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‘Mechanic: Resurrection’ Review

Stars: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine, John Cenatiempo, Toby Eddington, Femi Elufowoju Jr., Anteo Quintavalle, Rhatha Phongam | Written by Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher | Directed by Dennis Gansel

Living with a Jason Statham “superfan” (aka my wife) means that his version of The Mechanic – a remake of the Charles Bronson original – has become something of a legend in our household. I have seen the film more times than I care to admit and more times than any other Statham-starring feature. Which means, honestly, that excitement level for this sequel, Mechanic: Resurrection, was at an all time high.

This time round Arthur Bishop, aka ‘the mechanic’, is settling into retirement when a vicious crime boss, Crain, offers him an assignment. After Bishop turns him down, Crain kidnaps Bishop’s new girlfriend Gina and sets him a near-impossible task to get her back: he must kill three
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‘Warrior King 2′ DVD Review

Stars: Tony Jaa, RZA, Petchtai Wongkamlao, JeeJa Yanin, Marrese Crump, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam, Solatorn Lungluang | Written by Eakasit Thairatana | Directed by Prachya Pinkaew

I don’t watch as many fighting movies as I’d like so when I got the chance to review Warrior King 2 I was at first happy. I’m a Tony Jaa fan, especially because of Ong-Bak so when I watched this I had that movie in my mind as where the bar would be set. Maybe that was unfair or not, but Warrior King 2 is a movie that has the best of intentions, but struggles to see them through.

When Kham’s (Tony Jaa) elephant is stolen he goes on the hunt for the kidnappers, soon finding himself the number one suspect in the death of the man he believes to be to blame. With not only the police on his trail but also
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Warrior King DVD Review

Director: Prachya Pinkaew.

Starring: Tony Jaa, RZA, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Jeeja Yanin, Marrese Crump, Rhatha Phongam.

Running Time: 104 minutes

Certificate: 15

Returning to the role of Kham, Tony Jaa once again finds himself having to save his elephant. The fact that this second Warrior King film relies on the same story, which although ridiculously cute is still ridiculous, certainly means that the film absolutely has to make up for it with exciting action sequences, it does this to a degree, but there’s a reason that Warrior King 2 is mostly hated by fans.

Tony Jaa arrived on the scene with Ong-bak, a film that prided itself on a complete lack of CG, green screen, and false wire work. Jaa’s career blossomed in a time where we began to become jaded by such gimmicks, and so at a time of The Expendables 3 and superhero features it would be great to
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Thailand Dest Fest awards newcomers

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Thailand Dest Fest awards newcomers
The Thailand International Film Destination Festival wrapped on April 29, with awards presented to the winners of the Amazing Thailand Film Challenge.

The short film competition involves 112 filmmakers, both students and professionals, flying to Thailand to make a short film in seven days.

The New Talent Award for Best Film went to Man by Charlotte Rabate and Chananun Chotrungroj, while Return Of The Golden Lily, directed by Takashi Hirose and Magnus Orn Thors, won the Experienced Vision Award for Best Film.

Launched last year, the festival aims to showcase Thailand as an international shooting destination, and also featured screenings of films that have shot in Thailand such as Peter Fudakowski’s Secret Sharer, Roy Alfred Jr’s Glory Days and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

Awards also went to guests for their contributions to Thailand’s international film industry, including producer Daemon Hillin (A Stranger In Paradise), production designer James Newport (Bangkok Dangerous) and actresses [link=nm
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Newcomers Heralded at Thailand Destination Festival

Hong Kong – Thailand’s deputy prime minister Yukol Limlamthong was on hand at the closing ceremony of the Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2014 which wrapped Tuesday in Bangkok.

Awards were presented to winners of the Amazing Thailand Film Challenge, in which 56 pairs of film-makers were given $1,000 and ground transport and challenged to make a film in seven days.

The new talent / best film prize went to “Man,” by Charlotte Rabate and Chananun Chotrungroj, while the equivalent prize for professional film-makers went to “Return of the Golden Lily,” by Takashi Hirose and Magnus Orn Thors.

Other awards were made to invited guests, including Chinese actress Bai Ling (pictured, right), and to local celebrities Rhatha Phongam and Sonia Couling. Others in attendance included Gary Daniels and Spain’s Catalina Sandino Moreno.

The festival, now in its second year, is intended to promote Thailand as a destination for international film-makers. It ran 20-29 April,
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The 12 finest movie villains of 2013

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 3 Jan 2014 - 07:52

They made us boo and hiss, and maybe made us like them a little bit, too. Here's our rundown of our favourite 2013 movie villains...

Nb: The following contains spoilers. If you stumble on an entry for a film you haven't seen yet, you're advised to skip to the next one.

We love them, we hate them, and sometimes, we love to hate them. Villains are the driving force of just about every story, and there was no shortage of great ones in 2013's movies. Whether they were violent and weapon waving, or quiet and slyly insinuating, last year's films were full of great antagonists of every sort.

You're sure to have some of your own ideas over who deserved to be listed among 2013's best baddies (so feel free to add yours in the comments, as ever), and honourable mentions should
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Flickering Myth's Top Ten Movies of 2013

With 2013 coming to an end in just a few short hours, it's that time of year where the the team here at Flickering Myth to reveal our picks for the very best cinematic offerings of the past twelve months.

As usual, the writing team here have put together individual lists of their personal favourites, which we've used to compile our overall selection for the Top Ten Movies of 2013. However, unlike previous years, we've made a slight change this time around; with most of our writers being UK based, we've always used UK release dates as the basis for our list, meaning that films from the previous calendar year have often made the cut.

This is something we've debated at length, and this time around our we've decided to go with UK release dates once again, but omitting 2012 movies from the final top ten (although you can see how that list
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Only God Forgives Blu-Ray Review

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Gordon Brown, Tom Burke

Certificate: 18

Extras: Audio commentary with Nicolas Winding Refn, 2 x Trailers, Alternative Artwork Gallery, Fan Art (Photo-Gallery), Limited Edition All City Poster Concepts (Photo-Gallery)

There’s no doubt that Drive set a high standard for director Nicolas Winding Refn and it was another intelligent leap in Ryan Gosling’s acting career and exposure. We’d seen many sides of the leading man after the romance of The Notebook in the tremendous Half Nelson and Blue Valentine but Drive was the one that truly sent him to the top of the acting stratosphere. In Only God Forgives, the director and actor are reunited for an unforgettable delve into the dark, seedy side of Bangkok with no holds barred.

In this world Gosling plays Julian, a martial arts club owner who uses
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Interview: A conversation with Love Tomorrow stars Cindy Jourdain and Arionel Vargas

Paul Risker chats with Love Tomorrow stars Cindy Jourdain and Arionel Vargas...

To coincide with the DVD release of Christopher Payne’s ballet drama Love Tomorrow, which picked up the award for Best Film at Raindance Film Festival, Flickering Myth had the opportunity to put some questions to the films two stars, Cindy Jourdain and Arionel Vargas. An Ex-Royal Ballet Soloist and English National Ballet Principle Dancer, Cindy and Arionel are no strangers to the world of ballet, and whilst the old writing tip goes, “Write what you know”, perhaps for Cindy and Arionel it is a case of act rather than to write what you know.

Amongst a multitude of fascinating thoughts and reflection on life, work and art, they shared with us their thoughts on the representation of ballet in cinema, channelling their experiences of dance and music into their acting, working with the Ballet Boyz, and offered
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‘Only God Forgives’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Gordon Brown, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam, Tom Burke, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Pitchawat Petchayahon, Charlie Ruedpokanon | Written and Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson), Only God Forgives was released earlier this summer to critical acclaim, but a mixed response from audiences across the globe. Some found the dark, mysterious and artistically minded style and pacing of the film to be beautiful, creepy, entertaining and thought provoking, while others found it to be patronising, obnoxious and, dare I say it, hollow.

It takes a certain kind of film to divide opinion so heavily, and this film is that certain kind of film. Winding Refn, here, has crafted a surrealist thriller that uses its long and personal shots of violence and landscape to fill in for its purposeful lack of dialogue. The cast is a remarkable assembly, with Ryan Gosling at the forefront,
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DVD Review - Only God Forgives (2013)

Only God Forgives, 2013.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.

Starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringam, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam and Tom Burke.

Synopsis:

Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.

A hell coloured assault on the senses, Nicholas Winding Refn's grim spiritual fantasy takes cinema to the outer edges. Dancing wildly on the edges of sanity, this is a film that will literally split audiences in two. Some view it as pretentious art-house meandering, using ultra-violence as a means to unbalance the viewer. Others see the production as a skilfully created piece examining the consequences of guilt and existential crisis smothered in a tidal wave of fantasy realism. I happen to be firmly of the latter opinion.

Refn's second team up with Ryan Gosling in
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New Tom Yum Goong 2 Trailer Finds Tony Jaa Up to His Old Tricks

It’s not a good idea to give Tony Jaa anything sacred or precious. Chances are someone is just going to steal it, kill it, or cook it. “Ong Bak” director Prachya Pinkaew’s “Tom Yum Goong 2″ (aka “The Protector 2″) finds the hero from the original film searching for a missing elephant one more time. Here’s hoping he has better luck this time around. In addition to Jaa, the upcoming sequel features Petchtai Wongkamlao, Marrese Crump, JeeJa Yanin, Dan Chupong, Rhatha Phongam, and RZA. I’m particularly excited about JeeJa Yanin’s involvement with the flick. I could literally watch that girl kick phone books for 90 minutes. Do people still use phone books? Never mind. I feel old. Check out this synopsis: Kham is the last in long line of guards who once watched over the King of Thailand’s war elephants. Traditionally, only the perfect elephants could successfully help defend the throne.
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Only God Forgives Review

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn.

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Gordon Brown, Tom Burke.

Running time: 90 minutes.

Certificate: 18.

Synopsis: Police Detective Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm) allows the father of a raped and murdered 16 year-old to take vengeance on her killer. However, the killer’s brother and mother are soon out for revenge and everyone involved finds themselves descending further into a never-ending cycle of revenge.

Only God Forgives sees the powerhouse duo of writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling reunite after the success of their indie hit, Drive. With a shocking poster campaign displaying the brutality of what is to be discovered in Only God Forgives and mixed reactions flying out of Cannes, it wouldn’t be surprising if the audience find it hard to read the film or sense its tone. The reactions from Cannes are completely understandable, as Only God Forgives
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‘Only God Forgives’ Review

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Gordon Brown, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam, Tom Burke, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Pitchawat Petchayahon, Charlie Ruedpokanon | Written and Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn is a director who has taken the ‘Show Don’t Tell’ mantra to the nth degree. Valhalla Rising saw him center an entire movie on a character that was unable to speak. His 2011 film Drive focused around a stoic stunt driver who was clearly a man of few words. Refn’s style is almost Kubrickian – not so much in his technique – but how he has little regard for pleasing the audience. They feel less like exercises in filmmaking and more so vehicles for Refn to experiment with. Personally Refn is one of my favorite directors working today as I adore his film’s unique structure. From his Pusher trilogy to Bronson to his latest effort Only God Forgives they
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Movie Review - Only God Forgives (2013)

Only God Forgives, 2013.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.

Starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringam, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam and Tom Burke.

Synopsis:

Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.

Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives is an essential neo-noir, this cannot be overstated. As a huge fan of neo-noir, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives becomes, for this reviewer, one of 2013’s essential film releases and one which will be appreciated in years to come by those who do not, or cannot, appreciate it now.

First and foremost, the film is shot, lit, and photographed at such a heightened level of artist design it transcends the limits where most other film makers dare not approach. Refn’s framing of each and
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Only God Forgives’ review: Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘darkest and most oblique’ film (photo: Ryan Gosling in ‘Only God Forgives’) In Nicolas Winding Refn’s surrealist revenge thriller Only God Forgives, Julian (Ryan Gosling, of Refn’s Drive) and his brother Billy (Tom Burke) run a Muy Thai boxing academy in Indonesia. The place is a front for a drug-smuggling operation. Both brothers are criminally sadistic, but Billy is truly unhinged. In the first ten minutes of Only God Forgives, he attempts to buy sex with the twelve-year-old daughter of a brothel owner. When denied this particular fetish, Billy rapes and arbitrarily murders a young female prostitute. The police arrive on the scene led by captain Chang (veteran actor and Thai fighting master Vithaya Pansringarm), but as portrayed in Only God Forgives, Chang is an avenging angel, endowed with the ability to know the truth and mete out justice either swiftly or brutally — or both.
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Ryan Gosling Suits Up For His Big Brooklyn Premiere

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Ryan Gosling Suits Up For His Big Brooklyn Premiere
Ryan Gosling brought out his Summer whites when he wore a cream Salvatore Ferragamo suit to the Only God Forgives premiere in NYC yesterday. He joined his costars Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, and Yayaying Rhatha Phongam and director Nicolas Winding Refn at Bam's Harvey Theater in Brooklyn to screen the film, which hits theaters in a limited release on Friday. We were on the scene to talk to Ryan about his new project, including what it was like to reunite with Nicolas, whom he previously worked with on Drive, and how "intense" Kristin got while channeling her evil character. We also chatted with Yayaying about playing Ryan's love interest, which she was more than happy to talk about, saying, "I think it's every girl's dream to work with Ryan!" Catch the interview on Popsugar Live!, and don't forget to check out photos of Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives
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'Only God Forgives': Ryan Gosling is on the hunt in new trailer

'Only God Forgives': Ryan Gosling is on the hunt in new trailer
Only God Forgives has released a new trailer.

The video shows Ryan Gosling's Julian on the trail of his brother's killers.

Nicolas Winding Refn's violent thriller centres around a Bangkok gangster and retired boxer (Gosling) who is goaded by his ruthless mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) into taking action after his brother is killed by a crooked Thai cop.

Scott Thomas has confessed that the film is "really not [her] thing" and that she took on the role to work with Refn.

The film - which reunites the Drive director with his star Gosling - received a mixed response from critics at its Cannes Film Festival premiere in May.

Vithaya Pansringarm, Tom Burke, Byron Gibson and Yayaying Rhatha Phongam also feature in the film.

Only God Forgives will arrive in Us cinemas on July 19, and opens in the UK on August 2.

Watch Ryan Gosling discuss Only God Forgives with Digital
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Second Only God Forgives Trailer

Second Only God Forgives Trailer
With just one week left before it hits theaters, a second trailer for Only God Forgives has debuted. Ryan Gosling stars as Julian, an American expatriate who runs a Thai boxing club in Bangkok with his brother Billy (Tom Burke). When Billy is suddenly murdered, Julian's crime lord mother Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas) demands vengeance, which puts him in the path of a dangerous cop (Vithaya Pansringarm). Watch as the director and star of Drive reunite in this stylish drama, in theaters July 19.

Only God Forgives comes to theaters July 19th, 2013 and stars Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam, Tom Burke, Vithaya Pansringarm, Byron Gibson, Gordon Brown, Joe Cummings. The film is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
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Only God Forgives poster 9 offers best design yet for Ryan Gosling thriller

Radius-twc's eagerly anticipated release from Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn now has a new image with Ryan Gosling ready to fight as always in this Only God Forgives poster also with Kristin Scott Thomas and Yayaying Rhatha Phongam. The film is unsurprisingly-enough, rated R for strong bloody violence including grisly images, sexual content and language, and opens on July 19th, 2013, looking for a massive per-theater average. Only God Forgives is an intense drama about Thai boxing, drug cartels, revenge and justice in the criminal underworld of Bangkok.
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