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CFQ Video Review: After Earth

CFQ Video Review: After Earth

In a belated edition of the Cinefantastique Video Review podcast, Steve Biodrowski dissects AFTER EARTH, the vanity project starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film features one or two brights spots to remind us of Shyamalan’s once formidable talent, but the director over-emphasizes the sentimental aspects of a father-son [...]

AFTER EARTH: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:22

AFTER EARTH: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:22

M. Night Shyamalan continues to be a very good director doing not-very-good movies. In the futuristic adventure AFTER EARTH, Will Smith — who also came up with the story — plays a literally fearless warrior who crash-lands with his son (actual son Jaden Smith) on an abandoned Earth grown wild and dangerous in the interim. [...]

After Earth review

After Earth review

At first glance, it might seem touching that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith would produce a movie in order to turn their son into a star; after all, what parent does not want a child to follow in his/her footsteps? On closer inspection, however, AFTER EARTH borders on child abuse. Expected to exude macho [...]

Devil review

Devil review

This supernatural thriller takes a simple but intriguing premise, supplied by producer M. Night Shyamalan, which sounds like an effective half-hour episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE*, and deftly expands it to feature-length: five people trapped in an elevator are picked off one by one; is one of them a serial killer or the Devil himself? [...]

Devil: Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast 1:32

Devil: Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast 1:32

This week, the CFQ Podcasters Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski suffer the flames of perdition as they go for a horrifying elevator ride to Hell in DEVIL, the new horror film “from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan.” The first in what is being billed as “The Night Chronicles,” DEVIL takes a TWILIGHT [...]

‘Devil’ Trailer – Now in HD

Here’s the trailer for DEVIL, in which people find themselves trapped in a stuck elevator — and one of them is apparently the Devil.
Story by M. Night Shyamalan, who produces, written by Brian Nelson (30 DAY OF NIGHT) and directed by Drew Dowdle & John Erick Dowdle (QUARANTINE).
Starring Chris Messina, Geoffrey Arend, Caroline Dhavernas [...]

Devil: September 17

Devil: September 17

Universal Pictures releases this supernatural thriller, the first in what is being called “The Night Chronicles,” a series of collaborations between M. Night Shyamalan and entertainment company Media Rights Capital. The plot is simple but intriguing: a group of people trapped in an elevator realize that one among them is actually the Devil. If this [...]

Twilight: Eclipse, The Last Airbender & Predators on The Cinefantastique Podcast 1:21

Twilight: Eclipse, The Last Airbender & Predators on The Cinefantastique Podcast 1:21

It’s a double-dose of photodramatic discussion, disputation, and dissention on this week’s episode of the The Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Podcast, as Dan Persons, Steve Biodrowski, and Lawrence French take on romantic vampires, macho werewolves, and elemental airbenders. Does THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE deliver? Can the post-production 3-D conversion process add depth to M. [...]

The Last Airbender

The Last Airbender

The conversion process needed here was not to add 3-D to the images, but to add depth to characters and a story that barely qualify as one-dimensional.
The dialogue has all the breath of a collapsed lung. The tone is as fluffy as a fallen souffle. The performances are as tabular as a well-sanded board. The [...]

The Last Airbender – Nicola Peltz Interview

An interview with Nicola Peltz who plays Katara in M. Night Shyamalan’s THE LAST AIRBENDER from Paramount Pictures.