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19 items from 2014


The Bottom Shelf: Frightfest, Faults and Killer Klowns

15 September 2014 12:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Indie horror Faults and Venezuelan chiller The House At The End Of Time are two of the films in this month's Bottom Shelf...

Summer holidays, barbecues on the beach and weekends decimated by relentless weddings: this is August for some. For other, more discerning types, it is about Frightfest, otherwise known as the chance to spend those rare sunny days ensconced in a darkened room for a horror movie marathon. This year’s Leicester Square event featured the usual mix of gonzo gore, copycat-killings and premiere screenings of future favourites; we managed to catch a few highlights.

The latest film from writer and director Riley Stearns (Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s husband, fact fans), Faults, received a European premiere last month. Massively enjoyable from start to finish, Stearns’ black comedy mostly eschews the genre necessity of scattergun bloody slayings in favour of an intelligent script focusing on the gaping voids left in desperate characters’ lives. »

- ryanlambie

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‘Ninja Apocalypse’ DVD Review

14 September 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Christian Oliver, Les Brandt, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ernie Reyes Jr., Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Kaiwi Lyman, West Liang, Tara Macken, Antoinette Kalaj, Alvin Hsing, Bryan Cartago, Mark Heidelberger | Written by Ashley Scott Meyers | Directed by Lloyd Lee Barnett

Not to be confused with the Don Wong starring, badly dubbed, poorly edited film of the same name – which I distinctly remember hiring from my local video shop – Ninja Apocalypse is set years after the great war, and the titular apocalypse, where humanity has become divided into separate clans of ninjas. Clans, which besides having your usual ninja-like martial arts skills, are also blessed with strange supernatural powers: some of which look like they stepped straight out of a video game – you know the type, the typical fireballs, lightning strikes and telekinesis.

Discovering a plot to attack their land, Grandmaster Fumitaka calls on the clans under his control to a meeting deep »

- Phil Wheat

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Ninja Apocalypse DVD Review

14 September 2014 3:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Lloyd Lee Barnet.

Starring: Christian Oliver, Les Brandt, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ernie Reyes Jr., Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Tara Macken.

Running Time: 84 minutes

Certificate: 15

Ninja Apocalypse certainly aims high with its obvious spin on The Warriors meets The Raid with added zombies and vampires, but this is simply a very poorly made film that hopes to get by on its premise, cover art, and title. Even these aspects are let down by a film that takes itself far too seriously.

After a generic apocalypse type situation involving nuclear weapons, supposedly used so as to just excuse the use of empty and desolate locations, clans of ninjas (because people would naturally become ninjas after the apocalypse) gather together for a peace summit. The summit goes wrong when those known as The Lost Clan are frame for the murder of the leader of the ninjas. From there the clan must travel up »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Giveaway – Win Ninja Apocalypse on DVD

9 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the UK DVD release of the bloody, action-packed fantasy, martial arts actioner Ninja Apocalypse on Monday September 15th, we’ve got three copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…

Framed for assassinating Grandmaster Fumitaka (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, 47 Ronin, Tekken, Mortal Kombat), Cage (Christian Oliver, The Three Musketeers, Valkyrie, Speed Racer), his brother Surge (Les Brandt, Smoke, The Resolve, Days Of Our Lives) and the rest of the Lost Ninja Clan must battle their way through an underground nuclear bunker filled with hordes of supernatural enemies, mutants, and flesh eating zombies, pursued by Hiroshi’s (Ernie Reyes Jr., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, The Rundown, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal) unstoppable Ninja army with orders to hunt them down. Trapped a thousand feet below the earth’s crust, the Lost Clan will face hell. »

- Gary Collinson

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Mark Burnett-Roma Downey’s ‘Little Boy’ Set for Feb. 27 Release

2 July 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Open Road Films has set a Feb. 27 release for inspirational family film “Little Boy,” exec produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (pictured above).

The distributor acquired U.S. rights recently amid a surge of interest in family and faith-based films.

Little Boy” stars Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin James, Ben Chaplin, Michael Rapaport, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ted Levine, David Henrie, Eduardo Verastegui and 7-year old newcomer Jakob Salvati.

Downey and Burnett (pictured) produced “Son of God,” the Christian movie that has grossed an impressive $67 million in the U.S. and was adapted from their 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which aired last year on History. They are also producers on MGM’s upcoming reboot of “Ben-Hur.”

Little Boy” centers on a 7-year-old boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home.

Other films opening on Feb. 27 are Warner Bros.’ comedy “Focus, »

- Dave McNary

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Open Road’s ‘Little Boy’ Gets February 2015 Release Date

2 July 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Open Road Films has set a a February 27, 2015 release date for Little Boy, the inspirational family film directed by Alejandro Monteverde that was executive produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, the EPs behind Son Of God and MGM/Paramount’s Ben-Hur remake. The distrib acquired U.S. rights to the pic last month. The story centers on a 7-year-old boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin James, Ben Chaplin, Michael Rapaport, Cary Tagawa, Ted Levine, David Henrie, Eduardo Verastegui and Jakob Salvati […] »

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Open Road Nabs U.S. Rights to ‘Little Boy’ from Mark Burnett, Roma Downey

20 June 2014 12:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to inspirational family film “Little Boy,” exec produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.

The film stars Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin James, Ben Chaplin, Michael Rapaport, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ted Levine, David Henrie, Eduardo Verastegui and 7-year old newcomer Jakob Salvati.

Downey and Burnett (pictured) produced “Son of God,” the Christian movie that has grossed an impressive $67 million in the U.S. and was adapted from their 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which aired last year on History. They are also producers on MGM’s upcoming reboot of “Ben-Hur.”

Little Boy” centers on a 7-year-old boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home.

“’Little Boy’ is a truly uplifting movie that resonates with family audiences and we are thrilled to add it to our slate,” said Open Road topper Tom Ortenberg. »

- Dave McNary

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Open Road Picks Up Family Film From 'Son of God' Producers

20 June 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Open Road Films has acquired U.S. rights to Little Boy,  a new family film executive produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, producers of the recent Son of God, through their Lightworkers Media. Starring Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson, the film concerns a 7-year-old boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II and bring his father home. The cast also includes David HenrieKevin James, Ben Chaplin, Michael Rapaport, Cary Tagawa, Ted Levine, Eduardo Verastegui and 7-year-old newcomer Jakob Salvati. Photos 35 of 2014's Most Anticipated Movies It was

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- Gregg Kilday

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Open Road Adds Roma Downey-Mark Burnett Pic ‘Little Boy’ To Slate

20 June 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Open Road Films bought U.S. rights to Little Boy, an inspirational family film directed by Alejandro Monteverde that was executive produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, the EPs behind Son Of God and the MGM/Paramount Ben-Hur remake. Pic’s about the magical story of a 7-year-old boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father. Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin James, Ben Chaplin, Michael Rapaport, Cary Tagawa, Ted […] »

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’47 Ronin’ Blu-ray Review

3 June 2014 2:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Min Tanaka, Jin Akanishi, Masayoshi Haneda, Hiroshi Sogabe, Takato Yonemoto, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rinko Kikuchi | Written by Chris Morgan, Hossein Amini | Directed by Carl Rinsch

An ancient Japanese legend tells the story of 47 samurai, seeking revenge on a rival warlord who killed their master and banished them from their homeland, making them ‘Ronin’. 47 Ronin is the Hollywood take on this legend, throwing magic, giant beasts and fantasy adventure into the mix as the Ronin, lead by a ‘half breed’ known as ‘Kai’ (Keanu Reeves), seek to destroy Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano) and his witch protector (Rinko Kikuchi) and restore their honour.

The first thing to be said about 47 Ronin is that it is very CGI heavy. Some people find that kind of thing very annoying, although in this case I felt it did add a lot to the film. The magic felt a lot more potent, »

- Richard Axtell

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Hawaii’s Big Island Film Festival Grows While Highlighting Indies

21 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Back in 2003, Leo and Jan Sears traveled from their home on the Big Island of Hawaii to neighboring Maui to attend the Maui Film Festival. That’s where they became inspired to start a film festival of their own.

“We were sitting with the film commissioner from the Big Island and we said to her, ‘We really need something like this,’” Jan recalls.

“The commissioner answered, ‘Well, all it takes is someone to do it.’ Now, you don’t just say something like that to Leo. We’ve organized lots of events before. So we figured we’d start small and see what happens.”

After two years of planning, the duo launched the Big Island Film Festival in 2006; 600 people attended.

Nine years later, the fest’s latest edition is expected to draw up to 2,400 people. Leo is the event’s executive director; Jan is producer. Officially dubbed Big Island Film »

- Peter Caranicas

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Ninjas Vs. Zombies in Trailer for Ninja Apocalypse

12 May 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Here's a trailer for an awesome-looking martial arts fantasy film called Ninja Apocalypse. The movie was directed by Lloyd Lee Barnett, who has worked on the visual effects for films such as Avatar, Speed Racer, and Spider-Man. Judging from the trailer it looks like there will be some fun humor mixed in with some crazy cool action sequences involving martial arts mixed with magical powers. It looks like it will be a really entertaining, action-packed flick! The movie has a Mortal Kombat kind of feel to it, but it also has zombies! Not much is known about the plot of the film yet, but this trailer gives you a solid idea of what to expect.

The cast of the film includes Christian Oliver (The Three Musketeers), Ernie Reyes Jr. (The Rundown), Les Brandt, West Liang, Kaiwi Lyman, Tara Macken, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Antoinette Kalaj, Mark Heidelberger, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa »

- Joey Paur

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47 Ronin DVD Review

9 May 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Carl Rinsch

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Min Tanaka, Jin Akanishi, Rinko Kikuchi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Running Time: 118 Minutes

Certificate: 12

47 Ronin is a Hollywood adaptation of a true story from Japan. It is helmed by a first time director, has faced much studio interference, and has its theatrical release delayed for over a year. The film should be a write-off. Yet, it is far from such. 47 Ronin is at times a magnificent big scale adventure film that is a lot more serious and thoughtful than many of its multiplex counterparts. It’s still very messy, mostly in terms of pacing and the cohesion between scenes, but it is very easy to see some specks of greatness as well. Even in its chopped form, it is still highly enjoyable, especially when it comes alive in its action sequences.

The film follows the true story of a group »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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'47 Ronin' Blu-ray Review

3 April 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I debated whether I should watch 47 Ronin or not. It seemed to me the page view alternative was embarrassing myself by posting fan altered pictures from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles teaser trailer so I opted for Ronin. Suffice to say, the result wasn't going to be pretty either way. Originally scheduled to hit theaters November 2012 before finally hitting theaters December 2013, the final reported budget for this retelling of the classic Japanese tale was $175 million. Throughout the course of production there was talk of just how bad things had gotten and, at the time, the budget was said to have ballooned to over $225 million. After watching all 118 minutes of this film (ten of which are the closing credits) it would appear the money was spent on crummy visual effects, but mostly production design as several massive sets, aided by CGI, were created only to eventually present a picture that never feels authentic, »

- Brad Brevet

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Skin Trade: Tony Jaa, Dolph Lundgren -Teaser Trailer

22 March 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

Skin Trade is the upcoming Martial Arts action movie by Kung Fu supreme Tony Jaa. The movie also stars Dolph Lundgren, Michael Jai. White, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ron Perlman and many more.

The trailer is packed out with action, Jaa performing his usual brilliant flips and stunts, lots of flying knees, so i am sure this will be a hit with the fans. I also heard Dolph Lundgren had written this story in 2006-2007, so it’s great to see him fulfill that and finally make the movie.

Nick, a tough NY cop, runs afoul of the Russian mob engaged in human trafficking, and they end up killing his wife and daughter for revenge. Determined to make them pay, he follows the kingpin to Bangkok, the hub of their activities. He teams up with a Thai detective and they decide to wipe out the entire organization and terminate their business entirely. »

- kingofkungfu

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Special Features - The must-see straight-to-video action films of 2014

19 February 2014 12:19 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe on the must-see straight-to-video action films of 2014...

If you’re a little fed up of the never ending stream of remakes, kid friendly PG13 (12A or 15 here) CGI heavy theatrics and Marvel/DC action films that fill up the multiplexes, or you’re no stranger to the unrepentant, simple delights of a bit of straight to video (or Netflix) action, then here is a list of the best to look out for this year.

As big screen action caters more and more for younger audiences, straight to video still largely offers a bit more adult entertainment. What it might lack in big budget thrills it makes up for with F-bombs and gallons of blood (if that’s your thing). As for myself, alongside a steady upbringing of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis in the late 80’s and 90’s, I’ve also had more than my share »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Mortal Kombat’ is as senseless as the game itself but without the great action

15 February 2014 3:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Mortal Kombat

Written by Kevin Droney

Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson

USA, 1995

Self-exiled Shaolin monk and martial arts pupil Liu Kang (Robin Shou) awakens one night from a nightmare in which a strange and powerful sorcerer named Shang Tsung (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) brutally murders Kang’s younger brother before looking directly into the camera and claiming Kang’s very soul. Shaken by the experience, the hot-headed youth returns to his former home among the temples to learn the truth of his brother’s demise. Much to his surprise, there is more at stake than family matters, or so explains the god of lightning, Raiden (Christopher Lambert), who magically makes an appearance. His brother’s death granted Shang Tsung, ambassador of an evil dimension called Outworld, a ninth consecutive victory in an ancient tournament named Mortal Kombat. A tenth successive win for the vile Outworld grants Tsung and his minions ownership of the Earth realm. »

- Edgar Chaput

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Revenge Thriller ‘Skin Trade’ Sets Cast; BBC Films Options Novel ‘That Part Was True’

3 February 2014 9:59 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Sc Films International’s ‘Skin Trade’ Sets Cast Sc Films International has lined up Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Peter Weller, Michael Jai White, Celina Jade and Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa for action thriller Skin Trade. Ekachai Uekrongtham directs the film, which has just started principal photography in Bangkok. From a screenplay by Gabriel Dowrick, Steven Elder and Lundgren, Skin Trade tells the story of a New York City detective who, after his family is killed by a Serbian crime boss, heads to Bangkok and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and bring down a worldwide human trafficking ring. Lundgren, Craig Baumgarten and Sc Films’ Mike Selby are producers. BBC Films Options Novel ‘That Part Was True’ BBC Films has optioned Deborah McKinlay’s novel That Part Was True. The story follows the relationships between a UK divorcée and a U.S. author through their shared love of food and cooking. »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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47 Ronin Review

1 January 2014 12:59 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Carl Rinsch.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rinko Kikuchi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tadanobu Asano.

Certificate: 12A.

Running Time: 119 minutes.

Synopsis: A year after the murder of their master, a group of masterless samurai join forces with half-breed, Kai (Keanu Reeves), to avenge his death and restore honour to their land.

47 Ronin sees Keanu Reeves return to the big screen, having recently stuck to smaller scale projects; his last proper outing being 2008′s The Day The Earth Stood Still. In 47 Ronin, Reeves plays Kai, an English/Japanese ‘half-breed’ who is taken in by the kindly Lord Asano (Min Tanaka), but distrusted by Asano’s samurai – that is, until they become Ronin and need his help to avenge their master’s death.

At the head of Asano’s samurai is the ever loyal Ôishi, played by the brilliant Hiroyuki Sanada. Ôishi fearlessly leads his men on what is essentially a suicide mission »

- Kat Smith

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