Kurgan Compass™

Dungeons & Dragons:
The 2023 Movie Reboot

D&D has had a rough go in the theatrical scene, but an upcoming reboot promises to have the star power and budget to break the curse of past box office failures.

January 27, 2022 — It has been a full 48 years since the original publishing of the role-playing, tabletop masterpiece Dungeons & Dragons. In that rather tumultuous half-century, the much-loved franchise has seen countless reimaginings — from various tabletop editions and spinoffs to video games and films.


Upcoming Series:
‘Vikings: Valhalla’

Currently in production, ‘Vikings: Valhalla’ is a spin-off series set in the aftermath of the popular historical-fiction-turned-fantasy drama ‘Vikings’ — now concluded.

August 13, 2021 — One hundred years after the end of his era, the echoes of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons can still be heard from the far reaches of Scandinavia and Finland, as the followers of Odin have not been forgotten. History Channel began its historical fantasy drama Vikings in 2013, which in the modern-day and age can feel like an eon.


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Mortal Kombat (2021) Review

MMA fighter Cole Young seeks out Earth’s greatest champions to stand against the enemies of Outworld in an end-game battle for the universe.

April 30, 2021 — It has been almost 30 years since Mortal Kombat first worked its way into fans’ hearts — mostly by tearing them still beating out of their chests. Mortal Kombat remains one of gaming’s most beloved beat-em-up franchises and it is surprising it has taken almost 24 years for the series to return to the silver screen. FULL STORY »

Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Character Trailer

The Capcom/Netflix journey has only just begun, and it is a future of video game powered CG anime that looks quite… nice.

April 18, 2021 — Don’t you hate it when zombies invade the White House and you have to go in and save the day — again?.. FULL STORY »

Warhammer Fan-Film ‘Chaos Rising’ Is Brutal and Epic

Living history meets fantasy war-games in a blood-soaked fan-film, world class stunt team bring the worlds of Warhammer fantasy to an isolated Scottish fort.

March 31, 2021 — As many of our readers already know, Warhammer is a tabletop miniature wargame that has become an international franchise and pop-culture phenomenon. Especially in the recent decade. FULL STORY »

Single-Season Overview: ‘The Lost Pirate Kingdom’ (2021)

Exploring the real-lives of the men behind the legends, we see how many of the most-feared pirates often crafted their own legends as a much-needed survival tool to ensure ships would surrender rather than fight to the death.

March 25, 2021 — Netflix’s The Lost Pirate Kingdom wastes no time in getting underway with its story, the six-part docudrama diving straight into the story of the age of piracy and the historical events that saw the founding of Nassau and the rise of figures like Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, Charles Vane, and Benjamin Hornigold. FULL STORY »

The New Krew: Remaking ‘Mortal Kombat’ With Grit

Director Simon McQuoid assembles impressive cast and crew to ensure fans will enjoy the new ‘Mortal Kombat’ movie; new MMA character added to franchise.

March 20, 2021 — Bringing video games to the screen in live-action has a storied, and oft cursed history. With many flops, near misses, and catastrophes. Just over 25 years ago, a prolific director of video game adaptations Paul W.S. Anderson — with Resident Evil and Monster Hunter now also under his belt — was considered to have broken this curse in 1995 with his Mortal Kombat. FULL STORY »

‘Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan’ Series Review

Feudal Japan falls into war as several powerful warlords fight to become its absolute ruler; warring states and demon kings deliver entertainment and history.

March 8, 2021Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan covers one of the most violent periods in Japanese history — the Sengoku Jidai. The vicious rivalry, open warfare, and dynastic intrigue that was set in motion lend themselves well to semi-fictionalized drama.


Historical Drama ‘The Dig’ Sets The Record Straight

By intertwining cinema and historical records, Netflix docudrama ‘The Dig’ presents a nuanced and important view on the Sutton Hoo discovery.

March 5, 2021 —  Based on true events and set against a backdrop of a troubled Britain preparing for World War 2, The Dig has all the makings of an Oscar-bait period drama before the first shovel even hits the dirt. FULL STORY »

The Vikings Series: 6 Seasons of Anglo-Nordic History

Part-fantasy, part-historical epic, the ambitious ‘Vikings’ drew a nebulous line between reality and mythology that created a tangible sense of wonder.

March 1, 2021 — When Vikings first aired in 2013 the historical fantasy genre was already well underway with its takeover of popular TV. From The Tudors and Camelot to The Borgias and Spartacus, networks had become invested. Creating big-budget dramas that utilized historical and cultural records to craft compelling viewing. All paled in comparison to the behemoth Vikings would become. FULL STORY »

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