Tag Archive: Romance

Feb
18

Cinefantastique Spotlight: BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

Cast of casters: Jeremy Irons (left) and Alden Ehrenreich (right) try to save Alice Englert from a dark fate in BEAUTIFUL CREATURES.

The TWILIGHTing of romantic fantasy continues apace. In WARM BODIES a few weeks ago, director Jonathan Levine managed to take the human teen/inhuman teen (in this case, a zombie) romance and grace it with humor and genuine emotion; in the upcoming THE HOST, Andrew Niccol tackles TWILIGHT mistress Stephanie Meyer’s take on INVASION OF THE …

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Feb
04

Cinefantastique Spotlight: WARM BODIES

I Wanna Know, Did You Ever Eat the Braaaaaaains?: Zombie Nicholas Hoult (left), and humans Teresa Palmer (center) and Analeigh Tipton risk all to save humanity in WARM BODIES.

In the zombie apocalypse, you take what you can get, whether that’s scrounging for medicine in an abandoned pharmacy, sitting down to dinner with a can of year-old Spam (uh, could we reconsider getting bitten again?), or pinning the last hope for the world on the slim possibility that a chance meeting between a human …

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Dec
31

Cinefantastique Spotlight: 2012 Roundup

The Faces and Feats of 2012.

The future is a bottomless well, its mysteries yet to be revealed. The past is the road that stretches behind us, a strange and twisted route littered with ghosts, demons, hobbits, hostile aliens, Dark Knights, the gods of myth, and far too many teenagers lugging amateur camcorders. 2012 is over, a year that, as with …

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Nov
19

Cinefantastique Spotlight: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2

Vampy Family, Assemble!: Clockwise from center: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Mackenzie Foy await the repressive forces of vampiric tradition in THE TWILGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2.

So now Bella (Kristen Stewart) is not just vamp, but super-mega-ultra-vamp, the smartest, strongest, most beautiful, most morally pristine vamp there ever was. Meanwhile, her brand-new and rapidly growing daughter, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) is blessed with the psychic ability to melt even the coldest heart with the power of L-O-V-E, not that that matters to …

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Oct
29

Cinefantastique Spotlight: CLOUD ATLAS

Doona Bae (left) and Jim Sturgess confront a dehumanizing future as two participants of the vast canvas that is CLOUD ATLAS.

Who knew that a movie based on an “unfilmable” literary property with a complex story structure — even with an all-star cast — could be this dynamic, this moving, this, yes, fun? CLOUD ATLAS encompasses stories spanning five-hundred years — going all the way from the historical tale of a young traveler (Jim Sturgess) enduring …

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Aug
31

FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE Director Tsui Hark

Look, Can't We Just Exchange Insurance Info and Leave It at That?: Jet Li (right) faces off against Chen Kun in FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE.

FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE is the first Tsui Hark film to be shot in Imax 3D, starring Jet Li. Okay, stop salivating and sit back down, we’ve got work to do. Granted, your enthusiasm is understandable. Hark — master of such deliriously epic action films as PEKING OPERA BLUES and ONCE UPON A TIME …

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Jun
07

Temple of Bad: MIGHTY PEKING MAN

Captivated by the Magnificent Jungle Palms: Danny Lee enjoys the view in MIGHTY PEKING MAN.

Supplicants worshipping at the altar of the Temple of Bad know that there is no length they wouldn’t travel, no sacrifice they would spare, to seek out the most sublime of regrettable cinema. Thus, noble adventurers Andrea Lipinski, Kevin Lauderdale, and Dan Persons have packed up the knapsacks, folded their sleeping rolls, and held their …

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Apr
19

Tribeca 2012 Diary: BABYGIRL’s Macdara Vallely

Yes, the Tribeca Film Festival brings the world to New York, but who knew the process could be so literal? In BABYGIRL, the very Irish director Macdara Vallely tells a very New York tale about Lena (Yanis Ynoa), a Nuyorican teen, who finds herself in the middle of a romantic triangle when her mother’s lover …

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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
23

Terence Davies on THE DEEP BLUE SEA

Burned in the Heat of the Moment: Rachel Weisz (right) takes a risk with Tom Hiddleston in THE DEEP BLUE SEA.

There’s hardly room in multiplexes these days for films about love, and most that do get in are b.s. (unless you’re really into romantic entanglements between moody teen girls and even moodier teen vampires). But even if we were in the middle of a romance glut, THE DEEP BLUE SEA would stand out as an …

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