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Captain Eo – watch online for free

Anybody remember CAPTAIN EO? I do, because I covered the event’s debut at Disneyland, for Cinefantastique magazine back in 1986. The science fiction short subject starred Michael Jackson as the titular space hero, confronting Anjelica Huston in a wicked Giger-esque makeup as the Supreme Leader. Francis Ford Coppola directed for his friend, executive producer George [...]

Birdemic: Shock and Terror: Critics Roundtable Podcast

Birdemic: Shock and Terror: Critics Roundtable Podcast

It’s the rare film that comes along and totally redefines the medium, but such a film is BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR. From its striking visual style to its Oscar-worthy performances to its dazzling special effects to its powerful, environmental subtext, this tale of a small, California town enduring the wrath of a vengeful Mother Nature [...]

Ralph McQuarrie, R.I.P.

The artist who helped design STAR WARS and other genre favorites passes.

Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace 3D & Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - CFQ Spotlight Podcast 3:6

Star Wars 1: The Phantom Menace 3D & Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – CFQ Spotlight Podcast 3:6

There was no shortage of curiosity when George Lucas announced that he was converting his STAR WARS features to 3D, and no little disappointment when it was revealed that the first film to undergo the process would be the almost universally reviled EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE. Nevertheless here we are at the longest [...]

George Lucas on STAR WARS, EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE

George Lucas on STAR WARS, EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE

With STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE returning to theatres in a new 3-D version, we flashback to May, 1999 for my preview report that appeared in Cinefantastique’s cover story on the film.
A long time ago in a Galaxy far, far away…
Turmoil has engulfed the Galactic Republic. The taxation of trade routes to outlying [...]

CFQ Ultra-Lounge Podcast, Volume 2, Episode 45.2: Star Wars, The Walking Dead, and the Curse of Continuity

CFQ Ultra-Lounge Podcast, Volume 2, Episode 45.2: Star Wars, The Walking Dead, and the Curse of Continuity

STAR WARS is back again – this time on home video – and a look at the 1977 original reminds Cinefantastique Podcasters Lawrence French, Dan Persons, and Steve Biodrowski that, despite having been retitled A NEW HOPE, the first film still works best as a stand-alone original, not as part four in an on-going franchise [...]

Let the Haunts Commence & Droids in the Hood: CFQ’s Black Hole Ultra-Lounge 2:38.2

Let the Haunts Commence & Droids in the Hood: CFQ’s Black Hole Ultra-Lounge 2:38.2

Following their discussion of DREAM HOUSE, Steve Biodrowski and Dan Persons took a few minutes to discuss this year’s Halloween haunt at the Universal Studios theme park and the upcoming, STAR WARS-themed photo book, Dark Lens. Also, Dan sends a personal greeting to one of our far-flung listeners.
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Star Wars Re-Re-Redux & The Infectious World of Biothrillers: CFQ’s Black Hole Ultra-Lounge 2:35.2

After discussing the goods & bads of Steven Soderbergh’s CONTAGION, Lawrence French and Dan Persons take a few minutes to debate George Lucas’ motivations for constantly revising his STAR WARS saga and continue to explore CONTAGION’s place in the highly virulent universe of biothriller films. Click the player to hear the conversation.
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Oscar Winners, The Haunted & Encountering George Lucas: CFQ Round Table 2:8

Oscar Winners, The Haunted & Encountering George Lucas: CFQ Round Table 2:8

This week’s episode of the Cinefantastique Round Table Podcast (Volume 2, Episode 8, for those of you keeping count) is even more full of horror, fantasy, and science fiction excitement than usual. Up first, a run down of the the genre’s big winner’s at this year’s Academy Awards, including Rick Baker for THE WOLFMAN’s makeup, [...]

Genre Films Make Film Preservation List

Genre Films Make Film Preservation List

Two SF films by George Lucas, and a Horror sensation make the cut.