Jul 192012

Geeks Explicitly is here yet again! Co-hosts Drew McCarthy & Jonathan J. Reinhart shoot out another episode for the Troll in the Corner network. The guys share their Top 5 Fantasy Films lists. Stay for the end of the show to hear about the other shows on the Troll in the Corner Podcast Network.

Jonathan’s Top 5

  1. 5 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  2. 4 – The Dark Crystal
  3. 3 – Mononoke-hime aka Princess Mononoke
  4. 2 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  5. 1 – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Honorable Mentions: Clash of the Titans (1981), The Neverending Story, Willow, and The Wizard of Oz.

Drew’s Top 5

  1. 5 – Krull
  2. 4 – Conan the Barbarian (1982)
  3. 3 – How to Train Your Dragon
  4. 2 – Rankin Bass Made for TV movies
  5. 1 – The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Honorable Mentions: The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Legend, The Princess Bride, Willow.

Also mentioned: Strings (2004).

Future guest the Jeremy Kostiew of Mighty Night Gaunt is announced.

You’ll want to check out Jonathan’s other podcasts:
Gamer Tunes, a member of the Troll in the Corner podcast network
Wargaming Recon, the newest member of the Troll in the Corner podcast network, which is a twice a month historical wargaming podcast.

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Many thanks to Jeremy Kostiew for creating our new logo. Check out his work at MightyNightGaunt.com.

If you like Geeks Explicitly, then you’re sure to like the other shows on the Troll in the Corner Podcast Network.

About Jonathan J. Reinhart

Jonathan J. Reinhart is an editor of Troll in the Corner where he writes about wargaming. Jonathan also is the owner of the Wargaming Recon podcast. He has been gaming with miniatures since 2000 and playing board games from a young age. He's played a myriad of games such as: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Starship Troopers, Axis & Allies: War at Sea, Flames of War and Warlord Games' Black Powder rules. War at Sea and the Black Powder rules are his current go-to games. Jonathan enjoys casual, fast, fun, and group board games. Sitting Ducks Gallery, Zombie Dice, Guillotine, Pandemic, and Carcassonne rank high on his list. He is a retired local politician with a B.A. in Politics & History, which provides a useful background for historical gaming. A casual World of Warcraft player, he became a Kingslayer as Viktrious the Blood Elf on 4/23/11 and followed that up by slaying Deathwing on 5/9/12.

  8 Responses to “Geeks Explicitly #8: Top 5 Fantasy Films”

  1. No nod to Ladyhawke?

    • Hi Tyler. I’ve never seen, nor heard of, Ladyhawke. Perhaps Drew has. Your mention of the movie prompted me to look it up on Wikipedia. Think I’ll add it to my list of films to watch. Thank you for the suggestion.

      What’s your take on my inclusion of ESB to my list or Drew adding Princess Bride to his?

  2. I am familiar with Ladyhawke, but I never really liked it. You can blame that to an overexposure on the behalf of my brother.

    • Drew, is there anything in particular that you disliked about the film? Or, is your emotion primarily resulting from your brother watching it nonstop?

  3. I like the addition of Rankin Bass. Not enough love for the amazing work they did there.

    • Hi Bill. Rankin Bass created some of my favorite films. As I mentioned on the show, their version of the Hobbit is my first exposure to Tolkien’s works and it is why I fell in love with Middle Earth. I routinely read The Hobbit and it is because of their animated film with its memorable songs and great artwork. Even now I can close my eyes and instantly picture what their versions of the characters look like.

      Of course I love Flight of Dragons and their work on the Last Unicorn holds a special place in the hearts of those who have seen it. Who wouldn’t love hearing John Ritter’s voice breath life to a character that is taken to a place where dragons is real and then have that character create a game dealing with dungeons and dragons.

      Naturally, the Rankin/Bass studio holds a special place in my heart for their numerous holiday films, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year is especially beloved by me, but also their work on ThunderCats.

      Rankin/Bass was a great studio that produced a lot of the films I came to love as a child and still love going back to.

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