Archive for "Dec 2011"

Call For Papers - Mythic Characters and Places Made Real: TV and Film In Situ

CALL FOR PAPERS Mythic Characters and Places Made Real: TV and Film In Situ An area of multiple panels for the Film & History Conference on Film and Myth September 26-30, 2012 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Deadline: June 1, 2012 Popular media increasingly are becoming the foundation for “non-mediated” experiences with local, material culture. Now, […]

New Documentary - Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

From the Ray Harryhausen official website: The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of the definitive Harryhausen documentary to be called RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN which will be produced by Frenetic Arts, based in France, and the Foundation. This English language production is scheduled for completion in late […]

ParaNorman: Stop-Motion Comedy Thriller for Summer 2012

Summer 2012 holds some promise for animated films. One of these is ParaNorman, a stop-motion animation film from those who produced Coraline. The official website includes little, but the Wikipedia page includes the following synopsis. In this comedy thriller, a small town comes under siege by the undead. Only a misunderstood local boy Norman, who […]

CFQ Spotlight Podcast 2:48.1 on Trek Nation and Star Trek

                  CFQ Spotlight Podcast 2:48.1 with a focus on Trek Nation and the legacy of Star Trek is now online at Cinefantastique Online. There I am a guest with regular contributors Dan Persons, Steve Biodrowski, and Larry French. Click here to enjoy the show.

Move Over Santa: Merry Krampus

Today I learned of a new twist that has been associated with the various historical and cultural influences that have gone into our contemporary Christmas holiday. Apparently there is the Krampus creature that comes from European Alpine folklore. This monster accompanied St. Nicholas and whereas St. Nick would pass out gifts to the good children, […]

Call for Papers: Joss Whedon and Theology

CALL FOR PAPERS Joss Whedon and Theology The works of Joss Whedon — from his hit television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, to his popular comic book writing on Fray and X-Men, to his upcoming and highly anticipated Avengers film—are among the most influential pop culture phenomena of the last two decades. […]

The People vs. George Lucas: TheoFantastique Podcast 2.7

I recently had the opportunity to watch the new documentary, The People vs. George Lucas. From the DVD cover and the website: They gave him their love, their money and their online parodies. He gave them... the prequels. The passion the original Star Wars trilogy inspires in its fans is unparalleled; but when it comes […]

Regina Hansen: Roman Catholicism in Fantastic Film

Some recent research for new sources of material led me to the volume Roman Catholicism in Fantastic Film: Essays on Belief, Spectacle, Ritual and Imagery (McFarland, 2011), edited by Regina Hansen. Hansen is is a senior lecturer at Boston University College of General Studies. This volume provides a helpful consideration of the important influences and […]

Trek Nation: Documentary on a Fatherhood and Pop Culture Legacy

The documentary Trek Nation debuted on the Science Channel on November 30, presenting an interesting personal quest to understand the life and legacy of Gene Roddenberry. While many books and television programs have been done exploring Roddenberry and the Star Trek phenomenon he created, the unique aspect of Trek Nation comes in the form of […]

The Walking Dead Continues to Wrestle with Darabont's Ethical Concerns

After Frank Darabont's unexpected and sudden departure from The Walking Dead at the beginning of production for Season 2 many fans wondered and worried whether the quality of the writing for the program would be compromised. Although some have expressed concerns about the allegedly slow pacing of this season in contrast with the first (a […]

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