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‘Another Wolfcop’ Review

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Genre : Comedy-Horror
Country : Canada
Director: Lowell Dean

Cast:
Leo Fafard
Amy Matysio
Jonathan Cherry

Sometimes all you need to know about a movie is right there in the title. Reading a title like Snakes on a Plane you immediately know it will involve a plane where the snakes reside. When you hear Titanic, you expect a dramatic tale based on what was supposed to be The Unsinkable Ship. For a more recent example one needs to look no further than Wolfcop. Released in 2014 this slice of Canuxploitation tried to be the ultimate midnight movie and almost succeeded. Starring Leo Fafard as Sergeant Lou Garou, Wolfcop followed the adventures of an alcoholic cop who is transformed into a werewolf by a shapeshifting cult. While far from perfect it had the humor, gore and practical effects to make what should have been a one-note joke work over 79 minutes. In fact, it was so successful it spawned Another Wolfcop. Is there enough there for another movie or has this wolf been defanged?

 

It had been several months since Lou Garou was turned into the Wolfcop. As he tries to keep a low profile the town of Woodhaven has found a new savior. Entrepreneur Sydney Swallows plans to rejuvenate the small town with a hockey rink/brewery. With ulterior motives it is up to Lou and the Woodhaven police department to stop an invasion of shapeshifters.

 

Leading our return to Woodhaven is writer and director Lowell Dean. His first film since the first Wolfcop he has improved quite a bit since the first film. Playing a bit more with colors and lighting each set has its own distinct feel. Oddly enough, sets that look like they’re straight out of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fit perfectly in small town Canada. Helping this is an obviously bigger budget. Like it’s predecessor it relies more on prosthetics and practical effects, giving audiences a good view of every ripped tendon and beheading. Dean’s improvements aren’t just behind the camera either, his pen has gotten sharper as well.

Expanding on the first film we are introduced to a shadowy conspiracy, body-bursting monsters and killer robot hockey players. And as crazy as all that sounds it is just the tip of the iceberg. With dismemberment and werewolf sex, the crude humor from the original is back in full force. Which, unfortunately, leads to some of the movie’s biggest problems. In fact, Another Wolfcop‘s biggest flaw is how closely it follows the structure and jokes of the original. Like a lot of other comedy sequels Another Wolfcop tends to fall into the trap of simply going bigger with gags we have already seen. It can be funny but one can’t help but think they’ve seen certain gags before. One of the big reasons it still works is the amazing chemistry of the cast.

 

The majority of the cast returns for Another Wolfcop and their chemistry is just as good. Leo Fafard remains a likable and surly Lou Garou/Wolfcop with Amy Matysio perfectly cast as his straight-laced partner. Also returning is Jonathan Cherry as the mysteriously goo-covered best friend, Willie Higgins. As a trio the three’s charisma carry Another Wolfcop through some of the slower moments. New to the cast is Yannick Basson as businessman Sydney Swallows. Despicably evil from the moment we see him he comes off as the slimiest evil businessman in quite some time. The only weak link is Serena Miller as Willie’s sister Kat. A conspiracy theorist like her brother it’s less that Miller’s acting is bad and more that she isn’t given too much of a personality besides love interest.

 

In today’s world of genre filmmaking terms like “midnight movie” are tossed around a lot. Whether it’s the latest splatter film, creepy haunted house film or anything from Troma the title of “midnight movie” has become a badge of honor. Even though the original Wolfcop was touted as the next big cult classic I have to tip my hat to Another Wolfcop. Learning from the first film’s mistakes it focuses more on the crazy world of the Wolfcop rather than his background and leaning more into the absurdity. It certainly isn’t for everyone. For those with a sensitive stomach or a more serious take on Lycans, Another Wolfcop isn’t for you. But if you’re looking for an orgy of the absurd filled with blood, guts and the occasional werewolf peen there are few options better.

 

Rating 7/10
Links : IMDB

Another Wolfcop is now available on DVD, Bluray and VOD

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Finally Official – ‘Matrix 4’ Is On The Way With Original Cast

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“Lana is a true visionary, a singular and original creative filmmaker”

This time it’s for real! This is not a drill “Matrix” fans. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich has confirmed, the computer generated world of ‘The Matrix’ will be returning to the big screen. The original cast will be reprising their roles, while Lana Wachowski will be sharing co-writing duties with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. Lana will also be directing the future installment, with no word as of yet if her sister Lilly Wachowski will sign on. But chances are, that may change once things get further underway. Toby Emmerich released an official statement on the project, here’s what he had to say:

“We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana. Lana is a true visionary, a singular and original creative filmmaker, and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”

Though Plot details haven’t been worked out. Lana Wachowski shed some light as to the direction we can expect:

“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”

Keanu Reeves is set to return as Neo with Carrie-Anne Moss reprising her role as the infamous computer hacker, Trinity. How this will all work has yet to be revealed, considering both characters met their demise at the end of the current trilogy. There’s is also no word yet on whether  Laurence Fishbourne will return as the rebellion  leader, Morpheus.

Production is set to begin 2020

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Joaquin Phoenix Stares Into Your Soul As The Joker Via “il venerdì di repubblica” Cover

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“Cinematic achievement on a high level.”

Director Todd Phillips has gone on the record stating, his film is going to piss off hardcore comic book fans. The upcoming ‘Joker’ movie will not follow any comic book plot lines or continuity for the villain, and will in fact be its very own stand alone film. With that being said, the movie is already garnering praise from select audiences. Cameron Bailey, co-head and artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival, went on record with Toronto Sun, hailing the film as “Cinematic achievement on a high level.” Bailey continued on, saying:

“First of all it’s terrific. So it should play on our largest stage. But it’s a really original take on comic book movies and on the Joker character in particular. It’s not based on an existing story, it has one of the greatest actors in modern cinema, Joaquin Phoenix, in the lead, and Robert De Niro is in it as well, one of the best actors that has ever lived.”

Bailey, also went on to say, the film is “Very cinematic,” for a low budget feature.

“Has an interesting tone and approach to it. It’s set in the late ’70s, early ’80s and it feels like it was made then. It’s gritty in its look, it has references to Martin Scorsese’s filmmaking and it feels like a cinematic achievement on a high level. Although it’s working with very populist material, it has great ambition. That’s why it’s a Gala.”

Check out the newest ‘Joker’ magazine cover via il venerdì di repubblica.

‘Joker’ hits theaters October 4, 2019

 

 

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Brightburn – This Superhero Parody Peppered With SF And Horror Elements Is Simply Sublime

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Take.. The.. World.
Take the world.

Superhero-movie-haters unite. Run to a nearby movie theater to see this movie. Because “Brightburn” is the ultimate anti-superhero-film of all time. The moment I realized which direction it was going, I cursed myself because after seeing “Avengers: Endgame” I’d decided to have a little sabbatical. I was going to avoid movies with characters in tightly fitting latex suits and superhuman powers. But as it became clear that it wasn’t what I expected, my enthusiasm grew all the more. My enthusiasm for films such as “Deadpool” and “Ant-Man” (because of a touch of whimsy and the originality) was effortlessly overtaken by this highly original anti-superhero film. And if one also mixes the superhero genre (of which they are continuously producing sequels and prequels) with my all-time favorite genre horror, it simply can’t go wrong. I am indeed enthusiastic, yes. Extremely enthusiastic!

 

Brightburn

 

Is it a plane? A bird? Is it Superman? Uh, nope.

It all starts as a sort of Superman parody or reboot (another favorite Hollywood term these days). Here too, we meet a young couple who have been trying to have a child for years. Even spicy lingerie doesn’t do wonders because farmer Kyle Bryer (David Denman) (and yes, the location is again a big farm) is rather clumsy, which means that his watch always gets stuck in his wife’s hair. BANG! Before they realize it, some object out of space crashes nearby. Right in their back yard. And as if it’s the most normal thing, Tori (Elizabeth Banks) finds an innocent, sweet little guy in this comet or spacecraft. They adopt him instantly and call him Brandon (Jackson A. Dunn). All peace and light, you think. Until the boy realizes that something is wrong. Especially when he tries to start the lawnmower and suddenly the thing ends up at the neighbors. A few meadows further.

 

Brightburn

 

An evil superhero with an attitude.

With the well-known figure Superman, the parents didn’t waste any time and told young Superman to keep his growing powers under control and only use it to help humans. In the 70s this fact was acceptable. But after the trillionth superhero movie, that concept really starts to sound boring. And that’s where “Brightburn” starts to deviate substantially. As soon as it seems as if puberty hits Brandon, and no it’s not about hair growth and other side-effects, and he wanders around the farm at night looking for something that seems to call him, it becomes clear that a constructive parent-child conversation is not really useful. When Brandon feels disadvantaged, it’s best to stay away from him. The consequences of a tantrum can be disastrous. You could end up flying into a closet or have a crushed hand as a result. So they are stuck with a teenage son with issues who has superpowers. A “Dennis the Menace” with an attitude. You don’t have to be smart to know what’s going to happen next.

 

Brightburn

 

Not really horror.

Let’s talk about the horror part. For those who are only used to super-hero films, it will be a shock. For a seasoned horror fanatic, it’s all just ordinary. It’s not terrifying or too bloody. There are some excellent gore effects in it, though. I personally found it simply exciting at certain moments. Exciting as in how the story will continue and end. And they even tried to tackle that part in an original and quirky way. The majority of blockbusters always have such a predictable outcome. In a western, the bad guys always eat dust in the end. A romcom has a happy ending in most cases. And even superheroes on the verge of despair will eventually prevail (such as The Avengers, for example). If you expect this to happen here as well, you’re absolutely wrong. But there’s one thing I’m sure of. The marketing department of Marvel already smells money. I bet they are planning a sequel already with The Avengers trying to beat the unstoppable Brandon.

 

Brightburn

 

Excellent acting.

About the acting, I can be brief and concise. Simply excellent. Especially the mother and son bonding was worked out and portrayed in a proper way. The desperation and motherly love that Elizabeth Banks radiates is simply wonderful to see. And even though Brandon seems incomparably innocent at times, the moment his evil ego pops up, he can conjure up a frightening and impressive facial expression. It’s just a shame he didn’t focus his anger on the annoying class bully as well.

 

Brightburn

 

I repeat it once more: a brilliant film.

Brightburn” definitely will end up in my top list this year. The only downside was the duration. Far too short of course. But otherwise, this superhero parody, peppered with SF and horror elements, is simply sublime. The fact this film has a go-against-the-rules attitude and the idea of a superhero who doesn’t care about humanity is a pleasant and refreshing change compared to the commercial one-size-fits-all releases nowadays. Just something as simple as Brandon’s costume. Has anyone ever wondered who actually made the Spiderman suit? Or did Peter Park have a Sewing and knitting diploma? Brandon uses a piece of woolen textile and a bedspread as equipment. Ingenious anyway. As brilliant as the film itself. I keep repeating it. It is hoped that it will stay with this unique film and that they won’t come up with a miserable number of sequels.

 

My rating 9/10
Links: IMDB

 

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