The end of the millenium has taken on a certain significance in modern day prophecies. What happens if Jesus Christ has second thoughts about the Apocalypse? It is December 31, 1999 and New Year’s Eve takes on new meaning when the Devil, Jesus Christ, and Christ’s assistant Magdelina discuss and debate the end of the world, the opening of the seven seals, and the essence of being human.
Jabberwocky (1977) Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
After the death of his father the young cooper ‘Dennis Cooper’ goes to town where he has to pass several adventures. The town and the whole kingdom is threatened by a terrible monster called ‘Jabberwocky’. Will Dennis make his fortune? Is anyone brave enough to defeat the monster? A medieval tale with Pythonesque humour.
Chatulim Al Sirat Pedalim / Cats on a Pedal Boat (2011) Yuval Mendelson, Nadav Hollander, Nitay Dagan, Dana Frider, Gidi Gov, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
A high school couple, accompanied by a fat, ginger cat, travel to the Yarkon River to celebrate their six month anniversary with a romantic pedal boat trip.. Unfortunately, the couple is unaware that the river has been contaminated with radioactive substances so when the cat falls into the water the consequences are unexpected. Bloodthirsty, mutated cats, a vicious Admiral and four brave Sea Scouts all play their part as the real terror begins.
The Magic Sword (1962) Bert I. Gordon, Basil Rathbone, Estelle Winwood, Gary Lockwood, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
George, the son of the sorceress Sybil, has been watching the beautiful Princess Helene from afar and is very much in love with her. When she is kidnapped by the evil wizard Lodac, the king her father announces that she will be given in marriage to whoever rescues her. The first to volunteer is Sir Branton who expects to undertake the task alone. George, over his mother’s objections, also decides to save her and is accompanied by six ancient knights. The journey is perilous with Lodac placing a series of challenges before them. Many in the group do not survive but George must eventually face Lodac’s greatest challenge – his dragon.
A strange man with otherworldly talents becomes both a friend and a pariah in a small Turkish town in this drama from writer and director Reha Erdem. Yahya is nearly in a panic when his young son falls into the river on a wintry day and looks lifeless when he’s pulled from the water. But a stranger appears out of nowhere and takes the boy in his arms, and suddenly the child is breathing and perfectly healthy again. Yahya and his teenage daughter Neptun are grateful to the stranger, who they discover is named Kosmos, and they bring him into town, where they offer to find him a place to stay. But Kosmos, who often prefers to communicate in inarticulate noises, doesn’t care for his new accommodations, and he develops a bad reputation for his habit of stealing things, his strange diet (consisting entirely of sweets), and his desire to bed as many women as possible, including Neptun. Kosmos is on the verge of being driven from the village when it’s discovered that he can heal himself at …
Lucille makes her confession to the priest. It is the story of a mother driven mad by the loss of her child. And of an encounter with a man who claimed to be an angel seeking redemption for the death of a child under his protection. He had no name. The night he first appeared, sixteen years ago, the child was killed. Now he carries wounds on his back that resemble the stumps of severed wings. And he has a mission. Was he real? Or the product of her tortured mind. Was he Godsent? Or was he Godforsaken?
Daimajin ikaru / Return of Daimajin (1966) Kenji Misumi, Kôjirô Hongô, Shiho Fujimura, Tarô Marui, Drama, Fantasy
Daimajin gyakushû / Wrath of Daimajin (1966) Kazuo Mori, Hideki Ninomiya, Shinji Hori, Masahide Iizuka, Fantasy
An evil warlord invades a peaceful lakeside village during one of their annual festivals. In the course of burning down buildings, executing helpless civilians and generally looting and pillaging, the warlord’s men blow up the statue of the village god and sink the pieces deep in the lake. Everything looks hopeless for the people of the village until a strange force from beneath the water’s surface begins pulling enemy soldiers to their deaths. Has the local come back for its revenge?
La virgen de la lujuria / The Virgin of Lust (2002) Arturo Ripstein, Luis Felipe Tovar, Ariadna Gil, Patricia Reyes Spíndola, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
In Vera Cruz in the 1940s, Nacho, an Indian, waits tables at Don Lázaro’s café at Hotel Ofélia. He falls for Lola, an opium-addicted, alcoholic whore who’s hopelessly in love with Gardenia Wilson, a masked wrestler who slept with her once but knows she’s unbalanced. Don Lázaro warns Nacho about Lola, and Nacho knows his love will be unrequited, but he’ll do anything, regardless of how degrading, to be near her. Lola, for her part, can be sadistic. Republican exiles who are regulars at the café encourage Lola’s desire to assassinate Franco. Nacho in turn mixes this political mirage with his fascination with the plot of “The Mikado.” Where do fantasies and obsessions lead?
Dong / The Hole (1998) Ming-liang Tsai, Kuei-Mei Yang, Kang-sheng Lee, Tien Miao, Drama, Fantasy, Musical
A strange disease starts to affect people in Taiwan just before the year 2000. The authorities order everyone to evacuate, but some tenants of an apartment building stay put, including a shop owner who lives by himself. One day, a plumber goes to the shop owner’s apartment to check the pipes. The plumber drills a small hole in the floor, which comes down through the ceiling of another apartment. The hole never gets repaired, and this leads to some tension between the shop owner and the woman who lives below him.