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A guy got shot in the head… so… Headshot! I get it! Headshot (2016) Review

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Headshot is is must for those who enjoy the genre of… well, I don’t really know where to throw this one. I really don’t wanna say Kung Fu because this isn’t China. But I don’t want to say “Indonesian Martial Arts Film” because you’ll just have a huge question mark over your head if you’re not in the know. So we’re just gonna call it an “Ass Kicking Film”.

There you go. New genre, “Ass Kicking”.

Because that’s exactly what happens all throughout the movie. The first 20 minutes or so is a little bit slow, with our hero waking up on a beach with amnesia (yes, that again). The nurse, readying Moby Dick at the time gives him the name Ishmael. From there, a gang of thugs keeps trying to kill him and his new girlfriend, the nurse. Who of course gets kidnapped along with a long child. Because you need the small child element to get things extra tense I guess.

This is literally as deep as the storyline really goes. Any more and I’ll spoil the whole damn thing for you. This movie is literally like playing through a Double Dragon game. All fighting no story. But it’s fun as hell.

You’ll recognise star Iko Uwais from The Raid and it’s equally good sequel. He’s here doing what he does best. Kick ass. And he’s under the direction of Timo Tjahjanto (ABC’s of Death) gives us yet another down and really dirty movie. If you saw ABC’s of Death, you know what I mean.

7/10.
I really want to go back and really analyse these fight scenes though. So smoothly edited and pretty damn long.

Don’t come in expecting any sort of a good story. There’s about 3 movies of content packed into a sub-2 hour run time.

It’s currently running at the Chicago International Film Festival as part of the After Dark series. Go check it out this week. If not, I’m sure it’ll be on DVD and stuff at some time soon. This is really a good one to watch with your action movie nerd friends.

Never Giving Up: “Kubo and the Two Strings”

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That’s right, we’re talking movies again… now that we’re making movies again. How about that shit?

But like always, I’ll be quick, and to the point.

Kubo and the Two Strings follows the adventure of Kubo (duh) at 12 year old boy who takes care of his mother who suffers from memory loss due to a brain injury. He goes to the town nearby and tells stories using magic and has two string simissin.

But of course things go south when Kubo’s aunts (who are evil of course) come by to kidnap him and take his other eye.

What begins is a magical quest to find a suit a magical armor that will protect him. From there I can’t really spoil it for you. But here’s a quick thought.

Kubo represents me a little bit. Someone who can do some super cool things. But isn’t quite there yet. Doesn’t know what to do, and is a tad scared. But with a little encouragement, finds his way, as well as a patch to forgiveness and understanding.

Maybe I as looking into the movie a little too much, but it’s just kinda how I feel on the matter.

It’s gonna go down as one of my favorites of the year for sure. Go see it, no one seems to be for some reason. Dunno.

Truly Hardcore

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There’s a time in your life when you just watch a movie and just spend the next few days talking about it. This time, it was Hardcore Henry. There’s really not a ton I can say about it but… I think I can say a few things.

First of all, I went to an early screening with Hank. We were the 2nd people in line and waited about 4 hours. Because we were going to get those seats nice and far back because we weren’t trusting a first person movie right off the bat with our stomachs (saw Captain Phillips in the front row. Never fucking again.) After sitting down and getting some nachos. We were ready to rock.

Hardcore Henry is a first person action movie. It puts you in the shoes of the hero has he throws, shoots, and freeruns all over the place.

 

I’m basically going to stop describing it here, because you can watch the trailer right above and figure everything out from there.

 

The most important thing is this… I didn’t get any motion sickness whatsoever. Maybe it’s because I’ve played FPSes for so long. But there isn’t any more camera shake than the Bourne films so if  you can survive that, you’ll be okay.

 

It’s Hour Thirty runtime seems just right. It gets Henry’s story in and out quickly. But the real star of the movie is Sharlto Copley who wears many hats during this movie (again, trying not to spoil the fun for you.)

 

Basically, what I’m getting at is this… go see it in theaters. It’s best with friends. I was lucky enough to see it in a crowded theater. You’ll whoop and holler throughout the whole thing. It’s fun like that. Shoutout to director Ilya Naishuller for giving me hope that there are original action movies out there. What’s next? A sequel? That could really be fun.

Anyway, go see it before it’s out of theaters.

 

Expect a video when it’s out on Blu Ray where I point out all the references.

Using Roller Derby Skaters in Film: A Look at C-Block.

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It’s been some fun filming… what will be the first three episodes of C-Block (stressful for me, but what can you do?). It’s been in an interesting experience to say the least. But I’ve said that about a million times. But it remains true. But I’m actually going to talk about something. Derby skaters as actors.

First of all, Derby skaters aren’t actors these days. We’re not talking the old school WWE-like derby here (though how awesome would that be these days?). They’re normal folks with a pretty difficult to master skill set… wrecking the shit out of people on skates in a semi-controlled manner. You have to ask to yourself when you’re making a series like this, how will they fare right out of the gate? Well I can tell you that things are mixed.

First off. You have to remember, they’re human (duh) and 9 times out of ten haven’t really done the type of thing they’re asking you to do and never been in this sort of long term situation that is filmmaking. You have to keep that in mind always you’re dealing with non-actors. They’re going to be all pins and needles that first day or two and patience is key.

However, when you get to that point when they’re all settled in, that whole mindset from derby can come right over and incorporate itself into your film… and it doesn’t really matter if there’s skating or not.

This really hit me on the last day when I was working with Lindsey and Kelly when I started writing this. When you’re filming those skating scenes, it’s important to know your marks. It is ALWAYS important to know your marks, but in this case it was imperative. Because you have to remember in derby, if you go out of bounds, you have to come back at the same spot you went out. That crosses right over into the filmmaking. That’s pretty cool.

Then there’s the idea of practice makes perfect. For both, you need to know what the hell you’re doing. It isn’t going to ALWAYS be perfect of course but you have to have a general gameplan… or things are just gonna go nuts. If you’ve ever seen a derby team that hasn’t practiced or 48 Hour Film… you know the drill.

Lastly, there’s a sense of loyalty. When you’re on a team. You know that no one person in more important than the other. And you all step up for one another. United you stand, divided you fall. With the derby players, it takes a lot to be at practice once or twice (or more) a week and get beat up. Then actually skate your bout and get beat up twice as hard.

Same goes for making these films. You have to listen to some jerk and get sucked into his make believe land. It requires the same levels of dedication because everything can’t happen without everyone being where they need to be. Everyone needs to be on same page as everyone else to create a wonderful experience that will exist pretty much forever. Or until the earth isn’t habitable anymore. That means everyone working as a

So basically, if someone wants to act for you, and they do roller derby… it’s a really safe bet they’ll work well with you. But on the other hand. They’re still happen and things could happen that are unpleasant. But it’s worth the risk. I wouldn’t change a thing. Okay, I lied. Maybe a few things. But it’s all good.

Stay tuned. There’s going to be more C-Block coming. It’s gonna be great. And it’s all here.

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Waifu Fighting: Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax review

Put your weeb hats on. It’s time for Anime. Yoooooah Anime!

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Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax if you don’t know already is a fighting game based on the popular anime and manga house that brought you stuff like Sword Art Online. I mention that because it’s the only one I’ve actually watched from this game.

Now here comes the hard part, reviewing it.

As a big fighting game player, I want to just jump right into training mode and vs mode and just start learning everything that I can. Thankfully pretty much all of the motions in this game are half and quarter circles, like most Anime fighters.

I spent a good amount of the time (about 15 hours total) just playing Vs matches with my friend. It’s broken as hell and there’s shit flying all over the place. And best of all, there’s no slowdown. So you’re going to be linking combos together just fine if you ever placed Melty Blood or games like that.

To play, you just pick your character, then you get an assist character. Each has two assists both activated with the assist button or holding forward and pressing assist. There’s some pretty broken combinations in it. I’d go completely into the functions of the game. But I want to keep the article short. I’d be going on forever.

For those of you who play fighters, I used the Marvel/KOF button setup to play this. My fingers thanked me for making the switch.

I didn’t get a chance to try the online much at all, considering there was no one else actually online. But once I do, I’ll give you guys an update. But I suspect it’s actually decent knowing the engine.

The story modes are full of all kinds of fanservice that you’ll love if you’re into Anime. I really got bored with the single player stuff and really wanted to get into the fights. But I’m sure you might like it if you’re into crazy, Kingdom Hearts level writing.

There’s just one problem. We all know that an update Fighting Climax: Ignition is out in arcades in Japan and hitting the PS4 in December. I don’t know if this version will get an update. I asked Sega about it, but I haven’t heard any word back yet. But we’ll see how that goes. It would suck to be a version back.

If you’re into Anime, buy this.
If you’re into Anime Fighters, buy this. It comes with a badass soundtrack to bump loudly while driving through the hood.

Just give it a try. It’s not expensive.

You can pick it up on PS3 or Vita… if you actually own a Vita.