Monthly Archive: July 2012

Jul
22

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Heading for a Fall: Bane (Tom Hardy, left) faces off against the Batman (Christian Bale) in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.

Homicidal maniac in a well-crafted movie: great entertainment. Homicidal maniac in an actual movie theater… Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons grapple with the horrific news out of Aurora, discussing whether and how it should relate to the film that was being screened, Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, and also how …

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Jul
19

Trailer: FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE

I’m planning to have an interview with Anne Émond, director of the fantastic drama, NUIT #1, next week. In the meantime, check out the trailer below for FAMILY PORTRAIT IN BLACK AND WHITE, Julia Ivanova’s fantastic documentary about a Ukranian woman who’s foster mother to 23 mixed-race children, with all the personal friction — both …

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Jul
15

Cinefantastique Spotlight: ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT

Comedy on Ice: Prehistoric creatures deal with vast, geological calamity in ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT.

By any logic, the prehistoric creatures of the ICE AGE franchise should be extinct by now, or at the very least have migrated to the direct-to-video market, like their colleagues over at THE LAND BEFORE TIME had the grace to do. But no, here we are with ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT, the 3D, CG-animated film …

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Jul
08

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

Respinning the Web: Andrew Garfiled dons the spandex for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.

Nothing like using the patriotic holiday of the Fourth of July to re-introduce the U.S. to a beloved New York Commie liberal. Or THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, if you will: Big Apple native and irradiated-arachnid-bit crime fighter. Sony has decided to punch the reboot button for what is actually the fourth installment of the franchise (but …

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Jul
02

Cinefantastique Spotlight: TED & Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN Trilogy

Who Needs a Reboot?: Iconic image from Sam Raimi's SPIDER-MAN.

Chalk Spotlight host & producer Dan Persons up for the crisis of faith: While he concedes that there are enough laughs in the animated works of  Seth McFarlane to dismiss the notion that the creator of such shows as FAMILY GUY and AMERICAN DAD is everything that’s wrong with televised comedy (an assertion that’s nowhere …

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