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Kin Dza Dza
Arguably, it's the best sci fi comedy ever made and yet it's also the most famous film that nobody has ever heard of! Kin Dza Dza is a giant of science fiction and near the top of all good sci fi movie lists. If you like good, unusual cult sci fi -you need to see this film! Checkout the SadCAST review of Kin Dza Dza or click the links below to see the film on the Mosfilm Youtube channel.
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Author: Mark King
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Book Guild Light
Author Mark King takes us on an adventure in his new novel, Frenzy, with lead character, Daniel Jones, who in the midst of his quiet farm life has stumbled upon a sinister secret that changes his life completely.
I don’t know how I got it in my head that Frenzy was a vampire book, maybe the glossy finish with the blood dripping of the title but I didn’t have any clue what the book was about going into it. The book isn’t about vampires. I’m not knocking vampire stories, but this book is much more creative, much more compelling and its mysterious Over-seers much more menacing than any vampire.
Without being too spoilery, Daniel Jones begins the story as a small town farm boy who uncovers a secret so big that he’s forced to abandon his family and friends because his life depends on it, and that’s really all I want to say about the plot, because it’s so fun to have it unfold without a whole lot of prior knowledge.
The story is not overly complicated. It’s very straightforward and would easily be enjoyed by an adult, young adult or older teenage reader who could handle a portion of graphic violence. It’s fast-paced, well imagined and a great page turner.
I highly recommend Frenzy and thought the story line simple yet effective. It’s a great start to what I’m sure will shape up to be a wonderful series. It does end in such a way that leaves the story open for more. It doesn’t come to a full resolution in the story that plays out in this first book. It reaches a next stage, but at 224 pages it feels like it ends, just when it’s getting started. I really would have liked for it to have continued on to a bigger resolution and for that reason only do I deduct one star.
So that’s saying something. This is a book to get and read and support this small publishing venture, because it will leave you wanting more and hopefully, we’ll get it!
I give Frenzy Four Out of Five Stars.
Based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, The Boxtrolls is a movie about an orphaned boy who is raised by underground trash collectors. This featurette combines a behind the scenes footage showing some of the stop animation magic with a teaser of footage from the movie. Check it out!
Featurette: The Boxtrolls
The Boxtrolls featuring the voices of Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Jared Harris, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Tracy Morgan and Ben Kingsley is slated to hit theaters September 26th, 2014.
Today we have a new teaser from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. It is Spider-Man, doing what he does best, falling and swinging from building to building. It’s nothing earth shattering but it does give us hope that something bigger is on the horizon. Check out the teaser below.
Teaser: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
If you missed the teaser from Comic-Con featuring Electro as played by Jaime Foxx, it’s so amazing and worth posting here again for your viewing pleasure.
Teaser Trailer: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – I’m Electro
We’ll keep you posted on the latest!
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Martin Sheen, and Dennis Leary is slated to hit theaters May 2, 2014.
In three episodes, Almost Human has established a great rapport and chemistry between leads Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, and according to co-stars Lili Taylor and Minka Kelly, that’s the way this first season is going to continue. They spoke with the media recently, and I asked them if working on a sci-fi show was different from other work they’ve done.
L. Taylor Well, for me it’s more interesting for me when it’s grounded in relationships. I’m a little Sci-Fi illiterate actually so I need to like educate myself on that for sure, but for me as an actor and so on if it’s not connected somewhere in the characters or in the relationship then the context doesn’t really resonate for me. And what I’m finding interesting about this is it is so grounded in the character—it feels character driven and so then the context becomes interesting to me because it has meaning, I guess, and it’s not just sort of props and cool gadgets and stuff like that or techno speak. You know it’s all sort of coming from some deeper place, and that’s why it’s working for me.
M. Kelly Exactly. I’m very new to the Sci-Fi world and also rather Sci-Fi illiterate, and so it’s a lot of work for me to really understand what is going on here because there is so much more going on than just the words on the page. And it is a challenge to make these words grounded and find the meaning to what’s going on and what I’m saying it and why I’m saying it, and it’s a lot more challenging acting wise than being in a conversation with someone and reacting to them and having an emotional sort of experience with another actor about a relationship, which is what I’m used to. And so, this is a whole new world for me, and it’s really exciting to dive in to this world and learn this whole new—exercise this whole new muscle, and it’s a real joy, and I’m having a lot of fun.
Taylor (Hemlock Grove, The Conjuring) went on to talk about how working in a future setting impacts her work:
L. Taylor You know in a way it’s great because it really lets the imagination go, and I think it’s the same thing with horror. For instance, like you know the thing that you can’t see is the audience is that which is really scary because your imagination is going on. Imagination is usually much stronger than the actual thing, and so in a way it’s like—and really an actor really it’s the imagination I think that is sort of one of the fuels for an actor, and so in a way it’s great because we can—I just find them a lot freer in attaching whatever I want and finding my own meaning with the thing because—and I also have a freedom because nobody can say, “Well, that’s not how it is,” because it hasn’t happened yet. So, you know, and even like for instance on a lighter note like I’m trying to use pencils as much as I can in the show or like any kind of objects that we are using presently today, and like I imagined someone saying, “I don’t think there’s going to be pencils in 2050.” How do you know? There might still be pencils. There might still be—so I feel like it’s an open playing field, and I really love it. It gives me a lot of freedom and permission.
The cast is one of the things that makes this show work so well, and Lili Taylor and Minka Kelly are both integral parts of the package. Taylor completely works as captain, a role initially envisioned for a man but one to which she brings many layers, and Kelly has a quiet intensity that reduces the ingenue factor nicely. I’m looking forward to seeing how the roles develop.
Here’s a TV spot for tonight’s new episode, “The Bends”:
TV Spot: Almost Human – 104 The Bends
Almost Human, starring Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor, Michael Irby, Minka Kelly, and Mackenzie Crook airs Mondays at 8/7c on Fox.
While we don’t always report on pilots because they’re so ethereal, and we hate to get all excited about a show that may or may not even make it past that initial first effort and never on to our screens, when a name like The Weinstein Company (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The King’s Speech) is involved, we take notice.
And while Harvey Weinstein is the name and face that most of us recognize, promoting his latest movies on the morning shows, it’s his brother Bob’s Dimension Films (the Scary Movie and Scream movie franchises), a subsidiary of The Weinstein Company, who’s making our news today.
According to The New York Times, in conjunction with The Weinstein Company‘s announcement of a major move into television, Bob Weinstein has stated his plans to develop TV series based on the Sin City comic books and Stephen King‘s The Mist.
Dimension has experience with The Mist, having produced the 2007 film version which was written and directed by Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead), and is reportedly developing a 10-part series with Darabont.
Weinstein also stated that he plans to quickly follow the August release of the film Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, distributed by Dimension and directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, with a Sin City TV series from Miller and Rodriguez.
The power of The Weinstein Company and its Dimension Films combined with the fact that they are working with excellent writer/directors who are already familiar with the work give us more hope than usual that we’ll be seeing these series on our screens in the future.
We’ll keep you posted.
We have the new trailer for Kellan Lutz’s The Legend of Hercules formerly known as Hercules: The Legend Begins. Usually when new trailers are released you tend to see tiny snippets more of the movie than you did in the previous trailers. In this case you’re actually going to see pretty much the same thing as the previous trailer we posted, except less, but in the spirit of keeping you up on the latest, we have it here for you following the poster. Also note the updated release date.
Trailer: The Legend of Hercules
If you’d like to check out the other trailer you can do that here.
The Legend of Hercules starring Kellan Lutz is slated to hit theaters in January 10th, 2014.