Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul
29

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE WOLVERINE

Handy Tips for Mutants Traveling Through Japan #1: Retract Claws Before Opening Doors: Hugh Jackman unleashes the beast in THE WOLVERINE.

Take THE WOLVERINE (Hugh Jackman) out of his standard setting, plunk him down in Japan, give him a lovely heiress (Tao Okamoto) to protect, another lovely young mutant sidekick (Rila Fukushima) to join in battle, and no end of yakuza and ninja to fight, and what do you get? A unique and exciting opportunity to …

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Jul
22

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE CONJURING

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson confront the unknown of THE CONJURING (2013)

This weekend continued 2013’s trend of diversity in fantastic film debuts: You had your choice of an atmospheric, based-on-a-true-story ghost tale with THE CONJURING, or ride along with Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as afterlife cops in the effect-enhanced action-fantasy-comedy R.I.P.D, or indulge your sense of whimsy as Ryan Reynolds — again — voices a …

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Jul
15

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: PACIFIC RIM

A Jaeger makes a handsome, albeit destructive, addition to any city in PACIFIC RIM.

PACIFIC RIM is Tombstone pizza when you asked for Lombardi’s, McDonald’s when you wanted Shake Shack: A passable example of something that was never going to be the pinnacle of sophistication to begin with, but could have been so much better. Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons get together to discuss Guillermo …

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Jul
10

Dan Persons’ Appearance During HuffPost Live Coverage of CRYSTAL FAIRY

HuffPost Live had star Michael Cera and director Sebastian Silva on, talking about their film, CRYSTAL FAIRY, and invited me to post a video question for Silva. You can see how it went in the video below (if you just can’t wait, the question’s at 4:20). HuffPost Live MICHAEL CERA & SEBASTIAN SILVA ON CRYSTAL …

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Jul
08

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: DESPICABLE ME 2

Beee-Dooo, Beee-Dooo, Beee-Dooo: Gru (Steve Carell) has to contend with the anarchic forces that are the minions in DESPICABLE ME 2.

Here’s what DESPICABLE ME 2 does not do: It does not inflict small bruises about your face and hands. It does not siphon off valuable water supplies to feed the alien hoard. It does not require you to pay for costly therapy sessions for your traumatized children. After that, you’re on your own. Cinefantastique Online’s …

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Jul
07

Michael Winterbottom on LOOK OF LOVE

Steve Coogan (right) and Imogen Poots (center) are at the front lines of the sexual revolution in LOOK OF LOVE.

Director Michael Winterbottom and star Steve Coogan have reunited for another unique character study, this time focusing on Paul Raymond, real estate magnate and purveyor of, ahem, “adult” entertainment. LOOK OF LOVE starts in the late fifties and wends its way through the both decades and venues that include men’s clubs, bawdy legitimate theater, and …

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Jul
05

The CFQ Interview: ROBOT CHICKEN’s Kevin Shinick

The Justice League... and Trojan horse... assemble for ROBOT CHICKEN: DC COMICS SPECIAL

It’s an old cliche, but worth repeating: Comedy is serious business, even when we’re talking about the nut shots and fart jokes of ROBOT CHICKEN, even when we’re talking about the gentler, youth-appropriate rowdiness of Cartoon Network’s MAD. Kevin Shinick knows about that — he’s copped an Emmy writing for CHICKEN and not only writes …

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Jul
01

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: Tribute to Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson

Genre film lost one of its most influential forces last week when author and screenwriter Richard Matheson passed away. Whether writing originally for the screen, as with the STAR TREK episode, “The Enemy Within,” adapting his own work, which he did for such classic TWILIGHT ZONE episodes as “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and the archetypal …

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