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"Before you tap that shoulder, sugar – identify yourself."
"The name's Daredevil – horn-head for short. And you?"
"Depends. If you're spendin' money, it's Power Man – Hero for Hire. Otherwise, Cage'll do – Luke Cage."
Thus began the not entirely auspicious teaming of Luke Cage and Daredevil in the pages of the 24th issue of The Defenders, from 1975. It was, in fact, the only story in that comic's 15-year existence in which any of the characters on Netflix's identically titled series would meet. The 2017 incarnation – Daredevil and Luke Cage, plus Jessica Jones and »
At this year’s Gamescom event in Cologne Thq Nordic and developer Experiment 101 have announced their new open world action RPG Biomutant which is set for release in 2018 on the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. This announcement has been accompanied by a very nice cinematic trailer which introduces our hero. Watch the trailer below…
In Biomutant players get to explore a post-apocalyptic world filled with strange and wonderful, not to mention sometimes terrifying, creatures. Using mechs, paragliders, balloons, mounts, jet skis and even wings, players will be able to travel around this world making decisions that have an impact on combat.
In this Kung Fu fable players will be able to change their character’s appearance and abilities using mutations and bionic parts such as claws, wings or a robotic leg, and as you would expect there are also a variety of weapons to be used.
Thq Nordic and independent developer Experiment 101 have revealed Biomutant, »
- Andrew Newton
Nobuhiko Obayashi’s classic 1977 film, “House,” which is also known as “Hausu,” is a creative and dreamy psychedelic experience that has to be seen to be believed. What was supposed to be Japanese company, Toho’s answer to Spielberg’s “Jaws” became something entirely different. Sprouting from the imagination of Obayashi’s daughter, the film transformed into a bizarre creation truly of its own with use of a unique blend of practical and special effects, varied editing techniques, and beautiful set pieces. Originally panned by critics when it first got released in Japan for it’s absurdity, it has since gone on to become a cult classic among fans of Asian cinema all around the world, as well as many film critics today.
Enter the world of Obayashi.
The story of “House” begins with a high school student named, Gorgeous, who is excited for summer vacation, which she has plans to spend with her father. »
- Nicholas Richardson
The Defenders marks something of endpoint for all of the Marvel series on Netflix. We've reported that the main storyline in The Defenders folds-in key plot elements from Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. We also noted that each of the characters will grow or change, stemming from events in this mini-series. Now we're learning that The Defenders may also launch the next phase of Marvel shows on Netflix. So, what does that mean?
As we approach the end of Phase 3 in the McU films, there's been a ton of speculation (some of it ours) regarding Phase 4. A good deal of this speculation has dealt with who lives and who dies, but some are wondering if Iron Man and Captain America might hand off their mantles, allowing someone else to wear the suit and carry the shield, which is an exceptionally commonplace event in the comics. Consequently, it's »
- David Kozlowski
In the vast filmography of both Shaw Brothers and Chor Yuen, “Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan” manages to stand out, due to its disregards for the taboos of the era and its permeating eroticism, which occasionally reaches the borders of sleaziness.
“Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan” will screen at the Old Kung Fu Fest, that will be on in New York, August 18-20.
Beautiful Ainu is abducted and sold to the infamous Four Seasons Brothel, who is run by the notorious Lady Chun. Ainu resists in the beginning, in a series of actions that lead her into being locked into a dungeon. Eventually, one of the people in the brothel tries to free her, but meets the rage of Lady Chun, who kills him brutally. Ainu is tortured, but Lady Chun, who happens to be a lesbian, takes a liking to her, and tries to show her that life could »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
“’77” winds down with 3 Women and The Devil, Probably.
Museum of Modern Art
Dark City, Groundhog Day, and more play in the sci-fi series.
The Demme series continues, including Stop Making Sense.
“Old School »
- Nick Newman
Author: Daniel Goodwin
Next week sees the long overdue release of Battle Royale director Kinji Fukasaku’s New Battles Without Honour and Humanity trilogy. Made in the mid-70s, Fukasaku’s sprawling crime saga is soon to be unveiled for the first time ever in the UK by Arrow Video, who have assembled Fukasaku’s three films into a sumptuously packaged Blu-ray box-set. The New Battles movies tell standalone tales of different Japanese Yakuza crime syndicates and the complex character/ business conflicts that occur within the clans.
Naturally (and thankfully) anarchic violence and bloodshed ensue amidst the criminal deliberations/ dialogue exchanges and while Fukasaku’s rugged, frenetic style festoons all three entries with exhilarating energy, they are coloured further by spirited camaraderie, anarchic gun battles and hand-cam captured car chases.
To celebrate the New Battles Blu-ray box set release, Arrow hosted a promo/screening event at Pimpshuei: a clandestine, East »
- Daniel Goodwin
Few cinematic genres are more polarizing to audiences than that of kung-fu cinema. For those who the genre rubs the right way, these are some of the most exciting and captivating works of pure cinema (bodies interacting with one another through space and time) around, while its detractors frown sternly in the face of its arch choreography and B-movie storylines. However, thanks to The Metrograph and its ongoing Old School Kung Fu Fest (now in its seventh iteration under the leadership of the team at Subway Cinema), these films are finding not only a new home among critics but also new found context within film writ large.
This seventh installment is entitled Wonder Women Of The Martial Arts, or that’s at least the festival’s central theme, as this slate features only films that are led by female performers. Seven films are included here, led most notably by King Hu »
- Joshua Brunsting
It’s crunch time for those who are hoping to catch up with all the Marvel Netflix TV shows before The Defenders hits the streaming service. As of this writing, there’s only three days left, and while it’s still physically possible for someone to start from Daredevil Season 1 and trudge all the way through Iron Fist, there’s not a whole lot of time for those with jobs and lives.
While the idea of superhero team-ups are great, they do have the potential unintended consequence of alienating those who haven’t seen anything that came before it. It’s one of the reasons why Hollywood has avoided shared universes for so long, and is still something of a hurdle that studios have to overcome in their storytelling (how much can they depend on plot points of previous films without alienating audiences?). So, what if you’ve missed a »
- Joseph Medina
Note: This piece was originally published on May 30, 2017, but in light of The Defenders hitting Netflix this Friday, we thought it had some thoughts worth reiterating.
Marvel and Netflix have created something truly special with their four superhero shows: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. They've established a unique, ongoing, and shared universe that not only respects each character's source material, but also builds upon and expands their lore. Fans have clearly responded, as many media outlets report that these are some of the most-popular shows on Netflix.
Daredevil is heading into its third season, while Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are each preparing for their second, but what about the fate of Iron Fist? According to SuperBroMovies, Danny Rand himself, actor Finn Jones, will soon issue a Season 2 announcement. While that's certainly welcome news for the whole Marvel/Netflix enterprise, it's probably safe to say that Iron Fist »
- David Kozlowski
We are currently less than a week from the release of The Defenders. This is something that’s been a long time coming in the Marvel and Netflix world, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This whole thing got kicked off in early 2015 with Daredevil, a series that — for the first time since Blade — allowed Marvel to go full dark. This trend continued with the rape survivor story that was Jessica Jones, and the hip hop Western that was Luke Cage. While Iron Fist was an enjoyable run, it was unquestionably the weakest of the bunch.
Though, regardless of where you stand in terms of Iron Fist, it’s still pretty damn exciting to see these four supers join forces to take on a much bigger threat in New York City. From the reluctant Luke Cage, to the guilt-ridden Daredevil, they each have a reason for protecting the city that they call home. »
- Joseph Medina
For those of you who follow my li’l studio Unshaven Comics on Facebook, you’ll note a recent ramping up of delightful sharing. As pages get completed in The Samurnauts: Curse of the Dreadnuts #4, I’ve been too excited not to immediately share them with our fans. As such, I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel on a book that has taken more than a year beyond what I’d intended to see it be ready for release.
We’re not there yet, but the end is truly nigh.
For those sticklers who like details: three of us presently are mashing on the necessary color work – with about 20 more pages that need final effects. Everything is lettered. The book file is built. Literally, 20 pages need some over-the-top TLC, and they will be pushed into their final form. To ensure we round third base and dive for home, »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Congratulations are in order for director Jing Wu, whose war-time action thriller Wolf Warrior 2 just broke the all-time Chinese Box Office record with an astounding $571 million earned within the first 14 days of its release! An impressive achievement for certain, the record had previously been held by Stephen Chow's fantasy comedy The Mermaid. When the Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Genre fans and filmmakers once again this summer flocked to Montreal for the Fantasia Film Festival, which has established itself as a premiere platform for discovering exciting and out-of-the-box genre films. However, this year’s though festival-goers weren’t only seeing cutting-edge works in packed theaters, but lining up to experience one of the festivals two pop-up Vr arcades.
Read More:How Fantasia Film Festival Has Fostered a New Generation of Genre Filmmakers
“It was an eclectic Vr selection ranging from animation to horror, and from science fiction to poetic experimental experiences” said Marc Lamothe, the festival’s co-Director. “The response from both the regular public and industry attendees was absolutely overwhelming.”
Partnering with the Montreal-based talent agency Woolf + Lapin, Fantasia’s Samsung Gear Vr Experience brought in 12 360-experiences that showcased the different ways genre filmmakers were using virtual reality.
Like all filmmakers, genre creators are having to learn a completely different visual language. »
- Chris O'Falt
August can be a miserable time to go to the movies, and it’s almost always a miserable time to be in New York City. But, for at least one glorious weekend this month, neither of those time-honored facts will be true. Beginning on Friday, August 18, Subway Cinema’s Old School Kung Fu Fest returns to The Metrograph theater in lower Manhattan for another incredible weekend of flying courtesans, iconic sword fights, and even a little pistol action for people who like their body-chops and dropkicks with some bullets on the side.
Capping off a female-driven summer movie season that kicked off with “Wonder Woman” back in early June, the seventh edition of this deeply beloved fest is devoted to the “Wonder Women of the Martial Arts,” and it boasts some of the fiercest ladies to ever leap over an unsuspecting henchman. The seven films in this year’s program »
- David Ehrlich
By David Kozlowski | 4 August 2017
Welcome to Issue #7 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering strong opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your feedback or ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!
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Audiences Are Tired Of Spectacle And Hollywood Doesn't Care. »
- David Kozlowski
Adrien Brody was feted Friday with a lifetime achievement award at the Locarno Film Festival, Europe’s preeminent indie event, where he sat down with Variety and talked about why his 2003 Oscar for “The Pianist” didn’t lead to as many big studio roles as could be expected. He also delved into his ties to China, where he is one of a handful of bankable Western stars; and was cagey about his upcoming roles in TV show “Peaky Blinders” and genre-bending picture “A Dog Named De Niro.” Excerpts.
Of your early films the one that stands out for me is “Bread and Roses” by Ken Loach, who was celebrated here in Locarno last year. It’s still timely, given that it’s about exploited Mexican workers in L.A. Can you talk to me a little about working with Loach. How did it happen?
I don’t recall the audition, but »
- Nick Vivarelli
Director: Stanley Tong
Now before you ask, no, Kung Fu Yoga is not related to Kung Fu Panda. Nor is it that closely related to either Kung Fu or Yoga. It’s actually a lot like how I’d imagine it would be if Indiana Jones went on a bender with the Hangover gang, and decided to make a Fast and the Furious film. Jackie Chan, plays Jack, the most amazing archaeology professor in all of China – at least this is what the audience is told repeatedly. Jack is approached by a fellow professor, Ashmita who has travelled all the way from India to enlist Jack’s help tracking down the lost Magadha treasure. The pair, joined by Jack’s assistants, then take-off on a globe-trotting adventure as they attempt to find the artefact before it falls into the wrong hands.
Recently I »
- Kat Hughes
"...the man with the 'Iron Fist' teams up with 'Shang-Chi, the Master of Kung Fu'.
"What brings these two together...?"
Marvel's "Iron Fist" #1 is also written by Brisson and illustrated by Perkins, with covers by Jeff Dekal, Perkins and Alex Ross.
"...'Danny' has always straddled two worlds -- Earth and the mystical realm of 'K'un-Lun'. Now, with K'un-Lun in ruins, he'll question his place in both more than ever. The 'chi' fueling his fists is wavering, yet still he fights on. Fighting to prove his worth, he'll push himself to his breaking point.
"But a bigger battle than he can handle may have found him first. Whisked away to the mysterious island of 'Liu-Shi', he'll come »
- Michael Stevens
Martial arts movies are true guilty pleasures -- one of the more overlooked and undervalued of all the film genres. I was raised on a steady diet of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sonny Chiba, and Chuck Norris films. Later, I got to know Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Jean Claude-Van Damme, Steven Seagal for -- for the better or (sometimes) worse. These amazing fighters led the way for more recent talents, like Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais.
The '70s and '80s were arguably The greatest decades of martial arts movies (Enter the Dragon, Drunken Master, The Octagon, Bloodsport)... sure, you had to squint at times to get past bad acting and absurd plots, but we reveled in the pure visceral insanity of two (or more) trained fighters going toe-to-toe. Karate vs. Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do vs. Muay Thai -- for martial arts junkies, it's incredible to watch »
- David Kozlowski
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