Tag Archive: Acting Legend

Mar
03

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

Vincent Price (right) and Jane Asher welcome uninvited guest John Westbrook to THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH.

Nope, no big openings this weekend, and everybody is too busy talking Oscars right now (we’ll get to that later in the week). So while waiting for the awards ceremony to begin, the Cinefantastique Online team of the Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French and Dan Persons got together to celebrate another film having its fiftieth anniversary …

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Feb
17

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: ROBOCOP

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And so, shouldering our backpacks and steeling ourselves against the urge to look back, we leave the doldrums of the start-of-2014 release schedule. Farewell, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: THE MARKED ONES! Farewell, I, FRANKENSTEIN! Farewell, (ugh) VAMPIRE ACADEMY! May our paths never cross again. (A fruitless wish in the case of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY — the next installment …

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Feb
10

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: VAMPIRE ACADEMY

Zoey Deutch (left), Lucy Fry (center), and Sarah Hyland brave the perils of a very special high school in VAMPIRE ACADEMY.

“They suck at school,” the posters for VAMPIRE ACADEMY proudly proclaim, and let it now be said that they aren’t any better at movies, either. A lackluster production whose only reason for existing is to try to snag the TWILIGHT SAGA demo with as minimal effort as possible (to paraphrase W.C. Fields: “We want to …

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Feb
03

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB

Science! Peter Sellers plays an ex-Nazi witnessing his dreams coming true in DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB.

It would be hard to overstate the excellence of DOCTOR STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB. Stanley Kubrick’s masterful dark comedy took the grimmest of concepts — the world on the brink of the apocalypse as a rogue American general (Sterling Hayden) orders a nuclear strike on Russia — …

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Dec
23

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: HER

Joaquin Phoenix finds love in a Scarlett Johansson-sounding computer in HER.

And, after all the paranormal activities and interstellar warfare and superhero histrionics and marooned astronauts and rampaging monsters and quasi-mythical heroes and super-powered teens (soooooo many super-powered teens…), it comes down to this: One man, broken but beautiful, who in the near future finds himself falling in love with his computer’s surprisingly human operating system. …

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Dec
16

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

Martin Freeman is about to discover that this gold chamber is protected by ADT (A Dragon's Threat) in THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG.

The appeal of the Grand Adventure is clear and incontestable: the epic scale; the sense of mystery and adventure; the thrill of discovering what challenge, adversary, or ally awaits around the next bend. Thing is, the whole point of the exercise is to reach an ultimate goal, and that’s where Peter Jackson’s HOBBIT movies — …

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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
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
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
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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