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Aug 4, 2020

Watch the new trailer for MURDER IN THE WOODS, coming to drive-ins and theaters August 14, Digital and Video On Demand September 18

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

The award-winning slasher film “Murder in the woods” comes to drive-ins and theaters nationwide on August 14, with a Digital and Video on Demand release slated for September 18.

“MURDER IN THE WOODS” is centered on a group of college friends who plan a getaway to celebrate a birthday party at a desolate cabin in the woods. Against his grandmother’s (Soledad St. Hilaire) demands, Jesse (José Julián), a loner-type decides to go on a trip with his friends. He is immediately smitten with Fernanda (Jeanette Samano), a sweet girl from Chicago whom he hasn’t seen in years. She is in town visiting her loudmouth cousin, Chelsea (Chelsea Rendon), who is ready to celebrate her birthday and plans to let loose with her boyfriend Gabe (Jordan Diambrini). Tagging along at the last second are Jule (Kade Wise), the class clown pothead, and the very out-of-his-league Celeste (Catherine Toribio). Soon after arriving to the mysterious cabin in the woods, the group of teens discover the dark secret it holds, which forces them to fight for their lives.

Slasher film “Murder in the woods” is directed and produced by Mexican filmmaker Luis Iga Garza and written and produced by Yelyna De León.
“I realized that this type of film had never been done in English for a mainstream audience, where Latinos and people of color are the leads and they are not portrayed in stereotypical ways,” Director Luis Iga Garza said. “This is why, while developing this indie feature, we were very conscious of making sure that there would be a diverse cast in lead roles.”
“For us, it’s important for this story to be universal, but being Mexican-American, it was also important for the script to include cultural Latino references such as El Dia de los Muertos, The Chupacabras, and other stories that are recognizable,” writer and producer Yelyna De León said. “We purposely showed authentic moments, such as the altars to honor our ancestors, and blessings when we leave the house, memorable experiences that we share with our families.”
The cast includes an exclusively multicultural cast in non-stereotypical roles, including José Julián (A Better Life, Shameless), Jeanette Samano (ISA, Female Fight Squad), Chelsea Rendon (Vida, Bright), Catherine Toribio (Jane the Virgin), Jordan Diambrini (The Outfield) and Kade Wise (Empire). It also features Danny Trejo (Machete), Soledad St. Hilaire (Beatriz at Dinner), Kurt Caceres (Better Call Saul, Dexter) and Rolando Molina (American Dad!, Next Friday).

In Drive-Ins And Theaters Nationwide August 14
Available On Digital And VOD September 18
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Watch the trailer for NatGeo’s upcoming documentary film BLOOD ON THE WALL

BLOOD ON THE WALL trailer debuted during NatGeo Summer TCA Tour

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

Feature documentary “Blood on the wall,” a film which explores how the current state of the border came to be, will air on NatGeo on September 30.

Academy Award nominee Sebastian Junger and Emmy winner Nick Quested partner with National Geographic for “Blood on the wall.”

National Geographic documentaries have shown the inside access that their filmmakers have been able to get to best show the issues they have explored.

“Blood on the wall” explores the internal and external influences on Mexico as it deals with the key issues of migrant caravans from Central America heading to the U.S., the dangerous but resilient traffickers fueling the cross-border drug trade and how corruption has impacted politics at every level.

“Blood on the wall” features first-person accounts from migrants on the road, farmers, narcos, security enforcers, journalists, presidents and diplomats which help tell the story of how traffickers, corrupt politicians and well-positioned business interests have seized wealth and power, leaving everyday citizens desperately fighting for survival or needing to flee elsewhere for a better life.
“The issues Mexico faces right now are layered and complex and ultimately intertwined with how the U.S. has approached foreign policy and immigration since the Reagan era. The history and the future of the country and its inhabitants is so bound up in the larger forces at work in the region, it’s vital to look at them holistically. We’re reaching a juncture in this election year when understanding the socio-political landscape of our neighbors is incredibly important for people before going into a voting booth,” director Sebastian Junger said.
“Systemic change is top of mind for a lot of people right now and that conversation needs to include U.S. foreign policies that only enhance the inequities across our southern border, allowing ruthless leaders and cartels to take advantage of people for their personal gain. Humans are remarkably resilient, but when you disenfranchise them, taking away their peace and stability, it can leave them in a very desperate situation. The urgency of tackling these nuanced, extremely complex issues — caravans, cartels and corruption — has never been greater,” director Nick Quested said.
Key interviews include:
  • Ludy, a Honduran teenage girl with no family who joins a caravan heading north.
  • Sara, her children and grandchildren, from Guatemala who have also joined the caravan to the U.S.
  • Felipe Calderón, President of Mexico (2006-2012).
  • Arturo Sarukhan, Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. (2007-2013).
  • Julia Preston, New York Times Mexico correspondent (1995-2001).
  • Carmen Aristegui, CNN en Español anchor.
  • Alan Bersin, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner (2010-2011).
  • Jack Riley, Former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Deputy Director.
  • Jaime López-Aranda, Latin America policy expert and former Mexican government official.
  • Santiago, a poppy farmer in Mexico.
  • Ángel Mundo, Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College survivor of the 2014 Iguala mass kidnapping and massacre by local authorities colluding with organized criminals.
  • Anonymous drug makers in a Sinaloa Heroin Lab.
  • Anonymous drug runners based on the southern U.S. border.
National Geographic’s
Airs September 30 At 9/8c

Video Interview: @ThisFunktional talks with Chelsea Rendon of THE TAX COLLECTOR

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

Actress Chelsea Rendon talks with Jesus Figueroa, @ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com, about her role in THE TAX COLLECTOR, premiering On Demand and Digital August 7.

Rendon talks about working with director David Ayer and stepping into his cinematic LA as well as talking about playing Latina roles which are strong.

David (Bobby Soto) and Creeper (Shia LaBeouf), are “tax collectors” for the crime lord Wizard, collecting his cut from the profits of local gangs’ illicit dealings. But when Wizard’s old rival returns to Los Angeles from Mexico, the business is upended, and David finds himself desperate to protect what matters more to him than anything else: his family.

Intro music:
“Before Dawn” Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com

On Demand, Digital August 7

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Aug 3, 2020

Video Interview: @ThisFunktional talks with actor Jose Conejo Martin from THE TAX COLLECTOR

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

Actor Jose Conejo Martin talks with Jesus Figueroa, @ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com, about playing the villain in “The Tax Collector,” premiering On Demand and Digital August 7.

Martin talks about what it was like to step into David Ayer’s cinematic view of Los Angeles as well as the intensity of his role.

David (Bobby Soto) and Creeper (Shia LaBeouf), are “tax collectors” for the crime lord Wizard, collecting his cut from the profits of local gangs’ illicit dealings. But when Wizard’s old rival returns to Los Angeles from Mexico, the business is upended, and David finds himself desperate to protect what matters more to him than anything else: his family.

Intro music:
“Before Dawn” Creative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.com

On Demand, Digital August 7

Aug 2, 2020

Mike The Movie Guy, @ThisFunktional’s S4E4 / Fear The Walking Dead "Buried" Reaction

Listen as Mike The Movie Guy and @ThisFunktional talk “Feat The Walking Dead” Season 4 Episode 4 “Buried”

Written by Mike The Movie Guy
Of IWatchMike.com

Mike of iwatchmike.com and Jesus of ThisFunktional.com give their reaction to “Fear The Walking Dead's” episode "Buried" which aired Sunday, 5/6/18 on AMC.

See more at AMC.COM
Intro/Outro to the show: YouTube.com/AMC

The Complete Fourth Season

GKids, Shout Factory present anime WEATHERING WITH YOU, coming to Blu-ray in Collector’s Edition November 17

North American DVD/Blu-ray debuts on September 15, on Digital August 4

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

The visually stunning and brilliant story of anime “Weathering with you” comes to Digital on August 4, DVD and Blu-ray on September 15, and Collector’s Edition Blu-ray November 17.

Having had a theatrical release early in 2020, “Weathering with you” was Japan’s official submission for Best International Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards, and a Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection, it will be available to enjoy starting with a digital release on August 4, now available for pre-order.

The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…

“Weathering with you” is the new film by director Makoto Shinkai, whose previous work includes critically-acclaimed anime “Your name.”

“Your name” producer Genki Kawamura also joins Shinkai.

The English voice cast includes Lee Pace (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” The Hobbit trilogy), Alison Brie (“GLOW,” The LEGO Movie franchise) and Riz Ahmed (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Venom”).

Featuring music by the hit band RADWIMPS.

Blu-ray™ and SteelBook™ Bonus Features:
  • Talk Show: Makoto Shinkai and Yumiko Udo
  • “Weather Front” Featurette
  • Exploring Makoto Shinkai’s Filmography
  • Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots
 DVD Bonus Features
  • “Weather Front” Featurette
  • Exploring Makoto Shinkai’s Filmography
  • Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots
Specific details on the Collector’s Edition will be announced shortly.

Now Available For Pre-Order
On Digital August 4
On Blu-Ray/DVD September 15
On Collector’s Edition Blu-ray November 17

Jul 24, 2020

Take a look at the official poster for Amazon Original’s CHEMICAL HEARTS

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

The official poster for Amazon Original’s “Chemical Hearts,” premiering worldwide on Amazon Prime Video August 21, is available now.

Seventeen-year-old Henry Page (Austin Abrams) has never been in love. He fancies himself a romantic, but the kind of once-in-a-lifetime love he’s been hoping for just hasn’t happened yet. Then, on the first day of senior year, he meets transfer student Grace Town (Lili Reinhart) and it seems all that is about to change. When Grace and Henry are chosen to co-edit the school paper, he is immediately drawn to the mysterious newcomer. As he learns the heartbreaking secret that has changed her life, he finds himself falling in love with her — or at least the person he thinks she is.

“Chemical Hearts” is based on the 2016 book “Our Chemical Hearts” written by Krystal Sutherland and stars Lili Reinhart, Austin Abrams, Sarah Jones, Adhir Kalyan, Kara Young, Coral Peña and C.J. Hoff.

Reinhardt also serves as executive producer.

Screenplay written and directed by Richard Tanne.

Premiering On Amazon Prime Video Starting August 21

Jul 20, 2020

We are back! Listen to Mike The Movie Guy and ThisFunktional talk S4E3 / FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Good Out Here reaction #podcast

Written by Mike The Movie Guy

We're back!!

Jesus of ThisFunktional.com and I talk #FearTWD on the Fear The Walking Dead Recap Show.

It felt good to be back y'all - everything started off great then...we had some technical difficulties at the end...come to find out....my neighborhood had an internet issue.

I just got it back!!

We hope you enjoy today's show...

OH! and a huge birthday shoutout to Alycia Debnah-Carey!


Jul 14, 2020

Watch the trailer for THE TAX COLLECTOR

(Trailer from RLJE Films YouTube Channel)

Written by Jesus Figueroa
@ThisFunktional of ThisFunktional.com

The latest trailer for the gritty film “The Tax Collector,” written and directors by David Ayer, showcases the intensity of the story.

“The Tax Collector” will be available On Demand and in Digital August 7.

David (Bobby Soto) and Creeper (Shia LaBeouf), are “tax collectors” for the crime lord Wizard, collecting his cut from the profits of local gangs’ illicit dealings. But when Wizard’s old rival returns to Los Angeles from Mexico, the business is upended, and David finds himself desperate to protect what matters more to him than anything else: his family.

“The Tax Collector” stars Bobby Soto, Cinthya Carmona, George López y Shia LaBeouf.

With a trailer, with intense scenes and dialogue, fans of writer-director David Ayer can see much of the style from his prior films like “End of Watch” and “Training Day.”

Los Angeles is prominently the background for “The Tax Collector,” as Ayer seems to try and show a unique perspective of the city through his films.

The gritty action-thriller “The Tax Collector” is not rated and runs 95 minutes.

Arriving On Demand, Digital August 7

Jun 30, 2020

THE TOBACCONIST, Nazi-era tender story about a man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud, opening July 10 in virtual cinema

Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop.

There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship.

When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz.

As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis' arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events.

Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?

Opening in Virtual Cinemas on July 10
New York with JCC Manhattan
LA with Laemmle Theatres

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