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Review: BEYOND SKYLINE Is The Sequel Sci-Fi Fandom Needs

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The Greg and Colin Strause-directed, independent 2010 critical sci-fi flop, Skyline, left a huge enough dent in box office earnings to warrant some wiggle room for a sequel. Enter Liam O'Donnell, having worked his way up from VFX work on several projects, as well as co-scripting and producing the first film and now sets his sights with a sequel as his directorial debut in Beyond Skyline - a film that by some accounts probably wasn't expected to happen or even supposed to. It had been four years since the first film and so no one would see an announcement up until 2014, surprising everyone curious and keen, and not for nothing either.
The added touch of throwing in people like Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian would certainly pepper the hype up to a certain degree for fans fond of their work on Merantau, The Raid and it's sequel; The mere thought of seeing the two for nothing short of an eyeblink in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be enough to ensue an outcry a year l…

KUNG FU STORY: 'Love' Trilogy Helmer Pang Ho-Cheung Announces New Martial Arts Trilogy

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Some serious noise is being made this month at the International Film Festival and Awards in Macao where directors and producers are talking movies, as well as announcing and pitching concepts for necessary funding. In this instance, leave it to Vulgaria and Dream Home helmer Pang Ho-Cheung who had been partaking as a guest speaker for a masterclass at the festival.
For this, Variety is offering news on Kung Fu Story, a trilogy of martial arts titles which Pang will film back-to-back. The films are currently being backed by several companies with Bravos Pictures handling the films internationally per the news from Variety shared on Sunday evening where Pang scantly discusses explicit details about the project, but highlighs his own personal goals as a filmmaker as well as previous development and movement overall. Here are several excerpts: “Ever since childhood, I’ve always taken different paths. My most recent film, ‘Love off the Cuff,” was not a single-issue movie. (“Kung Fu Story”) …

FIVE-A-DAY ROUND-UP VI: Kung Fu Big League, Nightshooters, The Real Target, Wiro Sableng 212, Duality

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2017 has been a great and tremendous year for U.K. actor and martial artist Jean-Paul Ly. With Jailbreak on the way to more releases and other projects in between the months ahead, his current gig now has him back in Europe in an ambitious attempt to draw eyes to the English market for the martial arts genre starring in Marc Price's latest, Nightshooters. The film is now underway in London with Ly starring as an actor and stuntman forced along with his crew to fight for their lives after witnessing a gangland murder. You would be wise to keep Ly in continual view this year as his resume of late hasn't been decorated for nothing.
Day 7 - and the crew are all here. And there. And backstage. A post shared by Nightshooters (@nightshootersfilm_official) on Nov 28, 2017 at 9:31am PST
Malaysia is on the spotlight following a recent announcement for the country's premier female-centric sci-fi action thriller, Duality. Filmmakers Wynner Cheong and Timo both share the directors'…

Review: Indie Martial Arts Crime Thriller BOUND BY DEBT Pays Its Dues

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Cha Ki Do founder and filmmaker, actor and martial artist Paul Mormando steps into the criminal underworld for wife and film partner Anna Mormando's debut at the helm, Bound By Debt. Hailing from Put Up Entertainment, Mormando makes his way to the indie fray with a feasible low budget, binding tale of crime, family upheaval and redemption for its appeal to martial arts fans as a fight flick fans will hopefully enjoy.
Mormando tackles the role of Dylan James, a down-and-out former fighter for the mob fully aware of his physical well-being and the consequences of getting in the ring one more time. At the top of the film from credits onward, we meet Bobby Ciasulli who plays Robbie, a struggling father of two with a marriage hampered by a gambling addiction that ultimately lands him in trouble with only one day to make good on his debt to relentless crimeboss, Russo, played by Samuel DiFiore.
Much of the acting is stilted, albeit made forgiveable through several strong supporting pe…

MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE: Don't Miss The Explosive Final Trailer

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While I myself haven't been hugely familiar with James Dashner's books and as saturated as some PG-13 actioners tend to leave me feeling from time to time, the Maze Runner trilogy gets my respect. The first two films were very pretty enjoyable on top of terrific cast performances with some stimulating action and director Wes Ball's third and final offering, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, looks to be no different whilst taking the saga further to its rightful end.
In the epic finale to the Maze Runner saga, Thomas leads his group of escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions the Gladers have been asking since they first arrived in the maze. The film opens on January 26. If you've at all missed last week's final trailer as of this post, peep …

SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Swings Online With An Official Teaser

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There was once a time a little over three years ago when I felt overcome by the presence of so many Spider-Man movies. I'd like to believe Sony has finally managed to find its footing with this particular IP while having invested amply into fans and especially now that they've dug a little deeper into the fandom with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and a fresh new teaser from the weekend to start things off.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the creative minds behind The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, bring their unique talents to a fresh vision of a different Spider-Man Universe, with a groundbreaking visual style that’s the first of its kind. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.The trailer itself does wonderful in introducing Morales to the fray, probably changing minds in the process for some folks who may have wanted a live-action offering in…

JESSICA JONES Has Some Unfinished Business In The First Season Two Teaser

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The Marvel/Netflix is ready to proceed with the order of things on its own end as of March when Jessica Jones returns for its Spring season two premiere. Enter Krysten Ritter, back in the title role and still with an eye for a drink and a clapback for anyone and everyone in her way, including whoever looms in the backdrop to stimulate what drives this next chapter in the J.J. saga.

You get a whiff of this and a little more in the first official teaser for the show with a reprising cast that includes Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Eka Darville along with newly added Janet McTeer and J.R. Ramirez, and many more. Check out the teaser now.



Prime Finds: BIG MATCH (2014)

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Back in the halcyon days of video stores, I always made it a habit to forego the latest Hollywood releases and would scour the shelves for obscure and odd films that struck my fancy. Now, in the days of streaming, I've rediscovered my passion for diamonds in the rough on Amazon Prime; a service that is turning into a goldmine of oddities to dive into.
And now, on the first of many editions of this column, I give you Big Match (2014).


Why did I watch it? Big Match wound up on my radar back in 2014 when I stumbled across its trailer online. This stylish, fast-paced glimpse checked all of my boxes in regard to movies I needed to see. And then I waited. And waited. The film, for whatever reason, never materialized on US shores. I never lost hope in the film, despite my frustration with the film's lack of domestic release. Then, long after I'd given up on seeing it without importing a Bluray, the film just magically SHOWED UP on Amazon. Way to go Amazon!


What is it? Big M…

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL Looks As Ungodly As You Might Have Feared In The First Official Trailer

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I just spent all afternoon trying really hard to understand why Alita: Battle Angel looks the way it does now...And I can't. Granted, I imagine it'll be a fun and fantastic spectacle for some when it hits theaters but I'm with the choir on this one. At first glance with actress Rosa Salazar in the title role, this might as well have been a Pixar movie.
Holy shit. Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) create a groundbreaking new heroine in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment.Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new lif…

Dave Bautista's STUBER Revs Up For Fox

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Actor Dave Bautista's career progression steers ever further this week, and gladly with a new report on Friday from Deadline per 20th Century Fox's upcoming action comedy, Stuber. Michael Dowse is directing from a script by Tripper Clancy in which Bautista will play a relentless detective who commandeers an unsuspecting Uber driver named Stu into a harrowing evening of hijinks and mayhem.
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley who helped cook up development on the project will produce the film with Jake Wagner serving as executive producer and Jeremy Kramer overseeing for Fox. The film comes just as Bautista is about to ring in the new year with a flurry of titles, including Drew Pearce's sci-fi actioner, Hotel Artemis, the Russos' Avengers: Infinity War, Steven C. Miller's Escape Plan: Hades, Scott Mann's Final Score, Yuen Woo-Ping's Master Z: Ip Man Legacy, and a tentatively untitled action comedy vehicle from STX initially reported back in October.