Monthly Archive: November 2013

Nov
25

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

Jennifer Lawrence (right) and Josh Hutcherson can't help making Elizabeth Banks verrrrry nervous in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE.

So it’s back to the arena, where life is cheap but the production values sure as hell are not. In THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, defiant champions Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) discover how costly their rebellion actually is, both in terms of human toll as the government moves to crush …

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Nov
22

The CFQ Interview: EAGLEHEART: PARADISE RISING’s Jason Woliner & Andrew Weinberg

Just a typical day at the office for Chris Elliott in EAGLEHEART: PARADISE RISING.

These are dark days indeed for US Marshall Chris Monsanto (Chris Elliott). He’s devastated over the loss of his partner, Brett Mobley (Brett Gelman), in a tragic wood chipper incident, and forced to deal with the suspicions of his colleague, Susie Wagner (Maria Thayer), that he was responsible for the death (because he was). But …

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Nov
18

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: Thanksgiving Showcase!

Things get a little freaky for Adrienne Barrett in DEMENTIA.

Okay, admittedly that’s an inaccurate title — we’re still a few weeks out from the festive family get-together, none of the films we’re discussing in this ep are holiday-themed, and none could fairly be called a turkey (and for that last we are truly thankful). This is just our way of saying that there wasn’t …

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Nov
17

THE TOXIC AVENGER’s Lloyd Kaufman Gets Behind INSIDE THE FANTASTIQUE

Lloyd Kaufman, the mad genius behind such epics as THE TOXIC AVENGER, CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH, TROMEO AND JULIET, and POULTRYGEIST: NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN DEAD, has been a longtime fixture at Cinefantastique. Now he’s throwing his support behind our new weekly interview show, INSIDE THE FANTASTIQUE, and the fact that he’ll be among …

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Nov
15

Temple of Bad: BLACKENSTEIN

Joe De Sue demonstrates a keen insight into the human condition in his title role as BLACKENSTEIN.

As we’ve previously noted, in the sixties, the revolution wasn’t televised, and film wasn’t always an accurate conduit for measuring the temper of the times. BLACKENSTEIN was meant to ride the then-burgeoning wave of (duh) blaxsploitation films, reaching out to African-American audiences with a story that provided all the elements of popular cinema, yet spoke …

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Nov
14

Etta Devine and Gabriel Diani on DIANI & DEVINE MEET THE APOCALYPSE

Etta Devine (left) and Gabriel Diani (face down) go the extra few hundred miles to pitch their Kickstarter for DIANI & DEVINE MEET THE APOCALYPSE.

The comedy team of Etta Devine and Gabriel Diani already have a bit of notoriety attached to them: Their Kickstarter campaign for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Robotic Edition) — which proposed to publish an edition of the Mark Twain classic with all occurrences of the N-word replaced with the word “robot” — attracted no …

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Nov
12

Shade Rupe Talks PLAY DEAD and INSIDE THE FANTASTIQUE

Todd Robbins brings the personal touch to audience interaction in PLAY DEAD.

Long-time journalist Shade Rupe joined forces with Teller (of Penn & Teller fame) to make his directorial debut on the feature film adaptation of the deliciously macabre stage show, PLAY DEAD. In this exclusive clip, he talks about bringing all the scares to the screen, and why it’s important to get your support for our …

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Nov
11

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: THOR: THE DARK WORLD

Chris Hemsworth wields a big hammer to no great effect in THOR: THE DARK WORLD.

It’s two steps forward and one step back for the custodians of the Marvel Universe. If THE AVENGERS took a rudimentary storyline — bad guy wants to rule the universe — and created something fleet, exciting, and witty, THOR: THE DARK WORLD takes the same outline — with Chris Hemsworth as the hammer swinging god …

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Nov
10

Limited Kickstarter Rewards Added: Rare 2001 and REN & STIMPY Cinefantastique Cover Issues

Get hard-to-find issues of CFQ for supporting our Kickstarter campaign.

Help us bring you a new way to go behind the scenes of fantastic film by supporting the Kickstarter for our new video interview show, INSIDE THE FANTASTIQUE, and we’ll reward you with your choice of two, classic, hard-to-find issues of Cinefantastique. The 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY cover celebrates the making of Stanley Kubrick’s groundbreaking …

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Nov
08

John Sayles and Yolanda Ross on GO FOR SISTERS

Yolanda Ross (right), Edward James Olmos and LisaGay Hamilton dredge the Tijuana underworld in GO FOR SISTERS.

It’s back to the border for John Sayles, who in films like LONE STAR has explored the distinctive tensions that brew in the towns that neighbor to Mexico. Now he’s applying that worldview to the mystery thriller in GO FOR SISTERS, the story of a parole officer (LisaGay Hamilton) whose son may be in big …

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