Monthly Archive: March 2013

Mar
31

Sally El Hosaini and James Floyd on MY BROTHER THE DEVIL

James Floyd (right) and Fady Elsayed fight the mean streets of Hackney in MY BROTHER THE DEVIL.

Breaking through the clichés is what writer/director Sally El Hosaini is all about. Her debut feature, MY BROTHER THE DEVIL, is about Egyptians living in London, and there isn’t a terrorist among them. There are, however, artists, students, drug dealers, petty thieves, and in the middle of it, two brothers, elder Rashid (James Floyd) and …

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Mar
28

DETOUR’s Neil Hopkins: The CFQ Interview

Neil Hopkins gets deep in DETOUR.

Okay, yet another reason not to move to Southern California. In DETOUR, an ambitious businessman gets trapped in his car when it’s knocked off the road and buried in a mudslide. Actor Neil Hopkins carries most of the weight of this existential nightmare, playing a man confronting a modern-day Premature Burial, trapped in a vehicle …

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Mar
25

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE CROODS

Higglety Pigglety Pop!: Or There Must Be More to Life Than Living in a Cave: Emma Stone seeks broader horizons in THE CROODS.

We should be grateful that mainstream entertainment has evolved enough for an animated tale of a prehistoric family not to be solely defined by how many times the work “rock” is prefixed to other nouns. The new DreamWorks film, THE CROODS, is about a primitive clan — led by cautious father Nicolas Cage — facing …

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Mar
24

Sidiki Conde & Alan Govenar on YOU DON’T NEED FEET TO DANCE

Sidiki Conde (right) defies the barriers in YOU DON'T NEED FEET TO DANCE.

The subject of the documentary YOU DON’T NEED FEET TO DANCE, Sidiki Conde, is possibly the very definition of determination and resilience. Born in Guinea, stricken with polio that lost him the use of his legs as a teen, overcoming that stigma by forming an orchestra of disabled artists that toured the country, Conde eventually …

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Mar
21

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL’s Dee Wallace: The CFQ Interview

I Said Pass the #@%*! Potatoes: Dee Wallace lets the witch show through the homey facade in HANSEL AND GRETEL.

It’s our first Spielberg veteran here at CFQi, and a good one, too. Dee Wallace probably reached her greatest audience as the progressive but put-upon suburban mom of E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, but she had previously developed her genre chops in two landmark horror titles: Wes Craven’s THE HILLS HAVE EYES and Joe Dante’s THE HOWLING, …

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Mar
20

Brendan Fraser on STAND OFF

Brendan Fraser (left) and Colm Meaney are in the middle of trouble, but not quite as the ad materials portray, in STAND OFF.

Look at the promotional materials being floated around the U.S. for STAND OFF, and you’d think the film was a crime thriller in the Guy Ritchie mold, with Brendan Fraser backed up by Colm Meaney in some heavy badassery. What it turns out to be is an acerbic comedy in which Fraser, as an American …

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Mar
15

Frank Oz: The CFQ Interview

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It’s amazing some researchers haven’t figured out a way of determining personalities based on what aspect of Frank Oz’s career one is impressed with. Of course there’s Yoda — Frank voiced the beloved, and powerful, Jedi master, operated the puppet for most of the STAR WARS films, and for many helped form the heart and …

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Mar
14

Matteo Garrone on REALITY

Aniello Arena gets distracted by the prospect of fame in REALITY.

Luciano (Aniello Arena) only looks like an affable fishmonger with a side business running purloined kitchen appliances from a small village near Naples; within him beats the heart of a true Snooki. When, in the new comedy REALITY, he’s called in to audition for a spot on the Italian edition of BIG BROTHER, the siren …

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Mar
11

Cinefantastique Spotlight: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

The Shamrock Shake is Back for a Limited Time? C'MON!: James Franco and Mila Kunis en route in OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL.

Another film that answers questions we didn’t ask, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL is a prequel showing how the magical land over the rainbow got its formidable-but-all-too-fallible wizard. Director Sam Raimi makes his 3D debut in this big-budget project, recruiting James Franco as his soon-too-be Oz, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams as a …

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Mar
10

Lucien Castaing-Taylor on LEVIATHAN

LEVIATHAN'S view in the midst of fishing.

LEVIATHAN is being called a documentary. That’s as much for convenience’s sake as anything else — it’s clearly not fiction, so what else could it be? Except in no way does the film hew to conventional notions of documentary storytelling. Filmmakers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel brought a multitude of cameras onto a commercial fishing …

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