Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug
25

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES

Jamie Campbell Bower is deadly and gorgeous in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES.

It’s wasted youth weekend at the Spotlight. Beabetterbooktalker.com’s Andrea Lipinski joins Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons to first cast a wary eye at the teen fantasy film, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, finding little enrichment in its melange of demon hunters, vampires, werewolves, and CW caliber lead actors. Then the …

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Aug
23

Joe Swanberg on DRINKING BUDDIES

Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnsor are either falling in love or just falling asleep in DRINKING BUDDIES.

Director Joe Swanberg is back, once again using a semi-improvised approach to capture the chaos in the way we silly humans interrelate, socially, sexually, and otherwise. In DRINKING BUDDIES, Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) are co-workers at a craft brewery whose friendship may be turning into something more. The problem with that: both …

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Aug
18

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: KICK-ASS 2

Left to right: Chloe Grace Moretz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse face off (mask off?) in KICK-ASS 2.

It’s official: We have definitively hit our late-summer low-point with the release of KICK-ASS 2. The sequel nobody asked for to a film that wasn’t anyone’s notion of cinematic excellence to begin with, KA2 takes us back to a New York where a lowly high-schooler (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) strives for something better in life by becoming …

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Aug
13

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: ELYSIUM & EUROPA REPORT

Matt Damon breaks into the ultimate gated community in ELYSIUM.

We tried to find an economical way to cover all the films that needed to be discussed this week, but somehow talking about a movie where Matt Damon takes a racing plane up to the sixth moon of Jupiter to discover that Jody Foster is the illegitimate daughter of Greek gods who’s fighting zombies who …

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Aug
08

Temple of Bad: SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE

David Huddleston has lumps of cinematic coal for everybody in SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE.

Are you hungering for a wonderful, whimsical tale filled with magic and adventure? A story that captures the spirit of the most joyous time of the year, and brings to thrilling life the legend of the man who became the ultimate symbol of generosity and good will? Sorry, we’re all out of that, but we …

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Aug
02

Fernando Trueba & Aida Folch on THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL

Aida Folch and Jean Rochefort explore the creative spirit in THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL.

In occupied France, an aging sculptor (Jean Rochefort) strikes a bargain with a young, Spanish runaway (Aida Folch): shelter and board in return for modeling for his latest, and possibly last, work. THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL is about seeking beauty in dire times, about reconciling one’s artistic soul when reality intrudes, and about the …

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