Monthly Archive: April 2012

Apr
16

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

Adhering to Form: Fran Kranz preps for survival in THE CABIN IN THE WOODS.

Joss Whedon has just been the busy, busy little bee lately, hasn’t he? He was one of the producers of the Morgan Spurlock documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE last week; he’s the director of eagerly awaited THE AVENGERS, coming up in May; and this past weekend he produced and helped co-write THE CABIN …

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Apr
13

Philippe Falardeau on MONSIEUR LAZHAR

Who's Healing?: Fellag (right) helps a class overcome tragedy in MONSIEUR LAZHAR.

An Oscar nominee this year for foreign language film, Philippe Falardeau’s MONSIEUR LAZHAR finds finely-shaded drama in a venue that has defeated many a filmmaker: a classroom full of children. Partly that’s because of the situation: In a Montreal elementary school, a teacher commits suicide, and the desperate principal calls upon a volunteer — Algerian …

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Apr
12

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: KINYARWANDA

Cassandra Freeman as a soldier facing wanton slaughter in KINYARWANDA.

We’re back with the newest episode of my independent film review radio series, THE INDIE ON DEMAND MOVIE REVIEW. This time, we’re looking at KINYARWANDA, a new drama in which director Alrick Brown uses a fractured timeline and mutable genres to portray how the Rwandan genocide of 1994 looked to those trapped in its madness, …

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Apr
08

Cinefantastique Spotlight: BURN, WITCH, BURN

Do Do That Career Advancement That You Do So Well: Janet Blair prevails upon supernatural forces to help Peter Wyngarde in BURN, WITCH, BURN.

Tricky situation this week: Two genre releases, but one, while good, is getting a very limited release to start; the other, while making it to more venues, doesn’t quite merit the attention. So we’re dipping into our 50th Anniversary archives to bring out a goody from 1962: BURN, WITCH, BURN (a.k.a. NIGHT OF THE EAGLE). …

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Apr
06

Morgan Spurlock on COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE

Crossing Generations and Genres in COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN'S HOPE.

For some, it is Valhalla; for others, it is a seething, roiling, chaotic pit of humanity. For many, I suspect, it’s a phenomenon just slightly more indecipherable than Naked Lunch. It is San Diego Comic-Con, and documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, with the help of Stan Lee, Joss Whedon, and aintitcool’s Harry Knowles, has endeavored to …

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Apr
01

Cinefantastique Spotlight: WRATH OF THE TITANS

FUUUUNNNNNGUUUUSSSS!!!: Sam Worthington's gonna need to bathe in a vatful of Purell after this moment from WRATH OF THE TITANS.

In the curious ecology that is Hollywood, a film that’s best known as a poster child for what not to do when converting 2D to 3D and for a declarative that become something of a pop-culture punchline has to, of course, have a sequel. In WRATH OF THE TITANS, there’s no Kraken-releasing, but that doesn’t …

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Apr
01

BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR: A Critics Roundtable

Fear Has a New Name, and It's BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR.

It’s the rare film that comes along and totally redefines the medium, but such a film is BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR. From its striking visual style to its Oscar-worthy performances to its dazzling special effects to its powerful, environmental subtext, this tale of a small, California town enduring the wrath of a vengeful Mother Nature …

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