Monthly Archive: May 2012

May
31

Ravida Din on PINK RIBBONS, INC.

Good Intentions Diverted: The public face of cancer charities, from PINK RIBBONS, INC.

Has the corporate subsidizing of charity gone too far? Well, when KFC strives to become the leading face in the battle against breast cancer, then, yeah, maybe. In the new documentary, PINK RIBBONS, INC, producer Ravida Din and director Léa Pool look at how the activism surrounding a pressing women’s issue was co-opted by corporations …

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May
28

Cinefantastique Spotlight: MEN IN BLACK III

The Time Line is a Trip: (l to r) Josh Brolin, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Will Smith fight the future in MEN IN BLACK III.

Such a garden of delights for this Memorial Day weekend! First, we pay tribute to horror icon Christopher Lee on his 90th birthday, as Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski and Lawrence French highlight their favorite Lee films and Dan chips in with a memorable TV moment. Then we delve deeply into the weekend’s major release, MEN …

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May
21

Cinefantastique Spotlight: BATTLESHIP

Aloha, Stranger: Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna are somewhere down there beholding the might of an alien invasion force in BATTLESHIP.

The aliens have landed! Yes. Again. This time they’ve invaded off the coast of Hawaii, so it’s just like Pearl Harbor, if the attack on Pearl Harbor had included such devastating weaponry as Giant Exploding Pegs and Hot-Rodding Robot Fireballs. Can slacker sailor Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch), finding himself in command of the lone, surviving …

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May
14

Cinefantastique Spotlight: DARK SHADOWS

The Fangs are Almost as Big as the Lapels: An undead Johnny Depp braves the ravages of the 70's in DARK SHADOWS.

Two hundred years is a long time to revive a vampire, but then again, forty years is long time to revive the first horror soap opera (not counting an earlier, feature adaptation and a TV reboot in the ’90s). In Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) is cursed into vampirehood by spurned lover …

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May
11

Nadine Labaki on WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

Are You Really Going to Leave THESE Girls Behind?: The women of a Lebanese village recruit some unusual allies to stave off a war in WHERE DO WE GO NOW?

A comedy about dire consequences, WHERE DO WE GO NOW? takes a look at the ease with which humanity slips into war, and the sometimes insurmountable difficulties that arise as people struggle to avoid it. Setting the film in a small Lebanese village where Christian and Muslim live side-by-side, director/writer/actress Nadine Labaki tells the tale …

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May
09

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: FIGHTVILLE

Dustin Poirier in Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein's FIGHTVILLE.

I’d like to think humanity has advanced beyond the primal necessity of raw combat, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a whole lot of people who are willing to pay good money to see a couple of guys get locked in a cage and beat on each other for a while. Fightville is a documentary …

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May
07

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE AVENGERS

Left to right: Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr, and a mass of pixels that look kinda like Mark Ruffalo prepare to do some avenging, because they are THE AVENGERS.

There are so many ways a grand conglomeration of super heroes could turn into a car wreck (case in point: THE FANTASTIC FOUR), that we should be grateful when a film manages just to clear that bar. Fortunately, and quite happily, THE AVENGERS not only manages that base-line feat, but goes far beyond it, becoming …

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May
04

Temple of Bad: SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND

They're Magical! They're Muscial! They're So Very, Very Wrong!: Peter Frampton (right) joins forces with the Bee Gees (left) in SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND.

Like a black velvet reproduction of Guernica, SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND, the movie, takes one of the landmark works of art of the twentieth century and renders it shallow, pointless and silly. Included in its list of crimes: entrusting the Beatles’ most innovative work to the likes of the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton, …

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