FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
Balthazar Blake (Nicolas Cage) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (Alfred Molina). Balthazar can't do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (Jay Baruchel), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It'll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Written by
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The 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom that was used in the film is a one of a kind and actually belongs to Nicolas Cage. The filmmakers were trying to find a really cool classic car and Cage offered it as an option to use. See more »
When Dave listens to the radio while playing with his "Musical lightning" project, he is clearly standing in a Faraday Cage so to prevent any electric shock. This kind of equipment is also supposed to block any radio signal, which means that his radio would not be able to work as clearly as we can hear.
While it is correct that a Faraday cage would block radio signals, there is no reason an external antenna would not be used to bring a radio signal into the cage. This is done all the time by electrical engineers. See more »
The war between Sorcerers was fought in the shadows of history, and the fate of mankind rested with the just and powerful Merlin. He told his secrets to three trusted apprentices: Balthazar, Veronica, and Horvath. He should have trusted only two.
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During the opening credits the sound effects of the Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films sequences are replaced with sound effects from the film (sounds of spell casting and Tesla discharge). See more »
Dark, witty and edgy. An enjoyable modern Disney film.
After a search of more than a thousand years, Sorcerer Balthazar Blank (Nicholas Cage) must recruit an apprentice to become the successor to the infamous Merlin. However, Horvath (Alfred Molina) has other plans, to resurrect Morgana (Alice Krige) to take over the world.
Frequent Disney film director Jon Turteltaub delivers a wonderful fantasy family film set in present day New York. The special effects and action set-ups are first rate, as to are the cast which includes the ever reliable and diverse Toby Kebbell of RocknRolla (2008) and Prince of Persia(2010) and Italian beauty Monica Bellucci to name a few. Cage is on surprisingly likable good form and looks particular comfortable in his role.
At first lead actor Jay Baruchel as Dave, the Sorcerer's Apprentice, is annoying, a mix of a bad impression of Chris Kattan's Corky Romano voice and gawkiness,who is reminiscent of a young Mike Myers. But as the film progresses he becomes as likable as the dancing mops, magic fights and sorcery stand off's.
It's has modern Disney stamped all over it, it's a little darker, with a witty and edgy screenplay by a number of competent writers. All in all its a great take on the elements of classic magical Disney films and other fantasy timeless tales.
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