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Entries by Dan Persons from 04/2012

Mighty Movie Podcast: Guy Maddin on Keyhole

| Posted 04.02.2012 | Entertainment

This gangster is haunted, literally. Keyhole begins with an inversion -- a group of criminals have to fight their way past a police barricade into a house -- and only gets stranger from there.

Mighty Movie's Temple of Bad: Birdemic: Shock and Terror

| Posted 04.03.2012 | Moviefone

I'd heard the legend of Birdemic: Shock and Terror -- a film allegedly so bad that it has rapidly become a contender for the worst film ever made -- but not until I sat down for a viewing did I realize how profoundly I would be transformed.

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: Mister Rogers and Me

| Posted 04.05.2012 | Entertainment

In the newest episode of my ongoing radio show, I review Mister Rogers and Me, a documentary from filmmaker Benjamin Wagner with a somewhat deceptive title.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Morgan Spurlock on Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

| Posted 04.06.2012 | Entertainment

For some, it is Valhalla; for others, it is a seething, roiling, chaotic pit of humanity. For many, I suspect, it's a phenomenon just slightly more indecipherable than Naked Lunch.

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Burn, Witch, Burn

| Posted 04.09.2012 | Entertainment

This week's main topic was proposed by Cinefantastique Online managing editor Steve Biodrowski and he joins Lawrence French and Dan Persons to discuss what works and what's just a little silly in this little-known but very satisfying exercise in modern-day horror.

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: Kinyarwanda

| Posted 04.12.2012 | Entertainment

This time, we're looking at Kinyarwanda, a new drama in which director Alrick Brown uses a fractured timeline and mutable genres to portray how the Rwandan genocide of 1994 looked to those trapped in its madness.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Philippe Falardeau on Monsieur Lazhar

| Posted 04.13.2012 | Entertainment

Philippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar finds finely-shaded drama in a venue that has defeated many a filmmaker: a classroom full of children.

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: The Cabin in the Woods

| Posted 04.16.2012 | Entertainment

Joss Whedon has just been the busy, busy little bee lately, hasn't he?

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: Hit So Hard

| Posted 04.18.2012 | Entertainment

Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll! Never gets tired, does it? Well, maybe if you're actually in the middle of it, it may get to wear a bit, yeah.

Tribeca 2012 Diary: Babygirl Director Macdara Vallely

| Posted 04.20.2012 | Entertainment

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Tribeca 2012 Diary: Headshot Director Pen-ek Ratanaruang

| Posted 04.21.2012 | Entertainment

Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Headshot begins as a curious twist on the crime thriller, and proceeds from there to delve into questions of morality, redemption, and spirituality. And it still kicks ass, which is cool.

Tribeca 2012 Diary: The Playroom Director Julia Dyer

| Posted 04.23.2012 | Huffington Post

Capturing a period when innocence was under assault on all fronts, director Julia Dyer (Late Bloomers), shooting from a script by her sister Gretchen, tells a tale old and young facing uncertain futures, not all of them with a suitable measure of grace.

Tribeca 2012 Diary: Replicas' Jeremy Power Regimbal & Josh Close

| Posted 04.24.2012 | Entertainment

Director Jeremy Power Regimbal makes his feature film debut with this tense tale of class envy pushed to extremes.

Tribeca 2012 Diary: Una Noche Director Lucy Mulloy

| Posted 04.25.2012 | Entertainment

The drama of three young Cubans taking the not-inconsequential step of escaping their country to the (possibly) welcoming arms of the United States is traced in startling detail in Una Noche.

The Indie on Demand Movie Review: Garbo the Spy

| Posted 04.26.2012 | Entertainment

In Garbo the Spy, director Edmon Roch uses expert interviews and cunningly deployed film clips to tell the tale of Juan Pujol Garcia -- codename Garbo -- a Spaniard recruited by British intelligence as a double agent.

Tribeca 2012 Diary: Any Day Now Director Travis Fine

| Posted 04.27.2012 | Entertainment

Director Travis Fine (The Space Between) is making his return to Tribeca with this moving drama. We sat down in the bunker-like entryway to the press lounge to talk about the film.

Tribeca 2012 Diary: Nancy, Please Director Andrew Semans

| Posted 04.29.2012 | Entertainment

In his feature film debut, Nancy, Please, director Andrew Semans has created a slyly disturbing tragicomedy that explores how a life strategy built around wallowing in one's own victimhood can lead to a rapid, and quite mortifying, undoing.

Tribeca 2012 Diary: Future Weather Director Jenny Deller

| Posted 04.30.2012 | Entertainment

A young girl is forced to confront inconvenient truths both global and personal in the drama Future Weather.

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: The Raven

| Posted 04.30.2012 | Entertainment

If truth is stranger than fiction, then can a serial killer inspired by the eminently strange writings of Edgar Allan Poe be said to be even stranger still?