Denver Starfest 2014 is gearing up and looking like a really good year!
The full schedule for Starfest, Horrorfest, Comicfest, Robofest,
Whofest and ALL the other fests is up!
The Time Shifters podcast will be hosting a panel, Saturday at 1PM, asking,
“What Will Be the Next Genre Classic?”
“We just celebrated the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who”, we are close to the 50th of “Star Trek”, and we still talk about films like “Forbidden Planet”, “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and “Metropolis”. We have also not forgotten the classic Universal Pictures monster movies! So what about the next 50 years? What film, TV or franchise will we be talking about at StarFest 2064? Hosted by the Time Shifters crew and anyone else we can wrangle into the room. Come by and share your thoughts!”
And Orphaned Entertainment will be presenting a
screening of Carnival of Souls with a Q & A afterwards.
This will be on Sunday at 10AM.
Hope to see you there!
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!)
/ www.relativityscreenings.com/ Jonja
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.
For the first time in the franchise’s history, a new director is helming the production, one David Hartman. Hartman is a multiple Emmy-nominated animation director, whose work can be seen in such celebrated shows as Transformers Prime and Roughnecks: Starship Troopers. Serious genre fans have long been familiar with Hartman’s edgier output, including two blood-soaked music videos for Rob Zombie (“American Witch,” and “Lords of Salem”), and his illustrations of Steve Niles’ “Strange Cases” for Image Comics.
“I felt it was time to let someone else play with my train set,” noted Coscarelli, who co-wrote the film with Hartman and produced the film under his Silver Sphere banner along with Executive Producer Brad Baruh. “David and I go back to my film Bubba Ho-Tep. He did terrific visual effects on that, and more recently created a wild animated sequence and some amazing visual effects in my most recent film, John Dies at the End. Our aesthetics are in sync and he’s quite an experienced director in his own right,” Coscarelli stated.
“Having worked with Don [Coscarelli] before, and being a huge fan of the entire Phantasm franchise, it was a great honor to do RAVAGER with him,” says Hartman. “This film is a real turning point in the series. There’s real closure for the core characters that I hope fans will respond to. We were fortunate to shoot amazing new sequences with horror icon Angus Scrimm—he has terrific scenes with Reggie (Bannister) and Mike (Michael Baldwin) that are truly powerful.”
Production on RAVAGER took place in and around southern California over the past two years. “The Phantasm films have been a guerrilla operation for decades now, totally outside of the studio system,” Coscarelli notes. “We do them for the fans, and I think Ravager will definitely please them. In the past few years several studios have made offers to remake Phantasm with large budgets, but the fans were very vocal that they wanted the original cast to return and finish this iteration of the story with class. And for the first time there’s an extended sequence on the Tall Man’s home world. I know Phantasm fans will be as excited as I am to see it.”
RAVAGER features Reggie Bannister (a veteran of all five films) in his decades-long pursuit of the malevolent Tall Man, and it finally forces him to confront the mysteries at the heart of the Phantasm saga. The entire original cast is back including Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kat Lester and Angus Scrimm, along with some great new characters. Coscarelli allows, “There are also some surprises thrown in that I promise will astonish long-time fans.”
EW.com has premiered a teaser trailer from the film. Check it out at: http:/
/ insidemovies.ew.com/ 2014/ 03/ 27/ phantasm-5-ravager-trailer-exclusive/