On January 30, 2011, iconic – and very prolific – composer John Barry passed away, after being in ill health for some time. He was seventy-seven years old. There is little doubt a great many will be saddened at the loss of one of film’s truly cherished friends.
Barry was an emotionally introspective and poetic composer [...]
GALAXY OF TERROR is exploitation, pure and simple – I mean, if you’ve got a giant-maggot-on-naked-woman rape scene in your film it nothin’ but, baby. Thus, it is a curious state I find myself in when having to admit to you all that I found a certain degree of fun in watching it – both in 1981 and now via its new Blu-ray DVD release. I can’t say I really stand behind it, but it does have its pluses.
Let’s face it, boys and girls: sequels do not exactly increase the pedigree of a solid, successful original film. With the exception of, say, AFTER THE THIN MAN, THE GODFATHER II, THE EMPIRE STRIKE BACK, and a few others, they tend to do more harm than good, tainting the brightness of the first. Still, every now [...]
Dear God in heaven, what have I done to myself?! I just threw away two precious hours of life watching a “horror comedy” (at least they tell me it is so) called TRANSYLMANIA. I feel like…well, doing what three dopey characters do ad nauseum during one particular obnoxious, uh, vomit scene. I also wanna take [...]
MALICE IN WONDERLAND ain’t your mama’s (or Lewis Carroll’s) version of the tale. No, this one, which has recently been released on DVD here in the States, has a decidedly mod sensibility to it, complete with plenty of words of the ‘F’ persuasion, city-boy attitude, near music video mentality, and a trip down the rabbit [...]
For my favorite nightmare from Elm Street, I’m gonna go with NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS, mainly ’cause it’s got a guest appearance by John Saxon and I got a soft spot for the guy. He co-starred in the first Hollywood film I ever worked on, MY MOM’S A WEREWOLF, and though he was [...]
Walt Disney Pictures has released a new DVD of THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE. This one’s called the Mystery in the Mist edition, but it’s not quite clear why. Aside from the new digital transfer and a couple of new short features, there is little “new” under the sun.
Let’s not try to pretend that UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: REGENERATION is anything more than something for the boys-with-toys set to get off on. Rright off, we kinda know where this project’s mindset lies.
“Thank you for nothing, you useless reptile.”
That’s a quote by Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) from DreamWorks’ new CGI animated film HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. And I, uh, have to fess up and admit that those words were similar to my sentiments when I first saw the trailer for this one. I didn’t care for the [...]
“In the time before…”
Back in January of 2010, a movie hit theaters and began with those rather clichéd words. And it feels to us as if we’re talking about an ancient allegory, too. We missed THE BOOK OF ELI when it initially hit theaters, but we’re catching up with it now. Well, at least we’re getting [...]
Walt Disney Pictures’ THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG offers solid support of at last two maxims:
Never say never
Disney’s still got it when it comes to traditionally animated 2D movies.
Not since 2004 has the studio produced a hand-drawn animated film: HOME ON THE RANGE, which Disney studio brass claimed would be the last traditionally animated film [...]
It’s Christmas Eve, all, so we here at CinefantastiqueOnline.com want to wish you the very best of Christmas holidays and a most pleasant 2010! And in keeping with the jovial spirit of the season, we submit the following question: Does the world need another version of Charles Dickens’ 1843 perennial classic, A CHRISTMAS CAROL?
Yep, there be yet [...]
“Something strange is coming to their planet…Us!”
When I saw that tagline in the first trailer for PLANET 51, I thought folks could look forward to a nice little family-friendly animated film (and maybe I could get a clever Sci-Fi fix). It looked lively and I was rooting for it to be so.
Okay, so it isn’t all [...]