COOL LIVE ACTION GIANT MONSTER SHORT FROM THE CREATIVE GENIUSES AT STUDIO GHIBLI!

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Fans of Japanese “Kaiju” flicks should get a kick out of this really cool short film from Studio Ghibli!  Thanks to the folks at  io9.com for sharing this!

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STALLONE PICKS EXPENDABLES 3 HELMER/ RED HILL (2010) REVIEW

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Sly Stallone has picked Patrick Hughes to take the directing reigns of the third installment of the Expendables action series. Hughes wrote and directed the intense and moody Australian thriller Red Hill. Personally, I really liked Red Hill and really like this outside the box choice! For those curious here is my review of Red Hill…

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Australian thriller is a violent tale of a young cop who moves to a small backwoods town with his pregnant wife in the hopes of a quieter life… until an escaped murderer comes to town with vengeance on his mind. Red Hill is one of those movies that makes you overlook it’s minor flaws due to the storytelling skill of the director and the genuine performances of his cast. Director Patrick Hughes gives his outlaw “Jimmy” (Tom E. Lewis) an almost Michael Meyers persona as he desends upon the quiet town of Red Hill and it’s terrified police and citizens, yet, makes him surprisingly human when all is said and done. Young Officer Cooper (Ryan Kwanten) appears a coward at first but, by the end credits, we see the real man beneath who has the courage to do what’s right, when it is the right thing to do. And that’s what is best about this Aussie gem, Hughes makes makes us think we are watching one kind of movie and then suddenly we realize there’s more to it then meets the eye. To say any more would be to ruin a real pleasant surprise.  ***1/2

ALBUM REVIEW: ROB ZOMBIE’S VENOMOUS RAT REGENERATION VENDOR

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Rob Zombie’s latest album, released less then a week after the multi-tasking Zombie’s latest directorial effort The Lords Of Salem, is probably one of the best of his discs since going solo and it does evoke the White Zombie days somewhat too, while giving us that spooky, decadent Rock N Roll we have come to expect from the musician/filmmaker. Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor probably won’t win over any new converts but, Rob Zombie and White Zombie fans should enjoy the 12 track album that once again has Zombie taking us on a hard rocking road trip through all the evils that men do. From the first single “Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown” to a cool cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band”, Venomous is a hard-driving rock album well produced to maximum effect by Zombie himself. With band mates John 5 on guitar, Piggy D. on bass and Ginger Fish on drums and percussion, along with Zombie’s appropriate samples of movie dialog to punctuate his twisted lyrics, Rob and Co. deliver an entertaining and  pulse pounding album of twisted Rock N Roll with a sinister edge and a crooked smile. Songs like Revelation Revolution and Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole) will have you banging your head and stomping your foot as Zombie takes us through his white trash carnival ride of bad behavior and sinful indulgences with his trademarked theatricality. And that’s kinda what Rock N Roll is all about when you think about it. A deviously enjoyable new album from Rob Zombie.