Monthly Archive: December 2012

Dec
31

Cinefantastique Spotlight: 2012 Roundup

The Faces and Feats of 2012.

The future is a bottomless well, its mysteries yet to be revealed. The past is the road that stretches behind us, a strange and twisted route littered with ghosts, demons, hobbits, hostile aliens, Dark Knights, the gods of myth, and far too many teenagers lugging amateur camcorders. 2012 is over, a year that, as with …

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Dec
28

Ward Roberts on DUST UP

Aaron Gaffey and Amber Benson share a rare, reflective moment in DUST UP.

It’s the end of the year. Time to weigh our actions of the twelve months prior, look ahead to the months to come, and resolve to be better, smarter, more generous, more loving in all we do. Then we can all sit down to a film in which a one-eyed ex-marine (Aaron Gaffey) and his …

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Dec
26

James Franco Gets Friendly (Maybe TOO Friendly) with the Samsung Galaxy Camera [Sponsored Video]

Truth be told, we have some questions about how closely the sponsored video below adheres to documentary truth. That James Franco would throw a party and spend all of the time hiding behind a Samsung Galaxy Camera? No, don’t wash with us, he seems more outgoing than that. That once he got his mitts on …

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Dec
24

Cinefantastique Spotlight: MONSTERS, INC. 3D

Monster (voiced by John Goodman) and child (Mary Gibbs) form an unexpected bond in MONSTERS, INC.

And a happy holiday to you all! And once you’re done unwrapping the gifts and singing the carols and observing whatever expressions of faith you feel are appropriate for the time (if any), you may want to reinforce the communal feeling with a visit to the cinema for something the whole family can enjoy. In …

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Dec
20

Steven Van Zandt and Jack Huston on NOT FADE AWAY

Steven Van Zandt (center) gives Will Brill (left) and Jack Huston tips on the fine points of rock during the shoot for NOT FADE AWAY.

The ‘burbs are alive with the sound of music. Especially in the sixties, especially if you were a teen in New Jersey jamming with your friends in a garage and dreaming of being the next Rolling Stones. NOT FADE AWAY is the directorial debut of THE SOPRANOS creator David Chase, a canny look back at …

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Dec
19

Michael Haneke on AMOUR

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AMOUR is not the most gripping, devastating, insightful film you’ll see this year. It may be the most gripping, devastating, insightful film you’ll see ever. The tale of an elderly couple descending into isolation and desperation as the husband (Jean-Louis Trintignant) tends to a wife (Emmanuelle Riva) succumbing slowly to the damages of a stroke, …

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Dec
17

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

Give Him a Ring Sometime: Martin Freeman stumbles upon a serious tactical advantage in THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY.

The journey will be long, the challenges daunting, the popcorn very likely stale. But that doesn’t matter now — the grand epic that is the three-part, film adaptation of THE HOBBIT is upon us with the release of the first installment: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. Having braved the onslaught of orcs, goblins, and restless eight-year-0lds, beabetterbooktalker.com‘s …

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Dec
14

Donnie Yen on DRAGON

Donnie Yen confronts his past in DRAGON.

Some people’s pasts come back to haunt them; some come back to kill them. In Peter Ho-Sun Chan’s martial arts film, DRAGON, Donnie Yen plays a loving husband living with his wife and child in a small, Chinese village at the beginning of the twentieth century. But when he seemingly inadvertently foils a robbery attempt, …

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Dec
10

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy

Don't Let Him Near a Zales: Elijah Wood is helpless before the power of cursed ring in THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

Next week sees the last, major genre film debut of the year with the release of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY in glorious 3D and an innovative high frame-rate (HFR) projection system (advance word: bring Dramamine). The film marks the beginning of a new film franchise based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tales of Middle Earth, …

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Dec
07

Ben Browder on BAD KIDS GO TO HELL

Ben Browder plays a janitor who knows when it's a good idea to mind his own business (or does he?) in BAD KIDS GO TO HELL.

In such series as FARSCAPE and STARGATE SG-1, Ben Browder traveled to distant universes filled with strange and fascinating creatures. But in all their adventures, neither FARSCAPE’s John Crichton nor SG-1’s Cameron Mitchell ever had to contend with an environment as daunting as high school, or a life form as enigmatic as teenagers. That’s just …

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