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Film Review: Iron Monkey (1993) by Yuen Woo-ping

If one was to seek the quintessence of the Golden Harvest martial arts film (wuxia if you prefer), one would have to look not much further than “Iron Monkey”, a film that encompasses all the elements that made the genre so popular, starting with the people in charge, whose names include Yuen Woo Ping, Tsui Hark and Donnie Yen, among others. Let us take things from the beginning though.

In another episode from folk hero Wong Fei-hung’s life, whose heroics have been immortalized in films the “Once Upon a Time in China” series, “Drunken Master”, “Magnificent Butcher” etc, the very young at the time Wong meets Iron Monkey, as he travels with his father Wong Kei-ying.. Iron Monkey is actually the alter ego of a traditional Chinese medicine physician called Yang Tianchun, who, in a combination of Zorro and Robin Hood, dresses in black every night,
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Review: Sherlock Gnomes (2018)

“Who remembers Gnomeo & Juliet…?”. A casual question, uttered by a fellow film critic, as we waited in line at the Sherlock Gnomes (2018) Family Gala held at the newly refurbished Empire cinema in London’s Leicester Square. Well, I’ll admit it passed me by, the Bard’s classic tale of two ill-fated lovers from warring households – reimagined as a back-garden family adventure between bickering red and blue ornamental figurines. And Mankini, a garden gnome who’s all about tanning his bum cheeks. Oh, what would the Swan of Avon say? But it was memorable enough for Sir Elton John and David Furnish’s Rocket Pictures to crack open the Apple contacts again and get the band back together for a silly, gag-laden, back-garden mashup, riffing from the literary works of detective Sherlock Homes.

The star-crossed lovers are back. Gnomeo and Juliet, and a football team’s worth of British film
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The 18 Best Sci-Fi TV Shows Set In Space, Ranked

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Space is a scary place, as we’ve seen in countless movies and TV shows — but the thrills that come with these stories prove that while the dangers of venturing off this planet are many, there are still thrills a’plenty in the great unknown, and adventures beyond our potential comprehension.

Timed to the Season 3 premiere of Syfy’s “The Expanse” and the launch of the Netflix’s “Lost in Space” reboot, here’s a look back at all the great sci-fi television we’ve seen set in the cosmos, a rich tradition of storytelling that’s captured our imagination for decades.

Debating what counts as a “space show” is tricky, though one easy rule was that the show has to center around a spaceship or space station of some sort. Some of these selections below didn’t last all that long — several Season 1s weren’t followed by Season 2s — as television,
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"The X-Files," Season 11, Episodes 9 & 10 Recap: Reason and Faith In Harmony

  • MUBI
X-Files Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering Chris Carter's 10-episode continuation of the X-Files television series.Trust your instincts. I had a notion during the teaser sequence of “Nothing Lasts Forever” (episode 9 of The X-Files’ 11th season, written by Karen Nielsen and directed by James Wong) that it would be best recapped alongside “My Struggle IV” (the season, and possibly series finale, written and directed by Xf creator Chris Carter). Amid the sanguine, pre-opening credits hubbub—a pair of cannibalistic physicians harvest (and taste-sample) human organs, only to be interrupted by an avenging angel vigilante named Juliet Bocanegra (Carlena Britch)—there’s a fleeting audio clip on a car radio of Tad O’Malley (Joel McHale), the paranoid host of an Alex Jones-esque media pageant who was last seen in Season 10's "My Struggle II," bellowing about mind-altering gases and chem trails. It’s a
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The X-Files Truth Bomb: It's Time for Chris Carter to Take a Step Back

The X-Files Truth Bomb: It's Time for Chris Carter to Take a Step Back
Remember last season on The X-Files, when Mulder took out his frustrations by destroying his iconic “I Want to Believe” poster? As a longtime X-Phile, what I’m about to argue feels like a betrayal of equal magnitude, but here goes:

If Fox’s long-running sci-fi drama is to continue, it’s time for series creator Chris Carter to take a giant step back from the show.

I say this not in reaction to the polarizing twist — Cigarette Smoking Man, and not Mulder, was the father of Scully’s son! — that Carter wrote into the Season 11 premiere and doubled down on in the finale.
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Did ‘The X-Files’ just set up Gillian Anderson’s exit with Scully’s ‘leap of faith’ whisper to Mulder?

Did ‘The X-Files’ just set up Gillian Anderson’s exit with Scully’s ‘leap of faith’ whisper to Mulder?
Did “The X-Files” just set up Gillian Anderson‘s exit from the show she’s starred on for 11 seasons as FBI Agent Dana Scully? At the end of Wednesday’s episode, titled “Nothing Lasts Forever,” Scully whispered something to David Duchovny‘s Fox Mulder while praying in a church. “That’s my leap of faith forward,” she told him after whispering the ominous comment into his ear. “And I’d like to do it together.”

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Mulder at first appeared caught off-guard by her words, then finally replied, “I’ve always wondered how this was gonna end.” As “Nothing Lasts Forever” was the last episode before next week’s Season 11 finale, it only makes sense that whatever Scully whispered to Mulder will be important to Scully’s endgame on the long-running series.

Earlier in the
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WGA Awards: The Complete Winners List

WGA Awards: The Complete Winners List
The Writers Guild of America Awards were handed out at the Beverly Hills Hilton and Edison Ballroom on Sunday, with “Get Out” nabbing the top prize for best original screenplay for Jordan Peele, and “Call Me by Your Name” earning James Ivory the best adapted screenplay award.

The awards show took place simultaneously in L.A. and New York, with “Late Night With Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin hosting the New York awards show while Patton Oswalt hosts the West Coast event.

Screenplay Nominees

Original Screenplay:

The Big Sick,” Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani; Amazon Studios

Get Out,” Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures (Winner)

“I, Tonya,” Written by Steven Rogers; Neon

“Lady Bird,” Written by Greta Gerwig; A24

“The Shape of Water,” Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro; Fox Searchlight

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” Screenplay by James Ivory; Based on the Novel by André Aciman; [link
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WGA Awards: The Complete Winners List

WGA Awards: The Complete Winners List
The Writers Guild of America Awards were handed out at the Beverly Hills Hilton and Edison Ballroom on Sunday, with “Get Out” nabbing the top prize for best original screenplay for Jordan Peele, and “Call Me by Your Name” earning James Ivory the best adapted screenplay award.

The awards show took place simultaneously in L.A. and New York, with “Late Night With Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin hosting the New York awards show while Patton Oswalt hosts the West Coast event.

Screenplay Nominees

Original Screenplay:

The Big Sick,” Written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani; Amazon Studios

Get Out,” Written by Jordan Peele; Universal Pictures (Winner)

“I, Tonya,” Written by Steven Rogers; Neon

“Lady Bird,” Written by Greta Gerwig; A24

“The Shape of Water,” Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; Story by Guillermo del Toro; Fox Searchlight

Adapted Screenplay:

“Call Me by Your Name,” Screenplay by James Ivory; Based on the Novel by André Aciman; [link
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‘The X-Files’ Season 11 reviews: TV critics praise Fox’s revival and Gillian Anderson’s ‘truly dynamite performance’

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‘The X-Files’ Season 11 reviews: TV critics praise Fox’s revival and Gillian Anderson’s ‘truly dynamite performance’
TV critics are so head over heels with Season 11 of “The X-Files” that it was just certified fresh at review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. That means the season has a score of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews, including five from their Top Critics. In fact, Season 11 has an average rating of 82% so far, eclipsing the 64% score for 2016’s uneven Season 10 revival. Among the many accolades, Gillian Anderson is being heralded for her “truly dynamite performance” as FBI Agent Dana Scully. Do you agree with critics that “The X-Files” is better than ever?

Anderson got to show her acting chops in last week’s fifth episode, titled “Ghouli,” as Scully cried over the dead body of a young man that she believed to be her son, William. Fans also saw a softer side of Anderson’s longtime partner in crime David Duchovny (FBI Agent Fox Mulder) in the
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"The X-Files," Season 11, Episode 5 Recap: It's A Whole Life

  • MUBI
X-Files Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering Chris Carter's 10-episode continuation of the X-Files television series.“It’s a whole life,” says FBI Special Agent Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) as she studies the belongings of recently deceased teenager Jackson Van De Kamp (Miles Robbins), apparently felled by a self-inflicted gunshot wound after murdering his parents. Not his real parents, mind you. It’s eventually proven via DNA test that Jackson was adopted and that he is actually Scully’s child—ostensibly with her professional and occasional romantic partner Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), though more likely the result of a eugenics experiment conducted on her by Mulder’s heinous biological father the Cigarette Smoking Man (William B. Davis). But does biology always trump spirit? Is Jackson, birth name William, any less Scully and Mulder’s son despite some genetic differences (the full extent of which have yet
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Thrilling Mid-Season Trailer For The X-Files Season 11

So far, in my opinion, The X-Files Season 11 has been awesome, but it looks like the best is yet to come! Fox has released a mid-season trailer that gives us an extended look at the upcoming episodes including the episode that aired last night. Things certainly look like they are going to get crazy!

Last night's episode was called “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat” and it was written and directed by Darin Morgan, who also wrote fan-favorite episodes “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space” and “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose.” Here's the description:

“Exploring the idea of The Mandela Effect, in which large groups of people remember an alternate history, Mulder and Scully learn how The X-Files themselves may have originated.”

The trailer also shows us footage from Episode 11.05, which is titled "Ghouli". It was written and directed by James Wong:

“When a pair of teenage girls attack one another,
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‘The X-Files’: Darin Morgan episodes through the years include ‘Clyde Bruckman,’ ‘Jose Chung’ and …

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‘The X-Files’: Darin Morgan episodes through the years include ‘Clyde Bruckman,’ ‘Jose Chung’ and …
You bet your blankety-blank bleep that Wednesday’s all-new episode of “The X-Files” was written and directed by fan-favorite Darin Morgan. In honor of the occasion, it’s the perfect time to look back at all of the auteur’s episodes through the years. Morgan’s quirky style is one of a kind on the show, and he was even rewarded with an Emmy in 1996 for writing the Season 3 classic “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose.” Despite his renowned reputation among fans, Morgan has only written six episodes of “The X-Files,” just a drop in the bucket when you consider there’s been more than 200 (and counting). Click through our photo gallery above to see all of Morgan’s “The X-Files” episodes, or read the descriptions below.

Humbug” — Season 2, Episode 20 — March 31, 1995

Set in the world of a traveling carnival, “Humbug” was Morgan’s first solo script after previously receiving a “story
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"The X-Files," Season 11, Episode 1 Recap: We Do Our Work

  • MUBI
X-Files Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering Chris Carter's 10-episode continuation of the X-Files television series.How do you follow the end of the world? Hold that thought. Let’s start with another question, one of the previous year’s most pressing: Is it film or is it television? I could be talking about David Lynch and Mark Frost’s Twin Peaks revival, which I covered for Mubi this past summer, and which caused quite a stir after it placed second in Sight & Sound magazine’s 2017 movie poll, as well as first on a year-end list from the French film journal Cahiers du cinéma. I could also be talking about the subject of this column, the long-running science-fiction serial The X-Files, which just returned on January 3rd for a ten episode 11th season, and which its creator—guru-like surfing journalist-turned-tv showrunner Chris Carter—has often equated with making a weekly “mini-movie.
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'The X-Files' Season 11: TV Review

When The X-Files returned to Fox for its six-episode 10th season in early 2016, the results were quite a roller coaster.

A disheartening and sluggish start with the Chris Carter-written and -directed premiere was followed by increasing optimism for three monster-of-the-week episodes from X-Files veterans James Wong and Glen Morgan, peaking with the third episode, Darin Morgan's silly-and-inspired "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster."

Then with two more Carter-driven mythology episodes, the season fell back into a muddle; the finale closed in such a mess of aliens and viruses that another season was practically required.

That 11th season, this time...
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The X-Files season 11 spoiler-free review

Chris Longo Jan 4, 2018

Our Us chums give their spoiler-free verdict on the latest X-Files revival...

There’s a moment in The X-Files season 11 where Fox Mulder gazes at the tombstone of an old ally and verbalises the paradox we’re all currently in. “He’s dead because the world was so dangerous and complex back then,” Mulder says. “Who’d have thought we’d look back with nostalgia and say that was a simpler time?”

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It’s right there that Mulder cracks the case of why these revivals still appeal to viewers and why The X-Files is back again with new episodes in 2018, when all logic points to the contrary.
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The X-Files Season 11 Review: Series Benefits from Age and Experience

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We're less than two weeks from the return of The X-Files Event Series - Second Chapter, the official term given to The X-Files Season 11 by Fox.

Critics received the first five episodes the second chapter, and herein I'll share thoughts on what we've seen so far.

Going by the numbers only, it seems likely the first half of the season will be better than the second, but even then, it should hold up well in comparison to the First Chapter of the Event Series. Here's why.

When speaking with Chris Carter at New York Comic Con, he noted that within the ten episodes we would be receiving three mythology episodes instead of the two. Bookends and one hybrid monster-of-the-week/mythology in the middle.

The problem with that from what I've seen so far is My Struggle III, the premiere of The X-Files Season 11, is by far the most ill-conceived of the five offered for review.
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Jimmy Kimmel Learns Fortune Cookie Business

Jimmy Kimmel continued his show's visit to New York on Tuesday, venturing to Wonton Food, Inc., with sidekick Guillermo to learn how to make fortune cookies.

Kimmel and Guillermo met with James Wong, the fortune cookie writer for the company, who showed them the factory and the process of baking the cookie batter.

While showing Kimmel and Guillermo the fortune roll, which holds up to 4,000 fortunes, Kimmel asked, “Do people that are gluten free ever just buy the roll?”

When Wong explained that the paper wasn't for sale, Kimmel suggested a new business endeavor where they sell fortunes without...
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X-Files Trailer Confirms Second Revival Is All About [Spoiler] — Watch Now

X-Files Trailer Confirms Second Revival Is All About [Spoiler] — Watch Now
We really wanted to believe Fox would drop an X-Files trailer at New York Comic-Con, and, guess what? Fox dropped an X-Files trailer at New York Comic-Con!

The breakneck two-minute promo — unveiled at the beginning of Sunday’s X-Files panel and embedded above for your viewing pleasure — offers the first footage from the latest revival (aka Season 11) and, as we suspected/hoped, the 10-episode run appears to center largely on Mulder and Scully’s “very special” (and potentially dangerous) son William.

RelatedX-Files Creator Chris Carter on That Cliffhanger Ending, a Lingering Mulder Mystery and the Latest on Season 11

“You have
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Vancouver Film: "Skyscraper", "Siren", "Colony"

  • SneakPeek
From VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for October 2017 including "Skyscraper", "Siren", "Colony" and a whole lot more:

Features:

A Dogs Way Home

Local Production Company: Singularity Productions

Director: Charles Martin Smith

Producer: Gavin Polone

Oct 16/17 - Dec 15/17

Eggplant Emoji

Local Production Company: Eggplant Productions

Director: Jake Szymanski

Producer: Ross Dinerstein

Aug 21/17 - Oct 05/17

Elsewhere

Local Production Company: Elsewhere Productions

Director: Hernan Jimenez Garcia

Sep 11/17 - Oct 11/17

Nicole

Local Production Company: True Meaning Productions

Director: Marc Lawrence

Oct 23/17 - Jan 19/18

Skyscraper

Local Production Company: Main Mast Production - Can, Inc

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurter

Aug 14/17 - Nov 17/17

Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project

Local Production Company: Stiletto Cinema Partners

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Producer: Robert Zemeckis, Cherylanne Martin

Aug 11/17 - Oct 19/17

TV Series:

A Series Of Unfortunate Events ~ Season 2

Local Production Company: Olaf II Productions Inc

Director: Loni Peristere, Allan Arkush

Apr 17/17 - Apr 20/18

Arrow - Season 6

Local Production Company:
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American Horror Story - Cult episode 3 review: Neighbors From Hell

Ron Hogan Sep 20, 2017

American Horror Story has dialled down the supernatural but stayed as horrifying and unpredictable as ever. Spoilers...

This review contains spoilers.

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7.3 Neighbors From Hell

There's a rope around the neck of Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson), and it seems that at every turn, rather than try to extract herself from the gallows, she only manages to tighten the noose a little tighter with every episode of struggling. Her business was failing and her marriage was a wreck before she shoots an innocent man in a case of mistaken identity, but after that, things only seem to be getting worse.

Cult is operating in a world not unlike our own, just heightened to a ridiculous degree. After shooting Pedro in a case of mistaken identity, the gun-fearing liberal Ally
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