Monthly Archive: November 2012

Nov
30

Temple of Bad: STARCRASH

UnForced Drama: Caroline Munro, Christopher Plummer and David Hasselhoff confront cheesy space adventure in STARCRASH.

Italy has brought us so many wonderful things: Fellini; lasagna; Silvio Berlusconi (that last is debatable). But among the many marvels borne of those shores, truly the most wondrous has to be the knock-off film, a genre that took groundbreaking, innovative American titles and replicated them with a low-budget zeal and enough questionable technical prowess …

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Nov
26

Cinefantastique Spotlight: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

An all-star cast (l to r: Isla Fisher, Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, and Hugh Jackman) protect childhood's most valuable resource in RISE OF THE GUARDIANS.

With THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Disney succeeded in extending the holiday film season from the beginning of November to the end of the year. Now, DreamWorks has upped the ante with RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, a CG animated, 3D fantasy that not only has a burly, Slavic Santa (Alec Baldwin) heading up a team of …

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Nov
19

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2

Vampy Family, Assemble!: Clockwise from center: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Mackenzie Foy await the repressive forces of vampiric tradition in THE TWILGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2.

So now Bella (Kristen Stewart) is not just vamp, but super-mega-ultra-vamp, the smartest, strongest, most beautiful, most morally pristine vamp there ever was. Meanwhile, her brand-new and rapidly growing daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) is blessed with the psychic ability to melt even the coldest heart with the power of L-O-V-E, not that that matters to …

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Nov
16

Victor Ginzburg on GENERATION P

Vladimir Yepifantsev gazes into Russia's brave, consumerist future in GENERATION P.

Eve bit the apple, Pandora opened the box, and for a certain generation of young Russians, the first taste of a certain, ambrosial nectar that we in the West call Pepsi did close to the same thing: unleash a desire that, once freed, could not be contained. In the caustic, Russian satire GENERATION P, one …

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Nov
14

BUFFALO GIRLS Opens in New York

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Had I but world enough and time, I’d be interviewing the director of this fantastic, disturbing documentary about child boxers in Thailand. (Had I the discretionary income, I’d be taking a plane to that country just to scream at the parents, “WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU’RE DOING?“) Unfortunately, I’m not going to be …

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Nov
14

J.G. Quintel on REGULAR SHOW

J.G. Quintel and his REGULAR SHOW.

Give REGULAR SHOW creator J.G. Quintel credit for coming up with a title that works in ironic counterpoint to itself. On the one hand, the Cartoon Network series is an examination of young people entering the workforce in modern America, with all the friction, tension, and social and moral quandaries that might ensue. On the …

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Nov
12

Cinefantastique Spotlight: SKYFALL

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If box office numbers are to be believed, we’ve been suffering a severe case of Bond withdrawal. SKYFALL, the newest film featuring secret agent 007, had its best opening of any Bond film as the franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary. And critical consensus has so far fallen into line with that of ecstatic audiences, contending …

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Nov
09

Dick Cavett on DUCK SOUP

The Warmongers of 1933: The Four Marx Bros. celebrate armed conflict in DUCK SOUP.

The late sixties had its share of momentous events: Nixon attaining the presidency; the manned moon landing; and most important of all, Dick Cavett interviewing the 78-year-old, and still blisteringly funny, Groucho Marx on his late-night TV show. So when the Forum on Law, Culture, and Society at Fordham Law here in New York invited …

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