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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Twelve Reasons to Die is the tenth studio album from founding Wu Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah. It is a concept album based on a comic book of the same name, it is based around Ghostface Killah’s alter ego, Tony Starks as he reads the comic and writes songs to it. The story is set in 1960s Italy, in which Starks fights against a crime organization, falls in love with the kingpin’s daughter, and seeks revenge when he is murdered. The album is entirely produced and composed by Adrian Younge, and executive produced by the RZA.
The album was released on April 16, 2013 by the RZA’s Soul Temple record label. It is a relatively short album made up of 12 tracks and coming in at just under forty minutes. Ghostface has been my favourite Wu member since he dropped his first solo album prior to »
- Scott Ronan
"Twelve Reasons to Die" unites Wu-Tang Clan vet Ghostface Killah with Adrian Younge, one of music's brightest young composers. The album's 12 cinematic tracks trace the trials of a masked Mafioso who is resurrected after his remains are pressed into a dozen vinyl LPs.
Playing like a graphic novel, the Ghostface persona jumps off the page. But aside from the requisite gear gloating (lion skin Wallabees, Black Panther hoodie made of panther skin), his signature impromptu patois is all but absent. Instead, Ghost is in the type of pure storyteller mode last heard on the breakneck hood-noir of his song "Shakey Dog."
Ghost's controlled and committed wordplay is the ideal accommodation for Younge's lush accompaniments. Probably best known for composing the score of the classic Blaxploitation spoof "Black Dynamite," an emphasis on stuttering organs and bleating brass carries over here, »
Director: Malcolm D. Lee.
Cast: Ashley Tisdale, Simon Rex, Erica Ash, Gracie Whitton, Ava Kolker, Katt Williams, Lidia Porto, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Tyler Posey, Katrina Bowden, Terry Crews, Molly Shannon, Sarah Hyland, Snoop Dogg, Bow Wow, Jerry O’Connell, Mike Tyson, Heather Locklear.
Running time: 85 minutes.
Synopsis: After Charlie Sheen is murdered by a ghost, his three children are found in a cabin in the woods. Sent to live with their uncle Dan (Simon Rex) and his partner Jody (Ashley Tisdale), the children appear to have brought a spirit back with them. Meanwhile, Dan is testing drugs on chimps to enhance their intelligence, and Jody battles for a prestigious position within a ballet company.
It’s been seven years since the Scary Movie franchise was last seen loitering around the multiplex. In that time the spoof genre has been repeatedly molested, with the likes of Stan Helsing, Meet The Spartans »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
To celebrate… is that the right word?
To acknowledge the release of Scary Movie 5 today, we at Thn present the Top Five (and Bottom Five) Movie Parodies.
Before we begin, some ground rules. The Top Five can only contain one film per director. Otherwise Mel Brooks and the mob behind Police Squad would dominate the upper regions. This does not apply to The Bottom Five, which presumably will be owned by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Don’t know who they are? Consider yourself lucky.
5. Carry On Screaming
dir. Gerald Thomas (1966)
‘Frying Tonight!’ screams Kenneth Williams in what was the greatest British horror send up ever (until Simon Pegg got his cricket bat out). Like all the great parodies, it doesn’t just spoof its subjects (targets?) but pays homage as well. Thomas and screenwriter Talbot Rothwell clearly love the Great British horrors of the age, such as Hammer »
- John Sharp
“There’s trouble on the street and your weapon’s the beat.”
505 Games announced today that UK developers Echo Peak will be launching their gaming debut with Way of the Dogg. What’s exciting about this is that it’ll also be Snoop Dogg (Lion?) who will feature as the games protagonist.
Way of the Dogg, is a rhythm-action combat game where you must match the beats to the music of Snoop Dogg, doing so lays the beat down on your opponents. Each level is built around one of Dogg’s track and a new enemy who stands in your way, apparently created with old school kung-fu and black-exploitation films in mind. Snoop Dogg and Echo Peak meet Black Dynamite?
According to Snoop, “Way of the Dogg, will be the first true gamification of my music.” Dogg added, “It’s the way you live, it’s the way you do »
- Damian Tobias
If there’s one thing we all love a bit of, it’s bonkers films that fly in the face of convention and just offer us some hilarity. Well trust our friends in Japan to take the likes of Bugsy Malone and 21 Jump Street a bit too far, as we now have Kid’S Police, a comedy that takes itself very seriously. Kid’S Police sees a bunch of police officers infected with a virus and revert back to their childlike state. Based on the TV show of the same name, Kid’S Police looks set for cult status. I may not understand a word of what’s going on, but the delivery from the child actors, especially Fuku Suzuki, is all one needs to find this absolutely endearing and laugh out loud funny.
Spoofing 70s cop shows and gangster films, the tone seems to be very similar to other »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
This is nuts! While people in the United States are debating about whether or not we should have guns, the Japanese are putting them in the hands of kids. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but you'll see what I mean when you watch this amazing and hilarious trailer for Kid's Police, a parody of Japanese gangster flicks from the 70s with hard boiled crime and corrupt cops. All of the key roles from cops to criminals are played by kids, and the look, tone and style of the films this spoof is trying to emulate are captured perfectly. However, this looks less like The Naked Gun and more like Black Dynamite in its execution. Watch below! Here's the trailer for Kid's Police, which was brought to our attention by TwitchFilm: Actually, it sounds like there's a reason that the cops are kids in this flick. A plot description says: Red Venus, »
- Ethan Anderton
If you've never seen Black Dynamite, the spot-on and side-splittingly funny parody of blaxploitation films, then drop whatever you're doing and watch it right now. It's 90 minutes long, but the memories will last a lifetime. Go ahead, I'll wait. ... ...Pretty funny, right? The folks at Nerdist agree. They have launched a new web series called Black Dynamite Teaches... where a mannequin version of the Michael Jai White character beats the crap out of pro wresters and Mma fighters, all while teaching them important lessons about life, etiquette, and kicking ass. The series is styled after those crazy Japanese commercials that are all over YouTube, and it would not be out of place on the Wtf Japan Seriously blog. We've seen two certifiably ridiculous episodes thus far, with wrestlers Roddy Piper and John Hennigan joining the fun along with Mma fight Roy Nelson. These three men are badasses in the ring/octagon, »
- Sam Gutelle
Salli Richardson-Whitfield has been working steadily for the past several years. Aside from big screen roles in films including A Low Down Dirty Shame, Antwoine Fisher, I Am Legend, Black Dynamite and Ava Duvernay’s indie darling I Will Follow, Whitfield-Richardson has further proven her versatility as an actor on TV in shows such as Family Law, CSI Miami, Rude Awakening, among numerous guest-starring turns. On the small screen however, she is probably best known as Dr. Allison Blake in the sci-fi hit show Eureka. Despite recent news of the cancellation of her new Lifetime series’ pilot Secret Lives of Wives, the stunning actress isn’t disheartened. “In my mind, »
- Vanessa Martinez
Dear God No!
Blame Quentin Taranino and Robert Rodriguez. Since their Death Proof and Planet Terror double bill, Grindhouse, named for the genre they were paying tribute to, surfaced in 2007, there’s been resurgence in cheap and cheerful exploitation and horror films. They generally involve copious amounts of gore, lots of exposed breasts, an illustrated montage poster and plenty of nods to the genre’s seventies heyday. Films such as Machete, Hobo with a Shotgun, Drive Angry, Iron Sky and to some extent Black Dynamite are all examples of the revival of the genre. Whilst to some extent, grindhouse never went away, it never got the kind of attention it currently enjoys and one imagines that a lot of films have been made since that never would have before. »
- Jack Kirby
10 items from 2013
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