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Archive for January, 2013

Cockneys Rule and Zombies Drool: Director Matthias Hoene talks ‘Cockneys Vs Zombies’

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Opening in select Cineplex theaters across Canada for two shows only, as part of Cineplex’s ‘Great Digital Film Festival’ starting this Friday Feb 1, 2013, is the horror comedy that made a huge splash at last year’s Toronto After Dark Film Festival:Cockneys vs Zombies. The Movie Junkie was able to sit down with director Matthias Hoene to talk about his film, his influences and whether the Cockneys will make a return to the big screen.

Movie Junkie (MJ) – Hello Matthias, I must say I really enjoyed your film. Can you tell us about some of your biggest influences in putting the film together?

Matthias Hoene (MH) – Well the journey started when a friend of mine slipped me a grubby, slightly dodgy copy, of Peter Jackson’s Braindead. (more…)


Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters Review

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Starring: Jeremy RennerGemma ArtertonFamke Janssen, Pihla Viitala, Derek Mears, Thomas Mann, Rainer Bock and Peter Stormare

Written by D.W. Harper and Tommy Wirkola

Directed by Tommy Wirkola

New in theaters this week is the first big budget Hollywood production from the Norwegian director of the horror comedy Dead Snow, Tommy Wirkola: the horror/fairy tale reinvention Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as the legendary siblings. In this version of the story the two have become full blown witch hunters after disposing of the witch in the candy house of the original fairy tale.  But can Hansel and Gretel match the absurdly fun Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, from last year, on the enjoyment scale?

After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Renner) and Gretel (Arterton) have devoted their lives on their hell bent retribution against all witches. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face (more…)


‘Tatsumi’ animates the TIFF Bell Lightbox starting Jan 25 (review)

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Starting on Jan 25, the TIFF Bell Lightbox will host an exclusive run of the animated tribute/biography of Yoshihiro Tastsumi that was a giant hit at this year’s Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival simply titled Tatsumi. The gloriously hand rendered 2D animated film tells the story of the master animator’s early life up to his founding and establishing of the ‘Gekiga Manifesto’ launching the Gekiga movement in Manga writing which adapted a more realistic and adult style of writing and animating. Along the way it adapts 5 of Tatsumi’s works into animated tales, showing the progression of his stories and the reason why creating a place for a more realistic style was needed.

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Directed by Eric Khoo

Tatsumi adapts five of the artist’s short stories (Hell, Beloved Monkey, Just a Man, Occupied and Good-Bye) and intersperses them throughout the adaptation of his manga memoir (more…)


Stephen Dorff is a ‘Officer Down’ in a new police thriller

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New this week on DVD and Blu-Ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment is the crime drama/thriller “Officer Down”. The story of a once corrupt cop now trying to walk the straight and narrow path packs a stellar cast for director Miller, a veteran of the direct to DVD action scene, led by Stephen Dorff and James Woods.

Officer Down Blu-Ray Review

Starring: Stephen Dorff, Dominic Purcell, David Boreanaz, Stephen Lang, Walton Goggins, Tommy Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord, Laura Harris, Elisabeth Rohm and James Woods.

Written by John Chase

Directed by Brian A. Miller

The story of “Officer Down” begins a year prior, when a boozy, cocaine addicted dirty cop, David ‘Cal’ Callahan (Dorff), was shot in a shakedown gone wrong. (more…)


Explore the ‘Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis’ on DVD today (review)

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New to DVD on Jan 22, from Anchor Bay Entertainment, is the Starz Encore Originals presentation of “Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis”. The documentary features interviews with a multitude of famous actors and directors who all talk about Jerry’s influence in their careers and on show business in general. Director Barson covers the entire gamut of Lewis’ career, interspersing classic footage from Jerry’s past with the interviews and new footage of Jerry on the road still touring in his 80’s. Whether you know Jerry as the ‘muscular dystrophy’ guy, one half of Martin and Lewis or for his own multitude of films, “Method to the Madness” provides a fascinating portrait of the man known worldwide for his comedy.

Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis DVD Review

Starring Jerry Lewis

Directed by Gregg Barson

The son of a famous Vaudeville performer, Jerry’s first exposure to the spotlight came as an 8 year (more…)


‘Life’s Too Short’ for Warwick Davis on DVD (review)

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Life’s Too Short Season 1 DVD Review

Starring Warwick DavisRicky GervaisStephen MerchantRosamund Hanson, Steve Brody and Jo Enright

Series created by Warwick Davis, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant

Written and Directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant

The team behind The Office and Extras, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, are back with another HBO/BBC co-production: Life’s Too Short, now available on DVD from HBO Home Entertainment. Life’s Too Short stars Warwick Davis, star of Willow and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, as he plays an egotistical and self centered version of himself. Returning to the faux documentary style with great success in the Office, the question remains will that style work for them a second time in Life’s Too Short?

The seven episode series centres on Warwick Davis, or a fictional version of him, who is one of Britain’s preeminent dwarf actors, or at least (more…)


TIFF celebrates the films of Japan in their winter schedule

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TIFF celebrates the films of Japan in their winter schedule

Starting Jan 19, as part of the city wide Toronto ‘Spotlight Japan’ celebration, theTIFF Bell Lightbox begins a 3 month celebration of Japanese cinema also entitled ‘Spotlight Japan’. The collection includes 3 series and some other individual titles that spotlight classic and contemporary Japanese cinema. Running through April 17, TIFF will show individuals screenings of classic Japanese cinema broken into three series:

Tokyo Drifters: 100 Years of Nikkatsu

Celebrating the history of the legendary (more…)