Tagged with fantasy films

“How ‘Wrinkle in Time’ Refuses to Conform”

“How ‘Wrinkle in Time’ Refuses to Conform”


Recently, I took it upon myself as a journalist, a critic, and a writer to re-read A Wrinkle in Time, the ol’ Madeleine L’Engle book, in preparation for A Wrinkle in Time, the new Ava DuVernay adaptation. (I actually covered the story years back, when Disney hired Jennifer Lee to write it, so I’ve been procrastinating on … Continue reading

Interview: Patrick Ness, “A Monster Calls”

Interview: Patrick Ness, “A Monster Calls”


Last October, I was given the opportunity to have a sit-down with Patrick Ness, author (ish) of the low fantasy, young adult novel A Monster Calls, and to talk with him about the experience of adapting his own novel (ish) from page to screen. (“Ish” meaning: Ness was contracted to write it, but author Siobhan Dowd, who … Continue reading

Review: The Dead Lands, 2015, dir. Toa Fraser

Review: The Dead Lands, 2015, dir. Toa Fraser


“Thirty years ago, give or take, Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands would have fit in nicely during the period’s boom of heroic fantasy films—Krull, Hawk the Slayer, Conan the Barbarian, Fire and Ice, The Sword and the Sorcerer—save for a paucity of camp. Not that The Dead Lands is an entirely somber affair, mind you, … Continue reading

Review: Sucker Punch, 2011, dir. Zack Snyder

Review: Sucker Punch, 2011, dir. Zack Snyder


Let’s kick this review off with a digression: I didn’t hate 2009’s Watchmen, per se, though I found it to be a massive failure that failed to truly honor Alan Moore’s essential 1987 graphic novel deconstruction of the superhero archetype which shamelessly* embraced application of style over the nurturing of substance. Zack Snyder, a director … Continue reading