Category Archive: Video

Nov
30

VIDEO: SCARED TO DEATH – Temple of Bad

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In a startlingly bold experiment for ToB, we’ve decided to take the first twenty minutes of the classic(?) Bela Lugosi horror(?) film, SCARED TO DEATH, and treat it to a daringly new concept in film analysis, one that’s never been seen before and certainly has absolutely no connection to MST3K or CINEMATIC TITANIC or RIFFTRAX, …

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Jul
31

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION: Test of Digitally Delivered Entertainment News

Okay, so this “update” about MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION is a little late, but lateness isn’t really an issue here, and there’s a reason for that. Having not fired up my non-linear editor (NLE) since moving to Philly, I wanted to shake off the cobwebs with a little finger exercise that’d take me through …

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Nov
13

Hour of the Wolf Movie Review: INTERSTELLAR

When Planting Your Blanket and Umbrella, Please Remember About High Tide: The Search for Earth 2 Commences in INTERSTELLAR.

Here’s the dilemma: I saw Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey when I was twelve years old, and to say it was a formative experience is an understatement. The film fundamentally changed the way I thought about science fiction, narrative story-telling, and the nature of film itself. Not that I was cognizant of all of …

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Oct
06

Coca-Cola’s Lesson in Human Values Inspires Tears, Makes You Thirsty (Sponsored Video)

Yeah, this spot from one of Coca-Cola’s overseas branches (not sure which — Singapore? They’re very big on outreach over there) pushes the heartwarming button hard, and makes a certain fizzy, refreshing drink the keystone to its lesson, but at least it’s in the service of motivating better connection between fellow human beings, so I’m …

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Jul
29

Sponsored Video: THE LEGEND OF HERCULES

So while Brett Ratner and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson got their crack at HERCULES this past weekend, Renny Harlin beat ’em to the punch — and the slash, and the blood-curdling war-cry — at the beginning of the year with THE LEGEND OF HERCULES. This is a more grounded treatment of the mythological warrior, closer …

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Mar
14

Review: TEENAGE

Jitterbug dance contest at the Shrine Auditorium in Southern CA, 1939. From TEENAGE.

It is the privilege of teenagers to think that they are the first to confront the world with their quest for meaning, their need to belong. It is perhaps the curse of modern thinking to presume the notion of the teenager sprung fully-formed from the ashes of World War II.  There’s no shortage of films …

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Feb
19

Review: CHILD’S POSE

Luminita Gheorghiu in CHILD'S POSE.

American movies apply a pretty straightforward technique to devastate an audience: build up the emotion; accelerate the cutting; maybe throw in some shouting; add a swell of music; boom, you’re there. Things apparently are different in Romania. Maybe Romanians are a more patient people, or we’re seeing the remnants of a culture where, not all …

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Jan
24

Review: MARS AT SUNRISE

Heightened reality illustrates the conflict between a Palestinian artist (Ali Suliman, left) and an Israeli solider (Guy El Hanan) in MARS AT SUNRISE.

The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians goes on and on, amazingly, distressingly. A comedian I recently heard on a podcast said that, past fifty, all Jews suddenly decide that Israel is their top priority, but that hasn’t been the case for me (chalk it up to my parents’ slipshod efforts to instill the faith in …

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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
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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