Cinefantastique Top Ten 2011*: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 2:47.1

Top_Ten_Image_v02_3502011: Definitely a good year for aliens. They waylaid a couple of fanboys, staged a showdown with cowboys, wrecked a tween’s film project, invaded LA, twice (must be the universal lure of In-N-Out Burger) — yessir, if you had more than four limbs and a palate for human flesh, you had a home in theaters over the past twelve months.
But the extraterrestrial infestation wasn’t really the big news in genre film for 2011. With an open couple of weeks before the final onslaught of major science-fiction, fantasy, and horror releases, Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons decided to look back over the year and pick out their favorites in ten categories*, including Best Performance, Best Use of 3D, and Best Film, among others. The selection they’ve come up with may well surprise you. (Hint: A certain film featuring big-ass robots does better than expected.)
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*And yes, we acknowledge that this is a provisional list, given that such titles as TINTIN, THE DARKEST HOUR, AND MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL have yet to screen.

The Thing: CFQ Podcast 2:40

The Thing (2011) horizontal teaser poster

It’s a remake! No, it’s a prequel! It’s THE THING, the latest film derived from John W. Campbell’s short story “Who Goes There?” – which previously inspired the 1951 Howard Hawks production THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD and director John Carpenter’s 1982 remake THE THING. With regular Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast host Dan Person missing in action at the New York Comic Con, Lawrence French and Steve Biodrowski put all three THINGS on the chopping block for examination. Does the new version stand up to its predecessors? Do the CFQ effects match the prosthetics of the 1982 film? And how realistic is it to find three human with perfect teeth? All these and other questions will be answered, so join us on a terrifying trip to the freezing vastness of the antarctic continent, wherein lies the alien shape-shifter that may already have duplicated your best friend sitting next to you as you read this