Monthly Archive: July 2010

Jul
31

Aaron Schneider on GET LOW

Death Be Not Fuzzy: Bill Murray (right) and Lucas Black (center) oversee Robert Duvall's grooming in GET LOW.

This summer has been something of a bummer as far as the tent-poles are concerned (and I’m writing this scant hours after seeing CATS AND DOGS: THE REVENGE OF KITTY GALORE, a film that does nothing to brighten my general opinion of the season). Smaller, cleverer, more thoughtful films are doing pretty good, though. We’ve …

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Jul
28

CFQ Post-Mortem: Prep for BLACK SUNDAY; del Toro Enters THE HAUNTED MANSION

Following up on this week’s in-depth discussion of EYES WITHOUT A FACE, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski launch into an informal chat about horror, fantasy, and science fiction films of 1960, including BLACK SUNDAY (which will become the subject of a future podcast in August). Also on the menu: another look at DESPICABLE …

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Jul
26

Cinefantastique Podcast: EYES WITHOUT A FACE – 50th Anniversary Special

The First Face/Off: Pierre Brasseur (left) and Alida Valli (right) carve up another victim in EYES WIHTOUT A FACE.

With theaters offering no new genre films this weekend, The Cinefantastique Podcast turns its all-seeing gaze back through the mists of time to a 50th anniversary examination of EYES WITHOUT A FACE, director George Franju’s moody masterpiece of art house horror. Imagine a dream of lyrical black-and-white images, of a lonely young woman, flitting through …

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Jul
21

CFQ Post-Mortem: THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE; More on INCEPTION

In the latest weekly installment of CFQ’s Post-Mortem Podcast, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski offer a free-form follow-up to this Cinefantastique Podcast, including further in-depth insights on the dreamscape of Christopher Nolan’s INCEPTION and a look at the big-budget disappointment, THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE, starring Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel, and loosely inspired by …

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Jul
19

Cinefantastique Podcast: INCEPTION

Warp the World: Joseph Gordon-Levitt copes with the new physics in INCEPTION.

Dream a little dream with the 23rd episode of the Cinefantastique Podcast, as Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski analyze INCEPTION, Christopher Nolan’s multi-leveled special effects extravaganza about invading other people’s dreams to steal or plant ideas. Is it the thinking person’s action-packed blockbuster? Or is this dream one in which (to paraphrase Freud) …

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Jul
15

CFQ Post-Mortem: DESPICABLE ME; More on PREDATORS

In CFQ’s Post-Mortem Podcast (or should that be Podcast Post-Mortem?), Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski offer a free-form follow-up to the regular Cinefantastique Podcast, including further in-depth insights on the minutia of PREDATORS and a look at the week’s other big genre release, DESPICABLE ME, the hilarious 3-D animated film from Universal Pictures. Also included …

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Jul
12

Cinefantastique Podcast: PREDATORS

An Even Dangerouser Game: Adrien Brody (right) and Alice Braga (center) take point in PREDATORS.

This week, the Cinefantastique Podcast sets its sights on PREDATORS, produced by Robert Rodriguez and directed by Nimrod Antal, from a screenplay by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch. Is this sequel to PREDATOR (1987) a brilliant pop culture mediation on the ability of the human spirit to triumph in dire circumstances, or is it merely …

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Jul
08

Lisa Cholodenko on THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

Left to right: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, Mia Wasikowska, Mark Ruffalo in THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT.

In my discussion with director Lisa Cholodenko about her new film, THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT — about a sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo) abruptly entering the lives of a lesbian couple (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) whose children were spawned from his seed — I mentioned to her that the tone felt distinctly Southern Californian. …

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Jul
08

CFQ Post-Mortem: THE KILLER INSIDE ME; KING KONG 360; More on THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

In the second Cinefantastique Post-Mortem Pocast, your trio of talented talkers (i.e., Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski) leave the recorder running after their episode dedicated to PREDATORS, THE LAST AIRBENDER, and THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE – offering free-form observations, rants, suppositions, and confessions. Included is a discussion of the non-horror – but still frightening – hard-boiled film noir, THE …

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Jul
06

Cinefantastique Podcast: Nimrod Antal on PREDATORS; Discussions of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE and THE LAST AIRBENDER

Bent Elements and Straight Love: THE LAST AIRBENDER (left) and THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.

It’s a double-dose of photodramatic discussion, disputation, and dissention on this week’s episode of the the Cinefantastique Podcast, as Dan Persons, Steve Biodrowski, and Lawrence French take on romantic vampires, macho werewolves, and elemental airbenders. Does THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE deliver? Can the post-production 3-D conversion process add depth to M. Night Shyamalan’s live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s THE LAST AIRBENDER? Plus: …

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