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Passionate about movies, TV shows, Video-Games, Graphic Novels and Soundtracks. Skills include proficient nitpicking, ability to condescend and also typing. Additionally I am cosmically cynical and prone to excessive rants.

Interview with Katie Burgess

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 3rd July 2017.

Star of the upcoming high concept sci-fi, The Jurassic Games, Katie Burgess is a promising new talent in the world of genre film-making, one who is definitely worth keeping an eye on. You can catch her now in this year’s horror thriller Gremlin, which tells the story of a family who are terrorised by an ancient creature residing within a cursed box.

I recently had the pleasure of asking Katie a few questions about her upcoming projects, as well as her experience working on Gremlin.

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Karin Konoval Interview: War for the Planet of the Apes

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00:48– Karin on how portraying an Orangutan is different from playing a Gorilla or Chimpanzee

05:26– On studying and mimicking Orangutan Long Calls

11:52– On whether or not she considers Maurice a male character 14:53– On Maurice’s relationship with Nova

18:40– On how Matt Reeves directs actors with minimal dialogue

21:43– On Maurice’s status as a fan-favourite character and the Orangutan that inspired him

24:10– On the physical challenges of playing Maurice

27:47– On horseback riding as an ape 30:30– On continuing her studies with Orangutans

Review: Gremlin (2017)

This was originally published on Flickering Myth on 25th June 2017.

When an estranged family member delivers a mysterious box to his house,  Adam Thatcher initially thinks nothing of it. However, it soon becomes apparent that the metallic container actually has a clock engraved on it, one that begins ticking down with immediate effect. Whenever the dial moves a notch, an ancient creature emerges from the box and kills someone that Adam cares about. Worse still, it transpires that the only one way to prevent this from happening, is to willingly pass the vessel along to someone else, thereby resetting the countdown. Adam is thus faced with an agonising dilemma. Either allow the timer to count down (and let the bodies pile up) or pass the terrible curse along.

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How to Fix: The Dark Universe

This was originally published at Flickering Myth on 24th June 2017.

Whilst its international take is admittedly surpassing its domestic performance by quite some way, it is still reasonable to suggest that The Mummy hasn’t been the mega-hit that Universal were hoping for. Weighed down by astonishingly clunky exposition, countless instances of tonal whiplash and a certain high profile ego to contend with (not to mention that embarrassing PR blunder with the trailer audio), the film has been the deserving subject of bad word of mouth and a relentless onslaught of critical maulings. Suffice it to say, it has been something of a rocky journey for the first instalment in the fledgling ”Dark Universe”.

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