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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.

Cinefantastique Podcast: My Soul to Take

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Writer-director Wes Craven returns to the horror genre with My Soul to Take and the Cinefantastique Podcast is there to examine the results.

A "Bad Batch" of Pot Brownies in LA, Online

Abe Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

In movies, marijuana is depicted either a hilarious holy grail or a gateway to harder, darker substances.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Stephen Frears on 'Tamara Drewe' and Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck on It's Kind of a Funny Story

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Three filmmakers, two films, two comic views on how we humans strive, through all adversity, to find new ways to frak ourselves up. I know I promised ...

Having "the friendship talk" with your teenage daughter

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Dr. Levine, My daughter is in high school has had problems keeping friends since elementary school. From what I have observed when her...

Theater of the Every Day Epic

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

In a world where shocking corruption, violence, and injustice meet stunning generosity, future-making discovery, and a rebellious hope, we need a theater that gives us new ideas, not just a good time.

Cinefantastique Podcast: Let Me In

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Can a disturbed young boy find true love with the vampire next door? Can Los Alamos, New Mexico afford more than one police officer? Can an American r...

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Can the director behind the stylized violence of 300 and Watchmen adapt to the animation medium? And what are the pitfalls is building a complete mythological world in a family-accessible film? Listen in and find out.

The Chronic Rift -- In Review: Never Let Me Go

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Following up my recent appearance on The Chronic Rift's Fall Movie Preview show(s -- it was actually broken into two episodes), I make my debut as the...

Cinefantastique Podcast: Never Let Me Go with Mark Romanek

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Our stalwart editor Steve Biodrowski couldn't make the recording session for this episode -- he said it had something to do with his teaching gig; we ...

Cinefantastique Post-Mortem: Catching Up:2001 & Avatar & Spoilers & Claustrophobia

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Maybe you missed our free-form follow up to the Cinefantastique Podcast last week. Then again, maybe you have a life. In any case, we didn't manage to...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Gaspar Noé on Enter the Void

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Kinda sorry I'm going to see Legend of the Guardians in IMAX 3D this weekend, and not Gaspar Noé's new film, Enter the Void. This is the movie that c...

Cinefantastique Podcast: Devil

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

This week, the CFQ Podcasters Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski suffer the flames of perdition as they go for a horrifying elevator ride to Hell in Devil.

Mighty Movie Podcast: A Chat with Ben Lyons

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

So how about a little break from the filmmaker interviews? Yellow Tail -- the wine people -- have started up a new website that recruits film critics ...