Monthly Archive: November 2010

Nov
30

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: The Chronic Rift, KURONEKO, & Le Bad Film

Having taken the world’s most depressing world tour in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1, the Cinefantastique Podcast crew – along with guest Andrea Lipinski – set their sights on numerous other subjects during the Post-Mortem. First, we’ll talk with Andrea about her long-term participation with The Chronic Rift Podcast, then explore writer-director …

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Nov
26

Javier Fuentes-León on UNDERTOW

Torn Between Two Worlds: Ghost lover Manolo Cardona (center of image) and pregnant wife Tatiana Astengo (far right) put the pressure on Cristian Mercado in UNDERTOW.

The triangles just keep getting more complicated, don’t they? In the new Peruvian film, UNDERTOW, fisherman Miguel (Cristian Mercado) is eagerly awaiting the arrival of his child by his wife Mariel (Tatiana Astengo), while at the same time carrying on an affair with his male lover, the artist Santiago (Manolo Cardona). But when Santiago dies …

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Nov
22

Cinefantastique Podcast: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1

The Wizard Mopes Alone: Daniel Radcliffe ponders his future in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1 is a bona fide box office sensation. But is it any good, or is it just a prequel for Part 2? Is this another example of movie-going as Tribal Identifier? Is IMAX the best way to see the the latest film adaptation of J.R. Rowling, or will …

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Nov
19

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Remembering Dino DeLaurentiis

In this week’s Cinefantastique Post-Mortem Podcast, Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski bid farewell to producer Dino DeLaurentiis, who died on November 10 at the age of 91. DeLaurentiis was a frequent contributor to the cinefantastique genres, producing numerous horror, fantasy, and science fiction films: DANGER: DIABOLIK (1968), KING KONG (1976), CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982), DUNE …

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Nov
15

Cinefantastique Podcast: SKYLINE

Yet another band of aliens declare Stompin' Time in SKYLINE.

This week, the Cinefantastique Podcast watches the skies – or, rather, the SKYLINE. Tune in as Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski (minus the missing-in-action Lawrence French) take a stand against brain-eating aliens intent on taking over Tinsel Town – and apparently the rest of the world. It’s a special effects-filled mash-up of WAR OF THE …

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Nov
14

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Snubbing George Takei & MONSTERS Mini-Review

After debating whether three animated films in one year is more than enough from DreamWorks Animation, the Cinefantastique podcast crew of Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski attack MONSTERS (2010), the low-budget science fiction film getting a platform theatrical release to boost its VOD. Also on the menu: a brief discussion of why you …

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Nov
08

Patrick Hughes on RED HILL

One Man Stands Alone: Ryan Kwanten in RED HILL.

It’s not really necessary that you be fully schooled in the great Australian action films of seventies and eighties — or even in American westerns — to enjoy Patrick Hughes’ RED HILL, but it wouldn’t hurt. Hughes has taken the immortal, mythic figure of the lone lawman standing up for decency and right in untamed …

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Nov
08

Cinefantastique Podcast: MEGAMIND

Bigger, Badder Brains: Will Ferrell is MEGAMIND.

Throwing caution to the wind, the DreamWorks Animation crew has decided to go for a hat trick, releasing three action-packed, CG animated, 3D-enhanced films this year. The last of the trio, MEGAMIND, takes the usual superhero-supervillain rivalry and turns it upside down (or inside out). The result – voiced by Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, and …

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Nov
05

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE vs. LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT

Having exorcised the demonic apparitions of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 in this week’s Cinefantastique Podcast, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowsk turn their attention to the world-shattering debate over whether the original version of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978) is more technically competent than Wes Craven’s original version of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE …

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Nov
01

Cinefantastique Podcast: PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2

Just an Ordinary Patio... or Is It?: Waiting for the menace in PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 is a huge hit, avoiding the sequel curse that struck down BLAIR WITCH 2: BOOK OF SHADOWS. But is PA2 really a worth follow-up, or is it just more of the same? (Or could it possibly be both at the same time? Ooooh, spooky!) Find out on this week’s edition of the …

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