REVIEW: 'Kickboxer' Returns With A 'VENGEANCE'

Remakes are a dime a dozen in 2016. Oftentimes, a studio will grave-rob a long dorment franchise and forcibly modernize it so that they ca...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

WB/DCEU's JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK Lands The Director Of The GAMBIT Movie He Is No Longer Directing. Or Whatever.

Welp... 2016 has been quite the damper in movie expectations, especially pertaining to 20th Century Fox's dwindling Gambit film inspired by Marvel Comics. That one is was supposed to be releasing at some point next year provided production already started, though the word now is that its previously-attached director, Doug Liman is no longer involved while its star moves on to play a mermaid. Or something.

Review: THE TUNNEL (2016) Digs Into A Place In Humanity Where The Sun Rarely Shines

Kim Sung-Hoon surprised me last year when I finally got around to watching his most recent crime thriller, A Hard Day. It was a perfect introduction into his work for me and so that didn't leave much to be concerned with in lieu of his latest movie, The Tunnel, which, according to Variety's most recent report, is still topping the Korean box office as of its second week. Author Sae Jo-Won's 2013 novel serves as the inspiration for Kim's own script which stands as way more than a mere underdog tale of one man's survival against the elements. Most prolifically, it dares to cast an obligatory spotlight on some of the worst scenarios that could occur in any situation that stands similar in nature as lives hang in the balance.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Watch The First Official Trailer For Rising Tiger Films Premiere Feature, BLACK SCAR BLUES

Marking a major milestone achievement for Leesburg-based independent film group, Rising Tiger Films, Leroy Nguyen's directorial feature debut, Black Scar Blues, has certainly undergone a teething evolution to get to where it is now. Thus, we are now brought the first official trailer for the new movie which fuses both raw, gritty drama with thrilling martial arts action as per the company's m.o. for more than a decade.

GUARDIANS Unleash Their Power In The Second Trailer For Andreasyan's New Movie

If you're new to the ambitious spectacle that lies ahead for Sarik Andreasyan's latest feat, Guardians, you have time! The film rolls out in Russia on February 23, 2017 and is already the subject of a potential franchise should the prospects meet the result, and for all things considered in today's film climate, there's no reason for it not to.

THE DEPARTED Heads To Amazon For Series Development

Amazon is adding more reasons for consumers to get in on its content. Sources have confirmed the active developement of a new television series reimagining Martin Scorsese's 2006 hit film, The Departed, Amazon Studios, Vertigo Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group and Plan B Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. TV.

Stuart Willis Sci-Fi, RESTORATION, Takes To SKY And Virgin Australia

Following its NINE Network premiere earlier this month, director Stuart Willis's sci-fi debut, Restoration is officially presented in a new deal for its continued rollout. An official teaser can be viewed by clicking here, but read on with further details in the announcement beneath as well as a batch of stills courtesy of Midnight Snack Productions.

TIFF 2016: Bernthal Boards Dagg's Hitman Thriller, SWEET VIRGINIA This Weekend

It's been a good year for Snitch and AMC's The Walking Dead co-star, actor Jon Bernthal, after having turned out an unbeatable performance in Netflix's treatment of Marvel character, Punisher for Netflix series, Daredevil. It's one of the best things you'll see and, indeed, more will undoubtedly come for that character while Bernthal awaits other appearances in Edgar Wright's Baby Driver next year and the October 14 release of mathematical crime thriller, The Accountant starring Ben Affleck.

Monday, August 22, 2016

THE HIT LIST - August 22, 2016

This week's installment of the Hit List will definitely be a little light on content. My guess is everyone's been busy working, which is good for me seeing as if not, I wouldn't be able to share as much as I often do.

Catch The Eerie New Trailer For Liu Ye Crime Flick, COCK AND BULL

Judging by the first trailer for Cao Baoping's latest flick, Cock And Bull, you wouldn't be at fault for pegging it as something darkly comedic at the very least with actor Liu Ye leading the cast. This week, second trailer is now making the rounds and with a strikingly different new tone ahead of its September 14 release, hinting at a much more lustful, eerie tale of intrigue and it appeals to the curiosity some.

Pang's MY WAR Wages On With A New Trailer

Currently readying a life away from film in order to tend to the demands of fatherhood, filmmaker Oxide Pang Chun is going out with a tentative bang with the new film, My War. The film marks Pang's debut into the war genre following a career trajectory largely stemming from horror and suspense films whilst dabbling into other concepts that gladly brought us films like The Storm Warriors in 2006 the award-winning pre-remake 1999 Pang Bros thriller, Bangkok Dangerous and its remake starring Nicolas Cage.

Sakaguchi's Bloodlust Takes Over New Photos From Shimomura's RE:BORN

Actor Sakaguchi Tak's exit from (or re-entry into) film has been a hard one to pin-point. Though the actor himself has previously pointed out finishing his cult celebrity status with his latest starring role in Re:Born, some are discussing it as his "return". It's not exactly something I would argue against either. I've been a fan of Sakaguchi since college when he was just a budding young badass in a pair of early performances, including Yamaguchi Yudai's Battlefield Baseball and Kitamura Ryuhei's Versus.

Watch The Teaser For EXILE Gangster Saga Sequel, HiGH&LOW: The Red Rain

This October, the saga continues the epic action-packed spectacle of EXILE TRIBE's two season HiGH&LOW: The Story Of S.W.O.R.D. series and the feature film in July. A teaser has already begun circulating for a while now with Deadball and Chinyuki helmer Yamaguchi Yudai in the director's chair for HiGH&LOW: The Red Rain, and it doesn't dole out much, but it measures all the same in intensity and excitement as the franchise has done so far.

Halle Berry Puts The Pedal To The Metal In The New Trailer For KIDNAP

Atress Halle Berry's return to the big screen is literally packed with some exciting "hail mary" moments. That's sort of the impression we're left with regarding some of the thrilling moments of stuntwork on the set of Kidnap from Luis Prieto which is finally releasing on December 2 from Relativity Media following its delay from earlier this year.

REVIEW: 'Kickboxer' Returns With A 'VENGEANCE'

Remakes are a dime a dozen in 2016. Oftentimes, a studio will grave-rob a long dorment franchise and forcibly modernize it so that they can sell the name recognition while also trying to appeal to modern audiences. Oftentimes, this means reducing the goofy/dated charm of the original and injecting an unhealthy dose of gritty realism to make it feel more “modern”; results may vary. Somehow, John Stockwell's Kickboxer: Vengeance dodges this pitfall and spin kicks it in its cynical face. It somehow manages to be the 2016 equivalent of the 1991 original. Its level of grittiness is comparable to Kickboxer's early-90s “grittiness” while maintaining the lighter tone that helped make the original so entertaining.

Matsuda Is The Law In Kumakiri's DIAS POLICE: DIRTY YELLOW BOYS. Watch The Trailer!

With manga continuing to be an ever fruitful source for film progression in Japan, Toei's latest pivot now arrives with My Man helmer Kumakiri Kazuyoshi's Dias Police: Dirty Yellow Boys. The film is set for a September 3 release in Japan with actor Matsuda Shota starring as a one-man police force in service of well over 100,000 illegal immigrants dwelling in Japan with their own way of life.