Variations on A Christmas Carol: CFQ Round Table Podcast 2:48.2

The Christmas season is upon us, and as we have had occasion to mention, that means ghosts and spirits. And what greater Christmas ghost story is there than Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL? That is the subject of this week’s Cinefantastique Round Table Podcast: Dan Persons, guest John W. Morehead (of Theofantastique.com), and Steve Biodrowski …

The Magic of George Melies: Roundtable Podcast 2:46.2

Following up on the previous CFQ Spotlight Podcast devoted to Martin Scorcese’s HUGO, the Cinefantastique crew of Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski – joined by special guest Andrea Lipinski – blast off into the fabulous fantasy world of George Melies. The special effects pioneer and cinema magician of the early silent era was the first to realize the potential of movies imbued with a Sense of Wonder, using the camera not to capture reality but to create dreams writ large on the silver screen.

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 …

Bond 23 & Harry Potter 7, Part 2: CFQ Roundtable Podcast 2:43.2

This week’s Round Table focuses on  “James Bond 23” (a.k.a., the 23rd 007 film, titled SKYFALL, which began production this week) and on HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2, which makes it home video debut on Tuesday, November 8. As always, Cinefantastique Podcasters Lawrence French, Dan Persons, and Steve Biodrowski offer their perspicacious …

Thundercats, Ho! & Listener E-Mail: CFQ’s Black Hole Ultra-Lounge 2:41.2

Our listeners make their voices heard in this final episode of the Ultra-Lounge (at least in this incarnation): We hear from our listener in Latvia, who gives us some insight into his life; another listener rushes to the defense of the Dino De Laurentiis KING KONG; and an e-mail addressing how DREAM HOUSE’s trailer actually …

CFQ Ultra Lounge Podcast 2:40.1 – Pirates sail on Stranger Tides to home video

Join this week’s Cinefantastique Black Hole Ultra-Lounge Podcast. Steve Biodrowski and Lawrence French discuss news from the world of horror, fantasy, and science fiction cinema: Matt Reeves selection to direct THE TWILIGHT ZONE movie; the death of David Hess (LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT); and the debut of Season Two of THE WALKING DEAD. Also …

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. [serialposts]

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. [serialposts]

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil & In Praise of Jimmy Sangster: CFQ’s Black Hole Ultra-Lounge 2:33.2

Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons continue the conversation following the record session for DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK. Covered: A discussion of the late Jimmy Sangster’s contribution to Hammer Films; Dan’s take on TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL; plus some thoughts on the Bradbury Building, remake fatigue, and Samsung’s assertion that the …

CONAN THE BARBARIAN & Building the Better Vampire: CFQ’s Black Hole Ultra-Lounge 2:32.2

Special guest Judith Furnari joins Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French and Dan Persons in an exploration of the cinematic vampire past, present, and future (during which all take a bold, controversial stand against moody, glittery teen).