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Top Ten Tuesday: Best Movie Wizards

14 July 2009 3:29 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

10. The Wizard of Oz (The Wizard of Oz, 1939)

He was supposed to have all the answers through his wonderful wizardry but what they came to find out is that he wasn’t exactly what he seemed. That didn’t stop the Wizard of Oz from helping solve all of their problems, he just went about it in a different way. So what, he isn’t really a Wizard, but come on, the movie is named after him!

9. Ulrich and Galen (Dragonslayer)

Ulrich (Ralph Richardson) is an old wizard and Galen (Peter MacNicol) is his young apprentice. The two wizards are hired by a king to rid him of his agreement with the dragon that calls for sacrificed virgins in exchange for leaving their villagers alone. After taking the gig, Ulrich meets his death, leaving the young and relatively inexperienced Galen to uphold their agreement and save the king’s daughter »

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Rise: Blood Hunter (Tribeca Flashback Review)

21 April 2009 7:21 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

“Even if you hate the movie, it’ll still look great,” said Rise: Blood Hunter writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez, introducing his film’s world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival and acknowledging the contribution of double-Oscar-winning cinematographer John Toll. As it turns out, I disagreed with both parts of that statement to different degrees; Toll’s images are good if unremarkable, and Rise itself, belying its long stint on the shelf, is a swift, efficient B-movie that doesn’t go anywhere surprising, but makes the trip an entertaining one.

Gutierrez (who previously scripted and helmed cable’s The She Creature, wrote Gothika and contributed to the screenplays of Snakes On A Plane and the remake of The Eye) gets Rise’s ball rolling with an attention-grabbing sex-and-violence sequence. He then jumps back six months to reveal how Sadie Blake (Lucy Liu) was transformed from an ambitious reporter digging into the »

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