Category: Drama

Stan today released the official trailer and new images for the brand new eight-episode crime series Hightown premiering 17 May exclusively on Stan.

Hightown is set on iconic Cape Cod, and follows one woman’s journey to sobriety, intertwined with an unfolding murder investigation. Jackie Quiñones (Monica RaymundChicago FireThe Good Wife), a hard-partying National Marine Fisheries Service agent, has her free-wheeling life thrown into disarray when she discovers a body on the beach – another casualty of Cape Cod’s opioid epidemic. As a result of this trauma, Jackie takes the first steps toward becoming sober— until she becomes convinced that it’s up to her to solve the murder.

Now at odds with Sergeant Ray Abruzzo (James Badge DaleOnly the Brave), an abrasive but effective member of the Cape Cod Interagency Narcotics Unit, Jackie starts to spiral. And she’s not alone. Ray, too, spins out of control; losing himself in the investigation. The lives of everyone connected to this murder crash and converge, reminding us just how complicated – and deadly – our addictions can be.

Riley Voelkel (Roswell, New MexicoThe Originals), Shane Harper (Code BlackHappyland), Amaury Nolasco (Prison BreakDeception), Atkins Estimond (The ResidentLodge 49) and Dohn Norwood (MindhunterThe Sinner) also star.

Hightown is created and executive produced by Rebecca Cutter (Gotham) with Gary Lennon (PowerEuphoria) executive producing with Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Top Gun: Maverick, The Amazing Race), Jonathan Littman (LuciferThe Amazing RaceCSI franchise) and KristieAnne Reed (LuciferL.A.’s Finest) from Jerry Bruckheimer TV; Ellen H. Schwartz also serves as executive producer. Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison (Black Panther, Fruitvale Station) directed the first two episodes of the series.

Hightown was an Official Selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival.

Hightown premieres 17 May only on Stan, same day as the US, with new episodes weekly.

 

 

Summary: Ray Garrison, an elite soldier who was killed in battle, is brought back to life by an advanced technology that gives him the ability of super human strength and fast healing. With his new abilities, he goes after the man who killed his wife, or at least, who he believes killed his wife. He soon comes to learn that not everything he learns can be trusted. The true question is: Can he even trust himself?

Year: 2020

Australian Cinema Release Date: 1st March 2020

Thailand Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian Home Entertainment Release Date: 7th April 2020

Country: United States, China

Director: Dave Wilson

Screenwriter: Jeff Wadlow, Eric Heisserer, Kevin VanHanhook (comic book), Bob Layton (comic book), Don Perlin (comic book)

Cast: Siddharth Dhananjay (Eric), Vin Diesel (Ray Garrison/Bloodshot), Eiza Gonzalez (KT), Alex Hernandez (Tibbs), Sam Heughan (Jimmy Dalton), Johannes Haukur Johannosson (Nick Baris), Toby Kebbell (Martin Axe), Lamorne Morris (Wilfred Wigans), Guy Pearce (Dr. Emil Harting), Talulah Riley (Gina Garrison)

Running Time: 109 mins

Classification: M (Australia) TBA (Thailand)

 

 

OUR BLOODSHOT REVIEWS & RATINGS:

 

Dave Griffiths’ Bloodshot Review:

Actor Vin Diesel has become a super-star off the back of the Fast & Furious, XXX and Riddick franchises but over recent years he has rarely strayed from either, perhaps preferring to sticking to what he knows best. That is what makes Bloodshot such an interesting prospect. Arguably, one of the world’s biggest action stars rarely branching out to start something new, and something that from the look of the trailer looks interesting enough to take a chance on.

Based on the popular Valiant Comics series Bloodshot the film centres on Special Forces soldier Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel – The Fast & The Furious) who after returning from a mission is kidnapped and murdered alongside his wife, Gina Garrison (Talulah Riley – Inception).

He then wakes up in the laboratory of Dr. Emil Harting (Guy Pearce – Memento) having being re-animated and turned into a super-soldier. While Harting marvels at his creation he quickly adds him to his team of super soldiers but while working with team leader Katie (Elza Gonzalez – Alita: Battle Angel) he suddenly has flashbacks and decides to seek revenge for what has happened. But what is real and what is a figment of his imagination… that is what he has to find out.

That is actually one of the joys of watching Bloodshot. The film has so many twists and turns that it is impossible to ever work out what is going to happen next. With a brilliant screenplay from Jeff Wadlow (Truth Or Dare) and Eric Heisserer (Arrival) the line between the truth and fiction and is often tested and the audience is left in the dark to what is really happening in just the same way the characters are. The result is a film that contains such a suspense element that it lifts the storyline well above what most films in the action genre can ever achieve.

When it comes to the action genre there is something uniquely intelligent about Bloodshot. The screenplay is suspenseful and thought-provoking while director Dave Wilson (Love, Death & Robots) is a smart enough director to actually keep the action to a level that actually makes the story seem more believable. The fact that Wilson is a first time director is almost unbelievable as he handles this film with the expertise of a seasoned director with the experience of Steven Spielberg. Wilson creates some pretty impressive action sequences, including a sequence in a tunnel that does more than show that he is a director with a big future ahead of him

The only side of the film that lets it down slightly is the fact that after the film delivers its big twist that turns everything on its head, which happens about halfway through the film; it feels like the film then loses its greatest source of suspense. From then on the film seems to become a simple good versus evil storyline that is purely kept interesting by the fact that by that time the audience have become invested in the characters – especially Ray and Katie.

Because of that we should thank goodness that this is one action film that has bothered to put some effort into characterisation, but that can’t be said for all the characters we find here. While the screenplay does give us a pretty good notion of who characters like Ray and Katie are it falls dangerously with the ‘villains’ who become one dimensional and very comic-book like – the kinds of characters that we have seen in films thousands of times in the past.

The result of that also sees up and down performances by the main actors as well. The biggest loser here is Guy Pearce whose talents seem to be completely wasted as he plays a characterless villain who would have been more at home in a video game. On the flipside my biggest fear going into this film was that I would not be able to not see Vin Diesel as Dom Toretto or Xander Cage. Luckily though, the characterisation that the screenplay allows for Ray the film does actually allow Vin Diesel the opportunity to test his acting chops while also delivering so awesome action sequences. He is also well supported by Eiza Gonzelez who grouped with her performances in Baby Driver and Alita: Battle Angel is showing Hollywood why she is one of the biggest stars on the rise.

There are some things that sadly let down Bloodshot but there is more than enough to make this the perfect film to sat down and watch when you just don’t want to think. So engrossing is the storyline that it does feel like you are watching a television pilot that wants to draw you more into its universe. At the end of the day Bloodshot is well worth watching if you are looking for a good action film to lose yourself in.

 

 

 

Kyle McGrath’s Bloodshot Review:

 

 

 

 

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Bloodshot (2020) on IMDb

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Our Bloodshot review that appeared in ‘The Phuket News’ can be read at this link – https://www.thephuketnews.com/vin-diesel-runs-deep-in-bloodshot-75674.php

This review by David Griffiths also appeared on www.lilithia.net

Has any other actor been impacted as much by the Corona virus pandemic as Vin Diesel? I can rack my brain but can’t think of any. First Diesel had his latest instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise pushed back by twelve months and then his beer of choice took a massive hit because of the Corona name. But both those things really pale into insignificance when you consider what happened to Diesel’s latest release Bloodshot – the unfortunate film due to open the week cinemas closed.

I have a lot of respect for Diesel as an actor. Not because he is one of those actors who has the acting skills to play dramatic roles in between his action juggernauts, but because he is a man who becomes so passionate about a project that he invests not only his money but also his heart and soul into it to make it happen. With Riddick Diesel bought the franchise to make sure it continued and now he is also one of the main producers of the epic Fast & Furious saga so he could keep some creative control over what happens to the characters that he loves so dearly.

It is the same with Bloodshot. A hardened comic book fan himself Diesel was more than aware of the Bloodshot series of comics created by Valiant Comics. Drawn to the series as a fan Diesel then melted my heart by declaring one of the reasons he got behind the film was because his son declared “Daddy, you are Bloodshot” when he was considering playing the role.

I’ll admit I was bought as soon as I heard about this film. One of my favourite action stars in a comic book film that was rumoured to have a pretty gruesome dark side. Then Covid-19 hit and Bloodshot became one of the biggest cinematic causalities of the fallout. With no media screenings on offer I saw the film in a general session on its opening night and there was only myself and one other guy in the cinema – another tragic soul who was willing to risk the impending plague in order to get a Diesel fix.

Now Bloodshot gets a second life in the cinemas and I can only pray that this time it gets a bigger audience because this is one of action film that I have to admit not only worked for me, but impressed me enough that I would love to see the film become a franchise… as long as they can fix up some of the issues I’ll list below.

For those who haven’t read the comics Diesel plays Ray Garrison a soldier who while celebrating his latest successful mission is kidnapped alongside his wife Gina (Talulah Riley – Inception). He then suffers the heart-breaking trauma of watching her murdered in front of him and when he wakes learns that he was also murdered but has been re-animated as a super-solider in a program run by inventive scientist Dr. Emil Harting (Guy Pearce – Memento).

And that is where I will leave the synopsis for Bloodshot because to say anything else would be going into spoiler territory and this is a film that you can’t have spoilt for you. I think the reason that Bloodshot worked so well for me is because I knew nothing about where the story was going to go. As a result I sat there like a kid in a candy store as every twist and turn played out in front of me. Spectacular action aside what impressed me the most about Bloodshot was the suspenseful storyline with twists that I definitely didn’t see coming.

Having said that though there is a major flaw with this film. While Diesel is Bloodshot to a tee Guy Pearce is horribly miscast as Harting. Actually, maybe that is a little unfair because to be honest I am not sure whether he was miscast or whether Pearce could have done something with the character had it had been written as more than just a walking cliché.

That is the strange thing about this film. Bloodshot and KT (Eiza Gonzalez Alita: Battle Angeli) are brilliantly written and as a result Diesel and Gonzalez shine. Sadly though most other characters are either under-written or are so one-dimensional that the audience has very little interest in them.

As an action film Bloodshot does overcome its flaws with an unpredictable storyline and two leads I felt led the way. Now I simply can’t wait to see if the franchise develops or whether the pandemic has put a dismal finale to it all.

Trailer:

Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is delighted to announce that war epic 1917 will be available to own on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from 22 April 2020, with a wealth of bonus features revealed for home entertainment.

After winning the top prize at leading awards shows earlier this year, including the Academy Awards, BAFTAs and Golden Globes, 1917 is heading for living rooms across the country, providing fans with the opportunity to learn the secrets behind this immersive masterpiece.

1917 is a must-own visual action spectacle that demands viewing on high-definition home entertainment formats, with HD technical specifications including HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision high dynamic range with Dolby Atmos audio.

There is a feature-length director’s commentary from Sam Mendes, as well as a solo feature commentary from Roger Deakins, the film’s director of photography who won an Academy Award for his work on the film.

A full list of special features is listed below:

Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD

  • Feature commentary with Sam Mendes (full movie run time)
  • Feature commentary with Roger Deakins (full movie run time)
  • The Weight of the World: Sam Mendes (4 mins 45 sec)
    • Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes discusses his personal connection to World War 1
  • Allied Forces: Making 1917 (12 mins 15 sec)
    • Learn how the one shot, 360-degree format was executed and the pivotal role Academy Award winner Roger Deakins served in bringing Sam Mendes’ vision to life
  • The Score of 1917 (4 mins)
    • Composer Thomas Newman and filmmakers discuss the important role of the Academy Award®-nominated score
  • In the trenches (7 mins)
    • Go behind the scenes with the cast of 1917
  • Recreating history (10 mins 30 sec)
    • Filmmakers offer a detailed look at the production design challenges of recreating the First World War.

 

DVD

  • Feature commentary with Sam Mendes (full movie run time)
  • Feature commentary with Roger Deakins (full movie run time)
  • The Weight of the World: Sam Mendes (4 mins 45 sec)
    • Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes discusses his personal connection to World War 1
  • Allied Forces: Making 1917 (12 mins 15 sec)
    • Learn how the one shot, 360-degree format was executed and the pivotal role Academy Award winner Roger Deakins served in bringing Sam Mendes’ vision to life
  • The Score of 1917 (4 mins)
    • Composer Thomas Newman and filmmakers discuss the important role of the Academy Award®-nominated score

1917 will be available in-store and online nationwide from 22 April 2020

Small Town Monsters has announced the March 20th Blu-ray/DVD, Amazon and Vimeo release of their new miniseries “On the Trail of UFOs”.  The final trailer for the series gives viewers a glimpse into the astonishing numbers of locations and mind-bending interviews documented.  The latest production from Small Town Media founder and director Seth Breedlove, “On the Trail of UFOs” takes an in-depth look at the current state of unidentified flying objects, and America’s continuously-evolving relationship with the subject. With unidentified flying objects being written and talked about in major news outlets and behind closed doors in Washington D.C., Breedlove and series host Shannon Legro set out to document what is by far the most tumultuous point in the history of “flying saucers”.

Small Town Monsters has announced the March 20th Blu-ray/DVD, Amazon and Vimeo release of their new miniseries “On the Trail of UFOs”.  The final trailer for the series gives viewers a glimpse into the astonishing numbers of locations and mind-bending interviews documented.  The latest production from Small Town Media founder and director Seth Breedlove, “On the Trail of UFOs” takes an in-depth look at the current state of unidentified flying objects, and America’s continuously-evolving relationship with the subject. With unidentified flying objects being written and talked about in major news outlets and behind closed doors in Washington D.C., Breedlove and series host Shannon Legro set out to document what is by far the most tumultuous point in the history of “flying saucers”.

“On the Trail of UFOs” takes viewers from the gates of Area 51 itself, to the snow-capped White Mountains of New Hampshire. Filming took place across the United States, including New York City, Phoenix, Sedona, Los Angeles, Orlando, and Las Vegas. The team interviewed numerous witnesses and investigators of unknown aerial phenomena, including those who claim to have been abducted and experimented upon by real aliens. No stone was left unturned in putting together what Breedlove believes to be the most comprehensive look at the subject ever filmed.

 

A new TV series, featuring recognized stars from both the film and fight industry, is in the works from Painted Creek Productions and Lakeview Pictures.

Harley Wallen, the multi-award winning filmmaker behind such features as Agramon’s Gate and Bennett’s Song, will direct.

Tale of Tails is set in a “borderline” legal bar where anything goes – for the right price. Nick, the owner keeps Tails afloat by taking advantage of desperate women who dance for money and the desperate men who pay for female attention.

But when a dead dancer is found in the bathroom, trouble ensues for the establishment and its morally-challenged occupants and staff.

Harley Wallen, Tevis Marcum, Kaiti Wallen, Jovie Lyn, Grover McCants and Jimmie Chiapelli head up the cast.

Wallen produces alongside Kaiti Wallen, Steve Kopera and Tevis Marcum. Marcus, Wallen and Marcum also wrote.

Blanca Blanco, genre staple Yan Birch and MMA Professional Fighter and UFC/Rizin veteran Daron Cruickshank appear in the first season.

Tale of Tails is currently filming in Detroit, Michigan with a fall 2020 anticipated release on Amazon Prime.

 

The modern day fairytale drama The Baker & the Beauty will premiere exclusively on Stan from 14 April, same day as the US. The heartwarming trailer for the series takes us on a dramatic rollercoaster ride that navigates family, fame and finding true love.

The uplifting romantic drama series will take viewers on a flavour-filled adventure between relatable everyman Daniel Garcia and international superstar Noa Hamilton. Daniel is working in the family bakery and doing everything that his loving Cuban parents and siblings expect him to do. But when he meets Noa on a wild Miami night, his life moves into the spotlight. Will this unlikely couple upend their lives to be together and pull his family into a culture clash?

The Baker and the Beauty stars Australian actress Nathalie Kelley (Furious 7) as Noa Hamilton, Victor Rasuk (Jack Ryan, 50 Shades of Grey Franchise) as Daniel Garcia, Carlos Gómez (Madam Secretary) as Rafael Garcia, Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal) as Lewis, Lisa Vidal (Being Mary Jane) as Mari Garcia, David Del Rio (Pitch Perfect) as Mateo Garcia, Belissa Escobedo as Natalie and Michelle Veintimilla (Gotham) as Vanessa.

Dean Georgaris is the writer/executive producer and showrunner. The Baker and the Beauty is based on the hit Israeli show created by Assi Azar, originally for Keshet Broadcasting. Keshet’s Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan are executive producers, along with Assi Azar. Jim Chory and Steve Pearlman also serve as executive producers.

The Baker & the Beauty premieres 14 April only on Stan, with new episodes weekly
– same day as the US.

 

Stan has released the official trailer for the fifth season of the hit Showtime drama series BILLIONS, premiering on Sunday, 3 May, only on Stan. Starring Oscar® nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Paul Giamatti and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis, the fifth season cast of BILLIONS includes new recurring guest stars Corey Stoll (House of Cards) and Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife).

In season five of BILLIONS, Bobby Axelrod (Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) see their vicious rivalry reignited, while new enemies rise and take aim. Social impact pioneer Mike Prince (Stoll) poses a true threat to Axe’s dominance, and Chuck feuds with a formidable district attorney (Roma Maffia). Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) is forced back to Axe Capital, where Taylor must fight to protect their employees and their assets. Wendy Rhoades (Maggie Siff) reevaluates her loyalties and forges surprising new alliances that put her at odds with both Chuck and Axe. Margulies will play Catherine Brant, an Ivy League sociology professor and bestselling author. The series also stars David CostabileCondola RashadKelly AuCoin and Jeffrey DeMunn.

BILLIONS is created and executive produced by showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The series was also created by Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Billions Season 5 premieres Sunday, 3 May only on Stan, with new episodes weekly – same day as the US.

Stan has today released a new teaser for the highly anticipated satirical drama series The Great, created by Australia’s own Oscar®-nominated writer Tony McNamara (The Favourite) and starring Elle Fanning (MaleficentThe Neon Demon) and BAFTA® nominee Nicholas Hoult (Stan Original Film True History of the Kelly Gang, X-Men Franchise).

The Great is a satirical, comedic drama about the rise of Catherine the Great from outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. Season One is a fictionalised, fun and anachronistic story of an idealistic, romantic young girl, who arrives in Russia for an arranged marriage to the mercurial Emperor Peter. Hoping for love and sunshine, she finds instead a dangerous, depraved, backward world that she resolves to change. All she has to do is kill her husband, beat the church, baffle the military and get the court onside. A very modern story about the past which encompasses the many roles she played over her lifetime as lover, teacher, ruler, friend, and fighter. Incorporating historical facts occasionally, the series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine, Nicholas HoultPhoebe FoxAdam GodleyGwilym LeeCharity WakefieldDouglas HodgeSacha DhawanSebastian de SouzaBayo Gbadamosi and Belinda Bromilow.

The Great is created, written and executive produced by Oscar®-nominated writer Tony McNamara (The Favourite) and executive produced by Marian Macgowan, Thruline’s Josh Kesselman and Ron West, Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan Ward, Doug Mankoff and Andrew Spaulding, Elle Fanning,  Mark Winemaker and Matt Shakman. The series is from Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television.

The Great premieres 16 May only on Stan – same day as the US.

Stan today released the teaser and confirmed a date for the new eight-episode crime series Hightown premiering 17 May exclusively on Stan.

Hightown is set on iconic Cape Cod, and follows one woman’s journey to sobriety, intertwined with an unfolding murder investigation. Jackie Quiñones (Monica RaymundChicago FireThe Good Wife), a hard-partying National Marine Fisheries Service agent, has her free-wheeling life thrown into disarray when she discovers a body on the beach – another casualty of Cape Cod’s opioid epidemic. As a result of this trauma, Jackie takes the first steps toward becoming sober— until she becomes convinced that it’s up to her to solve the murder.

Now at odds with Sergeant Ray Abruzzo (James Badge DaleOnly the Brave), an abrasive but effective member of the Cape Cod Interagency Narcotics Unit, Jackie starts to spiral. And she’s not alone. Ray, too, spins out of control; losing himself in the investigation. The lives of everyone connected to this murder crash and converge, reminding us just how complicated – and deadly – our addictions can be.

Riley Voelkel (Roswell, New MexicoThe Originals), Shane Harper (Code BlackHappyland), Amaury Nolasco (Prison BreakDeception), Atkins Estimond (The ResidentLodge 49) and Dohn Norwood (MindhunterThe Sinner) also star.

Hightown is created and executive produced by Rebecca Cutter (Gotham) with Gary Lennon (PowerEuphoria) executive producing with Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Top Gun: Maverick, The Amazing Race), Jonathan Littman (LuciferThe Amazing RaceCSI franchise) and KristieAnne Reed (LuciferL.A.’s Finest) from Jerry Bruckheimer TV; Ellen H. Schwartz also serves as executive producer. Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison (Black Panther, Fruitvale Station) directed the first two episodes of the series.

Hightown was an Official Selection of the 2020 SXSW Film Festival.

Hightown premieres 17 May only on Stan – same day as the US – with new episodes weekly.

Stan today announced the four-time Oscar® winning black-comedy thriller Parasite will be available to stream in 4K on Stan from Easter Saturday, 11 April, months ahead of its intended streaming release.

Nick Forward, Chief Content Officer at Stan, said: “Just two months after its historic Best Picture Oscar win, Stan is pleased to be making this acclaimed masterpiece from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho available early to all Stan subscribers this Easter.”

Winner of four Academy Awards® including Best Picture and Best Director, and the Palme d’Or (Best Film award) at the Cannes Film Festival – this family tragicomedy is the latest masterpiece from director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer) and confirms his position as one of the world’s most inventive and captivating filmmakers.

Ki-taek’s family of four is close, but all are unemployed and the future looks bleak. However, when his son, Ki-woo is recommended by a fellow university student friend for a well-paid tutoring job, hope spawns for a regular income. Carrying the expectations of the family, Ki-woo arrives at the house of Mr. Park, the owner of a global IT firm, where he meets Yeon-kyo, the young lady of the house. The job interview is a success and soon Ki-woo begins work. But very soon, following this first meeting between the two families, an unstoppable string of mishaps lies in wait…

Parasite will be available to stream on Stan from Easter Saturday, 11 April.