Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep
26

Trapeze School New York: Off the Street and Into the Air (Sponsored Post)

I don’t want to be the one to tell the people at Samsung their job, but I think it’s high-time somebody told the people at Samsung their job. I mean, they’re a good sponsor and alla that — if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to sit down with show biz …

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Sep
19

Cinefantastique Spotlight: LION KING 3D & MST3K VS. GAMERA

So Real, You Can Almost Smell the Lion Breath: THE LION KING makes his debut in 3D.

There were no new genre films in theaters this weekend, but there was one old one in a shiny new, 3D coat: THE LION KING 3D, which just so happened to top this week’s box-office. With a prescience befitting a Cinefantastique editor, Steve Biodrowski recognized the film for the hit it was going to be, …

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Sep
16

Nicolas Winding Refn on DRIVE

Ryan Gosling (right) in DRIVE.

Somehow, it seems like it was only a matter of time before director Nicolas Winding Refn hitched his camera to a hurtling piece of American metal and did a full-on car chase film. In DRIVE, Ryan Gosling plays a guy named… wait for it… Driver, a stunt man with a freelance career in piloting getaway …

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Sep
11

Cinefantastique Spotlight: CONTAGION

Turn Your Head, Cough, and Die: Jennifer Ehle battles the bio-apocalypse in CONTAGION.

Break out the Purell, Steven Soderbergh is in mainstream thriller mode and he’s decided to get under your skin — almost literally — with a tale about a virus that doesn’t know when to quit. CONTAGION follows Soderbergh’s TRAFFIC template, spinning a world-spanning drama of people trying to survive the ravages of a fast-acting and …

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Sep
11

Pamela Yates on GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR

Justice Does Not Sleep: The brutal crimes commited in 1982 are avenged in Pamela Yates' GRANITO: HOW TO NAIL A DICTATOR

Listen, there’s nothing particularly wrong with a documentary about the war between two Donkey Kong champions; it’s very good, actually (it’s KING OF KONG, in fact). It’s just that you have to admit that there’s a considerable span between that and a film that has a tangible effect in seeing a man responsible for genocide …

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Sep
04

Cinefantastique Spotlight: SHARK KNIGHT 3D & APOLLO 18

Fresh Meet: Sara Paxton is the deep blue plate special in SHARK KNIGHT... 'scuse us, SHARK NIGHT 3D.

Yes, we’re deliberately misspelling SHARK KNIGHT. Why? Well, because it’s Labor Day weekend, and also because it amuses us to think of an insatiable predator of the deep leering in towards a nubile, young twenty-something, unleashing his awful, toothy grin, and saying, “Why sssso sssserioussss?” As for SHARK NIGHT 3D itself, listen in as Cinefantastique …

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Sep
02

Tsui Hark on DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME

Standing for Justice: Andy Lau confronts the intangible in DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME.

Cause for celebration, indeed: Hong Kong director Tsui Hark is back, and if anything, his vision has gotten more crazily energetic and eye-dazzling in his latest effort. In DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME, Andy Lau plays actual historical figure Dee Renjie, a disgraced judge who’s compelled to confront the undeniably fantastic …

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