Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct
28

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: Halloween Showcase 2013

Michael Myers has a goody for your bag in HALLOWEEN.

You’d think the weekend before Halloween that the studios would be falling all over themselves to get something suitably bone-chilling into theaters. Nope, turns out the lackluster CARRIE — the film that is to horror what a pouch of baby carrots is to a trick-or-treat bag — represents the full extent of what Hollywood wants …

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Oct
25

The CFQ Interview: CHINA IL’s Brad Neely & Daniel Weidenfeld

Ronald Reagan is alive and disturbingly lucid in CHINA, IL.

Continuing its mission of lowering the standards of higher education, Adult Swim’s CHINA, IL is presently offering up its second season every Sunday night. Now expanded to a full half hour, the larger canvas has allowed creator/producer/composer/voice talent Brad Neely and executive producer Daniel Weidenfeld room to expand the adventures of the faculty and student …

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Oct
21

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: CARRIE

Chloë Grace Moretz goes from awkward to deadly in CARRIE.

Poor, unfortunate 2013 CARRIE. Under other circumstances, we’d be able to look kindly on this new adaptation of the Stephen King novel, celebrating it as a wholly serviceable, decently scary entry for an author who hasn’t frequently enough been dealt a fair hand when his works have been brought to the screen. Only one, little …

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Oct
18

David V. Picker on MUSTS, MAYBES, AND NEVERS: A BOOK ABOUT THE MOVIES

David V. Picker (right) on location with John Huston

To list the films and filmmakers David V. Picker has been involved with in his careers as president of United Artists, Paramount, and Columbia borders on giving a comprehensive history of the medium in the latter half of the twentieth century. A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, PERSONA, THE JERK, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, TOM JONES, LAST TANGO IN …

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Oct
07

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: GRAVITY

Sandra Bullock confronts the void in GRAVITY.

Can we maybe call the year right now? Because unless Orson Scott Card appears before the preview audience of ENDER’S GAME to introduce everyone to his husband, there’s probably not going to be a better science fiction filmgoing experience than GRAVITY. Boldly pushing his long-take technique to the limit while filling the screen with stunningly …

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