Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep
29

WE MADE THIS MOVIE Director Rob Burnett

Stardom (and Escape Route) Deferred: Arjay Smith (center) leads the cast of WE MADE THIS MOVIE.

The new comedy, WE MADE THIS MOVIE, offers up a couple of lessons in first impressions. Lesson one: Don’t presume that the producer of THE LATE SHOW and ED is going to go the traditional, studio route when he makes his feature film directing debut. Lesson two: Don’t think that a film about a group …

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Sep
29

George Takei and ALLEGIANCE – A NEW MUSICAL

After a preview performance of ALLEGIANCE

By Anna Kaplan With Alexander Kaplan-Reyes If you are wondering what a musical review is doing on here, wonder no further. ALLEGIANCE – A NEW MUSICAL is a production that exists because of George Takei, known to STAR TREK fans everywhere as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Enterprise and Captain of the Excelsior. His sense of …

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Sep
19

Sponsored Video: CONTINUUM Debuts on Syfy UK

So we’ve got another sponsored post for y’all. This is UK specific, again: On September 27th, Syfy UK will be debuting CONTINUUM, a new series out of Canada about a time-traveling policewoman from the future (Rachel Nichols) who’s sent back to present-day Vancouver to track down a gang of terrorists bent on altering history. Kinda …

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Sep
17

Cinefantastique Spotlight: RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION

Please Wipe Your Feet Before Entering the Detention Unit: Milla Jovovich winds up in the belly of a beastly corporation in RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION.

People have condemned the RESIDENT EVIL series, claiming it’s nothing more than a loose assemblage of action sequences wherein Milla Jovovich’s agile zombie-fighter Alice runs and shoots guns. Not satisfied with that, writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson has confounded expectations with RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION: He has Alice shoot guns, then run. Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski and …

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Sep
14

Sponsored Video: THE INTOUCHABLES, Now Known as UNTOUCHABLE, Opens in the U.K.

A life-embracing caretaker (Omar Sy, center top) brings his paralyzed charge (Francois Cluzet) back into the world in UNTOUCHABLE.

So now it’s Britain’s turn and, curiously, we here at MMP in the U.S. get to let people know about it in this sponsored post. The hit, life-affirming French comedy, THE INTOUCHABLES has already broken box-office records worldwide — making Harvey Weinstein here in the U.S. do the kind of happy dance that only Harvey …

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Sep
13

Live Feed: WE MADE THIS MOVIE Debut from the Ed Sullivan Theater

Live broadcasting by Ustream Hey! How would you like to get a first-hand, seat’s-eye view of the premiere of the new comedy, WE MADE THIS MOVIE, broadcast live from the Ed Sullivan Theater, home of THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN? Oh. Well, you can watch it anyway. I’m going to be testing UStream broadcasting …

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Sep
10

Cinefantastique Spotlight: [REC] 3: GENESIS

Are You Eating the Bride's or the Groom's Side?: Leticia Dolera gets the most important day of her life hijacked in REC 3: GENESIS

[REC] 3: GENESIS, the third installment of the Spanish zombie franchise, distinguishes itself in several ways: It’s the first to move the location away from the building of the first two films, cleverly choosing a wedding reception as the site for its carnage; the narrative takes a decisively more humorous tone; and the director, Paco …

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Sep
09

Temple of Bad: INVISIBLE INVADERS

Another Invasion Foiled by the RKO Logo: Aliens meet their match in INVISIBLE INVADERS.

This is an episode of Temple of Bad that includes several firsts. It’s our first discussion of a black-and-white film. It’s our first discussion of a film that has such a ridiculously short running time. It’s our first film starring John Carradine, and our first film starring the oh-so-dreamy John Agar. Sadly, it’s also our …

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Sep
07

GREEN Director Sophia Takal

The Picnic's Over: A local (Sophia Takal, right), inadvertantly stirs the seeds of jealousy between two New Yorkers (Lawrence Michael Levine, left and Kate Lyn Sheil) in GREEN.

A couple of well-educated Brooklynites move to the country, strike up a friendship with one of the locals, and that’s where things get dark in Sophia Takal’s directing debut, GREEN. But hold up: This isn’t DELIVERANCE or STRAW DOGS. What Takal is after is a more incisive examination of isolation, dependency, and jealousy as the …

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Sep
03

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE POSSESSION

Little Girls Should Not Be Dipping into Daddy's Humidor: Natasha Calis regrets her curiosity in THE POSSESSION.

You were at the beach. You were visiting relatives. You had friends over for one, last barbecue. You were scrubbing down the altar for the midnight sacrifice to the Great Old Ones (special for Providence only). Whatever you were doing, it was something you felt was more important than being in the theater this past …

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