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A TRIBUTE TO CHRISTOPHER LEE – The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast


No life is forever, not even that of the man who played immortal vampires, mouldering corpses, and psychotic satanists. Christopher Lee had so permanently placed his mark on the world of fantastic film that his death this past week sent a shock wave through film fandom, so assured were we that he’d always be around …

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Hour of the Wolf Catch-Up: PADDINGTON

CATCH-UP TUESDAY! Bringing you the Hour of the Wolf review segments that were not posted on their air dates. Remember Paddington, from this past January? Hey, that was a pretty good film, right? I thought so, too, with a few reservations, and I cover it all in this review, which aired 1/22/15.


The Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE QUIET ONES

Jared Harris (left) tries pulling the ol' "Trust me, I'm a doctor," bit on Olivia Cooke in THE QUIET ONES

A professor and his students perform experiments on a young subject, trying to prove that the paranormal experiences she claims to undergo are actually psychologically motivated. But the more they delve into the case, the more it seems that what’s going on is driven by powers not even the subconscious mind could imagine. What could …

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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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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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Michael Winterbottom on LOOK OF LOVE

Steve Coogan (right) and Imogen Poots (center) are at the front lines of the sexual revolution in LOOK OF LOVE.

Director Michael Winterbottom and star Steve Coogan have reunited for another unique character study, this time focusing on Paul Raymond, real estate magnate and purveyor of, ahem, “adult” entertainment. LOOK OF LOVE starts in the late fifties and wends its way through the both decades and venues that include men’s clubs, bawdy legitimate theater, and …

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You Will Believe a Fake Head on a Table is a Fake Head on a Table: A gripping moment from THE MAN WITHOUT A BODY.

As best as we can determine, the producers of THE MAN WITHOUT A BODY had a camera and some film and said to themselves, “Well, we’ve got to do something with this stuff.” And the dedicated advocates of the Temple of Bad have to agree with these esteemed artistes: This film is certainly a thing. …

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Cinefantastique Spotlight: EPIC

Amanda Seyfried (right) gets natural with Aziz Ansari in EPIC.

IRON MAN 3: Done it. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS: Done it. FAST AND FURIOUS 6: Not really genre (’though we wish). THE HANGOVER PART III: Uh, no. Genre or not, no thank you. That leaves… oh shoot, EPIC, a CG animated fantasy that’s about as oh shoot as they come. This is doubly disappointing since …

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Malcolm McDowell: The CFQ Interview

Malcolm McDowell in A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.

Practically omnipresent and infinitely versatile, Malcolm McDowell has played, among others, a rebellious private school student, a futuristic sociopath, a degenerate emperor, Michael Myer’s nemesis, and the killer of Captain Kirk. He has worked with directors that have included Stanley Kubrick, Paul Schrader and Rob Zombie. He’s pretty much done it all, including a brief …

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SIGHTSEERS’ Ben Wheatley: The CFQ Interview

Ben Wheatley takes a comedic trip to the dark side.

Welcome to the banality of evil, Ben Wheatley-style: In his horror comedy SIGHTSEERS, a couple (Alice Lowe and Steve Oram, who also scripted) decides to take a caravan trip across the British Isles. But, really, who could enjoy such marvels as an antique tramway or the pencil museum when such distractions as litterers, rowdy Wiccans, …

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