Tag Archive: Activism

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
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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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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Sep
26

Temple of Bad: CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC

Fashion Crimes and Musical Misdemeanors: Steve Guttenberg (right), Valerie Perrien (center) and Felipe Rose derail the disco revolution in CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC.

What if they declared a cultural revolution and nobody came? That’s pretty much the situation with CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC, the movie that was supposed enshrine disco as the musical trend of the eighties and instead wound up being the genre’s epitaph, not to mention destroying the careers of close to anyone involved with it. …

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Aug
18

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: KICK-ASS 2

Left to right: Chloe Grace Moretz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse face off (mask off?) in KICK-ASS 2.

It’s official: We have definitively hit our late-summer low-point with the release of KICK-ASS 2. The sequel nobody asked for to a film that wasn’t anyone’s notion of cinematic excellence to begin with, KA2 takes us back to a New York where a lowly high-schooler (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) strives for something better in life by becoming …

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Aug
13

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: ELYSIUM & EUROPA REPORT

Matt Damon breaks into the ultimate gated community in ELYSIUM.

We tried to find an economical way to cover all the films that needed to be discussed this week, but somehow talking about a movie where Matt Damon takes a racing plane up to the sixth moon of Jupiter to discover that Jody Foster is the illegitimate daughter of Greek gods who’s fighting zombies who …

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Jun
06

The CFQ Interview: THE TOXIC AVENGER’s Lloyd Kaufman

Lloyd Kaufman, channeling his inner Ed Wood.

For close to forty years, the New York-based studio Troma has been a perverse, gory thumb in the eye of all that’s staid and safe in mainstream Hollywood. It’s co-founder Lloyd Kaufman has built a fan-base by directing such twisted, low-budget epics as THE TOXIC AVENGER, CLASS OF NUKE ‘EM HIGH, TROMEO AND JULIET and …

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May
20

Cinefantastique Spotlight: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

Chris Pine (right) and Zachary Quinto (left) have nemesis Benedict Cumberbatch at their mercy (don't kid yourself) in STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS.

STAR TREK is back, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) is still flouting the rules, director J.J. Abrams is still dividing the fan base, but amazingly, inconceivably, there’s no dissent within the Cinefantastique Online ranks this time: Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons all agree that STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS is supreme, quintessential TREK adventure. Telling …

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May
12

Alice Winocour on AUGUSTINE

Soko (center) confounds the male establishment in AUGUSTINE.

Let no one say that French director Alice Winocour isn’t audacious. She chooses not only to make her debut film — which she also scripted — a period piece, but to use it as a conduit for some trenchant observations on class, sexuality, and gender. Based on true events, AUGUSTINE tells the tale of the …

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Mar
24

Sidiki Conde & Alan Govenar on YOU DON’T NEED FEET TO DANCE

Sidiki Conde (right) defies the barriers in YOU DON'T NEED FEET TO DANCE.

The subject of the documentary YOU DON’T NEED FEET TO DANCE, Sidiki Conde, is possibly the very definition of determination and resilience. Born in Guinea, stricken with polio that lost him the use of his legs as a teen, overcoming that stigma by forming an orchestra of disabled artists that toured the country, Conde eventually …

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