Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Short Film Review: Street Fighter X Tekken: The Devil Within

Ryu (Dan Southworth) is at war with himself, literally.  Having recently uncovered the “Satsui no hadou” ("Surge of Murderous Intent") within himself, the karateka struggles against its immense power.  This epic battle attracts the unwanted attentions of Kazuya Mishima (Mark Mushashi), who has fully embraced his own dark nature.  Kazuya takes advantage of Ryu’s weakened stake and moves in for the kill.  Ken Masters (Rueben Langdon) happens upon the fight and rushes to the aide of his troubled comrade.  As these warriors collide, the “Devil Gene” threatens to completely overtake its host.

DVD Documentary Review: The Frank Matthews Story: The Rise and Disappearance of America's Biggest Kingpin

In the world of drug trafficking, Frank “Black Caesar” Matthews was the first of a new breed.  Born during the waning days of WWII, he spent his childhood in Durham, NC as a chicken thief.  He decided to cut his education short in the seventh grade, and eventually made his way to Philadelphia, PA.  After making a name for himself in the local numbers racket, he relocated to Brooklyn, NY.  While working as a barber, he continued collecting numbers, but eventually decided to try his hand in the smack trade.  Feeling that they had enough Black dealers under their employ, La Cosa Nostra refused him sponsorship.  Undeterred, Matthews soon made the acquaintance of a Cuban Cocaine supplier.