This week on Subculture we had one of the most interesting guests that we have ever spoken to. Jon Binkowski is not only a filmmaker but also creates rides and experiences at theme parks right around the world.
In his chat with Dave Griffiths he not only spoke about his work with theme works but also about his brand new film Scare Zone.
This week on Subculture we chat to director Keith Thomas about his new film Firestarter. Keith talks about what it was like making an adaption of Stephen King’s novel and how much he enjoyed working with Zac Efron.
The time has finally come and Arizona thrash metallers INCITE have released their new album Wake Up Dead! Forged from blood and sweat, this new release combines the greatest strengths of extreme metal. INCITE jettison the extraneous bloat of slicker bands in favour of authentic grit and determination. The very spirit of heavy music culture, and attitude, courses through the veins of singer Richie Cavalera, guitarist Eli Santana, bassist Christopher “EL” Elsten, and drummer Lennon Lopez. Across five full-length albums and a handful of EPs, the Arizona powerhouse declared war on injustice, wealth inequality, and a bevy of similar societal ills with focused rage and violent intent and now the wait is finally over and you can order Wake Up Dead as digipak, black LP and strictly limited purple + black marbled LP here: https://incite.afr.link/WakeUpDeadPR
Singer Richie Cavalera comments: “After a year and half wait to unleash this beast, ‘Wake Up Dead’ is here! We’re all so proud of this record, the new songs kill, the old classics show everyone where we’ve come from musically, and the artwork absolutely slays lives. We’ve become part of an insane new team, and we’re all ready for the world to enjoy the hard work, and sacrifice we all have put into this album. Can’t wait to play it live for you metalheads real soon. Hella metal forever!”
“Metalheads, we give you ‘Mental Destruction’ – it’s a new vibe for us musically”, Richie adds. “It’s heavy, it has acoustic guitar, and an insane video. It’s about the collapse of one’s mental state and not doing anything or caring to change it. We all have the power to change who we are for the better, we just have to make it happen. This is a huge song for us on every level and shows the new boundaries we’re pushing with the band. Headbang your asses off!!!“
Bay Area metal titans MACHINE HEAD has announced the details of their forthcoming tenth album, the immense and unapologetic, ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWNcoming August 26th, 2022 (via Nuclear Blast x Imperium Recordings). The debut of the first video from the album, the ferocious ‘CHØKE ØN THE ASHES ØF YØUR HATE’ can be viewed below.
ØF KINGDØM AND CRØWNis a 13-track concept album set in a decimated futuristic wasteland where the sky is stained crimson red. The crux of the story is based on 2 main characters:
Character #1 Ares:(pronounced Aries), our main, who loses the love of his life (Amethyst) and goes on a murderous rampage against the vile sect responsible for her murder.
Character #2 Eros:(pronounced Arrows) the perpetrator, who loses his mother to a drug overdose and becomes radicalized in the aftermath. Eros goes off the deep end manifesting his own killing spree.
The lyrics detail how their lives intertwine.
MACHINE HEAD founder Robb Flynn comments:
“Thanks to my 2 teenage boys my family has become obsessed with this awesome Japanese anime series called “Attack On Titan.” The album’s concept was loosely inspired by the series in the sense that in the storyline, there is no “good” or “bad” guy, both characters believe they’re doing the right thing as it applies to their being, but make no mistake, both are committing acts of pure atrocity and evil. The opening track “SLAUGHTER THE MARTYR” is basically our character #1’s origin story.”
The colossal concept comes with a list of equally colossal packaging for various physical formats including 16 different worldwide vinyl formats, deluxe vinyl box set (with bonus tracks), CDs (both old-school longbox and jewel box options), multi-color cassettes, and a limited-edition Digipak with bonus tracks.
CDs, Digipak, cassettes, and all digital formats will be available on Aug 26th, with all vinyl formats arriving on Nov 25th.
Summary: In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives.
Cinema Release Dates: 24th March 2022 (Australia), 18th March (UK), 18th March (USA)
VOD Release Dates: N/A
Director: Ti West
Screenwriter: Ti West
Cast: Owen Campbell (RJ), James Gaylyn (Sheriff Dentler), Mia Goth (Maxine/Pearl) Martin Henderson (Wayne), Kid Cudi (Jackson), Jenna Ortega (Lorraine), Matthew J. Saville (Officer Mitchell), Brittany Snow (Bobby-Lynne), Stephen Ure (Howard)
Running Time: 106 mins
Classification: R18+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)
OUR X REVIEWS
Alex First David Griffiths, Greg King and Peter Krausz’ X Review:
Summary: When the manic Dr Robotnik returns to Earth with a new ally, Knuckles the Echidna, Sonic and his new friend Tails is all that stands in their way.
Cinema Release Dates: 31st March 2022 (Australia),7th April 2022 (Thailand), 1st April 2022 (UK), 8th April 2022 (USA)
VOD Release Dates: N/A
Country: USA, Japan
Director: Jeff Fowler
Screenwriter: Pat Casey, Josh Miller, John Whittington
Cast: Jim Carrey (Dr. Ivo Robotnik), Antwan Eilish (Nick), Idris Elba (Knuckles (voice)), Lee Majdoub (Agent Stone), James Marsden (Tom), Shemar Moore (Randall), Colleen O’Shaunussey (Tails (voice)), Adam Pally (Wade), Natasha Rothwell (Rachel), Ben Schwartz (Sonic (voice)), Tika Sumpter (Maddie)
The original Sonic movie was a rarity. A movie based on a video game that was both entertaining and kept the gamers happy. For once it seemed that the filmmakers behind a film actually had a vast knowledge of the game they were bringing to life and had incorporated as much from ‘game play’ as they could.
Of course that didn’t mean that some people who grew up with the game were not nervous going into Sonic The Hedgehog 2, after all sequels often don’t live up to the expectations of a first film… especially when everything went so right the first time around. But everybody can take a sigh of relief because once again we have a Sonic film that incorporates the ‘game play’ while being a film that the entire family will enjoy.
This time around we find Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz – Parks & Recreation) trying to find his independence. While he still lives with happy couple Tom (James Marsden – X-Men) and Maddie (Tika Sumpter – Ride Along) he sneaks off each night to the City where he is trying to become a superhero… except his errors make him a pretty poor hero.
When he is chastised by Tom for the damage that he has caused Sonic declares “You are supposed to be my friend, not my Dad!” Desperate to try and give the young Sonic some freedom the couple decide to leave him at home while they travel to a wedding in Hawaii. But Sonic’s plans to lounge around an relax is brought to a screaming halt when Dr. Ivo Robotnik (Jim Carrey – The Mask) returns with a powerful friend, named Knuckles (Idris Elba – Pacific Rim). Their aim is to take down Sonic and claim an all-powerful gem as their own.
However Sonic also soon finds himself with an unlikely companion as well – a super intelligent Fox named Tails (Colleen O’Shanussy – Danny Phantom) who has a bag full of gadgets.
Director Jeff Fowler (who directed the first Sonic film) and his team of screenwriters once again deliver the goods with this film. Fowler’s experience on the first film really shows here as there is no inconsistency with the characters and it almost feels like this film picks up immediately after the events of the first.
Once again what we find from this franchise is a film that fans of all ages can enjoy. Little kids will the love the fast paced action and furry critters (even if they have never played a Sonic games) while adults will embrace a film that treats a character from their childhood with a good level of respect. And of course the film is well written enough to provide a few laughs along the way and is pure entertainment from start to finish.
Story wise the screenplay packs a lot in. From characters trying to out ‘ski’ avalanches through to an epic robot battle there is a little bit of everything here for the action junkies. But then there is a softer side to the film as well. The friendship that develops between Sonic and Tails is a good lesson for all the younger audience members while there is also a very strong moral delivered exceptionally well at the end of the film… I just can’t say what because of spoilers.
The inclusion of Tail and Knuckles adds another element to the films for the gamers out there and also help move the film franchise along as well. Knuckles provides a welcome relief so this isn’t just another Sonic vs Robotnik story while Tails also allows the audience to see Sonic breakaway from the depressing mood he is in at the start of this film. Kudos to the filmmakers for bringing in characters from the game and not just creating their own out of thin air.
While the human characters of the film are often on the bleachers in the film’s big scenes Jim Carrey does get more than once chance to steal the show… something that he does remarkably well. Even Carrey’s haters will have to admit after watching this film that his portrayal of Robotnik ranges from the comic to the intense as he relishes playing a character that is insanely evil.
If you loved the first Sonic movie then there is a good chance that you will enjoy the second as well. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 provides something for audience members of all ages and at the end of the day is just good old-fashioned wholesome fun.