Category Archive: Conventions

Mar
31

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: Noah

The strengths of Darren Aronofsky's NOAH go beyond mere spectacle.

Sooner or later, it had to happen. Three months into 2014, we finally move beyond the execrable and the mediocre, to something imaginative, exciting, and just flat-out worthy of praise. NOAH allows director Darren Arnofosky to apply his characteristically iconoclastic vision to the classic Bible tale, transforming the historic setting into a fantastic world where …

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Mar
26

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE HUNGER GAMES

The Last Battle?: Jennifer Lawrence struggles for survival in THE HUNGER GAMES.

Hunger will compel people to some extreme acts: lie; kill; volunteer your child to appear on TODDLERS & TIARAS. Who knew it could also lead to one of the best movies of the year? The highly anticipated THE HUNGER GAMES takes the first book of the popular young adult series — about a dystopic future …

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Oct
27

Cinefantastique’s New York Comic Con 2011: BLACK DYNAMITE

Street Tougher: Adult Swim's BLACK DYNAMITE.

Come 2012, Adult Swim is going to get bad-ass. In honor of the grand and sometimes delirious world of blaxploitation, they’ve latched onto the 2009 feature satire, BLACK DYNAMITE, and are bringing it to the video screen as half-hour, animated series. With the film’s Michael Jai White and Byron Minns continuing their roles as producers, …

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Oct
27

Cinefantastique’s New York Comic Con 2011: Jim Henson & TALE OF SAND

Page to Page: Jim Henson's typewriter conjures a cinematic establishing shot in TALE OF SAND.

Lest we forget that Jim Henson was about more than Kermit and Big Bird (ahem, DARK CRYSTAL, THE STORYTELLER, and on, and on…), this year’s New York Comic Con staged a panel in which Henson archivist Karen Falk and Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy exhibited footage from the Muppet-master’s experimental short films, commercials, and TV plays, …

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Oct
25

Cinefantastique’s New York Comic Con 2011: DEATH VALLEY

That's Gonna Leave a Stain: The street beat gets gory in MTV's DEATH VALLEY.

MTV’s making a big pitch to get back into the genre game, what with the resurrection of BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD and LIQUID TELEVISION. And, speaking of resurrections, there’s also DEATH VALLEY, a gory/funny exploration of what happens when the undead decide to emigrate en masse to Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. Presented as a COPS-style …

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Oct
24

Cinefantastique’s New York Comic Con 2011: BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY (Video)

The lunatics have taken over the Gotham, and fans of the Dark Knight are all asking, “Why didn’t this happen sooner?” Their patience has been paid off in BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY, a new video game that takes the mayhem first encountered in BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM and spreads it out into Gotham City proper, to considerable …

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Oct
21

Cinefantastique’s New York Comic Con 2011: ATTACK THE BLOCK’s Joe Cornish

Kids Strike Back: The cast of ATTACK THE BLOCK faces down an alien incursion.

You gotta love an alien invasion film where the aliens make the serious mistake of trying to invade some council estates (read, “projects”) in London and discover that the street-tough kids there are not going to yield the territory without racking up a body count. That’s the idea behind ATTACK THE BLOCK, Joe Cornish’s directorial …

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Oct
20

Cinefantastique’s New York Comic Con 2011: STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS’ Ashley Eckstein (Video)

DC, Marvel, Dark Horse all claimed significant shares of turf at this year’s New York Comic Con, but only STAR WARS staked out its own universe, incorporating numerous vendors within the confines of its expansive area (including Hallmark, for all your limited-edition Xmas ornament needs). And there in the midst of it was Ashley Eckstein …

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Oct
19

Cinefantastique’s New York Comic Con 2011: Roger Corman

Corman's World (2011)

You never forget your first Roger Corman film. Mine was THE TERROR, which I admittedly was drawn to out of a combined curiosity over a film that was shot in two days on leftover sets, and that featured a young Jack Nicholson before he became THE Jack Nicholson. But whether it was the cheap-ass drive-in …

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Oct
18

Cinefantastique’s New York Comic Con 2011: Random Hunks o’ Con (Video)

Cinefantastique hit the floor of New York Comic Con 2011 and discovered… people. Lots ‘n’ lots of people. NYCC sold out for the entire weekend, and the upshot was that even the isolated reaches of the show floor became navigational nightmares at certain points during the day. Woe betide the mortal wandering Artists Alley who …

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