Tag Archive: British

Dec
06

The Eternal Appeal of Yogi Bear (Sponsored)

I know the past can come back to haunt you, but who knew that my childhood icons would be making guest appearances at this late date? Hanna-Barbera’s classic cartoon character, Yogi Bear, had his debut some fifty-three years ago, yet when my sponsor, Müller, built an epic commercial around a whole host of pop culture …

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Nov
25

Edmon Roch on GARBO THE SPY

A double agent was pivotal in the success of D-Day in GARBO THE SPY

Of all the film clips director Edmon Roch uses to compose his WW II documentary, GARBO THE SPY — and they include such eclectic sources as documentaries, dramas, both Allied and Nazi propaganda, and cartoons — the ones that he seems to rely on most come from Carol Reed’s OUR MAN IN HAVANA, the film …

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Oct
21

Cinefantastique’s New York Comic Con 2011: ATTACK THE BLOCK’s Joe Cornish

Kids Strike Back: The cast of ATTACK THE BLOCK faces down an alien incursion.

You gotta love an alien invasion film where the aliens make the serious mistake of trying to invade some council estates (read, “projects”) in London and discover that the street-tough kids there are not going to yield the territory without racking up a body count. That’s the idea behind ATTACK THE BLOCK, Joe Cornish’s directorial …

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Jul
18

Cinefantastique Spotlight: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2

Together Again for the Really, Truly Last Time: Daniel Radcliffe (left) faces down Ralph Fiennes in HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2.

And so it comes to this: one determined, no-longer-a-boy-wizard versus one living incarnation of evil, facing off in a battle to the death. Meanwhile, millions of loving fans watch on, thinking, This is the culmination of all my dreams made real, while a smaller contingent of more critical spectators settle into their theater seats praying …

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Jun
27

Cinefantastique Spotlight: CARS 2

World Enough and Crime: Racecar Lightning McQueen (left, voiced by Owen Wilson) and loveable tow-truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy, center) are dragooned into international espionage by dashing super spy Finn McMissile (Michael Caine, right) in CARS 2.

Kids love cars, and kids love CARS — that seems to be the calculation behind Pixar’s latest animated offering, CARS 2. Abandoning the original film’s theme that celebrated the romance of exploring off-the-beaten-superhighway U.S, director John Lasseter and crew have devised an espionage plotline for this sequel, with cocky racecar Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and …

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Apr
29

Clio Barnard on THE ARBOR

The Sins of the Mother: Manjinder Virk as Lorraine Dunbar in THE ARBOR.

Director Clio Barnard uses what was originally a theatrical technique in her hybrid documentary/drama THE ARBOR: She interviewed the friends, family, and acquaintances of the late playwright Andrea Dunbar and her troubled daughter Lorraine, then brought in actors to lip-synch to the resulting soundtrack. The process, shot partly in the working-class housing project that Dunbar …

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Apr
15

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: HANNA

The Killer Kid: Saoirse Ronan in HANNA.

In this week’s episode of the Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast, Lawrence French and Dan Persons focus on HANNA, Joe Wright’s dynamic action-thriller about a pint-sized female assassin whose intelligence, dexterity, and especially lethal skills seem just a tad beyond normal human capacity. It’s SUCKER PUNCH  by way of THE BOURNE IDENTITY by way of take your …

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Jan
26

Cinefantastique Roundtable: Hopkins to PSYCHO/THE LITTLE MERMAID vs. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Anthony Hopkins

All kinds of news prompt all kinds of discussion from this week’s panel: the rumored casting of Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock in a film about the making of PSYCHO gets theofantastique.com’s John W. Morehead, CFQ’s Steve Biodrowski, and Dan Persons musing about what behind-the-scenes events could be dramatized in a film that aren’t already …

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Jan
24

Cinefantastique Spotlight: Steven Moffat’s JEKYLL

And the dream comes true for one young, idealistic podcast host. After months of campaigning, Dan finally gets a chance to bring Steven Moffat’s (DOCTOR WHO) BBC series, JEKYLL, to the table for an extended discussion. Listen in as CFQ editor Steve Biodrowski and theofantastique.com’s John W. Morehead join Dan Persons in a spirited and …

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Dec
28

Mike Leigh on ANOTHER YEAR

True Heart in the Everyday: Jim Broadbent (left); Lesley Manville (center) and Ruth Sheen in Mike Leigh's ANOTHER YEAR.

Is it marketing genius on the part of Sony Classics that they usher in 2011 with a film called ANOTHER YEAR? Nah, more likely they just wanted to get Oscar tongues a-buzzing for Mike Leigh’s latest glimpse into joys, pains, hopes, and desperations of ordinary life, especially for a sterling cast that includes Jim Broadbent, …

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