1. Lord of the Rings - This truly is the ultimate fantasy movie grounded with universal themes. I can't tell you how obsessed I became when I heard Peter Jackson was directing the triology, I checked the blogs daily for updates on the movie. The artist in me is most in love with how much dedication the film crew put into making all the props, costumes, music, weaponry so realistic and detailed. It's what I love about the appendices, they show all the background scenes and I eat it up!
2. The Labryinth - There is something so extraordinary and exhilarating about movies that take us to other worlds. Unlike Lord of the Rings, this story takes us from the human world to one where everything is upside down - literally. Jim Hensen's characters are funny, silly and endearing. Who can't relate to wanting to escape your 'annoying family' to one where your the princess or queen with, none other than the uber cool David Bowie?
3. Neverending Story - I'm sure almost every kid that lived through the late 80's to 90's grew up watching this movie. What I love most about this movie is that it's about a nerdy boy that loves books and stories and then becomes the hero of his own story. I used to dream about what I'd do with an infinite amount of wishes!
4. Pan's Labryinth - Another labryinth story although this one is much darker and sinister. Guillermo del Toro is a master of demonstrating the subtle yet powerful archetypes that are both at play in the real world and fantasy. Where humans are more monsters than the hideous and grand ones of the underworld. I absolutely love the young actress in this movie, she conveys the pain and loneliness of that time and era.
5. Harry Potter series - I'll be honest, I have always been reluctant to be a fan of the Potter books and movies because they came out around the same time as LOTR and I'm very loyal to that fantasy triology. However lately I've come to really respect JK Rowling's brilliance; she developed a character that we can all relate to, as well a fantastical world we all want to visit.
6. Willow - There is something so endearing about Willow and his quest to be a magician as well as protector of Elinora; and I feel that he has the same qualities as Frodo. The baby dropped in his lap and he never wanted to be a hero but the moral of this movie is that he finds the courage and confidence to be who he is meant to be.
7. Legend - I just finished watching this movie and what resonates most is that we've all been young, dumb and in love trying to impress someone and then being reckless and learning from our mistakes. As do the young couple (Mia and Tom Cruise). In addition; there is the obvious parallel of light and dark, good and evil, female and male.