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Life After Beth - review

Life After Beth – review

Like its titular zombie, this film makes a good first impression, but before long you can tell the neurons are not quite firing correctly.
If your girlfriend died after you had been having problems, leaving you morose and regretful because you never got to say you were sorry, you might think the greatest good fortune would [...]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Into the Storm - Dossier Fantastique 5:30

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Into the Storm – Dossier Fantastique 5:30

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In Dossier Fantastique 5:30, Lawrence French reviews TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and INTO THE STORM; Steve Biodrowski offers a 50th anniversary look back at THE LONG HAIR OF DEATH (1964), starring Barbara Steele; and the podcasting duo team up to discuss the week’s home video releases, including A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 and ONLY LOVERS LEFT [...]

Guardians of the Galaxy - Dossier Fantastique 5:29

Guardians of the Galaxy – Dossier Fantastique 5:29

Let the hate mail begin!
In the grand tradition of Cinefantastique (dating back at least to the magazine’s review of STAR WARS), Lawrence French and Steve Biodrowski rake the blockbuster box office hit GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY over the coals in this week’s Dossier Fantastique Podcast. Sure, it’s far from the worst movie ever made,  nor [...]

Hercules, Lucy, I Origin, Hemlock Grove - Dossier Fantastique 5:28

Hercules, Lucy, I Origin, Hemlock Grove – Dossier Fantastique 5:28

Dossier Fantastique Volume 5, Number 28  opens to reveal data on this week’s horror, fantasy, and science fiction movies, television, and home video. Cinefantastique podcaster Lawrence French out-muscles HERCULES and explores the optics of I ORIGIN. Meanwhile, Steve Biodrowski attempts to apply 100% of his brain to LUCY, then visits HEMLOCK GROVE for its second [...]

The Purge: Anarchy - Podcast 5:27

The Purge: Anarchy – Podcast 5:27

The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast, Volume 5, Number 27 explores the dystopian horrors of THE PURGE: ANARCHY. This sequel takes the premise of THE PURGE (2013) and plays it out on a larger canvas, exploring territory that the original only suggested. Is that enough to satisfy those frustrated by THE PURGE’s home invasion scenario? Listen in [...]

The Lego Movie - review

The Lego Movie – review

Hollywood’s most action-packed summer blockbuster is now playing – on home video!
Everything is awesome! Well, not quite everything – but more than enough to make THE LEGO MOVIE the biggest and best surprise this year. What could have been an annoying piece of feature-length product placement foisted on unsuspecting children, is actually a joyful experience [...]

Edge of Tomorrow - Spotlight Podcast 5:22

Edge of Tomorrow – Spotlight Podcast 5:22

No one went to see it, but EDGE OF TOMORROW is one of the most clever and interesting science fiction films of the summer, outdistancing the more successful X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. In Cinefantastique’s Spotlight Podcast Number 5, Volume 2, Lawrence French and Steve Biodrowski explore the virtues of [...]

How to Train Your Dragon 2 review

How to Train Your Dragon 2 review

Three or four story ideas collide like cars at a busy intersection, refusing to give the right of way, so that no one ends up going anywhere fast.
Wow, playing in theatres right now is the best film ever from DreamWorks Animation! No, not HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2. I mean the trailer for THE [...]

Maleficent review

Maleficent review

The goofiest filmed version of classic literature since THE SCARLET LETTER was “freely adapted” from Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1995 attempts to gene-splice a new WICKED-esque back story with the familiar elements of Disney’s SLEEPING BEAUTY, resulting in a cluttered feature film whose pieces fit with all the symmetry of two separate puzzles mixed randomly together.
Since [...]

Spotlight 5:19.2 - Godzilla, Part 2

Spotlight 5:19.2 – Godzilla, Part 2

The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast returns with Part 2 of our look at the new GODZILLA film, this time with guest Joe Sena and host Steve Biodrowski leaving the heavy thematic discussions behind to focus on the film’s strengths as joyful genre entertainment. This episode follows after 5:19.1, in which guest Steve Ryfle dissected the film’s [...]