Jun
28

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: INSIDE OUT

inside-out-d150_20mcs.sel16.171_350Okay, right, yeah, sure, sure: Inside Out is a wall-to-wall wonder, good news for anyone who despaired that the animation studio, Pixar — after numerous missteps — had lost its mojo, and who, frankly, would’ve rejoiced in any glimmer of the ol’ Pixar verve now. It’s better than that, far better. But while you’re alternating between laughter and tears (’cause that’s what Pixar does), you may not realize how much of a tightrope walk this metaphorical tour of a young girl’s psyche is. I explore the challenges faced by the film’s creators in my review for Jim Freund’s Hour of the Wolf. Click on the player to hear the show, or right-click the link to download.

Jun
19

A TRIBUTE TO CHRISTOPHER LEE – The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast

Christopher-Lee-dracula_350No life is forever, not even that of the man who played immortal vampires, mouldering corpses, and psychotic satanists. Christopher Lee had so permanently placed his mark on the world of fantastic film that his death this past week sent a shock wave through film fandom, so assured were we that he’d always be around to bring his wit, gravity, and class to the likes of Dracula, Saruman and Kharis.

In the wake of his loss, Cinefantastique contributors Ted Newsom, Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons got together to reminisce about encounters with the legendary actor, share some famous and not-so-famous anecdotes about his work and life, and evaluate his contribution to the worlds of horror and fantasy. Click on the player to hear the show, or right-click the link to download.

Jun
18

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: JURASSIC WORLD

JSW_Raptor1Sht16_NoBill_RGB_0416_1_rgb_350Seriously critiquing a film that in its first weekend has managed to gross over a half-billion dollars worldwide is not unlike trying to hand-feed a pork chop to a velociraptor — risks are involved. Nevertheless, there are moments in Jurassic World where it’s clear the makers intended something more ambitious than just giving the audience their anticipated, 3D dino rampage, so it only makes sense to dig a bit deeper and determine whether the message transcends its medium. I endeavor to do that in my review for Jim Freund’s Hour of the Wolf; click on the player to hear the segment, or right-click the link to download.

Jun
04

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: REALITY

CATCH-UP THURSDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates.

From 4/16/15:It’s the movie about the dream about the film about the movie about the dream. Here’s my review of Quentin Dupieux’s surreal comedy, Reality.

Annnnnnd, that catches us up. Thanks for playing!

Jun
03

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO

CATCH-UP WEDNESDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates.

From 4/16/15: Sorry, Orphan Black, not all clones are twenty-something and kinda hot. Sometimes they’re middle-aged and come with a lot of baggage. Here’s my review of The Reconstruction of William Zero.

Jun
02

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: CHEATIN’

CATCH-UP TUESDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates.

From 4/9/15: The course of true love never runs smooth. When cartoonist Bill Plympton is presiding, it can get downright kinky. Here’s my review of Cheatin’.

May
31

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: SPRING

CATCH-UP SUNDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates.

From 4/2/15: Imagine if Richard Linklater called Julie Delpy in just before the cameras rolled on Before Sunrise and said, “I’ve got a bit of a twist for your character…” That’s the basic concept behind Spring, a film that mixes beautiful location filming in Italy, idyllic romance, and mutant horror. An usual combo, to be sure, and my review for Hour of the Wolf evaluates how smoothly all the pieces mesh. Click on the player to hear the segment, or right-click the link to download.

May
27

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: TOMORROWLAND

Disney's TOMORROWLAND Casey (Britt Robertson)  Ph: Film Frame ©Disney 2015Upon reflection, it turns out I’ve been looking forward to Tomorrowland more than I’ve been looking forward to any actual tomorrows. Which is ironic, because that is pretty much what this film — directed by Brad Bird, who co-scripted with Damon Lindelof — is about. It is, of course, easier to get excited about the future when you know George Clooney is going to waiting around there for you; but a well-sculpted profile can go only so far in making the dream of jet-packs, hover trains, and interplanetary commuter runs a reality. I give some thought to how well Bird and Lindelof succeed in getting us to believe in that Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow in my review for Jim Freund’s Hour of the Wolf. Click on the player to hear the segment, or right-click the link to download.

May
26

Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: PADDINGTON

CATCH-UP TUESDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates.

Remember Paddington, from this past January? Hey, that was a pretty good film, right? I thought so, too, with a few reservations, and I cover it all in this review, which aired 1/22/15.

May
24

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Mad_Max_FRD-DS-00668_350Well, here I am, once again hanging alone around the perimeter while the vast majority of critics and fans are having a veritable orgy of delight over Mad Max: Fury Road. Yes it’s a crazy, inventive film. Yes, the action is outsized and breathtaking. And yet my reaction is a resounding, “Meh.” How did it come to this? I’m tempted to level that blame at a delayed onset of anhedonia — the inability to experience pleasure — but I had a green chile cheeseburger at Bobby’s Burger Palace a few days ago and was convinced that there still exists miracles in this universe, so that can’t be it. Listen in on my review for Jim Freund’s Hour of the Wolf as I try to figure this out. Click on the player to hear the review, or right-click the link to download.

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