Monthly Archive: August 2010

Aug
30

Cinefantastique Podcast: THE LAST EXORCISM

Tell Me Where It Corrupts: Patrick Fabian (left) tends to Ashley Bell in THE LAST EXORCISM.

In the mood for an exorcism? Then join Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski as they scourge the unclean spirits of THE LAST EXORCISM, casting out the plot spoilers and narrative inconsistencies that bedevil the tortured soul of the new faux-documentary from producer Eli Roth and director Daniel Stamm. Also in this episode, a …

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Aug
29

CFQ Post-Mortem: The Worlds of Ray Bradbury & William Castle

August 22, 2010 represented fantasy author Ray Bradbury’s 90th birthday. In celebration of that event, this week’s Post-Mortem podcast examines his career, including the many film and television adaptations of his work: FARENHEIT 451, THE BEAST FROM 20000 FATHOMS, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, etc. Plus, correspondent Lawrence French …

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Aug
28

Neil Marshall on CENTURION & Danièle Thompson on CHANGE OF PLANS

Dinner and Quite a Show: Karin Vaird (left) and Dany Boon prep for festivities in CHANGE OF PLANS.

This weekend’s releases offer up some tantalizing choices: Do you want to go witty and urbane with a sharply observed dinner comedy from France? Or would you rather indulge in a gritty, adrenaline-fueled historical action film? Why not see both? (Oh, that’s MMP for you — always willing to take the bold stand.) In CHANGE …

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Aug
26

The Chronic Rift: Fall 2010 Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror Preview – Part 2

Jeff Bridges returns to the game grid, Harry Potter faces down some deathly hallows — whatever the hell those are — and Jacques Tati gets animated as CHRONIC RIFT producer/host John Drew and I pick up our discussion of the cinematic goodness that will be greeting us as the year raps up. And if TRON: …

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Aug
25

The Chronic Rift: Fall 2010 Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror Preview

And the wonderful world of Upstart continues to expand. In anticipation of my assuming the role of movie critic for THE CHRONIC RIFT — the legendary discussion show of all things science fiction, fantasy and horror that’s beginning its third year as a podcast — John Drew invited me on to discuss what genre fans …

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Aug
23

Cinefantastique Podcast: LAST EXORCISM Preview & PIRANHA 3D Review

Give Us a Smile, You Merciless, Flesh-Ripping Abomination, You: The real star of PIRANHA 3D.

It’s a day of interviews and reviews at the Cinefantastique Podcast. First, a chat with director Daniel Stamm and producer Eli Roth on their new, demon-possession-in-the-bible-belt thriller, THE LAST EXORCISM, opening on Friday, August 27. Then an in-depth discussion of PIRANHA 3D, Alexandre Aja’s ultra-gory remake of the 1978 cult classic directed by Joe Dante. …

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Aug
20

CFQ Post-Mortem: The Alternate Worlds of Recycled Footage

After a passionate discussion of SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski leave the recorder running as they delve deeply into the minutia of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. This week focuses on films that recycle plots and/or footage to create alternate versions and/or whole new movies: * THE EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING …

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Aug
16

Cinefantastique Podcast: SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD

Where's Don Martin When You Really Need Him?: Characteristic action from SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD.

This week’s installment of the Cinefantastique Podcast takes a ringside seat for SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, director Edgar Wright’s genre-spanning (and genre-erupting) adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels, starring Michael Cera  as a conflicted but earnest Toronto slacker who must find love and personal balance, all while defeating his new girlfriend’s seven evil …

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Aug
14

iTunes Back on Track

We’re now putting our audio files up on a new server that seems to be playing better with our podcast publisher, so MMP episodes are once again available on iTunes and other podcatchers. There were three episodes that were previously unavailable that can now be downloaded. They are: Aaron Schneider on GET LOW – Posted …

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Aug
14

David Michod on ANIMAL KINGDOM

Man and Boy, Both Driven: Ben Mendelsohn (left) and James Frecheville share a family moment in ANIMAL KINGDOM.

Finally, the family film we’ve been waiting for this summer. Okay, that’s an obvious joke, sorry. ANIMAL KINGDOM is about a family, but one that, if you’re lucky, you’ll never have as next door neighbors. Set in crime-ridden Melbourne, Australia, the film focuses on the Cody clan, a criminal unit that’s fallen on hard times. …

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