The total failure of Winter's Tale is a symptom of our magical malaise

We've seen a lot of terrible fantasy movies, including some awful fairy tales, in recent years. But Winter's Tale, out today, feels like a low-water mark. Worse, it feels like a symptom of a bigger problem: we can't imagine magic and wonder without shellacking on extra layers of heroic destiny and epic good-vs-evil… » 2/14/14 9:10am 2/14/14 9:10am

What was cut to make the "unfilmable" book Winter's Tale into a movie

Mark Helprin's epic novel is a lengthy tome that includes flying white horses, evil demon gangs, magical diseases and time travel. The length, gorgeous prose, and utter scope of Winter's Tale has often made people label it "unfilmable." Until now. How did they turn it into a movie coming this Valentine's Day? » 2/12/14 9:47am 2/12/14 9:47am

Your First Glimpse of the Magical Gangs of New York in the Winter’s Tale

The long-awaited movie adaptation of Mark Helprin's flying horse novel Winter's Tale is up and shooting again, after Hurricane Sandy halted the production. Which is news to us, because we had no idea the movie was even shooting in New York! The 1983 novel is a cornerstone of magical realism in literature, and we have… » 2/05/13 1:46pm 2/05/13 1:46pm