Monthly Archive: April 2013

Apr
28

Pierce Brosnan on LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

Pierce Brosnan and Trine Dyrholm connect in ways neither expected in LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED.

Sometimes the wedding videographers are pointing their cameras in the wrong direction. Susanne Bier’s LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED takes place mostly in a villa in Sorrento, where a young and rather conflicted couple (Molly Blixt Egelind and Sebastian Jessen) are getting married. But the kids are not the only ones being put through changes; …

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Apr
25

Martin Landau: The CFQ Interview

Martin Landau (right) teams up with Johnny Depp and won an Oscar for his portrayal of Bela Lugosi in ED WOOD.

Every now and then, we pause in awe of the people we’ve had the opportunity to spend time with. Doug Trumbull, John Kricfalusi, and Paul Verhoeven in earlier years, Armin Shimerman and Frank Oz more recently — now it’s Martin Landau’s turn, and we couldn’t be happier. In an extended and wide-ranging interview, we got …

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Apr
24

Temple of Bad: RIKI-OH: THE STORY OF RICKY

The going gets gutsy in RIKI-OH: THE STORY OF RICKY.

In the future — and by “future,” we mean 2001 — the Chinese prison system will be stupid. Also violent, sadistic, and quite, quite unsanitary — what with there not being a wall, fixture or floor that isn’t thoroughly coated with the viscera of its unfortunate inhabitants — but mostly really, really dumb. That’s the …

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Apr
22

Cinefantastique Spotlight: OBLIVION

Tom Cruise confronts the unknown in OBLIVION.

OBLIVION is a fun, state-of-the-art, big-studio science fiction adventurer, action-packed and, under the direction of Joseph Kosinski, quite beautiful. That, in its telling the tale of post-apocalyptic caretaker Tom Cruise discovering his alien-war-ravaged Earth suffered its wounds for reasons other than he was told (with Morgan Freeman doing for the Morpheus role what he previously …

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Apr
21

Kristin Chenoweth on FAMILY WEEKEND

Kristin Chenoweth (right) is encouraged to re-bond with her daughter (Olesya Rulin) in FAMILY WEEKEND.

Behold the nuclear family what has outright exploded: Mother (Kristin Chenoweth) and father (Matthew Modine) are so wrapped up in their own agendas that they don’t have time to tend to anything else; the kids, rudderless, are left to their own devices to cope. Time to hit the pause button, get everybody together for a …

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Apr
19

Which Cartoon Lagoon Will Make You Swoon?

Well, this is awkward. Kevin Smith has just put out a show on iTunes called Kevin Smith’s Cartoon Lagoon — judging from the trailer, he’s doing the Ricky Gervais Show thing: taking the audio from his podcasts and bringing them to animated life, hopefully to humorous effect. Which is all well and good — Smith …

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Apr
18

Rob Zombie & Sheri Moon Zombie: The CFQ Interview

Sheri Moon Zombie gets put through changes in Rob Zombie's THE LORDS OF SALEM.

Musician, moviemaker, iconoclastic fan, Rob Zombie has built a formidable rep for himself by taking the horror genre and turning it to his own, unique vision. Now, after such wild rides as THE DEVIL’S REJECTS and HALLOWEEN, he ventures into new territory, telling a more nuanced tale of a New England DJ facing a hellish …

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Apr
15

Cinefantastique Spotlight: SCARY MOVIE V & JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS

Ignore those shots of Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan. Simon Rex (left) and Ashley Tisdale (right) are the actual stars of SCARY MOVIE V. (That's Christopher "Critter" Antonucci in the center.)

SCARY MOVIE V opened this week! Yeah, us neither. So instead of delving in-depth into this weekend’s big release (takeaway: A HAUNTED HOUSE was much funnier), Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski and Dan Persons deliver a quick capsule review, and then Lawrence French joins them for a fiftieth anniversary discussion of stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen’s epic …

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Apr
14

Francois Ozon on IN THE HOUSE

Ernst Umhauer (left) seeks to explode the nuclear family (Denis Menochet, Emmanuelle Seigner, Bastien Ughetto) in IN THE HOUSE.

French filmmaker Francois Ozon is once again messing with your mind, telling a tale of envy, desire, and literary license in IN THE HOUSE. Wry and dark, the film is about a teacher (Fabrice Luchini) who becomes obsessed when the writings of a teenager (Ernst Umhauer) turn into an account of his insinuation into the …

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Apr
11

ANTIVIRAL’s Brandon Cronenberg: The CFQ Interview

Caleb Landry Jones and Sarah Gadon share a virulent form of fame in ANTIVIRAL.

ANTIVIRAL is set in an alternate-but-not-too-alternate universe where fame is everything, and the grand bulk of the economy seems built around markets in steaks cloned and viruses farmed from celebrities. The film marks the directing debut of Brandon Cronenberg — son of David Cronenberg — and while its biologic creepiness demonstrates a clear blood-line (we …

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