Monthly Archive: December 2010

Dec
28

Mike Leigh on ANOTHER YEAR

True Heart in the Everyday: Jim Broadbent (left); Lesley Manville (center) and Ruth Sheen in Mike Leigh's ANOTHER YEAR.

Is it marketing genius on the part of Sony Classics that they usher in 2011 with a film called ANOTHER YEAR? Nah, more likely they just wanted to get Oscar tongues a-buzzing for Mike Leigh’s latest glimpse into joys, pains, hopes, and desperations of ordinary life, especially for a sterling cast that includes Jim Broadbent, …

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Dec
27

CFQ Post-Mortem: YOGI BEAR; Original TRON; and Best Laid Plans

The Nightmare Lives: An indelible image from YOGI BEAR.

So, in the place of a CINEFANTASTIQUE PODCAST in which we discuss our top ten lists for 2010, we give you a CINEFANTASTIQUE POST-MORTEM in which we discuss doing a show in which we discuss our top ten lists for 2010. Who knew a little thing like a holiday weekend was going to interfere with …

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Dec
21

Brad Bird on THE IRON GIANT

THE IRON GIANT

In 1999, Warner’s released THE IRON GIANT. Well… released may not be the best term. Slipped into theaters under the cover of night so that anyone who might be remotely interested couldn’t possibly know of its existence… yeah, that’s the term. Despite the stealth marketing, director Brad Bird’s animated tale of a young boy who …

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Dec
20

Cinefantastique Podcast: TRON: LEGACY

Garrett Hedlund in TRON: LEGACY.

In the latest episode of the THE CINEFANTASTIQUE PODCAST, Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons attempt to build their own consensual reality after a viewing of Disney’s return to the gaming grid, TRON: LEGACY. Has visual artistry overrode engaging narrative in this sequel? Who should preside over the new, cyber civilization: a young, menacing, …

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Dec
17

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Special Stream-of-Consciousness Episode, Featuring THE TEMPEST

Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones, and Djimon Hounsou in THE TEMPEST.

Having survived the rocky shoals of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons decide to kick it freestyle (as the kids all say — the kids do all say that, don’t they?) in a wide-ranging, nay, recklessly random episode of THE CINEFANTASTIQUE POST-MORTEM PODCAST. Covered …

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Dec
13

The Cinefantastique Review: THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER

We're Getting the Band Back Together: Aslan (voice of Liam Neeson), Lucy (Georgie Henley), Edmund (Skandar Keynes), and King Caspian (Ben Barnes) reteam one more time for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER.

For the second week in a row, Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons immerse themselves in a magical, 3D kingdom for this episode of The Cinefantastique Review. This time, though, instead of Disney whimsy, it’s C.S. Lewis faith-tinged adventure, as they join siblings Lucy and Edmund Pevensie (Susan and Peter appear to be away …

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Dec
12

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: BLACK SWAN and WARRIOR’S WAY

Having delved into the fairy tale world of Walt Disney Pictures’ TANGLED earlier this week, the CFQ Podcast crew returns with a post-mortem detailing the two other genre films now in theatres: BLACK SWAN and THE WARRIORS WAY. The former is Darren Aronofsky’s study of a neurotic ballerina (Natalie Portman), a drama that turns into …

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Dec
06

The Cinefantastique Review: TANGLED

Even More Magical Kingdom?: The 3D wonders of TANGLED.

For their 50th animated feature film, Walt Disney Pictures presents TANGLED – a CGI modernization of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Rapunzel.” Is this the new millennium equivalent of Disney classics like BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, or is it a failed and schizophrenic attempt to meld the new and the old into one uneasy mix? …

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