Tag Archive: Racism

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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Aug
19

John Sayles on AMIGO

Hearts and Minds are the First Casualties: Joel Torre at the hands of the invading forces in AMIGO.

Director John Sayles is delving into history again, and this time it’s a little bit of American adventurism in the early twentieth century that’s frequently glossed over in the history books: the Philippine-American War. In AMIGO, Filipino actor Joel Torre plays Rafael, the mayor of a small village who’s forced to accommodate a troop of …

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Aug
10

CFQ’s Black Hole Ultra-Lounge: Return to the Escape from the Conquest of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes

A post-show conversation between theofantastique.com’s John W. Morehead and Cinefantastique Online’s Lawrence French and Dan Persons about the PLANET OF THE APESfranchise in general, and RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES in specific. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES MoCap Comparison: “Revolution Begins” embedded by Embedded Video

Aug
07

Cinefantastique Spotlight: RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Startling the studios, startling the critics, and startling its delighted audiences, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES has arrived to prove that a reboot — in the hands of a skilled director and inspired writers, actors and effects artists — does not necessarily need to serve as Exhibit One in the case for the …

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Jun
10

Djo Tunda Wa Munga on VIVA RIVA!

Perils of Ambition: Patsha Bay Mukuna in VIVA RIVA!

Sex, violence and… gasoline? Yeah, that’s the blend you get when your setting is Kinshasa and limited fuel supplies make the stuff as good as gold. Riva (Patsha Bay Mukuna) knows: He’s just snuck into the Congo with a healthy supply of the stuff and plans to leverage it into a handsome payday. The problems: …

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Jun
06

Cinefantastique Spotlight: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

A Subtle Attraction?: Magneto (Michael Fassbender, left) and Professor X (James McAvoy) join forces in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

It isn’t particularly well known, but mutants were with Washington when he crossed the Delaware, with Einstein when he developed the theory of relativity, and with Sarah Palin while she was waiting for Russia to raise its head above Alaska. Most specifically, they were directly engaged in the Cuban Missile Crisis — the world-changing historical …

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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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Mar
09

Sebastian Gutierrez on ELECTRA LUXX

A Roll in the... Hey!: Carla Gugino and Tim Olyphant sweat up the sheets in ELECTRA LUXX.

Should a movie about a pregnant porn star fleeing her past and questioning her future be this much fun? If it’s Sebastian Gutierrez’s gleefully frisky ELECTRA LUXX, yeah, sure. As he did with this film’s predecessor, Gutierrez has gathered a talented, largely female cast, including Carla Gugino as the titular Electra, Adrianne Palicki and Emmanuelle …

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Feb
21

Iciar Bollain and Paul Laverty on EVEN THE RAIN

History Repeats: Gael Garcia Bernal faces a conflict between art and politics in EVEN THE RAIN.

Columbus did not land in Bolivia. But a Spanish film crew has chosen that country to shoot their historic recreation of that event — and how some priests fought against the subsequent enslavement of the natives — because, well, it’s cheaper. That initial bit of convenient exploitation is only the start of the parallels in …

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Jan
06

THE TIME THAT REMAINS and IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE

The Moment of Desperation: Prisoner Silviu (George Pistereanu, left) holds a social worker (Ada Condeescu) hostage in IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE.

For the first show of 2011, how about a little international perspective? We’ve got interviews with two directors whose latest films deliver gripping, cinematically daring glimpses into worlds rarely examined from our side. First up is Romanian director Florin Serban, talking about IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE, a stark, naturalistic drama about an …

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