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Face to Face |Blu-ray Review

Kino Lorber brings the 1967 spaghetti Western Face to Face to Blu-ray this month, one of director Sergio Sollima’s most notable titles, previously released on DVD as a box-set with the two other titles in Sollima’s trilogy The Big Gundown (1966) and Run, Man, Run (1968). Noted for imbuing his work with a bit of actual social and historical context, there’s a bit more substance than usual for a film relegated to the periphery of a movement dominated by a mere handful of notable names. Though it’s ultimately not at the same level as iconic works by Sergio Leone and hasn’t reached the same level of reappraisal as several other retroactively recuperated directors, it features more nuanced characterizations in its complex narrative structure than is usually evident in other titles of the era.

Boston professor Brad Fletcher (Gian Maria Volonte) is suffering from poor health, and is forced
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Banshee, Ep. 2.05: “The Truth About Unicorns” may as well be a film

Banshee, Season 2: Episode 5 – “The Truth About Unicorns”

Written by John Romano

Directed by Babak Najafi

Airs Friday nights at 10 on Cinemax

The die-hard Banshee fan has every right to dislike “The Truth About Unicorns.” So much of what you would expect from an episode of this series is simply not here. That, however, does not mean that “The Truth About Unicorns” doesn’t stay true to the identity of Banshee. And while Banshee is the series I would least expect to see make this kind of formal departure, I can’t help but think that this is the episode that needed to happen at this stage in the season.

After a two-part thrill ride following the mystery of Solomon’s disappearance (which included heart-racing juggernauts Jonah and Clayton), the pace of Banshee needed to wind down if just for the sake of the viewer’s health. Instead of turning
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The Great Beauty wins top Efa

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The Great Beauty wins top Efa
Other winners included Love Is All You Need, The Act of Killing, The Congress and The Broken Circle Breakdown.

Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty was the big winner at the 26th European Film Awards in Berlin, picking up four of the silver statuettes for European Film, European Director, European Actor for Toni Servillo, and European Editor for Cristiano Travaglioli.

The Great Beauty is Italy’s Oscar entry this year and had won the EurAsia Grand Prix at Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival a matter of days before the awards ceremony in Berlin.

Sorrentino could not personally accept the two awards as he is serving on the jury at the Marrakech Film festival, but producer Nicola Giuliano brought members of the cast and crew on stage to receive the audience’s applause.

Veteran Italian composer Ennio Morricone received the European Composer statuette for his score of Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer and was given a standing
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Solomon Kane – The Blu Review

Robert E. Howard was a popular fantasy fiction author back in the 20s and 30s. His most popular character, Conan the Barbarian has muscled his way onto the big screen three times so far and has starred in a long-running comic book series. Now his next most famous creation, Solomon Kane, has been filmed and the result, Solomon Kane is a mixed bag.

Starting in 1600 Solomon Kane (played James Purefoy), is a ruthless English soldier/mercenary who lives a life of bloodshed and violence. But after raiding a North Africa city Satan and his servants declare that they want to possess Solomon’s soul. Solomon escapes and attempts to live a peaceful live in a monastery and renounces violence, but a new evil has raised its ugly head in England. A strange demonic person named Malachi (Jason Flemyng) has created an army and is forcing the weak into slavery. When
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Solomon Kane Review

After being kept from North American theater screens for years now (for reasons unbeknownst even to director Michael J. Bassett) Solomon Kane, the adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s pulp-Puritan magazine stories from the early 1900’s has finally been awarded a release. For the most part, this grungy period epic both subverts and embraces its roots admirably, failing mainly when it begins to ponder and attempt the philosophical.

Starring James Purefoy who is best known for his stellar work as Mark Anthony on HBO’s Rome, Solomon Kane takes us on a bittersweet journey of redemption across mid-level Britain as a dark force led by the sorcerer Malachi is recruiting the strong, enslaving the weak and slaughtering anyone in between.

As is the case in both the source material and this adaptation, Howard tells a tale of Earth in the 1600’s where black magic is very real and even more
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Face to Face (1967) DVD review

Produced by Sergio Leone’s long-term partner, Alberto Grimaldi, and complete with a score by the iconic Ennio Morricone, Face to Face (aka Faccia a Faccia) is an oft-forgotten spaghetti western from Italian director Sergio Sollima, famous for The Big Gundown (1966).

The film focuses on two protagonists; a history professor, Brad Fletcher (Gian Maria Volonté), and an outlaw, Solomon ‘Beauregard’ Bennett (Thomas Milian). Retiring due to ill health, Fletcher moves to Texas but through an act of kindness becomes entangled with an injured Bennett on the run from the law. Lying low, the health of the men improves, and each becomes fascinated by the contrasting persona of the other. Following a shoot-out, Fletcher is allowed to follow Bennett as he regroups with the 'Wild Gang,’ slowly ingratiating himself with the criminal community.

While Fletcher connects with his more sinister and bestial emotions, Bennett undergoes a crisis of conscious and re-evaluates
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DVD Playhouse--May 2010

DVD Playhouse—May 2010

By

Allen Gardner

Avatar (20th Century Fox) James Cameron beat his own title as box office champ, set with Titanic over a decade ago, with this eye-popping sci-fi epic about a paraplegic Marine name Sully (Sam Worthington), who takes the form of an “avatar,” or virtual being, to go undercover on the planet Pandora, attempting to infiltrate the native Na’vi to gather intelligence that will aid a joint corporate and military operation to rape the planet of its natural resources, destroying its indigenous population in the process. When Sully suddenly “goes native,” he locks horns with the company CEO (Giovanni Ribisi) and his gung-ho commanding officer (Stephen Lang, in a wonderful, scenery-chewing turn from a long-underrated actor). Thought of by many scholars and film buffs as a “game-changer” as much as the first Star Wars film was—and they may be right. While Cameron’s politically-correct
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Solomon Kane Assault on the Castle Clip and Behind-the-Scenes Creature Feature

It must be Christmas! Two new videos were released today for Michael Bassett's live action version of Robert E. Howard's creation known as Solomon Kane.

The first is a clip of "The Final Assault on the Castle" wherein Solomon and his band of men face up to the Masked Overlord.

Solomon Kane Clip: Final Assault on the Castle

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Next is a behind-the-scenes "making-of" the creatures from the film with the creators.

Solomon Kane: Behind-the-Scenes Making of the Creatures

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Max Von Sydow (The Exorcist), Pete Postlethwaite (The Omen remake), Rachel Hurd-Wood (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer), and Alice Krige (Silent Hill) all star in the strange tale of a 16th Century Puritan tormented by his past evils.

Synopsis

The first part in a trilogy series, Solomon Kane
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Solomon Kane Screams Help Us in this Movie Clip

A second clip for Solomon Kane entitled "Help Us" is now available for epic adventure fans. This Robert E. Howard based story shows off some very ugly villains doing what they do best. Several friends of this hero get an old-fashioned raiding in this short one minute clip. Have a look at a few more characters from this Lionsgate film until released in theatres. Also, check out Solomon up front and personal in this blazing movie still (click to enlarge).

Director: Michael J. Bassett.

Writer: Michael J. Bassett.

Cast: James Purefoy, Max von Sydow, and MacKenzie Crook.

The Solomon Kane "Help Us" clip here:

Sources:

http://www.traileraddict.com/clip/solomon-kane/help-us
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'Solomon Kane' Gets New Clip

Davis Films has released a new clip for adventure movie "Solomon Kane". Debuted by SuperHeroHype, the snippet highlights the brutality of a group of men who captures some villagers before Solomon Kane shows up and tries to stop them.

Solomon is a 16th Century soldier who is known for his cruel actions in battlefields. After learning he has been damned for life for his actions, he is determined to redeem himself by converting to puritanism and living a life of peace and goodness. But, soon his peaceful life is threatened when dark power arrives and he finds himself dragged out of retirement for a fight against evil in all its forms.

The first part in a trilogy series, "Solomon Kane" is an epic adventure adapted from the classic pulp stories by Robert E. Howard, creator of "Conan the Barbarian." Directed by Michael J. Bassett, it stars James Purefoy as the titular character with Rachel Hurd-Wood,
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Lionsgate picks up release rights to Solomon Kane

Lionsgate has picked up the Us distribution rights to Solomon Kane, based on the character created by Conan writer Robert E. Howard, according to Fangoria.

The Puritan gunslinger, who fights supernatural evil in Pre-Revolutionary America, first appeared in the pulp magazine Weird Tales in 1928 and went on to feature in several comic books published by Marvel and Dark Horse.

I've included the official trailer below. The film tells the origins of the 16th century antihero and is aimed to be the first of a trilogy.

It stars James Purefoy in the title role, Max von Sydow as Solomon's father, Mackenzie Crook as deranged priest Father Michael, Rachel Hurd-Wood as Meredith Crowthorn, Pete Postlethwaite as Puritan patriarch William Crowthorn and Alice Krige as his wife Katherine, and Ian Whyte as a demon called The Reaper.

Kane is a brutal mercenary fighting in Africa for Queen Elizabeth I but, after an encounter with The Reaper,
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Tiff Review: Solomon Kane

Solomon Kane Written and Directed by Michael J. Bassett Starring: James Purefoy, Pete Postlethwaite, Max Von Sydow and Rachel Hurd-Wood For those of you not familiar with Solomon Kane as a character, here's a quick lesson:  Robert E. Howard, the legendary creator of Conan the Barbarian, created Solomon Kane back in the pulp-era.  A 16th century Puritan, with a sombre outlook.  A valiant leader and fighter armed with a rapier, a dagger and two flintlock pistols, pale skin, cold eyes, dressed in black, shadowed by a slouch hat. Solomon Kane was once a man of pure evil.  Killing and stealing as he pleased.  But this life of pillaging and plundering in North Africa in the late 1500's has got the attention of the Devil and the Devil has layed claim to Solomon Kane's tortured and lost soul.  The only way for him to save his soul is to redeem himself,
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