Monthly Archive: June 2013

Jun
29

Writer Katie Dippold on THE HEAT

Sandra Bullock (left) and Melissa McCarthy are on the opposite sides of the same side of the law in THE HEAT.

So in the midst of the interstellar conflicts, zombie plagues, and giant robots, how about a summer movie that’s a little more grounded? How about Sandra Bullock as a Type A, by-the-book FBI agent clashing up against Melissa McCarthy as a loose-cannon Boston police detective as they try to take down a drug lord? THE …

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Jun
27

The CFQ Interview: 100 BLOODY ACRES’ Cameron & Colin Cairnes

Angus Sampson (left) and Damon Herriman discover a new formula for success in 100 BLOODY ACRES.

Australian brothers Cameron Cairnes and Colin Cairnes are making their feature film debut with 100 BLOODY ACRES. A black comedy in which a group of young concert-goers run afoul of a couple of brothers (Angus Sampson and Damon Herriman) whose blood and bone fertilizer business has seen a significant uptick in fortunes with the addition …

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Jun
24

Cinefantastique Spotlight: WORLD WAR Z

I Swear, THIS is the Last Year We're Shopping on Black Friday: Brad Pitt and Mireille Enos confront the zombie apocalypse in WORLD WAR Z.

In perhaps a revelation more dramatic than anything in the film itself, WORLD WAR Z has triggered a shockingly wide spectrum of reactions from us here on the Spotlight. Is the Brad Pitt-starring zombie thriller a top-notch popcorn movie with well-staged action, gripping suspense, and an amazing global scope? Is it an unfortunate misfire, with …

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Jun
23

Temple of Bad: THE MAN WITHOUT A BODY

You Will Believe a Fake Head on a Table is a Fake Head on a Table: A gripping moment from THE MAN WITHOUT A BODY.

As best as we can determine, the producers of THE MAN WITHOUT A BODY had a camera and some film and said to themselves, “Well, we’ve got to do something with this stuff.” And the dedicated advocates of the Temple of Bad have to agree with these esteemed artistes: This film is certainly a thing. …

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Jun
20

The CFQ Interview: BLADE RUNNER’s William Sanderson

William Sanderson (right) and Chris Bauer face the brave new, bloodsucking future in TRUE BLOOD.

Who among us didn’t watch lonely, trusting J.F. Sebastian take renegade replicant Pris into his digs at the Bradbury building and think, Oh, this shall not end well? It was William Sanderson who gave BLADE RUNNER’s afflicted replicant designer an awkward vulnerability, but the actor also gave life to TRUE BLOOD’s conflicted Sheriff Bud Dearborne …

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Jun
17

Cinefantastique Spotlight: MAN OF STEEL

Superman (Henry Cavill) goes along with our silly earth games in MAN OF STEEL.

Like the clash of demigods fallen to earth after the destruction of their home world, it was going to be glorious. Because of scheduling issues, Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski and Dan Persons started their discussion of Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL early, to be joined by Lawrence French at the usual start time. But thanks …

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Jun
13

The CFQ Interview: BLADE RUNNER’s Joanna Cassidy

Joanna Cassidy

Joanna Cassidy’s acting career has been long and diverse, encompassing a bit part in BULLITT, trading barbs with Dabney Coleman on BUFFALO BILL, and presently playing the overbearing mother of Dana Delany on BODY OF PROOF. But for most genre fans, she will always be Zhora, the snake-loving assassin/exotic dancer/replicant of BLADE RUNNER, as well …

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Jun
10

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE PURGE

Lena Headey and Ethan Hawke play a well-off couple who discover that steel shutters and high-tech surveillance systems are not enough to keep out THE PURGE.

THE PURGE had a happy weekend at the theaters and a not-so-happy weekend in the press, drawing healthy box office but getting slammed by most critics. Somewhat reflecting the confusion, the Cinefantastique Online gang of Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons are of mixed opinions about this tale of the United States undergoing a …

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Jun
09

Bill Stone on TRIUMPH OF THE WALL

It's Chris Overing vs. a pile of rocks and the forces of time in TRIUMPH OF THE WALL.

Filmmaker Bill Stone’s task couldn’t have been simpler: Document artist Chris Overing as he built a stone wall on a large estate in Quebec. In two months time, the director anticipated, he’d have an interesting rumination on an elaborate and obscure craft. Eight years later, with the wall unfinished and Stone wondering what he had …

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Jun
06

The CFQ Interview: THE TOXIC AVENGER’s Lloyd Kaufman

Lloyd Kaufman, channeling his inner Ed Wood.

For close to forty years, the New York-based studio Troma has been a perverse, gory thumb in the eye of all that’s staid and safe in mainstream Hollywood. It’s co-founder Lloyd Kaufman has built a fan-base by directing such twisted, low-budget epics as THE TOXIC AVENGER, CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH, TROMEO AND JULIET and …

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