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The Signal
The Signal
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Bonkers, 18 May 2015
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Totally bonkers and brilliant. Don't try to second guess the plot, just go along for the ride. Not sure what I was expecting, but the story went off in a totally wild direction from its "teen drama" opening scenes. Definitely one of those films best enjoyed with little advance knowledge of its plot, genre etc

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 May 2015
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Excellent t-shirt. Arrived promptly and securely. Extremely pleased with purchase.

Mythica - A Quest for Heroes [DVD]
Mythica - A Quest for Heroes [DVD]
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best D&D Movies Since Hawk The Slayer..., 6 April 2015
The latest fantasy offering from the prodigious Arrowstorm team is the first part of a planned trilogy.

Mythica: A Quest For Heroes tells the story of a crippled slave girl, Marek (Melanie Stone), with a natural gift for magic, who runs away from her cruel master to seek a life as an adventurer.

She meets the priestess Teela (Nicola Posener), whose sister and fellow acolytes have been kidnapped by orcs, and together with the warrior Thane (Adam Johnson) and the elf rogue Dagen (Jake Stormoen) they set off for adventure.

And really that's about it as plot goes. Teela's sister Caeryn (Natalie Devine) is in possession of an important magical stone, but that's pretty much a MacGuffin for this tale, and the hostages are being held by an ogre, rather than the orcs as the party had initially thought, but that's really as deep as things go this time round.

Top biller Kevin Sorbo (aka Hercules) pops in during the first act for a short cameo as a wizard who is discretely training Marek. Again, I'm assuming he has a larger role to play as the trilogy progresses.

A Quest For Heroes is really all about getting the band together. It's no Hawk The Slayer, but as live-action representations of Dungeons & Dragons-y roleplaying games go, it's quite impressive. I mean, just look at the make-up of the central adventuring party: a cleric, a magic-user, a fighter and a thief. You don't get more D&D than that!

What - ironically - makes it even more RPG like is that the elf, Dagen, is essentially played as just a human with pointy ears. To be honest, you so rarely even see his ears it's very easy to assume he is human! Perhaps he's a half-elf?

Marek's magic is also rather interesting, not only is she learning to master the mainstream component-led magic (again, very D&D), but she appears to have an inherent knack for necromancy, draining the life-force of nearby innocents to fuel her more powerful spells.

A great deal of thought has clearly gone into conjuring up a convincing fantasy world. The props and set dressing of A Quest For Heroes are top notch and the special effects - for the most part - manage to maintain the illusion, even if some of the acting (and dialogue) occasionally leaves a bit to be desired.

The Kickstarter page for the campaign that funded this movie explains a bit more about the overarching plot of the Mythica films:

...follows the adventures of Marek, a wizard born with the dark power of necromancy, as she learns to harness the power that threatens to corrupt her, and build a team of adventurers to battle Szorlok, the legendary Necromancer, in his quest to unite the four shards of the Darkspore and unleash an undead plague on the land.
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The Knick (Original Series Soundtrack)
The Knick (Original Series Soundtrack)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very unique soundtrack for a unique show, 13 Nov. 2014
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Very unique soundtrack for a unique show. You wouldn't expect a Victorian/turn-of-the-century medical drama to feature electronic music, but it works really well.

3 Pairs Mens Fingerless magic gloves
3 Pairs Mens Fingerless magic gloves
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value, 31 Oct. 2014
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Quick delivery, perfect fit, incredible value. What more can I say?

Plastic Head Star Trek Kirk and Spock Men's T-Shirt Blue XX-Large
Plastic Head Star Trek Kirk and Spock Men's T-Shirt Blue XX-Large
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a T-Shirt, Jim..., 16 Oct. 2014
Classy, retro-look Star Trek T-shirt.

Seeking Major Tom
Seeking Major Tom
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Shat!, 14 Oct. 2014
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If you "get" William Shatner's music, then you will love this album. Broadly speaking it's a concept album, with the tracks reflecting stories of space travel, sci-fi etc - a perfect fit for Captain Kirk!
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Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion [DVD]
Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion [DVD]
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Promising Start..., 3 Oct. 2014
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A promising start to this welcome new series. Interesting mix of characters with great story potential. The animation style takes a moment to get used to (but I found the same with Clone Wars), but fits the high adventure tone that helps ground the show in the universe of the classic Trilogy.

Rigor Mortis [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import]
Rigor Mortis [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic And Surreal Asian Horror..., 16 Sept. 2014
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A suicidal film actor (Chin Siu-Ho), separated from his family for reasons that are never explained, moves into a run-down tower block with the aim of taking his life.

However, just as he is about to hang himself he is saved by the block's resident chef - and out-of-work vampire hunter - Yau (Anthony Chan).

Meanwhile the elderly husband of another resident dies in a fall and his widow turns to aged black magic practitioner Gau (Fat Chung) to try and resurrect him.

Auntie Mui (Nina Paw) grows inpatient with Gau's ritual to bring her husband back and tries to speed things up - turning her late husband into a vampire in the process.

Both of this threads are entangled with a multiple murder/suicide that occurred in the flat the actor has moved in to which is now haunted by the demonic twins responsible for that incident.

Rigor Mortis, directed by Juno Mak, is a phenomenally stylish Hong Kong ghost story infused with martial arts and its own surreal logic.

Especially to Western sensibilities, the film is totally bizarre, playing by its own rules, with a generally creepy and magical atmosphere that evokes comparisons with a wide range of films from Sucker Punch to Delicatessen via The Matrix and Aliens.

Rigor Mortis also reminded me of a number of my favourite pieces of literature from Alice In Wonderland to one story in particular that I shan't name as it would spoil a key element of this film.

Special effects range from the subtle to way out there, as the story becomes increasingly twisted. The monsters are brilliantly realised (remember Chinese vampires hop!) and while there is gore here, some of the most harrowing violence happens off-screen in the viewer's imagination.

This isn't a film that relies on cheap jump scares, but rather works to keep its audience off balance.

Visually, the film is a treat, relying predominately on a very grey palette, using brighter colours for shocking contrast. The stark, deserted nature of the tower block gives the whole film a very otherwordly feeling that accentuates the unnerving atmosphere of the story as events escalate out of control.

Stylistically it's full of wonderful details (such as Yau's vampire-fighting tools and Gau's dark sorcery) that help create the verisimilitude of the off-kilter environment.

That Rigor Mortis is so well-made ultimately trumps the fact that the key element I alluded to above is rather predictable and not wholly original.The best thing to do is put the early signpost out of my mind, don't try and second guess the film and just be swept along in its wacky weirdness.

I would certainly rate this as one of my favourite horror films of recent years almost, but not quite, reaching the heights of the Korean masterpiece A Tale Of Two Sisters, which it also emulates on occasion with its twins theme.

Doctor Mordrid [DVD] [1992] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Doctor Mordrid [DVD] [1992] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Glimpse Of Possible Greatness That Deserves To Live Again..., 16 Sept. 2014
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It should come as no surprise to anyone watching Full Moon's Doctor Mordrid to learn that it was originally developed as Doctor Strange project, but when the rights were lost for the Marvel Comics character it was reworked as its own entity.

Lovecraftian legend and regular Star Trek guest star Jeffrey Combs stars as the titular Doctor Anton Mordrid, an ageless entity living among mortals in human form, protecting us from demonic entities, such as Kabal (regular villain Brian Thompson), an evil sorcerer he imprisoned 150 years ago.

Guided by a mystical entity he refers to as Monitor, Mordrid is alerted to Kabal's escape from a fifth-dimensional prison and he sets out to prevent 'The Death's Head' from using alchemical skills to take control of The Philosopher's Stone... and then the world.

Mordrid's life, however, becomes a bit more complicated when he attracts the attention of his new neighbour, large-haired police consultant Samantha Hunt (Yvette Nipar), who then seeks his assistance on a 'Satanic' murder case she's working on.

This, naturally, leads to all sorts of trouble when her colleague, no-nonsense cop Tony Gaudio (Jay Acovone) collars Mordrid for the murder.

Coming in at 74-minutes, Doctor Mordrid feels like a TV movie or a pilot for a great '90s cop show (there's some strong language and a scene of random female nudity, but all involve supporting characters that could easily be trimmed for a more family-friendly edit) rather than a blockbuster movie.

Sadly, while it has its moments, there's nothing actually in the film to rival the multi-dimensional, cosmic psychedelia suggested by the DVD's cover.

I have to be honest and admit I was hoping for a bit more "duelling wizards" material, the mid-section of the film instead feels as though it gets rather bogged down in police procedural.

The final showdown between Mordrid and Kabal - although boasting some decent Harryhausen-esque stop-motion animation - is surprisingly brief, especially when compared to effects heavy final acts in similar films today.

Amidst the flashy sorcerous combat, we get a teasing glimpse of the demonic forces that Kabal is releasing, then wallop, Mordrid slams the door in their stop-motion faces (which is a bit of s shame as they looked quite cool).

As is often the way with these low-budget outings, there are some great ideas at work here with the potential to spark some fantastic, tangential creativity and there's definitely an unavoidable feeling that Full Moon Features were hoping to milk this franchise for at least another film, maybe more.

Mordrid's extra-dimensional castle - where Kabal is imprisoned - is too good a visual alone not to want to revisit the world of Doctor Mordrid.

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