Eunice does Bloodsport

bloodsport-poster“That hurts me just lookin’ at it.”

The Scoop: 1988 R, directed by Newt Arnold and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Bolo Yeung, and Leah Ayres

Tagline: The secret contest where the world’s greatest warriors fight in a battle to the death.

Summary Capsule: JVCD and Ogre fight their way through a whole bunch of ethnic stereotypes to face big bad Bolo Yeung in an underground fighting competition.

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Vikings: Season One review

Vikings - Travis Fimmel as RagnarIt’s hard to imagine a more fitting television series title sequence than the 52-second gem that leads off each episode of History’s Vikings.

“If I had a heart I would love you,” sings Fever Ray in a creepy multitrack pitch-shifting mashup that both disturbs and delights. “More, gimme more, gimme more,” she continues, perfectly capturing the pagan spirit of creator Michael Hirst’s quasi-historical epic as principal character Ragnar Lodbrok floats to the bottom of the sea, looking up at the silhouettes of Viking longships, falling axes, and slow-motion quick cuts of everything from helmets to ravens to, well, I’m not exactly sure what that red stuff was.

Guts, maybe?

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space1970Welcome to a new feature on Mutant Reviewers, Mutant Comrades.  Every week or so, we’ll be spotlighting a fellow cult culture site or blog to recommend to our readers.

Our first recommendation is for the awesomely titled Space: 1970.  It’s a blog devoted to “celebrating the science fiction films and television of the polyester decade,” which is something that I haven’t given a lot of thought to at all.  But the fact is that there are a lot of 70s scifi films and it’s good there’s a site covering them.

Christopher Mills has a barrage of posts covering titles like Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Black Hole, and Jason of Star Command.  He has a very upbeat approach to his site that I appreciate: “I still love these productions with all the enthusiasm I held for them as a kid, and they will be treated here with affection and respect. If you’re looking for someone to snarkily denigrate ‘old’ movies – or like to do that yourself – you’ve come to the wrong site.”

fanbeastsCan you stretch 54 pages into three movies?  JK Rowling says you can.

The Harry Potter author announced that she’s working with Warner Bros. to take her 2001 book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and turn it into a trilogy:

There would be a trilogy of films based on the book, which follows a “magizoologist” named Newt Scamander.

Scamander is the author of a guide to magical creatures. Set in New York, the book is neither a sequel nor a prequel, but an “extension” of Harry Potter’s “wizarding world”, Rowling said.

The project, which was first announced in September 2013, will be produced by Harry Potter regular David Heyman, whose recent successes include Gravity.

“I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it,” said Rowling when the film was announced last year.

The book was written by Rowling between the publication of the fourth and the fifth books in the Harry Potter series. It is set 70 years before we first meet Harry.