When I was a kid I made a discovery. Like some archeologist stumbling upon a clue to a lost treasure, I came across a “boys” comics annual (like Hotspur or Action or whatever) that had actual photographs of chrome-armored baddies gunning down some people. This was cool for two reasons. One, chrome robots shooting lasers at people will always be badass. Second, back in the 80’s these publications never featured photos, especially not of outside properties. In this case it was a push for kids to star watching the original Battlestar Galactica series. But across from these photos was an ad for something else. Some weird film called “Dune“.
He Who Controls The Spice, Controls The Universe!
Remember when I said none of the Game of Thrones dude had yet headlined a critically acclaimed movie? Well, turns out I was damn wrong. Kubo, played by Art Parkinson (Dracula Untold) – a minor character from ‘Thrones, turns in a fantastic performance in this Movie of the Year contender. I bet you’re desperate to find out more, right? Of course you are.
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Considering the popularity of the show, you’d think the Game of Thrones main eventers would all be in decent films by now. But, John Snow moaned his way through the laughable Pompeii, then Daenerys misfired with Terminator Genysis. Maybe Tyrion will do better with his forth coming biopic on the guy who played Nik-Nak in The Man With the Golden Gun. Will, his on-screen brother Jamie fair any better as leading man in Gods of Egypt?Let’s hope so…
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You gotta admit that the American courtroom is now a familiar element of cinema’s vocabulary. Even as a non-US citizen I still know what Exhibit A-Z refers to, that it sucks to have your objection overruled, and that there’s always a surprise witness. 12 Angry Men, A Few Good Men, numerous episodes of Star Trek. You’ve probably seen it all too. But have you seen a defendant claim the judge takes it up the ass? Probably not unless you’ve seen Law Abiding Citizen.
It’s gonna be Biblical…
If James (assistant director on the Matrix Trilogy) McTeigue’s 2009 Germo/Yankee film is anything to go by, the life of a Ninja Assassin is pretty tough. It isn’t all shuriken-throwing and disappearing-into-shadows badass glamour. They have all kinds of shit to worry about like rival ninja’s trying to kill them while they’re doing laundry or grocery shopping. And the pay is really poor– they’re still getting paid the same rate from 600 years ago. Inflation, it’s revealed, is not part of the ninja code.
It’s no wonder that ninja Raizo goes rogue.
Ninjas oh my!
Did you ever read that story about Robert The Bruce (that Scottish dude who betrayed Mel Gibson in Braveheart)? After some crushing defeat during the rebellion he ended up hiding in a cave where he began to think about jacking it all in. But then he started watching this spider who kept trying to crawl up the wall. It kept falling down. For hours it kept trying and failing until finally it got all the way to the top. This never-say-die attitude gave Rob the inspiration to continue fighting. I think this is why DC keeps making films. After the critically dire Man of Steel, Batman vs. Superman, and Suicide Squad, most people would have been saying enough was enough. But they didn’t give up. And it turns out it’s fourth time lucky for our old DC friends.
And all it took was the help of a good woman.
Cue the Wonder Woman theme
You could be forgiven for thinking a film called Fire and Ice would perhaps be something to do with George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones. But Fire and Ice, an animated movie directed by Ralph Bakshi (Lord of the Rings), actually predates the megaseries by nearly ten years. It’s a pretty basic story: the ice kingdom of the evil Nekron and the folk of Firekeep are at war and caught in the middle is Princess Teegra and the wandering nomad Larn. Yet we don’t give a shit about them or their world. No, what elevates this film from mediocre to memorable is one guy, one axe-wielding dude with a wolf’s head for a hat. Lets get together and talk about DARKWOLF.
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