Monthly Archive: August 2012

Aug
31

FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE Director Tsui Hark

Look, Can't We Just Exchange Insurance Info and Leave It at That?: Jet Li (right) faces off against Chen Kun in FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE.

FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE is the first Tsui Hark film to be shot in Imax 3D, starring Jet Li. Okay, stop salivating and sit back down, we’ve got work to do. Granted, your enthusiasm is understandable. Hark — master of such deliriously epic action films as PEKING OPERA BLUES and ONCE UPON A TIME …

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Aug
27

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE APPARITION

I've Got a Radar Detector and I'm Not Afraid to Use It: Modern technology provides scant protection for Ashley Greene in THE APPARITION.

All these shades and poltergeists invading suburbia, moving the furniture and scaring the children and snatching souls from still-living bodies and otherwise causing all kinds of ruckus, sure, it’s inconvenient for the residents, but what about the real estate agents? Why doesn’t anybody think of them? What’s to come of their commissions, what about the …

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Aug
23

Temple of Bad: AN AMERICAN CAROL

Wrong thinking is punishable. Extremely right thinking will be as quickly rewarded: Kelsey Grammer (right) tries to show Kevin P. Farley the error of his ways in AN AMERICAN CAROL.

Could there be a movie so inanely scripted, so ineptly produced, so all-around awful that it confounds even the staunch acolytes of the Temple of Bad? Uh, yes. Yes there is, and it’s the topic of our latest episode. AN AMERICAN CAROL was intended to serve as a counterbalance to the perceived liberal tilt of …

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Aug
20

Cinefantastique Spotlight: PARANORMAN

The dead get downright lively in PARANORMAN.

A young boy gifted with the ability to see ghosts has to rise to the challenge when his small New England town is cursed by the spirit of a vengeful witch in PARANORMAN, the latest 3D stop-motion animated effort from Oregon’s Laika Studios. With an onslaught of mouldering zombies, voluble spirits, and malevolent storm fronts, …

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Aug
17

PARANORMAN Directors Sam Fell & Chris Butler

Dolby Stereo is Just Lost on Some People: A boy contends with supernatural phenomena in PARANORMAN.

Oregon’s Laika stop-motion studio is kind-of making a name for itself as the go-to guys for family-friendly fantasies that mix the scary and the funny in perfect proportion. In their latest, PARANORMAN, a young boy with gift for seeing the various and sundry spirits that are haunting his small, New England town is saddled with …

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Aug
13

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE BOURNE LEGACY

Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz hit the road in THE BOURNE LEGACY.

The actual Bourne legacy is that what was always intended to be a trilogy was so successful that it compelled Universal to find some way to continue the franchise without star Matt Damon (clearly the DOCTOR WHO fix wouldn’t work here). Their solution for THE BOURNE LEGACY, the movie: Bring in Jeremy Renner as another …

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Aug
06

Cinefantastique Spotlight: TOTAL RECALL

We Can Remember It for You, But It's Gonna Cost Big Time: Colin Farrell's internal world gets rocked in TOTAL RECALL.

What is reality? What is identity? How long can a soul survive when one’s perceptions and one’s self are subject to electronic editing at a moment’s whim? These and many other fascinating questions are raised and almost immediately dropped in TOTAL RECALL, director Len Wiseman’s retelling of the Philip K. Dick tale of an ordinary …

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Aug
03

John Kricfalusi on CANS WITHOUT LABELS

The Toxic Father Returns: Some atmospheric presentation art from John Kricfalusi's CANS WITHOUT LABELS.

Okay, we’re breaking format here, but for what I think is a good reason. Famed cartoonist John Kricfalusi — aka John K — has started up a Kickstarter campaign for his new project, CANS WITHOUT LABELS, featuring that fireplug dynamo of really bad ideas, George Liquor (characteristic quote: “It’s discipline that begets love!”). John wanted …

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Aug
02

Anne Émond on NUIT #1

The Hook-Up That Catches: Catherine de Léan and Dimitri Storoge bare more than their bodies in Nuit #1

NUIT #1 begins with its main characters, Clara (Catherine de Léan) and Nikolai (Dimitri Storoge), engaged in a superficial but strenuous bout of sex, having just met each other at a rave and retreated to Nikolai’s sparsely appointed apartment. But, using the sheer shallowness of that physical coupling as a springboard, director Anne Émond delves …

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