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Cybersurfing: Was Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion more real than CGI?

Cybersurfing: Was Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion more real than CGI?

In an article at Boingboing.net. author Ethan Gilsdorf muses on the recent passing of special effects artist Ray Harryhausen, an event which inevitably symbolizes the demise of old-fashioned analog special effects: miniatures, models, and most especially the Harryhausen style of stop-motion puppetry that brought imaginative creatures to life for decades. While acknowledging that digital [...]

EPIC: stunning beauty, stolid story

EPIC: stunning beauty, stolid story

Blue Sky Pictures offers epic artistry bereft of lively characters or dialogue.
EPIC – the new computer-animated film from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios – marks an achievement of note, though not of honor: it is the most beautiful boring movie ever made. The 3D virtual photography is not merely eye candy; it is [...]

Jack the Giant Slayer: Review

Jack the Giant Slayer: Review

There’s no magic in this beanstalk, and viewers foolish enough to spend money on tickets are likely to feel as cheated as Jack when told he’s been swindled out of a horse and cart for a few worthless beans. The root of the problem lies in a fatal uncertainty about exactly what JACK THE GIANT [...]

Cinefantastique's Greatest Movie Cheats: Tangled

Cinefantastique’s Greatest Movie Cheats: Tangled

All movies cheat, but horror, fantasy films, and science fiction films are a special case. Every motion picture shoots its scenes over and over, then edits the best bits together to hide the seams: camera angles conceal objects the filmmakers do not want us to see; lens filters enhance the look of real locations, while [...]

Yogi Bear, Original Tron, & Best Laid Plans: CFQ Post-Mortem Podcast 1:44.1

Yogi Bear, Original Tron, & Best Laid Plans: CFQ Post-Mortem Podcast 1:44.1

So, in the place of a CINEFANTASTIQUE PODCAST in which we discuss our top ten lists for 2010, we give you a CINEFANTASTIQUE POST-MORTEM in which we discuss doing a show in which we discuss our top ten lists for 2010. Who knew a little thing like a holiday weekend was going to interfere with [...]

Brad Bird on THE IRON GIANT - Fantasy Film Podcast

Brad Bird on THE IRON GIANT – Fantasy Film Podcast

In 1999, Warner’s released THE IRON GIANT. Well… released may not be the best term. Slipped into theaters under the cover of night so that anyone who might be remotely interested couldn’t possibly know of its existence… yeah, that’s the term. Despite the stealth marketing, director Brad Bird’s animated tale of [...]

Tron: Legacy - The Cinefantastique Podcast 1:44

Tron: Legacy – The Cinefantastique Podcast 1:44

In the latest episode of the THE CINEFANTASTIQUE PODCAST, Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons attempt to build their own consensual reality after a viewing of Disney’s return to the gaming grid, TRON: LEGACY. Has visual artistry overrode engaging narrative in this sequel? In a cyber world portrayed as a thriving urban civilization, how [...]

The Tempest & Amazing Stream-of-Consciousness Episode - CFQ Post-Mortem Podcast 1:43.1

The Tempest & Amazing Stream-of-Consciousness Episode – CFQ Post-Mortem Podcast 1:43.1

Having survived the rocky shoals of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER, Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons decide to kick it freestyle (as the kids all say — the kids do all say that, don’t they?) in a wide-ranging, nay, recklessly random episode of THE CINEFANTASTIQUE POST-MORTEM PODCAST. Covered [...]

Yogi Bear: December 17

Yogi Bear: December 17

Hoping for a success along the lines of ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, Warner Brothers Pictures releases this live-action film version of the old television cartoon. Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake provide the voices of the computer-generated Yogi and Boo-boo. Anna Faris, Tom Cavanagh, T.J. Miller , Nathan Corddry, and Andrew Daly head the human cast. [...]

Tron Legacy: December 17

Tron Legacy: December 17

Walt Disney Pictures releases the seuqel to TRON nationwide, including a run at the Disney-owned El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The first TRON was, to put it mildly, a disappointment – a weak story propped up by (then) amazing computer graphics and an electronic score by Wendy Carlos (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE). Supposedly, the original has [...]