Category: Fantasy

Doug Jones as the pale man in Pan's Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth

It’s not every fantasy film that comes complete with a scene of a brutal fascist captain sewing his own face up, but that’s what you get in Guillermo Del Toro’s best film since The Devil’s Backbone (better, certainly, than Blade II and Hellboy). It’s a dark fantasy reminding us that

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Karoline Herfurth and Ben Whishaw in Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

  Having wandered off up arthouse avenue in recent years, with The Princess and the Warrior and Heaven, director Tom Tykwer delivers his most accessible film since Run Lola Run. It’s an adaptation of Patrick Süskind’s runaway best-seller about an 18th century peasant with an incredible olfactory talent and the

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Anna Friel in Bathory: Countess of Blood

Bathory: Countess of Blood

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     20 August   Hungary founded by St Stephen, 1000 On this day in 1000, Hungary was established as a country in the Carpathian basin by Stephen I. The area had been settled by semi-nomadic tribes

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Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     31 July   Black Tot Day, 1970 Today in 1970 was the last day on which British sailors were issued with a daily rum ration. The ration had initially been beer – much safer than

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Andrew Buckley and Will Adamsdale in Skeletons

Skeletons

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     24 July   Last Tsar of Bulgaria becomes prime minister, 2001 On this day in 2001, having been elected in a free and fair vote, the last Tsar of Bulgaria, Tsar Simeon II, aka Simeon

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Paz de la Huerta poledances in Enter the Void

Enter the Void

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     8 July   Matthew Perry arrives in Edo Bay, 1853 On this day in 1853, Commodore Matthew C Perry’s four-ship squadron arrived in Edo Bay (Tokyo Bay today). Japan’s policy towards foreigners was one of

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Jaroslava Schallerová in Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     4 July   Lewis Carroll tells Alice Liddell a story, 1862 On this day in 1862, the British writer, mathematician, photographer and logician Charles Dodgson told a story to a small group of children on

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Emily Browning as Baby Doll in Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     20 June   The Beatles’ Yesterday and Today Butcher cover, 1966 On this day in 1966, the Beatles released their eleventh US release, Yesterday and Today, a compilation of tracks from the three most recent

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Jimmy Bennett and Kat Dennings in Shorts

Shorts

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     13 June   Kat Dennings born, 1986 On this day in 1986, Katherine Litwack was born in Philadelphia to a scientist father and a speech therapist/poet mother. Home-schooled, she graduated high school aged 14, four

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Louise Bourgoin in The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     31 May   Ramesses II becomes pharaoh of Egypt, 1279BC On this day in 1279BC, the king often called Ramesses (or Rameses, or Ramses) the Great, became pharaoh of Egypt. Known as Ozymandias by the

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