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Film Review: Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) by Takashi Miike

Well on the march to film 100 by this point in his career, legendary director Takashi Miike had made his name with prolific entries in both the gangster/yakuza and horror genres. The attempt to mix both of his prominent setups was too high a calling card for him as the end result was a high-class mash-up under the title ‘Gokudô daisenso,’ internationally released as “Yakuza Apocalypse”.

In the ruthless underground world of the yakuza, no one is more legendary than boss Genyo Kamiura, who is rumored to be invincible due to his vampire powers. Among his gang is Akira Kageyama, his most loyal underling, but the others in the gang view him with disdain and ridicule him for his inability to get tattooed due to sensitive skin. One day, assassins aware of boss Kamiura’s secret arrive from abroad and deliver him an ultimatum: Return to the
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‘The Night Comes for Us’ Review: The Cast of ‘The Raid’ Crash Netflix with a Numbingly Relentless Action Movie

“You can’t kill what’s already dead,” someone gurgles towards the end of Timo Tjahjanto’s “The Night Comes for Us,” and while that assessment may be true, the recent onslaught of bone-crunching Indonesian action films has made it painfully, relentlessly, nauseatingly clear that you can do pretty much anything to what’s about to die. You can shoot it. You can stab it. You can impale it with a spare cow femur that you find lying on the floor of a butcher shop. And — most important of all — you can mix-and-match those methods (and hundreds more just like them) to your heart’s delight, over and over again, until the props department finally runs out of fake blood.

In a grimy beat-em-up like “The Night Comes for Us,” where fake blood appears to account for something like 80% of the shooting budget, that can take a mighty long time.
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Is The Horror Movie Apostle Finally A Netflix Original That Fans Can Take Seriously? - One Minute Movie Review

Apostle is the latest mystery-horror from Netflix and is written and directed by Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption). It is so different from what we’ve seen from Evans in the past, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The real question is if its possible to have a Netflix original movie that horror fans will take seriously?

Watch the 60-second review from One Minute Critic:

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Trailer for New Indonesian Film “The Night Comes For Us”

Indonesian director Timo Tjahjanto has completed production on his latest production “The Night Comes for Us”. The action film will reunite actors Iko Uwais and Joe Taslim, who previously worked together on the cult hit “The Raid: Redemption.”

The film premiers on Netflix on October 19th, 2018. A trailer for the film has been released by Netflix.

Synopsis

After sparing a girl’s life during a massacre, an elite Triad assassin is targeted by an onslaught of murderous gangsters. (Netflix)
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New to Streaming: ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ ‘Apostle,’ ’22 July,’ ‘The Kindergarten Teacher,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

22 July (Paul Greengrass))

Paul Greengrass, director of United 93 and Bloody Sunday, returns to the realm of the “too soon?” with 22 July, a clichéd and rather problematic film–with a frankly reprehensible first act–that dramatizes the attacks in Oslo on that awful day in 2011 when 77 people, mainly at the Utøya island youth camp, were murdered by a nationalist gunman named Anders Behring Breivik. – Rory O. (full review)

Where to Stream: Netflix

Apostle (Gareth Evans))

Coming off of the success of The Raid: Redemption and its sequel, The Raid 2, the anticipated path for Welsh director Gareth Evans may not have been a horror film by way of 70s cult thrillers.
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Review: ‘Apostle’ is a Tense Journey Enveloped in Lunacy

Coming off of the success of The Raid: Redemption and its sequel, The Raid 2, the anticipated path for Welsh director Gareth Evans may not have been a horror film by way of 70s cult thrillers. Yet on closer inspection of his bone-cracking Indonesian action saga, the signs are all there. Both Raid films have a seedy side, often caked in dirt and dust, with a sense of being stuck in the wrong territory, or becoming completely engulfed in an abject world. The violence extends into horror, and Evans plays with tension building toward the release of action quite naturally. With his latest work, Apostle, Evans lets his freak flag billow gloriously in the cinematic wind; leaning into the perverse nature of his work, he fixates on tension and dread to craft a compelling journey enveloped in lunacy.

Apostle follows Thomas Richardson (a jittery and excellent Dan Stevens) who, in
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Gareth Evans Explains Why ‘The Raid 3′ Probably Won’t Happen

Gareth Evans is hard at work promoting his upcoming cult horror spookshow Apostle, which means the director has to field plenty of questions about the ass-kicking franchise that broke him out: The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2, two action masterpieces filled with frenetic fight choreography that followed the police officer Rama, played with incredible physicality by martial artist Iko Uwais. Unfortunately, the answers to those questions seem to lean toward Evans shelving a possible third installment for good. Speaking to Slashfilm, Evans chalked it up to simply being Raid'd out: The Raid 1 and 2 were incredible …
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‘Apostle’ Review: Netflix Thriller With Dan Stevens Is Ludicrous, Bloody Mayhem from ‘The Raid’ Director — Fantastic Fest

‘Apostle’ Review: Netflix Thriller With Dan Stevens Is Ludicrous, Bloody Mayhem from ‘The Raid’ Director — Fantastic Fest
Anyone familiar with the brutal martial showdowns of Indonesian thriller “The Raid: Redemption” and its sequel will go into “Apostle” expecting the wrong movie. In this gnarly occult thriller set on an island full of devious people in 1902, writer-director Gareth EvansNetflix thriller trades the intensity of hand-to-hand combat for a ludicrous mishmash of gore, espionage, estranged family dynamics, and half-formed supernatural conceits. At over two hours, Evans demonstrates a formidable commitment to seeing this unseemly formula through, with the sort of mixed results of a visionary filmmaker launching into unwieldy terrain. The visceral intensity is there, delivered in shocking bursts of sudden twists not unlike the jarring fisticuffs that dominated “The Raid,” but it tends to dangle with a grotesque emptiness at odds with the material.

At first, “Apostle” sets the stage for a daring rescue mission. Thomas Richardson, the estranged son of a wealthy British family, gets recruited
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Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: Apostle, Ambitious Folk Horror That Lacks Focus But Mostly Delivers Anyway

There is a lot to like in Gareth Huw Evans' ambitious folk horror tale, Apostle. The problem might be that there is just too much of everything to really fall in love. The film takes huge swings at slightly incongruous tones and while it works to create a sense of unease throughout the running time, it does leave this viewer wondering exactly what kind of film this is meant to be. That lack of focus, an element that Evans managed so perfectly in The Raid: Redemption, often gives the audience a bit too much to chew on, however, the payoffs are big, and the choices are bold in this brutal tale of rescue, revenge, and redemption. Upon arriving at his family's home following a long,...

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First-look preview of Titan Comics’ The Raid series

Titan Comics is set to bring the martial arts masterpiece The Raid to comic books this August courtesy of the creative team of writers Ollie Masters (The Kitchen) and Alex Paknadel (Assassin’s Creed: Uprising) and artists Budi Setiawan and Brad Simpson (Wolfenstein), and you can check out a first look preview of the series here…

Punching and kicking its way into stores in August 2018 with Issue #1, Titan Comics’ new four-part series brings the bone-crunching cinematic martial arts action to the bloodied page. Readers are invited to go beyond the movie to discover the shocking story behind fan-favorite characters, Hammer Girl and Baseball Bat Man.

Premiering in 2011, Indonesian martial-arts movie The Raid (also known as The Raid: Redemption) sent pulses racing at the Toronto International Film Festival and secured unanimous critical praise, rocketing to cult film status across the globe.

The movie captured audiences with its boundary-pushing, inventive choreography and piston-pumping narrative when a lone,
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Exclusive Interview – Dan Stevens on The Man Who Invented Christmas

This Friday sees the arrival of The Man Who Invented Christmas starring Dan Stevens as A Christmas Carol author Charles Dickens, and ahead of its release Flickering Myth’s Thomas Harris caught up with Stevens to discuss his role as the legendary author, his preparation from the film, Dickens’ beard, and his upcoming collaboration with The Raid director Gareth Evans on Apostle. Take a look at the interview below or watch it over on our YouTube channel…

See Also: Read our review of The Man Who Invented Christmas here

The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale,
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Joe Manganiello Shares The First Official Image of DeathStroke

Attention all “Justice League” fans…if you think that Slade Wilson/Deathstroke is cool, then you’re in for a real treat. It’s been confirmed that Joe Manganiello is in line to tackle the role in a new movie that has been given the green light. He brings the character to life in the first official image of the anti-hero. Here is what we know about it so far. An amazing collaboration While it’s good news that Manganiello is the actor taking on the character, th addition of Gareth Evans, of “The Raid” are teaming up as Evans is set to direct the

Joe Manganiello Shares The First Official Image of DeathStroke
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Movie News: See Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke in 'Justice League'; Watch Colin Firth in First 'The Mercy' Trailer

Justice League: Spoiler! Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike Xxl, above) makes his first appearance as the DC character Deathstroke in Justice League, though it's not until after the credits roll that we see him. Now Manganiello has shared a photo of himself as the assassin Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke (below). In October we heard that Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption) was in talks to write and direct a Deathstroke solo movie; we're still waiting for confirmation on the project. [Instagram]   A post shared by Joe Manganiello (@joemanganiello) on Nov 24, 2017 at 9:23pm Pst   1,200 Souls: Jean Reno (The Adventurers, above) will star in 1,200 Souls. It's described as a fantasy thriller about a young woman who returns to her hometown...

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Deathstroke Co-Creator Praises Joe Manganiello for Justice League

Deathstroke co-creator Marv Wolfman has come forward to publicly praise Joe Manganiello's portrayal of Slade Wilson, aka, Deathstroke in Justice League. Manganiello took to Instagram over the weekend to share the first official picture of himself as Deathstroke in all of his gray, one-eyed glory and DC fans went crazy with speculation about where the character will pop up next. The short cameo at the end of Justice League features Lex Luthor and Slade Wilson meeting on a yacht discussing "a league of their own," teasing a League of Doom spin-off that may or may not ever happen.

Marv Wolfman co-created Deathstroke with George P&#233rez back in 1980 and he's is really excited about the way Joe Manganiello looks as Deathstroke looks like he just stepped out of the pages from a comic book. He had this to say.

"Over a week has passed so I think I can safely post this.
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Joe Manganiello Shares First Look at Deathstroke's Costume -- See the Pic!

Joe Manganiello Shares First Look at Deathstroke's Costume -- See the Pic!
Spoilers below forJustice League.

There's a new villain in town!

Joe Manganiello shared the official first look at his DC Comics villain, Deathstroke, a week after Justice League was released in theaters.

The captionless image shows the 40-year-old actor with a black-and-yellow suit, holding his helmet and wearing an eye patch.

For those who watched the latest superhero flick, Manganiello made his appearance as the assassin and mercenary during the end credit scenes where he united with Lex Luther (Jesse Eisenberg) who had escaped from prison.

The iconic DC villain will appear in the upcoming Batman standalone film starring Ben Affleck. Reports have also surfaced that DC is prepping a solo Deathstroke movie with The Raid's Gareth Evans writing and directing.

Et caught up with Manganiello earlier this year, where he talked about joining the superhero universe.

"Growing up an avid comic book fan, and then there were a lot of superhero roles, and supervillain roles, that
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Joe Manganiello Reveals First Look At Deathstroke

As you probably know by now, “Magic Mike” actor Joe Manganiello had been cast as the DC Comic mercenary Deathstroke some time ago. But for his story, well, there’s spoilers here, so you’ll want to turn away right now before reading the whole thing unless you’ve already seen “Justice League.” Got it? Great.

Read More: ‘Deathstroke’ Movie From ‘The Raid’ Director Gareth Evans In The Works Because Why The Hell Not

Ok, so Manganiello was cast as the assassin character Deathstroke a few months back, but was supposed to appear as the adversary in “The Batman,” then set to be directed by Ben Affleck.

Continue reading Joe Manganiello Reveals First Look At Deathstroke at The Playlist.
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Joe Manganiello shares Deathstroke image

Anyone who stuck around for the Justice League end-credits sequence will be aware that Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke makes an appearance, presumably to set up his forthcoming solo outing as DC’s villainous super-assassin Slade Wilson. Now the True Blood actor has taken to Twitter to unveil the first official photo from his Justice League cameo.

The Raid’s Gareth Evans has been in talks with Warner Bros to write and direct the Deathstroke film, but this was prior to the release of Justice League. You can read the tweet as Manganiello’s attempt to maintain interest in the film, or subtle confirmation that it will still go ahead, despite the fall out from Justice League’s perceived failure.

Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, Deathstroke is considered the world’s deadliest assassin and one of its greatest tacticians. He is a very deadly foe with enhanced strength and
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Deathstroke Photo Revealed By Joe Manganiello

Actor Joe Manganiello has revealed the very first Deathstoke photo in a new Twitter post. The image is taken from the post-credits scene in the Justice League movie, which is now playing. Take a look.

Deathstroke photo unveiled by actor Joe Manganiello

Manganiello will play Deathstroke in the planned stand-alone movie which is set to e directed by The Raid helmer Gareth Evans, news we unveiled on the site back in October. The character was set to be the main villain in the planned Ben Afffleck-directed The Batman, but now that Matt Reeves has taken over on the project, those plans have changed.

Related: Justice League review

More on the character from the official DC website below.

A military man, Slade Wilson was recruited into the special ops unit Team 7, where he participated in highly dangerous classified missions. Willing to do whatever he could to better himself, Slade underwent an
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Official Photo Released of Joe Manganiello as Deadthstroke

Joe Manganiello has shared the first official photo of Deathstroke from his surprising big screen debut in the post-credits scene of Justice League! This is our best image of the character that has been released yet. 

Deathstroke was originally supposed to appear in Ben Affleck's The Batman movie, but Warner Bros. recently announced that he will be getting a solo film. That solo film will most likely end up being directed by Gareth Evans (The Raid: RedemptionThe Raid 2), which means this film is going to be ridiculously hardcore! I'm excited to see what he ends up doing with it!

The character was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez and he's a mercenary and assassin who was genetically engineered to surpass all human limits, once a soldier, Slade Wilson now works as one of the most feared assassins in the DC Universe. He made his first appearance
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Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke Officially Revealed in Justice League

Earlier in the week we were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at Joe Manganiello as an unmasked Deathstroke without the eyepatch, and now the actor has revealed the first official image of his character on social media, in all of his gray, eyepatch-wearing glory. By now, there shouldn't be any spoiler alerts for Justice League, and everybody should know that Deathstroke has a cameo in one of the post-credit scenes with Lex Luthor. The scene hints towards a League of Doom project, but in true DC fashion, nothing has been announced or even talked about since, but there have been rumblings of some more Deathstroke coming our way.

Joe Manganiello took to Instagram to share the first official look at Slade Wilson and he looks pretty awesome. The picture is taken while filming the post-credit scene of Justice League with Lex Luthor, where the duo are setting up a "league of their own,
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