Review – No Rest for the Wicked – A Basil and Moebius Adventure

Magnetic Press is in full force this week helping push news on the release of the Adventures of Basil and Moebius graphic novel. Instead of just ads or trailers or promo material though, they launched a short film titled No Rest for the Wicked. The film is a quick shot introducing the characters and a bit of how they get down to business. Ray Park, Malcom McDowell and even Zachary Levi join up for the central characters in this brawl and heist storyline.

For those new to the series as I am, it’s a rougher introduction, we don’t get much story on Basil or Moebius coming in, the movie with time constraint focuses on the here and now and slowly sprinkles in bits of those details at the end which do help tidy things up. That said, even with the budget and time limitations they do tell a fun story through action and script of course. Gestures and mannerisms of each character start to emerge which set these two apart and help tell why they’re in this high security flat to begin with.

Is there more to carry out? There always that chance in any media, with the introductions made it’s unlikely to have that cold start in the next installment when it comes along, as the story progressed the stiffer lines and gestures took a step back to let the actors really start feeling in their own zone. Other than that, some plot closures would be nice versus just letting it seem like things just fell into place because they had to.

Personally I do enjoy buddy style movies, Basil and Moebius are that mix of rough behavior and grace that create entertaining conflict and development, a brawler with a smooth talking thief who always has an eye on the prize. I haven’t reviewed the graphic novel yet but I can feel that it would feed the character and story needs I have from sitting through No Rest for the Wicked. When I’m able to complete that I’ll pass along my verdict in a dedicated feature.

For those who want to check out the film on their site give it a go with this link, or you can just check it out below.

Furious 7 introduces The W Motors Lykan

The Fast and Furious has always featured some outrageous cars for the budget and time of each movie, from super high power Supra’s, R34’s and more to the W Motors Lykan Hypersport, a monster of a car using a turbocharged Flat-6 pushing 240mph. What’s even crazier is the movie is playing with a car that  only has 6 other co-models in the world.

The actors reflect on using the car in the movie and the fun they had shooting with such a rare machine in the franchise. It’s worth a look and my goodness it looks absolutely stunning from just the clips they’re teasing.

Furious 7 hits theaters April 3rd, while you wait though check out the short gallery below for more images from this announcement.

Terminator Genisys (2015)

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Ever wonder what the world would have looked like if Sara Connor was prepared for the oncoming War? In the upcoming Terminator Genisys Kyle Reese who’s played by actor Jai Courtney is sent back in time to save Sarah Connor unlike the original movie where Sarah mostly was sacred and running for her life, this time around she’s fully aware and capable of taking care of herself.

On the verge of winning the war against Skynet, Connor sends his trusted lieutenant Kyle Reese back through time to save his mother Sarah Connor’s life and ensure his own existence. However, what Kyle finds on the other side is like nothing he ever expected.

After being orphaned at age 9 by a Terminator, Sarah Connor has since been brought up by another Terminator Model 101 programmed to protect her. This Terminator has then trained her to face her destiny, which she adamantly tries to reject.

 

Terminator Genisys has been slated to hit theaters July 1, 2015 by Paramount Pictures and will cast Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke.

Check out the action packed trailer down below.

The Last: Naruto The Movie (2015)

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On December 6, 2014 Masashi Kishimoto released the final Naruto movie: Za Rasuto: Naruto za Mūbī ake The Last: Naurto the Movie and that short amount of time the movie has already made 515 Million Yen making it the #1 movie in japan, when you break it down in US money it adds up around 4.27 Million, in just two days the film over took the previous Road to Ninja total box office numbers, you can guarantee that number will continue to shoot up as the year finishes.

News of a United States release has not been stated but I’m sure Studio Pierrot will announced something around the end of the year.

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Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens (2015)

 

If you haven’t been under a rock the last couple weeks JJ Abrams and company released the new teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens and from the responses of the many fans out there it looks as if JJ and company are on the right track. With the trailer being just over a minute thirty it showed just enough footage to let people know they’re bring everything fans loved in the past movies to the future.

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You know you’ve made an impact when SNL does a skit about a 1:30 trailer, over 58 million viewers on YouTube watched the trailer with hype meter shooting through the roof let’s see if Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm keep this momentum up until December 18, 2015.

As for the plot nothing has been revealed as of yet only that it will be 30 years after The Return of the Jedi, the movie will also include the original cast such as Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, it also will feature a few new cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis.

Down below are the original and a couple of spoof trailers I found amusing

Disney Parody Trailer

SNL’s The Force Awakens Trailer

Fox Re-Releases Cult Horror Films in Limited Edition format by Skuzzles

Looking to boost the unique cover art in your collections? Fox Home Entertainment has that covered with the re-release of 13 major cult horror films for October, movies like The Silence of the Lambs, The Amityville Horror, Carrie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 and more all grace the stage with really amazing art, you can actually catch samples of the art from Skuzzles below. I know I’m already debating which ones to pick up, it’s really cool when groups like this get to work on especially unique projects like these. The full snapshot from Skuzzles on the project is below.

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At Skuzzles, we really want to offer artists the opportunity to work on titles they’re passionate about. We try to direct and pair artists where the it seems fit, but ultimately we want the artist to have equal say in how the art is executed. The goal is to keep the end result as close to the artists original vision as possible. Having said this, here’ s a little bit of feedback from the artists regarding their concepts behind the artwork:

 

Todd Slater: Invasion of the Body Snatchers – “What if the pod with the flower was shaped similar to a sternum in a ribcage (it’s really close now) and the white tendrils expand and extend from the pod to form more of the ribs and skeleton?  The background could be deep dark outer space.  My thought is that *the pods are building a new you*.”

Randy Ortiz: Silence of the Lambs – “…I wanted to go a more symbolic route and have it be clean and classy.”
Dan Mumford: Last house on the left – “… I found the scene where Mari walks into the water to be quite haunting and probably the most pivotal moment, so i worked from that and created quite a haunting still moment based around the lake she walks into. We also have two of the murderers standing there and her necklace dangling down with the smallest hint of blood red seeping through.”
Jason Edmiston: Child’s Play – “For my Child’s Play art, I wanted to show Chucky’s maniacal character, at the pinnacle of his power. I love the black magic quality of the movie, and tried to capture the killer doll in mid-chant, surrounded by crazy voodoo lightning, He scared me when I first saw this movie as a teen, and I wanted my cover art to evoke the same feeling. Most of the Child’s play art is dark, with a black background. I thought my brightly lit piece would stand out from previous iterations.”
“Ghoulish” Gary Pulin: 
The Amityville Horror – “I  just really went down the rabbit hole playing up different variables with the windows and the passage way to hell they find in the basement, but I’m happy with the graphic, iconic approach we landed on for the cover. When I reversed the shot of the house into the white negative space, it’s features of it really seemed to jump out. I knew I wanted to do something with the flies as well, so it seemed to make sense that they make up the portrait of James Brolin, as he goes through a transformation from good natured to an evil presence throughout the film.”

Carrie – “There’s a lot of ways you can go with a movie like Carrie but I wanted to focus on the intensity of the final scene and her rage filled eyes (if you look close they are fire balls). The silhouette of the knife is a nod to her insane mother and the control she’s unable to keep over her.”
Teen Wolf – This was a silk-screened poster I had created with Skuzzles previously and I’m really excited to see it become the face for an official release of the film. I hope I made Stiles proud.
It was an absolute pleasure to work on this project with everyone involved. Don’t forget to checkout the other works of each artist by visiting their website! We couldn’t be happier with the end result, and we really hope collectors enjoy these as much as we do. Let us know what you think!

AUTOMATA coming to theaters and OnDemand next week

Automation is something society thrives for, making things easier, reducing the strain of manual labor and risk of life on dangerous jobs. In AUTOMATA it’s a world where we’ve excelled to full assistance but our robot companions have hit their own milestone, self-modification and modifying other robots to share in this self-awareness.

Antonio Banderas has the job of keeping an eye over this sub-population in the world, striking down any robots deviating from the norms until something new happens, a shift that can stir the entire ecosystem into turmoil and it’s up to him to lock it down for good.

SDCC’14: World Premiere of Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar Premiere

 

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Prelude to Axanar Premiere
Saturday, July 26th, 2014
9:00pm – 11:00pm
United Artists Horton Plaza 8 Movie Theater, Gaslamp District, San Diego

SYNOPSIS:
PRELUDE TO AXANAR is a 20 minute short film that will give viewers a historical look at the events leading up to the Battle of Axanar, the central event of the film Axanar, a 90 minute feature to be filmed later this year.  Shot like a History Channel special, Prelude to Axanar will be Star Trek like you have never seen it before, showing the central characters of Axanar giving both a historical and personal account of the war. Set 20 years before the time of James T. Kirk’s command of the Enterprise, “Axanar” is set in the last year of the Four Years War, the conflict with the Klingons that almost saw the end of the Federation only 80 years after its founding.  How did Starfleet build its fleet?  How did they hold off a Klingon fleet that had been conquering star systems for centuries?  What role did the various founding planets play in Starfleet? Why were the Constitution class ships so important to Starfleet? How did Garth of Izar come to be regarded as the greatest Starfleet Captain of his time?
Set in the Star Trek universe Axanar is a ground breaking independent film that proves the idea that a studio doesn’t need to spend millions of dollars to produce a feature quality production.  Axanar will be the first non-CBS/Paramount produced Star Trek to look and feel like a true Star Trek movie.
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The red carpet premiere, taking place at the UA Horton Plaza 8 Movie Theater (just a 15 minute walk from the San Diego Convention Center) during the weekend of San Diego Comicon, will be a showing of the short film “Prelude to Axanar” followed by a 90 minute Q&A with Executive Producer/creator Alec Peters, Director Christian Gossett and actors Richard Hatch, Gary Graham and Kate Vernon.  Tony Todd has yet to confirm.
TICKETS: While the premiere is mostly for Cast & Crew and Donors to the Axanar Kickstarter, there will be 150 tickets made available free to the public on a first come-first served basis. An additional 50 tickets will be set aside for press (including both traditional and new media)

Need for Speed releases “The Guys” Featurette

It’s no secret I love racing and cars, from WRC, MotoGP, F1 to games and anything else related. So naturally when I first saw the teasers for the NFS movie I was excited, it may not be some avant-garde level film that changes the world forever but it’s probably entertaining and able to feed my car interests for the duration of the film. Today we have a new snippet to show that helps reinforce that goodness.

While NFS might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I’ll certainly check it out when it hits theaters next month. Fingers crossed it doesn’t disappoint, come on Aaron Paul, lets see this come together.

Marvel News: Vin Diesel as Root in Guardians Of The Galaxy

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Fast and the Furious Star Vin Diesel will be the voice of Root in the live action film Guardians of the Galaxy. Diesel has been on a roll since the reveal of the Fast and the Furious Franchise grossing over a billion dollars, with Chris Pratt ( Star-Lord), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Racoon), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Marvel wants to show us more of what the Marvel Universe has to offer and August 1, 2014 will be that day, until then check out Marvel.com for more.