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    SAMURAI COP at SIFF – with Matt Hannon in person!

    “I still speak fluent Japanese! Yama… whatever.” –Matt Hannon, 2014

    Every since we discovered SAMURAI COP on the shelf at Movie Madness in Portland back in 2005, we’ve always been curious about its origins, and its star, Matt Hannon. A couple years ago a rumor spread that he had died–and a SAMURAI COP cast reunion happened without him in Los Angeles.

    But with a new year comes new information. In June 2014, Matt Hannon emerged onto the web from the grave, posting a video of himself on YouTube… with no shirt. Still in character after all these years! Not only is he alive and well, but he also came to our screening of SAMURAI COP in Seattle on 8/16! We were surprised and honored to learn that not only was it his first official SAMURAI COP appearance, but it was his first time introducing it to a packed house and fielding questions at a live Q&A with fans.

    It was a great time! Matt proved to have a great sense of humor and be game for pretty much anything–and he’s still a beefcake.

    Here’s a video of the Q&A and a photo gallery!

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    B-MOVIE BINGO: GLADIATOR COP

    Gladiator Cop (1995)Showing Tuesday 10/2/2012 at The Hollywood Theatre

    GLADIATOR COP is the story of Andrew Garrey (played by RENEGADE’s Lorenzo Lamas), an ex-detective (or cop?) trying to help an attractive woman who works for a history museum solve a recent theft case.  Alexander the Great’s powerful magic sword was stolen by a group of underground fighting-ring gamblers in order to win every fight… and get rich as hell.  The legend is that whoever wields the sword cannot lose a battle.  To make things simple, in a roundabout way, Lorenzo discovers that he is Alexander the Great reincarnated.  We later discover that the evil boss, Parmenion (Played by James Hong from “Seinfeld”), happens to be the reincarnated soul of a man who was killed by Alexander the Great in a sword fight that took place 2000 years ago.  Since Parmenion is a frail businessman that must be avenged for his 2000-year-old murder, he does everything in his power return the stolen sword to it’s rightful owner (Lorenzo) in order to recreate the legendary duel between himself and Alexander the Great once again.  To ensure his victory, Parmenion hires a massive screaming Persian beefcake (wielding the biggest scimitar ever) named Mongol to fight in his place in this final re-match 2000 years in the making. Think of it as MORTAL COMBAT meets HIGHLANDER.

    Expect to see lots of beefcake duels, warehouse fights, rolling heads and more male ponytails than you can count.  Oh and yes, someone does say “Gladiator Cop” during the movie…

    Rated R, 92 Minutes, Directed by Nick Rotundo.

    Check out the trailer:

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    Take the STONE COLD Adventure Challenge!

    Use your head.  Watch your back.  Take the STONE COLD Adventure Challenge.

    Only $1.95 for the first minute and $1.45 for each additional minute.

    WHO WON THIS?

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    Next month – STONE COLD (1991)

    STONE COLD (1991)We got next month’s movie in the mail, and it’s still sealed!  This one is definitely going to play in Hi-Fi mode.

    On July 3 we’re watching STONE COLD, starring Brian “The Boz” Bosworth, an ex-NFL player who transitioned into acting.  He’s a walking “Lone Wolf Attitude”.  You know when the movie starts off with him “Suspended from the Force”, its going to be good.

    ALSO: There are over 50 bingo squares in this movie!!  BLACKOUT WARNING!!!!!

     

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    The Thief of Bagdad: Re-imagined by Shadoe Stevens with the Music of ELO

    THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924)
    Re-imagined by Shadoe Stevens with the Music of E.L.O.

    With Introduction by Shadoe Stevens! Showing 7:30 Saturday 4/28/2012 at The Hollywood Theatre

    This is one of the coolest things we’ve stumbled upon in recent memory. The Thief of Bagdad with a soundtrack by E.L.O.  Tons of magic carpets set to “Mr. Blue Sky”.  YES.

    We found out about this after watching an 80s movie called TRAXX.  We got curious about its star, Shadoe StevensOur research led us to his website, where we read about his legendary radio career, hilarious and inventive commercials he produced, stints on TV shows…. so much stuff (you can read all about it here).  Let’s just say he’s a man of many talents, and mondo enthusiasm. 

    Here’s Shadoe’s tale of how his take on The Thief of Bagdad came to be (read entire interview here):

    “In the 1970s, we watched movies at my house. There was no video or DVDs, of course. I’d show 16 mm movies. Someone had the idea to run silent movies. This was great. Most of us hadn’t seen many silent movies.

    I created soundtracks for the silent movies, on cassette. I recorded suitable music and coordinated the cassette, with the film. Instantly, there was a silent movie, with a modern soundtrack.

    After seeing Thief of Bagdad, I couldn’t get enough of the movie. It is 2.5 hours long. Douglas Fairbanks Sr. stars as the thief; he also bankrolled the 1924 movie, for two million dollars. Raoul Walsh is the director. The special effects are outstanding, to this day. I started creating a soundtrack for Thief. Every time I watched Thief, I devised a new and better version of the soundtrack. I tried classical music, improvisational jazz and radical eclectic music, rock; anything with possibilities.

    I kept tinkering, with the soundtrack, for 20 years. My son, Bradley, liked a 1982 version best, but thought there were good ideas in a 1989 version, too. In 1996, Bradley talked me into doing the consummate Thief soundtrack, using the best ideas from both the 1982 and 1989 versions.

    I borrowed a studio and an engineer. I discovered music by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), was the perfect complement to the magic of the Thief. I worked on it for weeks. Every time I saw the movie with the ELO soundtrack, it moved me, deeply.

    I contacted Jeff Lynne, the creative genius behind ELO and the Travelling Willburys, among others. He came to my house and we watched The Thief of Bagdad. He was shaking his head, smiling throughout the movie. He says, ‘It’s almost as if the music was written for the film.'”

    There you have it: Jeff Lynne approved.

    Here’s a trailer and a clip!