Monthly Archive: September 2013

Sep
30

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2; WE ARE WHAT WE ARE & More

Do not go gentle into that good stew: Food gets wild in CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2.

The fellowship was broken for this week’s show: Cinefantastique Online’s Dan Persons decided to strike out on his own, braving a wilderness of ravenous, 3D foodstuffs to take in the week’s mainstream release, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, while Steve Biodrowski delved into the hostile terrain of cult horror with the long-delayed slasher …

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Sep
26

Temple of Bad: CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC

Fashion Crimes and Musical Misdemeanors: Steve Guttenberg (right), Valerie Perrien (center) and Felipe Rose derail the disco revolution in CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC.

What if they declared a cultural revolution and nobody came? That’s pretty much the situation with CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC, the movie that was supposed enshrine disco as the musical trend of the eighties and instead wound up being the genre’s epitaph, not to mention destroying the careers of close to anyone involved with it. …

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Sep
23

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE WICKER MAN

An agricultural community brings back that really old-time religion in THE WICKER MAN.

The film that Cinefantastique founder Fred Clarke called, “The CITIZEN KANE of horror,” is back, newly remastered and in an edition that its director has dubbed the “final cut.” In THE WICKER MAN, a devoutly religious Scottish policeman (Edward Woodward) travels to an island-bound agricultural community to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. What …

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Sep
20

ROBOT CHICKEN’s Matthew Senreich, John Harvatine IV & Eric Towner: The CFQ Interview

The Stoopid Buddy Stoodios brain-trust know how to do a group shot. L to R: Matthew Senreich; Seth Green, Eric Towner, John Harvatine IV.

And you thought stop-motion figures taking swift kicks to the crotch defined the work of Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the people behind Adult Swim’s ROBOT CHICKEN and TITAN MAXIMUM. Not quite, Chuck-o — the studio is turning out an increasing variety of shows, including its most recent, FRIENDSHIP ALL-STARS OF FRIENDSHIP, a web series that tracks …

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Sep
16

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2

There's absolutely nothing wrong with Patrick Wilson in INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2.

Oh yeah, kid, you’ve got a bad case of sequelitis right there. Technically polished with occasional striking moments, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 picks up the story of the Lambert family — Patrick Wilson as daddy Josh, Rose Byrne as mother Renai, plus kids including Ty Simpkins as the psychically tuned-in Dalton — immediately after their disastrous …

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Sep
13

Harry Dean Stanton on HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION

The career and soul of an actor is explored in HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION.

A guy who’s been in every film from COOL HAND LUKE, REPO MAN, ALIEN and PARIS, TEXAS, and worked with everyone from John Huston, David Lynch, Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp has to have some stories to tell. And in HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION, director Sophie Huber has found a way to get the …

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Sep
09

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: RIDDICK

Vin Diesel (left), Katee Sackhoff (center), and Matt Nable brave the perils of a hostile planet in RIDDICK.

Somewhere in Riddick (Vin Diesel), the fugitive criminal with the crazy, glowing eyes that can see in the dark, exists a character engaging enough to build a film franchise around. Somewhere in RIDDICK, the third film featuring the antihero, is evidence of a wise move to put the guy into a tighter, more stripped-down scenario …

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Sep
06

John Badham on Directing

John Badham (right) and Johnny Depp on the set of NICK OF TIME.

Name a genre, and John Badham can tell you tales about it. He mixed the musical with incisive social observation in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER — arguably the only disco movie worthy of being watched as serious film — dealt in the worlds of speculative fiction with such cautionary tales as WARGAMES, and has notched his …

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Sep
04

The CFQ Interview: THE WALKING DEAD’s Dallas Roberts

Dallas Roberts faces a moral vacuum in THE WALKING DEAD.

For all that the world was going to Hell on the third season of THE WALKING DEAD, viewers had no shortage of reasons for jubilation: Finally the series had found its footing, logging in episodes that managed a sweet mix of zombie-ripping mayhem and post-apocalyptic drama. Two of the prime contributors to the quality boost …

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