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True Blood Sucker Punch: Season 3, Ep. 10

Mark Blankenship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Blankenship

I'd like to begin this recap of "I Smelled a Rat" with an ode to Russell Edgington, who has become one of my all-time favorite TV characters. As the episode's title suggests, lots of characters are grappling with honesty and trust.

U.S. Open: The Price of Hardcourt Drama, by Session

Jesse Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Jesse Lawrence

With the 2010 US Open upon us, we're looking forward to witnessing some outstanding tennis, and some compelling storylines, unfold in Flushing.

Cinefantastique Podcast: Eli Roth & Daniel Stamm on The Last Exorcism; Review of Piranha 3D

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

It's a day of interviews and reviews at the Cinefantastique Podcast. First, a chat with director Daniel Stamm and producer Eli Roth on their new, demo...

CFQ Post-Mortem: The Alternate Worlds of Recycled Footage

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

After a passionate discussion of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski leave the recorder running as they delve deeply into th...

The Genius of the Feminine

Arjuna Ardagh | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arjuna Ardagh

Hypermasculine spirituality cannot help you to free up feeling, or to feel more deeply, because generally it has been founded by men who are themselves emotionally crippled.

Mighty Movie Podcast: David Michod on Animal Kingdom

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Finally, the family film we've been waiting for this summer. Okay, that's an obvious joke, sorry. Animal Kingdom is about a family, but one that, if ...

CFQ Post-Mortem: More on Black Sunday and Mario Bava

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Following up on the Cinefantastique Podcast 1.26, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski delve deeper into the mysteries of director Mario...

Cinefantastique Podcast: Black Sunday - 50th Anniversary Special

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

No new genre films hit theaters this weekend, but fear not: Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski once again rev up the time machine and ...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Samuel Maoz on Lebanon

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

I went into Lebanon convinced that I really didn't want to see another examination of the moral quandary that is the Middle East conflict. I came out ...

Eureka! Science Belongs On Stage

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

Science is built for the stage. The very act of scientific discovery is one of the most dramatic in the human experience. Dramatic because it changes everything.

True Blood Sucker Punch: Season 3, Ep. 7

Mark Blankenship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Blankenship

After delivering two exceptional segments in a row, True Blood comes closer to earth with "Hitting the Ground." That's not to say that the episode is bad -- it's really pretty good -- but it does contains some frustrating elements.

CFQ Post-Mortem: Charlie St. Cloud & Why We Review

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The Cinefantastique Post-Mortem Podcast examines Charlie St. Cloud. Also on the menu: listener mail takes Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski to task for being too critical of Inception.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Aaron Schneider on Get Low

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

This summer has been something of a bummer as far as the tent-poles are concerned (and I'm writing this scant hours after seeing Cats and Dogs: The Re...

CFQ Post-Mortem: Prep for Black Sunday; del Toro enters The Haunted Mansion

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Following up on this week's in-depth discussion of Eyes Without A Face, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski launch into an informal chat about horror, fantasy, and science fiction films.

True Blood Sucker Punch: Season 3, Ep. 6

Mark Blankenship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Blankenship

The series is having its best run of episodes ever. Case in point: "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues." An exceptional hour of television. It hurls scene after scene at my gut, my heart, and my brain.

Helen: Film Review & Interview with Ashley Judd

Joseph Smigelski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Joseph Smigelski

I hope a lot of people see Helen because it is an important film and quite a cinematic experience. Ashley Judd's performance as the title character is nothing short of riveting.

Cinefantastique Podcast: Eyes Without a Face -- 50th Anniversary Special

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

With theaters offering no new genre films this weekend, The Cinefantastique Podcast turns its gaze back through the mists of time to a 50th anniversary examination of Eyes Without a Face.

Madame Butterfly Takes Wing in Santa Fe

Rodney Punt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rodney Punt

The plot could not be simpler: American naval officer jilts Japanese wife who later commits suicide. But Puccini's Madame Butterfly was not at all easy to compose, nor initially to stage.

CFQ Post-Mortem: The Sorcerer's Apprentice; More on Inception

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In the latest weekly installment of CFQ's Post-Mortem Podcast, further in-depth insights on Inception and a look at the big-budget disappointment, The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

True Blood Sucker Punch: Season 3, Ep. 5

Mark Blankenship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mark Blankenship

This episode, "Trouble," was kind of flawless. It may be my favorite of the entire series. It perfectly balances the multiple dichotomies of the show. Humor and terror, sweetness and cruelty, sex and romance.

Cinefantastique Podcast: Inception

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Is it the thinking person's action-packed blockbuster? Find out, along with the usual recap of weekly news, upcoming events, and home video releases.

CFQ Post-Mortem: Despicable Me; More on Predators

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In CFQ's Post-Mortem Podcast (or should that be Podcast Post-Mortem?), Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski offer a free-form follow-up to the regular Cinefantastique Podcast.

An Openly Optimistic Letter to Performing Artists Freaking Out About Relevance During Hard Times

Lauren Gunderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauren Gunderson

The change of perspective we offer as artists can become a change of heart, then a change of mind, then a change in life. Our fiction then, is our prediction.

Cinefantastique Podcast: Predators

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

This week, the Cinefantastique Podcast sets its sights on Predators, produced by Robert Rodriguez and directed by Nimrod Antal, from a screenplay by A...

Mighty Movie Podcast: Lisa Cholodenko on The Kids are All Right

Dan Persons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

In my discussion with director Lisa Cholodenko about her new film, The Kids are All Right -- about a sperm donor (Mark Ruffalo) abruptly entering the ...