Monthly Archive: June 2012

Jun
25

Cinefantastique Spotlight: BRAVE

Have You Ever Seen a Lassie Go This Way and Slash?: A Scottish princess voiced by Kelly Macdonald seeks to forge her own fate in BRAVE.

Triumphant return of Pixar after the disappointment that was CARS 2? Another daring redefinition of the family film from the people who turned a near-dialogue-free tale about a love-struck robot, an adventure about a cantankerous, air-bound septuagenarian, and a fantasy about a culinary-obsessed rat into worldwide, critical and commercial hits?  Uh, no, not quite. But …

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Jun
18

Cinefantastique Spotlight: Public Domain Panic II

Try It Once More, But This Time by Consigning Your Soul to the Eternal Fires of Hell: Director Benjamin Christensen casts himself as ol' Scratch in HAXAN.

The director is Satan! (So what else is new?) A family member is nuts! (Happens in the best of ‘em.) Captain Kirk’s an a-hole! (Yeah, well, George Takei knew this way ahead of you.) That can only mean one thing: It’s “Public Domain Panic II,” the newest installment of our newest fill-in series, in which …

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Jun
15

Matthew Akers on MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT

Seen While Being Seen: Performance artist Marina Abramović (in white) challenges and absolves in MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT.

More than just a simple transcript of a museum show, the documentary MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ: THE ARTIST IS PRESENT is its own, emotionally-charged experience. Keyed off the controversial performance artist’s 2010 retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the film is one part eye-opening exploration of the woman who tends to push the boundaries of …

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Jun
11

Cinfantastique Spotlight: PROMETHEUS

Pandora, Meet Box; Box, Pandora: from left, Logan Marshall-Green, Noomi Rapace, and Michael Fassbender have no idea what they're unleashing in PROMETHEUS.

Melding the spiritual and the graphic, the scientific and the horrific, that’s PROMETHEUS’ game. Ridley Scott’s return to the ALIEN universe, some thirty-three years after he turned genre film upside-down with the original film (but not a prequel; repeat: NOT A PREQUEL (but it is (sort of))), evidences no shortage of ambition — with a …

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Jun
08

Bud Clayman on OC87: THE OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE MAJOR DEPRESSION BIPOLAR ASPERGER’S MOVIE

The Lens is Also a Mirror: Bud Clayman Explores His Recovery from Mental Illness in OC87: THE OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE MAJOR DEPRESSION BIPOLAR ASPERGER'S MOVIE.

You could say that a documentary with the title OC87: THE OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE MAJOR DEPRESSION BIPOLAR ASPERGER’S MOVIE is maybe biting off more than it could chew, but no more so than the filmmaker who found himself coping, not voluntarily, with all those afflictions. More than just a sympathetic observer, Bud Clayman — who co-directed …

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Jun
07

Temple of Bad: MIGHTY PEKING MAN

Captivated by the Magnificent Jungle Palms: Danny Lee enjoys the view in MIGHTY PEKING MAN.

Supplicants worshipping at the altar of the Temple of Bad know that there is no length they wouldn’t travel, no sacrifice they would spare, to seek out the most sublime of regrettable cinema. Thus, noble adventurers Andrea Lipinski, Kevin Lauderdale, and Dan Persons have packed up the knapsacks, folded their sleeping rolls, and held their …

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Jun
06

Sponsored Video + Podcast: Ben Model on the Art of the Chase

Buster Keaton in COPS.

Okay, I’ve really got to thank Samsung now, not just for being a sponsor, but also a friend. I’ve long wanted to do a show with Ben Model, silent film accompanist extraordinaire, and since Samsung’s latest episode of their comedy series FACT CHECKERS UNIT is essentially an extended chase sequence between the intrepid scandal-rag detectives …

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Jun
04

Cinefantastique Spotlight: SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

Towards the End of His Life, Disney Admitted His Greatest Regret was Neglecting to Include a Giant Forest Troll in SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS: Kristen Stewart faces down a wilder fairy tale in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN.

Probably looked good on paper. A “grown-up” retelling of Snow White, featuring the stars of THE TWILIGHT SAGA and THOR, with additional star-power in the casting of the wicked queen and the seven dwarfs and a lush, stylish mounting courtesy of the director of many, visually innovative commercials, here making his feature film debut — …

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