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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Stallone And Jordan Meet In The First Official CREED Trailer

Close to forty years since actor Sylvester Stallone paved the way for one of his biggest most successful movie franchises to date, his latest puts new blood into the ring that nonetheless aims at revitalizing the spirit and tone of a young and driven protagonist. For this, we seek to wonder if Fruitvale Station helmer, Ryan Coogler's latest, Creed, will begin to accomplish what four decades have done for Stallone in the longstanding Rocky saga, though it's safe to suggest that our leading man, Michael B. Jordan, has stepped up to the plate and is, as much of this may sound as a pun to many, going for it!

Screener Review: AWAKEN (2015)


Seldom do I have the chance to see survival thrillers and I always welcome them as part of my film enjoyment, especially if the trailer convinces me enough. Certainly, it has done so with the presence of actress, writer and producer Natalie Burn who puts every piece of herself into her latest role in Mark Atkins' new film, Awaken, which already has just under a dozen wins and one nomination stemming from its film festival run in the past several months.

Monday, June 29, 2015

THE HIT LIST - June 29, 2015

This week's Hit List is definitely running light, but there are definitely a few gems worth sharing here, including a Film Combat Syndicate Exclusive!

FUNimation and Fathom Announce U.S. Screening Dates For DRAGON BALL Z: RESURRECTION 'F'!

FUNimation and Fathom Events are staking their claim this summer once again with Toriyama Akira's latest, Dragon Ball Z: Ressurection 'F'. It's one more reason for anime fans non-residential from Japan's audiences to head to the theaters this summer and considering its a limited release, this is a great opportunity to catch the exciting follow-up from last year's Battle Of Gods. Not to mention that the Dragon Ball Z franchise is Toriyama's brainchild, so the fact that he directed and treated this one should be a no-brainer.

Higuchi Shinji's Live-Action ATTACK ON TITAN Is Coming To FUNimation!

Times are good for fans within a specific film niche, especially when those in power can heed to the call of its base - a case none too far from that of the ilk in line for Higuchi Shinji's live-action Attack On Titan tête-à-tête between August and September through Toho Company based on the popular manga and anime. For this, we can lend three cheers to FUNimation for representing the Americas for the releases of both film's ahead of the company's July-slated world premiere screening of the film in Los Angeles at the Egyptian Theater in addition to events at San Diego Comic-Con 2015 with Higuchi in attendance.

Ochiai Ken's UZUMASA LIMELIGHT Is Headed To The U.K.!

Ochiai Ken's suspenseful swordplay drama, Uzumasa Limelight became an award-winning festival sensation during its run last year and it's safe to suggest that many of the critics who have seen it all stand behind this one. It's an ardent homage to a bygone era of stylish stunt acting with longtime veteran Fukumoto Seizo in his debut lead role after half a century of having established himself in the world of swordplay genre and action on film, which undoubtedly makes Uzumasa Limelight one worthy of moviegoers' utmost attention.

Terminator Contest: Win Your Own T-800 Model From Sideshow And ThinkGeek!

Not that I have the space for one in my own home these days, but when I was younger, I always wanted a full-size T-800 model Endoskeleton from the Terminator franchise. I was a big fan then and I even played the virtual arcade game as much as I could, but as for my own fascination with it, it wouldn't go as far as owning my own Terminator.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

COLOMBIANA 2 Is In Development At EuropaCorp

One other takeaway from EuropaCorp's CineEurope2015  presentation this week is one that definitely may have been longawaited for moviegoers fond of actress Zoe Saldana. By 2011 she had already claimed the female lead in J.J. Abrams's rebooted Star Trek film in 2009 with a career big enough to give her a solo spotlight in future titles, namely director Olivier Megaton's assassin thriller, Colombiana.

MONK COMES DOWN THE MOUNTAIN And Kicks Ass In A New International Trailer!

A North American release date remains pending for director Chen Kaige's latest offering, Monk Comes Down The Mountain. In the meantime, with trailers running about, Sony Pictures Australia unveiled its latest trailer several days ago for its own release on July 2, and while earlier trailers have shown more of the film's comedic tone, this one certainly engages the martial arts spectacle and fantasy much more.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

THE NEXT GENERATION: PATLABOR - TOKYO WAR Gets A Director's Cut And A New Trailer!

Fanfare remains ongoing for the long standing Patlabor franchise in its currently-rebooted iteration, The Next Generation: Patlabor. A seven part episodic series of twelve 48-minute shows leading up to its feature film back in May did the trick in revitalizing Headgear's popular manga/anime franchise as per the brainchild of acclaimed co-creator Oshii Mamoru spearheading the project along with a handful of directors, and it's been no easy feat.

Bukaw Tests His Starpower For THONGDEE: THE WARRIOR

Former K-1 champion, professional fighter Bukaw Banchamek is moreso a lesser known action actor aside from having also appeared in Nopporn Watin's 2010 period thriller, Yamada: The Samurai Of Ayothaya. Nonetheless, that hasn't stopped him from the prospects of taking his potential beyond the ring and onto a movie set, and his latest move now appears to be yet another period actioner in the form of Thongdee: The Warrior.

Friday, June 26, 2015

LUCY Gets A Sequel!

Jesus H. Mother of all cookies and cream!

Chris Pine And Zachary Quinto Confirmed For A Fourth STAR TREK Film

Star Trek: Beyond is reportedly revving up production this week in Canada and the word now is that lead actors Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have signed onto a fourth film, according to THR. Both, who respectively reprise the roles of James T. Kirk and Vulcan-born Spock, were reportedly optioned a fourth movie as the result of concessions made by Paramount when the intial 7-year deal in 2007 prior to the two appearing in J.J. Abrams 2009 reboot, Star Trek, expired last year as development on the upcoming third film languished.

ASSASSIN Gets A New Trailer Starring Danny Dyer

Vendetta star, actor Danny Dyer is back as a killer on the run from his employers in the writer, producer and director J.K. Amalou's latest, Assassin. Multiple Media Entertainment Inc. is releasing the film on July 1 with Dyer starring alongside Martin Kemp and Gary Kemp whilst lending U.K. audiences some more action for its local niche. Check out the latest trailer!

Stunt Duo To Direct Real-Time Aaron Eckhart Actioner, LIVE!

Hollywood stunt professionals partaking in directing their own movies is always a feat to look forward to. It doesn't always happen but when it does, it does so with a general appeal toward the fans its meant for, and Lionsgate/87Eleven's cinematic rendering, John Wick is one of the more prominent examples in thay effort.