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FANTASTIC FEST 2018: One Cut of the Dead – A Brilliant Story That Will Have You Cheering By the End

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Go see One Cut of the Dead whenever and wherever it gets distribution. For real, just stop reading this and just put this one on your watch list.

The less you know about this one going in the better. You still here? You can’t just take my word for it that this is one of the best horror meta comedies since Cabin in the Woods and Tucker and Dale VS Evil? Okay, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Seriously! If you want to see this movie blind, get out now!

I was lucky enough to see this movie at fantastic fest and I have never had an audience experience like this. We all went on a journey with this film as the first 30 minutes of this film presents itself as a pretty amateurish attempt at making a zombie movie with the gimmick of it all being done in one shot. It is filled with awkward moments of silence, dropped plot elements, and dialogue that seems to go nowhere.

I witnessed the audience getting fairly bored and could almost hear everyone thinking “How did this get accepted into a festival?” But then, at the 37 minute mark, something amazing happens. The film ends. The end credits roll and we fade to white. Then we see a completely different set of credits. “Opening” credits.

We slowly begin to realize that this is when the actual movie begins. What follows is a masterwork in paying off every moment that had you scratching your head in the first 30 minutes and making a hilarious joke out of it. I have never seen a film so obviously lose an audience only to win them back so thoroughly by the end that we were all cheering on a film we didn’t even like in the beginning. It was easily my favorite film of the festival and I highly recommend seeing it as soon as you can before someone spoils it for you.

I dare you not to raise you fist in the air at the end shot of this movie

I feel like I have said too much already but the important take away here is that One Cut of the Dead is a smart, funny and heartfelt love letter to the art of film making. There is no other film quite like it and you jump on any chance to see this movie with a crowd. You will not regret it.

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The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.

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The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.

Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.

The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.

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Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes

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Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.

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