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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Screener Review: SONS OF LIBERTY (2013)

Special Agent Tom Hardy must assemble an elite team of scientists and soldiers to prevent the construction of a weapon so deadly a quarter of the US would have to be abandoned for decades. As the team members of the top secret unit, know as the SOL, struggle to find the balance between duty and their personal lives, an outside threat emerges. A serial killer is torturing women, leaving their bodies a mangled mess of scars and symbols. Special Agents Tom Hardy and Dr. Jan Baker are drawn into the game of cat and mouse as the remaining scientists and soldiers race to develop a solution to locate incoming stolen nuclear materials without alerting their enemies. Little do they know that their opposition is comprised of a deadly cadre of mercenaries, an arms dealer, a rouge IRA soldier, an assassin, and a mastermind whose motivations blur the line between terrorist and revolutionary.


Writer, producer and director Drew Hall's 2013 action thriller, Sons Of Liberty has some bit of flare to it. However, I honestly found myself waiting for it to end sooner with every passing minute, and as much as I am akin to writing positive reviews about movies, sadly this won't be the case.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Watch The Final Trailer For KUNG FU JUNGLE!

As far as movie promotion goes, the average Donnie Yen film has that area covered tenfold. The featurettes alone for his latest cerebral martial arts thriller from writer/director Teddy Chen, Kung Fu Jungle, speak highly of the caliber of action Yen is known for, even while recent films have been a general mixture of hits and misses.

Help Fund The New Action Comedy Series Pitch, S.M.A.C.K. UNIT!

It's been well over a year since I first talked about actor and martial artist Shahaub Roudbari who launched his channel last summer with the goal of creating entertaining diversity-driven content. Building on those efforts, Shahaub recently teamed with a colorful group of actors and filmmakers to help put together a pitch video for an inspired new television series that looks every bit as worthy of mainstream syndication as many popular shows to date.

Warner Bros. Officially Announces Untitled Third Season Of MORTAL KOMBAT

As much as many of us still may want a Mortal Kombat movie, it doesn't appear to be happening anytime soon (I desperately want to be proven wrong). However, it looks like Warner Bros. is planning another live-action webseries as part of a new slate of projects courtesy of WB's digital production branch, Blue Ribbon Content.

Screener Review: REDEEMER (2014)

Former hitman Nicky Pardo (Zaror) has made a deal with God. Pardo will begin every day by holding a gun to his own head and pulling the trigger. And every day he does not die he will take it as a sign that he is meant to continue hunting down the men he used to work for.


By no means are your options limited here, particularly if you are a fan of the martial arts genre and always looking forward to something great to see. This was a lesson learned in my own evolution as a follower of these films while growing up, and as time passed, more and more talent has continued to emerge and drawing the attention of fans almost everywhere. Obviously this couldn't be possible without the evolution of the internet, a tool that generally removes almost all boundaries so people can share a piece of themselves with the world. Actor and martial artist Marko Zaror is one of those people, hailing all the way from Santiago, Chile with a breakout lead role in the first Chilean martial arts action film, Kiltro in 2006. The film would be his first pairing with then-debut director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, and eight years later with three under their belt, the two have come back once again with a vengeance for their newest hit, Redeemer.

Live-Action DEAD RISING Movie Casts Rob Riggle To Lead

It was probably a matter of time before post-apocalyptic zombie game would follow in the footsteps of its predecessors toward cinema territory Granted, previous results like those stemming from that of the Resident Evil franchise don't fare critically as well despite its commercial success, although maybe something different or better will come along to help provide some optimism.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Idris Elba Actioner, BASTILLE DAY, Commenses Principal Photography

Actor Idris Elba is no stranger to performing phsyical action sequences on films, especially Sam Miller's No Good Deed, which kicking off its theatrical run last month at the top of the box office. At best, this is nothing short of a clear sign thay Elba has not lost his star power as he's proven to be one of the most tremendous and engaged actors working in film to date with a variety of high-priority films to keep in mind, including The Gunman next February, and King Arthur in 2016.

Z-Team Films' DIE FIGHTING Goes On Demand This November!

In what can only be described as one of the most exemplary cases of dilligence, the independent filmmaking team over at the now Los Angeles-based Z-Team Films have now seen the first of their long-awaited efforts come to pass. Their newest feature-length debut, Die Fighting, comes roughly fourteen years after the team first got together in Beijing by way of France, contributing to the growing popularity of online action shorts with notable gems like Duel and Brothers Forever.

Are 'MK Legacy's Darren Shahlavi And Michelle Lee Boarding Zaror's ZAMBO DENDE?

Superhero franchises and their respective adaptations aren't merely limited to the popular brands introduced by companies like Marvel and DC. They exist internationally with characters many of us can't discover for ourselves fast enough, so it comes with good graces that comic book creator Nicholas Rodriguez's own property, 14th century superhero Zambo Dende could forsee a live-action movie with the help of Disney according to previous reports.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Brazilian Kung Fu Will Possess You In The New Shortfilm, O AMULETO DO DRAGÃO!

It's taken a few years after development and production, and maybe a bit of film festival circulation to see how things would turn out. However, martial arts film fans were finally graced with the chance to catch what the fuss was all about with writer and filmmaker João Paulo Andrade's shortfilm debut, O Amuleto do Dragão (The Amulet Of The Dragon).

Marko Zaror Mentioned For Superhero Role In ZAMBO DENDE

Marko Zaror as 'Dolor' in Undisputed 3: Redemption (2010)
Prospects for martial arts action fans alike can't be greater than they are now, specifically for fans of Chilean action hero Marko Zaror (Mandrill). In recent years, he's been earning even more attention with other titles, namely Isaac Florentine's Undisputed 3: Redemption and a small, notable role in Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills with Danny Trejo. And, in lieu of these and other projects and films still pending, we now have news of development for an upcoming film following a tweet by director Riccardo Gabrielli R which read the following:

Celebrate An Evening With JIMMY WONG YU In New York City Next Month!

The enduring spirit of kung fu cinema will be revisited next month when Subway Cinema and The Film Society of Lincoln Center gathers the community for an evening celebration in honor of legendary award-winning actor Jimmy Wong Yu. The actor, best known for his breakout role in the One-Armed Swordsman franchise among other films, hails from the vintage Shaw Brothers era as one of the most integral and influential people in the genre, and with New York City often home for these kinds of star-studded events, if you're in the area, now would be a good time to take notice!

This Video May Have You Thinking Twice About Eating Fortune Cookies!

All actor and martial arts athlete Daniel Mah really wants to is eat his lunch and enjoy his desert. Unfortunately, Andy Le, being the ninja that he is, can't resist!

Friday, October 17, 2014


Not gonna lie. For me, The Scorpion King direct-to-DVD line is probably one of the most unexpected franchises to stand the test of time, and I haven't even seen the other two. Fortunately however, those who favor the character getting a standalone film series following the 2002 spin-off of The Mummy Returns can now expect a release next year for the fourth in line titled The Scorpion King 4: Quest For Power.

DirecTV's MMA Drama, KINGDOM, Gets Two More Seasons

DirecTV's gritty new original family fight drama, Kingdom, aired last week, and the response from fans and critics have been made quite clear. As such, the new television show has just been greenlit for twenty more new episodes which will begin filming next Spring, with the first ten to air next Fall, followed by the remaining ten for Fall 2016.