Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb
25

Cinefantastique Spotlight: DARK SKIES

Close Encounters of the Familiar Kind: Keri Russell (left), Josh Hamilton (second from right) and Kadan Rockett endure an alien attack in DARK SKIES.

If there’s one thing we know about a Blumhouse film, it’s that the producers of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise are convinced the American family just isn’t safe at home. In the case of DARK SKIES, the entities bedeviling a married couple (Keri Russell and Josh Hamilton) and their two young sons (Dakota Goyo and Kadan …

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Feb
24

Temple of Bad: MAC AND ME

An E.T. knock-off gives the audience the finger in MAC AND ME.

MAC AND ME is another one of those transcendental experiences — a film so awful, a film so wrongheaded in all its aspects, a film so cynically devised and ham-fistedly executed that it practically redefines the idea of the bad film. An obvious rip-off of the Steven Spielberg classic, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, M&M (ironically one …

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Feb
22

SPIDER-MAN’s J.K. Simmons: The CFQ Interview

Did You Ever Consider that What's Destroying Your Family is that Cowardly Criminal, Spider-Man?: J.K. Simmons (left) counsels Keri Russell in DARK SKIES.

It takes some kind of actor to take the role of a Nazi sadist and make it more than just a broad caricature. And it’s no mean feat to then become the flesh-and-blood incarnation of one of comics’ most notorious egotists and turn him into a person you might consider hanging out with. J.K. Simmons …

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Feb
18

Cinefantastique Spotlight: BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

Cast of casters: Jeremy Irons (left) and Alden Ehrenreich (right) try to save Alice Englert from a dark fate in BEAUTIFUL CREATURES.

The TWILIGHTing of romantic fantasy continues apace. In WARM BODIES a few weeks ago, director Jonathan Levine managed to take the human teen/inhuman teen (in this case, a zombie) romance and grace it with humor and genuine emotion; in the upcoming THE HOST, Andrew Niccol tackles TWILIGHT mistress Stephanie Meyer’s take on INVASION OF THE …

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Feb
17

Fred Stoller on FRED & VINNIE

Fred Stoller (right) and Angelo Tsarouchas test the bounds and bonds of friendship in FRED AND VINNIE.

Friends are friends, right up to the point they move in with you. Then, they’re less friends and more a Skinnerian experiment in how long one can accommodate one’s life to the demands of another before the psyche fractures permanently. In the based-on-real-life comedy FRED & VINNIE, comedian and actor Fred Stoller (EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND; …

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Feb
14

STARSHIP TROOPERS’ Casper Van Dien: The CFQ Interview

Casper Van Dien gets bug-bombed in STARSHIP TROOPERS

Check his IMDB listing, you’ll discover Casper Van Dien has a full, rich career, including key roles in SLEEPY HOLLOW and MONK. But if you’re a genre film fan of a certain demeanor, you see his name and you tag him as does a subtitle in the recent comedy NOOBZ: “That Guy from STARSHIP TROOPERS.” …

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Feb
14

Sponsored Video: Samsung Loves Monkeys & Monkeys Love Samsung

Painstaking scientific research has proven conclusively: Monkeys am funny. So when the people at Samsung wanted to demonstrate how irresistible their refrigerators are, is it any wonder they decided to do it by letting a swarm of avid simians raid the ever-so-fashionable appliances? Okay, many may regard the sight of a bunch of happy-go-lucky monkeys …

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Feb
11

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE BIRDS

Audubon Shrugged: A town suffers an avian onslaught in Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS.

Next vacation, break away to beautiful Bodega Bay, CA, where the welcome is warm, the sun is shining, and the gulls want to peck your eyes out. Don’t order the fried chicken. With no new genre release in the theaters, the Spotlight gang takes a fiftieth anniversary look at Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic of nature …

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Feb
10

Pablo Larrain on NO

Speaking Upbeat Truth to Power: Gael Garcia Bernal confronts tyranny with a smile in NO.

Turns out the will of the people rather closely resembles that of the Pepsi Generation. In 1988, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was forced to stage a plebiscite on his administration, allowing his subjects to vote YES or NO on continuing his rule for another eight years. When Pinochet briefly opens up the television airwaves to …

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Feb
07

STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE’s Armin Shimerman: The CFQ Interview

Armin Shimerman as STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE's Quark and himself (inset).

It’s not often an actor gets to redeem an entire species, but that’s what Armin Shimerman did when he took on the role of Quark, the amenable but eminently self-interested Ferengi barkeep of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE. Having been present for the Ferengi’s ignominious debut on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, when a race …

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