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Lurkndog:
Before LOTR, my circle of friends had a joke: "Seen any good fantasy movies?" Because there WERE no good fantasy movies.

That's a generalization. I do consider Princess Bride to be both good and fantasy. But the joke was made before that movie came out.

But before LOTR, things like Beastmaster were about the best you could hope for out of a contemporary fantasy movie.

Dragonslayer had a great dragon, but fuck that storyline.

Ghostmaker:

--- Quote from: Lurkndog on July 19, 2021, 11:32:13 AM ---Before LOTR, my circle of friends had a joke: "Seen any good fantasy movies?" Because there WERE no good fantasy movies.

That's a generalization. I do consider Princess Bride to be both good and fantasy. But the joke was made before that movie came out.

But before LOTR, things like Beastmaster were about the best you could hope for out of a contemporary fantasy movie.

Dragonslayer had a great dragon, but fuck that storyline.

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Huh? I grant pickings could be thin, but Ladyhawke, Conan, even Clash of the Titans or Legend were all decent enough fantasy flicks.



Ratman_tf:

--- Quote from: Ghostmaker on July 19, 2021, 11:43:55 AM ---
--- Quote from: Lurkndog on July 19, 2021, 11:32:13 AM ---Before LOTR, my circle of friends had a joke: "Seen any good fantasy movies?" Because there WERE no good fantasy movies.

That's a generalization. I do consider Princess Bride to be both good and fantasy. But the joke was made before that movie came out.

But before LOTR, things like Beastmaster were about the best you could hope for out of a contemporary fantasy movie.

Dragonslayer had a great dragon, but fuck that storyline.

--- End quote ---
Huh? I grant pickings could be thin, but Ladyhawke, Conan, even Clash of the Titans or Legend were all decent enough fantasy flicks.

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Or The Dark Crystal, which I'd say is a great fantasy film.

And I wouldn't put LOTR up as an example of a good fantasy film. It's maybe OK if you can slog through all the cruft to get to the few good bits.

Lurkndog:
I'm not a big fan of the Conan movies, my favorite of the three is Conan the Destroyer, and it's far from good.

I haven't seen Ladyhawke since the 1980s, don't remember finding it all that enjoyable. Great cast, bad story.

I actively hate The Dark Crystal. The Gelflings seemed like useless heroes, and the monsters didn't do anything for me either. I would argue Labyrinth is the better Muppet fantasy movie, and I find Labyrinth to be fairly flawed.

I'm not going to defend that joke as reality, but it was certainly our perception at the time. There are a ton of bad sci fi movies, but there are good ones to counterbalance that, and the best sci fi films were ones we watched over and over. Fantasy movies, by comparison, just didn't seem to have that top tier.

Eirikrautha:

--- Quote from: Lurkndog on July 19, 2021, 06:34:33 PM ---I'm not a big fan of the Conan movies, my favorite of the three is Conan the Destroyer, and it's far from good.

I haven't seen Ladyhawke since the 1980s, don't remember finding it all that enjoyable. Great cast, bad story.

I actively hate The Dark Crystal. The Gelflings seemed like useless heroes, and the monsters didn't do anything for me either. I would argue Labyrinth is the better Muppet fantasy movie, and I find Labyrinth to be fairly flawed.

I'm not going to defend that joke as reality, but it was certainly our perception at the time. There are a ton of bad sci fi movies, but there are good ones to counterbalance that, and the best sci fi films were ones we watched over and over. Fantasy movies, by comparison, just didn't seem to have that top tier.

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So you deny the greatness of Krull, Hawk the Slayer, and Deathstalker?  Heresy!

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