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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Countdown to AFI's 10 Top 10: Fantasy

"Still round the corner there may wait,
a new road or a secret gate."
-- J.R.R. Tolkien

Giant apes, talking pigs, flying nannies, sword-fighting skeletons ... these are among the many fantastic elements that make up the next genre in the Movie Dearest countdown to AFI's Ten Top 10: fantasy.

Ranging from 1924's The Thief of Bagdad to 2005's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the fifty films nominated (see the comments section below for the full list) range from the obviously fantastical (anything based on Greek mythology) to more subtle variations on the theme (Being John Malkovich, The Purple Rose of Cairo). Fitting into the former category is the original King Kong, while the holiday perennial It's a Wonderful Life covers the latter; both are strong frontrunners for this top ten due to the fact that they have both been honored by the AFI five times in past 100 Years ... 100 Movies lists. But topping them both, with seven previous mentions, is a sure thing: The Wizard of Oz.

The other multiple honorees from the past countdowns are more recent: Field of Dreams and Ghost, plus The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (representing the entire trilogy), which placed in last year's top movies list and also won an AFI Award; Spider-Man 2 is the only other nominee that also won the annual award. Single list honorees also nominated this go round include Babe, Batman, Beetlejuice, Big, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Groundhog Day, Harvey, Mary Poppins, Miracle on 34th Street, The Princess Bride, Superman and Topper.

It is most likely that the final ten will be culled from these past honorees, but don't count out some potential first-timers, such as Brazil, Jason and the Argonauts, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Harry Potter, here represented by The Prisoner of Azkaban.

The results will be revealed when AFI's 10 Top 10 airs on CBS on June 17.

1 comment:

  1. ALL THAT MONEY CAN BUY (aka The Devil and Daniel Webster) 1941
    BABE 1995
    BATMAN 1989
    BEETLEJUICE 1988
    BEING JOHN MALKOVICH 1999
    BIG 1988
    BRAZIL 1985
    BRIGADOON 1954
    THE CANTERVILLE GHOST 1944
    THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE 2005
    CLASH OF THE TITANS 1981
    CONAN THE BARBARIAN 1982
    A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT 1949
    THE DARK CRYSTAL 1982
    EDWARD SCISSORHANDS 1990
    FIELD OF DREAMS 1989
    GHOST 1990
    THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR 1947
    GROUNDHOG DAY 1993
    HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN 2004
    HARVEY 1950
    HEAVEN CAN WAIT 1978
    HERE COMES MR. JORDAN 1941
    I MARRIED A WITCH 1942
    IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE 1946
    JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS 1963
    KING KONG 1933
    LABYRINTH 1986
    THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING 2001
    LOST HORIZON 1937
    THE LOST WORLD 1925
    MARY POPPINS 1964
    THE MASK 1994
    MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET 1947
    MR. PEABODY AND THE MERMAID 1948
    PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED 1986
    PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL 2003
    PLEASANTVILLE 1998
    PORTRAIT OF JENNIE 1948
    THE PRINCESS BRIDE 1987
    THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO 1985
    THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD 1958
    SPIDER-MAN 2 2004
    SPLASH 1984
    SUPERMAN 1978
    THE THIEF OF BAGDAD 1924
    TOPPER 1937
    WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT 1988
    WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY 1971
    THE WIZARD OF OZ 1939

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