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Fantasy and SciFi movies

Fantasy and Scifi Movies

by Christy Nicholas

I don’t claim that this is a comprehensive list, but it’s a list of those I’ve watched and enjoyed.

Fantasy, SF and Historical movies

  • 1984
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 300 (Spartans make a stand against the Persions)
  • 9
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • A Man for All Seasons – About Thomas More, who dared to say No to Henry VIII.
  • Across the Universe
  • Akira
  • Aladdin
  • Alexander the Great – Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer
  • Alice in Wonderland (any incarnation)
  • Alien Nation
  • Alien/Prometheus franchise
  • All the Mornings of the World – Gerard Depardieu – a sad story of a cellist in Provence, France
  • Amadeus – Funny/tragic account of Mozart’s life
  • Amazon Women on the Moon
  • Anne of a Thousand Days – Richard Burton as Henry VIII, story of Anne Boleyn
  • Army of Darkness
  • Avatar
  • Back to the Future franchise
  • Barbarella
  • Batman franchise
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Beau Brummell (James Purefoy, who was Marc Anthony in the above Rome, plays the man who turns the Prince Regent from a fop to a dandy, both fashions of the time)
  • Becoming Jane (life of Jane Austen)
  • Bedazzled
  • Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Beetlejuice
  • Being John Malcovich
  • Beowulf movies – Beowulf (1999, 2007), Beowulf and Grendel, Grendel, 13th Warrior
  • Bicentennial Man
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Blade
  • Blade Runner
  • Boudicca – Alex Kingston, Dr. Corday from ER – a Celtic Queen who sacked London in Roman times
  • Brave
  • Brave New World
  • Braveheart – Mel Gibson in 12th century Scotland
  • Brazil
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Bruce Almighty
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • Canterbury Ghost
  • Cats & Dogs
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Charly
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • City of Ember
  • Clash of the Titans
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Cocoon
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Constantine
  • Contact
  • Coraline
  • Corpse Bride
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Cube
  • Dangerous Beauty – courtesans in 15th Century Venice, a true story
  • Death Becomes Her
  • Demolition Man
  • District 9
  • Divergent
  • Dogma
  • Doolittle
  • Strangelove
  • Dracula
  • Dragonheart
  • Dragonslayer
  • Dreamscape
  • Dune
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Elizabeth – Queen Elizabeth I first days in power
  • Emma (a Jane Austen book)
  • Ender’s Game
  • Enemy Mine
  • Eragon
  • Escape from New York
  • Escape to Witch Mountain
  • ET
  • Excalibur – King Arthur story
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Fantasia
  • Field of Dreams
  • Fire in the Sky
  • First Knight – Sean Connery/Richard Gere/Julia Ormond – King Arthur tale, lots of Hollywood on this one
  • Flash Gordon
  • Flatliners
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Frankenstein
  • Frozen
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Gattaca
  • Ghost
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Ghostbusters! (Who you gonna call?)
  • Gladiator – Russell Crowe, Roman Empire
  • Godzilla franchise
  • Goonies
  • Groundhog Day
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Harry Potter – all of them.
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hellboy
  • Henry V – Kenneth Brannagh is the English King who wins at Agincourt against the French
  • Herbie the Love Bug (many movies)
  • Hercules
  • High Spirits –
  • Highlander – the entire franchise, except the second movie DOES NOT EXIST
  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Hook
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • How to Train your Dragon
  • I Am Legend
  • I, Robot
  • Immortal Beloved (Gary Oldman as Beethoven)
  • Inception
  • Inception
  • Independence Day
  • Innerspace
  • Interstellar
  • Interview with a Vampire series
  • Into the West – a couple young tinker (gypsy) boys find a mystical white horse
  • Ivanhoe – set in 12th England, about crusaders returning from the wars
  • John Carter
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Jumanji
  • Jurassic Park
  • Kama Sutra (Indian love story)
  • Kat e& Leopold
  • King Arthur Movies –Sword in the Stone, Camelot, Excalibur, First Knight, King Arthur
  • King Kong movies – (1933, 1962, 1976, 2005
  • Kingdom of Heaven – Orlando Bloom – About the Crusades, and fall of Jerusalem to the Muslims
  • Kingsmen
  • Knights of Badassdom
  • Krull
  • Labyrinth
  • Lady Jane – about Jane Grey, who was queen for a few days before Mary took over (daughter of Henry VIII)
  • Ladyhawke – Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, set in medieval times, with magic and revenge.
  • Lara Croft
  • Last Action Hero
  • Last of the Mohicans (Daniel Day-Lewis plays a white man raised by Indians after the French/Indian wars)
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Life of Pi
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Logan’s Run
  • Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit – Many incarnations, not just Peter Jackson’s series. Animations with Ralph Bakshi, etc.
  • Lucy
  • Mad Max
  • Mannequin
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mary, Queen of Scots – about Elizabeth I’s cousin, unhappy in love.
  • Memoirs of a Geisha – set in Japan before WWII
  • Men in Black
  • Metropolis
  • Michael – John Travolta is an angel
  • Minority Report
  • Mists of Avalon – miniseries about King Arthur times, mostly from the female/pagan viewpoint
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (silliness and fun)
  • Monty Python’s Meaning of Life
  • Brown (Judi Dench plays Queen Victoria, depressed after the death of her husband)
  • Naked Lunch
  • Nanny McPhee
  • Night at the Museum
  • Night of the Comet
  • Pacific Rim
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Paul
  • Pete’s Dragon
  • Phenomenon – John Travolta gets hit on the head
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Planet of the Apes franchise
  • Practical Magic
  • Predator
  • Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth)
  • Princess Bride (a requirement!)
  • Princess Caraboo (exotic girl found in Edwardian England)
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Queen Margot (16th century Catholic marries protestant prince)
  • Quills (about the Marquis de Sade, with Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix and Geoffrey Rush)
  • Ratatouille
  • Reign of Fire
  • Rob Roy (Liam Neeson – historical character in the 17th Scottish highlands)
  • Robocop
  • Sense and Sensibility (another Jane Austen)
  • Serenity (Firefly)
  • Shakespeare in Love (Gwyneth Paltrow) – Fun in life meets art
  • Short Circuit
  • Shrek
  • Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Solaris
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Somewhere in Time
  • Song of the Sea
  • Soylent Green
  • Spiderman franchise
  • Star Trek Franchise
  • Star Wars – the entire franchise, despite not wanting the first trilogy to exist
  • Stardust
  • Stargate
  • STarman
  • Starship Troopers
  • Stepford Wives
  • Stuart Little
  • Superman (yes, any of them, I suppose)
  • Tangled
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Terminator Franchise
  • Tess of the D’Urbevilles (depressing story set in England in 19th)
  • The Abyss
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy – Michelangelo = Charlton Heston, with Rex Harrison as the Pope
  • The Andromeda Strain
  • The Andromeda Strain
  • The Black Cauldron
  • The Blood of Heroes
  • The Cell
  • The Chronicles of Narnia – whole franchise (more than just the recent incarnations)
  • The Chronicles of Riddick
  • The Count de Monte Cristo – Not really historical, but based in 17th France, and a well-done movie
  • The Craft
  • The Crow
  • The Dark Crystal
  • The Day After Tomorrow
  • The Emperor’s New Groove
  • The Evil Dead
  • The Fifth Element
  • The Fly
  • The Ghost and Mrs. Muire
  • The Ghost and the Darkness
  • The Golden Child
  • The Golden Compass
  • The Green Mile
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
  • The Indian in the Cupboard
  • The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • The King’s Whore (Timothy Dalton) – gritty and violent, but very well done
  • The Last Starfighter
  • The Last Unicorn
  • The Last Witch Hunter
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • The Lion in Winter – my favorite – Katherine Hepburn/Peter O’Toole/Anthony Hopkins – Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, parents of Richard the Lionheart, play political games with their children as pawns
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Little Prince
  • The Lovely Bones
  • The Madness of King George (the king that lost the US)
  • The Matrix Franchise
  • The Messenger – Joan of Arc
  • The Name of the Rose (Sean Connery, Christian Slater) – A 12th century monk tries to solve a murder mystery
  • The Neverending Story
  • The Nightmare before Christmas
  • The Prophecy (creepy Christopher Walken, with Viggo Mortensen as the devil)
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • The Queen (Helen Mirrim, about Elizabeth II during Princess Diana’s death)
  • The Rescuers
  • The Room
  • The Running Man
  • The Secret Garden
  • The Secret of Kells – a delightful animated movie about the Book of Kells, an exquisite illuminated gospel from the 8th century – the kids would probably love this, too. Some scary bits (mean Vikings).
  • The Secret of NIMH
  • The Secret of Roan Inish – a movie about Selkies, mystical creatures that are seals in the water, but humans on land.
  • The Seventh Seal
  • The Seventh Seal
  • The Stand
  • The Sword in the Stone
  • The Time Machine
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • The Truman Show
  • The Village
  • The War of the Worlds
  • The Water Horse
  • The Wind that Shakes the Barley – Also Ireland’s revolution
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The X Files
  • Thirteenth Warrior – Antonio Banderas is a Muslim who goes and helps Beowulf kill the dragon
  • Thor/Ironman/Avengers
  • THX 1138
  • Time and Again
  • Time Bandits
  • Time Bandits
  • Titan A.E.
  • Total Recall
  • Toy Story
  • Toys
  • Tremors
  • Tron
  • Troy – Has Peter O’Toole, Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom – flashy but interesting.
  • Twelve Monkeys
  • Twilight Zone Movie
  • Up
  • Valmont (Annette Benning, Colin Firth, 18th century French nobles playing games)
  • Vampire Hunter D
  • Van Helsing
  • Vercingetorix (Druids – UK title) – Christopher Lambert, about Celts vs. Romans
  • Victoria and Albert – about Queen Victoria’s life
  • Videodrome
  • Waking Ned Devine – an old man wins the lottery – and promptly dies. His friends try to collect his winnings. Hilarious.
  • Wall-E
  • Wargames
  • Weird Science
  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Willow – very early Val Kilmer
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Witches of Eastwick
  • Wizards – Ralph Bakshi!
  • Xanadu
  • X-Men
  • Your Highness
  • Zardoz (beware – Sean Connery in a leather strap thong!)

The Enchanted Swans

The Enchanted Swans – available now!

Release date March 8th, 2017

Based on the ancient Irish Fairy Tale, The Children of Lir

Winner – Books and Benches Readers’ Choice Book Cover Contest, February 2017

Winner – InD’Tale Magazine Crème de la Cover Contest, May 2017

Winner – Readers’ Favorite Silver Book Award 2017 (Fiction – Fantasy – General)

Finalist – Book Excellence Award 2017 (Fantasy)

In pre-Celtic Ireland, Fionnuala was a fae princess, born to a life of luxury. She knew her duty and loved her family. She missed her mother, who died in childbirth when Fionnuala was but ten years old. Still, she had hopes and dreams of love and a full life.

All her dreams were stolen from her, ripped away in a torrent of envy and magic.

Now she must care for her three brothers while learning to live under an evil curse. Will she find a way to break the spell, or would they remain swans, tethered to three places for nine hundred years?

 

 

 

The Druid’s Brooch Series

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Legacy of Hunger: Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1846. 

Legacy of Truth: Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1800. Prequel to Legacy of Hunger.

Legacy of Luck: Historical fantasy set in Ireland and Scotland, 1745. Prequel to Legacy of Truth.

Misfortune of Vision: Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1177.  First in the new trilogy!

Misfortune of Song: Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1114.  (Release Date April 4, 2018)

 Watch for book six, Misfortune of Time!

 

The Druid’s Brooch is a family legacy, handed down through countless generations, granting each holder a specific magical power, unique to them. Follow the stories of these generations.

Legacy of Hunger

Ireland is no promised land in 1846. It is wracked by a crippling potato blight, and people are dying. But Valentia McDowell doesn’t know that.

From her father’s prosperous farm in Ohio, young Valentia is haunted by tales of an abandoned family and a lost heirloom. She travels to her grandmother’s homeland with her brother, Conor, and two servants, to find both. Her delight in the exciting journey on one of the first steam ships to cross the Atlantic is shattered by a horrible tragedy.

What she encounters upon her arrival in Ireland is both more and less than she had hoped. Valentia finds both enemies and allies, amid horrors and delights, and a small bit of magic. She finds a richer heritage than she had ever imagined, but it comes with a price.

When she finally reaches her goal, a terrible price is demanded. She must pay or forfeit, and both decisions have strong consequences for her and her friends.

First Place Winner in the Historical Fiction Category of Published Books in the East Texas Writers Guild First Chapter Book Awards.

Finalist for The Wishing Shelf Book Awards – Adult Fiction 2016

Semi-Finalist in Golden Book Award Contest – 2018

Legacy of Truth

Gifted with a magical brooch, passed down in her family for generations, Esme finds herself isolated and ill in an unfamiliar land.

Her sister plots to steal the family heirloom from her in order to exploit the magical powers for her own gain, and Esme must battle for survival of herself and those she loves.

Nominee for Global eBook Awards 2016

Legacy of Luck

Irish Traveler Éamonn loves gambling, women, and drinking, not necessarily in that order. But he’s entangled in a true mess when he falls for fiery redhead, Katie. When she’s married to a Scottish Traveler, Éamonn travels to Scotland to find her, with the help of Katie’s sister and cousin, and the magical brooch gifted by his father. Their quest takes them across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Skye, encountering war, betrayal, death. In the end, Éamonn must make his own luck.

Second Place winner in the Historical Fiction category of Works in Progress for the East Texas Writers Guild First Chapter Book Awards

Winner of January 2017 Chill With a Book Award – Readers’ Award.

Misfortune of Vision

Prophecy can be dangerous

In 12th century Ireland, Orlagh has been Seer to her king for forty years. He doesn’t want to hear her prophecies of war and destruction, and dismisses her efforts to warn him. Therefore, she is determined to fulfill her own quest: to find a worthy heir for her magical brooch.

In the course of events, she must pass judgment on a thief, escape a Norman war camp, and battle wits with a Fae lord. She receives some prophecy of her own and enlists the help of a grizzled old warrior, who happens to be a long–time friend.

Misfortune of Song

Even a soldier cannot fight love

In 12th century Ireland, all Maelan wants is to do his duty to his Chief and maintain his family’s good name. However, his granddaughter Orlagh, is hell bent on wreaking havoc, with no care for the consequences.

When Orlagh falls in love with an itinerant bard, Maelan must rule with an iron fist to keep her from running away. However, her rebellion against his strictures results in disaster and he almost loses her in the same way he lost his beloved wife.

Maelan must make some difficult decisions and bargains with the Fae to save his granddaughter’s life and future. Can he save her happiness as well?