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Holiday Gifts for Movie Lovers: The Last Minute Edition

23 December 2012 12:00 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

It’s way too late to even mail order something for your movie-loving loved ones this holiday season. Do you arrive to your holiday gathering empty-handed to the disappointment of all? Never! Please consider the gift options below for any of the movie nerds in your life, which neither require shipping nor a long wait. Nor a trip to a shopping mall, which as you can imagine, might be a life-risking endeavor. You are liable to be trampled, after all…   Repertory Cinema Gift Membership Any movie fans in your circle, wherever they may be, likely frequent several repertory cinema houses in their given city.  And hey, wouldn’t they like it if you afforded them the opportunity to pay less for that already-inflated movie ticket price? Cinema memberships usually have various levels (with escalating perks), but the main thing is getting a discounted ticket, which is always included in the lowest-priced option. Also »

- Caitlin Hughes

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Kern Saxton’s Sushi Girl Gets A New International Poster

20 December 2012 5:56 PM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Director Kern Saxton’s crime/thriller “Sushi Girl” has been on my must-see list all year. However, my busy schedule as of late has prevented me from checking it out on VOD. If I do nothing else over the holiday, I am going to sit back, relax, and give this intriguing slice of cinema its proper day in court. After all, how can you possibly go wrong with Sonny Chiba, Jeff Fahey, and Danny Trejo? Let not be so quick to answer that particular question in public. Anyway, here’s what the film is reportedly about: The film centers on the compelling character of a man called “Fish,” just released after six years in jail after successfully not ratting on those involved in the robbery that sent him to prison. The night he is released, the men he protected with silence celebrate his freedom with a congratulatory dinner. The meal »

- Todd Rigney

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DVD/Blu-ray news #3: “Sushi Girl” art/details

13 December 2012 1:16 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Magnolia Home Entertainment releases Sushi Girl under its Magnet banner February 19 on DVD and Blu-ray, following select theatrical release January 14. Directed by Kern Saxton from a script he wrote with Destin Pfaff, Sushi Girl is set in a restaurant where members of a holdup crew gather to celebrate the release of one of the gang from jail. They feast on sushi served on the naked body of a beautiful girl—but things get ugly when accusations and recriminations begin flying. Among the amazing ensemble are Tony Todd, James Duval, Noah Hathaway (pictured), Andy MacKenzie, Mark Hamill, Michael Biehn, Sonny Chiba, Jeff Fahey, Danny Trejo and Cortney Palm in the title role. The discs’ widescreen transfers will be accompanied by a plateful of special features:

• Audio commentary by Saxton and the producers

• Audio commentary by Saxton and the cast

• “Sushi Girl: A Documentary”

• Deleted scenes

• Producer’s diary

• Crew diaries »

- gingold@starloggroup.com (Michael Gingold)

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DVD/Blu-ray news #3: “Sushi Girl” art/details

13 December 2012 1:16 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Magnolia Home Entertainment releases Sushi Girl under its Magnet banner February 19 on DVD and Blu-ray, following select theatrical release January 14. Directed by Kern Saxton from a script he wrote with Destin Pfaff, Sushi Girl is set in a restaurant where members of a holdup crew gather to celebrate the release of one of the gang from jail. They feast on sushi served on the naked body of a beautiful girl—but things get ugly when accusations and recriminations begin flying. Among the amazing ensemble are Tony Todd, James Duval, Noah Hathaway (pictured), Andy MacKenzie, Mark Hamill, Michael Biehn, Sonny Chiba, Jeff Fahey, Danny Trejo and Cortney Palm in the title role. The discs’ widescreen transfers will be accompanied by a plateful of special features:

• Audio commentary by Saxton and the producers

• Audio commentary by Saxton and the cast

• “Sushi Girl: A Documentary”

• Deleted scenes

• Producer’s diary

• Crew diaries »

- gingold@starloggroup.com (Michael Gingold)

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DVD/Blu-ray news #3: “Sushi Girl” art/details

13 December 2012 1:16 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Magnolia Home Entertainment releases Sushi Girl under its Magnet banner February 19 on DVD and Blu-ray, following select theatrical release January 14. Directed by Kern Saxton from a script he wrote with Destin Pfaff, Sushi Girl is set in a restaurant where members of a holdup crew gather to celebrate the release of one of the gang from jail. They feast on sushi served on the naked body of a beautiful girl—but things get ugly when accusations and recriminations begin flying. Among the amazing ensemble are Tony Todd, James Duval, Noah Hathaway (pictured), Andy MacKenzie, Mark Hamill, Michael Biehn, Sonny Chiba, Jeff Fahey, Danny Trejo and Cortney Palm in the title role. The discs’ widescreen transfers will be accompanied by a plateful of special features:

• Audio commentary by Saxton and the producers

• Audio commentary by Saxton and the cast

• “Sushi Girl: A Documentary”

• Deleted scenes

• Producer’s diary

• Crew diaries »

- gingold@starloggroup.com (Michael Gingold)

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Greatest Scenes From Quentin Tarantino Movies (part two)

10 December 2012 7:35 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

December is Tarantino Month here at Sos, and in the weeks leading up to the Christmas release of Django Unchained, we’ll be tackling the man’s entire career. Love him or hate him, the American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor has created some of the most iconic and memorable movie moments since he burst into the scene in 1992 with the Sundance hit Reservoir Dogs. Site contributors Tressa Eckermann, Edgar Chaput and Editor-in-Chief Ricky D have decided to put together a list of his greatest moments as both a screenwriter and director.

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11: Four Rooms: $1000 in a second

In 1994, four of the most celebrated directors in the independent film community pooled their talents for a four-segment anthology film titled Four Rooms. It is one of the worst films ever made. Tarantino’s segment “The Man From Hollywood” is based on an old Alfred Hitchcock TV episode, where a »

- Ricky

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‘Kill Bill Vol. 1′ – Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned

2 December 2012 10:46 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Kill Bill Vol. 1

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

2003, USA

Starring Uma Thurman (The Bride/Black Mamba), David Carradine (Bill/Snake Charmer), Lucy Liu (O-Ren Ishii/Cottonmouth), Vivica Fox (Vernita Green/Copperhead), Daryl Hannah (Elle Driver/California Mountain Snake), Michael Madsen (Budd/Sidewinder).

Also starring Sonny Chiba, Julie Dreyfus, Chiaki Kuriyama, Gordon Liu and Michael Parks.

“Revenge is a dish best served cold.”

A proverb whose origins date from a French-English translation from the the early 19th Century, which has appeared in all forms of popular culture, such as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or more recently, CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory.  However, it is its brief appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s fifth feature film that sets the tone for his endeavour to blend Eastern and Western cinematic cultures.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 sees a woman known as ‘The Bride’ (Thurman) on a mission to take down The »

- Katie Wong

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Director Kern Saxton Talks Sushi Girl

23 November 2012 1:29 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Kern Saxton made his directorial debut with a horrific thriller entitled Sushi Girl starring Tony Todd and Mark Hamill, which will have its VOD release on November 27 followed by a limited theatrical run and DVD/Blu-Ray release early in 2013.

Saxton sat down with Dread Central to talk about making this memorable film.

Saxton was asked to describe Sushi Girl (review) for those yet to see the film. "Is it cheesy to say, thrills, chills, suspense, blood and gore?" Saxton joked. "It's interesting because it's a hard film to classify. It's a blend of so many things. We really straddled the line between thriller and horror. It's not truly a horror film, but it does trend that way enough to keep horror fans satisfied. I think that's one of the concepts we had in mind originally to net a broader audience. We said let's get the people who love this genre, »

- Doctor Gash

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Tony Todd Gives Us the Skinny on Sushi Girl

17 November 2012 1:24 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Tony Todd's resume is extensive and diverse. He's credited with everything from gruesome horror films to voiceover work in children's cartoons and appearances in video games. His 20+-year career has been incredible, and he recently sat down with Dread Central to talk about his newest project, Sushi Girl.

Sushi Girl (review) is a unique horror-flavored heist-gone-wrong film directed by Kern Saxton that stars Todd along with Mark Hamill, Noah Hathaway, James Duval, Andy Mackenzie and Cortney Palm. When asked what audiences should expect when sitting down to watch Sushi Girl, Todd said, "I don't want to compare it to any other film because I think it's unique unto itself. Basically my character, Duke, is the leader of this particular crew and I invite a group of people back to see each other six years from the last time we met. Ostensibly, it's a dinner, but it turns out to »

- Doctor Gash

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Grindhouse Aficionado: Issue #Three

11 November 2012 9:52 AM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Grindhouse Aficionado: Issue 3 (Aug.06) by Kevin Klemm

Grindhouse Aficionado

Bringing you the best of Grindhouse cinema (without the sticky floors).

This month’s triple feature: The Crippled Masters, The Street Fighter, and Master of the Flying Guillotine.

This month we take a look at some of the best exploitation that the Far East has to offer. First up is The Crippled Masters, a revenge saga from China, featuring real life cripples (one is missing arms, the other is missing legs) who learn Kung Fu and then team up to kick some major bad guy ass. Next up we have the Og Mofo, Sonny Chiba, in the movie that introduced him to American audiences, The Street Fighter. And the last film in our triple feature is truly a guilty pleasure- Master of the flying Guillotine.

So grab some take out and a couple tall Sapporos, the first feature is about to begin. »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Mark Hamill on playing a psycho baddie in the gonzo crime thriller 'Sushi Girl' - Exclusive

7 November 2012 5:13 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

In the wake of last week’s huge Star Wars news, fans around the world have already begun exerting their collective Jedi mind powers to try to will Mark Hamill, the man who brought Luke Skywalker to life, into the just-announced next installment in the franchise, Episode VII. We’ll have to wait a while to see if that’s in the cards—the film isn’t due in theaters until 2015, and for the moment, Hamill says he knows nothing about what’s planned. In the meantime, though, fans can check the 61-year-old actor out in a role that’s a galaxy far, »

- Josh Rottenberg

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Tadff 2012: ‘Sushi Girl’ plays like Tarantino’s greatest hits

24 October 2012 11:32 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sushi Girl

Directed by Kern Saxton

Written by Kern Saxton and Destin Pfaff

USA, 2012

Remember that iconic opening scene in Reservoir Dogs, when Steve Buscemi’s Mr. Pink has a scenery-chewing whinge about the audacity and impudence of tipping? Well, imagine if instead of coffee and breakfast on the table there was a fully naked woman with sushi placed all over her entire body, and you’ve essentially encapsulated what it’s like to watch Sushi Girl. Unconvinced? Well, here’s the plot synopsis:

The story follows a band of diamond thieves after a heist gone horribly wrong. One of the gang members, Fish (Noah Hathaway), was arrested and spent six years in prison. The ringleader, Duke (Tony Todd), suspects Fish of hiding the loot for himself and away from the group (which includes Andy Mackenzie, James Duval, and Mark Hamill himself).  While confined to a room, there are accusations of subterfuge, »

- Justin Li

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Seventh incarnation of Toronto After Dark Film Festival promises blood and laughs

31 August 2012 7:55 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

While the Toronto International Film Festival holds a well-deserved spot as one of the premier movie events in the city, fans of pulpier fare and cult classics never found a place for themselves the the event. In 2006, however, these fans were given an oasis in the desert in the form of The Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Taking place very October, the seventh annual event will take place this year from October 18th to October 26th, effectively leading in to Halloween with 9 days of movies geared towards the cult audience, ranging from horror to science fiction to action to comedy, and everything in between.

The festival screens all of its movies at the historic Bloor Cinema, and this year will be no different. Having already screened four films this summer, those four being the horror comedy Juan of the Dead, the horror anthology V/H/S along with The Pact and Detention, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Toronto After Dark 2012: First Ten Films Announced; See the Special Fest Trailers for All Ten

31 August 2012 12:38 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The Toronto After Dark film festival has unveiled its first wave of film announcements for 2012, and included in these ten films are some of the most critically acclaimed and eagerly anticipated horror, sci-fi, action, and cult films from this year’s international film festival circuit.

These ten new movies will all have their Toronto or Canadian theatrical premieres hosted exclusively at the festival’s 7th annual edition this October 18th-26th at the city’s historic Bloor Cinema. Check out the fest's sizzle reel below, and for more info visit the official Toronto After Dark website, "like" Toronto After Dark on Facebook, and follow Toronto After Dark on Twitter (@Tad FilmFest).

Ten more exciting feature films, a collection of cutting-edge short films, and the complete festival schedule will be announced at the end of September. At that time fans will also be able to buy single tickets to all screenings. »

- The Woman In Black

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The First Ten Films From Toronto After Dark 2012

29 August 2012 6:26 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

During the FanExpo in Toronto last weekend, the 2012 Toronto After Dark Film Festival announced the first 10 titles of the festival this October and it looks like an exciting lineup.

The festival is moving back from Toronto Underground cinema into the newly restored Bloor Hot Docs for its 7th year (where it resided for its first five years) running from October 18th to 26th, 2012. As usual the first batch of films is an eclectic mix of horror, sci-fi, action and the bizarre. So if you have been a fan of the previous year's lineup then it shouldn't disappoint.

[Rec]³: Genesis

First up is the Canadian Premiere for the third film in the Spanish [Rec] series working as a parallel sequel to the first two films. Paco Plaza returns as the director but the co-director Jaume Balagueró of the first two films will be directing the 4th [Rec] installment next year instead. This time »

- Kelly Michael Stewart

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Mark Hamill's Sushi Girl Lands at Phase 4 Films

1 August 2012 5:57 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Home Entertainment and Phase 4 Films announced today they have jointly acquired North American rights to the Mark Hamill film Sushi Girl. The revenge thriller had its international premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival on July 21st 2012, to be followed by a theatrical release in the U.S. and cable VOD by Phase 4 Films in late 2012, with Blu-ray, DVD and digital VOD release by Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet Releasing label in early 2013. Phase 4 Films will also distribute the film theatrically and on home video in Canada.

The hotly anticipated genre-bending thriller by director Kern Saxton (co-writer of the film along with Destin Pfaff) is produced by Assembly Line, a team including Neal Fischer, Pfaff, Saxton and Suren M. Seron, in association with Level Up Productions.

Mark Hamill (Star Wars Franchise) and Tony Todd (Candyman) lead a cast of cult heroes »

- MovieWeb

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Fantasia 2012: Magnolia Serves Up Distribution with a Side of Sushi Girl

1 August 2012 12:03 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

One little film that's gotten lots of love at this year's Fantasia International Film Festival is the truly bizarre Sushi Girl (review). News has come out of the festival that the flick has secured itself some much needed distro. Read on for details.

From the Press Release

The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Home Entertainment and Phase 4 Films announced today they have jointly acquired North American rights to the Mark Hamill film Sushi Girl. The revenge thriller had its international premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival on July 21st, 2012, to be followed by a theatrical release in the U.S. and cable VOD by Phase 4 Films in late 2012, with a Blu-ray™, DVD, and digital VOD release by Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet Releasing label in early 2013. Phase 4 Films will also distribute the film theatrically and on home video in Canada.

The hotly anticipated genre-bending thriller »

- Uncle Creepy

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Magnolia/Phase 4 Team For ‘Sushi Girl’ Release

1 August 2012 10:38 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Los Angeles, CA – August 1, 2012 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Home Entertainment and Phase 4 Films announced today they have jointly acquired North American rights to the Mark Hamill film Sushi Girl. The revenge thriller had its international premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival on July 21st 2012, to be followed by a theatrical release in the U.S. and cable VOD by Phase 4 Films in late 2012, with Blu-ray™, DVD and digital VOD release by Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet Releasing label in early 2013. Phase 4 Films will also distribute the film theatrically and on home video in Canada. The hotly anticipated genre-bending thriller by director Kern Saxton (co-writer of the film along with Destin Pfaff) is produced by Assembly Line, a team including Neal Fischer, Pfaff, Saxton and Suren M. Seron, in association with Level Up Productions. Mark Hamill (Star Wars Franchise) and Tony Todd (Candyman) lead »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Fantasia 2012: Week one wrap up

28 July 2012 1:38 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We are now a week into the three week long Fantasia Film Festival, and while we admittedly have been a little behind due to some technical issues with our website, we still managed to get a dozen film reviews published. Keep coming back to our site as we promise twice the amount of articles by the end of week two. In the meantime, here is a round-up of what we’ve seen and written about so far.

Black Pond

Directed by Tom Kingsley and Will Sharpe

Written by Will Sharpe

U.K., 2011

Comedy, in its nature and its presentation, has morphed dramatically over the past decade or so, both in North America and in Europe, in particular the United Kingdom. From the more overt, on the nose comedy of yesteryear we have now live in an era in which the comedy is delivered with a completely different version of wit. »

- Ricky

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Fantasia 2012: ‘Sushi Girl’ – delirious, demented, raw and bloody

23 July 2012 7:05 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sushi Girl 

Written by Kern Saxton and Destin Pfaff

Directed by Kern Saxton

USA 2012 Fantasia imdb

I saw Sushi Girl under almost perfect conditions: at the Fantasia Film Festival surrounded by more than 700 enthusiastic grindhouse film fans in the presence of the producer, director, writer and virtually the entire cast including Andy MacKenzie (Shoot ‘Em Up), James Duval (Donnie Darko), Noah Hathaway (Atreyu from The NeverEnding Story!), Michael Biehn (!!), Tony Todd (!!!), and Mark Hamill (Not! Enough! Exclamation! Marks! In! The! World!). 

How crowded was the theatre? Former Fangoria editor (and longtime friend of Fantasia) Tony Timpone was asking people in the theatre to put their hands up if the seat next to them was vacant, so we could squeeze more people in. 

What we saw was a film that is completely unapologetic about its influences and its existence as a artifact of almost pure fan service beginning with its insane cast. »

- Michael Ryan

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