Tag Archive: Murder

Aug
25

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES

Jamie Campbell Bower is deadly and gorgeous in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES.

It’s wasted youth weekend at the Spotlight. Beabetterbooktalker.com’s Andrea Lipinski joins Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons to first cast a wary eye at the teen fantasy film, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, finding little enrichment in its melange of demon hunters, vampires, werewolves, and CW caliber lead actors. Then the …

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Jul
22

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE CONJURING

Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson confront the unknown of THE CONJURING (2013)

This weekend continued 2013’s trend of diversity in fantastic film debuts: You had your choice of an atmospheric, based-on-a-true-story ghost tale with THE CONJURING, or ride along with Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as afterlife cops in the effect-enhanced action-fantasy-comedy R.I.P.D, or indulge your sense of whimsy as Ryan Reynolds — again — voices a …

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Jun
29

Writer Katie Dippold on THE HEAT

Sandra Bullock (left) and Melissa McCarthy are on the opposite sides of the same side of the law in THE HEAT.

So in the midst of the interstellar conflicts, zombie plagues, and giant robots, how about a summer movie that’s a little more grounded? How about Sandra Bullock as a Type A, by-the-book FBI agent clashing up against Melissa McCarthy as a loose-cannon Boston police detective as they try to take down a drug lord? THE …

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Jun
27

The CFQ Interview: 100 BLOODY ACRES’ Cameron & Colin Cairnes

Angus Sampson (left) and Damon Herriman discover a new formula for success in 100 BLOODY ACRES.

Australian brothers Cameron Cairnes and Colin Cairnes are making their feature film debut with 100 BLOODY ACRES. A black comedy in which a group of young concert-goers run afoul of a couple of brothers (Angus Sampson and Damon Herriman) whose blood and bone fertilizer business has seen a significant uptick in fortunes with the addition …

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Jun
23

Temple of Bad: THE MAN WITHOUT A BODY

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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Jun
20

The CFQ Interview: BLADE RUNNER’s William Sanderson

William Sanderson (right) and Chris Bauer face the brave new, bloodsucking future in TRUE BLOOD.

Who among us didn’t watch lonely, trusting J.F. Sebastian take renegade replicant Pris into his digs at the Bradbury building and think, Oh, this shall not end well? It was William Sanderson who gave BLADE RUNNER’s afflicted replicant designer an awkward vulnerability, but the actor also gave life to TRUE BLOOD’s conflicted Sheriff Bud Dearborne …

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Jun
10

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE PURGE

Lena Headey and Ethan Hawke play a well-off couple who discover that steel shutters and high-tech surveillance systems are not enough to keep out THE PURGE.

THE PURGE had a happy weekend at the theaters and a not-so-happy weekend in the press, drawing healthy box office but getting slammed by most critics. Somewhat reflecting the confusion, the Cinefantastique Online gang of Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons are of mixed opinions about this tale of the United States undergoing a …

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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
23

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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May
09

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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