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I Would Do Anything For Love: A Review of Trent Haaga’s “68 Kill”

I Would Do Anything For Love: A Review of Trent Haaga’s “68 Kill”

We’ve all been there before; “happily” in a relationship with someone that we couldn’t imagine being with in our wildest dreams. The other person seems to be completely out of your league and you’re willing to do anything in the world to please them. You justifiably believe that you’re “in love”, and you get put down every second of every day. You’re this person’s puppy dog. You’ll do anything this person asks and once in a while she, or he, will throw you a bone. Well what happens when that person takes things a little too far and asks you to do the unthinkable? Well, when this concept is in the hands of Trent Haaga, hilarity and excellence ensues.

Trent Haaga is one of my all-time favorite “creative people” in terms of the film world. I say creative people because he’s done it all. He’s written some of the craziest, yet fantastic, films in the genre world, such as Cheap Thrills and Deadgirl. He took a horror icon to another level when he took over the title role in Killjoy 2. And, I’ll never quite forget the first time I saw him in Terror Firmer as the lovable, Jerry. If you can’t tell, I’m a fan. From his horror work to his game work, and even his Lifetime films, I always tend to enjoy Haaga’s creative mind and what he brings to the table. As soon as I found out that he was hopping into the director’s chair a second time, firstly being with his former Troma pal Will Keenan for Chop, I was ecstatic. I can definitely say, I was not disappointed.

The film stars Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds) as Chip, a lovable everyman who just wants to make an honest living and provide a decent life for his gorgeous girlfriend, Liza, played by AnnaLynne McCord. Right off the bat Haaga shows us the dynamic of the relationship. Chip is head over heels in love with this girl who honestly cares very little for anyone but herself. Honestly, I know I’m looking deep into what many may consider a “grindhouse” flick but I related more to Chip than any other character in the past few years. I was in a relationship like this for almost 5 years. I saw myself in Chip and that’s when I knew I was 100% along for the ride.

While Chip does his best to make an honestly living, the majority of the money made to sustain their living situation comes from Liza. She supplements their income with a sugar daddy, who makes the mistake of revealing to her the amount of money he really has. Liza presents Chip with the brilliant idea of taking the cash and running away, together forever. While hesitant at first, Chip agrees to go along with the plan as long as no one gets hurt. What happens next is a whirlwind of blood, death, and laughs!

68 Kill’s strength lies in the fact that it refuses to stay tied down. While many would agree that overall there is a dark comedic tone, there’s also a genuinely fantastic mashup of horror, action, and even a bit of 70’s exploitation thrown in. The movie is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before and I attribute that to Haaga’s experience with Troma and beyond. He pulls aspects of almost everything he’s worked on and applies it here. I haven’t had the chance to read the original novel by Bryan Smith, but I can only assume it was done justice by the film. My only criticism with the film is that I wish it had been about 15-20 minutes longer. There is a portion in the middle of the film that takes place at a motel. Without giving too much away, I wish this was explored a little bit further.

Let’s talk cast! Matthew Gray Gubler and AnnaLynne McCord have fantastic chemistry as leading “less than dynamic” duo. Gubler is phenomenal as Chip. He didn’t allow Chip to become pathetic, a task that is easier said than done. McCord is fantastic too as she gave her character just enough of a bitchy edge to make us dislike her without being annoyed. Rounding out the main cast would be the excellent Alisha Boe as Violet. Avoiding spoilers, Violet stumbles upon the couple as they’re breaking in to steal the money. She another dimension to the journey that Chip is on, and that’s what this film is all about, the journey.

Honestly, that’s all I can get into while avoiding spoilers. When the film hits Bluray/DVD I would love to give a more in depth review discussing plot points and such. IFC Midnight is killing it in the independent distribution game. Earlier this year they put out one of my favorite films, The Devil’s Candy and this is right up there with that. This is a serious contender for one of my top 5 films of the year. Trent Haaga continues to impress me with his contributions to the world of “genre film”. From the outside this film looks like another movie trying to cash in on the horror audience’s nostalgic need for “grindhouse films”. On the inside, this is a touching movie about a guy trying to truly find himself in the madness that is happening around him. But don’t get me wrong, the kills are excellent!

68 Kill comes to iTunes, Amazon Video, and all other VOD outlets on 8/4/17. It is also available on cable On Demand (XFINITY; Spectrum or your local carrier) and in select theaters in NYC and L.A.

About The Writer: 
Dylan Lyles Staff Writer
The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of cinema, pro wrestling, horror, vinyl, and comic books. Bursting from the womb in 1992, Dylan’s surrounded himself with all things geek culture. Earliest memories include Wrestlemania 11, ‘The Death of Superman,’ and Jason popping out of the water. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you!
Twitter: @thedylanlyles

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‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ Returns To The Big Screen For 35th Anniversary Celebration!

‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ Returns To The Big Screen For 35th Anniversary Celebration!

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” the epic science-fiction adventure that continues to captivate audiences, marks its 35th anniversary with a two-day-only return to cinemas nationwide. “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” will be presented in a digitally remastered Director’s Cut and, as an added bonus for Star Trek and movie fans, William Shatner will appear in a newly produced in-depth interview that will play before each screening.

Fathom Events and Paramount Pictures will present “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”on Sunday, September 10, and Wednesday, September 13, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time each day.

Tickets for “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 35th Anniversary” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Moviegoers throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy this event in more than 600 select movie theaters. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“Making Star Trek II seems like only yesterday,” Shatner said. “Even back then, we knew we were creating something really special, and to have The Wrath of Khan back on the big screen 35 years later is a wonderful testament both to the film itself and to the incredible passion of Star Trek fans.”

Director Nicholas Meyer’s “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” was a box-office hit upon its release – the sixth highest-grossing film of 1982 – and continues to be revered and quoted by fans. The film, a continuation of the original Star Trek series episode “The Space Seed,” finds longtime Starfleet nemesis Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Montalban) alive and well, marooned on a seemingly lifeless planet. When he’s discovered by Chekov (Walter Koenig), Khan will stop at nothing to exact revenge against the man who exiled him on the barren world: Admiral James T. Kirk.

Kirk must lead his loyal crew – including Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Bones (DeForest Kelley), Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Sulu (George Takei), Scotty (James Doohan) – and an unprepared group of trainees led by half-human, half-Klingon Lt. Saavik (Kirstie Alley) in a race against time to stop Khan from deploying a device that threatens the entire universe. Bibi Besch, Paul Winfield and Merritt Butrick also star in the film, which features an unforgettable musical score by the late James Horner. The Director’s Cut of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” is currently available on Blu-ray, with more than two hours of in-depth bonus features.

Star Trek II holds a special place in the hearts of Star Trek fans,” Tom Lucas, Fathom Events VP of Studio Relations, said. “Fathom is proud to work with Paramount Pictures to present it again on the big screen, with all of its excitement, action, drama and emotion.”

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Justin Kelly’s ‘King Cobra’ Thriller To Hit Blu-ray On February 14th, 2017!

Justin Kelly’s ‘King Cobra’ Thriller To Hit Blu-ray On February 14th, 2017!

‘King Cobra’

Based on a stranger-than-fiction true story, King Cobra is a deliciously dark, twisted plunge into the behind-the-scenes world of the pornography industry. Making its Blu-ray and DVD debut on February 14th, 2017 from Shout! Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight, King Cobra also includes an audio commentary with director and co-writer Justin Kelly, outtakes from the film and the theatrical trailer as bonus features. Fans of this debauched thriller can pre-order their copies now at ShoutFactory.com.  

It’s 2006, YouTube is in its infancy, and internet porn is still behind a paywall. Taking the stage name Brent Corrigan, a fresh-faced, wannabe adult video performer (Garrett Clayton) is molded into a star by Stephen (Christian Slater, Mr. Robot), a closeted gay porn mogul who runs the skin flick empire Cobra Video from his seemingly ordinary suburban home. But as Brent’s rise and demands for more money put him at odds with his boss, he also attracts the attention of a rival producer (James Franco) and his unstable lover (Keegan Allen) who will stop at nothing to squash Cobra Video and steal its number one star. Co-starring Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald, King Cobra is part delirious tabloid-shocker satire, part American tragedy.

King Cobra Bonus Features

  • Audio Commentary with director and co-writer Justin Kelly
  • Outtakes
  • Theatrical Trailer

About IFC MIDNIGHT

Established in 2010 and based in New York City, IFC Midnight is a leading U.S. distributor of genre entertainment including horror, science-fiction, thrillers, erotic art house, action and more. IFC Midnight’s films include Jennifer Kent’s critically acclaimed THE BABADOOK; Can Evrenol’s gore-filled surrealist tale BASKIN, Corin Hardy’s Irish creature feature THE HALLOW, Adam MacDonald’s wilderness thriller BACKCOUNTRY; Ben Wheatley’s unconventional hitman thriller KILL LIST and Franck Khalfoun’s slasher movie MANIAC. IFC Midnight is a sister label to Sundance Selects and IFC Films, and is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. Visit IFCMidnight.com

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s entertainment offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast entertainment distribution network which delivers culturally relevant programming, movie and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America and across multiple platforms. Shout! Factory owns and operates Shout! Factory Productions, Scream Factory, Shout! Factory Kids, Shout! Factory Films, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Timeless Media Group and Shout! Factory TV. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Los Angeles, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com.

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Teaser Trailer For ‘Valerian And The City A Thousand Planets’ Starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne Debuts

Teaser Trailer For ‘Valerian And The City A Thousand Planets’ Starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne Debuts

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Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga. Check out the synopsis and trailer below!

Synopsis: Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

‘Valerian And The City A Thousand Planets’ hits theaters on July 21st, 2017.

Learn more about ‘Valerian And The City A Thousand Planets’ on:

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Blu-ray Review: Olive Films Unleashes The “American Ninja” Collection!

Blu-ray Review: Olive Films Unleashes The “American Ninja” Collection!

This week Jeremy is back to review “American Ninja,” “American Ninja 2: The Confrontation,” “American ninja 3: Blood Hunt,” and “American Ninja : The Annihilation” newly on Blu-Ray from the fine folks over at Olive Films. But first, let’s take a look at what these action packed classics are all about.

The adventure begins!

The adventure begins!

“American Ninja” (Blu-Ray)
Directed by: Sam Firstenberg

The first film in the successful martial arts franchise, American Ninja stars Michael Dudikoff as Joe Armstrong, a one-man ninjitsu fighting machine. Serving in the army to avoid a prison sentence, Joe will find himself battling the deadly ninjas of the Black Star Order, as well as corrupt military leaders in order to bring down an illegal arms sales conspiracy.

Joining in on the adventure is Joe’s comrade-in-arms Curtis Jackson (Steve James, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka) and Patricia Hickock (Judie Aronson, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), the daughter of Joe’s commanding officer Colonel William Hickock (Guich Koock, North Dallas Forty).

American Ninja is directed by Sam Firstenberg (Avenging Force) from a screenplay by Paul De Mielche (based on a story by Gideon Amir and Avi Kleinberger) and produced by Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan.

Buy American Ninja from Olive films – Click here!

Epic action!

Epic action!

“American Ninja 2: The Confrontation” (Blu-Ray)
Directed by: Sam Firstenberg

Michael Dudikoff is back in action as Joe Armstrong in American Ninja 2: The Confrontation, the sequel to the highly successful martial arts extravaganza American Ninja.

Joining Joe is Curtis Jackson (a returning Steve James, American Ninja) who, like Joe, is promoted to the Army Rangers and sent on a mission to the Caribbean in search of missing Marines. Quicker than you can say déjà vu, Joe and Curtis are battling scientifically-engineered Super Ninjas in an attempt to bring down a dreaded drug lord known as The Lion (Gary Conway, Once is Not Enough).

American Ninja, directed by Sam Firstenberg (American Ninja) from a screenplay by Gary Conway and James Booth (from a story by Conway based on the characters created by Gideon Amir and Avi Kleinberger), is produced by Yoram Globus and Menahem Golan.

Buy American Ninja 2: The Confrontation from Olive Films – Click Here!

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An exciting new chapter!

“American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt” (Blu-Ray)
Directed by: Cedric Sundstrom

Martial artist David Bradley (Cyborg Cop) takes the reins as Sean Davidson in this third installment of the American Ninja franchise, teaming up with the returning Steve James (American Ninja and American Ninja 2: The Confrontation) in yet another explosive action-packed adventure, American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt.

With the aid of Curtis Jackson (James), Davidson battles “The Cobra” (played to the hilt by Marjoe Gortner, Earthquake), a maniacal terrorist experimenting with biological warfare and an army of genetically-cloned ninjas led by Chan Lee (Michele Chan, TV’s Danger Bay).

American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt is directed by Cedric Sundstrom (Captive Rage) from a screenplay by Gary Conway based on the characters created by Gideon Amir and Avi Kleinberger.

Buy American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt from Olive Films – Click Here!

Dudikoff returns!

Dudikoff returns!

“American Ninja 4: The Annihilation” (Blu-Ray)
Directed by: Cedric Sundstrom

American Ninja star Michael Dudikoff returns for the fourth installment in the popular action series, American Ninja 4: The Annihilation. Teamed with CIA operative Sean Davidson (martial artist David Bradley, American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt), Joe Armstrong (Dudikoff) is out to help foil the plans of Mulgrew (James Booth, The Breed), a terrorist hell-bent on annihilating New York City.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation, directed by Cedric Sundstrom (American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt) from a screenplay by David Geeves based on the characters created by Gideon Amir and Avi Kleinberger, is produced by Christopher Pearce.

Buy American Ninja 4: The Annihilation from Olive Films – Click Here!

THE REVIEW: Caught up? Great! Now I’d like to start by saying each disc looks and sounds fantastic! “American Ninja” and “American Ninja 2: The Confrontation” feature audio commentaries with director Sam Firstenberg and bonus content producer Elijah Drenner, along with well produced featurettes covering the making of. Olive Films also throws the trailer on each disc to complete the extras with some fun nostalgia goodness. “American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt,” and “American Ninja 4: The Annihilation” are also given their own featurettes featuring interviews with cast and crew, as well as the trailers, but do not come with audio commentary.

Now that we got the technical aspects out of the way, we can get into the real meat of these films: 80S ACTION GOODNESS! When it comes to the 80s Action genre, Cannon was in a league of their own. Where the big studios would hitch their wagon to one or two stars, mini majors, such as Cannon, believed in quantity over quality. The “American Ninja” series is packed full of action, stars you may or may not have heard of, and plots that force the viewer to leave any expectations of a film rooted in reality at the door. And I love it!

Michael Dudikoff stars in the first two “American Ninja” films before stepping aside to let David Bradley take a swing at the plate in “Blood Hunt.” Dudikoff of course returns to save the day in the third sequel when all hope has seemingly gone out the window for Bradley’s Sean Davidson. Dudikoff is something special in these films, folks. A rich man’s Thom Mathews, Dudikoff has hot surfer looks with the personality of a dead gold fish, but it works for the haunted character of Joe Armstrong. He’s seen some shit. And it lives in his dead eye stare.

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David Bradley’s Sean Davidson was fine in “Blood Hunt” and “The Annihilation,” but something felt like it was missing. A gifted martial artist, but when it came to acting, for me, much was left to be desired. Thank god these movies aren’t supposed to make you feel anything outside of wishing you could roundhouse a ninja in the face.

Of course Dudikoff and Bradley aren’t left holding the bag on their own, along for the ride in the first three of the “American Ninja” flicks is Steve James playing Cpl. Curtis Jackson. Steve James is not only the muscle in these flicks, he is also where the films anchor for me. James, also a gifted fighter in real life, also has a pair of acting chops that would fill the appetite of the heaviest buffet customers. Dudikoff and James make a wonderful pair of buddies in “The Confrontation” in particular. Steve James has said in the past that that might have something to do with the fact that they did not get along very well on the first film, but made peace during the sequel. Fun fact courtesy of IMDb trivia.

THE VERDICT: If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate a national holiday, a three day weekend, or your son’s (daughter’s) tenth birthday, head over to Olive Films and grab the “American Ninja” flicks, folks. A series full of so much action, Jason Price of Icon vs. Icon would watch it twice.

Jeremy Morrison – Staff Writer
Co-creator/host of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, film reviewer, screenwriter, Jeremy has more than eight years experience in television and film production. His childhood fascination with the naked breasts featured in the “Friday the 13th” franchise prepared him for absolutely nothing in life. J-Mo lives by one motto: #wecantallbezacksnyder
Twitter: @acidpopcult
IG: @almostgothim

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‘Mad Max High Octane Collection’ Announced With Long-Awaited Black & Chrome Edition!

‘Mad Max High Octane Collection’ Announced With Long-Awaited Black & Chrome Edition!

mad-max-2016-1Mad Max fans will have something to put atop their holiday gift lists with the Mad Max High Octane Collection, debuting December 6 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE). All four films from visionary director George Miller’s blockbuster sci-fi franchise — Mad Max (1979); Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981); Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985); and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)now with Tom Hardy as Max Rockatansky — are together in one collection.

The Mad Max High Octane Collection is available to own in both Blu-ray ($79.99 SRP) and DVD ($54.97 SRP) versions. Both collections include the four films and five hours of bonus content, including the visually stunning Mad Max: Fury Road “Black & Chrome” Edition. The Blu-ray collection will also include a 4K-Ultra HD version and a UV Digital Copy of Mad Max: Fury Road.

The Mad Max: Fury Road “Black & Chrome Edition” will also be available on Blu-ray ($29.98 SRP) in a two film collection including the theatrical version of the film and a special introduction by George Miller describing his vision.

High Octane Collection Special Features and Additions:

  • NEW! *Fury Road “Black & Chrome” Edition – Witness the surreal black and white version of mastermind George Miller’s Fury Road.
  • NEW! *George Miller Introduction to the Mad Max Fury Road: Black and Chrome Edition – Special introductory piece by George Miller describing his vision.
  • NEW! Road War – In 1982, the world was blindsided by George Miller’s masterpiece of apocalyptic destruction: The Road Warrior.  For the first time ever George Miller, Terry Hayes and star Mel Gibson tell the story of the car-crushing production that redefined action cinema forever.  
  • Madness of Max– The previously released Mad Max (1979) documentary is a feature-length documentary on the making of arguably the most influential movie of the past thirty years. With over forty cast-and-crew interviews, hundreds of behind-the-scenes photographs and never-before-seen film footage of the shoot, this is, without a doubt, the last word on Mad Max (1979). Interviews include: George Miller, Byron Kennedy, Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Roger Ward, Joanne Samuel, David Eggby, Jon Dowding and many more. From the Producers to the Bike Designers to the Traffic Stoppers, this is the story of how Mad Max was made.

Mad Max: Fury Road Two Film Collection

Special Features and Additions:

  • NEW!*George Miller Introduction to the Mad Max Fury Road: Black and Chrome Edition – Special introductory piece by George Miller describing his vision.

 

About The Films

Mad Max (1979)
George Miller’s first entry in the trilogy, Mad Max packs brutal action and insane stunts as it follows the inevitable downfall of relentless cop Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson) in a world gone mad. Living on the edge of an apocalypse, Max is ready to run far away from it all with his family. But when he experiences an unfortunate encounter with a motorcycle gang and its menacing leader, the Toecutter, his retreat from the madness of the world is now a race to save his family’s life.

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1982)
The sequel to Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior provides action-packed “automotive” entertainment, telling the story of a selfish-turned-selfless hero and his efforts to protect a small camp of desert survivors and defend an oil refinery under siege from a ferocious marauding horde that plunders the land for gasoline.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
Mel Gibson returns for his third go-round as the title hero who takes on the barbarians of the post-nuclear future – and this time becomes the savior of a tribe of lost children. Music superstar Tina Turner co-stars as Aunty Entity, a power-mad dominatrix determined to use Max to tighten her stranglehold on Bartertown, where fresh water, clean food and gasoline are worth more than gold.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max (Tom Hardy) believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

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MECHANIC: RESURRECTION – First Trailer And Teaser Poster Revealed!

MECHANIC: RESURRECTION – First Trailer And Teaser Poster Revealed!

Check out the new trailer and teaser poster for the upcoming Jason Statham action thriller MECHANIC: RESURRECTION. In the high energy action flick, Statham stars alongside Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Yeoh in the action-packed sequel. MECHANIC: RESURRECTION hits theaters August 26!

Synopsis: Arthur Bishop [Jason Statham] returns as the Mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 action thriller. When the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman [Jessica Alba] force him to return to the life he left behind, Bishop’s life is once again in danger as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.

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We Watched ‘Deadpool’ — A He Said, She Said Review of America’s Favorite Date Movie

We Watched ‘Deadpool’ — A He Said, She Said Review of America’s Favorite Date Movie

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Icon Vs. Icon’s husband and wife team, Delores and Hank Price, Jr., are back in the mix this week with a brand new Pick of The Week. Check out their takes on the hottest date movie in America, ‘Deadpool.’ If are picking up what they are putting down or can smell what there are stepping in, follow the online ramblings of the dynamic duo on Twitter at @deloresprice80 and @thehenrypricejr.

She said: We watched “Deadpool” recently. Before firing up the 108-minute film, I knew people had their panties in a twist over the Marvel superhero. Hank explained some background information and I kind of remember what he said – Deadpool was in a movie or something but his character wasn’t portrayed well. He’s different from other superheroes because he’s a dirty birdy and not quite a good guy. So, I refilled my wine glass and we dove in for my first viewing and Hank’s second.

Ryan Reynolds is not the Green Lantern, he is Deadpool, a gross-faced, darker Van Wilder. Like if Van Wilder got his shit together and joined the military after college then became a mercenary but stayed snarky and raunchy. His face looks like a burnt Ferengi without the Elephant Man features. He has accelerated healing powers but can’t heal his crispy KFC skin.

'Dead pool' is for lovers.

‘Deadpool’ is for lovers.

The movie is over-the-top and ridiculous, but it seems like that’s the point. Before becoming Deadpool, Wade Wilson has a hot-to-trot but tough-as-nails girlfriend, played by Morena Baccarin. It’s all lovey dovey and jacking stalkers until he finds out he has terminal cancer – he collapses after proposing to his lady love. Wade is approached by a mystery man from a mystery corporation who says he can cure his cancer. He leaves his lady and lets them go to town on his body – I guess if you have nothing to lose then why not? Cue Ajax and Angel Dust – not names of meth heads or characters in “Twisted Metal” but actually artificially-mutated bad guys.

So, long story short Wade mutates and has super powers but looks like a pasty-white girl who fell asleep on the beach all afternoon drunk off Malibu. Ajax says he has the cure (I always thought Robert Smith did), Wade believes him because why not? Ajax injures him and leaves but Wade just ain’t gonna go out like no punk.
He won’t face his woman because his face looks like a pizza. I told Hank if he ever gets disfigured, I will always love him. Please just come to me with your fugly, face of nightmares.

So, Wade’s gonna find himself some Ajax. With help from his friend Weasel (T. J. Miller), who is a bartender to mercenaries, Wade becomes Deadpool, wears an intricate, masked wet suit and starts tearing shit up looking for the dish soap man. He also lives with a horny old blind woman named Blind Al. Then a whole bunch of other stuff happens – if you’re still with me and haven’t watched the movie then watch it and find out for yourself. This ain’t Wikipedia.

Deadpool is the ridiculous, anti-hero X-Man, the one who embarasses Colossus (a big, shiny, weirder, sterling silver goodie two-shoes T-1000) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (whatever the hell that means because she’s definitely an emo Sinead O’Connor), who want him to join their little team. Deadpool is a nice change of pace for the other superheroes I’ve seen in films or heard Hank talk about with his cohorts.

If you are really into comic books and/or all this superhero stuff, I understand why you’re excited. I’m not really into anything other than alcohol and being left alone so I don’t get it but that’s fine. For those who aren’t way deep into crusaders or maybe have promised their life to someone who is, it’s an entertaining film. It’s ridiculous, hilarious and a great escape.

We live in a society where grown men are obsessed with superheroes. Fake characters draped in spandex and mystery. Deadpool makes fun of that. I was a few glasses of wine deep at the end of the film and typically by then my blood alcohol levels causes me to turn on the characters but I still liked Mr. Pool, mocker of Superheroes.

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He said: I don’t know what Mama Price is talking about. I thought we were watching “The Dead Pool.” Jim Carrey singing “Welcome to the Jungle.” Clint Eastwood shooting Qui Gon Jinn with a spear gun. Make my day.
Anyhow, I recently watched that other similarly-titled movie, “Deadpool,” for the second time. This movie is a redemption for the character, having been horribly portrayed in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in 2009. Thanks to the rebooted timeline in the X-Men universe with “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the slate was wiped clean, allowing Ryan Reynolds to do justice to the Merc With a Mouth. Not only did Reynolds and 21st Century Fox redeem themselves, Deadpool may be Reynolds’ signature role.

'Deadpool' is available everywhere now.

‘Dead pool’ is available everywhere now.

Mama Price summed up the plot pretty well. Mercenary with a heart of gold meets badass hot chick, falls in love, gets cancer, undergoes experimental treatment that’s really designed to create super slaves, is hideously deformed, super powered and left for dead, then goes on a hilariously bloody rampage to find the man responsible and cure his deformity. Of all the current-gen Marvel films, Deadpool is one of the best because it perfectly captures the essence of the character, which is no small feat given the copious violence and fourth-wall breaking for which Deadpool is known. The filmmakers wisely rely on Reynolds’ comedic and physical skills, tailor-made for the character, and don’t try to shoehorn too much into the story. With the exception of Loki, most of Marvel’s films have notoriously under-developed villains, and Deadpool is no exception. However, it works to the movie’s benefit here, allowing Deadpool and his gags to take center stage for the bulk of the film.

Like all Marvel films, Deadpool has a teaser at the very end of the credits which sets up the sequel (and promises a Marvel fan favorite character), but it’s done in a genius way that will be immediately familiar to anyone who’s seen “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” If this is Fox’s attempt at creating a larger “X-Men” universe similar to what Disney is doing with the “Avengers” crew, I am really curious to see how it plays out. It’s hard to see Deadpool mixing with the current crop of X-Men films, but I said the same thing about Disney’s characters before I saw “The Avengers.” Fox upped the violence factor since Deadpool, with some brutal scenes in “X-Men: Apocalypse” and the upcoming “Wolverine” installment rumoured to be R-rated, so we may be seeing an R-rated “X-Force” with Deadpool, Cable, Wolverine, and friends before too long. If Reynolds can be the RDJ of the Fox Marvel universe, comic book movie fans like me have a lot to be excited about.

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Director Troy Duffy Discusses His Vision of the ‘Boondock Saints’ TV Series

Director Troy Duffy Discusses His Vision of the ‘Boondock Saints’ TV Series

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‘Boondocks Saints’ creator/director Troy Duffy recently updated sat down to answer some fan questions about his beloved franchise. During the session he offered up some information on a potential ‘Boondocks Saints’ prequel, in the form of a television series, might lead. Duffy describes the series as a “rebooted origin story.”

Check out the video to hear more about his vision. You can find all of the fan Q&A session on the official Facebook page for Boondocks Saints, located at www.facebook.com/boondocksaintsfans/.

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Retro Review: Nico Mastorakis’ Cult Classic ‘The Zero Boys’ Hits Blu-ray From Arrow Video!

Retro Review: Nico Mastorakis’ Cult Classic ‘The Zero Boys’ Hits Blu-ray From Arrow Video!

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It’s time to turn back the clock once again with a brand new retro review from Icon Vs. Icon’s Dylan Lyles! This time he turns his attention Nico Mastorakis’ cult classic, ‘The Zero Boys,’ which recently hit blu-ray from the good folks at Arrow US! A quick synopsis of the film before we dive in:

‘The Zero Boys’ Synopsis: From cult director Nico Mastorakis, the man behind such eclectic offerings as the controversial ‘Island of Death’ and the Oliver Reed starring actioner ‘Hired to Kill,’ comes ‘The Zero Boys’ – the genre-bending ‘80s classic with gruesome sequences that anticipate the torture porn horrors of ‘Hostel’ and ‘Saw.’ For a group of young friends, a weekend of survival games in the wilderness turns into a genuine battle of life and death when one of their number turns up dead. Finding themselves hunted by a bloodthirsty band of maniacs intent on slaughtering them one-by-one, the self-styled “Zero Boys” must now play their war games for real. Starring Kelli Maroney (‘Night of the Comet,’ ‘Chopping Mall’) and featuring an early score from the legendary Hans Zimmer (‘Inception,’ ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’), ‘The Zero Boys’ mixes action, survival, and all-out slasher movie elements in a thrilling horror yarn that falls somewhere between ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘Deliverance.’

Available now from Arrow Films!

Available now from Arrow Films!

REVIEW: Movies that switch up genres halfway through and keep the viewer invested will always hold a place in my heart. The movie that comes to mind when I mention this is Robert Rodriguez’s 1996 classic, ‘From Dusk Till Dawn.’ To avoid spoilers, how has anyone not seen this flick, I will just mention that “Dusk” begins on one note, and ends in almost a completely different world altogether. I only bring this up because that movie stuck out in my mind during my viewing of the Zero Boys.

This 1986 Mastorakis “classic” opens on what appears to be a ghost town. Two warring factions are having a dangerously intense gunfight throughout the town. After ten minutes or so of “fantastic 80s action”, it is revealed that this is the final match in a weekend tournament of war games style paintball. After pausing the movie and double checking, I saw no sign of the Road Warriors or the NWO……….sorry, ‘WarGames’ humor. Knowing very little about the film beforehand I was strapped in and ready for an epic 80s action comedy! Was I in for a treat or what? The cocky, yet charming, Zero Boys decide to celebrate their well fought victory by heading to the mountains. Things don’t exactly go as planned so they eventually end up at a cabin that looks eerily familiar. They are joined by three gorgeous females, one of which being the leader of the opposing teams girlfriend. Members of our “fearless” friends begin disappearing one by one in a cat and mouse game that is one part slasher, one part “torture porn”, and all parts fun!

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie from beginning to end. I went into this release blind so my only experience with ‘The Zero Boys’ comes from this fantastic Arrow release itself. The Zero Boys themselves, played by Daniel Hirsch, Tom Shell, and Jared Moses, are just three cocky asshole “kids” without a care in the world. The acting itself is perfect 80s camp that fits in perfect with the time. You can honestly tell how much fun these guys had acting off of one another. The star of our cast, and the honest stand out, would have to be Kelli Maroney of ‘Night of The Comet.’ She plays the seductive, yet strong willed Jamie. Her character will definitely have the male viewer’s attention.

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Acting aside, the dialogue here is spot on. There are constant clever references to Jason throughout the movie. These would just be forgettable self-aware slasher flick comments if it wasn’t for the fact that the cabin used is the same cabin from ‘Friday the 13th Part 3.’ Its fun facts and subtle hints that makes ‘The Zero Boys’ that much more enjoyable. Also, if the dialogue doesn’t bring you in, then the fantastic score by Hans Zimmer will. Yes, that Hans Zimmer! If you’ve never seen this movie I highly suggest picking up this release.

This Arrow release, as always, is jam packed with excellent stuff. First we have the signature Arrow booklet which includes a great write up by critic, James Oliver. The packaging itself is a great piece of art in itself. Getting into the disc itself, the brand new 2K transfer is fantastic. Not being a “transfer nazi” myself, it blows my mind to see these older movies look better and better with every release. As with every Arrow release, the disc is jam packed with bonus material, my favorite being director, Nico Mastorakis’s interview with himself. The bit never gets old for the duration of the 30 minutes or so interview. Also included are new interviews with stars Kelli Maroney and Nicole Rio. There’s also a commentary with Maroney and “Shock Till You Drop”’s Chris Alexander.

I can’t stress enough how much fun this movie is. ‘The Zero Boys’ is an 80s classic that I’m sad got overlooked throughout the years. If you’re a fan of 80s action, horror, and/or comedy then this release is definitely worth picking up. — Dylan Lyles

About the writer: The Phenomenal Dylan Lyles is an obsessive fan of both horror, comic books and professional wrestling. You may see him sharing his opinion on just about everything on the internet or maybe even working the MonsterMania Con on the east coast. You love him and he loves you! Follow him on Twitter at @TheDylanLyles.

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