Tag Archive: Environment

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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Jun
03

Cinefantastique Spotlight: AFTER EARTH

Maybe We Should Have Started Our Bonding Experience with the Pancake Breakfast: Will Smith (left) and son Jaden Smith face the perils of a dangerous world in AFTER EARTH.

M. Night Shyamalan continues to be a very good director doing not-very-good movies. In the futuristic adventure AFTER EARTH, Will Smith — who also came up with the story — plays a literally fearless warrior who crash-lands with his son (actual son Jaden Smith) on an abandoned Earth grown wild and dangerous in the interim. …

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Mar
28

DETOUR’s Neil Hopkins: The CFQ Interview

Neil Hopkins gets deep in DETOUR.

Okay, yet another reason not to move to Southern California. In DETOUR, an ambitious businessman gets trapped in his car when it’s knocked off the road and buried in a mudslide. Actor Neil Hopkins carries most of the weight of this existential nightmare, playing a man confronting a modern-day Premature Burial, trapped in a vehicle …

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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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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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Apr
29

Tribeca 2012 Diary: FUTURE WEATHER Director Jenny Deller

A young girl is forced to confront inconvenient truths both global and personal in the drama FUTURE WEATHER. Making her Tribeca debut, director Jenny Deller has gathered a cast that includes Amy Madigan, Lili Taylor, and William Sadler to tell the story of a teenager (Perla Haney-Jardine) who’s abandoned by her mother and tries to …

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Apr
01

BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR: A Critics Roundtable

Fear Has a New Name, and It's BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR.

It’s the rare film that comes along and totally redefines the medium, but such a film is BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR. From its striking visual style to its Oscar-worthy performances to its dazzling special effects to its powerful, environmental subtext, this tale of a small, California town enduring the wrath of a vengeful Mother Nature …

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Mar
28

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: 4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH

Willem Dafoe and Shanyn Leigh Embrace Their Fates in 4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH.

  The newest episode of my short radio series THE INDIE ON DEMAND MOVIE REVIEW takes a look at 4:44 LAST DAY ON EARTH, in which Willem Dafoe and Shanyn Leigh are cast as a New York couple awaiting the end of the world, and director Abel Ferrara — he of such nihilistic exercises as …

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Mar
04

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX

I Speak for the Digital Trees: Danny DeVito (left) and Ed Helms face environmental calamity in THE LORAX.

Everybody needs a Thneed. The question is, does anybody need DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX, the feature-length, CG animated, 3D, big screen adaptation of the legendary children’s author’s environmental parable? Directed by DESPICABLE ME’s Chris Renaud, the film attempts to expand upon the simple tale of a humble forest guardian (voiced here by Danny Devito) trying …

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