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THE MARTIAL ARTS KID FILMFRAK PODCAST SPECIAL: Starring Cynthia Rothrock

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Cynthia Rothrock still lethal

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THE MARTIAL ARTS KID FILMFRAK PODCAST SPECIAL: Starring Cynthia Rothrock

The beautiful, wise and deadly Cynthia Rothrock honors us in conversation as our special guest in another FilmFrak exclusive.

Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s in the days of VHS and Cinemax there was only one kickass female martial arts heroine in the same league as the likes of Van Damme or Seagal and that was the mighty Cynthia Rothrock.

The Five-time undefeated World Karate Champion with a black belt in multiple disciplines began her screen career starring in the Hong Kong actioner YES, MADAME opposite Michelle Yeoh in 1985...

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THE KING COHEN FILMFRAK PODCAST SPECIAL: Starring Larry Cohen & Steve Mitchell

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KING COHEN FILMFRAK PODCAST SPECIAL: Starring Larry Cohen & Steve Mitchell

Dreams like this singular moment are why we got into the podcast game and launched FilmFrak in the first place. Today we are humbled to present our conversation with the filmmaking legend Larry Cohen. In a maverick career that spans decades his writing and Directing credits include cult classics like THE STUFF, IT’S ALIVE, Q: THE WINGED SERPENT, MANIAC COP and many more. Providing ample material for a documentary we also speak to Steve Mitchell Director of current festival circuit darling KING COHEN.

We hope you enjoy listening as we chat with Mr Larry Cohen about his filmmaking career and Steve Mitchell abo...

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FilmFrak Exclusive: Interview with Jino Kang

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FilmFrak Exclusive: Interview with Jino Kang

Continuing our interview series with an eclectic mix of filmmaking legends, cult heroes and upcoming stars that begun last week. Today FilmFrak is excited to share our interview with Martial Arts Hall of Famer Jino Kang. Holding a 7th Degree Black Belt in Hapkido and a Black Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Kyokoshin-Kai Karate and Tae Kwon Do, Master Jino Kang somehow manages to also Write, Direct, Produce and Star in his own films.

Making his filmmaking debut with the the labor of love BLADE WARRIOR (2001), his latest film FIST2FIST2: WEAPON OF CHOICE (Available through Amazon) is an indirect sequel to 2011’s FIST2FIST. We hope you enjoy our interview with this inspirational personality.

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FilmFrak Exclusive: Interview with Brahim Achabbakhe

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Brahim Achabbakhe with Scott Adkins

Brahim Achabbakhe with Scott Adkins

FilmFrak Exclusive: Interview with Brahim Achabbakhe

We’re leveling up people. Your ever vigilant Frakkers Jon and Adam are excited to announce several exclusive interviews with an eclectic mix of filmmaking legends, cult heroes and upcoming stars over the coming weeks and months.

For our first interview it’s a pleasure to share our unexpected exchange with French born martial arts stuntman, actor and bringer-of-pain Brahim Achabbakhe. Currently exchanging devastating blows to the body and head with Scott Adkins in BOKYA:UNDISPUTED 4 (Watch it on Netflix) and soon to be seen in the upcoming  THE FOREIGNER with Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan, we hope you enjoy learning more about this rising face of action cinema.

Thank you for your time...

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LOGAN (2017)

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Director: James Mangold
Written By: Scott Frank, Michael Green & James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E Grant, Eriq La Salle

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“Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long.”

LOGAN is the nihilistic tale of a mythic warrior’s savage redemption. Told with restraint to allow for understated character moments, a low-fi approach also means minimal CG and more practical FX. Spectacle is controlled for broader impact than just surface level thrills. This thing carries legitimate emotional and thematic weight, LOGAN has gravitas. Things matter.

The thematic component of this film is appropriately modulated. Lean enough to prime the audience without condescending...

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Kubo: And the Two Strings (2016)

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A Review by Jon Caron

Director: Travis Knight
Writer:
Shannon Tindle, Marc Haimes
Starring: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, George Takei, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara

If you must blink, do it now. Pay careful attention to everything you see no matter how unusual it may seem. If you look away, even for an instant, then our hero will surely perish.

These days it is so very rare that an animated film crosses the threshold of becoming more than just a kids film, but a film for anyone of any age to enjoy. Kubo and the Two Strings manages to do this with such effortlessness, that one can only hope that relative newcomer Laika Studios (ParaNorman, Coraline, Boxtrolls), sees another success with this film and can continue on creating such beautiful stop motion wonderment...

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GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

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A Review By Jon Caron

Writer/Director: Paul Fieg

Starring: Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Chris Hemsworth, Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Ernie Hudson

Tonight I caught an advanced screening of Paul Feig’s new Ghostbusters film with my sister. I felt it was appropriate to take her, because we grew up together on Ghostbusters. We must have watched it together at least 100 times on vhs and that’s not an exaggeration. Hell, I used to bring my official proton pack to school with me, along with my ghost trap which I made myself out of “Construx” and put on little shows during recess for everybody. Then I’d come home from school and we’d watch the cartoon together, or the movie yet again. Ghostbusters was sacred to us.

Now, there has been a tremendous amount of controver...

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Frakking Favourite 25 Films of 2015

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Frakking Favourite 25 Films of 2015

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The frakker saw 91 films in 2015 and though there were some outright duds (TERMINATOR GENYSIS, SELF-LESS, THE VISIT) and failed to meet expectations disappointments (EVEREST, TALES OF HALLOWEEN, TRAINWRECK) for the most part it was a golden year in cinema. That I had to make a top 25 and then add an additional 20 plus titles to the honorable mentions is proof of the good time that was had in the darkened movie house this past 12 months. Now the preamble is done, there is just one more thing that I need to get out of the way before we can begin….

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Stand alone favourite: STAR WARS; THE FORCE AWAKENS

Let’s be honest here, as a lifelong STAR WARS obsessed nut trying to be “objective” about the film franchise that made me a cinephile is as futi...

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WHAT A TICKET TO STAR WARS REALLY BUYS YOU…FROM A CERTAIN POINT OF VIEW

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By Adam Lovett

July 31st 1977: It was a Saturday, one week after my fifth Birthday. I was your average, precocious five year-old off to see a Saturday night movie with Dad. It was the advertizing campaign for the film that had bought us out that night. I saw the trailer on TV. I screamed from the living room, “STAR WARS! Can we go see STAR WARS for my birthday?”

This wasn’t my first visit to the cinema. I had seen a few films before now but the only one that had really resonated at all was Disney’s THE JUNGLE BOOK. We grabbed our popcorn, found our seat in the sold out screening and innocently prepared to see “just” another film. The lights went down. There was no advertizing. Straight to a few trailers for upcoming releases, “Chomp”, “chomp”, “chomp” on the popcorn...

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The 87th Academy Awards: 2015 Oscar Selections

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The 87th Academy Awards: The Official Fraker 2015 Oscar Selections

 

The 87th Academy Awards Predictions

The 87th Academy Awards Predictions

It’s that time again where the Academy Awards buffer up against my obsessive cinematic addiction. It’s a date where my own adoration and love for the medium sees negativity hit its apex. It’s also a night where my own masochistic tendencies are in full view as a misguided sense of obligation to arguably the most meaningless and superficial of all the political awards shows sees me tuning in for inevitable torture.

As hard as I have tried since 1997 (the year I finally realized how little quality had to do with prize winners) I can never make it to the Best Picture announcement as the gossip magazine style approach just reaches unbearable levels...

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