Monthly Archive: January 2011

Jan
28

Gregg Araki on KABOOM

Waiting for the End of the World: (l to r) Juno Temple, Thomas Dekker, and Haley Bennett in KABOOM.

His previous film, SMILEY FACE, seems to have perked director Gregg Araki up considerably. There’s a fatality to his newest, KABOOM — dealing with the imminent end of the world and all that — but there’s also an antic attitude to it that pulls the proceedings away from the darkness. Granted, when your story is …

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Jan
26

Cinefantastique Roundtable: Hopkins to PSYCHO/THE LITTLE MERMAID vs. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Anthony Hopkins

All kinds of news prompt all kinds of discussion from this week’s panel: the rumored casting of Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in a film about the making of PSYCHO gets theofantastique.com’s John W. Morehead, CFQ’s Steve Biodrowski, and Dan Persons musing about what behind-the-scenes events could be dramatized in a film that aren’t already …

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Jan
24

Cinefantastique Spotlight: Steven Moffat’s JEKYLL

And the dream comes true for one young, idealistic podcast host. After months of campaigning, Dan finally gets a chance to bring Steven Moffat’s (DOCTOR WHO) BBC series, JEKYLL, to the table for an extended discussion. Listen in as CFQ editor Steve Biodrowski and theofantastique.com’s John W. Morehead join Dan Persons in a spirited and …

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Jan
20

Lawrence Michael Levine & Sophia Takal on GABI ON THE ROOF IN JULY

That's Just a Ton of Weight Watchers Points: Louis Cancelmi and Sophia Takal in GABI ON THE ROOF IN JULY.

The people behind GABI ON THE ROOF IN JULY pretty much created their film on a whim: director/star Lawrence Michael Levine wanted to follow up his previous project, TERRITORY, but was finding trouble matching his ambitions with what the market would fund. Meanwhile, co-star/producer Sophia Takal was willing to put up some residuals from a …

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Jan
19

Cinefantastique Roundtable: ALIEN & the Ill-Advised World of Prequels

ALIEN (1989)

Seems that it was a good call, us taking the news portion of The Cinefantastique Podcast and mating it with what had to date been called the Cinefantastique Post-Mortem Podcast. Word that Ridley Scott is turning his scheduled ALIEN prequel into a kinda non-prequel puts Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons in a ruminative …

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Jan
17

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE GREEN HORNET

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It’s all change, baby, and with that in mind we’re experimenting with the format of the podcast. We’ve stripped away the news and theatrical and homevid release segments, combining them with our weekly Post-Mortem bull session to form what will be called the Cinefantastique Round Table Podcast. What’s left, now dubbed the Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast, …

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Jan
14

Richard J. Lewis on BARNEY’S VERSION

Meet Desperate: Paul Giamatti has his life turned around by Rosamund Pike in BARNEY'S VERSION.

Paul Giamatti has added another entry to his roster of flawed protogonists: Barney Panofsky — schlock TV producer, accused murderer, and a guy so unlucky in romance that he has to get married twice before finding his true love (on his wedding night, yet). Based on the final novel by Mordecai Richler, BARNEY’S VERSION is …

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Jan
09

Cinefantastique Podcast: SEASON OF THE WITCH

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Nic Cage’s latest, SEASON OF THE WITCH — about two knights who seek to redeem themselves for their participation in the Crusades by transporting an accused witch to a monastery for trial — has been roundly burned at the stake by most critics. But is this film truly deserving of such condemnation? Heedless of the …

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Jan
07

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Bumpin’ Gullivers & More J-Horror

GULLIVER'S TRAVELS (1939)

Having roundly belittled the recent, Jack Black-infused version of GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons turn their sights to other, earlier versions of the fantasy classic. Of a slate that includes an animated version from the Fleischers, a kid-oriented take from Ray Harryhausen, and the Halmis’ encyclopedic TV adaptation, which towers Brodignagianly …

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Jan
06

THE TIME THAT REMAINS and IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE

The Moment of Desperation: Prisoner Silviu (George Pistereanu, left) holds a social worker (Ada Condeescu) hostage in IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE.

For the first show of 2011, how about a little international perspective? We’ve got interviews with two directors whose latest films deliver gripping, cinematically daring glimpses into worlds rarely examined from our side. First up is Romanian director Florin Serban, talking about IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE, a stark, naturalistic drama about an …

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