Posts Tagged ‘Russia’

viy1Sometimes when I am searching for a film to watch for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween, all it takes is a cool poster, cool name, and sometimes even be a foreign film for me to choose it. That was definitely the case with today’s pick which comes to us all the way from Russia and it’s called Viy. The film is based off of a story by Nikolai Gogol and it stars Leonid Kuravlyov (Robinson Crusoe) as Khoma, a young priest in a monastery who gets lost with his friends in the country side when given leave by the head priest. Lost, cold, and hungry, the three take solace in a farm that they find, but an old woman tells them they must sleep in three separate spots. Unfortunately for Khoma, she turns out to be a witch and when he beats her she turns into a young woman and he runs away back to the Monastery where he finds out that he has been asked for by a rich man whose daughter has died. Apparently, she had asked for him by name and he is ordered to pray over her for three days, but that will be the test for the young priest if he can survive the three nights. The film also stars Natalya Varley (Twelve Chairs) as Pannochka, Nikolay Kutuzov (Geyka) as Vedma, and the film was directed by Konstantin Ershov (Grachi) and Georgiy Kropachyov (Hard To Be A God).

viy 2This was a very interesting movie to say the least, but if you are looking for blood, guts, and gore then turn around and read no longer because this film does not contain those elements. While the film has all the makings of a classic Gothic tale, it’s actually much more than that as it mixes elements of comedy and satire with it in the film’s main character Khoma. Khoma is a trickster who is always looking to have a good time which is the exact opposite of what a priest in training should be and that my friends is the satire element of the film. The comedy lies in how he carries out everything because the man almost feels like he is losing his mind so he might as well be drunk and enjoy himself as he is tasked with staring down a witch every night. One thing I will have to say is that if you want the good stuff then watch the last ten minutes of the film because that is when it gets really good with all her tricks and the demon named Viy! The film is actually a very good film that deserves at least one watch ass they do the best they can with the special effects which turns out to be good in the last ten minutes. One thing that is funny is that a lot of the characters in the film all look like Michael Shannon so it looks like he is playing several roles. I am going to give the film an B+ for a final grade.

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nThe results of the first round of the knockout stage of the Pedal Cup are here and if you still don’t know what this is, it’s our equivalent of the FIFA World Cup, but for Metal. We had some great matches in the first round with some surprise results. Normally in every tournament with Kreator as a competitor, the fans usually come in droves causing everyone in the world to cry foul, but this time around they have been bounced out of the cup like their fellow countrymen. The fans of Japan’s own BABYMETAL showed up for sure giving us the biggest vote count of the tournament so far. Now to figure out who won what match, we broke it down and you’ll see in the box score that we tallied the votes from this site, Facebook, and Twitter and totaled them up to give you the final result sort of like A+B+C= D. Check out the results below and stay tuned for the next round.


Pedal Cup Bracket 2


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I am happy and thankful for all the people that showed up to vote for the first half of the bracket and as promised, we now have the second half of the bracket. There were some interesting matches in that first bracket, but I think there are some equally interesting matches on this side of the bracket with the focus on Iran vs Russia. Its interesting because on one side you have the Russian powerhouse in Catharsis who have been cutting their teeth in the business since 1996 taking on Iran’s own Confess who were arrested in their own country for writing “Satanic Material” as well as speaking to foreign radio stations. The band at one time faced the possibility of execution, but now they could just face strict penalties and punishment. We just wanted to show our support to fellow metal musicians and wish them luck in both life and in this tournament. This side of the bracket also boasts matches like England (rep. by Cradle Of Filth) taking on Poland (rep. by Behemoth), United States (rep. by Morbid Angel) taking on Denmark (rep. by Hatesphere), and Sweden (rep. by Arch Enemy) vs Switzerland (rep. by Samael). As I said yesterday, you have several options as far as ways to vote in this tournament with one by visiting the Facebook page and the second by visiting my twitter page @Themonsterhour. Now you can go ahead and do it that way or you can also vote here, but you only have 24 hours to do so. So support your favorite metal bands and let the best bands win.

17498847_1430758220309198_7445967711751034253_nThis year, we didn’t do a Pedal To The Metal March madness styled tournament and that was my decision based on how busy I was with various other projects and lack of participation at the time. Although with the 2018 FIFA World Cup happening right now in Russia, I thought now was the perfect time to introduce a new tournament. The only difference between the Pedal Cup (short for Pedal To The Metal) and the World Cup is that we have 16 bands from all over the world instead of their 32 teams. If any country was left out of this tournament, hopefully in four years we’ll see you in it the tournament then. The way I chose what countries would be represented here was basically based on who had made it to the knock out stage of the world cup. Now there were some countries I had to sub out because I couldn’t find bands for those countries so I either added a country that wasn’t in the real world cup or chose some teams from the group stage. The countries (and their bands in parenthesis) are England (Cradle Of Filth), Portugal (Moonspell), Belgium (Leng Thc’e), United States (Morbid Angel), Germany (Kreator), Sweden (Arch Enemy), Norway (Dimmu Borgir), Japan (Babymetal), France (Gojira), Denamrk (Hatesphere), Poland (Behemoth), Brazil (Sepultura), Switzerland (Samael), Russia (Catharsis), Iran (Confess), and Egypt (Crescent).

pedal cup bracketfirst roundThe bands that I am most excited about seeing how well they do are the Middle Eastern bands in Confess who we support their right to creative freedom and Crescent who have been throwing it down for quite some time. The way the brackets are going to be done is exactly the same as the world cup with the teas that are obviously not in the tournament or who did not make the knock out stage placed in the spots that we couldn’t finds for. There is also going to be a new way for all of you guys to vote on this. One way is to visit the Facebook page for Moshpits and Movies and you can vote there (we are going to be setting up the matches there very soon). The other way is that you can click on the article on this page and vote there as well.The matches are only going to last 24 hours which means you only have 24 hours to vote for the band/country that you want to see move on to the finals. Check out the bands and their flags down below and stayed tuned here for more info as it comes.

belgium leng tch edenmark hatesphereegypt crescentengland cradleFrance Gojiragermany kreatorIran Confessjapan babymetalnorway dimmu borgirpoland behemothportugal moonspellrussia catharsissepultura brazilsweden arch enemyswiss samaelUSA Morbid Angel

MI4 TitleIt is week number four on our countdown to Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation here on Ass Whoopin Wednesdays as we countdown to the film’s release on July 31ST. As you can see on the blog, we have reviewed the first three Mission: Impossible films and we are continuing with the fourth film in the franchise Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol which sees our hero Ethan Hunt in a Russian prison as he crew made up of Benji (Simon Pegg) and Carter (Paula Patton) prepare to break him out. After the successful breakout, they are sent on another mission to steal some launch codes from the Kremlin, but before they can they are beat to the punch by Kurt Hendricks (Michael Nyqvist) a Swede hell bent on having the world powers collide. After the Kremlin is destroyed by a bomb triggered by the Swede, the team is forced into Ghost Protocol along with the newest member on the team in Brandt (Jeremy Renner). Together they will do all they can to stop Hendricks from launching the nuclear bombs. The film also stars Vladimir Mashkov (Behind Enemy Lines) as Sidorov, Samuli Edelmann (The Tough Ones) as Wistrom, Ivan Shvedoff (Enemy At The Gates) as Leonid, Léa Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds) as Sabine, Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire) as Brij Nath, Josh Holloway (Sabotage) as Hanaway, a cameo from Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible), and the film was directed by Brad Bird (Tomorrowland). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats below:

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MI4 sceneThe one thing you’ll notice about this film is that his numbers are at a all time low considering what he had for Knockouts/kills in the second and third film, but that is because his team also gets in on the action. So in this film, Ethan Hunt only gets nine kills which is still better than the first Mission: Impossible film. In this film he has no origin story (as usual), no love interest, and no one he really cares about gets hurt in the film unless you are talking about the director of IMF (Tom Wilkinson). That only leaves us the big boss as far as the stats are concerned and you’ll have to watch it as the mission is accomplished. Every film has a different director and each one brings their own unique style to the film and that is case with Brad Bird who brings you plenty of great stunts and the cinematography is amazing as the gang go to Russia, Dubai, and Mumbai. One of my favorite scenes is the chase through the sandstorm while the team is in Dubai because it has plenty of suspense to go with the action. That is also the case for the whole film as the action sequences and some of the missions are amazing. This one could definitely be one of my favorites in the series by far and Jeremy Renner is equally a bad ass in this film as he was in his Bourne film. Check it out for yourself and be sure to check out Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation in theaters everywhere on July 31ST and watch for the review on the next edition of Ass Whoopin Wednesdays