Mar. 31st, 2010

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Over at Fantasy Magazine today, I cast my granny-eye across the room and tackle some of Fantasy's Weirdest Relationships. Jareth the Goblin King gets first pick, but he's far from the only creeper on this list.

Obviously this is not an exhaustive list; if I tried to make an exhaustive list of all the questionable relationships in fantasy movies, I'd be here twenty years from now. This is the Whitman's sampler of uncomfortable dynamics, with one exception: The Sea Prince and the Fire Child. That movie is one of the best examples of weird relationships ever. It is just an endless cocktail party of interactions that are Not Quite Right.

This is one of those things, like The Red Shoes or The Linguini Incident, that I spent my childhood thinking no one else had ever seen. (To be fair, that might be because whenever I said, "Have you seen [movie]?" the other person would pull a face and say, "What? No." in that tone you reserve for people who ask you if you've ever eaten a roach.)

If you've seen this movie, you know what I mean when I say that this movie messes with you. For those of you who are new to it, be prepared to make one or all of these faces:

Let's do this thing. )


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