Over the past 40 some odd years, many a mainstream filmmaker has paid homage to the beloved B-movie genres of their youth. Quentin Tarantino has built an entire career on doing so, and been branded a plagiarist for his troubles. Hip-Hop culture has followed a similar trajectory over that same time period, and garnered similar criticism. Luckily, like their cinematic counterparts, rappers have not been deterred from their chosen path. They have always stolen from the best, and will continue to do so. In fact, they are constantly expanding their repertoire. The new trailer for 12 Reasons to Die, the upcoming collaborative album from Ghostface Killah and musician Adrian Younge, shows that true artists can find inspiration in just about anything.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Just how did Luke Skywalker, a rebel pilot with no formal training or combat experience, manage to single-handedly destroy the Death Star during the Battle of Yavin? It is a question that has plagued inquiring minds for over 35 years now. Obi Won Kenobi would have one believe that boy did so by way of the force, that mystical energy field that binds all living things together. Such thoughts are truly the rantings of crazy old man. There’s got to something more underhanded, albeit more plausible, afoot. An investigative journalist chooses to dig a bit deeper. In doing so, he uncovers the truth behind the single biggest terrorist operation in galactic history.
As a group of office workers go about their daily routine, an undercover operative carries out a top secret mission. After swindling a hi-tech device from a safe, he makes a mad dash for the nearest exit. Though momentarily grounded by the building’s massive security force, he is able to break free. Again, he has the finish line in sight. However, the obstacles in his path have now increased exponentially. Can he make it out of the gauntlet with the device, and his life, intact?
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Devout family man John (Scott Adkins) is awakened from a peaceful sleep to find armed invaders in his home. He confronts them in an attempt to protect his family, but is savagely beaten into a coma. He eventually awakens, only to discover that his wife and young daughter were brutally murdered during the attack. Plagued by nightmarish flashbacks of the event, he embarks on a mission of vengeance. Every answer he uncovers along the way only begets a plethora of ever more frightening questions. His quest ultimately leads into the very heart of a volatile separatist group populated by Unisols (Universal Soldiers). John may just find the truth that he seeks, but is he equipped to face it?