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Summary: The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.

Year: 2019

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th September 2019

Thailand Cinema Release Date: TBA

Australian DVD Release Date: 11th March 2020

Country: United States, Swden

Director: Jim Jarmusch

Screenwriter: Jim Jarmusch

Cast: Eszter Balint (Fern), Steve Buscemi (Farmer Frank Miller), Austin Butler (Jack), Rosal Colon (Lily), Maya Delmont (Stella), Adam Driver (Officer Ronnie Peterson), Larry Fessendon (Danny Perkins), Danny Glover (Hank Thompson), Selena Gomez (Zoe), Caleb Landry Jones (Bobby Wiggins), Carol Kane (Mallory O’Brien), Bill Murray (Chief Cliff Robertson), Rosie Perez (Posie Juarez), RZA (Dean), Luka Sabbat (Zack), Chloe Sevigny (Officer Mindy Morrison), Tilda Swinton (Zelda Winston), Tom Waits (Hermit Bob), Taliyah Whitaker (Olivia), Jahi Di’Allo Winston (Geronimo)

Running Time: 104 mins

Classification: MA15+ (Australia) TBC (Thailand)

 

 

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Dave Griffiths’ The Dead Don’t Die Review:

Some directors are just an acquired taste. Think of filmmakers like Gaspar Noe or Terrence Malick. They are directors that you will normally find that cinema-lovers are left in awe of or go to the opposite and can’t stand their work. Another director that should be added to that list is Jim Jarmusch. For me films like Only Lovers Left Alive and Paterson are absolutely sensational films that need to be savoured as you watch them. At the same time though I can perfectly understand why someone wouldn’t enjoy the more alternative aspect.

Now comes Jarmusch next little beauty – The Dead Don’t Die which sees the talented director bring his own sense of humour to the zombie genre in a way that makes this a truly memorable film. So many supposed comedies this year have failed to impress me at all so it was a welcome relief to see The Dead Don’t Die and find myself laughing all the way through it.

Set in the small peaceful town of Centerville the film centres around three Police Officers who bring law and order to the town. Chief Cliff Robertson (Bill Murray – Ghostbusters, Lost In Translation), Officer Ronnie Peterson (Adam Driver – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Inside Llewyn Davis) and Officer Mindy Morrison (Chloe Sevigny – Boys Don’t Cry, Big Love) do what they can to bring law and order to the town but when the dead start rising even they aren’t completely sure what is the best avenue to follow.

Plot wise The Dead Don’t Die is probably one of the most simplistic films you will see this year. For most of the film the plot follows the traditional zombie trope storylines that we have come to know and love over the years. What makes the film so special though is the interesting characters that Jarmusch has created to inhabit the town. Interesting characters such as Farmer Frank Miller (Steve Buscemi – Fargo, Reservior Dogs) and Zelda Winston (Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer, Suspiria) keep the audience guessing throughout the film. Countless times you find yourself whether Zelda’s sword-fighting skills are going to be what ends up saving the town or whether someone likes Hermit Bob (Tom Waits – Seven Psychopaths, Down By Law) knows more about the events than they are letting on.

Also making the film stand-out from other zombie comedies is the unique Jarmusch humour and dialogue that is delivered by the characters here. At times the dry wit humour and language used by the characters brings back memories of legendary television shows like Northern Exposure… and that is a welcome relief in a time when it feels sometimes that some screenwriters have forgotten how to create good dialogue.

The take it or leave it aspect of this being a Jim Jarmusch film will most likely come into play for most people when he takes this film into the weird territory of breaking down the line between the characters and the actors. Early on when Adam Driver refers to a song playing on the radio as ‘the theme music’ you realise that Jarmusch breaks down the third wall and here the actors know they are ‘characters’ in a movie. That might be a little confronting and a little weird for those that are not used to alternative film-making but once you get a handle of it it is something that adds to the creativity and uniqueness of the film.

The resulting nature of the film does allow its stars to shine. Bill Murray and Adam Driver seem to enjoy the deadpan style of their character’s interactions. The pair seem to share an amazing on-screen partnership that only enhances the film. Jarmsuch’s star-pulling power also sees the likes of RZA (The Man With The Iron Fists, American Gangster) and Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers, Hotel Transylvania)  play smaller roles in the film while the inclusion of screen veterans like Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, 2012) also add to the films atmosphere. Jarmusch also doesn’t waste his plethora of stars giving them all memorable moments while also brilliantly giving small nods to their past roles throughout the film.

What Jim Jamusch has created here is a smart horror-comedy that deserves all the accolades that the film has been garnishing. The film is smart enough to be different that previous zombie horror-comedies like Zombieland and Shaun Of The Dead and has that unique Jamusch stamp on it which will mean it is a film that will be adored by those who love his unique style of filmmaking.

 

 

 

 

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IMDB Rating:  The Dead Don't Die (2019) on IMDb

 

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G.I. Joe Retaliation

Summary: In this sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 28th March, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Jon M. Chu

Screenwriter: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

Cast: Luke Bracey (Cobra Commander), James Carville (himself), D.J. Cotrona (Flint),  DeRay Davis (Stoop), Matt Gerald (Havoc), Walton Goggins (Warden Nigel James), Ryan Hansen (Grunt), Dwayne Johnson (Roadblock), Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow), Joseph Mazzello (Mouse), Adrianne Palicki (Jaye), Jim Palmer (Clutch), Ray Park (Snake Eyes), Jonathan Pryce (President), Robert Remus (Sgt. Slaughter), RZA (Blind Master), Ray Stevenson (Firefly), Nathan Takashige (Young Storm Shadow), Channing Tatum (Duke), Arnold Vosloo (Zartan), Bruce Willis (General Joe Colton), Carrie Wong (Jhankri), Elodie Yung (Jinx)

Runtime: 110 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ Review: Please check Dave’s review of ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’ that is available on the Helium Entertainment Channel.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation′: Check Episode #26 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’.

Rating: 1.5/5

IMDB Rating:G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) on IMDb

Summary: Quentin Tarantino presents The Man With the Iron Fists, an action-adventure inspired by kung-fu classics as interpreted by his longtime collaborators RZA and Eli Roth. Making his debut as a big-screen director, co-writer and leading man, RZA – alongside an exciting international cast led by Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu – tells the epic story of warriors, assassins and a lone outsider hero who all descend on one fabled village in China for a winner-takes-all battle for a fortune in gold. Blending astonishing martial-arts sequences from some of the masters of this world with the signature vision he brings as the leader of the Wu-Tang Clan and as one of hip-hop’s most dominant figures of the past two decades, RZA embarks upon his most ambitious, stylized and thrilling project to date.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 6th December, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: N/A

Country: United States/Hong Kong

Director: RZA

Screenwriter: Eli Roth, RZA

Cast: Jin Ayeung (Chan), David Bautista (Brass Body), John T. Benn (Master John),Mary Christina Brown (Jasmine),  Liu ChangJiang (Grey Hyena), Kuan Tai Chen (Gold Lion), Jamie Chung (Lady Silk), Russell Crowe (Jack Knife), Wen-Jun Dong (White Lion), Jake Garber (Jake), Pam Grier (Jane), Yoyoa Hsueh (Copper Lion), Cung Le (Bronze Lion), Chia Hui Liu (Abbott), Gordon Liu (Abbott), Lucy Liu (Madam Blossom), Telly Liu (Iron Lion), Byron Mann (Silver Lion), MC Jin (Chan), Hu Minnow (Yellow Hyena), Andrew Ng (Senior Monk), Masanobu Otsuka (Red Hyena), Didi Qian (Lady Tagmata), RZA (Blacksmith), Beau van Erven Dorens (Bo), Daniel Wu (Poison Dagger), Brian Yang (Blue Hyena), Xue Jing Yao (Copper Lion), Rick Yune (Zen Yi – The X Blade), Gang Zhou (Crazy Hippo), Zhu Zhu (Chi Chi)

Runtime: 95 mins

Classification:MA15+

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’ Review:

Sometimes it is said that when you’re going to see a film you should simply ‘leave your brain at the door’. Basically it is a warning meaning that if you think too much about the film you’ll ruin any opportunity you have of enjoying one single thing about the film. That is certainly the case with ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’ a film that sees Wu Tang Clan rapper RZA decide it is time to become a filmmaker.

Also from the pen of the legendary Eli Roth (Aftershock, Hostel Part III) ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’ sees a young Blacksmith (RZA – A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, TV’S Californication) find himself in between two feuding parties when all he really wants to do is ‘pay’ brothel owner Madame Blossom (Lucy Liu – Tinker Bell & The Secret Of The Wings, TV’S Elementary) for his girlfriend, Lady Silk (Jamie Chung – Premium Rush, TV’S Once Upon A Time) and leave then town with her, but fate has another idea.

Soon the Blacksmith finds himself involved when Silver Lion (Byron Mann – Cold War, TV’S Arrow) and Bronze Lion (Cung Le – Dragon Eyes, True Legend) kill Gold Lion (Kuan Tai Chen – White Vengeance, Gallants) and then plan on killing his son, Zen Yi (Rick Yune – China Town, Remiagration) to prevent him from becoming the leader of the Clan. However when Silver and Bronze Lion also end up stealing a large sum of cash Blacksmith finds himself teaming up with Zen Yi and the mysterious Jack Knife (Russell Crowe – Les Miserables, The Next Three Days) in a bid to put a stop to their evil plan. However that means they are going to have to find a way to stop the seemingly unbeatable, Brass Body (Dave Bautista – The Scorpion King 3: Battle For Redemption, House Of The Rising Sun).

It’s hard to imagine that when RZA was creating ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’ that he was expecting for it to be an Oscar winner but then at the same time you can’t help but wonder why people such as Russell Crowe wanted to be involved in a film that will be considered B Grade – at best.

As a film itself ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’ surprisingly works a lot better than you would expect. It is a flimsy storyline and the special effects look like they may have been done in the Channel 31 studio but still for some the reason the film sucks you in. Despite how much you may actually try to fight it you will find yourself barracking for Blacksmith as the film goes on.

Of course acting isn’t a major priority in ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’. It is good to see Lucy Liu back on the big screen and Crowe seems to enjoy the opportunity of being able to overact for once but perhaps the biggest surprise is that RZA does seem to be able to hold it together as an actor.

Yes there are some things with ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’ (such as a soundtrack that is strangely mostly made up of rap music) but if you want an entertaining martial arts film that isn’t going to make you think then it’s well worth a look.

Other ‘The Man With The Iron Mask’ Reviews By Dave Griffiths:http://www.helium.com/items/2396008-the-man-with-the-iron-fists-movie-review

Rating: 2/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: The Man with the Iron Fists (2012) on IMDb