Geekscape http://www.geekscape.net podcasts, news, features Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:23:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=344 podcasts, news, features Geekscape no podcasts, news, features Geekscape http://www.geekscape.net/_wp_/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://www.geekscape.net TV-G Did Hugh Jackman Announce He’s Retiring Wolverine on Instagram? http://www.geekscape.net/did-hugh-jackman-announce-hes-retiring-wolverine-on-instagram http://www.geekscape.net/did-hugh-jackman-announce-hes-retiring-wolverine-on-instagram#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 18:14:53 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86398 I’m not sure how Hugh Jackman feels about his Wolverine role anymore. On numerous occasions I’ve heard him rave about how he could do something like forty more movies as the Canadian beast, and other times I hear he’s ready to quit. I don’t fault Jackman for finding the role tiresome as an actor; beyond needing to be so physically ripped, it can get boring for anybody playing the same dude for over twelve or thirteen years. But he’s so natural as Logan too, it’s kind of a bummer that there will inevitably be a time when the Wolverine we see on screen isn’t Hugh Jackman.

But are we closer to that day than we realize? Hugh Jackman posted on his Instagram today this oddly cryptic-but-blatant photo.

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Maybe I’m so out of the loop but is Wolverine 3 even in production right now? The status of that movie hasn’t been my priority so I kind of glaze over any news bits that finds their way online, which is a shining example of responsible journalism.

Coming straight from the man himself, this should put to rest any rumors about Jackman’s further involvement in the X-Men series until we hear otherwise.

What do you guys think?

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The Saint Mort Show Episode 121 – Wrestlemania Preview with Juan and Joshua of Geekscape Games http://www.geekscape.net/the-saint-mort-show-episode-121-wrestlemania-preview-with-juan-and-joshua-of-geekscape-games http://www.geekscape.net/the-saint-mort-show-episode-121-wrestlemania-preview-with-juan-and-joshua-of-geekscape-games#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 01:38:26 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86392 This is another wrestling packed episode. Once again I’m joined by some Geekscape Games co-hosts. This time Wrestling fans (and gaming enthusiasts) Juan Carlos and Joshua Jackson join me to discuss what we think is gonna happen at Wrestlemania, Who should be moving up the roster from NXT and who in general deserves more crowd reactions. Worry not non-Wrestling fans, next week it’ll be back to the same old bullshit that you know and love from the Saint Mort Show.

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Out Of The Shadows Emerges The First Teaser Trailer For ‘James Bond: SPECTRE’ http://www.geekscape.net/out-of-the-shadows-emerges-the-first-teaser-trailer-for-james-bond-spectre http://www.geekscape.net/out-of-the-shadows-emerges-the-first-teaser-trailer-for-james-bond-spectre#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:13:00 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86388 Just like the name implies, Spectre  moves about the shadows. Quietly and quickly they struck, with this awesome teaser trailer!

I am, and always will be, a HUGE James Bond fan. Much to the chagrin of our fearless leader Jonathan London, the James Bond formula is ALWAYS fun. I am very excited to see Sam Mendes’ modern take on the SPECTRE organization.

James Bond 007: Spectre stars The Aston Martin DB10 Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz and Ralph Fiennes. It hits theaters November 6th!

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Grab A Bottle Of Jack Because ‘The Legend Of Zelda Wii U’ Will NOT Be Released This Year! http://www.geekscape.net/grab-a-bottle-of-jack-because-the-legend-of-zelda-wii-u-will-not-be-released-this-year http://www.geekscape.net/grab-a-bottle-of-jack-because-the-legend-of-zelda-wii-u-will-not-be-released-this-year#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:30:11 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86385 What an amazing way to start a weekend! Eiji Aonuma, director of Legend of Zelda Wii U, just released the video that pretty much ruins 2015 for a lot of gamers.

I still appreciate that they want to make the game the way they want, and not rush to make release dates. (We touch on this subject in Level 22 of the Geekscape Games Podcast) This news alone wouldn’t be world ending, but we got ourselves handed a one two punch of bad Zelda news. Just, read this tweet and shed a single tear.

 

March 27th 2015 will forever be known as Zelda Black Friday.

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We Now Have the Title of “The Walking Dead” Spin-Off http://www.geekscape.net/we-now-have-the-title-of-the-walking-dead-spin-off http://www.geekscape.net/we-now-have-the-title-of-the-walking-dead-spin-off#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:47:13 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86382 You can rule out The Walking Dead: LA which kind of bums me out.

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman just posted on his Twitter — because, again, this is 2015 — the title of The Walking Dead spin-off set to take place in the once-bustling Los Angeles. Enter: Fear the Walking Dead.

Unlike Better Call Saul, which had to show me was good before it could sell me on the idea, a spin-off of The Walking Dead makes perfect sense. I didn’t feel like exploring Breaking Bad again, it felt unnecessary and then Better Call Saul blew me away.

The Walking Dead, however, that I can believe has a big world worth exploring, because the very premise is about exploring the world. I get that it’s a metaphor for American manifest destiny, but the southern locale of The Walking Dead has exhausted me and I’m dying to see how the rest of the world responded to he disease. What is it like in Shanghai? Chicago? Rio de Janeiro? India is one of the most densely-populated countries, there have to be cities still bustling, so busy you can’t even tell the zombie apocalypse happened. Imagine seeing that.

But Los Angeles is the location of this spin-off, which I’m sure was partly chosen for convenience on the staff and production. But how to make entire blocks of LA desolate? That will be interesting to see.

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Geekscape Interviews: Alice Braga on Fighting For Love in “Kill Me Three Times” http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-interviews-alice-braga-on-fighting-for-love-in-kill-me-three-times http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-interviews-alice-braga-on-fighting-for-love-in-kill-me-three-times#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:33:24 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86315 Kriv Stender’s Kill Me Three Times is quickly becoming known as one of the most bombastic films of the year. But at the heart of the film, which features elaborate schemes, corrupt cops and assassins, is a lone woman just trying to find happiness.

Portrayed by captivating Brazilian-native Alice Braga, Alice (pronounced differently from her real name) is caught in a love triangle between her controlling husband Jack (Callan Mulvey) and her surfer lover Dylan (Luke Hemsworth). Against a lush Australian background, Alice endures hell from people seeking to exploit her for the most awful of motivations.

A veteran of genre films, Braga’s career took off with the critically-acclaimed City of God in 2002. After taking a brief pause in her career to pursue her education, she later starred in her English-language debut Journey to the End of Night which premiered at the fifth-annual Tribeca Film Festival. She would later star in blockbuster action films like I Am LegendPredators, and Elysium.

I recently sat down with Alice to discuss her new role, which serves as yet another example of strong women she has portrayed in her storied filmography.

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What was your first impression of Alice? Did that change at all as you completed shooting?

Alice: Kind of! I tried to understand, especially with Kriv what exactly he wanted from this girl. Who was she? How did she end up in this world? Just out of curiosity I wanted to hear from him, but my input was that she traveled the world. Which justified why a foreign [of Australia] like me, a Brazilian, would live this way in this landscape we found her in. She struck me as someone who wanted to live and to travel.

In a past version [of a previous draft], I used to sing and play the guitar and surf and all that … but she’s just someone who lived in the moment and lived life. It’s very human. [She’s] very generous, and kind, and things go south when her husband just starts going in a different direction and treats her badly. So that’s why she wants to escape. But I think the first input I had, in a way, is what’s on the screen.

You’re not a stranger to starring in action movies. We’ve previously seen you in I Am LegendPredators, and Elysium. But Alice in Kill Me Three Times endures a fair amount of punishment in this movie. How difficult was shooting your physically-heavy scenes?

Alice: It was fun, actually! I mean, of course I had a stunt girl, that poor girl. [laughs] As soon as I read it, I was like, “Poor stunt girl! She’s gonna be suffering!” But it was fun!I mean, it’s interesting that it’s a happy coincidence that I happened to have the chance to work in a bunch of action films, so I kind of like have my body ready for it because I’ve had experience with it.

But [for Kill Me Three Times], it was more of the idea of it. Being barefoot and running and all that, more than specifically having to do heavy scenes. But definitely it demanded me physically for [things like] running, trying to survive, and all that. It was interesting. It was fun! I loved it! I was in Disneyland.

Alice is caught in a very intense love triangle. What can you say about working with your co-stars, Luke and Callan? As an actress, how did you feel about their energy?

Alice: It was wonderful. I mean, Luke, when I met him on the screen test, he was an adorable guy and right away I knew that Kriv liked him because he felt that he was honest, truthful and very much what they needed for Dylan. A guy that would be trustful. You could fall in love with him. He was so honest, right away we became friends. It was fun.

We say, in Brazil, that Australians are a lot like us. We talk a lot, we’re warm, we’re kind, we’re always happy. Australians have that vibe! So, both of us became friends right away. It was wonderful, and great to be working with him all the time.

And Callan is such a phenomenal actor! We had some different types of scenes that were so dramatic, completely different from Luke. We had like a little bit of work to do in the sense of finding the emotion, finding the relationship that these characters had. and finding the balance of not putting him as the villain or only as the bad guy.

So I feel that it was wonderful to get the chance to work with him in that direction, and in different ways they both complimented me and it was wonderful because they helped me build my character with their own characters. It’s a love triangle, so we needed each other.

That energy really showed, it was amazing to watch your dynamic.

Alice: Aw, thank you!

Alice’s story is one of the more grounded aspects of the film, a contrast to the elaborate schemes and assassinations. How difficult to perform these “real” scenes in an otherwise outlandish movie?

Alice: It’s funny, because my part was a hard part. My character is the “normal” character, in a way, if you think about it. She’s not [a part of] that absurdity. She’s not a part of the comedy, the grittiness, or the violence. [But on] my end, I talked a lot with Kriv to not overdramatize or overdo anything. I tried my best to play as if nothing [crazy] was happening around me, because otherwise if I was waiting for it to happen or trying to give it something, I think we would lose something.

It was interesting, it was a challenge. It was great to get the chance to work with Teresa Palmer and Sullivan Stapleton, both phenomenal actors and [they] taught me so much. I had so much fun with them.

What was it like working with [the director] Kriv Stenders?

Alice: He was amazing. Kriv was the type of director who’s kind, gentle, super generous, and listens to everything you want to ask or bring to the table. He’s someone who knows what he wanted. He really knew what he wanted. He was very prepared and focused, and very sure of how to tell this story. Each character, of which there were so many … had a different connection with him, and he had an understanding of each one of us without mixing up or getting lost. It was wonderful, I really learned from him, and I’m really thankful for his friendship and generosity.

Was there anything in Alice [your character] that you could describe as autobiographical? Was there anything in her that you saw yourself in?

Alice: No, I think no.

Really?

Alice: Yeah. I think definitely being someone that … in the beginning when she was just in love and fighting for her life and fighting for her love and just wanted to keep on going with her life, yeah, I think. The survival, definitely the survival! [laughs] I would definitely run like she did!

So you’ve already described Alice as a world traveller who settled. That’s quite a rich backstory. What do you think happened to Alice after the movie? (WARNING: Spoilers!)

Alice: Definitely moved on with Dylan. Had the kid, if she’s still pregnant, because after all that violence we don’t know if she still is pregnant. [laughs]

I was actually really worried about that too!

Alice: Yeah! Exactly! But definitely I feel like she moved on to a different spot but did the same thing. Lived her life the way she always dreamed, which was being with someone she loved in a beautiful place.

You haven’t only portrayed strong women, but strong characters. They’ve overcome the biggest or most absurd of obstacles, again I bring up your movies like I Am LegendPredators, and Elysium. As Hollywood begins to further include the talents of women and persons of color, how do you feel about being amongst the forefront of that?

Alice: I feel very happy and honored, and really lucky. I love portraying different types of characters, and funny enough like you said, a bunch of strong women have come in my direction. I feel so honored that people feel that I can portray these types of characters because you need to honor them in the sense to make them believable and truthful.

And thank you for saying that, by the way! For saying that I’m a part of it! [laughs] Because the more I can do, the better. I would love to keep on doing it. I feel it’s so important to more chances to wonderful characters, female characters, and characters of different ethnicities. I feel very happy, and very honored.

Is there anything in the future we can look forward to seeing you in?

Alice: I did a film called By Way of Helena directed by Australian director Kieran-Darcy Smith, and funny enough my love interest is Liam Hemsworth so I’m with another Hemsworth! [laughs] And Woody Harrelson as well. I don’t know when it’s gonna be released, but it’s a period piece, it’s a wonderful story.

I just did a pilot for USA Network, not sure if it’s going to be picked up or not, we still haven’t finished post-production. The name is Queen of the South, it’s based on a book by Arturo Perez-Reverte and it’s a love story. A lovely story, about this woman that is Mexican and she’s just thrown into the drug-dealing world and a bunch of things happen.

Sounds intense!

Alice: Yeah, really intense! And a strong woman, again! [laughs]

Kill Me Three Times will be released April 10th. It is now available on various VOD platforms.

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Aya Kanno To Be A Featured Guest At Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF)! http://www.geekscape.net/aya-kanno-to-be-a-featured-guest-at-toronto-comic-arts-festival-tcaf http://www.geekscape.net/aya-kanno-to-be-a-featured-guest-at-toronto-comic-arts-festival-tcaf#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:14:03 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86356 The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) proudly announced that international manga superstar and New York Times best selling author, Aya Kanno, will attend the 2015 Festival as a Featured Guest! Below is the press release with more details!

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Aya Kanno is the author of the Blank Slate, the New York Times bestselling series Otomen, and the newly-released Requiem of the Rose King, all published in English by VIZ Media. Kanno will participate in a variety of programs at the Festival including a feature interview, panel discussion, and book signing sessions. Aya Kanno will attend TCAF 2015 with her editor Yuri Yamamoto of Akita Shoten, and with the support of VIZ Media.

 

“We’re so happy to be able to welcome Aya Kanno to North America for the first time,” enthused Festival Director Christopher Butcher. “To my mind Kanno’s work really reinforces what TCAF is all about: unique, diverse voices and great comics! Shoujo manga, or ‘girls’ manga, doesn’t really get the respect it deserves in general, and Kanno’s work is specifically great, smartly interrogating the medium and its approach to gender, sexuality, and storytelling.”

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Aya Kanno’s best-known work in North America is the romantic comedy series Otomen, which ran for 18 volumes, frequently appearing on the New York Times bestseller list. The romantic comedy series explores a wide variety of characters that rebel against traditional gender roles in Japanese society, starting with the titular character who is an Otomen (“otome,” Japanese for young girl, combined with the English word “men”). Kanno’s newest work is the just-released Requiem of the Rose King, a dark fantasy retelling of Shakespeare’s Richard III and Henry VI, which continues the manga creator’s exploration of gender, sexuality, and identity, but this time in the context of historical and literary fiction.

 

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Aya Kanno will join a very diverse array of Japanese manga creators already announced for TCAF 2015, including the cartooning duo Gurihiru (Avatar: The Last Airbender), gay manga originator Gengoroh Tagame (The Passion of…), and indy manga creator Ken Niimura (Henshin, I Kill Giants).

A full schedule of Aya Kanno’s appearances at TCAF 2015 will be announced in April, 2015.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2015, Saturday May 9, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 10, 11am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public.

I love the TCAF’s Festival Director’s quote that Shojo “doesn’t really get the respect it deserves”! Shojo is one of my favorite styles and it is great to hear that Aya Kanno will be at TCAF.

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Ryan Reynolds Channels Burt Reynolds in “Deadpool” Teaser Image http://www.geekscape.net/ryan-reynolds-channels-burt-reynolds-in-deadpool-teaser-image http://www.geekscape.net/ryan-reynolds-channels-burt-reynolds-in-deadpool-teaser-image#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:48:40 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86342 Ryan Reynolds, star of the upcoming and long-anticipated Deadpool film, has just tweeted the first official image of the movie. And of course it’s ridiculous.

Of course he did the Burt Reynolds. Did we really expect anything less?

The suit looks great. It looks like the most professional of cosplays, but really the Deadpool suit isn’t hard to nail down. It’s always had a ridiculously gritty film aesthetic in mind, which makes the fact that a Deadpool movie took so long kind of baffling.

A higher resolution image, if that’s what you want, is right below. Make it your new desktop wallpaper at work to make your coworkers think you’re the cool comic book geek.

Deadpool is set for February 12, 2016. There will be a lot of annoyed dates on Valentine’s Day.

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4-Year-Old Finishes Cancer Radiation Treatment, Meets the Power Rangers http://www.geekscape.net/4-year-old-finishes-cancer-radiation-treatment-meets-the-power-rangers http://www.geekscape.net/4-year-old-finishes-cancer-radiation-treatment-meets-the-power-rangers#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:29:42 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86326 I’ve spent close to thirteen years as an active participant in the Power Rangers fandom. You don’t spend that much time on message forums and conventions without seeing heavy does of stupidity from overgrown man children complaining about collecting toys. Despite my love for the show, my opinions on its fans are often low. I always see the annoyance on actors’ faces at conventions.

But there are times when being a Power Rangers fan can be the best thing in the world.

4-year-old Aiden Lopez has just completed radiation treatments and will soon be undergoing chemotherapy. His doctors are hopeful and his prognosis appears positive. So everyone felt it was right for Aiden to meet some of his favorite superheroes: the Power Rangers!

Actually, they were cosplayers, in some damn good looking outfits that can rival what was used in the series. Former Power Rangers alum Steve Cardenas (“Rocky” the second Red Ranger) chimed in on Facebook this morning.

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Way to go Aiden. You deserve to be happy.

Way to go, Power Rangers fans. You escape my wrath for the day.

(Source: FOX 35 News Orlando)

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Geeksape Comics: Three New ‘Night Of The Living Dead’ Series Coming From Double Take! http://www.geekscape.net/geeksape-comics-three-new-night-of-the-living-dead-series-coming-from-double-take http://www.geekscape.net/geeksape-comics-three-new-night-of-the-living-dead-series-coming-from-double-take#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:13:05 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86308 Briefly: It’s pretty clear if you’ve seen our co-produced Doc of the Dead that here at Geekscape we’re pretty big fans of the undead. Saying that, we were more than excited to learn that this June, Double Take is set to debut not one, but three new titles set in the universe of George A. Romero’s 1968 classic Night of the Living Dead.

All three monthly series are set to debut this June in print and digital formats, and you can peek the first info and cover for each series by taking a look below!

Home, written by Peter Aguero, with art by Julian Rowe, Monica Catalano, and Javier Mena

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A happy family, a lovely spring evening, and Zombies.

 

Home follows a working-class farm family through the events of the zombie apocalypse in western PA. On the night the dead rise, the Foster family has gathered for a quiet Sunday dinner. Oblivious to the horrifying events that will soon unfold, Paul Foster takes his wife and two young children into town, leaving his teenage daughter home alone with her boyfriend. As his small town falls into chaos, Paul has to keep his family together and somehow get back home to his daughter, who is left to fight her own battles.

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Z-Men comes from writer Jeff McComsey, and features art by Kurt Tiede, Alisson Rodrigues,  and Max Flan:

Dead and/or alive. LBJ orders the Secret Service to bring him back a Zombie.
It’s 1966 and the Oval Office is in an uproar; there’s been a spree of mass murders in Western Pennsylvania (and reports of the dead returning to life). President Lyndon B. Johnson assigns the head of the Secret Service to send agents into the field to investigate. Agents Stuart and Clancy are given the opportunity to serve their country and see if the zombie apocalypse has indeed begun.

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Rise also comes from Jeff McComsey, and features art by Kurt Tiede, Frederica Manfredi, and Vladimir Popov

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They’re coming to get you Barbara. Follow our favorite siblings, Barbara and Johnny, from the classic 1968 Night of the Living Dead film as they try to survive beyond the night at the abandoned farmhouse.

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All three book sound very cool, and I’m especially excited to follow the continuing adventures of Barbara and Johnny. Not to mention that gorgeous art. As 2T notes, “this marks the first releases in a major initiative surrounding the classic horror franchise, which frightened moviegoers all around the world and made zombies a household name. Having commissioned a new generation of writers to breathe new life into the classic franchise, 2T has a dozen series in the works – some following characters from the film in surprising new directions; other stories are all new. All creators are working in collaboration with 2T GM, Bill Jemas.”

Which books will you be picking up this June? Sound out below!

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Geekscape Interviews: Kriv Stenders, Director of “Kill Me Three Times” on Movies vs. TV, Finding the Right Tone, and Simon Pegg http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-interviews-kriv-stenders-director-of-kill-me-three-times-on-movies-vs-tv-finding-the-right-tone-and-simon-pegg http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-interviews-kriv-stenders-director-of-kill-me-three-times-on-movies-vs-tv-finding-the-right-tone-and-simon-pegg#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:16:55 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86229 “I liken the film to like a great rock song,” Kriv Stenders describes to me about his newest movie, Kill Me Three Times, in a relaxed Australian accent. It sounds exactly like the kind that puts you at ease, like you’re sitting on a beach with a beer in your hand.

“[It’s got a] great kind of opening, a really cool chorus, a great bridge, great guitar solos and a grand finale. So it’s just so much fun when you can work with material that presents itself to you in that musical kind of way.”

Hailing from Australia, Kriv Stenders began his career making dark, arthouse films but rose to prominence with the family film Red Dog in 2011. It was hailed by critics and became a commercial success, ranking in as the eighth highest-grossing Australian film of all time. “I saw [Red Dog] and War Horse within a day of each other, and felt that Red Dog achieved much of what Spielberg’s film was aiming at,” wrote Garry Couzens of The Digital Fix, “with much less sentimentality, anthropomorphism and self-importance, more laughs and with an hour’s less running time.”

With Kill Me Three Times, Stenders’s rock ‘n roll aesthetic is reminiscent of the likes of Guy Ritchie and Edgar Wright, but with his own unique twist that puts you in the seat of a Corvette and stomps on the gas pedal.

In fact, that’s exactly how Kriv approaches movies. “They’re intense, vicarious experiences,” he tells me. “It’s like getting into a sports car and driving really fast somewhere and enjoying the ride.”

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The first thing I want to remark on is the film’s photography. The lush Australian landscapes was breathtaking. What led you to shoot there as opposed to the original Ireland location?

Kriv: The writer is Irish, James MacFarland. I’m Australian, and live in Australia. I’ve pretty much made all my movies there. [laughs] It was purely because, yeah, I’m an Australian filmmaker. WA Screen and Screen West have a very lucrative funding body that gave us a really great big chunk of finance, so that’s why we shot it over there on the western coast of Australia.

I’m freezing right now in New Jersey, so it was just gorgeous to look at.

Kriv: Oh good! [laughs]

Kill Me Three Times was like a sarcastic puzzle. It was like watching a Rubik’s cube get solved by a jokester. As an artist, what was the biggest challenge in bringing this project to life?

Kriv: I think the biggest challenge really was about tone. Balancing the violence and the dramatic elements of the story with this overall, I guess this kind of stream or sort of spine of the humor. And trying to find the right rhythm, and the right kind of way to play the notes. Obviously, a big factor that helped us was casting Simon Pegg as Charlie Wolfe. Once we did that, suddenly this film had a kind of a life, or a heartbeat. It was something I could kind of pin the humor on, and that was Simon and his portrayal of Charlie Wolfe. So it was a challenge in one respect in finding that tone and sticking to it.

The tonal juxtaposition was my favorite part of the film, actually. You termed it as “murder in the sun.”

Kriv: Yeah. A sun-scorched neo-noir thriller.

That’s awesome.

Kriv: [laughs]

That reminds me of Albert Camus’s The Stranger, but Kill Me Three Times is anything but that. This movie is like a riot. 

Kriv: It wasn’t difficult [to maintain the tone], it was more difficult to find it. Once we found it, it was just a lot of fun. My analogy is music. When you make a movie, it’s very much like making a piece of music or a song. You have to find the rhythm, you have to find the notes, everybody has to be in time with each other. So all the performances have to be sort of calibrated to this rhythm, or this kind of harmony. The way you play the notes, how you press down on the lines or the performances.

But once again, once you sort of find that, it’s so much fun. I liken the film to like a great rock song: a great kind of opening, a really cool chorus, a great bridge, great guitar solos and a grand finale. So it’s just so much fun when you can work with material that presents itself to you in that musical kind of way.

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You mention Charlie Wolfe. Out of all the characters, it’s clear that he might be the show-stealer. What went into making that particular character? He’s such a rich character, he could star in his own series.

Kriv: Yeah, that’s the great thing about working with Simon. Because I’m a big believer that comedic actors make great villains. There is a way to cast [them]. There would be the generic way of casting a hitman — a good looking guy, in a suit — but we’ve seen that a thousand times. What I loved about Simon was that it was clearly a role he hadn’t played before, but he was up for it. That juxtaposition of someone who has a following and a fanbase with a certain kind of body of work behind him, to make this step is really exciting.

Again, to me that was kind of the trick of the movie. To make this character someone you wanna be around! Even though he’s the worst guy, the baddest guy in the room! [laughs] He’s almost your favorite! I think that’s just a delightful thing to give an audience.

Beyond Simon, you assembled quite the cast. What was it like working with them? Did they meet or surpass any of your expectations?

Kriv: First of all, they’re lovely people. Each one of them. Really lovely human beings. Just nice to be around. Everyone kind of came on board with the right spirit and saw the film the same way. They understood that it was a cartoon set in a movie world, not in a “real world,” and they enjoyed themselves.

It was each one of them, from Sullivan Stapleton to Teresa Palmer, the legendary Bryan Brown to Callan Mulvey, and to Luke Hemsworth, they all sort of knew their place in the story and embraced it. It was kind of like a, what I call a “great dinner party,” with great conversation. [laughs]

It certainly looked like you had fun making the film, and in beautiful Australia of all places.

Kriv: Yeah we did, but you know every film is challenging. We had a tight schedule, Simon’s schedule meant we had to shoot him out in two weeks. We had to shoot the beginning and the climax in the first week.

Oh, wow.

Kriv: Yeah, that’s kind of a bit of a challenge, you know? But that sort of thing galvanizes you as a filmmaker, it galvanizes the crew, and really keeps you on your toes. Your focus is so much more sharper, and therefore your decision-making is so precise. Every hour, every day is precious and you can’t waste a second of it.

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Your last film was the family film Red Dog, a critical and commercial hit. What was it like to approach Kill Me Three Times after that film? How big was the change in your artistic voice?

Kriv: I love movies. I’m very privileged to be able to make them. And I love all kinds of movies. I guess I’m the type of filmmaker, my ambition [is], to make all kinds of films. I think you learn so much from each film. Hopefully you become better after the journey of each film. So to me, the shift was really fun. Red Dog was a big shift for me then, up to that point I had been making very dark, heavy arthouse films. So Red Dog was a complete left-hand turn from what I’ve done before.

Kill Me Three Times actually wasn’t that much of a shift from what I’ve done before. It was clearly going to be a commercial film, for a wide international audience with an international cast. It was just great kind of fun to do something for an adult audience, that played with violence, that wore its influences on its sleeves, and had its tongue very firmly in its cheek. Once you make those decisions when you read the script and go, “I know how to unlock this” or “I know how to decode this script,” it just becomes so much fun.

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I’m an aspiring filmmaker, and Kill Me Three Times is exactly the kind of movies I hope to make. But what do you see yourself tackling next?

Kriv: Ironically, I’m in preproduction on the sequel to Red Dog. Which has got the working title of Blue Dog right now, so I’m going back to that material and that world. As a filmmaker, that’s just such a wonderful thing to do, to be able go back to a story world or a universe and continue to tell and embellish that story. So that’s my next project. We start shooting in May.

But for me, in time, I just did some television last year. And that was an incredible adventure. I think movies and television are movies. I’m really interested in that development. I think stories now can be told on all kinds of canvases. Television really is just long-form movies. So I find that very exciting, and I hope to continue that strain of work as well.

What are the differences, to you, when it comes to directing television to movies? Do you have any preference?

Kriv: I love movies, they’re digestible. They’re intense, vicarious experiences. It’s like getting into a sports car and driving really fast somewhere and enjoying the ride. Television [meanwhile], is like reading a book or a novel. Putting it down, and pick it back up again, and that’s also so pleasurable. So to me they’re different pleasures, there’s different delights you get out of both mediums.

With television, you can really explore characters. You can basically create characters from the ground up, and I find that really exciting.

I have to agree. The more time to spend exploring characters is quite the advantage. It’s quite the writer’s medium.

Kriv: I also think it’s becoming the director’s medium as well. Audiences now, their standards have been raised, you know? Mad MenTrue DetectiveFargoThe KnickHouse of Cards. To me, cinema has seeped into the television language, the lines have been completely blurred. As a filmmaker, I find it really thinking.

What is Kill Me Three Times ultimately about to you? As both an audience and the artist. Obviously we know what it’s about, but what do you think it has to say with its heart, however dark it may be?

Kriv: [laughs] I don’t think it has any deep social message or moral, I think it’s really just about a bunch of bad people doing terrible things to each other. Hopefully the good guys who are in that struggle find a way out. To me, the film is just a joyride. The key word is joy. It’s having some fun through other people’s misfortunes. [laughs]

So the film is a demonstration of schadenfreude? 

Kriv: Yeah! [laughs] Exactly!

Kill Me Three Times is set for release on April 10, 2015 from Magnet Releasing. It is available now on various VOD platforms.

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Geekscape Comics Reviews: ‘The Valiant’ http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-comics-reviews-the-valiant http://www.geekscape.net/geekscape-comics-reviews-the-valiant#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:04:37 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86257 Growing up my best friend and I use to play Iron Man and X-O Manowar in Heavy Metal on the Sega Saturn. I’ll be honest, I had no idea who this X-O Manowar guy was. I always wanted to play as Iron Man. Not that it mattered much, we would always become frustrated and never get farther than the first few levels. That was my first little taste of the Valiant Universe. Lemire (Green Arrow, Animal Man), Kindt (RAI, UNITY, Mind MGMT), and Rivera’s (Daredevil) The Valiant is my second. It was much more enjoyable.

The four part mini series is self contained so readers can pick it up and not be intimidated by continuity. I can think of no better marketing tool than this series to grow Valiant’s readership. It’s that good.

The premise is pretty straightforward. Since basically the beginning of time the Eternal Warrior has protected the Geomancers who are mystics that speak for the Earth. No matter how hard the Eternal Warrior tries the Immortal Enemy defeats him and kills the Geomancer plunging humanity into a dark age. The cycle continues a few times throughout the ages but this time the Eternal Warrior will have help from the Valiant super heroes.

Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt’s writing is solid for most of the series. It’s paced great so you’ll definitely want to have all four issues on hand when you begin reading this one. The duo really shines during the moments that the two contrasting characters Kay (the geomancer) and Bloodshot (nanite-infused super soldier) are together. This is where you’ll find some of the series’ best moments. The only problem I had was the use of time travel in the beginning of the fourth issue brought the action and emotional climax to an abrupt halt. What came next more than made up for that though.

The end of this series will drastically shift the face of The Valiant universe. Like I said, I have no prior knowledge of it but even to me the events felt significant. This surely has something to do with how well each character is established in the beginning of the series. Each hero getting their own little defining moments and story lines. By the time the final issue rolled around I was connected to each of them.

The strongest part of this mini series is the handling of the villain; the Immortal Enemy. This may be one of the most sadistic and maniacal villains I’ve ever seen. As his name suggests, he is immortal. He shifts his appearance into what his opponent fears most; for our Geomancer it is the tuxedo and top hat wearing Mister Flay from a story her father use to read her, The Littlest Princess and the Twilight Kingdom. Perhaps the scariest imagery is when his face splits opens revealing the face of a demon-like creature inside. Paolo Rivera’s drawings create a villain that is sure to haunt you long after you finish the series.

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Rivera does a great job with the art in the rest of the book as well. There are many instances where he is able to perfectly capture the emotion of a character with little to no words from Lemire and Kindt. From peaceful communities on the riverside, to giant action pieces Rivera masterfully handles it all. There is no other way to put it; this series is gorgeous.

This miniseries is great and definitely worth checking out. I won’t be surprised to see it on a few best of lists at the end of the year. Whether you’re looking to dive into the Valiant Universe for the first time or just for a great miniseries that you can read in an hour or two I’d highly recommend checking out The Valiant. The fourth and final issue hit shelves yesterday!

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Luis Valdez Will Sit in “The Director’s Chair” This Sunday on El Rey Network http://www.geekscape.net/luis-valdez-will-sit-in-the-directors-chair-this-sunday-on-el-rey-network http://www.geekscape.net/luis-valdez-will-sit-in-the-directors-chair-this-sunday-on-el-rey-network#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:43:18 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86249 “I didn’t go to film school,” says La Bamba director Luis Valdez. His education came from doing. “I looked through the lens and I said, there are some possibilities here. We can do stuff.”

This Sunday on El Rey Network, influential Chicano movement filmmaker Luis Valdez will sit with Robert Rodriguez to discuss his career, his background, and everything else on the next episode of The Director’s Chair.

It’s impossible to ignore Valdez’s contribution to filmmaking, but it’s also shocking how little he’s mentioned amongst film enthusiast circles. Perhaps it’s just the crowds I run in, but Valdez isn’t a name people drop for film geek cred like they would Tarantino or Kubrick. I hope his participation in The Director’s Chair changes that.

What I especially hope to see in his interview is his founding of the Teatro Campesino, which I’m only learning about now, is a theatrical troupe performed entirely by the United Farm Workers. An intriguing Wikipedia paragraph sells me on why I’m eager to watch Valdez’s episode:

Although the troupe began by entertaining the farmworkers, within a year of their founding they began to tour to raise funds for the striking farm workers. By 1967, their subject matter had expanded to include aspects of Chicano culture that went beyond the fields: education, the Vietnam War, indigenous roots, and racism.

The Director’s Chair with Luis Valdez premieres this Sunday, March 29 at 8 PM EST/8:15 PT. It will be immediately followed by an airing of Valdez’s 1987 classic, La Bamba at 9 PM EST/9:15 PT. Check your local listings for El Rey Network.

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Legendary Comics Announces ‘Pacific Rim’ Comic Series, Two New Properties! http://www.geekscape.net/legendary-comics-announces-pacific-rim-comic-series-two-new-properties http://www.geekscape.net/legendary-comics-announces-pacific-rim-comic-series-two-new-properties#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:33:20 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86240 Briefly: Hot on the heels of announcing graphic novels based on Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat and KrampusLegendary Comics today announced three new titles; a continuation of 2013’s Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero, and two entirely new IP’s.

Pacific Rim: Tales From The Drift will launch as a four-issue monthly series this November. Presented by Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro, and with a story by Pacific Rim creator Travis Beacham (who we had on Geekscape way back when), Tales From The Drift is written by Joshua Fialkov (The Bunker, I, Vampire, Elk’s Run) and features artwork by Marcos Marz (Batman Confidential, Blackest Night: JSA). More info on the book is still to come, but Tales From The Drift is said to feature Jaegers never before seen in combat, squaring off against all-new Kaiju creatures. Take a look at two preview pages below, and read on for the new IP’s!

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Next up is espionage thriller Black Bag. This one’s about a suburban wife-turned-covert government assassin comes from writer Chris Roberson, creator of the breakout comic iZombie (you know, the one that just got a fantastic series), and features art from fast-rising talent JB Bastos, known for his standout work on Lion Forge’s Night TrapBlack Bag will run for six issues, and is set to debut this Fall. Unlike Tales From The Drift, this one’s already got a synopsis, which is as follows:

A suburban housewife with a criminal past and a thirst for adrenaline is about to get a top-secret side job: carrying out the government’s most dangerous missions.

Renear is tired of playing by the rules. A valedictorian and top athlete in her younger years, she’s sacrificed a promising career to tie the knot and play house… isn’t there more to life than this? Of course there is – if you’re willing to take the shot.

It’s time the world found out what she is truly capable of.

Here’s a gorgeous preview page:

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Finally, it’s Cops for Criminals, a daring new crime-thriller series about a federal agent forced to find true justice in the criminal underworld. This one’s got some all-star talent attached as it’s written by Steven Grant (Punisher War Journal, Avengers, Hulk, X) with art from Pete Woods (Deadpool, Robin, Catwoman). Here’s the synopsis:

When a federal agent becomes a victim of the system he has sworn to uphold, he finds true justice in the criminal underworld.

 

Agent Woods was one of the best – but everything changed when he was wrongfully convicted and labeled a traitor. After serving his time, this ex-convict is cut loose onto the lawless streets to fight corruption on both sides of the law. Even criminals need a code – and every code needs an enforcer.

And a preview page:

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Which books will you be adding to your pull list? For me? Easy. All of them!

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First Look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in “Batman v. Superman”! http://www.geekscape.net/first-look-at-jesse-eisenberg-as-lex-luthor-in-batman-v-superman http://www.geekscape.net/first-look-at-jesse-eisenberg-as-lex-luthor-in-batman-v-superman#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:01:30 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86231 Like Ben Affleck announced as Batman, Jesse Eisenberg’s casting as Lex Luthor was met with much criticism from fans who prefer their villains to not remind them of dicks they met in college. They’d rather their villains look like their dad, like Bryan Cranston.

Entertainment Weekly has just dropped our first look at Jesse Eisenberg as Superman’s arch nemesis, Lex Luthor, and once again I knew those who bitched and moaned about Eisenberg’s casting were once again crying about nothing. Because LOOK AT HIM.

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That’s Lex Luthor. That’s a cold son of a bitch right there. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. That is someone who is crazy enough to take down a living god.

It can be difficult to be excited about Batman v. Superman, among them for its ridiculous obsession for a dark and gritty nature that films like Guardians of the Galaxy prove that audiences just aren’t into like they were a few years ago. But I can’t help but be at least interested with every bit revealed.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for March 2016.

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EXCLUSIVE: Preview Son of Havoc vs. Angelico on Tonight’s “Lucha Underground” http://www.geekscape.net/exclusive-preview-son-of-havoc-vs-angelico-on-tonights-lucha-underground http://www.geekscape.net/exclusive-preview-son-of-havoc-vs-angelico-on-tonights-lucha-underground#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:00:26 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86178 Tonight is the premiere of Lucha Underground‘s milestone twentieth episode, and we at Geekscape have an exclusive look at tonight’s match pitting Son of Havoc against Angelico. Check out Angelico’s tenacity and Son of Havoc’s passion. This is why we watch pro wrestling, guys.

Besides the focus on lucha libre, I think one particular aspect that Lucha Underground has an edge over the competition are its frantic, kinetic camera angles. In just this minute-long clip, this is very apparent. I believe a cinematic eye is vastly underrated in modern professional wrestling, and yet pro wrestling affords that opportunity more than other, “actual” sports.

Lucha libre has a rich history in Mexican cinema. Decades before a certain guy from Miami layed the smack down in Hollywood, the lucha stars of yesteryear like El Santo, Mil Máscaras and Blue Demon were crossover sensations that ruled the ring and the screen. They were living comic book heroes, and they thrived and gave birth to a whole wonderful, bizarre subgenre of cinema. Among the many films produced in this era, Ladrón de cadáveres was a big success. Directed by Fernando Méndez, he would later revolutionize Mexican horror with the landmark El vampiro in 1957.

From Blue Demon’s Wikipedia page:

In three of his films, Blue Demon starred as the leader of a squadron of masked superheroes known as Los Campeones Justicieros (The Champions of Justice). Membership in the Champions included such legendary Mexican wrestling figures as Blue Demon, Mil Máscaras, Tinieblas, Rayo de Jalisco, El Medico Asesino, El Fantasma Blanco, El Avispon Escarlata and Superzan.

Before The Avengers, there was a time when masked wrestlers starred in movies that had them beat up demons and devils and lifted rocks to smash monsters. It was awesome, and I’m afraid in our cynical, too-serious mindsets we just can’t enjoy these stupid pleasures anymore. Even our superheroes brood too much today.

But about the cinematic eye, even the camera movement in those days didn’t take full advantage. That’s what makes Lucha Underground so exciting, it’s a weird blend of classic Mexican cinema with post-MTV reality style, faux cinema verite. These old formulas have been crafted to create something new, and that’s Lucha Underground.

Enough with the history lesson. Enjoy the clip and tune in to Lucha Underground tonight at 11 pm EST/8 pm PST. Check your local listings for El Rey Network.

Also check out the gallery we have for you below!

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Believe It! ‘The X-Files’ Is Returning To Television! http://www.geekscape.net/believe-it-the-x-files-is-returning-to-television http://www.geekscape.net/believe-it-the-x-files-is-returning-to-television#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:05:22 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86220 After more than a decade of being off the air, and an official “Season 10″ comic book, it looks like our beloved Mulder and Scully are back!

Confirmed TODAY, Fox is going to bring back the cult classic show for a limited six episode run. Principle filming will begin this summer, and there is no confirmed air date yet.

This continues the trend of networks renewing cult favorite shows. Arrested Development, 24, and most recently Twin Peaks. It looks like studios are running out of original ideas, and if seeing beloved old characters returning to TV is the outcome? Fuck it, quick making new properties!

Whenever I get the opportunity to talk X-Files I have to bring up my absolute FAVORITE episode. Season 7, Episode 12 – X-Cops. Its an episode of COPS that runs into Mulder and Scully. An absolute must watch.

Stay with us here at Geekscape for any and all new info as it get’s released.

SOURCE: TV Wise

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Crowdfund This: Help Chris Gore Save Film Threat And Bring Back DVDuesday! http://www.geekscape.net/crowdfund-this-help-chris-gore-save-film-threat-and-bring-back-dvduesday http://www.geekscape.net/crowdfund-this-help-chris-gore-save-film-threat-and-bring-back-dvduesday#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 23:15:03 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86215 As a huge fan of DVDuesday’s long, long stint over at G4, I would absolutely love to see it return bigger and better than ever.

But DVDuesday, as great as it is, isn’t the only thing Chris Gore wants to save. Back in high school, Chris created Film Threat, a magazine that would become a website which would grow to be one of the leading sources for independent and underground film on the entire internet.

Now, we’ve known Chris for as long as we can remember. He’s been a guest on Geekscape multiple times, and even ended up on Geekdrome back when I would have been in my early teens. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned about Chris over meeting him at various cons, and watching him for years on Attack of the Show, it’s that he’s passionate as hell about film. So passionate, in fact, that he used the money from his TV appearances for years to continue funding Film Threat.

Now, with television nigh-unrecognizable from what it once was, and the everything’s-free-on-YouTube mindset of today’s internet, Film Threat is in need of saving, and Chris needs our help to do it.

Chris has set a $125,000 goal, and with 28 days remaining is currently nearing $8,000 in pledges. It’s far more expensive to run a website such as Film Threat than one could ever imagine (before considering things like the new show and podcast network), and Chris has broken down the funding into an easy-to-read infographic:

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For those of you who prefer words, here’s a more descriptive breakdown:

The Film Threat web site was launched in 1996. That’s 19 years worth of content making up more than 80,000 stories on a site that has to be redesigned and reformatted. Relaunching a site of this size with this amount of content is costly and I can’t afford to fund it alone this time. I’ll need money for programmers, designers, and for a new server along with a budget for writers and an editorial team to keep it going. The money will also be used to help fund the production budget for the weekly DVDuesday segments. A budget will also be needed to create a Film Threat app and build a Podcast Network to give our writers a voice beyond the site. The budget I’ve put together should give us the boost we need to continue. And while it seems like a lot of money, anyone who has run a web site with daily content or produced a weekly web show knows that it costs more than one would think. The amount I’ve budgeted covers the site relaunch, a podcast network, an app and a web series. All of this covers Phase One of Film Threat’s return. (I’ll reveal Phase Two initiatives once we get to 90% of our funding goal.) If we exceed our funding goal, we’ll be able to do more episodes of DVDuesday and we can fund stretch goal projects planned for Phase Two.

As always, there are some pretty fantastic rewards available to backers. Everything from 30th anniversary posters, to DVD’s from Chris’s personal collection, to t-shirts, to the ability to hang out on the new DVDuesday’s set, to rare Film Threat collectibles. There’s a ton of great stuff here for Film Threat fans.

We’ll also be having Chris on the show next week to talk about the campaign, as well as the unfortunately necessary cancellation of Chris’s upcoming Fan Fiction panel at WonderCon.

Take a look the the Save Film Threat campaign video below, and head here to back! Even if you can’t help fund the project, be sure to share it so we can help Chris achieve his goal!

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Head on over to the KickStarter page and help out!

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Hey, New York: Subway Cinema & Anthology Archives Will Unleash Ninjas at OLD SCHOOL KUNG FU FEST 2015! http://www.geekscape.net/hey-new-york-subway-cinemas-anthology-archives-will-unleash-ninjas-at-old-school-kung-fu-fest-2015 http://www.geekscape.net/hey-new-york-subway-cinemas-anthology-archives-will-unleash-ninjas-at-old-school-kung-fu-fest-2015#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:12:21 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86191 Do you walk the streets of New York past coffee bars, vegan bakeries and craft beer pubs while thinking to yourself, “This city needs more ninjas”? You’re in luck. Subway Cinema, the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to the celebration and exhibition of Asian pop cinema, has just announced the full program of this year’s Old School Kung-Fu Fest with a deadly theme: NINJAS.

From April 16 to April 19 at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City, you can check out a slew of old school ninja movies from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s! Best of all, most of the films will be screened in beautiful 35mm prints!

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From the press release:

New York, NY, March 24, 2015 – The Old School Kung Fu Fest, a four-day celebration of the rarest, wildest, and most incredible martial arts and action cinema from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s is back at the Anthology Film Archives for its 5th edition, which is dedicated to the deadliest fighter of them all…the ninja!

 

Since the dawn of time, man’s natural predator has been the ninja. Hiding in your shower, crouching behind your laptop, clinging to your back — the ninja is everywhere. What killed the dinosaurs? Ninja. What battles great white shark? Ninja. Who is buying flowers for your mom? Probably ninja. But ninja is not vampire! Ninja can be filmed! This year’s Old School Kung Fu Fest examines this crazy natural phenomena of ninja with 14 movies that show you this sneaky fighter in the only place where he cannot shoot throwing stars into your eyes: on the movie screen!

 

There are serious black-and-white ninjas in the original ninja films Shinobi No MonoParts 1 & 2 (1962 and 1963), super-noir ninjas in 1965’s Samurai Spy, party-colored crazy ninjas from the go-go 80s likeAmerican Ninja 1 & 2 and then be entered, revenged, and dominated by Cannon’s essential ninja trilogy: Enter the Ninja,Revenge of the Ninja, and Ninja III: The Domination. Watch brave Chinese people fight ninjas with their guts in Shaw Brothers movies like Five Element Ninjas! See ninjas fly on kites in Duel to the Death! You must see all the ninjas! Because to fight ninja, first you must understand ninja.

Forgive my French, but this is so fucking awesome. I am so there, so if any New York Geekscapists want to check this out with me, reach out to me on Twitter or on our Facebook.

You can check out the entire program here, but I’ve highlighted a few select choices below.

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ENTER THE NINJA (1981, USA, 100min, 35mm) Directed by Menahem Golan

Starring: Franco Nero, Susan George, Sho Kosugi, Christopher George.

This landmark Cannon Films production launched the ninja craze of the ‘80s and revitalized the martial arts film in America after it died in 1973 with Bruce Lee. When 20th Century Fox announced they were shooting a $20 million adaptation of best-selling novel, The Ninja, Cannon flipped out and bought their very own ninja script from martial artist Mike Stone and rushed this movie into production. Starring Frano Nero (the original Django) as a white ninja with a thick Maurizio Merli mustache, it’s shot in the Philippines where Nero helps an old buddy (and his old buddy’s hot girlfriend, Susan “Straw Dogs” George) take on evil real estate developer, Mr. Venarius (Christopher George). Only a ninja can defeat a ninja, so the bad guys hire Sho Kosugi, who got his start as an extra on this film before his martial arts abilities earned him the role of the evil ninja. Showtimes: Thu, April 16 at 6:15pm.

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REVENGE OF THE NINJA (1983, USA, 90min, Digital projection) Directed by Sam Firstenberg

Starring: Sho Kosugi, Keith Vitali, Virgil Frye.

Cannon followed the box office success of Enter the Ninja with Revenge of the Ninja, the first American movie to give an Asian actor sole star billing (even Bruce Lee had to share billing with his co-stars in Enter the Dragon). Sho Kosugi (a ninja!) returns home from an afternoon stroll to find his family massacred by evil ninjas. With his mother and infant son in tow he flees Japan for Los Angeles, vowing to forsake the ninja life forever. With the help of his friend and business partner, Keith Vitali (a karate legend who fought onscreen in several 80s Hong Kong movies), he opens an art gallery, specializing in fancy Japanese dolls. What Sho doesn’t know is that his friend is actually an evil ninja who wears a silver demon mask and is smuggling heroin into the country inside the dolls! Sho is just trying to raise his ninja son (played by his real-life son, Kane Kosugi), but now he has to deal with a grindhouse full of dead bodies, fountains of blood, cheap 80s sex scenes, mafia stereotypes, and dueling ninjas!

Showtimes: Fri, April 17 at 6:00pm.

FIVE ELEMENT NINJAS, aka CHINESE SUPER NINJAS五遁忍術 (1982, Hong Kong, 103 minutes, 35mm, in Mandarin with English subtitles) Directed by Chang Cheh

Starring: Ricky Cheng Tien Chi, Lo Meng, Lung Tien-chiang

In the 80s, Shaw Brothers was losing audiences to TV, so it unleashed Chang Cheh (The One-Armed Swordsman, Five Deadly Venoms) to direct his most insane movie ever. A Chinese martial arts clan is fighting everyone and winning but then they fight ninjas. Ninjas who know Five Element Formation! So secret! So deadly! The only survivor learns that in order to beat ninja…he must become ninja! Ninja fights using Gold Powers, Wood Powers, Water Powers, Earth Powers, Fire Powers! Chinese martial artist fights using Hitting Ninjas in Face Power! Trees bleed. Crotches are stabbed. Guts are extracted. Every second of this movie is high-octane man-against-ninja action and it does not end until every inch of the screen is covered in dead ninja. Screening will be introduced by Dan Halsted, who will tell the story of how he unearthed a massive collection of extremely rare 35mm kung fu films in 2009, which included the print of Five Element Ninjas.  Showtimes: Sat, April 18 at 5:00pm.

Presented with the Hong Kong the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York.

SEVENTEEN NINJA (1963, Japan, 98min, 35mm, in Japanese with live English subtitles) Directed by Yasuto Hasegawa

Cast: Kotaro Satomi, Jushiro Konoe, Yuriko Mishima, Ryutaro Otomo.

Toei’s star-studded response to Daiei’s hugely successful 1960s franchise, Shinobi No Mono, this nocturnal, cynical game of chess between two master manipulators is an amazing and underseen ninja movie that we’re presenting with live subtitles since no English-subtitled version exists. As the ruling Shogun lies on his death futon, seventeen Iga clan ninja are trusted by theirmaster with an impossible mission: to infiltrate the impregnable fortress where his youngest son plans to take both Edo Castle and the supreme power by force. They have two options: to steal the scroll that will grant legitimacy to the usurper’s claim, or to assassinate him. Before they can even reach the stronghold, a vicious ninja hunter thwarts their every move. As the Iga ninja fall, the success of the mission falls in the hands of one young and inexperienced ninja. Showtimes: Sun, April 19 at 1:00pm.   

Note: Seventeen Ninja is a super hardcore rarity that very, very few human beings have watched!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (1990, USA/Hong Kong, 93min, 35mm) Directed by Steve Barron

Starring: Judith Hoag, Corey Feldman, Elias Koteas, Sam Rockwell

For years Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael have lived deep in the sewers of New York, learning the art of ninjitsu from their mentor, Splinter… ok, we all know the story by now about our favorite pizza-eating humanoid turtles, but the best way to forget about Michael Bay’s lazy and tedious franchise reboot is to come appreciate the first, and still the best, version. Produced by Hong Kong’s Golden Harvest studios (home of Jackie Chan), with the Turtles lovingly brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, edited by Sally Menke (the editor of every single Quentin Tarantino movie before her untimely death in 2010), and with a theme song by MC Hammer, it’s lean, green, and on the big screen – a CGI-free dose of ninja turtle power! Showtimes: Sun, April 19 at 3:15pm.

There are loads of history to be experienced in the full program, but I highlighted some that I’ll fight tooth and nail to attend. Yes, even Ninja Turtles, which has more merit than one would assume.

I’m so excited, and I am all about Subway Cinema. To celebrate bizarre cinema is my Kool-Aid, and I jumped for joy when this came in my email. From Sho Kosugi to Five Element Ninjas, a staple amongst my cousins and I growing up, I can’t wait for the festival to start. I’ll see you there. Ninja wanisu! [vanishes in thin air, reappears right in front of a moving truck]

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‘God Of War III’ Is Coming To PS4! http://www.geekscape.net/god-of-war-iii-is-coming-to-ps4 http://www.geekscape.net/god-of-war-iii-is-coming-to-ps4#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 02:50:44 +0000 http://www.geekscape.net/?p=86172 Briefly: People joke that the libraries of the PS4 and Xbox One are nothing but HD rereleases at this point, and amidst big name delay after big name delay, it’s really starting to feel like that’s true.

So shortly after what is arguably the PS4’s most anticipated title, Uncharted 4, was pushed back to 2016, Sony revealed that God of War III will hit its newest console this Summer.

The game looks pretty gorgeous in full 1080p, and is targeting 60FPS, but at this point I’m kinda sick of HD rereleases. Sony notes that “This action packed thrill ride of a game will take series newcomers and regulars alike on a retina-popping thrill ride filled to the absolute brim with 1080p gameplay, silky smooth combat, earth-shaking weapons, bosses you simply have to face to believe, and an all-new new photo mode so you can share those most tender of God of War moments, like stabbing a Minotaur in the frickin face, with your friends and loved ones.”

God of War III Remastered will hit the PS4 on July 14th. Take a look at a coupe of screenshots below, and let us know if you’re excited for this, or if you’d rather play some new games instead.

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