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Cinefantastique Podcast: Tron: Legacy

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In the latest episode of the "The Cinefantastique Podcast" Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons attempt to build their own consensual reality after a viewing of "Tron: Legacy".

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Special Stream-of-Consciousness Episode, Featuring The Tempest

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Having survived the rocky shoals of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons decid...

Dear Leader: Your Job Is Culture

Edward Muzio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Edward Muzio

Culture doesn't need to be abstract, mysterious, or the purview of only the most magnetic and magical leaders.

The Cinefantastique Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Can the forces of darkness be vanquished by only a pair of Narnia royalty, where four were needed before? Does the film profit or lose by running a half-hour less than its predecessors?

The Cinefantastique Review: Tangled

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

For their 50th animated feature film, Walt Disney Pictures presents Tangled -- a CGI modernization of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "Rapunzel." Is thi...

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: The Chronic Rift, Kuroneko, and Le Bad Film

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Having taken the world's most depressing world tour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, the Cinefantastique Podcast crew set their sights on other subjects.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Javier Fuentes-León on Undertow

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The triangles just keep getting more complicated, don't they? In the new Peruvian film, Undertow, fisherman Miguel (Cristian Mercado) is eagerly await...

2010 NFL: Boys Behaving Badly

Amy Turek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Amy Turek

If there's one word that sums up the 2010 NFL season thus far, it's drama.

Stage Door: Elling, Rosmersholm, and Momentum

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

What are the odds two Norwegian works would be on the boards? They've just upped, thanks to Elling and Rosmersholm. Make time to be dazzled.

Cinefantastique Podcast: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is a bona fide box office sensation. But is it any good, or is it just a prequel for Part 2?

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Remembering Dino DeLaurentiis

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In this week's Cinefantastique Post-Mortem Podcast, Steve Biodrowski and I bid farewell to producer Dino DeLaurentiis, who died on November 10 at the age of 91. DeLaurentiis was a frequent contributor to the cinefantastique genres.

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Snubbing George Takei & Monsters Mini-Review

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

After debating whether three animated films in one year is more than enough from DreamWorks Animation, the Cinefantastique podcast crew of Dan Persons...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Patrick Hughes on Red Hill

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

It's not really necessary that you be fully schooled in the great Australian action films of seventies and eighties -- or even in American westerns --...

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: I Spit on Your Grave vs. The Last House on the Left

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Lawrence French, Steve Biodrowsk, and I turn our attention to the world-shattering debate over whether the original version of I Spit on Your Graveis more technically competent than Wes Craven's original version of The Last House on the Left.

First Nighter: In the Wake, Lisa Kron's New Play, Has What It Takes

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

This comedy-laced drama sends audiences staggering into the streets from its power to shake up previous assumptions about the requirements needed for leading a fulfilling political and personal life.

Is CBS' Blue Bloods Showing the Way to Our Political Future?

Mark Blankenship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Blankenship

As everyone heads to the polls today, I'm reminded that the CBS series Blue Bloods, about a family of New York cops and lawyers, has become an unlikely balm for my frustration about America's nasty political culture.

Cinefantastique Podcast: Paranormal Activity 2

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Paranormal Activity 2 is a huge hit, avoiding the sequel curse that struck down Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows. But is PA2 really a worth follow-up, o...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Kerthy Fix on Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

A songwriter who can dream up lyrics like, "When we kiss, it feels like a flying saucer landing," can score those lyrics in any one of a thousand, inf...

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Best Movies about the Afterlife & Clint Eastwood: Filmmaker

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Having laid Clint Eastwood's Hereafter to rest in this week's Cinefantastique Podcast, John W. Morehead, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodr...

Mighty Movie Podcast Special: Jeffrey Tambor and Thane Rosenbaum on ...And Justice for All

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

When you're offered the opportunity to talk with Jeffrey Tambor -- a.k.a Hank Kingsley, a.k.a. George Bluth Sr, a.k.a. Sid Garner for those who really...

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: I Spit on Your Grave & Loving a Film, but Not Enough

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In this ruminative episode of the Cinefantastique Post-Mortem, Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons are taken to task by a listener for ...

Cinefantastique Podcast: Suspiria

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

How does Argento's extremely stylized vision of violence and terror hold up decades later? Is there actually an underlying logic in the seemingly irrational goings-on in Suspiria?

You Don't Have to Deny the Arts To Succeed: MS223 in The South Bronx, a 2010 Intel School of Distinction

Richard Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Richard Kessler

Ramon Gonzalez and his faculty at MS223 have managed to take time from test prep for reading and math to build in exchange for a quality arts program,...

Just the Facts, Ma'am: A Review of Coming in Hot

Dylan Brody | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Dylan Brody

Weaving disparate tales women in uniform, Jeanmarie Simpson does not just expose the experience of life in the military, she humanizes it.

Waiting for all the Superheroes

Richard Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Richard Kessler

The simplicity underscoring much of the present debate belies just how complicated schools can be. The fact of the matter is that educating children is hard, complex, and long-term.