Now Showing – Cinefex 156

Cinefex 156 now available

If it’s variety you crave, look no further than our brand new issue, Cinefex 156. Not only do we explore the superheroic action of Thor: Ragnarok and Wonder Woman, but we also delve into the practical effects and digital delights of The Shape of Water and It. Last but not least, we remember the true-life firefighting superheroes of the Granite Mountain Hotshots in Only the Brave.

Here’s Cinefex editor-in-chief Jody Duncan to round off the year with her personal take on the contents of our 2017 winter edition:

Jody Duncan – From the Editor’s Desk

Thirty years ago, I had an infant daughter whose father was working the graveyard shift at a local radio station when I settled in to read Stephen King’s horror novel, It. Alone in our townhouse late at night, my baby sleeping upstairs in her crib, I dove into the story of Pennywise the clown, a mauler and abductor of children, and one very bad hombré. Increasingly uneasy, I got up to turn on all the lights in the house, and checked that my baby was still safely in her crib. I read some more. I started at the smallest sound. I checked my baby again. I read more.

As the night wore on, I became so terrified that I sat on the floor outside my daughter’s bedroom, house lights still blazing, and nodded off with my head against the wall. The next night, I put down It in favor of a less intense read – like The Exorcist.

It was with some wariness, therefore, that I approached the new feature film adaptation of It, directed by Andy Muschietti, with makeup effects by Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated and visual effects by Rodeo FX. As it turned out, I very much enjoyed covering the film for our issue 156 – and throughout the writing process, I checked on my now 30-year-old daughter only once or twice to reassure myself that she was still with us and not floating in some horrible sewer cistern.

Superheroes also get their due in #156, with Joe Fordham’s coverage of Wonder Woman and Graham Edwards’ story on Thor: Ragnarok, this issue’s cover boy. Graham also explores the wonderful Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, and among the highlights of his article are the many insightful comments from suit performer Doug Jones.

In terms of effects shot count, Only the Brave – about the Granite Mountain Hotshots, who suffered the loss of 19 firefighters in a wildfire near Prescott, Arizona, in 2013 – was a modest project, but what it lacked in quantity was more than made up for in quality, as Industrial Light & Magic’s fire simulations proved indistinguishable from special effects supervisor Mike Meinardus’ controlled burns on set and on location.

Wishing everyone the happiest of holiday seasons!

Cinefex 156 is on newsstands now, and available to order at our online store. If you’re a subscriber, your copy will be hammering through your mailbox very soon. And don’t forget our enhanced iPad edition, featuring tons more photographs – many of them exclusive to Cinefex – and stunning video content.

Cinefex Quiz 2017

Have you been reading your Cinefex this year? If so, you’ll have no trouble with our fun end-of year quiz. There’s one question for each film we’ve covered during 2017 – that’s a grand total of 27 movies, no less! How many will you get right? Find out right now with the Cinefex Quiz 2017!

90th Oscars Visual Effects Race Begins

In the run-up to the 90th Oscars, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just announced the 20 films competing in the Visual Effects category. Later this month, the list will be halved ready for the famous ‘bake-off,’ in which voters view 10-minute reels presenting shots from the qualifying films. Congratulations to the visual teams on all the films that made the list!

Feel like reading up on the movies in question? Well, we’re proud to say that Cinefex covered – or is in the process of covering – 18 out of the 20 films on the list.

Cinefex covers films competing in the 90th Oscars Visual Effects category

In our April 2017 issue, Cinefex 152, we published articles by Graham Edwards on Kong: Skull Island and Logan. Check out Cinefex 153 for Graham’s story on Alien: Covenant, Joe Fordham’s articles on Ghost in the Shell and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Jody Duncan’s coverage of Life. In June, we covered Okja in a Q&A on our blog.

Jody wrote our Spider-Man: Homecoming article for Cinefex 154, which also contains Joe’s story on War for the Planet of the Apes, and Graham’s articles on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. This issue also wins our special prize for Longest Movie Titles of the Year!

In October we published Cinefex 155, with Joe’s articles on Blade Runner 2049 and Dunkirk. Our latest issue, Cinefex 156, contains Graham’s coverage of Thor: Ragnarok and The Shape of Water, plus Joe’s story on Wonder Woman. If you’re wondering what happened to Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, we’re hard at work preparing those articles for our February 2018 issue.

The only two films we missed out on this year were Beauty and the Beast and Justice League. Sorry, folks, we can’t catch ’em all!