Tag Archive: An Inconvenient Truth

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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Feb
28

Review: KIDS FOR CASH

The courtroom was the scene of the crime in KIDS FOR CASH.

Former Judge Mark Ciavarella wants you to know it was never about Kids for Cash. In his interviews with director Robert May (and kudos to the documentary-maker for scoring lens-time with the perpetrators of this scandal, along with their victims), he bristles against being tagged with that identifier. And, indeed, he’s got a point: It’s …

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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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Sep
04

The CFQ Interview: THE WALKING DEAD’s Dallas Roberts

Dallas Roberts faces a moral vacuum in THE WALKING DEAD.

For all that the world was going to Hell on the third season of THE WALKING DEAD, viewers had no shortage of reasons for jubilation: Finally the series had found its footing, logging in episodes that managed a sweet mix of zombie-ripping mayhem and post-apocalyptic drama. Two of the prime contributors to the quality boost …

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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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Mar
10

Lucien Castaing-Taylor on LEVIATHAN

LEVIATHAN'S view in the midst of fishing.

LEVIATHAN is being called a documentary. That’s as much for convenience’s sake as anything else — it’s clearly not fiction, so what else could it be? Except in no way does the film hew to conventional notions of documentary storytelling. Filmmakers Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel brought a multitude of cameras onto a commercial fishing …

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Feb
11

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE BIRDS

Audubon Shrugged: A town suffers an avian onslaught in Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS.

Next vacation, break away to beautiful Bodega Bay, CA, where the welcome is warm, the sun is shining, and the gulls want to peck your eyes out. Don’t order the fried chicken. With no new genre release in the theaters, the Spotlight gang takes a fiftieth anniversary look at Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic of nature …

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Feb
10

Pablo Larrain on NO

Speaking Upbeat Truth to Power: Gael Garcia Bernal confronts tyranny with a smile in NO.

Turns out the will of the people rather closely resembles that of the Pepsi Generation. In 1988, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was forced to stage a plebiscite on his administration, allowing his subjects to vote YES or NO on continuing his rule for another eight years. When Pinochet briefly opens up the television airwaves to …

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Oct
26

David Strathairn on GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK

David Strathairn is Edward R. Murrow in GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK.

Released at a time when America’s faith in journalism was undergoing serious turmoil, George Clooney’s drama GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK was a stirring reminder of the importance of the institution. Focusing on TV newsman Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) and his producer, Fred Friendly (Clooney), and the risks they took in turning their spotlight …

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Aug
23

Temple of Bad: AN AMERICAN CAROL

Wrong thinking is punishable. Extremely right thinking will be as quickly rewarded: Kelsey Grammer (right) tries to show Kevin P. Farley the error of his ways in AN AMERICAN CAROL.

Could there be a movie so inanely scripted, so ineptly produced, so all-around awful that it confounds even the staunch acolytes of the Temple of Bad? Uh, yes. Yes there is, and it’s the topic of our latest episode. AN AMERICAN CAROL was intended to serve as a counterbalance to the perceived liberal tilt of …

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