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Who likes Robocop?! (1987) August 12, 2016

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You have seen the movie, you witnessed first hand the horrific murder of Alex Murphy at the tyrannical hand of Clarence Boddicker, You saw for yourself the resurrection and redemption of Murphy through Robocop.

 

Now Keyhole to the Multiverse wants to show you a whole new side to the movie you love, join Josh for the latest show as he peers into the keyhole into the universe of Robocop, he discusses guns, hero’s and villains strengths and weaknesses and much much more. Visit our website keyholetothemultiverse.com.

and yes there is a whole lot of Clarence Boddicker Talk!!!!

 

 

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Keyhole to the Multiverse August 9, 2016

I just wanted to let everyone know that we have a new podcast up and running! The show is called Keyhole to the Multiverse and each week we peer through a keyhole into a universe you may have not even known existed. We explore all facets of fiction and look at how each universe was formed and the inhabitants of these worlds. We will be doing horror film breakdowns, comic book exploration and delving into any universe we feel is worthy of exploration.

We begin with quite a massive universe to explore Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings but on board in New Zealand’s own Cameron Child, born and raised on the south island, he joins us in studio for some in depth super nerd LOTR discussion! The first two podcasts are available on iTunes, Podbean or our website Keyhole to the Multiverse. Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy!

 

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Top 5 Actors/Actress that I can’t wait to see what they do next! May 15, 2013

Todays list is not the top 5 hottest kids out there, nor is it who I think will set the world on fire, this list is the top 5 actors and actress’s that have impressed me recently that I want to see more of. these are the top 5 that I think have bright futures ahead of them and will go out of my way to see their projects. enjoy:

#5 Jessica Mauboy-

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She hasn’t done too much, Yet… Skip her first film, Bran Nue Day was hoooooorible, but after watching The Sapphires I was absolutely all in on Jessica Mauboy. She is an Australian born singer/actress and she has talent. She starred in the great Australian series Underbelly but her big movie was The Sapphires about a group of Aboriginal women who travel to Vietnam during the 60’s to sing for the American Troops. I am not the biggest fan of music based movies but this one was great, from start to finish. I really hope that Hollywood picks up Mauboy and gives her some big roles in the near future, she deserves it!

#4 Michael Fassbender-

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Comic book fans will recognize Fassbender from his portrayal of Magneto in the new X-men First Class film, however I think he really impressed in Inglorious Basterds and Eden Lake! Fassbender who is German born has a lot of projects in the works right now and he has the talent to back it up. I am glad that he still finds time however to do the small projects such as Eden Lake, for those who have not seen this little  English Horror Gem I recommend you go out and find it ASAP, it is everything I want in horror, great story, believable villains, tension, and yet it has an awesome 80’s horror campy feel to it. I am super excited that Fassbender has teamed up with now director Steve McQueen in the upcoming film 12 Years a Slave, more Fassbender please!!

#3 Christoph Waltz-

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Another actor who was catapulted to the main stage by Quentin Tarentino, Christoph Waltz is a great actor. He has done many German films and projects and then made his big Hollywood Debut in Inglorious Basterds and really stole the show in Django Unchained. Christoph Waltz is superb in both roles. He has this innocent air about him even though he portrays sinister characters. He is versatile and I can see him as lead roles and lead antagonists! Django Unchained is a testament to Waltz’s talent, most people entered that film on the draw that DiCaprio was in a Tarentino movie, and they left the theater wondering who was that Dr Shultz guy?!

#2 Emma Watson-

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I have not seen even one Harry Potter film so Emma Watson is a new Actress in my eyes, and boy is she good! Perks of Being a Wallflower is a fantastic coming of age film that deals with some hard-hitting issues and she was absolutely superb! She is an adult now and I say her career is just beginning, unlike many child actors who hit 16-18 and fall off the face of the earth she has potential to be one of the biggest stars out there. I know it is hard for fans of the Harry Potter series to look past her role in those film, but for a person like me who never  her act before I was surprised at how good she is in both the Wallflower film and My Week With Marylin, two surprisingly good films of the past few years. She can carry a lead role and support a story with the best of them, I hope all the best for Emma and hope to see her in many more films soon.

#1 Michael Shannon-

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My new favorite actor, Michael Shannon is sooooooo GOOD! My first adventure with Michael Shannon was in the forgotten gem that was Bug, and though he has been in Hollywood for over ten years now I think that he is going to soon be a household name. As prohibition officer Nelson in Boardwalk Empire he steals the show, and I anxiously await each of his scenes, he is that good. His next big role will be that of Zod in the new Superman film and I cannot wait to see Shannon in that role. I also hold high hopes for his new portrayal of the Iceman, Richard Kulklinsky as a mob hitman, I remember watching The Iceman Tapes back in the late 90’s and thinking that this would make a great Feature Film and now here it is with my new favorite actor! Kneel before ZOD!!

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Top 5 movies that flew under the radar, worth revisiting! May 2, 2013

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Sometimes great films slip through the cracks, this doesn’t mean they are bad, sometimes they are released at an off time, or perhaps there was another large release that overshadowed it. Sometimes great films are low-budget and do not have the proper marketing campaign they deserve, so here are my top 5 films that flew under the radar that you should check out or revisit!

#5 City Of God 2002

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If this was an American film it would be on so many people’s top ten lists, however since it was a Brazilian film that uses subtitles I think many people passed or just flat-out never heard of it. First off, do not be afraid of subtitles, there are some amazing films that are not in English and this is top of the list! I absolutely love this film and consider it one of the best movies ever made. The story follows Rocket, through his childhood and his survival of the roughest hood in the world, that of the Rio Slums. This is a gangster movie but not in the vein of Goodfellas nor Casino, no this shows slum gangs at their best, or worst depending on how you look at it. Lil Dice/Lil Ze is one of the most notorious bad guys in cinema history and gives a powerful performance as a young child who aspires to run the hood. The story is so real and gritty that most of the time you feel like your right there with the kids. Rockets has a love interest, a photography interest and an interest in staying alive. You really feel like you run with the gang, Benny becomes your friend, Rocket becomes your eyes, Lil Ze becomes your worst nightmare. The runts are awesome and flex their muscle even though they are 6 to 8 years old! Please do yourself a favor and pick up this movie I promise you will not regret it!

#4 Gattaca- 1997

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Guanine, Adenine, Thymine, and cytosine, if you do not know what those are then you need to go back and take a biology class! And if you have not seen Gattaca you should go revisit this great sci fi/Noir film starring Jude Law, Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke. In this dystopian future the government has means to evaluate DNA instantly also the human race is divided not by race or culture but rather by humans that are born naturally and those that were born with altered DNA as to be superhumans. Of course the Altered new race is far superior and have all the good jobs including astronauts. Hawk is a normal born human with aspirations of space travel, Jude Law is a superhuman (think he is anyway!) that has been crippled in a car accident. Through some clever workings Hawk assumes the identity of Jude Laws character and begins training for the space program. I love this film for many reasons, the acting is fantastic, the noir settings are breathtaking, the use of colors are fantastic, and the story telling is top-notch, yet for some reason many people I speak to do not recall this film ever even coming out. If you never watched this movie and are even a slight fan of Noir or Sci Fi you owe it to yourself to enjoy this film!

#3 Primer- 2004

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The best film about time travel ever made! Primer is a 2004 film that was made for all of $7000, and it makes high budget films feel like childs play. This is truly a film for thinkers and not for the brain dead hollywood schlock crowd. Primer is a film about four men who work in their spare time on small inventions in one of their garages. Two of the men realize that they have uncovered the concept behind time travel and break away from the group to further explore what they have uncovered. Using a rented storage room the two men conduct time traveling experiments to a few different ends, including making money from the stock market. The movie is very clever and I do not want to give too much away, but if time travel ever is discovered I truly feel it would be in the spirit of this film! The movie is a bit confusing upon your first viewing and I say should be watched two to three times in order to understand exactly what is going on, fortunately it is so good in my opinion that multiple viewing is actually a joy rather than a chore, for you brainy types, go check it out!

#2 Idiocracy- 2006

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Mike Judge has brought some great things over the years, Beavis and Butthead is a huge part of my childhood, and Office Space is an amazing film, but in 2006 he made an awesome movie that many people have missed out on. The Idiocracy is an event that I truly believe we are heading for, it refers to the dumbing down of the world as smart people refrain from having children while the dumb folks breed like wildfire, in the not to distant future we reach the Idiocracy and it is hilarious and a little to real as well! Luke Wilson is the main role and he is part of a government project, due to be placed into a deep sleep for 6 months, an accident leaves him in stasis for hundreds of years, when he awakes he finds himself smack dab in the middle of the stupidest era in human intelligence. The movie has many clever references that while they are quite funny, hit a little close to home, and it may hit the nail on the head if we keep heading the direction we are.

#1 Bug – 2006

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Michael Shannon had come from obscurity in a blaze of glory and will soon be a household name, if you are not sure who Michael Shannon is I feel sorry for you because that means you have not seen Boardwalk Empire nor have you watched the 2006 gem BUG! Michael Shannon has been cast in the new Superman film as General Zod and will soon be in many households in the form of action figures, but before he was busting Nucky Thompsons stills in Boardwalk Empire he was a stage actor, then he made his jump to the big screen and one of his early films was Bug. The movie is debatable as it is very ambiguous, a google search of this film will return tons of different ideas as to what the film is actually about, and I love that. Movies should leave you thinking, some people have knocked this film saying they didn’t like it, but it is not for your brain dead gore lover, this is a thinking mans film. The director is the man who made, The Exorcist, The French Connection, and more recently Killer Joe. The movie is limited storytelling in that it only has 5 actors in it, and only 2 in most scenes, and almost the entire film takes place within a seedy little motel room located in rural Oklahoma. I love the feel the room gives and later in the film it takes on a life of its own. Ashley Judd gives a powerful performance along side Shannon, the Film also stars Harry Connick Jr who makes the most of his small amount of screen time. The story plays out like this, Judd has a shitty life, a son that was “lost” years earlier, an ex that just got out of prison, and a drug/alcohol problem. Shannon comes into her life and he is a drifter and Gulf War vet with a shady past. Together they feed each others insecurities, and with the help of drugs they become delusional to the point that the last 20 minutes of the film is complete madness! I personal feel that the movie is a study into the effects of Crack Cocaine on unstable people, mixed with some conspiracy theories. If you have not seen this film yet, and you like either Limited storytelling and/or gritty dirty films, this is for you, but don’t expect a traditional horror movie nor a clean wrapped up ending… Also make sure you watch past the end credits for one last little mind screw!

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Top 5 Movie Baduys in Horror Films April 5, 2013

Today we are looking at the top 5 Badguys in horror films. Personally I love horror movies, not the slasher, hacker types although a few of those do make my list because they are just so well done. I think a horror movie that scares you two weeks later or gives you chills still is a movie worthy of being called true horror. All these badguys still make the hair on the back of my neck stand up and make me check in the shadows just to make sure nothing is lurking in the dark. So here we go:

#5 Michael Meyers – Freddy – Jason

OK so I cheated and made #5 a three-way tie of slashers, but I always group these villains into the same category, the original Slashers. The Friday series is so much fun to watch with a lot of Cheese involved but some truly scary moments especially early on. The first two films are what make Voorhees really shine In my opinion, forget the hockey mask, the bag over the head was far scarier! Kruger is the king of cheese but he had the power to hunt you in your dreams, as a kid that scared the hell outta me, and his back story was really creepy, the pedafile that was murdered and now hunts the children of Elm street to take vengeance upon their parents! Of course Michael Meyers is epic, from the mind of Mustaffa Akad, the most succesful low-budget movie of all time until Blair Witch took that title. The Halloween series gave birth to Jamie Lee Curtis and had the creepiest theme music ever! Love these three guys and had to put them on the list.

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#4 Jaws

The shark had to make the list, he still scares people from going into the water, ask my brother-in-law. The absence of him from on-screen for most of the film made the shark even scarier, couple that with top-notch performances from Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Shieder, and my favorite Robert Shaw (See the original Taking of Phelam 123) and you have an instant classic! I loved going to Universal Studios just for the Jaws sequence! The sequels lost a lot of the luster the first one had as technology actually hindered the scares in my opinion. The opening scene is still one of the scariest beginnings to any movie, the girl skinny dipping solo and is overtaken by Jaws, it still holds up and for those reasons the shark makes my list at number 4!

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#3 Buffalo Bill

Bill skins fifth! While Anthony Hopkins is remembered as the creepy one, and Jody Foster was the clever detective, in my opinion the scary one was Ted Levine as Buffalo Bill! The cross dressing, women skinning, psychopath that lured women with the sympathy of his broken arm and inability to load a heavy object into his van! The moth raiser was so epic that his line “It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again” has become part of pop culture and still send shivers up my spine! The ending sequence has such a taut feeling that it is almost unwatchable by those who are faint of heart. Bill easily is a top 3!

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#2 Leatherface

I’m talking the original Tobe Hooper masterpiece here. When they started shooting this low-budget film, Hooper himself didn’t realize what they were putting together, he was going for a funny, goofy horror movie, but instead put together one of the most horrific film of all time as well as creating an Icon in Leatherface. The second character on my list that wears other people’s skin as clothing (there is something inherently wrong about that) Leatherface is just a part of the most F’ed up family in movie history! The dinner scene is so tough to watch, not because its bad, but because it is so uncomfortable and evil. The screaming in this movie becomes hard to bear and some of the scenes involving Leatherface are so burned into my brain he had to make number two on my list. The scene where we are introduced to Leatherface still stands as one of my favorites of all time, when he clubs that dude with the mallet and drags him into the house then slams that sliding door, the sound, the imagery, it all culminates into one of the finest shots in my memory!

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#1 Kubricks Manipulations in The Shining – The Hotel

So the best bad guy in history isn’t a person, its more an entity an on-screen presence, it’s the genius of Kubrick portrayed threw The Overlook Hotel, the madness of Jack Nicholson, the ghosts, and just the overall madness that occurs within this film. From the opening sequence Kubrick bombards us with imagery, music and uncomfortable ideas. From Danny’s friend Tony, and the “Shining” Mr Holleran to the sheer awkwardness that is Shelly Duvall, to the downright evil that Jack becomes this film stands as my favorite Horror film of all time. Nothing is explained, and that’s just fine by me, it opened the doors for so much debate that here we are 40 years later and people are still arguing about what happens on the screen. Is the film about the plight of the Native Americans in history? Could it be Kubrick is revealing to us that he filmed the moon landing! Or could it just be about a man going mad from cabin fever, and attempting to murder hs family… or all three plus some more! That’s the beauty of this film, nobody knows, and now that Stanley has passed, we will never know. That aside, some things are not arguable, this movie is disturbing and scary, the twins give me chills in every seen that they appear, Jack Torrence has a dominating screen presence that is absolutely horrific and lets not forget all the strange little things that Kubrick put in to mess with out heads… For instance in every scene that a person appears, a chair is moved for each person during cuts, Why? Then the typewriter, at the start of the film it is white, then it becomes a dark grey! Then the maze, it’s not in any shots of the hotel at the beginning, it just appears once the family is there! The final scene with Jack in the picture has so many explanations and yet nothing is concrete. The hotel itself is filled with impossible hallways and rooms, for example Ullmans office has a window to the outside behind the hotel managers desk, but Wendy walks behind the office later in the film and down a hallway… The hotel itself is an impossible maze! For these and many more reasons, Kubricks hotel makes number one on my list and number one in my heart and mind!

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