Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange old man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Struggling to make their way in this strange new place, the Golem and the Jinni try to fit in with their Jewish and Syrian neighbors while masking their true natures. [more inside]
A retelling of the classic fairytale. A sister and brother leave their home in search of food and security and find a great evil lurking in the woods.
In Guillermo del Toro's magical realism twist on monster movies, isolated and mute Elisa (Sally Hawkins) works as a nighttime janitor at a government research facility in a 1960s-like Baltimore. Her life is changed forever when she discovers a secret classified "asset" and experiment, and develops an unusual relationship. [more inside]
Project Runway All Stars: Once Upon a Runway Season 5, Ep 8
The designers have to put a modern twist on clothing inspired by classic female fairy tale characters. [more inside]
Confined in the castle tower by her father, Princess Arete spends her days watching the world outside her window. Sometimes she sneaks out to watch the common people at work. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE MAGIC SWORD Season 4, Ep 11
"SEE the Green Fire Demons! SEE the 25-Foot Tall Ogre! SEE the Beautiful Vampire Woman! SEE the Boiling Crater of Death!" Lodac the Sorcerer has trouble finding a pet store that carries Dragon Chow, so he finds natural prey for it. Young George, a socially-awkward teen who's spent his whole life in a cave taken care of by witch Estelle Winwood, resolves to help protect the local princess population. The general consensus is that this is not a bad movie by MST standards. I concur; it's rather fun in a fairytale kind of way. Director Bert I. Gordon did good this time, and Basil Rathbone as the evil wizard helps to elevate things too. YouTube (1h33m). Premiered September 29, 1992. See comments for new information about our weekly showings.... [more inside]
Galavant: Pilot/Joust Friends Season 1, Ep 1
A fairytale musical comedy from the writer of Tangled, Dan Fogelman, with songs by more Disney veterans, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, Galavant tells the story of the dashing namesake hero on a quest to win back his former lover Madalena, who left him for the evil King Richard. Bawdy jokes and anachronistic references follow.
T.hanksgiving Movie Club An Oscar nominated, 80s take on The Little Mermaid with Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, John Candy, and a fresh-faced Tom Hanks with Ron Howard directing. Mermaid rescues boy. Mermaid falls in love with man. [more inside]
Two brothers are lost in the woods in this animated ode to fairy tales. [more inside]