Monthly Archive: May 2013

May
30

ORPHAN BLACK’s Tatiana Maslany: The CFQ Interview

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2013 is turning out to be quite the break-out year for actress Tatiana Maslany: Not six months into the thing, she’s already got several notable roles to her name. Of course, most of them are on the BBC America series ORPHAN BLACK, where she plays multiple clones, all with very different personalities and all of …

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May
28

[Sponsored Video] What’s Romance Got to Do With It?: Thoughts After Watching BEFORE MIDNIGHT

Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) in Before Midnight directed by Richard Linklater.

This, you see, is the eternal question for me: Am I a romantic or not? As a film journalist, I need to serve many masters — drama, documentary, comedy, horror, etc. — and since I tend to favor independent releases, ’cause that’s where the truly exciting, innovative stuff is going on, I suppose my narrative …

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May
27

Cinefantastique Spotlight: EPIC

Amanda Seyfried (right) gets natural with Aziz Ansari in EPIC.

IRON MAN 3: Done it. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS: Done it. FAST AND FURIOUS 6: Not really genre (’though we wish). THE HANGOVER PART III: Uh, no. Genre or not, no thank you. That leaves… oh shoot, EPIC, a CG animated fantasy that’s about as oh shoot as they come. This is doubly disappointing since …

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May
23

Malcolm McDowell: The CFQ Interview

Malcolm McDowell in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.

Practically omnipresent and infinitely versatile, Malcolm McDowell has played, among others, a rebellious private school student, a futuristic sociopath, a degenerate emperor, Michael Myer’s nemesis, and the killer of Captain Kirk. He has worked with directors that have included Stanley Kubrick, Paul Schrader and Rob Zombie. He’s pretty much done it all, including a brief …

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May
20

Cinefantastique Spotlight: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

Chris Pine (right) and Zachary Quinto (left) have nemesis Benedict Cumberbatch at their mercy (don't kid yourself) in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS.

STAR TREK is back, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is still flouting the rules, director J.J. Abrams is still dividing the fan base, but amazingly, inconceivably, there’s no dissent within the Cinefantastique Online ranks this time: Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons all agree that STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS is supreme, quintessential TREK adventure. Telling …

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May
16

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000’S Frank Conniff: The CFQ Interview

Frank Conniff gets the Shepard Fairey treatment.

As MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000′S TV’s Frank, comedian and writer Frank Conniff became possibly the most cuddly mad scientist in history. From his debut television appearance that started with the show’s second season — for which he scripted and also pre-screened the “cheesy movies” that would torture host Joel Hodgson and crew — Conniff went …

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May
13

Cinefantastique Spotlight: Tribute to Ray Harryhausen

Ray Harryhausen & friends.

It is not an understatement to say that, for many who work within the industry of fantastic film and those who cover it, Ray Harryhausen was one of the key godfathers of the Sense of Wonder. In such films as EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, and …

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May
12

Alice Winocour on AUGUSTINE

Soko (center) confounds the male establishment in AUGUSTINE.

Let no one say that French director Alice Winocour isn’t audacious. She chooses not only to make her debut film — which she also scripted — a period piece, but to use it as a conduit for some trenchant observations on class, sexuality, and gender. Based on true events, AUGUSTINE tells the tale of the …

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May
09

SIGHTSEERS’ Ben Wheatley: The CFQ Interview

Ben Wheatley takes a comedic trip to the dark side.

Welcome to the banality of evil, Ben Wheatley-style: In his horror comedy SIGHTSEERS, a couple (Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, who also scripted) decides to take a caravan trip across the British Isles. But, really, who could enjoy such marvels as an antique tramway or the pencil museum when such distractions as litterers, rowdy Wiccans, …

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May
06

Cinefantastique Spotlight: IRON MAN 3

Robert Downey Jr. casts an acidic glance on superheroics in IRON MAN 3.

It’s felled the likes of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and the X-Men. It’s a more daunting foe than Lex Luthor, Bane, and Magneto combined. It is, of course, the third installment of a superhero franchise, and now it’s time for comicdom’s snarkiest hero to face the figurative music in IRON MAN 3. With Robert Downey Jr, …

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