bodied review

Bodied is not the movie I thought it was going to be when I walked into the Fantastic Fest screening. Joseph Kahn‘s previous feature, Detention, is one of those so-crazy-I-can’t-believe-it-exists kind of movies and I think that’s what was in my brain when I sat down to watch his new one.

The premise of Bodied is simple: a young fan is mentored by his idol and his nurtured talent shines. You’ve seen this story before, especially in movies about sports or martial arts, but never quite in this way. Battle Rap is the forum here, not a stadium or a dojo.

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Bodied Trailer

This sounds like a big year for Eminem. Not only does the rapper have a new album that might hit shelves before the end of the year, but he produced an outstanding new HBO documentary series called The Defiant Ones that looked at the careers of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, which paved the way for the young man named Marshall Mathers to become one of the biggest rap sensations of all time. But that’s not all Eminem has going on this year.

Bodied is a new indie heading to the Toronto International Film Festival that is produced by Eminem and said to focus on the world of rap battling. But unlike the semi-autobiographical 8 Mile, this movie is a satirical look at rap battling instead of just being one part of the story about a young, aspiring Detroit rapper just trying to get by. The Bodied trailer has debuted online before the film plays at TIFF next month and you can watch it below. Read More »

Joseph Kahn's Power Rangers Short Film

David, Devindra, and Jeff review Will Smith’s latest and are joined by Joseph Kahn to discuss the making of his new short film, Power/Rangers. Be sure to catch Joseph’s last film, Detention, on Amazon or iTunes.

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Power Rangers making of

The short film Power/Rangers, directed by Joseph Kahn, has become a huge talking point over the past week. Posted for free online, the unauthorized vision of the Power Rangers TV show was quickly targeted by Saban Brands, owner of the Power Rangers license, for copyright violation. Pulled from Vimeo and YouTube before eventually being reinstated with slightly new opening credits and disclaimers, the very adult-oriented short is back online. And now you can see some Power Rangers making of footage, courtesy of the producers. Read More »

Power Rangers short film

UPDATE: The copyright debate over Power/Rangers has been settled and the film is back on YouTube and Vimeo. Click there to see both. Original story follows with the update after.

One of the biggest movie stories this week was the release of Power/Rangers, a professionally made, R-rated fan film based on the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Directed by Joseph Kahn (Torque) and produced by Adi Shankar (Dredd), the Power Rangers short film put a dark, kinetic spin on the ’90s cartoon. Fans seemed to enjoy it but two groups who didn’t like the short were Saban Brands, the company who owns the Rangers, and members of the original cast.

Below, read about the copyright claim, the reactions of the original Rangers and find out how you can watch the Power Rangers short film now. Read More »

Joseph Kahn's Power Rangers Short Film

This morning Adi Shankar released Power/Rangers, a “bootleg short film” directed by Joseph Kahn (Torque, Detention), co-written by Dutch Southern (Bad Turn Worse) and starring James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica). Described as “a twist on the Power Rangers mythos”, the short film is a a well crafted brilliant fx-heavy send-up of dark and gritty fan films while also somehow being a fun addition to the genre. Watch the R-rated Power Rangers short film after the jump.

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David and Adam chat with director Joseph Kahn about the state of film criticism, the racial diversity of genre movies, and building the world of Detention. Detention is out in theaters today!

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam take on the MPAA and wonder about the fate of Gary Ross’s work in the Hunger Games film series. Also, can enthusiasm only take you so far? Or is it the key to unlocking your dreams? Special guest Joseph Kahn joins us to discuss. Kahn’s newest film, Detention, opens in limited release this Friday.

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The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss whether or not the action from The Dark Knight actually makes sense and debate whether/how our history of racist cartoons should be released. Special guest Tasha Robinson joins us from AV Club. Click here to watch Jim Emerson’s Dark Knight dissection and also be sure to check out Joseph Kahn’s response.

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Sony Buys Joseph Kahn’s ‘Detention’

At first glance, Joseph Kahn‘s Detention looks, as  I’ve said before, like it might be just a “post-Scream meta-slasher movie.” But the trailer we saw for the film suggested that it is a lot more than that, or at least a lot more crazy than that. Reviews out of SXSW, where the film premiered, were slightly mixed, but the enthusiastic ones were very enthusiastic. In short, I’m hoping that Detention will be a movie that can satiate my hunger for a wild genre movie in the same way that Attack the Block satisfies as a teen-oriented summer sci-fi thriller.

We’ll all get to see Detention sometime in the coming months thanks to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, which has picked up all rights to distribute the film. Read More »