Two fantastic fantasies

skycapIn “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” reporter Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) and daredevil pilot Joe Sullivan (Jude Law) confront the dread Dr. Totenkopf, whose sinister plan to remake the world must be stopped. The combination of a tricky plot, stunning visuals and sly humor makes for good viewing.  It won the 2005 Spacey Award for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy Film and Roger Ebert praised it for “its heedless energy and joy.” “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” (1988) is a British fantasy adventure directed by Terry Gilliam (Monty Python).  In a city under siege by a large Turkish army, an old man appears claiming to be the Baron Munchausen of legend, a hero who had once defeated the Turks, aided by his friends, the fleet-footed Berthold, the sharpshooter Adolphus, and the strongman Albrecht.  To rescue the city, the Baron departs on a series of adventures to find his old friends.  The film is a visual feast (it was nominated for numerous production awards) and keeps you guessing as to what is fable and what is not.

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