It’s that time again where I throw a bunch of links at you and you must click them all, Pokemon! Also some news bits that didn’t make the cut into getting their own posts dues to lazines— I mean, because I was busy. Yeah, that’s the ticket! So let’s get on with it!!!
**Film Dick battles The Slayer!
**FourDK goes on The Savage Hunt of King Stakh!
**Pre-Code takes a Hot Saturday!
**The Cultural Gutter ponders Catharsis Denied: when fiery doom is an anti-climax!
**Xsmarkthespot clues us in to Notable Canadian films of the 1970’s!
**Turban Decay discusses The Visitor!
**Pulp Curry turns the pages of Wake in Fright!
**Permission To Kill discusses Lee – the man (Lee Marvin) and the anthology that he inspired!
**Goodbye Like A Bullet tells us The Way of the Yakuza!
**Why is The Adventures of Mighty Bug not playing anywhere near me???!?!
**Names are attached to the big screen version of Divergent, yet another Young Adult Dystopian Future novel turned film. Shailene Woodley is already attached to star, and now Maggie Q, Zoe Kravitz and Ansel Elgort are attached. In this Young Adult Dystopian Future, society is divided into factions based on traits like bravery. Basically the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter became Evil Overlord. So, of course, there is a love story between factions and rebellions and all that junk. Neil Burger is directing.
**Horrible Bosses 2 is on the way. Perhaps this go-around will have something funny beyond Motherfucker Jones? Speaking of which, Motherfucker Jones is not yet confirmed as returning, but he better be!
**Here is a 12 minute proof of concept short for Land of Giants, a steampunk martial arts film starring Mathis Landwehr. It’s another “make a short film to get funding to make a real film” film:
After the storm reduced our world to ruins, the Giants came to us, to punish those who would ever again lay their hands on the magic called “Electricity”.
A long time ago Crutch (Mathis Landwehr) challenged the Giants’ anger. His destroyed knee won’t let him forget the day, they took everything from him. So he ventured out to hunt and kill them.
**Debug is a future-set scifi thriller where six computer hackers sent to debug old computers on an abandoned space freighter must battle an AI that’s gone loopy. Killer loopy. Jeananne Goossen, Jason Momoa, Adam Butcher, Kjartan Hewitt, Sidney Leeder, Jaydn Wong, and Adrian Holmes. David Hewlett directs and Debug is due out in 2014.
**If you want to see some production photos of Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, click away!
**People in China are freaking out because former Category III star Diana Pang Dan (Erotic Ghost Story – Perfect Match and Rape Trap) is going to become a politician. Of course, America would freak out as well.
**If you thought Jack the Giant Slayer sucked, maybe you will like Asylum’s Jack the Giant Killer, where the giants are actual monsters! Jane March and Ben Cross star. Mark Atkins writes and directs.
**Wreck-It Ralph presents “Garlan Hulse: Where Potential Lives”
**Disney thinks the world needs yet another live-action Beauty and the Beast movie. Right, Beastly?
Disney is calling this film The Beast, and considering the subject matter of Trance–an art auctioneer is pummeled so badly by his criminal cohorts that a hypnotherapist is needed to coax out the memories of where he hid a priceless painting–indicates that this revisionist take on Beauty and the Beast could be a bit on the dark side.
No word on who will play Hank McCoy.
**Actress Charlie Yeung Choi-Nei has moved into writing/directing with the upcoming film Christmas Rose (聖誕玫瑰). Yeung spent five years writing the legal thriller, the film is about a sexual harassment case that quickly balloons out of control. Aaron Kwok is a former defense attorney turned prosecutor who helps handicapped piano teacher Jing (Kwai Lun Mei) sue her doctor Zhou (Chang Chen) for harassing her during a checkup. But Zhou is a respected physician and his defense attorney is Aaron Kwok’s replacement at his old firm. The trailer is here
**Giant camel bones belonging to a species of Paracamelus have been found in Northern Canada, the bones being identified due to collagen fingerprinting the collagen on the bones. The size of the bones show the species was 30% bigger than modern camels. Paracamelus is a type of ancient dromedary (one hump.) This is the first evidence of a High Arctic camel, though scientists have long suspected that camels had trades associated with arctic adaptation.
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via Charlie Powell
Until next time!!!
Categories: Dinosaurs and other extinct, Movie News, Science Tags: Adam Butcher, Asylum, Charlie Yeung Choi-Nei, David Hewlett, Debug, Diana Pang Dan, Disney, Divergent, Horrible Bosses, Jason Momoa, Jaydn Wong, Jeananne Goossen, Kjartan Hewitt, Land of Giants, Maggie Q, Mark Atkins, Mathis Landwehr, Paracamelus, Rina Takeda, Shailene Woodley, Sidney Leeder
aka Chao ji xue xiao ba wang
Directed by Wong Jing
They’re cops from the future, FUTURE COPS! Actually, these future cops look a lot like characters from Street Fighter 2, because they are! This is a film loosely based on the manga adaptation of Street Fighter, and great liberties were taken with some of the characters and the story. Granted, this is a Wong Jing film (writer of Naked Weapon, director of My Kung Fu Sweetheart) so it will be pretty silly regardless. Street Fighter characters would return again in Wong Jing’s City Hunter, based on a different manga and starring Jackie Chan, who becomes Chun Li at one point there. For this encounter, I went to help from others to organize just who is who in the movie, as I was not a big player of Street Fighter games. Mortal Kombat, yes. So besides a vague knowledge that some creepy guys are obsessed with Chun Li and her high kicks in skirts, I knew little to nothing about the characters before beginning. Thanks to my girlfriend and Wikipedia, I was able to piece together most of the characters. Wong Jing took many liberties, including changing most of the names, flipping people from hero to villain and vice versa, and throwing in a few random things just because he’s Wong Jing. There is also a parade of famous Hong Kong celebrities, too many to list in this paragraph, we will deal with them in the lengthy Roll Call section. This would be like taking the Oceans 11 casts and putting them in a Super Smash Brothers movie. Future Cops is full of wild action, crazy stunts, and zany antics. And it is a whole lot of fun! So sit right back and prepare, this video game don’t need extra quarters or furious button smashing, it is on autopilot!
The Future Cops:
The villains (Future Rascals):
The People of 1993:
Categories: Bad, Movie Reviews Tags: Aaron Kwok Fu-Sing, Andy Hui Chi-On, Andy Lau Tak-Wah, Billy Chow Bei-Lei, Charlie Yeung Choi-Nei, Chingmy Yau Suk-Ching, Dicky Cheung Wai-Kin, Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin, Hong Kong, Jacky Cheung Hok-Yau, Ken Lo Wai-Kwong, King-Tan Yuen, Richard Ng Yiu-Hon, Simon Yam Tat-Wah, video game movies, William Tuan Wai Lun, Winnie Lau Siu-Wai, Wong Jing
Karen Mok is in this movie! Sure, some other things happened, but I wasn’t paying much attention to that, as Karen Mok is in this movie! Karen Mok makes anything better. Even movies like this, that come off like a pilot of a TV cop show. It also manages to be a romantic comedy when it’s not being an action comedy or police drama. This movie is a Jackson Pollock-type splattering of genres. The jumping into the lives of the minor characters (such as Karen Mok!) add to the film, and keep it from being another forgettable Hong Kong cop movie. There are a lot of those, but don’t ask me for examples, as I’ve forgotten them all! (I bet now you wish I’d forgot stupid jokes like that. One day, one day…)