Monthly Archive: May 2010

May
31

Cinefantastique Podcast: PRINCE OF PERSIA

Why Do They Laugh at My Mighty Sword? - Jake Gyllenhaal in PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME

In the sixteenth episode of Cinefantastique’s weekly Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski sift through the Sands of Time as they search PRINCE OF PERSIA for hidden political metaphors and/or weapons of mass destruction. The big screen film version of the popular video game stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben …

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May
28

Mia Hansen-Love on THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN

The Father of This Child: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing and Alice de Lencquesaing keep it in the family in THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN.

The reported death of the serious, small drama — the kind of things that major studios used to do before opening-weekend grosses became all-important; the kind of thing that indie production companies used to do before the major studios bought them up and made opening-weekend grosses all-important — may be a little premature, but that …

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May
24

Cinefantastique Podcast: SHREK FOREVER AFTER and SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD

SHREK FOREVER AFTER and SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD

This week, the Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast scrutinizes a pair of sequels that seem to have nothing in common: SHREK FOREVER AFTER, the latest family-friendly CGI fantasy from DreamWorks Animation; and SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD, the latest horrifying episode in George A. Romero’s on-going zombie apocalypse, which began way back in 1968 with NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. What’s the …

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May
21

SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD and MICMACS

Twisted Love: Dany Boon (left) and Julie Ferrier meet peculiar in MICMACS.

Y’know, people probably shouldn’t be this gleeful about issues of mortality, but in the cases of the movies being discussed in this episode, we’re kinda glad they are. This episode features interviews with Jean-Pierre Jeunet and George A. Romero, both of whom have previously addressed matters of life-and-death in their own, unique ways, and have …

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May
18

Lance Bangs on THE LAZARUS EFFECT

Living Proof: A beneficiary of ARV treatment poses with her former self, from THE LAZARUS EFFECT.

Before the big show this weekend (Jean-Pierre Jeunet on MICMACS and George Romero on SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD, yippee!), here’s a bonus episode focusing on a special, short documentary that HBO will be debuting next Monday, May 24th, at 9 PM, eastern time. It’s called THE LAZARUS EFFECT, it was produced in cooperation with (RED), …

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May
16

THE CINEFANTASTIQUE HORROR FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION PODCAST V1N14: Metropolis

Days of Future's Past: Iconic images from Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS.

In Volume 1, Episode 14 of the Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski visit the futuristic city of METROPOLIS, the 1927 science fiction classic from director Fritz Lang. The subject of a recent restoration that added over twenty minutes of footage, the film is ripe for reappraisal. …

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May
14

Michael Paul Stephenson on BEST WORST MOVIE

Trolls? Goblins? Troblins? Fans of TROLL 2 get in gear in BEST WORST MOVIE.

Have no doubt, I love bad movies. I still have fond memories of the first time I stumbled onto ROBOT MONSTER, back in the days when local broadcast television had afternoon movie shows, and one could serendipitously chance upon such inspired dreadfulness as a cheesy science fiction epic — with Hamlet-like ambitions — in which …

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May
10

THE CINEFANTASTIQUE HORROR FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION PODCAST V1N13: Iron Man 2

A Heightened Sense of Irony: Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) comes to terms with a lethal personal generator and a rampaging ego in IRON MAN 2.

This time, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski take a can opener to IRON MAN 2, the successful sequel to the 2008 blockbuster, starring Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark. Does it live up to the original? Do the special effects give more bang for the buck? Can Tony Stark’s ego grow any bigger? …

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May
07

BABIES and BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO

Going at a Crawl: BEETLE QUEEN director Jessica Oreck & friend.

Sorta weird how this became the globe-trotter episode. I’d seen BABIES a few weeks ago and was going to go with it as the sole focus of the show, then late last week I stumbled onto BEETLE QUEEN CONQUERS TOKYO and — despite the little voice whispering ever so delicately in the back of my …

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May
07

THE CINEFANTASTIQUE HORROR FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION PODCAST V1N12: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Freddy’s back, and the Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast has him in its sights. Is the new A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET a dreamscape of unspeakable terrors, or is it a big snooze guaranteed to induce micronaps? What’s up with those dour teens? Why are their parents so oblivious? And how big a …

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