Monthly Archives: September 2020

 

Today, Disney+ shared the trailer for its upcoming original documentary series “Marvel’s 616,” streaming on the service November 20. The eight-episode anthology series gives viewers a deeper look into the creative world of Marvel.

“Marvel’s 616” explores Marvel’s rich legacy of pioneering characters, creators and storytelling to reflect the world outside your window. Each documentary, helmed by a unique filmmaker, showcases the intersections of storytelling, pop culture, and fandom within the Marvel Universe. Episodes in this anthology series will cover topics including Marvel’s world-spanning artists, the trailblazing women of Marvel Comics, discovering the “forgotten” characters of Marvel, and much more.

“Marvel’s 616” is produced by Marvel New Media with Supper Club. The series is executive produced by Joe Quesada, Shane Rahmani, Sarah Amos, John Cerilli, Harry Go, and Stephen Wacker for Marvel; and Jason Sterman, Brian McGinn, and David Gelb for Supper Club.

 

 Stan today announced the highly anticipated reimagining of iconic high school drama series Saved By The Bell will premiere Thursday, 26 November only on Stan – same day as the US.

Today’s announcement follows Stan’s recent agreement with NBCUniversal on a landmark partnership that will see a massive lineup of new content premiere exclusively on Stan, including Saved By The Bell, the recently launched drama series I Hate Suzie and the forthcoming utopian drama series Brave New World, based on Aldous Huxley’s groundbreaking sci-fi novel and premiering 16 October only on Stan.

In the reimagined Saved By The Bell, California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many underfunded high schools, proposing they send the affected students to the most well-funded schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the privileged Bayside kids (who never have a problem that can’t be solved in twenty-two minutes) a much-needed dose of reality.

Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley Lauren star in the new Saved By The Bell series, reprising their roles as A.C. Slater and Jessie Spano. John Michael Higgins also stars as Principal Toddman alongside the new class featuring Belmont CameliDexter DardenMitchell HoogAlycia Pascual-PeñaJosie Totah and Haskiri Velazquez.

Tracey Wigfield serves as writer and executive producer for the series, alongside executive producer Franco Bario. Peter Engel also serves as executive producer. Saved By The Bell is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.

Saved By The Bell premieres 26 November only on Stan  same day as the US.

 

In this brand new episode of Subculture: The Podcast Dave Griffiths and Harley Woods once again delve into their inner geekdom as they talk about Paramount’s plans for Star Trek before then exploring in depth how the Doctor Who universe could be expanded.

From their they jump onto The Casting Couch again and cast their own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

 

 

Directed by Julia Parnell, New Zealand’s most prominent music documentary-maker, the story charts the incredible untold story of SIX60, a student band turned national phenomenon, achieving the unthinkable in a country of 5 million.

 

SIX60 defied all convention becoming the first Kiwi band to sell out New Zealand’s biggest stadium, only before filled by the likes of AC/DC, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, KISS, Stevie Wonder and Eminem – but the road to unrivalled success isn’t smooth.

 

Filmed over a tumultuous 18 months, as the band must reconcile between ambition and creative vulnerability, woven with jaw-dropping vision of their record-breaking concert and a unique Kiwi sense of humour, SIX60: Till the Lights Go Out presents a group of men confronting the true cost of never giving up.

 

Featuring all their hit songs, SIX60: Till the Lights Go Out is a story that will leave cinema audiences feeling closer to the band than ever before. The story of SIX60 is one inextricably linked to New Zealand and kiwi culture, but is also a story of love, compassion and never giving up.

 

“Any preconceived ideas I had of SIX60 were completely changed in the process of making this movie. Their stubbornness to achieve, whilst confounding critics and disproving experts, has virtually redefined what success looks like in New Zealand. But it is the brutal honesty they have shared that I hope will connect most with audiences” – Julia Parnell, Director.

 

A story of brotherhood, music and the love of a nation, ‘Till the Lights Go Out’ will do what SIX60 do best: unite people.

 

‘SIX60: Till the Lights Go Out’ in cinemas across Australia & New Zealand on November 26, 2020

 

Summary: A teenager is trying to deal with the death of her mother when her father announces that he is about to marry his girlfriend. A weekend designed for the two to get to know each other turns horrifying when a group of escaped prisoners turn up on their door-step.

Year: 2020

Australian Cinema Release Date: 10th September 2020

Thailand Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian VOD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jonathan Milott, Cary Murnion

Screenwriter: Nick Morris, Ruckus Skye, Lane Skye

Cast: Leslie Adlam (Mrs. Hancher), Amanda Brugel (Kayla), Kevin James (Dominick), Robert Maillet (Apex), Ryan McDonald (Cole), James McDougall (Hammond), Joel McHale (Jeff), Isaiah Rockcliffe (Ty), Lulu Wilson (Becky)

Running Time: 93 mins

Classification: TBC

 

 

OUR BECKY REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Dave Griffiths’ Becky Review:

 

As a cinema lover nothing thrills me quite as much as watching an actor play against type. Think Vince Vaughn in Hacksaw Ridge or Dragged Across Concrete or even that moment Michael Keaton pulled on the Batsuit for the first time. It seems to even raise the bar when that actor goes even further and decides to play an ‘evil’ character. Did any of us ever think that Robin Williams could go from Mork From Ork to play a disturbed individual in One Hour Photo?

The latest actor to take the plunge from fun-loving comedian to evil psychopath is none other than Kevin James (Grown Ups) in the brand new horror-thriller Becky. No this isn’t James committing the odd kill with a laugh here and there like many believe, this James playing a cold-hearted Neo-Nazi who isn’t frightened to kill a child, or anybody else that stands in the way of what he wants.

After a daring prison van escape Dominick (James) and his fellow escapees, which includes the towering Apex (Robert Malliet – Pacific Rim), begin a murderous spree which results with them ending up at the forest homestead of Jeff (Joel McHale – Community). Instead the homestead there is already tension as Jeff tries to mend the relationship with his teenage daughter, Becky (Lulu Wilson – Annabelle: Creation), after the death of her mother – his ex-wife. Tensions have risen due to Jeff breaking the news to Becky that he is set to marry his girlfriend, Kayla (Amanda Brugel – The Handmaid’s Tale), and Becky is in no mood to see her family ripped apart by anybody – even if they are a violent criminal.

Becky is not the kind of film that everybody is going to feel comfortable watching. I wasn’t joking when I said that the actions of Dominick are not held back simply because a comedian is playing the role. Instead the audience witnesses Dominick murder children, punch a young girl and commit an at times hard to watch torture sequence. What makes the film a must see though is that James delivers these scenes with intense menace – this is a side of James that we have never seen before and side that you can only hope we see more of in the future.

It is hard to see many horror fans being disappointed by Becky. Like they did with the very under-rated Cooties the directional team of Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion deliver a particular nasty film that is a joy to watch. Once again they find interesting ways to kill of the characters that meet their demise. And while the ‘killings’ are inventive they never become laughable and instead the film carries a true feeling of suspense throughout that never allows the audience to ever settle in its seat.

While a lot of praise for Becky will be aimed at Kevin James. Credit must also be paid to Joel McHale and Lulu Wilson. McHale puts in a smooth performance as a worried father while Wilson steals the show with a performance that is well beyond her years. Over the past few years Wilson has impressed horror fans with her performances in great films like Ouija: Origins Of Evil and Annbelle: Creation but even they don’t compare to the sensational work she brings to Becky. This is the film that shows this young actress is going to become an award-winner as her career goes on.

Becky is not without its weaknesses, such as a plot hole that leaves you asking why Dominick seems to go easy on African American character Kayla despite the fact he is a Neo-Nazi, but for the most part it is a gruesome, suspenseful horror that shows us a dark side to one of Hollywood’s funniest men.

 

 

 

 

Kyle McGrath’s Becky Review:

 

 

 

 

 

Average Subculture Rating:

 

 

IMDB Rating:

Becky (2020) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Becky Reviews:

Nil

 

Trailer:

 

 

After the heights that Amaranthe reached with their 2018 album Helix there many asking was it possible for the Danish/Swedish outfit to out-do themselves again. Well a lot has happened in that time. The award winners signed to Nuclear Blast Records and have now recorded Manifest… an album that even out does its predecessor.

“Well we did feel like we were on the right path with the previous album,” says vocalist Elize Ryd when I chat to her about Manifest. “When we released Helix we were very interested to see what people would see in it. At the time we were working on trying to find the core sound of Amaranthe and then we just continued from there.”

“After the release of the album we were like ‘hey this sounds really right,’” she says continuing. “But we also knew that there were a few things that we could change and we started to discuss those things and we decided to do things like lower the tuning so it sounded more heavy. We also wanted to simplify some of the song-writing and try to make it more personal. We really did get a confidence from releasing Helix and that really did help a lot because it gave us a boost. It gave us a confidence that we were able to use when we wrote and recorded Manifest.”

We laugh as we talk about Amaranthe’s heavier sound on Manifest. “I have been working with Olaf for fourteen years now and I have heard him play a lot of different guitars and I have to say that he really loves to experiment. That is the same for me when it comes to my voice. Whether it be with melodies or whatever I love to experiment and I also know what I like best when it comes to Olaf’s playing and I will specifically ask for that. I will be like “Olaf I want this kind of guitars” and this time we had that in mind when we were writing songs. We wanted to have songs that would allow groovier kind of playing.”

“If you listen to our music and past albums you will hear a different kind of playing on each album,” she says as we continue to talk about the band’s heavier sound. “The keys are always basically the same, although we did up some updates with Manifest because Yamaha gave us a really cool keyboard with some really cool sounds, but anyway with this album I think we just really inspired each other.”

Manifest is out on October 2nd through Nuclear Blast Records. You can listen to the full interview in our audio interview below.

 

 

In a brand new episode of Subculture: The Podcast Dave Griffiths and Harley Woods take a look at Rami Malick playing the brand new Bond villain as well as paying homage to the late Diana Rigg.

The boys also look at whether Australian TV show Ship To Shore could ever be brought back from the dead and then they answer a listener’s challenge by re-casting the DC villains.

 

Summary: When a disgraced Police Officer accidentally kills a suspect in a kidnapping case it is up to him and a young blogger to try and find the kidnap victim before it is too late.

Year: 2019

Australian Cinema Release Date: TBA

Thailand Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian VOD Release Date: 13th May 2020

Country: UK, USA

Director: Steven C. Miller

Screenwriter: Jeremy Drysdale

Cast: Elijah M. Cooper (D’Brickshaw D’Martin), Courtney Eaton (Ava Brooks), Aaron Eckhart (Frank Penny), Giancarlo Esposito (Volk), Lindsay Garrett (Walter), James Hutchison III (Max Keller), Betsy Landin (Maya Prinz), Jessica Lu (Clover), Mason McCulley (Fletch), Ben McKenzie (Dean Keller), Dina Meyer (Ruth Carter), Gary Peebles (Bunny), David Shae (Telescope), Nikola Shreli (Hendrix), Nishelle Williams (Claudia)

Running Time: 98 mins

Classification: TBC

 

 

OUR LINE OF DUTY REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Dave Griffiths’ Line Of Duty Review:

 

 

 

Kyle McGrath’s Line Of Duty Review:

 

 

Average Subculture Rating:

 

 

IMDB Rating:

Line of Duty (2019) on IMDb

 

Other Subculture Entertainment Line Of Duty Reviews:

Nil

 

Trailer:

The Croods have survived their fair share of dangers and disasters, from fanged prehistoric beasts to watching their daughter get heart eyes over a new boyfriend. But now they face something that will shake their pack to its core and make them reconsider everything they hold true: another family.

The Croods need a new place to live. So, the first prehistoric family sets off into the world in search of a safer place to call home. When they discover an idyllic walled-in paradise that meets all their needs, they think their problems are solved … except for one thing. Another family already lives there: the Bettermans.

The Bettermans (emphasis on the “better”)—with their elaborate tree house, amazing inventions and irrigated acres of fresh produce—are a couple of steps above the Croods on the evolutionary ladder. When they take the Croods in as the world’s first houseguests, it isn’t long before tensions reach a breaking point.

Just when all seems lost, a new threat will propel both families on an epic adventure outside the safety of the wall, one that will force them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together.

The Croods: A New Age features the voice talent of returning stars Nicolas Cage as Grug Crood, Catherine Keener as Ugga Crood, Emma Stone as their daughter, Eep; Ryan Reynolds as Eep’s boyfriend, Guy; Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine) as Thunk and Cloris Leachman as Gran. They’re joined by new stars Peter Dinklage (HBO’s Game of Thrones) as Phil Betterman, Leslie Mann (Blockers) as Hope Betterman, and Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: Episode VIII-The Last Jedi) as their daughter, Dawn.

The film is directed by Joel Crawford, who has worked on multiple DreamWorks Animation films, including Trolls and the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and is produced by Mark Swift (Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted).