Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun
30

DARK DAYS: 10th Anniversary Re-Release

The world of Marc Singer's DARK DAYS.

Before everyone larks out for the long, long weekend, I just wanted to let NY’ers know that Marc Singer’s debut documentary, DARK DAYS is having it’s re-release at the Cinema Village starting July 1. The film will be out on homevid in a couple of weeks, but for those of us in Manhattan, seeing a …

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Jun
29

Guillaume Dolmans Goes on “The Date” (Sponsored Post)

Guillaume Dolmans in Heineken's "The Date."

So, another fun little sponsored post for y’all. This time Heineken’s the backer: They’ve got a new episode in what appears to be their ongoing series of “Nightlives of Really Cool Guys” videos. This one’s called “The Date,” and in about a minute and a half it depicts the kind of night you’ve always wished …

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Jun
27

Cinefantastique Spotlight: CARS 2

World Enough and Crime: Racecar Lightning McQueen (left, voiced by Owen Wilson) and loveable tow-truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy, center) are dragooned into international espionage by dashing super spy Finn McMissile (Michael Caine, right) in CARS 2.

Kids love cars, and kids love CARS — that seems to be the calculation behind Pixar’s latest animated offering, CARS 2. Abandoning the original film’s theme that celebrated the romance of exploring off-the-beaten-superhighway U.S, director John Lasseter and crew have devised an espionage plotline for this sequel, with cocky racecar Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and …

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Jun
24

Robert Persons on GENERAL ORDERS NO. 9

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I tend to lose patience with people who go the “words cannot describe…” route when they’re talking about something. There are always words, if you know how to use them. I gotta admit, though, GENERAL ORDERS NO. 9, the enigmatic debut work of filmmaker Robert Persons (no relation), is something of a challenge. A meditation …

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Jun
20

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: GREEN LANTERN

Mean, green, interstellar justice machine: Ryan Reynolds is the GREEN LANTERN.

Somebody notify Kermit: Being green just got a little easier. That’s what happens when the all-powerful will of the universe taps test pilot Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) to be its latest defender, and a dying alien bequeaths him a ring that turns him into the GREEN LANTERN, a mighty force for good with a bitchin’ …

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Jun
17

Monte Hellman on ROAD TO NOWHERE

Welcome to the Rear Window: A director (Tygh Runyan) finds fact blending with fiction in ROAD TO NOWHERE.

As politics too often demonstrates, the line between truth and fiction is a fragile one. In ROAD TO NOWHERE, a director (Tygh Runyan) casts an unknown actress (Shannyn Sossamon) in his latest project, a Southern noir film based on a true story, little realizing that the woman’s past connects her directly to the crime being …

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Jun
13

Cinefantastique Spotlight: SUPER 8

The Effects Extravaganza Gets Real: A junior filmmaker (Joel Courtney, foreground) confronts a genuine threat in SUPER 8.

J.J. Abrams, the man who set the deliriously enigmatic pace for LOST in that show’s pilot and upended STAR TREK by blowing up Vulcan (we still haven’t recovered) now sets his sights on the Spielbergian kids’ adventure in SUPER 8. Set in a small-town, rose-tinted version of 1979, the sf/fantasy film tells the tale of …

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Jun
10

Djo Tunda Wa Munga on VIVA RIVA!

Perils of Ambition: Patsha Bay Mukuna in VIVA RIVA!

Sex, violence and… gasoline? Yeah, that’s the blend you get when your setting is Kinshasa and limited fuel supplies make the stuff as good as gold. Riva (Patsha Bay Mukuna) knows: He’s just snuck into the Congo with a healthy supply of the stuff and plans to leverage it into a handsome payday. The problems: …

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Jun
08

Alberta Cross on David O. Russell (Sponsored Post)

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Hey, wow, we’ve got a Prestige Sponsor for this episode: Ketel One Vodka. And it’s a somewhat unusual, albeit ultimately logical, topic of discussion for the show: the Ketel One guys have produced a batch of new music videos by the hard-driving band Alberta Cross, and brought in David O. Russell to direct. When we …

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Jun
06

Format Testing on MMP Site

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In the spirit of international cooperation and brotherhood, we’re going to be using the Mighty Movie Podcast site to test format upgrades for Cinefantastique Online over the next few weeks. Content should still be accessible here, but might look a little weird. Please let us know of any serious problems through our e-mail link. Thanks …

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