As if we couldn’t be more excited!
As if we couldn’t be more excited!
You and a friend are invited laugh your butt off at a special advance screening of A Haunted House 2!
Screening will be April 17th at
the Denver Regal Pavilions 15 at 7pm.
Visit www.gofobo.com and enter RSVP code: JONJA705L to download your complimentary passes.
(Limit 2 passes per person, while supplies last)
Passes do not guarantee admission as theater is overbooked.
A HAUNTED HOUSE 2 will be in theaters April 18th.
We talk about independent film making, the pros and cons of the “found footage” film and of course how it all came together to become The Expedition.
Learn more at:
Joining the festivities this year will be:
• Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager)
• Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG1/Sanctuary/Supernatural)
•Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back & Return of the Jedi)
• Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek)
• Suzie Plakson (Star Trek: TNG)
and just added from Syfy’s brilliant Being Human,
• Sam Witwer!
Join us May 2nd thru 4th in Denver, Colorado.
You and a guest are invited to see your evil
at an advance screening of Oculus on April 9th!
(With Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan &
Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackoff!)
to download your complimentary passes!
Screening will be held at
the UA Denver Pavilions Stadium 15
500 16th St.
Denver, CO 80202
Seating is on a first come, first seated basis. ARRIVE EARLY!)
In theaters April 11th
Truth be told, I’ve never been fan of Keanu Reeves. Not since the “Bill & Ted” films have I thought that his roles have been anything but too big for him.
So you’ll understand that as I went into something as potentially epic as 47 Ronin, I was expecting yet another version of “Neo”. It was my turn to say “Whoa!”.
Well, maybe not “Whoa!”, but certainly a surprised ‘Huh!, How about that?”.
Reeves is Kai, a man taken in Lord Asano in feudal Japan when as a boy, he is found lost in the woods. An offspring of a British sailor and Japanese peasant girl, he is abandoned by his mother as a baby.
How he manages to survive in the supposedly haunted woods remains a matter of speculation until the second half of the film. No spoilers here, but it is important and the answer crucial.
Kai grows up in within Lord Asano’s home and befriends the Princess Mika, eventually gaining her love much to the chagrin of Asano’s Samurai who see Kai as nothing more than a halfbreed servant.
The forced low status of the character Kai is Keanu’s saving grace in my opinion. Kai is never truly allowed to step outside of his tightly bound role and that in turn keeps Keanu reined in as well.
After rival Lord Kira’s witch forces Asano to disgrace himself and his house in front of the Emperor, Asano commits “seppuku”, ritual suicide. His Samurai are disbanded and deemed “Ronin”. They are masterless Samurai forbidden by the Emperor to seek vengeance for their fallen Lord.
Against the orders, and knowing that by disobeying them will result in their deaths no matter the outcome, the Ronin unite under the leadership of their master Oishi, and along with Kai, seek to avenge Lord Asano and bring Kira to justice.
This fantasy infused version of actual events of the 47 Ronin’s struggle and sacrifice is an American production, lead by an American director and starring an American actor, may be too Japanese for the typical American audience, but apparently not Japanese enough for audiences overseas.
What it was for me was an incredibly fun adventure movie complete with dazzling sword play, evil magic and even a dragon or two! (Even a performance by Keanu Reeves that I can say I liked!)
Speaking of actors I’ve not been impressed with turning in fantastic performances, Hiroyuki Sanada as Oishi, who I had only seen in the extremely boring Helix on Syfy and had done nothing but annoy me in said show, is absolutely amazing in 47 Ronin! I want to see more of him in similar roles. I’m ready for a resurgence of epic Samurai films in the vein of The Seven Samurai’or Yojimbo. I’m sure there is room next to the likes of Toshiro Mifune for another quintessential ‘Samurai’.
Although 47 Ronin’s theater run didn’t exactly say “You gotta see this!”, I think it needs to be given a chance. Go ahead and spend a few bucks for a digital rental or download and sit down with a big bowl of popcorn instead of expectations.
47 Ronin is now available on Digital HD and will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on April 1 via Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
For Immediate Release (Hollywood, CA) ― Filmmaker Don Coscarelli announced today that PHANTASM: RAVAGER, the long-awaited fifth and final entry in his classic horror Phantasm series, has completed principle photography. The original Phantasm was a worldwide critical and boxoffice smash, spawning a huge cult of fans around the world and three well received sequels.
Enter to win passes to see the new horror film from Exxodus Pictures, Jinn!
Text the word FIRE and your ZIP CODE to 43549! (Example text: FIRE 80021)
Entry deadline is Sunday, March 30th.
Winners will be notified by Monday, March 31st.
Jinn opens in select theaters on April 4th!
Starring Faran Tahir, Serinda Swan, and Ray Park
This looks like it could actually be a good YA sci-fi/action film. Just don’t understand why they felt the need to go with the first person camera schtick?
Film hits theaters on July 2nd, 2014.