Monthly Archive: April 2011

Apr
29

Clio Barnard on THE ARBOR

The Sins of the Mother: Manjinder Virk as Lorraine Dunbar in THE ARBOR.

Director Clio Barnard uses what was originally a theatrical technique in her hybrid documentary/drama THE ARBOR: She interviewed the friends, family, and acquaintances of the late playwright Andrea Dunbar and her troubled daughter Lorraine, then brought in actors to lip-synch to the resulting soundtrack. The process, shot partly in the working-class housing project that Dunbar …

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Apr
29

Live Record Session for THE ARBOR This Afternoon.

UPDATE! Webcast will take place approx. 3 PM ET Adding another chapter to my flirtation with live webcast, I’ll hope to be providing a live stream of my record session for the wraparound of the upcoming THE ARBOR episode. Come to this page at around 2 PM ET (be patient), and see all the excitement! …

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Apr
24

CFQ Black Hole Ultra Lounge: Confirmed Film Genius & Video on D-Box

It’s time for another trip into the depths of the Black Hole – the Black Hole Ultra Lounge Podcast, that is, this time brought to you with all the excitement of D-Box motion simulation. So strap yourself in and get ready for a bumpy ride as Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski ruminate on …

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Apr
18

Cinefantastique Spotlight: SCREAM 4

Pssst, Courtney, David REALLY Wants to Make the Split Permanent: Courtney Cox ignores the warning signs in SCREAM 4.

Poor Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell). Not satisified with the ordeals she suffered in SCREAMs 1 – 3, she’s gotta go and tempt fate by returning to Woodsboro and tempting the attention of the psycho killer Ghostface, who it turns out is still kicking around and slaughtering high-schoolers with manic glee. And if the main protagonist …

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Apr
15

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: HANNA

The Killer Kid: Saoirse Ronan in HANNA.

In this week’s episode of the Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast, Lawrence French and Dan Persons focus on HANNA, Joe Wright’s dynamic action-thriller about a pint-sized female assassin whose intelligence, dexterity, and especially lethal skills seem just a tad beyond normal human capacity. It’s SUCKER PUNCH  by way of THE BOURNE IDENTITY by way of take your …

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Apr
14

Bertrand Tavernier on THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER

A Royal Awakens: Lambert Wilson (right) mentors Melanie Thierry in THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER.

  Supposedly, when Madame de Lafayette wrote her 17th century novella, The Princess of Montpensier, she was chronicling the romantic intrigues of her own time. Propriety, however, prevented her from making the parallels between her fictional characters and their real-life counterparts too obvious, so she displaced the drama some sixty years earlier, when France was torn apart …

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Apr
10

Cinefantastique Spotlight: SOURCE CODE

Those Who Fail to Stop an Exploding Train are Doomed to Blow Up Again: Jake Gyllenhaal is a reluctant time-traveller in SOURCE CODE.

Marty McFly only had to be sure his mom ‘n’ dad fell in love.  Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) has to keep a bomb from killing a trainful of Chicago commuters, identify the bomber, foil his plan for detonating a dirty bomb in the heart of the city, connect with a pretty passenger (Michelle Monaghan), and …

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Apr
03

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: SUCKER PUNCH

Steve Biodrowski and Dan Persons narrowly avoid a sucker punch to the solar plexus as they dodge and feint their way through an examination of Zack Snyder’s new CGI-laced fantasy action pic. Is SUCKER PUNCH a female empowerment flick or another male fantasy about hot chicks in skirts wielding weapons? Is it an original vision …

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Apr
01

Quentin Dupieux on RUBBER

A determined tire faces down the law in RUBBER.

Yes, RUBBER was released theatrically on April 1st. No, it’s not some kind of a joke — I’ve seen it, I know. It’s actually a film about a tire that gains consciousness in the middle of the desert, finds it has the power to destroy objects and animals (including the human kind) with its mind, …

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