Silver Emulsion’s Silver Mine Cart Motherlode Giveaway!

Silver Emulsion turns 5 years old today! I’m so excited that I decided to share my excitement with all of my readers. I’ve unearthed all kinds of prizes for a massive giveaway I like to call “Silver Emulsion’s Silver Mine Cart Motherlode Giveaway!” And boy, if I do say so myself, this is one mother of a giveaway! I’ve created a special video to tell everyone a little about the giveaway, so sit back and see what’s up for grabs!

Hope you enjoyed the video! Are you excited to win some fun prizes? Since this is such a massive giveaway, I’m going to let it run for a little longer than I normally would. So it’s starting now on April 12, 2015 and will run through May 12, 2015! Head down to the RaffleCopter app below and start enterin’!

If you don't feel like watchin' the video to find out what the prizes are (but you should, it's funny!), click here to expand a detailed list of everything up for grabs!
Grand Prize: 2 Themed Packs of Your Choice, the Winner’s Bonus Pack, and Secret Bonus Items!
2nd Place: 2 Themed Packs of Your Choice, the 2nd Place Bonus Pack, and Secret Bonus Items!
3rd Place: 1 Themed Pack of Your Choice and Secret Bonus Items!
4th Place: 1 Themed Pack of Your Choice and Secret Bonus Items!
5th Place: 1 Themed Pack of Your Choice and Secret Bonus Items!

Winner’s Bonus Pack:
1 set of limited edition Scream Factory Coasters
1 set of limited edition Scream Factory Magnets
1 Unisex Adult L Chucky Shirt
Snowpiercer, Vol. 1 Hardcover Book
Snowpiercer, Vol. 2 Hardcover Book
$25 Gift Card at Fandango.com

2nd Place Bonus Pack:
1 set of limited edition Scream Factory Magnets
1 Unisex Adult L Bride of Frankenstein Shirt
The Art of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & Rise of the Planet of the Apes Hardcover Book

Themed Packs (1 of each, your choice will be from the remaining packs after higher level winners have chosen):

The Full Moon Pack:
Puppet Master Blu-ray
Skull Heads DVD
Assault of the Killer Bimbos DVD
Subspecies Blu-ray
Dollman/Demonic Toys Box Set containing Dollman, Demonic Toys and Dollman vs. Demonic Toys

The Mostly ’80s Pack:
The Terminator Blu-ray
Three Amigos DVD
The Goonies DVD
Battle Beyond the Stars DVD with Limited Edition T-Shirt Iron-On
RoboCop Blu-ray
Nightmare on Elm Street 35mm Film Frame

The Shaw Brothers Pack:
Super Inframan DVD
Flying Guillotine DVD
Flying Guillotine II DVD
The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter DVD
Box Set featuring Executioners from Shaolin, Martial Arts of Shaolin, Five Shaolin Masters, and Mad monkey Kung Fu

The Twilight Zone Pack:
Twilight Zone Lunch Box and Thermos
Twilight Zone Vol. 3 DVD
Twilight Zone Vol. 10 DVD
Tales from the Cryptkeeper DVD

The Bolo Yeung Pack:
Bloodsport DVD
Chinese Hercules DVD
Bloodfight DVD
Breathing Fire DVD
Bolo DVD

The Horror Block Pack:
Horror Block Snap Watch
Zombie Microbe Plush Toy
Hannibal Heart-Shaped Stress Ball
Hannibal Stickers
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong Paperback Book
1 Unisex Adult L Hannibal Shirt
1 Unisex Adult L American Horror Story Shirt

The Other Full Moon Pack:
Puppet Master Blu-ray
Laserblast DVD
Decadent Evil II DVD
Ghoulies/Ghoulies II DVD
Evil Bong Box Set with Evil Bong, Evil Bong 2: King Bong, and Evil Bong 3: Wrath of Bong

The five ways to enter are:

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A Touch of Zen (1971)

touchofzen_2A Touch of Zen [俠女] (1971)

Starring Hsu Feng, Shih Jun, Pai Ying, Tien Peng, Cho Kin, Miao Tian, Cheung Bing-Yuk, Sit Hon, Wang Shui, Roy Chiao Hung, Han Ying-Chieh, Man Chung-San, Sammo Hung

Directed by King Hu

Expectations: High.

fourstar


A Touch of Zen starts off innocently enough, but by the end of the film the viewer has journeyed through religion, the soul and the more standard martial intrigue you were probably expecting. It is a martial arts film wholly unlike any I’ve ever seen, coming years ahead of its time and eschewing nearly all the general ideas of entertainment that martial arts films are usually built upon. A Touch of Zen is a wuxia film with higher aspirations. It is a fascinating, pure example of film as art, and like any good work of art, true understanding only comes with extended thought and multiple viewings. This is the type of film that people spend their whole lives in awe of; its power to provoke thought while also engaging the more primal needs is unique and unparalleled.

A Touch of Zen is partially based on the story The Gallant Girl (or The Magnanimous Girl) from Pu Songling’s Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio, and it is here that the film draws its initial characters and setting. Ku Shen-chai (Shih Jun) is a scholar living in the derelict Ching Lu Fort. He studies not for wealth or status, but for personal gain and knowledge, much to the chagrin of his mother who thinks a man over 30 should be married and on his way to a lucrative career. Ku’s stall in the nearby town, where he paints portraits and does calligraphy, just doesn’t fit the bill in her eyes. So when a young woman and her elderly mother move into the nearby general’s mansion that has stood uninhabited for many years, Ku’s mother immediately thinks of joining the two families.

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Japan Crate — April 2015 Unboxing Video!

I found out about Japan Crate a few weeks back, and I couldn’t resist getting one! The idea of crazy Japanese candies arriving in the mail is quite the exciting proposition! And I gotta say, it’s as fun as it sounds. Upon further research it seems that there’s quite a few of these services, but after perusing them all I decided that Japan Crate was the way to go. It runs $30 a month with shipping included, and they ship from CA via Priority Mail so you get your stuff really quickly. They also have smaller size boxes available for $12 & $25 if you’re so inclined.

In addition to the always exciting unboxing video, I also shot a video of me making my first DIY candy! Enjoy your vicarious sugar rush! I always appreciate any feedback or suggestions about the videos, too, so sound off in the comments if you’ve got a thought or two. Thanks!

 

Quick Takes: The Stand, The Wind Rises, Gold Told Me To

the-stand-movie-poster-1994-1020189668The Stand (1994)
twohalfstar

Starring Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan, Corin Nemec, Adam Storke, Laura San Giacomo, Ruby Dee, Ray Walston, Rob Lowe, Bill Fagerbakke, Peter Van Norden, Ossie Davis, Miguel Ferrer, Matt Frewer, Bridgit Ryan, Kellie Overbey
Directed by Mick Garris

Having recently re-read the book, I had to also revisit this. It’s a fair adaptation, about as good as you could hope for from a network TV mini-series of the ’90s. Of course, everything is truncated quite a bit (even at 6 hours long), but its the characters that suffer the most. So much depth is lost in this version, especially with Fran, but it’s still worthwhile for fans of the book looking for a “quick” refresher. I was also disappointed that they ended without including the final scene of the book. Yes, it probably would’ve been more comical than anything else in this version, but that basic idea that “Ka is a wheel,” that this is a struggle that has been and will always continue to go on for all time, is one that feels so integral to King’s work. Oh well… I can hope for this ending in the new version. The CG is also quite dated, but the makeup FX work by Steve Johnson still shines brightly.

TheWindRisesPosterThe Wind Rises [風立ちぬ] (2013)
fourstar

Starring Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura, Mansai Nomura, Jun Kunimura, Mirai Shida, Shinobu Otake, Morio Kazama, Keiko Takeshita
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

The Wind Rises is beautiful in every way. It sits apart from the rest of Miyazaki’s work as his most grounded film, which is funny as it’s entirely about flight. What really impressed me was how Miyazaki weaves together the professional and personal lives of real-life aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi. I later found out the personal part of the story was pure fiction, adapted in part from Tatsuo Hori’s 1937 short story The Wind Has Risen, but knowing this doesn’t diminish the film’s power in any way. I was moved to tears by the relationship between Jiro and Nahoko, as I found it oddly similar to my situation as I care for my spouse as she is debilitated further and further by multiple sclerosis. It may not hit you the same way, but The Wind Rises made me appreciate each day just a little more. An absolutely wonderful film for Miyazaki to go out on.

god-told-me-to-movie-1088207586Gold Told Me To (1976)
AKA Demon

threehalfstar

Starring Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis, Sylvia Sidney, Sam Levene, Robert Drivas, Mike Kellin, Richard Lynch, Sammy Williams
Directed by Larry Cohen

With a title like God Told Me To, I expected the film to be about a religious nutcase going crazy in some kind of slasher-esque film. God Told Me To is vaguely like that in the first few minutes, but very quickly you realize that there’s a lot more going on here than some simple slasher horror film. In hopes that someone reading this will watch the film, I’m going to remain vague, but know that God Told Me To is a highly ambitious B-Movie that tackles huge issues and largely succeeds. It’s the kind of movie that will require some suspension of disbelief, due to the subject matter and the limited FX work, but those willing to appreciate its power will find much to like. Personally, I think the FX work is perfect and everything the film needed, but I can easily see people nowadays laughing at it “because it’s old.” Their loss. The cinematography is also excellent and vibrant throughout, thanks in part to the brand new Blu-ray from Blue Underground. In any case, if you dig B-Movies, Larry Cohen is one to explore, and God Told Me To is one of the best films I’ve seen from him.

Let’s Get Harry (1986)

letsgetharry_1Let’s Get Harry (1986)
AKA The Rescue, Operation Harry

Starring Michael Schoeffling, Thomas F. Wilson, Glenn Frey, Robert Duvall, Gary Busey, Rick Rossovich, Ben Johnson, Mark Harmon

Directed by Alan Smithee (Stuart Rosenberg)

Expectations: None.

twohalfstar


An American ambassador and a plumbing engineer, Harry (Mark Harmon), are kidnapped by Colombian guerrillas and when word gets back to Harry’s brother, Cory (Michael Schoeffling), he’s not about to let Harry rot away in the back of a Colombian shack in the middle of the jungle. Cory first attempts to appeal to the proper channels, taking a trip to Washington with his buddy Pachowski (Thomas F. Wilson), but the politicians are all, “Sorry, son, we just can’t help you.” So Cory decides to ask himself WWHD (What Would Harry Do?), and he finds that the only answer is that Harry would board a plane to Columbia and do his best at being Rambo. And that’s exactly what Cory, Pachowski, Spence (Glenn Frey) and Kurt (Rick Rossovich) do. Let’s Get Harry is one of the many ’80s action films with a Colombian drug lord villain, but how many of those films feature his civilian buddies attempting a rescue mission?

But what the hell do four plumbers know about assaulting a Colombian drug lord’s camp patrolled by armed guards? Well, they know their limitations — not that they need to in an ’80s action film — so they hire Shrike (Robert Duvall), a no-nonsense recipient of the Medal of Honor who agrees to help them traverse the treacherous terrain. And because they can’t get to Columbia on gusto and skill alone, they enlist the help of local car dealer/big game hunter Jack Abernathy (Gary Busey). He refuses to fund their little excursion unless he comes along, so now their party is up to six members and they are ready to roll. (And really, if they cast Gary Busey in this and didn’t take him along…)

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Project A (1983)

projecta_9Project A [A計劃] (1983)
AKA Super Fighter, Pirate Patrol, Mark of the Dragon

Starring Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Wong Man-Ying, Dick Wei, Tai Bo, Mars, Kwan Hoi-San, Lau Hak-Suen, Wong Wai, Lee Hoi-Sang, Hon Yee-Sang

Directed by Jackie Chan

Expectations: Super high. I haven’t seen this in forever, and I remember it as one of my favorites.

threehalfstar


While there were a few great Jackie Chan movies before Project A, this film marks the beginning of the true “Jackie Chan-style” Jackie Chan movies. Jackie’s movies are known for featuring incredible stunts & amazing fight choreography tied together with a fun, comedic bow, but none of the films prior to Project A truly exhibit this in the way that later films have made us expect it from him. So, even if it was just an OK movie, Project A would be notable. But it’s not “just OK,” it’s a load of fun with some of the most impressive stunts you’ll ever see.

It’s the early 1900s or so, and pirates are a constant threat off the coast of Hong Kong. The coast guard has been unable to capture the pirates, and their efforts have cost the police force much of their budget. On the eve of the coast guard’s full-scale assault on the pirates, the rapscallions blow up their ships. Somehow these wretched pirates must be stopped! It’s a fun premise, and it allows Jackie, Sammo and Yuen Biao tons of opportunities to shine. The setting is unique and makes the film feel fresh and very different from other Hong Kong films.

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Stephen reviews: The Five Star Stories (1989)

geroi_pjati_planetThe Five Star Stories [ファイブスター物語] (1989)

Starring Ryo Horikawa, Maria Kawamura, Hideyuki Tanaka, Norio Wakamoto, Ichiro Nagai, Kazuhiko Inoue, Rei Sakuma, Run Sasaki

Directed by Kazuo Yamazaki


The Five Star Stories starts off with a brief description of the Joker Galaxy, which contains only four stars, making it the smallest galaxy I’ve ever heard of. So why does the title talk about five stars? No idea. The four stars we do get to hear about have the rather unusual names of Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western. I suppose the film takes place in one of these solar systems, but I can’t remember if it bothered to say which one. Maybe it even takes place on that mysterious fifth star. This confusing description of the galaxy actually mirrors the film which is also bizarre, mismatched, and very incomplete.

Clearly a highly condensed adaptation of a longer work, Five Star Stories suffers the usual problems of these types of films, but magnifies the problem by also being very short. Even a full two hours or more can leave adaptations such as Fist of the North Star or Dagger of Kamui feeling like half the story was left out. Five Star Stories is only one hour long, and it is nowhere near enough time to do the original story justice. What’s left is a confusing hodgepodge of poorly explained events told with an air of epic mythology.

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