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Hiep Thi Le obituary

Refugee from Vietnam who starred in Oliver Stone’s film Heaven and Earth

Hiep Thi Le, who has died aged 46 from stomach cancer, became a film star after travelling to the Us from Vietnam as a child in the late 1970s, one of hundreds of thousands of refugees known as “boat people”. In her early 20s she landed the lead role in Oliver Stone’s 1993 drama Heaven and Earth despite never having acted before.

Based on the memoirs of Le Ly Hayslip, who, like Le, had arrived in America from Da Nang, the movie was the last and least successful part of the director’s Vietnam trilogy, following Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989). It was also one of the few films of his to feature a female protagonist. Le was required to age more than 30 years in the course of the movie as Hayslip, who is raped
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Top 12 Kaiju Films of All Time

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It’s fun to watch giant monsters go on a rampage and destroy cities, or to go head-to-head in a super-sized slugfest. For decades now, the giant monster/kaiju genre has developed a strong fan following, while mostly being dismissed by critics. Over the years, Godzilla and King Kong have become household names. Let’s end the year by looking at a dozen of the greatest kaiju movies of all time.

Originally, this genre was called ‘Monster on the loose’ films before changing to giant monster movies and finally embracing the Japanese phase Dai Kaiju, or just Kaiju. There have been great ones and terrible ones. We’ll look at the terrible ones at another time. Today, let’s check out the 12 best.

12. Godzilla Vs. Destroyah (1995): Who’d ever have thought a Godzilla film could be so touching? This is the film that killed off the Heisei version of the king of monsters.
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Fall TV Winners & Losers: From Good Doctors (and Places) to a Bleak Today

Fall TV Winners & Losers: From Good Doctors (and Places) to a Bleak Today
As your favorite shows head into the holiday break and TV hits the “pause” button, it’s time to call out the fall season’s winners and losers.

Among the freshman class, a pair of boy geniuses — young Sheldon Cooper and that very good doctor, Shaun Murphy — have much to celebrate, while ABC’s Ten Days lasted all of four nights before getting benched. Of TV’s returning shows, things at Grey Sloan Memorial and in Riverdale, USA are positively hopping, while the once-venerable Walking Dead is lurching into somnambulist mode.

Sadly this year, real-life headlines couldn’t help but
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October Horrors 2017 Day 28 – Lifeforce (1985)

Lifeforce, 1985.

Directed by Tobe Hooper.

Starring Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Melinda May, and Patrick Stewart.


A joint UK-us space mission aboard the Hms Churchill takes a strange turn when the crew stumbles upon an enormous craft hidden in the tail of Halley’s Comet, with three seemingly humanoid bodies entombed within. Contact with Earth is soon lost and a retrieval mission finds the ship damaged, the crew dead and the escape pod missing, with the three bodies brought back to Earth for research. Upon inspection, the three bodies are in fact vampiric alien creatures whose rapidly growing hunger soon threatens the survival of the human race.

We’re entering the final stretch of October Horrors 2017 and to celebrate entering the final stretch we’re going Big!!! How big? Cannon Films Big!!!!!

Having exhausted ourselves of Alien films, we’re instead going to take a look at something slightly more ludicrous.
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The Mummy and Lifeforce: the strange parallels

Ryan Lambie Oct 17, 2017

This year's The Mummy reboot shares a surprising amount with the 1985 sci-fi horror classic, Lifeforce...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for 2017's The Mummy and 1985's Lifeforce.

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When Universal Studios made The Mummy back in 1932, it was in the wake of Tut-mania: the fascination with Ancient Egypt following the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb a decade earlier. As Egyptian-inspired symbols and designs began to appear on everything from jewellery to cigarette ads, stories began to circulate that the pharoah's tomb was cursed - and thus The Mummy, about a group of archaeologists who provoke the wrath of a long-dead Imhotep (Boris Karloff, hypnotic as always) emerged.

The Mummy's success was such that it became a long-running franchise: Universal made four direct sequels between 1940 and 1944, with a comedy spin-off, Abbott And Costello Meet The Mummy, joining them in 1955. The UK's Hammer Film
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Comics Corner: Venom #153, Back To The Future #22, Clue #3, Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth #4

Today's Comics Corner begins with a look at the 153rd issue of Venom from Marvel Comics! Also: Back to the Future #22, Clue #3, Hellboy and the Bprd 1955 Secret Nature One-Shot, Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth #4, Rose #5, and Sacred Creatures #2.

Venom #153: "The Land Before Crime Concludes! Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote are having a tough time sticking together, biologically speaking. Fortunately, the fine folks at Alchemax are working on a cure! Eddie just has to find and stop Stegron the Dinosaur Man from turning New York into a raging army of dinosaurs for them! Luckily, Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur are around to help! I wonder if they realize Stegron can control dinosaurs in addition to turning people into them.

Published: August 09, 2017

Rating: Rated T+

Penciler: Gerardo Sandoval

Cover Artist: Francisco Herrera."

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Back to the Future #22: "“Time Served,
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Pierce Brosnan narrates family film 'Aldabra: Once Upon An Island'

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Exclusive: Vision Films handles worldwide sales on eco-themed feature.

Pierce Brosnan has wrapped narration duties on the family feature Aldabra: Once Upon An Island, which Vision Films represents for worldwide sales.

The film is available in 2D and 3D and generated more than $1m in the Czech Republic through Falcon. It just opened in Italy through Twelve Entertainment and launches in Russia through Luxor. Next up is India through Picture House.

Brosnan voices every role in the English-language version and recorded the narration in Kauai, Hawaii. Vision Films will meet with Us buyers in Toronto and the Afm.

Characters include a giant tortoise, a coconut crab, a turtle, an old man, and a grouper. The story is set on Aldabra, the world’s little-seen second largest coral atoll that lies within the Seychelles. As the island rises and drops below Indian Ocean, the cycle gives life to new generations of creatures.

Aldabra: Once Upon An Island is a film
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Doctor Who: the genius of making the Cybermen an ideology

Chris Farnell Jul 7, 2017

Here's how Steven Moffat cleverly tied up an irritating continuity problem and reestablished the Cybermen as a deadly threat...

Warning: contains spoilers for The Doctor Falls.

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Russell T Davies, for all his many virtues as Doctor Who showrunner, was pretty relaxed when it came to continuity. In his own time he had as intricate and complex a headcanon as the next fan, including some pretty elaborate theories on what happened to Torchwood’s rift and why the 12th Doctor looks like a Roman Pompeii survivor and that politician from Children Of Earth. But as showrunner, he was adept at bringing ideas to the screen, and allowing the continuity to then be argued over in the forums.

Steven Moffat meanwhile has been
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Second Opinion – Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Transformers: The Last Knight, 2017.

Directed by Michael Bay.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner, Peter Cullen, Ken Watanabe, John Goodman, Tony Hale, Santiago Cabrera, Frank Welker, Erik Aadahl, Jim Carter, Steve Buscemi, Omar Sy, Reno Wilson, Jerrod Carmichael, Stanley Tucci, Gemma Chan, John Dimaggio, Tom Kenny, Jess Harnell, and John Turturro.


This movie has no plot.

“Move bitch, get out the way” – Sir Anthony Hopkins as an English historian during a high-speed vehicle chase in Transformers: The Last Knight.

If that right there doesn’t tell you just how unbearably awful the latest relentless onslaught of nonsensical epic scale action from director Michael Bay is, then:

“Move your fat ass” – Sir Anthony Hopkins in a rush trying to do something on a submarine (God only knows what anyone is trying to accomplish in this movie besides chasing after deus ex machina objects from thousands of years ago that can save worlds) talking to a citizen in Transformers: The Last Knight.

Need more evidence? Okay, how about the scene where Cade (Mark Wahlberg returning from the previous installment titled Age of Extinction) and Vivian (another highly educated British historian, played by Laura Haddock) are upstairs in Vivian’s bedroom looking for the super secret clue to an ancient staff that somehow can save the world. Nothing out of the ordinary there, but this is a Michael Bay film, which means that downstairs is a bunch of old women hearing noises and gleefully assuming the two are banging. One of them also accidentally inquires if Cade has a sex dungeon.

Somewhere between some of the least funny humor known to mankind is a story buried deep within multiple writers smashing together multiple forgettable characters and equally forgettable action sequences. Transformers: The Last Knight was doomed from the beginning when a Transformer gave a drunk Merlin magic powers and a dragon to help King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table defeat… an army. To be fair, it’s never clear who the hell is fighting who here; it’s just a cacophony of bulky hunks of metal colliding with each other and bullets being fired off from a distance in the background. Anyway, apparently every few thousand years a group of noble and honorable warriors get together to save humanity, which at this point should be taking extreme legal action to ensure that Michael Bay can never make another one of these movies again. I know he says this is the last one for real this time, but society can’t take any more chances.

At this point, I would like to include a tweet from Michael Bay:

Reports of #transformers The Last Knight being over 3hrs is wrong. It's shorter than the last 3 movies by a lot.

Michael Bay (@michaelbay) June 1, 2017

It’s Still 149 minutes and the longest movie I have seen so far this year out of 100 films. Taking a quick glance at upcoming releases tells me that this length won’t be usurped anytime soon. On another note, if Transformers: The Last Knight actually was over three hours I would have drunk myself into a stupor 20 minutes in. Actually, that’s what watching this movie is like. You hear some chatter from other screenings and critics that the movie is an incoherent mess, so you come into the movie challenged ready to prove the rest wrong and proclaim “I understand it, here’s what happened”!. Things are going decently for the first 30 minutes or so, and then things get rocky, and before you know it you literally have no idea what is going on, as if a movie could physically become shit-faced inebriated.

Even the action blatantly steals concepts from previous films, such as military skydiving sequences, because you know, 449 of those in Dark of the Moon wasn’t enough. The more I continue to write this review, the more I began to ask myself how in the blue hell could a movie with so much spectacle just… go on and on without viewers ever once feeling that something cool just happened. I will admit the ending battle featuring a snazzy wide-angle zero gravity segment was something different and refreshing for the franchise, but at over 2 hours in all investment is long gone. Look, Transformers: The Last Knight has impressive CGI and is pretty a look at; that’s a given. However, at some point, viewers have to begin to ask themselves when all the money in the world to create the best effects possible still isn’t enough to push something beyond garbage tier filmmaking. Transformers: The Last Knight isn’t simply a polished turd, it’s like if Hercules took a God-sized shit on Earth and sprayed it with Fabreze.

Even the robots themselves are still lame, racist caricatures uttering stereotypical slang. And if it’s not that, it’s fat jokes about Autobot Hound (John Goodman). As a backhanded compliment, I suppose there is less objectification of primary female characters, but one of the females is presented as 14, and does the movie really deserve a point for, you know, basic human decency? Probably not.

The best and most exciting part of Transformers: The Last Knight was when my food was delivered or the ‘silence your phone’ advert. It certainly wasn’t watching Cade joke around with the robots for 15 minutes in a junkyard, and telling a Dinobot to drop a car from his mouth as if it were a bone. What a disaster of a blockbuster, but at least this one doesn’t have a gargantuan Decepticon with massive robot testicles.

Flickering Myth Rating – Film: ★ / Movie: ★

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Movie Review – Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)

Transformers: The Last Knight, 2017.

Directed by Michael Bay.

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Laura Haddock, Isabela Moner, Peter Cullen, Ken Watanabe, John Goodman, Tony Hale, and John Turturro.


Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.

Another Transformers film? Haven’t we already been through enough of these? But it’s our own fault. We keep going, taking kids, buying tickets and toys so we’re getting what we deserve. So I went and I’m here for the intervention/review.

Optimus Prime has gone to Cybertron, Autobots and Decepticons are now refugees on Earth with some of our pals (I only recognised Bumblebee) being aided and abetted by Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) who discovers an ancient talisman. This triggers a plot to
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Transformers: The Last Knight Review

Transformers: The Last Knight is a tiresome mix of self-aware silliness and Budweiser-branded apocalypse porn, but compared to Michael Bay’s previous Hasbrosploitations, at least this one is – dare I say – momentarily fun? Not enough to avoid becoming a dizzy mecha-mess of metallic chaos, mind you. Let’s be realistic. Early predictions of a 3:20 length only missed by about 50-or-so minutes, sticking to the franchise’s boorish signatures. First it’s men against bots, then bots against bots, then Medieval bots against newer bots, then Earth against Cybertron (like, the planets themselves) – be still, my swirling head. Focus on the blatant Suicide Squad ripoff and dogpiled sexual humor. Maybe that will distract from from the distractions themselves.

If you’re keeping tabs on Transformers continuity, The Last Knight is where it all ties together (or, kinda tries). Autobots and Decepticons are now outlaws. National governments assemble anti-robot agency branches
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Doctor Who: Smile geeky spots and Easter eggs

Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 22, 2017

Doctor Who series 10 remains in fine form with Smile - and we've been hunting for nerdy Easter eggs and spots in the episode. Spoilers!

This article contains lots of spoilers.

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Smile, folks - it’s that time of the week again where we take tonight’s episode of Doctor Who and shake it repeatedly until all of its hidden secrets fall out of its pockets - as well as callbacks and generally interesting observations. And if you think we’ve missed something, let us know in the comments below!

Happiness Will Prevail

If you’re reading this, you’re likely to fit into one of two categories – those of you who love and understand emojis and those of you (myself included) who have resigned
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The Teaser Trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok” is an absolute hoot

Within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the two Thor films have been among the most forgettable. They’re not bad, but they lack personality and the fun of the rest of the McU. Well, as you’ll see with this Teaser Trailer that debuted yesterday, Thor: Ragnarok certainly seeks to change all of that. As will become apparent, there’s a lighter tone in effect, a larger scale, and a vibe that isn’t at odds with the rest of the McU. It’s very different, almost entirely in good ways. The Teaser Trailer will probably tickle your fancy, but before we get to that, some mild analysis is coming your way! This sequel is the third Thor film and one that works as a sequel not just to Thor: The Dark World, but also to Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War as well. Having left Earth, Thor
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How ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘Rogue One’ Brought One Grumpy Film Critic To The Force

A Star Wars Story.

One of the quirks of my cinephile upbringing was that, despite Star Wars coming out the year before I was born, I didn’t see it until I was eighteen. At the time I was preparing to major in film at a program focused specifically on non-narrative experimental filmmaking, and we were actively scorned for caring about popular films or indeed any popular art. (I only lasted a year before they gave me the heave-ho, partially for liking Led Zeppelin, although that was a symptom, not the disease; it was thus that I became a literal film school reject.) The desire to fit in didn’t supersede my personal taste, but strictly in terms of the kind of movies I was seeing at the time, and not having grown up with Star Wars like everyone else my age, watching the original trilogy for the first time on VHS, in
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Godzilla 2 Wants Straight Outta Compton Star O'Shea Jackson Jr.

Godzilla 2 Wants Straight Outta Compton Star O'Shea Jackson Jr.
The cast of Warner Bros. and Legendary's highly-anticipated Godzilla: King of Monsters is still coming together, with another actor lining up a key role in the sequel. Straight Outta Compton star O'Shea Jackson Jr., the son of rapper/actor Ice Cube, has entered negotiations to play an unspecified role in this big-budget action thriller, that serves as a follow-up to the 2014 blockbuster Godzilla. While it remains to be seen how many more new characters will come aboard, it is believed that only one actor from the 2014 Godzilla will return.

Variety broke the news of this casting, and while no details were given for his character, he is just the latest to come aboard recently. We reported in January that Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown is making her feature film debut with Godzilla: King of Monsters, with Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga coming aboard to portray her character's father and mother,
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Mindy Newell: “Flash” Dance

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I grew up on Broadway musicals. Once upon a time when going to see a show on Broadway didn’t cost you your mortgage plus the life of your first-born, my mom and dad were avid theatergoers. They saw the original production of South Pacific with Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, the original production of Camelot with Richard Burton and Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet, and the original production of The King and I with Gertrude Lawrence and a then little-known Yul Brynner.

When they were still dating they went into town to see Oklahoma! Over the years they saw Carousel, and Brigadoon, and Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady, and Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!, and the original West Side Story with Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert. My father fell asleep at Cats and my mother said she
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Marc Alan Fishman: What DC Could Learn from Logan

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Having finally caught and absorbed James Mangold’s Logan, the finale to the Og X-films, I find myself hoping that the execs behind the soon-to-be-released Wonder Woman and Justice League movies were taking notes. A caveat: I’m going to attempt to keep my lens wide this week. While I don’t believe I’ll be spoiling anything more than people on your Facebook feed have blathered about, be nonetheless forewarned.

Before I get into my listicle (they’re what make articles click-baity, don’t-cha-know), let me quickly pontificate. Logan was one of the most powerful superhero films I’ve ever seen. Perhaps second only to The Dark Knight. It was a straight-forward small-scale road picture that kept a handle on a single-thread story, presented as an homage to the westerns it evoked throughout the picture. In spite of a heavy-handed two-hour run-time, the film itself moves at a steady pace.
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Revisiting Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman

Carley Tauchert Mar 15, 2017

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman was silly, joyful fun. We take a fond look back at the 1990s series...

A flash of red cape, the S sitting proudly on the chest, the warrior of Truth, Justice and the American Way, Superman has always been the most recognisable and iconic of all the superheroes. After many changes on-screen over the years from the All-American hero in the 1978 movie to the recent darker and moodier version, you'd be hard pressed to go anywhere on the planet and find somebody who had never heard of the Man of Steel.

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The character has had many faces and been in many decades and settings, but one of the best that deserves a bit more love and a lot more praise is that of
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Kong: Skull Island - explaining its post-credits scene

Ryan Lambie Mar 10, 2017

So Kong: Skull Island's post-credits sequence. What's that all about, then? Ryan takes a spoiler-filled look...

Nb: The following contains major, major spoilers for 2014's Godzilla and this year's Kong: Skull Island.

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If you're into your big, angry creatures, you've probably read about the MonsterVerse, the string of English-language kaiju movies Legendary Entertainment has planned for the years ahead. The toothsome film universe officially began in 2014 with director Gareth Edwards' Godzilla - a moody reboot which neatly set up the backdrop for a series of similar monster flicks.

Godzilla dreamed up a secret history of the mid-20th century, where the nuclear weapons tests of the 1950s were,
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Hugh Jackman would continue as Wolverine if he was part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Over the past few months, Hugh Jackman has stated on countless occasions that next week’s X-Men solo movie Logan will mark his final outing as the fan favourite mutant Wolverine.

Despite the best efforts of Ryan Reynolds to convince him to postpone his decision, Jackman has ruled out the possibility of a Deadpool/Wolverine movie, but he’s now admitted that the lure of a team-up with The Avengers would prove too much to turn down.

“If that was on the table when I made my decision, it certainly would have made me pause, that’s for sure,” Jackman told Screen Rant. “Because I always love the idea of him within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there’s a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out [laughter]. You never know. At the moment, honestly, if I really did have them there,
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