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Summary:  The untold story of one twelve-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain.

Year: 2022

Cinema Release Dates:  16th June 2022 (Australia), 30th June 2022 (Thailand), 1st July 2022 (UK), 1st July 2022 (USA)

VOD Release Dates: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson, Jonathan del Val

Screenwriter: Brian Lynch, Matthew Fogel

Cast: Julie Andrews (Marlena Gru (voice)), Alan Arkin (Wild Knuckles (voice)), Russell Brand (Dr. Nefario (voice)), Steve Carell (Gru (voice)), Pierre Coffin (Kevin/Stuart/Bob/Minions (voice)), Taraji P. Henson (Belle Bottom (voice)), Lucy Lawless (Nunchuk (voice)), Dolph Lundgren (Svengeance (voice)), RZA (Biker (voice)), Danny Trejo (Stronghold (voice)), Jean-Claude Van Damme (Jean Clawed (voice)), Michelle Yeoh (Master Chow (voice))

Running Time: 87 mins

Classification: PG (Australia), TBC (Thailand), U (UK), PG (USA)

OUR MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU REVIEWS

David Griffiths’ Minions: The Rise Of Gru Review:

Chances are if you are a parent you have heard the Minions – those cute yellow little creatures that rarely  say things that the average human can understandable  – except of course unless that word is “BANANAS!!!”

It is hard to believe that these cute little guys have been in our lives for 12 years now. Of course they first appeared in Despicable Me way back 2010 and since then have appeared in two more Despicable Me films as well as their own spin-off feature film and a number of shorts. The one thing that cinema audiences have always been guaranteed across all of those films is that they would be funny and entertaining for the whole family.

Now the Minions and their criminal over-lord Gru (Steve Carrell – The 40-Year Old Virgin) return in Minions: The Rise Of Gru. This time around directors Kyle Balda (The Lorax), Brad Ableson (Minions: Holiday Special) and Jonathan del Val (The Secret Life Of Pets 2) take fans of the franchise right back to the beginning to show how Gru and his team of Minions not only first met but how their journey towards world domination started.

The film goes back to a pre-teen Gru that idolises a group of super-villains led by the notorious Belle Bottom (Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures) and hopes to become a villain himself one day. His dreams seem to be coming true when a vacancy opens up within The Vicious 6 and Gru is selected for a job interview with them. However at the interview he learns that the vacancy has been because of the disappearance of his favourite member, Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin – Argo). Not only that but Belle Bottom and the remaining super-villains laugh at him for being a child.

Determined to prove that he is a villain Gru steals a valuable, ancient Chinese artefact while the villains are distracted. His plan is to take it back in a few days to show his worth to Belle Bottom however that plan fails when one of the over-zealous Minions loses the artefact which means once the group hunt down Gru is life is at risk. Soon the Minions find themselves on a journey to not only find the stone but to save Gru’s life.

Just like the other films that have built up the Minions’ world the first thing that hits you with this film is just how much fun it is. The screenwriting team, made up of Brian Lynch (Puss In Boots) and Matthew Fogel (The Lego Movie 2), has made sure that this is the perfect family film as it is the type of film that will appeal to both parents and children alike.

The key to that working is the fact that not only is the film set in the 1970s but it contains the same kind of humour and storyline that generations of animation fans have enjoyed. While many modern day animated films try to be too modern Minions: The Rise Of Gru uses all of the same tropes of old-school cartoons like The Smurfs, The Jetsons and The Flintstones. Just like those cartoons this film uses all the elements of comedy to get a laugh – from witty one liners right through to outrageously funny slapstick.

Likewise it doesn’t do anything too fancy with the plot. This is a genuine old-school good versus evil storyline. The difference being of course that Gru despite being the audience’s hero is also kind of evil. Remarkably even that element of the film works exceptionally well and true fans of the franchise will also notice that so many jigsaw pieces from right across the series fall into place with this film. From Gru first meeting Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand – Arthur) through to Gru first hiring the Minions it is all revealed and explained this time around.

The other thing that makes Minions: The Rise Of Gru so special to watch is that the all the adventures that Gru and the Minions have together in this film are made special by the fact that the characters around them are voiced by an avalanche of stars that include Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michelle Yeoh, Dolph Lundgren, Lucy Lawless, Danny Trejo, RZA and Julie Andrews, in fact keep an ear out for Yeoh’s character because Master Chow absolutely steals the show.

If you are looking for the perfect film for the entire family then go no further than Minions: The Rise Of Gru. This is a very special animated film that will be lapped up by fans of the franchise and is an absolute must see.

Dave’s rating Out Of 5

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Action superstar Danny Trejo stars in Pikchure Zero Entertainment’s new sci-fi action series Paragon. : The Shadow Wars.

In a world where Reapers take souls and demons bargain with humans for their place in the food chain, a new descendent named Jael has emerged. After centuries of civil unrest in the real world, a new war is waging amongst those who are seeking to create a new after-life and Jael finds herself in the middle of it. She must venture into the dark world of Soul Reaping and embrace her new role as the Paragon.

Trejo, Amin Joseph, Franziska Schissler, Dilan Gwyn, Khu, and Justin Price star in a series,  currently out to networks, that will encompass a 7-episode first season, with each 43-minute episode fixing on the human race dealing with the obliteration of Heaven.

Paragon is a sci-fi action series that follows the different factions of society as they deal with Heaven’s destruction. With only a small piece of the after-life to live for, everyone from Death himself is fighting to claim the Elysian for themselves.

“We have always loved the Sci-fi fantasy genre, and we wanted to create a series that explored one of the most intriguing questions of humanity. Where do we go when we die? And what would happen if Heaven no longer existed?”, says Justin Price, who is also a producer on the series alongside  Khu and  Franziska Schissler.

Price adds, “Paragon is an edgier and grittier cable style series in the vein of Firefly and Altered Carbon. I believe we have an electric hybrid that explores the human spectrum of dealing with loss and love in a stylistic way. Danny Trejo is outstanding as Kincaid, the half-dead leader of disbanded reapers.”

Paragon : The Shadow Wars is now out to networks.

 

This June, from the biggest animated franchise in history and global cultural phenomenon, comes the untold story of one 12-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest supervillain, in Minions: The Rise of Gru.

 In the heart of the 1970s, amid a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru (Oscar nominee Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making backup from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto—a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please—deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons and pull off their first missions.

When the Vicious 6 oust their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles (Oscar winner Alan Arkin), Gru interviews to become their newest member. It doesn’t go well (to say the least), and only gets worse after Gru outsmarts them and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru will turn to an unlikely source for guidance, Wild Knuckles himself, and discover that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

 Teeming with Illumination’s signature subversive humour, pop-culture sophistication, full-hearted emotion, bold music sensibility, and over-the-top action, Minions: The Rise of Gru features a thrilling new cast of stars, including, as members of the Vicious 6, Taraji P. Henson as cool and confident leader Belle Bottom, Jean-Claude Van Damme as Jean Clawed, Lucy Lawless as Nunchuck, Dolph Lundgren as Svengeance and Danny Trejo as Stronghold. The film also features Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario, an aspiring mad scientist, Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow, an acupuncturist with mad Kung Fu skills, and Oscar winner Julie Andrews as Gru’s maddeningly self-absorbed mom.

 Steered by the franchise’s original creators, Minions: The Rise of Gru is produced by visionary Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborators Janet Healy and Chris Renaud. The film is directed by returning franchise filmmaker Kyle Balda (Despicable Me 3, Minions), co-directed by Brad Ableson (The Simpsons) and Jonathan del Val (The Secret Life of Pets films), and features the iconic voice of Pierre Coffin as the Minions and a killer ʼ70s soundtrack courtesy of legendary Grammy-winning music producer Jack Antonoff.

FeatureDanny Trejo

World-renowned actor Danny Trejo has teamed up with award-winning filmmaker Brett Harvey (Ice Guardians, The Culture High) to tell a story 71-years in the making.

“Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo”, currently in production in California, explores the life and career of Hollywood’s most unlikely hero, Danny Trejo.

Trejo, whose myriad of TV and motion picture work includes Desperado, Machete, Sin City, Predators and Sons of Anarchy, executive produces alongside proficient producing team Adam Scorgie, Rocky Mudaliar, Iliana Nikolic and Craig Balkam.

From an early life of drugs, armed robbery and hard prison time, to the red carpets of Hollywood blockbusters all the way to helping troubled addicts; Trejo gives a firsthand account of one of the greatest transformations of human character ever put to film.

“Today, Danny Trejo is temperate, benevolent and likely one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. But he wasn’t always this way”, explains producer Adam Scorgie, whose credits include recent success Ice Guardians and upcoming Chasing Evel: The Robbie Knievel Story . “Growing up in the mean streets of Pacoima, California, he was raised and mentored by his uncle, a drug addict and armed robber. By the age of 12, he had tried heroin. By age 15, he was introduced to his first jail cell. At 23, he was sentenced to San Quentin for selling a $30,000 bag of heroin to an undercover agent. From bad to worse, he boxed his way through the prison jungle, winning fight after fight and learning self-discipline along the way. Surviving some of the most hostile conditions in the country, Danny would eventually find himself involved in a prison riot that would lead to the turning point in his approach to life.”

Upon his release from prison in 1969, Danny’s life took a turn for the better. He started counseling teen drug addicts and working as a boxing coach. One chance meeting led to another and eventually, he found himself on the set of Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky’s Runaway Train (1985), where he was hired to train the film’s star, Eric Roberts how to box.

During the course of his illustrious acting career, Trejo has worked with such heavyweights as Quentin Tarantino, Antoine Fuqua, Michael Mann, Ivan Reitman and Robert Rodriguez.

Trejo recently completed filming Death Race : Anarchy and western Dead Again in Tombstone, both for Universal Pictures. Shortly, he’s expected to reprise his trademark role of Machete in a second sequel to Robert Rodriguez’s cult classic.

Inmate #1 : The Rise of Danny Trejo is currently lensing for a release fall 2018.

DAVID GRIFFITHS

Dave Griffiths

Dave Griffiths has worked as a journalist for over twenty years now -covering topics including film, television, music, travel and sport (with a main focus on AFL Football).

That time has seen him host the popular X-Wired television program for seven seasons as well as write for various magazines such as Buzz Magazine, Heavy Mag, Stage Whispers, The Banner and Eternity. Dave is currently the Head Film Writer for Heavy Mag and also writes reviews for Thailand’s The Phuket News newspaper.

He has even branched out into writing online for Subculture Entertainment, Media Search and The Book The Film The T-Shirt. He also worked as the online editor for Entertainment 360 for three years.

Dave’s radio work has seen him work on various radio stations including Talking Lifestyle, 2GB Talk Radio, ,3RPP, Triple R and Light FM. He is currently the co-host of Melbourne’s 94.1FM’s breakfast show ‘The Motley Crew’ and he can sometimes be heard on J-Air’s ‘First On Film’. David is also the co-host of two popular podcasts – ‘The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Film Show,’ and ‘The Popcorn Conspiracy’

As far as Film Reviewing goes David is an elected committee member of AFCA (Australian Film Critics Association and a member of IPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics)/FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique).

He has also served as a jury member for a number of international film festivals and is considered an expert on cult cinema, horror movies and Australian films.

Dave is also a keen screenwriter and is currently working on a new comic book series.

Currently David Griffiths has 488 Film & TV Reviews on Subculture Entertainment

Currently David Griffiths has 463 Film Interviews on Subculture Entertainment

Currently David Griffiths has 42 Music Reviews on Subculture Entertainment

Currently David Griffiths has 706 Music Interviews on Subculture Entertainment

Currently David Griffiths has 96 Theatre/Comedy/Gaming Interviews on Subculture Entertainment

Currently David Griffiths has 31 Theatre/Comedy Reviews on Subculture Entertainment

Currently David Griffiths features on 57 episodes of The Popcorn Conspiracy

Currently David Griffiths features on 26 episodes of HE SAYS/SHE SAYS FILM REVIEWS

Currently David Griffiths features on 8 episodes of A Critic’s Journey

Currently David Griffiths features on 12 episodes of SUBCULTURE: THE PODCAST

Machete Kills

To celebrate the arrival of our new show Subculture we have some copies of Machete Kills to giveaway. If you would like to win a copy of this great film thanks to Icon Films just take a listen to Subculture Ep 001 and tell us which film Danny Trejo told Dave G he was given by Lady Gaga on the set of Machete Kills. You can enter your answer on our Facebook Page.

Machete Kills is now available on DVD thanks to Icon Films.

Zombie Hunter

To celebrate the arrival of our new show Subculture we have some copies of Zombie Hunter to giveaway. If you would like to win a copy of this great film thanks to Transmission films just take a listen to Subculture Ep 001 and tell us which film Danny Trejo told Dave G he would loved to have acted in. You can enter your answer on our Facebook Page.

Zombie Hunter is now available on DVD thanks to Transmission Films.

Subculture DVD + Blu Ray

Welcome to Subculture, the brand new podcast hosted by Dave Griffiths which each week takes a look at all the new DVD and Blu-Ray releases for that week.

On Subculture Ep 001 Dave takes a look at new films Zombie Hunter and Machete Kills. He also has a chat to the man himself Danny Trejo. Also make sure you take a listen for your chance to win a copy of Zombie Hunter (thanks to Transmission Films) and Machete Kills (thanks to Icon Films).

You can hear Subculture Ep 001 right here.

Zombie Hunter

Summary: Zombie Hunter is set in a post-apocalyptic Zombie wasteland caused by the mysterious street drug “Natas”. We follow one man who has nothing left other than a beat up Camaro and a trunk full of guns and booze. He runs down Flesh Eaters, hunting for sport and redemption, while also running from his past. After crashing into a small group of survivors, who are running low on resources, he decides to lend a hand. But a surprise attack by the Flesh Eaters forces them on the run and puts the Hunter’s skills to the test..

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: N/A

Australian DVD Release Date: 12th March, 2014

Country: USA

Director: K.King

Screenwriter: K. King, Kurt Knight

Cast: Martin Copping (Hunter), Terry Guthrie (Jerry), Michael Monasterio (Casanova), Clare Niederpreum (Alison), Jarrod Phillips (Bill), Jade Reiger (Debbie), Marianne Smith (Daisy), Jake Suazo (Lyle), Danny Trejo (Jesus), Jason K. Wixom (Ricky)

Runtime: 93 mins

Classification:R18+

OUR ZOMBIE HUNTER REVIEWS & RATINGS:

David Griffiths:

Sometimes there is nothing better than just sitting back and watching a B-Grade (or should that be C-Grade) film. Zombie Hunter is one of those films where you can simply check  your brain at the door and settle back and watch a film that seems to have all the B-Grade horror trademarks – some dodgy CGI, voluptuous women and some pretty bad-ass monsters.

The world has become a zombie wasteland, nothing new there – except this time the zombies have been created because of the abuse of a street drug called Natas. One man, named Hunter (Martin Copping) believes he is the only human left and he drives across the wasteland haunted by memories of his wife and child as he lays waste to any flesh-eater that gets in his way.

But then that all changes when Hunter runs into the bullet of Lyle (Jake Suazo), something that literally crashes him out of his world of depression. Soon Hunter discovers that a group of humans have survived, a group that includes the legendary flesh-eater killing priest Jesus (Danny Trejo), the innocent teenager Ricky (Jason K. Wixom), the sweet Alison (Clare Niederpreum) and the very slutty Fast Debbie (Jade Regier).

As Debbie and Alison decide to fight it out for the attention of Hunter he decides to try and find a way to get this group to safety while also learning that the Flesh-Eaters are evolving into a more blood-thirsty character.

Zombie Hunter is one of those B-Grade movies that entertains you from start to finish. Together director K. King and screenwriter, Kurt Knight have tried there hardest to try and create a zombie movie that isn’t simply a rip-off of an episode of The Walking Dead. Knight tries to bring a Clint Eastwood style persona (which really comes through in the voice-over) to the character of Hunter, something that is only enhanced by the wasteland setting that King captures so well.

The good thing is that Knight’s script is entertaining. Hunter is just likable enough to hold the audience’s interest while the film really reaches a peak when a seemingly Captain Spalding inspired zombie pulls out a chainsaw and decides to put Debbie and co at risk. The risk may throw up the occasional clichéd bad line but it also does more than to make this a fairly decent B-Grade film.

Of course Zombie Hunter wouldn’t be a good B-Grade movie if it didn’t contain some dodgy areas as well. The film is up and down when it comes to its CGI. At times the zombies look great and it is easy to see that the make-up team have really known what they are doing but then at other times, especially with the evolved zombies, the CGI looks really amateurish… take a look at how bad it looks when Alison brakes knocking one of the roof of the truck at the airport at the end.

Martin Copping makes for a fairly decent B-Grade lead actor and the young Australian actor has certainly come a long way since Blue Heelers and Rush. It is fairly obvious that he is using a film like this to try and become a household in Hollywood and he certainly doesn’t do his chances any harm here. Jade Reiger plays slutty very well while Clare Niederpreum is another cast member who seems to be using this film to try and leap frog her career. Then there is of course Danny Trejo who as usual seems to shine in all his B-Grade glory.

Fans of B-Grade horror are going to find themselves totally loving Zombie Hunter one of the better B-Grade films to have surfaced over the last few years.

Stars(3)

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(3)

IMDB Rating:  Zombie Hunter (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Zombie Hunter′: Nil.

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The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Nick, Adam, Dave and Greg take a look at new release films ‘Gore Vidal: United States Of Amnesia’, ‘Need For Speed’, ‘Hannah Ardent’, ‘The Monuments Men’ and ‘All Is Lost’. This episode also features interviews with Aaron Paul, Danny Trejo, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Matt Damon and Simon J. Dutton.

To listen to the show you can download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here