Saturday, April 25, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
The last few years have taken off quite well for stuntwoman Amy Johnston who's managed to find her route in applying her craft toward becoming a formidable actress as well. A sample of her talents are presented in numerous online projects on top of her highly popular action demo from several years back shot at the formerly-titled White Lotus Kung Fu Academy in California, as her resumé expands further into stunts in leading roles as of late, notably the upcoming release of Chris Nahon's Lady Bloodsport and series premiere of R.L. Scott's Option Zero, and as of this week, the currently-developing sci-fi actioner, Razor Sharp: Renegade.
Pure grit and controversy don't run short in director Tony Clomax's latest short film, Broken Angels. It's still getting film festival runs following its premiere late last year at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo, and I've since had the opportunity to screen it for myself this week. It's got it's flaws, but it does sing a few conceptual high notes.
It's clear that the biggest highlight of the upcoming release of director Soi Cheang's SPL 2: A Time For Consequences will be the cinematic match up between action stars Wu Jing and Tony Jaa. Much to our favor though, we now get to sample just a little bit more of the two going head-to-head in a brand new trailer following the first trailer last month; both take on similar tones, but this one has plenty of new footage between the action and drama that set it all up for the brutal finale to ensue. Plus, seeing Wu in a role completely opposite of what he played in the first film in 2005 opposite Donnie Yen will be a sure treat as well.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
|Scott Adkins in upcoming film, CLOSE RANGE (Studio: Company B)|
With events at this year's CinemaCon underway, it's been announced that Universal Pictures has officially planted a flag for Furious 8 on April 14, 2017. The recent seventh installment, Furious Seven, became a billion-dollar box office smash hit with domestic and global acclaim, continuing the fifteen-year long saga built on speed, in addition to a diverse cast and a sprawling narrative built on cars, thrilling action, and the biggest most thematically prevalent element within the film series, family.
Star Wars fandom continues to take full effect even after the events in Anaheim, especially while there's plenty of time between now and this December's eventful release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. That film is expected to begin a new canon beyond the previous six films with several memorable character to join the fresh faces of the galaxy, but equally as important, other faces will be attached to this new universe as well.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Director Teddy Chen's Kung Fu Killer is getting a limited theatrical and digital release here in the U.S. starting this Friday. In light of this, I decided to rent action star Donnie Yen's 2013 cop thriller, Special ID, one in a thematic trilogy of stylish MMA-formated Hong Kong action movies following the hits he's had with director Wilson Yip on S.P.L. in 2005, and Flash Point several years later.
Within the last few years following Luc Besson's co-production partnering of EuropaCorp with Shanghai-based Fundemental Films for a slate of English-language films, its package also included a fantasy martial arts film titled Warrior's Gate. Scant info has been granted for the latter, but thankfully things are about to change as production finally begins next month in lieu of current events at this year's Beijing International Film Festival.
I admit, Marvel's Daredevil is a show that I definitely have to catch up on, especially with A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist on the way. This show's getting a second season as per the latest announcent with Charlie Cox back to reprise his role as the title hero, no less. I might have an awesome weekend on my hands coming. Deets below!