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Blu-ray Review – Once Were Warriors (1994)

Once Were Warriors, 1994.

Directed by Lee Tamahori.

Starring Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Taungaroa Emile, Cliff Curtis, and Julian Arahanga.


The mother of a New Zealand Maori family struggles to keep her family together as her violent husband and wayward children seem to pull apart.

Controversial upon its original release and still packing a punch today, Once Were Warriors is a powerful film in every respect, from the performances – especially the two leads – to the emotionally-charged script through to director Lee Tamahori’s bleak vision peppered with specks of hope for its characters. Beth Heke (Rena Owen – The Last Witch Hunter) is a mother to five children and wife to Jake (Temuera Morrison – Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones), a violent alcoholic with a quick temper and quicker fists who has just lost his job and so spends most of his time down the local bar with his mates.
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Once Were Warriors

Dramas don't come more powerful than this one -- a Maori family might escape their slum existence if it weren't for the father, an emotionally volatile monster whose brutality knows no limits. The show took in awards everywhere -- it's a stunningly affecting tragedy not completely without hope. Once Were Warriors Blu-ray Film Movement Classics 1994 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 102 min. / Street Date September 6, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga, Taungaroa Emile, Rachael Morris Jr., Joseph Kairau, Cliff Curtis, Pete Smith. Cinematography Stuart Dryburgh Film Editor Michael Horton Original Music Murray Grindlay, Murray McNabb Written by Riwa Brown from the novel by Alan Duff Produced by Robin Scholes Directed by Lee Tamahori

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

In 1996 or so, working at MGM, I learned about a movie coming out with a definite neo-noir theme -- Mulholland Falls. Then I was told that its director was a New Zealander whose
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Berlin: Tammy Davis Talks Hip-Hop Dance Battles

Berlin: Tammy Davis Talks Hip-Hop Dance Battles
Don’t be fooled by the name, Tammy Davis is a man’s man known for tough-guy roles in such films as “What Became of the Broken Hearted” and on New Zealand TV, playing Munter in “Outrageous Fortune.” Similarly, being programmed in the Generation X youth section at Berlin should not be taken as a sign that “Born to Dance” is a watered-down, Kiwi version of “High School Musical.” Rather, Davis, who moves from acting to directing, has conjured up a full-blooded and highly entertaining Maori interpretation of the hip-hop dance battle genre.

How did “Born to Dance” happen?

It fell into my lap. The producers were looking to do a New Zealand version of a dance film and by the time it got to me it had been completely revised. What particularly drew me, however, was the story about a young boy clinging to his dreams. New Zealand has put dance on screen before,
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Is a New 'Matrix' Trilogy Being Planned?

Is a New 'Matrix' Trilogy Being Planned?
Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski are reportedly developing a brand new sequel trilogy for The Matrix, with Warner Bros. eyeing a 2017 release for the first movie.

The filmmakers are rumored to have already turned in outlines and treatments to the studio, which is desperate for a big blockbuster franchise. Warner Bros. reportedly wants the first movie ready by 2017 so it can compete against the highly-anticipated sequels Star Wars: Episode VIII and Avatar 3, which are slated for release that year.

While it isn't clear which way the filmmakers plan on taking this new trilogy, one of the early outlines reportedly explores how The Matrix was first created. It's too early to tell if this is the route they plan on taking since the story is still very fluid. It also isn't clear if Keanu Reeves will be back as Neo, or if any of the other cast members will be back.
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Morpheus from The Matrix Returns in Kia Super Bowl TV Spot

Morpheus from The Matrix Returns in Kia Super Bowl TV Spot
We have already seen car manufacturer Toyota bring out The Muppets and actor Terry Crews for their TV spot that will air during Super Bowl Xlviii on Sunday, February 2. One of Toyota's rivals, Kia, has also delved into the movie world for their "big game" TV spot, featuring Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus from The Matrix. The commercial showcases Kia's new K900 vehicle, with the actor reenacting the famous "red pill/blue pill" scene, holding a red key and a blue key for a couple to choose from. We also see other touchstones from The Matrix with a few "agents" eating at a diner and a bending spoon. Check out this video below, and stay tuned for more Super Bowl Xlviii TV spots as we get closer and closer to the big game.

Super Bowl episode 48.1, "Super Bowl Xlviii" airs on NBC February 2nd, 2014.

The Matrix was released March 31st, 1999 and stars Keanu Reeves,
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Seth MacFarlane Enters The Matrix in 85th Annual Academy Awards Promo

Seth MacFarlane Enters The Matrix in 85th Annual Academy Awards Promo
When Seth MacFarlane hosts the 85th Annual Academy Awards later this month, you can surely expect a bevy of jokes poking fun at some of this year's nominees. The Oscar host has been taking shots at some blockbusters of years past as well, with last week's promo poking fun at James Bond's classic martini order. ABC has released a new promo today, featuring Seth MacFarlane entering The Matrix, making a humorous connection to the "blue pill" and a certain "performance enhancing" drug. Go deep down the rabbit hole with this latest video for The Academy Awards ceremony, airing Sunday, February 24 on ABC.

The Academy Awards: 85th Annual Academy Awards - Seth Enters the Matrix

The Academy Awards episode 85.1, "85th Annual Academy Awards" airs on ABC February 24th, 2013. The episode stars Seth MacFarlane and is directed by Don Mischer.

The Matrix was released March 31st, 1999 and stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne,
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Two Matrix 3D Films in the Works?

Two Matrix 3D Films in the Works?
A mysterious email (read "rumor") was sent to AICN what apparently said that Keanu Reeves, who spoke at the London School of Performing Arts University, announced that there will be two more Matrix films coming to the big screen and there is a chance they will be in 3D.

It is being rumored that Keanu Reeves met with the Wachowski's for lunch over Christmas and that they had completed work on a two-picture script treatment that would see him return to the world of the Matrix as Neo.

Also, the Wachowski's apparently met with James Cameron to discuss the pros and cons of 3D and are looking to deliver something which has never been seen before.

The Matrix was released March 31st, 1999 and stars Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Gloria Foster, Joe Pantoliano, Marcus Chong, Julian Arahanga. The film is directed by Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski.
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The Sunday Funnies: Ving Rhames' 'Oscar Speech' and Taylor Lautner Becomes a Diva

Hey friendo's. Brian Gallagher here with a look at all the news that wasn't fit for print in the past seven days. We've got plenty of goodies to get to this week so let's start with another movie invention that is becoming a reality.

Nike To Make Self-Lacing Shoes From Back To The Future Part II - via MSNBC.com

Back in May there was news that some genius actually invented a real-life hoverboard like the one Michael J. Fox uses in Back To The Future Part II. Now MSNBC.com reports that Nike is actually making self-lacing shoes similar to those shown in Back To The Future Part II as well. It was said that Nike has filed a patent for the shoes and, while it wasn't said when these shoes will hit the market, they are working on the technology. Take a look at this confusing image below:
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Film review: 'Broken English'

Star-crossed lovers and cultural barriers are the subjects of Gregor Nicholas' debut feature, which tells the story of a problematic love affair between a beautiful Croatian emigre (Aleksandra Vujcic) and the young Maori (Julian Arahanga) who awakens her desire and the ire of her authoritarian father (Rade Serbedzija).

The main selling points in this Sony Pictures Classics release are the sultry presence of newcomer Vujcic, the male actors' associations with art house hits "Once Were Warriors" and "Before the Rain", and the film's NC-17 rating, which the press notes helpfully explain was precipitated by an "innocent scene of joyous sex."

Nina, who fled war-torn Croatia to settle with her large family in New Zealand, becomes attracted to Eddie, the handsome cook in the restaurant in which she works. Although this is clearly a dangerous avenue to pursue - her father is the type who trashes the cars of his daughters' potential suitors - the couple are soon involved in a passionate affair, which they unfortunately take few pains to hide. The father becomes increasingly unhinged, ultimately taking to literally barricading Nina in her bedroom.

When Eddie attempts to rescue her, it results in a brutally violent encounter between him, the father and one of Nina's overprotective male relatives.

Director Nicholas tells the story with the proper amount of controlled tension and a strong sense of atmosphere, and has elicited strong performances from the entire cast.

However, this is awfully familiar material despite the exoticism of the setting and the nationalities involved. A subplot involving a young Chinese couple who want to get married adds little to the story, although it does provide for some touching and humorous moments.

Vujcic, making her screen debut, has the kind of exotic beauty that the camera loves, and she more than holds her own in the presence of such experienced co-stars as Serbedzija ("Before the Rain", "The Saint"). As her lover, the tattooed Arahanga is as appealing here as he was menacing in "Once Were Warriors".


Sony Pictures Classics

Director Gregor Nicholas

Screenplay Gregor Nicholas, Johanna Pigott,

Jim Salter

Producer Robin Scholes

Executive producer Timothy White

Cinematographer John Toon

Editor David Coulson

Music Murray Grindlay, Murray McNabb



Ivan Rade Serbedzija

Nina Aleksandra Vujcic

Eddie Julian Arahanga

Darko Marton Csokas

Mira Madeline McNamara

Running time -- 90 minutes

MPAA rating: NC-17

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