zoe Saldana Elevator Pitch The … Continue reading

Willow

Released 1988 Rating PG Director Ron Howard Writer/s George Lucas, Bob Dolman Starring Warwick Davis, Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley Source of story An original screenplay Elevator Pitch Willow, a dwarf, farmer and wizard takes on the task of protecting a baby from the army of an evil sorceress and so embarks on a journey accompanied … Continue reading

Pirates of the Caribbean (4): On Stranger Tides

Released 2011 Rating 12A Director Rob Marshall Writer/s Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio and others. Starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush, Kevin McNally, Richard Griffiths, Judy Dench, Sam Claflin, Astrid Berges-Frisbey Source of story This episode loosley based on a novel by Tim Powers, the franchise based on a ride at Disneyland. Elevator … Continue reading

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