Monthly Archive: February 2011

Feb
27

Cinefantastique Podcast: I AM NUMBER FOUR with Andrea Lipinski

Who are you? Why, I am Number Four – or at least that’s what the title tells me. But I am not a number; I am a free man! No, wait – that’s THE PRISONER. This week’s topic of conversation on the newly re-christened Cinefantastique Spotlight Review Podcast is I AM NUMBER FOUR, the new …

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Feb
25

Bonus Video: Ben Lyons on Oscar 2011

For those of you who wanted to actually see the generational divide in living, breathing action, here’s the video capture of me & critic Ben Lyons in conversation: embedded by Embedded Video So the people over at Yellow Tail wines were in touch with me again with an offer to talk with critic Ben Lyons. …

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Feb
23

Ben Lyons on Oscar 2011

So the people over at Yellow Tail wines were in touch with me again with an offer to talk with critic Ben Lyons. He’s doing some Oscar-related stuff over at their movie/wine pairings website ReserveYourNight.com, and it sounded like a good opportunity to get his take on some issues dealing with the coming Academy Award …

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Feb
22

The Cinefantastique Round Table 02:07

This week offers a wide-ranging edition of the Cinefantastique Round Table Podcast, including capsule reviews by Dan Persons of three films currently in release: GNOMEO & JULIET, Disney’s animated adaptation of Shakespeare; VANISHING ON 7TH STREET, an independent film with a TWILIGHT ZONE vibe making its way around the country with art house engagements; and …

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Feb
21

Iciar Bollain and Paul Laverty on EVEN THE RAIN

History Repeats: Gael Garcia Bernal faces a conflict between art and politics in EVEN THE RAIN.

Columbus did not land in Bolivia. But a Spanish film crew has chosen that country to shoot their historic recreation of that event — and how some priests fought against the subsequent enslavement of the natives — because, well, it’s cheaper. That initial bit of convenient exploitation is only the start of the parallels in …

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Feb
15

Brad Anderson on VANISHING ON 7TH STREET

It's Always Darkest Before It Gets Even Darker: Thandie Newton and Hayden Christen brave the shadows in VANISHING ON 7TH STREET.

Brad Anderson knows his way around old school horror — you know, the kind that relies on atmosphere and suggestion, the kind values the power of the disturbing thought as much as or more than threateningly wielded power tools and bleeding limb-stumps. In films such as THE MACHINIST (where Christian Bale almost literally wasted away …

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Feb
12

Liz Canner on ORGASM INC.

And They're Off! Way, Way Off: Visualizing the race to claim female pleasure in ORGASM INC.

And you thought Restless Leg Syndrome was a boondoggle. Undaunted by the tsunami of ridicule that greeted such a dodgy prognosis, the pharmaceutical industry is at it again, floating a new disease — female sexual dysfunction, or FSD — and proposing a dazzling array of costly pills, creams, inserts, and worse — much, much worse …

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Feb
07

CFQ Post-Mortem: The Eternal Mystery of the Standing Man

In the break following the recording of the spotlight episode on THE RITE and before beginning last week’s round table episode, Dan recounts to Steve and Larry his encounter with a curious audience member.

Feb
03

Michael Madsen on INTO ETERNITY

To Infinity and Way, Way Beyond: Atomic waste's final resting place in INTO ETERNITY.

It is truly the gift that keeps on giving: The stockpile of nuclear waste that we continue to generate, year in and year out, useless for any practical purpose, but still deadly. In Finland, they think they’ve come up with a solution — it’s called Onkalo (literally Finnish for “hiding place”), a massive, man-made cave …

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