Tag Archive: Success

Nov
01

Larry Fessenden & Rob Kuhns on BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD: Inside the Fantastique [AUDIO ONLY]

The art of Gary Pullin brings you behind-the-scenes in BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD.

From the societal upheavals of the 1960’s to the not-all-that-more-quiescent twenty-first century, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD has managed to chill the blood of horror lovers everywhere and simultaneously cast an unsettling light on the media, racial politics, and the American way of life in general. Now there’s a new documentary, BIRTH OF THE LIVING …

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Oct
25

The CFQ Interview: CHINA IL’s Brad Neely & Daniel Weidenfeld

Ronald Reagan is alive and disturbingly lucid in CHINA, IL.

Continuing its mission of lowering the standards of higher education, Adult Swim’s CHINA, IL is presently offering up its second season every Sunday night. Now expanded to a full half hour, the larger canvas has allowed creator/producer/composer/voice talent Brad Neely and executive producer Daniel Weidenfeld room to expand the adventures of the faculty and student …

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Oct
18

David V. Picker on MUSTS, MAYBES, AND NEVERS: A BOOK ABOUT THE MOVIES

David V. Picker (right) on location with John Huston

To list the films and filmmakers David V. Picker has been involved with in his careers as president of United Artists, Paramount, and Columbia borders on giving a comprehensive history of the medium in the latter half of the twentieth century. A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, PERSONA, THE JERK, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, TOM JONES, LAST TANGO IN …

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Sep
26

Temple of Bad: CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC

Fashion Crimes and Musical Misdemeanors: Steve Guttenberg (right), Valerie Perrien (center) and Felipe Rose derail the disco revolution in CAN'T STOP THE MUSIC.

What if they declared a cultural revolution and nobody came? That’s pretty much the situation with CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC, the movie that was supposed enshrine disco as the musical trend of the eighties and instead wound up being the genre’s epitaph, not to mention destroying the careers of close to anyone involved with it. …

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Sep
13

Harry Dean Stanton on HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION

The career and soul of an actor is explored in HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION.

A guy who’s been in every film from COOL HAND LUKE, REPO MAN, ALIEN and PARIS, TEXAS, and worked with everyone from John Huston, David Lynch, Tom Hanks and Johnny Depp has to have some stories to tell. And in HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION, director Sophie Huber has found a way to get the …

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Aug
23

Joe Swanberg on DRINKING BUDDIES

Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnsor are either falling in love or just falling asleep in DRINKING BUDDIES.

Director Joe Swanberg is back, once again using a semi-improvised approach to capture the chaos in the way we silly humans interrelate, socially, sexually, and otherwise. In DRINKING BUDDIES, Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) are co-workers at a craft brewery whose friendship may be turning into something more. The problem with that: both …

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Aug
18

The Cinefantastique Spotlight: KICK-ASS 2

Left to right: Chloe Grace Moretz, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse face off (mask off?) in KICK-ASS 2.

It’s official: We have definitively hit our late-summer low-point with the release of KICK-ASS 2. The sequel nobody asked for to a film that wasn’t anyone’s notion of cinematic excellence to begin with, KA2 takes us back to a New York where a lowly high-schooler (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) strives for something better in life by becoming …

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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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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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Jul
07

Michael Winterbottom on LOOK OF LOVE

Steve Coogan (right) and Imogen Poots (center) are at the front lines of the sexual revolution in LOOK OF LOVE.

Director Michael Winterbottom and star Steve Coogan have reunited for another unique character study, this time focusing on Paul Raymond, real estate magnate and purveyor of, ahem, “adult” entertainment. LOOK OF LOVE starts in the late fifties and wends its way through the both decades and venues that include men’s clubs, bawdy legitimate theater, and …

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