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Guardians of the Galaxy - Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy – Hour of the Wolf Movie Review

Welcome to August, the month when studios, having already fired off all their high-profile (not to mention high concept) summer guns, unleash what amounts to their second tier of releases, the stuff that doesn’t automatically trigger broad media attention, things with a more… “culty,” shall we say?… appeal, and things that are, let’s just say [...]

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Radio Film Review

X-Men: Days of Future Past – Radio Film Review

Time is, time was, time’s X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. There were clearly commercial reasons why the latest chapter in the X-MEN franchise had to be a time travel tale: Having previously flubbed the introduction of a new, younger Professor X and Magneto  (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, respectively) in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, the producers [...]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2  – Spotlight Podcast 5:18

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Spotlight Podcast 5:18

To be perfectly blunt about it, big studio blockbuster releases typically don’t fail as spectacularly as THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Oh they can be bad, but a comforting buffer of test screenings, focus groups, top-level executive intervention, and directorial and editorial wisdom tend to at least modulate them into some form of narrative coherence. Watching [...]

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER: Radio Film Review

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER: Radio Film Review

Well, they can’t all be NOAH, but then again, they all don’t need to be VAMPIRE ACADEMY, either. On the spectrum of the Marvel Comics franchise films, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER doesn’t reach the cinematic heights of the Raimi SPIDER-MANs (oh, okay, the first two SPIDER-MANs) or Whedon’s THE AVENGERS, but doesn’t crater out [...]

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER: Spotlight Podcast 5-14.1

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER: Spotlight Podcast 5-14.1

And so commences the Marvel Onslaught of 2014. Four movies, three studios, and more opportunities for the true believers to nudge each other knowingly when Stan Lee makes his expected cameos, even though your great-great-grandmother could probably recognize him by now. That said, there are far worse ways to kick off this flood than CAPTAIN [...]

IRON MAN 3: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:18.1

IRON MAN 3: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:18.1

It’s felled the likes of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and the X-Men. It’s a more daunting foe than Lex Luthor, Bane, and Magneto combined. It is, of course, the third installment of a superhero franchise, and now it’s time for comicdom’s snarkiest hero to face the figurative music in IRON MAN 3. With Robert Downey Jr, [...]

Iron Man 3 in theatres May 3

Iron Man 3 in theatres May 3

Walt Disney Pictures releases the third IRON MAN movie during the lucrative month of May (”summer” blockbusters don’t wait for summer anymore). Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark, the man in the iron suit, along iwth Dwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. However, [...]

Stan Lee: Cinefantastique's New York Comic-Con 2012

Stan Lee: Cinefantastique’s New York Comic-Con 2012

The father of the Amazing Spider-Man is still pretty amazing himself — at NYCC, Stan Lee not surprisingly packed the house during his Saturday appearance, and managed to have journalists lining up afterward to speak with him.
Dan Persons was one of those lucky enough to get a few minutes with Stan, and was able to [...]

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN; SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE; & ADVENTURE TIME

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN; SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE; & ADVENTURE TIME

Nothing like using the patriotic holiday of the Fourth of July to re-introduce the U.S. to a beloved New York Commie liberal. Or THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, if you will: Big Apple native and irradiated-arachnid-bit crime fighter. Sony has decided to punch the reboot button for what is actually the fourth installment of the franchise (but [...]

The Avengers: The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast – 3:18

The Avengers: The Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast – 3:18

There are so many ways a grand conglomeration of super heroes could turn into a car wreck (case in point: THE FANTASTIC FOUR), that we should be grateful when a film manages just to clear that bar. Fortunately, and quite happily, THE AVENGERS not only manages that base-line feat, but goes far beyond it, becoming [...]