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Old 01-25-13, 12:22 AM
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Movies that best establish a "fantasy" setting

Using the term fantasy loosely - doesn't have to contain Hobbits or Sith lords.

Was re-watching The City of Lost Children earlier tonight and couldn't help but think how well it establishes its world. The atmosphere, the look and feel of the whole thing, everything just comes off as living and breathing. I know when I first saw the trailer for Dark City I almost thought it was a remake of CoLC, these are now two of my favorite movies.

So what other movies have truly well established settings? (I think I've made a similar thread in the past but yeaaa.. seems like a good idea everytime the movie is on, plus this is one the forum where I'm pretty sure everybody has actually seen the movie.)

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Re: Movies that best establish a "fantasy" setting

Children of Men
Beasts of the Southern Wild
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Anything by Hayao Miyazaki.
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Re: Movies that best establish a "fantasy" setting

Alien - specifically the Nostromo.
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Re: Movies that best establish a "fantasy" setting

Brazil
Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Sleepy Hollow
Batman (1989)
Batman Returns

And anything by Jean Pierre-Jeunet
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Legend.

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Re: Movies that best establish a "fantasy" setting

Hong Kong movies used to do this well all the time, esp. Shaw Bros. fantasies like BUDDHA'S PALM, DESCENDANT OF THE SUN (the Superman story transplanted to Ancient China), TALES OF THE FLYING FOX, HOLY FLAME OF THE MARTIAL WORLD and the like. Even the 1990s wire-fu fantasies like SWORDSMAN III: THE EAST IS RED, THE MAGIC CRANE and KUNG FU CULT MASTER did a great job of establishing their worlds right at the start so you would accept people flying around and fighting in the air like they do. This is why I had a problem with CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON. It started out as a naturalistic period drama and then lurched into fantasy for the fight scenes in a jarring way that took me out of the movie.
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Re: Movies that best establish a "fantasy" setting

Excalibur
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Pitch Black (but not Chronicles). I thought they did a great job for the alien planet with multiple suns and different atmosphere to breathe.
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I thought Reign of Fire actually did this pretty well. Not just barren landscapes, but ones that looked like they had been cooked.
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Re: Movies that best establish a "fantasy" setting

Dick Tracy
Pan's Labyrinth
Labyrinth
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
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Re: Movies that best establish a "fantasy" setting

For a true "textbook definition" fantasy world you can't beat The Dark Crystal

But I prefer a fantastical version of more realistic or practical worlds:
Brazil
Burton's Batman (which borrows heavily from Brazil)
Black Narcisis

And of course Blade Runner

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Re: Movies that best establish a "fantasy" setting

First one that came to mind is 'Dragonslayer'. Man that is an excellent film.

Tarkovsky excelled at this - 'Stalker' and 'Solaris'.

Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy

'Blade Runner'

The 'Mad Max' films did a great job of it.
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Planet of the Apes.
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Re: Movies that best establish a "fantasy" setting

Originally Posted by dugan View Post
Anything by Hayao Miyazaki.
Not fantasy. But my votes are for Dragonslayer Excalibur, Merlin (tv movie), and Black Cauldron....you know....fantasy movies.
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Originally Posted by Spottedfeather View Post
Not fantasy.
I'm guessing you don't actually know who Hayao Miyazaki is.

To say that his movies aren't fantasy is completely asinine.
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Re: Movies that best establish a "fantasy" setting

I do know Miyazaki's movies. Spirited Away is one of my favourite movies. It's not fantasy. You do know what fantasy is, right ? Knights, dragons, wizards, kings and queens, dwarves, elves, etc. Like Dragonslayer, Merlin, Black Cauldron, Excalibur, and Willow.
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Re: Movies that best establish a "fantasy" setting

Originally Posted by dugan View Post
Anything by Hayao Miyazaki.
Good choice.
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Re: Movies that best establish a "fantasy" setting

Originally Posted by Spottedfeather View Post
I do know Miyazaki's movies. Spirited Away is one of my favourite movies. It's not fantasy.
Then what would you call it?

You do know what fantasy is, right ? Knights, dragons, wizards, kings and queens, dwarves, elves, etc. Like Dragonslayer, Merlin, Black Cauldron, Excalibur, and Willow.
You're referring to "high fantasy," which is a sub-genre of fantasy. There are other types of fantasy settings.

And by the way, one of the main characters in Spirited Away is a dragon.
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Dune.
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The first two to come to my mind were Alien and Blade Runner.
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The Thief of Bagdad.
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Re: Movies that best establish a "fantasy" setting

Anything from Miyazaki, as has already been stated. In a mere ten minute he can introduce an incredible, scary, exciting, menacing, and fantastic world to viewers eyes.

Legend
Labyrinth
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
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Re: Movies that best establish a "fantasy" setting

Originally Posted by Spottedfeather View Post
I do know Miyazaki's movies. Spirited Away is one of my favourite movies. It's not fantasy. You do know what fantasy is, right ? Knights, dragons, wizards, kings and queens, dwarves, elves, etc. Like Dragonslayer, Merlin, Black Cauldron, Excalibur, and Willow.
Did you even READ the OP?

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