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FilmFrak Jon’s Marvel Rankings

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FilmFrak Jon’s Marvel Rankings

By: Jon Caron

Ever since I can remember, the numerous characters of the Marvel universe have been a giant part of my life. I’ve gone on countless adventures with these fictional beings that have shaped the way I view the real world and what could be possible in the infinite cosmos that we take for granted as we casually drift through it with our eyes forward, instead of up into the vast wonderment of it all. These heroes and villains, which make up this fantastical universe have gone through many iterations, changing throughout the years, dying, being reborn, finding love and losing it.

Part of what makes Marvel so wonderful, is their understanding of what makes a character great...

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FilmFrak Interview Special: The Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage interview starring Shahin Sean Solimon

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FilmFrak Interview Special: The Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage interview starring Shahin Sean Solimon

Shahin_Sean_Solimon_Actor_Director_SinbadThank you for taking the time for this email interview. As my knowledge is limited, I would like to start at the beginning with a snapshot of your childhood and formative years? Can you share a little of what shaped you as an individual? -FilmFrak Adam-  

Shahin Sean Solimon: You are very welcome, thanks for having me. I was raised in FL with a great adoptive Amercian family. My adoptive father, George, taught me a lot about film and the arts. One summer he took me to see Star Wars on it’s second run in theaters and I was hooked. I had to make films if it was the last thing I did...

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FilmFrak Podcast Special: The Martial Arts Kid Starring T.J. Storm

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The Martial Arts Kid FilmFrak Podcast Special: Starring T.J. Storm

T.J. Storm may not be a household name but you’ve most definitely appreciated the man’s work without knowing it. He’s an actor, martial artist, stuntman and dancer. He also does motion capture and voice work for films and video games.

Among his acting credits are Maginty in Punisher: War Zone. He’s worked with Udo Kier & Bridgette Nielsen in Doomsday and made an appearance in A Month of Sunday’s from 2001 starring Rod Steiger, Sally Kirkland, Michael Pare, Dee Wallace and Jamie Farr.

As a motion capture artist he’s suited up for the likes of Avatar, Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, JJ’s Star T...

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FILMFRAK EXCLUSIVE: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF ANSE AND BHULE IN NO-MAN’S LAND INTERVIEW WITH BARRY HUNT

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FilmFrak Exclusive: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF ANSE AND BHULE IN NO-MAN’S LAND Interview with Barry Hunt

In 2018 FilmFrak is proud to continue to play a part in introducing the world to new and emerging filmmaking talents that operate in the “no man’s land” outside of the established system.

For our premiere interview of the year it’s a pleasure to present our readers to Barry Hunt. Making his cinematic Directorial debut with the post-apocalyptic underground feature film THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF ANSE AND BHULE IN NO-MAN’S LAND Hunt is a stylistic creator that has delivered a contemplative and personal work that remains true to its intentions and avoids feeling familiar in the genre.

 Below we discuss the process of getting t...

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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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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 Exclusive: A RECKONING Interview with Leslie Simpson

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FilmFrak Exclusive: A RECKONING Interview with Leslie Simpson

Prepare to enter the artistic consciousness in this email interview with the singular Leslie Simpson. A talented actor whose obsessive performance in the lost film from 2011, A RECKONING displays a daunting commitment to psychological and emotional discovery.

Making his feature debut with Neil Marshall’s ferocious DOG SOLDIERS, Leslie continued to collaborate with the Director on THE DESCENT and DOOMSDAY. Working steadily on short films and TV, this year he wrote, Directed and starred in the surreal horror short HALFWAY HOUSE.

An actor that we will be watching closely. The wry and unfiltered responses we received to our questions in this interview fill us with absolute glee...

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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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HIGH-RISE (2016)

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A Review by Adam Lovett

Director: Ben Wheatley

Starring:  Tom Hiddelston, Elizabeth Moss, Sienna Miller, Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, James Purefoy, Peter Ferdinando

This hallucinatory societal allegory is savage visual poetry sure to repel some viewers. They don’t make them like this anymore. Not in the old fashion storytelling sense but something more cinematically experimental. Bold artistry that pushes the language of genre by connecting on a far more nerve twanging visceral level that abandons traditional narrative. Director Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST, SIGHTSEERS) makes HIGH-RISE a litmus test spiraling into a singular level of chaotic madness that demolishes equilibrium. I left the theatre shell shocked, numb with a feeling comparable to what a film like WAKE IN FRIGHT achieved.

The fi...

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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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