Monthly Archive: October 2010

Oct
29

Kerthy Fix on STRANGE POWERS: STEPHIN MERRITT AND THE MAGNETIC FIELDS

Ultimate Music Man: Stephen Merritt of STRANGE POWERS.

A songwriter who can dream up lyrics like, “When we kiss, it feels like a flying saucer landing,” can score those lyrics in any one of a thousand, infectious styles, and as a result command praises from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Neil Gaiman, and Sarah Silverman definitely deserves his own documentary. Co-directors Kerthy Fix …

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Oct
28

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Best Movies about the Afterlife & Clint Eastwood: Filmmaker

Having laid Clint Eastwood’s HEREAFTER to rest in this week’s Cinefantastique Podcast, John W. Morehead, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski return in the Cinefantastique Post-Mortem to discuss the general merits of Eastwood as a director, as well as explore Morehead’s incisive blog on genre film and spirituality, Theofantastique, and discuss the great afterlife …

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Oct
27

Jeffrey Tambor and Thane Rosenbaum on …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

When the Real Gets Too Real: Jeffrey Tambor confronts the moral quandries of ...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL

When you’re offered the opportunity to talk with Jeffrey Tambor — a.k.a Hank Kingsley, a.k.a. George Bluth Sr, a.k.a. Sid Garner for those who really keep track of these things — do you say no? You do not — of course, you do not. Jeffrey was in town to participate in the closing night of …

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Oct
25

Cinefantastique Podcast: HEREAFTER with John W. Morehead & Gareth Edwards on MONSTERS

May We Suggest a Trip to Lenscrafters?: HEREAFTER's glimpse past the veil.

Big show this week, chock-a-block full of genre film goodness! First, Dan Persons sits down with director Gareth Edwards to talk about his uncommonly soulful and sharply observed alien infestation film, MONSTERS. Then, we’ll take a journey into the HEREAFTER, as special guest John W. Morehead, of Theofantastique, joins Dan, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski …

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Oct
24

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE & Loving a Film, but Not Enough

In the mood for some unrated horror of the revenge variety? Then listen in to this week’s CFQ Post-Mortem Podcast as Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski mull the pros and cons of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, the remake of the notorious exploitation shocker. Also on the table for discussion: listener mail on …

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Oct
18

Cinefantastique Podcast: SUSPIRIA

Crazily Colorful: Jessica Harper is immersed in the horror of SUSPIRIA.

It’s ’70s flashback time on the Cinefantastique Podcast, as Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski gaze in wonder at the Technicolor extravagance of SUSPIRIA (1977), Dario Argento’s pulse-pounding cult classic of supernatural horror, starring Jessica Harper, Joan Bennett, and Alida Valli. How does Argento’s extremely stylized vision of violence and terror hold up decades …

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Oct
13

Cinefantastique Podcast: MY SOUL TO TAKE

A Poignant Moment from MY SOUL TO TAKE.

A confluence of events — including sudden, debilitating illness; faulty recording software; and, yes, the Los Angeles bus system — has conspired to delay the release of this week’s episode. But Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons have rallied their forces, girded their loins, and written stern letters to the manufacturers of the PrettyMay …

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Oct
07

Stephen Frears on TAMARA DREWE and Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck on IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY

The Macadamia in the Nut Bin: Zach Galifianakis (left) mentors Keir Gilchrist through his rough patch in IT'S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY.

Three filmmakers, two films, two comic views on how we humans strive, through all adversity, to find new ways to frak ourselves up. I know I promised Stephen Frears for last week. Life — as it has been doing recently — intervened, so I teamed his interview up with the interview scheduled for this week, …

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Oct
06

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Hatchet II

Having tapped the vein of LET ME IN during this week’s main episode of Cinefantastique Podcast, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski take a cleaver to HATCHET II during the CFQ Post-Mortem Podcast. How does writer-director Adam Green’s sequel stack up to his 2006 sleeper? Is it a cut above or a notch below? …

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Oct
04

Cinefantastique Podcast: LET ME IN

The Vampire Next Door: Chloe Moretz (left) and Kodi Smit-McPhee in LET ME IN.

Can a disturbed young boy find true love with the vampire next door? Can Los Alamos, New Mexico afford more than one police officer? Can an American remake of a brilliant Swedish film be worth watching on its own merits? Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski answer these and other questions as they examine …

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