Category Film Frak Reviews

BLACK PANTHER (2018)

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Director: Ryan Coogler

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Forest Whittaker, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke

A review by Jon Caron

So, Black Panther is one of the better Marvel Studios flicks to date.

A solid, low key story that emerses you in the culture of Wakanda through excellent use of costume, music and set design. And man oh man those costumes…seriously, amazing.

The cast is tremendous. Everybody is a badass and is well fleshed out, ESPECIALLY Danai Gurira who kicks so much ass as Okoye. I love, love, LOVE strong, badass warrior women and she is among the greats. I could have watched an entire film of just her character.

NOT so great…standard run of the mill boring, can’t tell what’s going o...

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FRAKKING FAVOURITE 20 FILMS OF 2017

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Adam & Jon’s Frakking Favourite Films of 2017

2017 saw us Frakkers hit a groove in our second year of recording the show. Our simple vision of sharing a hyperactive passion for films in an unedited freestyle chat expanded beyond our own insular desires.

Thanks to unforeseen listeners who liked our “enthusiasm” and reached out this year we had the honor of interviewing a treasure trove of talent. From impossible realities like cult master Larry Cohen to martial arts legends of our VHS obsessed childhoods like Don ‘The Dragon” Wilson and Cynthia Rothrock. Upcoming head kickers and stunt daredevils like Brahim Achabbakhe to ignore the odds creators who forge their own destiny like Jino Kang...

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STAR WARS: Episode VIII The Last Jedi (2017)

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STAR WARS: Episode VIII The Last Jedi

Directed by: Rian Johnson
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro

It’s not flawless and it does stumbles at times but Rian Johnson succeeds in showing that despite the limitations there is still room for imaginative artistic vision in the primary narrative of the STAR WARS universe. For me there is no question THE LAST JEDI is worthy of entering the pantheon and will only get richer on repeat viewings as the newest addition to the annual marathon viewing of all available chapters.

The latest Episode in the Skywalker saga manages to successfully incorporate the essential elements dictated by the previous mythology while not being beholden to them...

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FilmFrak’s 20 Halloween Horror Favourites

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FilmFrak’s 20 Great Horror Films for Halloween

It’s Halloween and that means most of us horror fiends are staying up beyond the midnight hour with our unblinking eyeballs weeping blood in a motion picture induced haemolacriao. The juicy marrow of fear, frights and fun that the genre can offer feeding some sick desire for visceral voyeurism and boundary violation.

Seeking ideas about what to watch on the 31st, Jon and Adam have spewed up a random list of horror favourites that quench the thirst for blood around this time of year. Entertaining and frightening some will make you giggle, some will make you gasp but all have celluloid imagery to scar the psyche.

So it is with little fore-thought, here are 10 great horror movies from each of us...

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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

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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.

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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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Fraking Favourite 25 Films of 2016

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Adam & Jon’s Frakking Favourite Films of 2016

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Well that happened. In April 2016 Jon and Adam teamed up to broadcast the very first episode of the podcast…and someone listened. Spawned out of desperation to somehow legitimize a lifetime spent individually feeding their obscene cinema obsessions and their singular drives to endlessly discuss all things motion picture with anyone in shouting distance. The mere whiff of encouragement they received from a small band of merry frakkers was enough so that this pair of anti-social degenerates is now airing their 10th episode. So first we would like to say thank you so much for tuning in.

2016 toyed with expectations as many of the franchise blockbusters disappointed but the sleeper and creeper hits from around the...

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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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Captain Fantastic (2016)

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A Review by Jon Caron

Writer/Director: Matt Ross

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, Steve Zahn

To paraphrase a line from the film, “That’s the plot, tell me how it made you FEEL.” So, without regurgitating too deeply on what Captain Fantastic is about, I will attempt to do just that…tell you how it made me feel. This is no easy task mind you, a film this deeply layered with philosophy, beauty and unabashed intellect, could be discussed for days. This is not just one of the best films of 2016, this is one of the best films ever made. Period.

In summation, Viggo Mortensen (Ben) is a super badass, hippy genius, who has been living in the woods for the better part of two decades along with his brood of seven children and up until recently ill wife, who now stays in a hos...

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