Sense of Wonder

The voice of Cinefantastique Online. Updates about what is happening on the website, along with opinion and analysis of the state of the horor, fantasy, and science fiction genres.

Happy 2015!

Happy 2015!

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Cinefantastique wishes all its readers a Happy New Year! May 2015 be filled with a Sense of Wonder!

RIP: Godzilla FX director Koichi Kawakita

RIP: Godzilla FX director Koichi Kawakita

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Koichi Kawakita, the special effects director who updated Godzilla for the ’90s, helping to spur interest in an American remake, has passed away. Kawakita died on his 72 birthday anniversary, December 5, 2014; the cause of death was liver failure. You can read an obituary by August Ragone here.
Kawakita took over the special effects for [...]

Sci-Fi Words of Wisdom: Death Race 200 Edition

“It’s no accident that the word sabotage was invented by the French.”

Godzilla & The Flaws of Tribal Film Criticism; or, Joe Brody is Godzilla

Godzilla & The Flaws of Tribal Film Criticism; or, Joe Brody is Godzilla

One of the interesting aspects of last month’s theatrical release of GODZILLA (2014) was the critical reaction, which turned out to be both gratifying and frustrating. How did it manage to be both? Well, let me explain…
On the one hand, it was gratifying to see GODZILLA taken seriously by the mainstream press. Yes, many of [...]

Sense of Wonder: Zombies on the Brain

Sense of Wonder: Zombies on the Brain

In which the approaching release of WORLD WAR Z prompts me to ruminate on the history of cinematic “zombies” and point interested readers to some worthwhile articles in the Cinefantastique archives.
With WORLD WAR Z about to open nationwide, we all seem to have zombies on the brain this week. A handful of outlets (Johnny-come-lately’s, every [...]

Sense of Wonder: Instant Internet access offers a Golden Age of Gods and Monsters

Sense of Wonder: Instant Internet access offers a Golden Age of Gods and Monsters

While visiting a Los Angles courthouse last month to testify at the murder trial of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, I had a strangely irrelevant epiphany: Those of us with a Sense of Wonder are living in the Golden Age of Gods and Monsters. This revelation had nothing to do with our legal system and everything to [...]

Thank god - actually, Harryhausen - for my Sense of Wonder

Thank god – actually, Harryhausen – for my Sense of Wonder

Having spent the better part of the morning posting new articles about Ray Harryhausen, and digging up old ones from the CFQ archive, you would think I had nothing more to say about the revered cine-magician, who passed away today at the age of 92. Yet even after writing an obituary that attempted to asses [...]

Sense of Wonder: Curse of the Quote Whores and Fictitious Film Critics

Sense of Wonder: Curse of the Quote Whores and Fictitious Film Critics

Note: This is a repost of an article I wrote back in 2001, in response to the scandal that erupted when it was revealed that advertising campaigns from Sony Pictures had included favorable quotes from a critic who did not, in fact, exist. The studio wound up on the receiving end of a class-action lawsuit [...]

Sense of Wonder: Oscars snub cinefantastique - again

Sense of Wonder: Oscars snub cinefantastique – again

Hopefully, the above headline needs no explanation, but in case you have any doubts, we’re talking about cinefantastique the genre, not Cinefantastique, the online magazine of horror, fantasy, and science fiction cinema. Although there have been a few exceptions in recent decades (e.g., a Best Picture win for THE LORD OF THE RINGS: RETURN OF [...]

Sense of Wonder: The Ghosts of Georgia may be haunting Connecticut but not Los Angeles

Sense of Wonder: The Ghosts of Georgia may be haunting Connecticut but not Los Angeles

Wow, they really rolled out the red carpet on THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2: GHOSTS OF GEORGIA, which supposedly opens in theatres today: the closest location to me is in Ontario. Well – Ontario, California rather than Ontario, Canada, but still. It turns out that the film is simultaneously available for streaming on Amazon. Didn’t [...]