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The Establishing Shot: The Lost Bladesman, Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art and a Stella Artois Box Set

Friday, July 22, 2011 Craig Grobler 0 Comments

stella artois DVD in every packYowsers! A veritable smorgasbord of goodness has arrived in the mail this week. Let's dig in:

The Lost Bladesman
Well, any film starring and fight choreographed by master Martial Artist Donnie Yen is worth a look but The Lost Bladesman is also made by the guys behind the Infernal Affairs trilogy - Alan Mak and Felix Chong, the first part remade as The Departed by Martin Scorsese and goes back to the timeless story of the Romance Of The Three Kingdoms which has been used as the basis for many films over the years. The only bad bit is I have not had a chance to actually watch The Lost Bladesman as yet. So a review will be going up next week in the meantime - later today we have the exclusive reveal of the UK Trailer for The Lost Bladesman so keep an eye out for it. It is epic!

The Lost Bladesman
The Lost Bladesman
The source material for several screen adaptations over the years (including John Woo’s “Red Cliff” and Daniel Lee’s “Three Kingdoms: Resurrection Of The Dragon”), Luo Guanzhong’s classic historical novel “Romance Of The Three Kingdoms” provides the inspiration for the sumptuous period martial arts epic and Chinese box office smash, The Lost Bladesman.

Co-written and co-directed by the duo responsible for the “Infernal Affairs” trilogy, Alan Mak and Felix Chong, and starring Donnie Yen (14 Blades; Bodyguards And Assassins; Ip Man), Jiang Wen (The Founding Of A Republic), Alex Fong (Triple Tap; Once A Gangster) and Sun Li (Fearless), with stunning action choreography by Yen, the film has been described as “an emotionally-charged, high-octane adventure [and] a couple of hours of rip-roaring entertainment in the company of one of history’s greatest badasses” (Twitch Film).

Yen stars as the legendary warrior Guan Yun Chang, sworn brother of the great warlord Liu Bei, who, on becoming separated from his friend during the tumultuous warring period of the Three Kingdoms, is taken prisoner by and agrees to fight temporarily alongside Liu Bei’s enemy and rival warlord, Cao Cao.
The Lost Bladesman (cert. 12) will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 8th August 2011. For more info about The Lost Bladesman head to

Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art
I love film art particularly when it re-imagines iconic visuals or passionately reinterprets the films I love. So when the I heard about Gallery 1988’s Crazy 4 Cult projects I was keen to see what it was all about. And when a copy of Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art was fortuitously dropped off with our concierge earlier this week I was ecstatic.

Crazy 4 Cult
The 174 page A4 hardcover book pleases from the cover showing a clearly pissed off Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) from Pulp Fiction about to unload a clip. As beautiful as the cover is I couldn’t wait to get inside Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art. It is glorious as artists tackle film favorites, mash ups, genre bending and new and mixed media representations of old classics. There is a wide variety of art techniques covering many, many films. Some of the art was exactly my thing and I could easily picture it on my wall like Chris Sanchez’s Come out and Play print, from The Warriors, whilst some wasn't my bag. But guaranteed that there will be more than some pieces you absolutely love.

Chris Sanchez Come out and Play
Picture stolen from the website

Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art is beautiful I’m a little hesitant to describe it as a coffee table book as I’m not leaving lying around for just anyone to flick through.
Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art
LA's annual Crazy 4 Cult art show has quickly become a phenomenon, with huge crowds and high profile buyers like Kevin Smith and Joss Whedon snapping up work by the cream of the underground/urban scene.
Your favourite cult movies, as you’ve never seen them before! The annual Crazy 4 Cult art show in LA has quickly become a phenomenon, with thousands of visitors, a million hits on its website, and high profile buyers including Joss Whedon, Guillermo del Toro, JJ Abrams, Kevin Smith and Edgar Wright. Why? Because the cream of the pop culture-influenced art scene – including Shepard Fairey, who created the now legendary Obama ‘Hope’ poster – come together to celebrate cult movies with art that is surprising, beautiful, and very, very cool.
This lavishly produced book presents the best of the first 4 years of the show, with art inspired by such movies as The Big Lebowski, Edward Scissorhands, Blade Runner, Donnie Darko, Clockwork Orange, Pulp Fiction and many more.
Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art is available right now from £14.99

Stella Artois Box Set
Yea! You read that right. Stella Artois Box Set. Stella Artois were kind enough to send me a box set of DVDs to commemorate their A DVD with every pack promotion. The Box set has 19 titles ranging from Cult classics, through blockbusters to art house features. Hopefully we will have a pack to give away soon so keep an eye out on The Establishing

stella artois DVD in every packI have been working with the Stella team as their work within film as corporate backed initiatives are becoming increasingly important in a UK without the UK Film Council. As well as Stella Artois Black’s live / film /theatre production The Black Diamond, Stella Artois have a long association with film and sponsorship of 50 international film festivals each year. In the UK, Stella Artois has organised a range of events as well as TV sponsorship of Channel 4 films and a website.

This summer Stella Artois aims to bring the big screen to consumers living rooms with their A DVD with every pack promotion.

- Stella Artois presents a DVD with every pack-

Presenting a ‘premiere’ new promotion, Stella Artois brings the finest movies to home screens this summer - offering discerning film fans aged 18 and over, the chance to lay their hands on one of 40 DVDs, simply by purchasing a special promotional pack of Stella Artois 5% or Stella Artois 4%.

Would Monsieur perhaps like an action-packed drama? May we suggest The Bourne Ultimatum? In the mood for a 60s classic, you say? Perhaps Quadrophenia fits the bill. Or, perhaps it’s time for a little bit of French “je ne sais quoi”, with Baise Moi?

From sophisticated to scary and witty to wondrous, Stella Artois’s ‘A DVD with every pack’ has films for everyone. Grab a case of Stella Artois 4% or Stella Artois 5% from your nearest supermarket or off licence and, by entering the unique code on the Stella Artois website, movie aficionados will be able to choose from 40 incredible titles. Ranging from all-time classics to some of the latest new releases, they all have just one thing in common: exceptional entertainment.

The promotion continues Stella Artois’ long association with the glamorous world of cinema, including an on-going sponsorship of the Cannes film festival - the most sophisticated event in the movie calendar. Following a competitive public casting call one lucky Stella Artois fan won the chance to take the starring role in a film, playing the role of Jacques d’Azur, as well as heading down the red carpet at their very own Cannes film premiere. Then, topping off a busy year to date, Stella Artois released the critically acclaimed TV advert, “Apart-o-Matic” created by legendary Hollywood director Wes Anderson as part of the global ‘She is a thing of beauty’ campaign.
Wes Anderson's Apart-o-Matic for Stella Artois

With the promotion running throughout the summer (4thJuly to 31st August), it’s time to pour yourself a nice cold chalice of Stella Artois, sit back and enjoy some of the finest films of our time.

Visit for more information and Terms and Conditions. Offer available to UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland residents aged 18 and over.

In the mail: The Lost Bladesman, Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art and a Stella Artois Box Set