Ron Perlman

Bunraku premiered almost a year ago at the Toronto Film festival, and since then, nothing but mixed things have been said about it. Based on this trailer, the love it or hate it reaction the film has received up to now makes even more sense. What director Guy Moshe seems to have done is taken a sizable budget with a respectable cast, and make a film that will appeal to, at best, five people. Count me in as one of those people.

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Driving is boring. It’s so damn boring. Watching characters drive is often one of the most boring and cinematically flat things in movies. It’s rarely exciting. Directors constantly complain about the difficulty of finding energy or something of interest when characters stare off onto a road. Who could actually make such a dull-seeming activity cool, cinematic, and energetic? Nicolas Winding Refn, that’s who. Refn’s a director with a voice of his own, something that’s a bit of rarity nowadays. He’s got a specific personality that’s reflected perfectly on-screen. With Valhalla Rising, Bronson, and the Pusher trilogy, the guy has shown a great love for his violent characters. The auteur revels in exploring men of violence, what makes them tick, and their relationship with their surroundings. The lead in Drive, suitably credited only as Driver, is a lot like Bronson and One-Eye. He’s a man with his own presence, most of his intentions and thought processes are expressed internally, and he isn’t afraid to kick some ass if push comes to shove. Unlike Bronson, though, Driver doesn’t at all represent some form of madness. In this story that’s filled mostly with bastards, Driver is the most moralistic man among them.

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Even though he’s currently looking to talk to the press about the upcoming horror film that he co-wrote and produced, Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, Shock till You Drop was able to ask director Guillermo del Toro some questions about his other projects as well; questions that have been floating around the movie blogosphere for a while now.

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In today’s contest of wills, we have 5 contestants all trying to mean mug as best as possible. Conan (Jason Momoa) cries out in battle, Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang) attempts to pass a gallstone, Corin (Ron Perlman) unleashes his Planet of the Apes face, Marique (Rose McGowan) stuns with her facial tattoos, and Tamara (Rachel Nichols) didn’t get the memo that she needed to be scary. These character posters for Conan the Barbarian are actually pretty intense, showing off some solid costume and make-up design as well as the unnerving battle faces of some of its stars. Which one is the scariest?

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As the films come to a close, patterns tend to emerge. This year, for instance, there has been a definite focus on the cinema of abuse, of nostalgia and on auteur-driven films, but the most engaging and intriguing mini-pattern for me is the cinema of misdirection, i.e. films that suggest they are one thing and ultimately offer something entirely different by their end. Unlike Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, and The Skin I Live In and even to a lesser extent Hara-Kiri, Drive‘s directional swerve is a tonal one, rather than a thematic or material one. What at the outset looks like an indie love story, with background driving sub-plots, swerves wildly onto a more ragged road. Ryan Gosling (Cannes’ new darling after this and last year’s mesmerizing Blue Valentine) stars as a stunt-driver/mechanic by day, who moonlights as a getaway driver who is as solitary as Leon, and as effortlessly cool and detached as Bullitt. This driver’s world is flipped when he meets his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan, who looks stunning), and is immediately floored by her (and her son Benicio). Problem is, Irene has an ex-con husband (Standard, played by Oscar Isaac) who they discover has been granted early release, and doesn’t take too kindly to the driver muscling in on his family. When the driver discovers Standard beaten and bloody in the car park, he offers his services to pull off the one last job that will see the ex-criminal able to get out and go straight. Only things […]

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It’s all happening. The best working director for the job of tackling a Lovecraft novel is going to roll cameras in June, meaning that At the Mountains of Madness could be in theaters as early as Winter 2012. Tom Cruise will be starring – which raises an eyebrow – but fans of the novel know that there’s an opportunity here to deliver Cruise at his Nic Cage-y best. Ron Perlman, who is contractually obligated to be in all geek properties of this kind, will be involved as well. According to io9, everything is set to go. Fingers are crossed now, and hopefully we’ll be getting some concept art soon. This is when it gets exciting. There’s no mention of how this will affect The Hobbit, which is shooting currently, but I can’t imagine they’d schedule this if it even budged the trip to Middle Earth by a single day. At the most, it sounds like Guillermo Del Toro will go directly from one to the other. Besides, I hear the Antarctic is wonderful in the summer.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr heads into the January movie season with a heavy heart. He checks out Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest award bait flick, Country Strong. Hint, hint… no one is taking the bait. Then he tries like hell to see Season of the Witch, but the lack of regional press screenings and midnight shows keep him and Nicolas Cage’s mullet sadly apart. What else would you expect from the industry coming back from winter break. After all, this is the time of year that the mega-hits Leprechaun, BloodRayne and Bride Wars came out.

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Here’s a basic lesson in Hollywood business: If a film is the sole wide theatrical release opening on the first weekend of a new year, it’s probably bad. More often than not, were the movie at least somewhere between passable and worth watching its releasing studio would find some way to get it to its audience during the prime holiday season. We’re still waiting for the exception to the rule and Season of the Witch is not it.

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Things are about to go off in the quiet town of Charming, and before all is said and done, someone’s blood will be shed. SAMCRO will put the final part of their plan into motion to get Jimmy and take him out for good. Jax and Stahl will also set their plan into motion as Jax goes full on rat to protect the club he loves so dearly. Gemma will attempt to make a life altering decision for the sake of Jax, Clay and the rest of the club. And Tara will discover something that could alter Jax’s life forever.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr loosens his belt and falls asleep on the couch after eating too much turkey. But with three days left in the weekend, there’s always the opportunity to brave the hoards of crazy holiday shoppers to see a movie. It’s time to look at a new Disney princess with Tangled, dance with the divas from Burlesque and go Faster with a piece of the Rock.

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SAMCRO has returned from Ireland, but before he can get a moments rest, Jax and the rest of the gang are out on a man hunt for Salazar who has left the fate of Tara unknown, and Jax in emotional disarray. Her only hope will come from the one man who has been trying to take down SAMCRO for well over a year now. Jimmy O will also continue his search for freedom out of his Irish hell hole. And before the episode is over, one person will make a decision that could destroy them, and everyone they have ever associated with, and could bring down SAMCRO in the process.

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SAMCRO is in the home stretch of their stint in Ireland, and before all is said and done the fate of Abel & Jimmy O will be decided. Stahl will also come to action once learning the truth about Tara’s abduction. To her the goal is simple… save Tara to save her deal with Jax. Unser will also get some shocking news that will lead him on a war path with Hale at the top of his to do list. And before the episode is over, one person will make a choice that they might not be able to come back from…

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Jax, Clay and the rest of SAMCRO are on a vendetta after having their entire crew nearly blown apart courtesy of Jimmy and his boys. But things take a turn for the worse when they finally learn the truth regarding their Irish brothers. Now the choice is clear, take down the betrayers, or lose any hope of finding Abel for good. Back in Charming, Piney, Tig & Kozic get a call that they could have done without. Salazar’s demands are simple, kill Álvarez. Well, simple of paper anyway. But not wanting to ruin the shaky truce between SAMCRO and the Mayans, the boys decide to make a move that could put Tara in even further danger.

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With each waking moment in Belfast without a single clue as to Abel’s whereabouts, Jax is becoming more and more restless. He wants answers, and he wants them now. So after getting word on a possible location of Jimmy, Jax and the rest of SAMCRO head on a protection run with the rest of the Belfast charter in the hope for answers… But what the get themselves into is something they could have never seen coming. Meanwhile back in Charming, Tig, Kozic and the rest of the boys are out for answers as to who harmed Lumpy the night before. But the political mess they stumble on will lead to an ending no one could have seen coming.

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The time has come, the gang has made it to Ireland. But the red carpet has long been rolled up for the Sons. Instead, they’re greeted by some very unsavory characters. But things eventually settle down long enough for SAMCRO to meet up with the Belfast charter. At the same time, Jacob Hale is looking to push a business owner under the protection of SAMCRO out of Charming. But the people he hires to get the job done are non to pleased. Tig and Kozik will also come one step closer to settling their beefs with one another, but some fists will be flying before that happens. Tara will also be asked to help a friend, and this favor could change her life forever.

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SAMCRO is prepping for a trip to Ireland when everything goes to s**t in the quiet town of Charming. Tara will finally make a call on her relationship with Jax, or so she thinks and Gemma will get some heart stopping news down the Irish pipeline. The Grim Bastards will make a discovery that could put the entire Mayan/Sons pact in jeopardy before the ink on the deal is even dry. And before the dust clears, someone is going to pay the ultimate price. Gemma along with Tara will make a choice that could jeopardize the future of the entire MC. And one of them will be forced to take the brunt of the bullet laid before them.

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SAMCRO needs to find a way to get to Belfast. So with the help of a local or two, Clay believes he has found a way. But surprises come when news about the Sons’ upcoming bail hearing leaves Clay with a major sense of Glee. Jax will also begin his pact with the Devil starting with the coaching of Gemma to get her off the homicide charges. He will also make a decision that will affect him, Tara, and Abel forever. The Sons will also make deals and bring on new members that will cause ripples throughout the series.

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Another week has gone by and the Sons don’t seem to be any closer to finding Abel than they were in week one. But things are about to change after Gemma receives a phone call that puts her into cardiac arrest. Now it’s an information game between the now in custody Gemma, the Feds and the Sons and the only question is, who will get there first? Stahl also returns to offer the deal of a lifetime, or rather the deal that will put her career back on track. But things won’t go as planned for her and by the end she’ll make a deal of her own that will send everything in a tail spin. And Tara will reveal a secret she’s been hiding from Jax for a very long time.

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I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a film so in love with it’s perception of how cool it thinks it is. Bunraku really thinks it’s cool. It’s the hot high school kid in the leather jacket who lights his cigarettes under a dark shade, but when it comes to talking to girls all that comes out is, “…….I’ve got jock itch…..” Only when Bunraku says it it isn’t funny. It’s tragic.

Josh Hartnett plays a drifter (that cool kid in the leather jacket, except not wearing that. He has cigarettes though) in search of a man named Nicola (Ron Perlman), a ruthless killer who employs nine decreasingly less ruthless killers to do his bidding. His Killer number 2 (named Killer #2) is played by Kevin McKidd who may be the most fun character in the piece if not for Woody Harrelson as the bartender who isn’t written nearly as fun as a Woody Harrelson bartender should be, especially considering we know how hilarious a Woody Harrelson bartender can be. Rounding out the cast is Japanese actor Gackt (yes, real name) also on the trail of a man with a specific medallion. I won’t spoil who that is.

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SAMCRO is headed to Canada, but not without making a few stops first. But these stops will back the MC into some really tight corners. Gemma is going to have to make a choice that she will ultimately regret, and by the end of the episode, she will learn a truth no one wanted her to know. Jax and Clay will also learn a truth that might send them off the deep end. Piney and Bobby will be dropped into a deadly game of hide and seek, and Tara will be forced to finally accept her role as Jax’s old lady.

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