Sunday, May 31, 2015
A Chance For Happiness Runs Thin In The New Martial Arts Drama, BLOODY DESTINY. Watch The Teaser And Trailer!
Tournament martial arts dramas always lend a good bit of lip service to the genre for fans. Keep this in mind with less than a month before director Zang Xichuan's latest mainland feature, Bloody Destiny, provides another step forward for the locals and the niche abroad.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
Well, six years after playing him in X-Men: Orgins, eight months after confirming his role and just three months since principal photography began, actor Ryan Renyolds has annouced completion of director Tim Miller's forthcoming adaptation of Marvel superhero, Deadpool. Renyolds himself has largely been the sole occupant of tweets before and during production with any number of set pics and updates interacting with fans on Twitter, with particular interest in at least two young fans who got to meet the actor on set through Make-A-Wish Foundation well over a week ago.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
If your fandom has at all kept you on high alert for action star Marko Zaror's fourth bow with director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza in their newest revenge action thriller, Redeemer, don't fret. Hopefully you've caught our latest interview with Zaror where he discusses the film in addition to a number of morsels revolving around his career with more projects to come, and I, for one, can't wait to share more information on those.
Filmmaker and Kickstarter success story David Sandberg is likely having a really good year right now. Having started from almost nothing but an idea, a small crew, a nostaligic appreciation for the 1980's and love for things fantastic of the decade therin, his newest half-hour short, Kung Fury is about to kick its way online starting at 3:00pm EST/12:00 PST with a televised premiere on El Rey Network at 6:30pm EST/5:30pm CT.. And yes, this is all a pretty big deal too with a feature-length picture also in the works in the wake of the shortfilm's notable reception at the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes this month.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Aside from its film festival run overseas in the last few years Argentian 2013 revenge thriller, Justicia Propia currently remains a local success story for its lead action star Juan Manuel Olmedo while plans are evermore hopeful to release the film beyond borders next year. That said, it's been a while since any and all talk of a sequel began circulating, but that doesn't mean that nothing is happening. Because there will be plenty happening between August and September.
Anything for a girl, it seems...Such it is for actor Huang Xiaoming's latest role as a man searching for his true love in Timothy Kendall's directorial debut, Hollywood Adventures. But will it be worth it to have to dodge all those damn bullets, near-death car accidents, disco balls to the dick and rattlesnakes? Personally I'd rather keep my balls in one piece, thank you very much.
Remakes... They're everywhere, and even in China where newly established film school dean, action legend Jackie Chan partook in producing one nearly seventeen years since the 1998 globetrotting espionage Chan-classic, Who Am I?. Producer and first time helmer Song Xi-Yin directs this latest revival with actor Ocean Wang now taking the lead in helping propel the next generation of action filmmakers and performers, and a cast featuring actreses Anna Yao and Zhang Lan-Xin, with fellow Chan cohorts Ken Lo and Yu Rong Guang also starring.
It's neither too early or late to remake a movie, especially for the folks over at Twentieth Century Fox who are now on the cusp of reviving more live-action superhero movie lore for millenials. For this, we turn to the 2003 installment of Blade helmer Stephen Norrington's The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which played a bit loose with the original source material and had some pretty gamey visual effects but still provided the necessary steampunk spectacle.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Getting my day off to a bit of an abrupt start while blogging, director James Bushe's newest homage to epic sci-fi, Predator: Dark Ages didn't upload to its channel right away before could add it to this week's Hit List last night prior to clocking out. Anyway, it's finally online and comes just off the heels of its positive response by comic-con attendees in London just this weekend, and having screened and reviewed it for myself on Saturday, I'm long proud to know everyone will have been in for a real treat.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Glad I took my time in getting this Hit List together with all the videos and pics to display. Its been a busy week for me so I hope this will suffice. I should, right?
For those who've been praying to Crom for the lasy thirty years for another Conan film, it's fair to say the fictional Hyborian deity has heard you!
Sunday, May 24, 2015
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Keeping up with superhero movies can be challenging, and without a doubt, writer and director Shane Black's Iron Man 3 is no exception. That said, I finally got to rent the film over the Memorial Day weekend and it was definitely a step up from the second film.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
I found some cool Japanese poster art for director Alan Taylor's Terminator Genisys via cinematoday on Friday, and there's no doubting that this film has already fired up a huge conversation about its validity with regard to the essence of the previous films.
Friday, May 22, 2015
crowdfunding for his own inspired take on the hugely successful sci-fi property, Predator. The film franchise itself remains ever more popular with a reboot on the way and clearly the fandom is still there, specifically from Bushe who is now on the verge of finally unleashing a world of pain and death all his own with the new short, Predator: Dark Ages.
Director Thomas Daley's chilling new home invasion thriller, Tiger House isn't too far off from its U.K. release on August 24, but its debut in North America will be just a few months later in October with a date pending. Magnet Releasing is showcasing its latest trailer in the meantime, which is a similar to the first trailer shown last week, but otherwise worth sharing. It's a contained survival thriller with actress Kaya Scodelario as our underdog to cheer on against four menacing burglars led by Dougray Scott, in a millieu of uncertainty with an underlying mystery that may need solving before she dies.
It's been well over a decade since Chilean martial artist and stuntman Marko Zaror transitioned his career, thus landing in our sights with his debut role in the action-packed feature, Kiltro. Billed as the first South American film of its kind, it helped put Zaror and its director Ernesto Diaz Espinoza on the map toward greatness as the two forged a path through film that would ultimately see them become festival favorites by and large.
Nowadays, Zaror's fourth film with Espinoza, Redeemer, is on the cusp of releasing to North American audiences next month, and it's a real pleasure to still see films like this exist for the big screen, even as films like these are allocated to limited targeted metropolitan theater chains and VoD/digital platforms. Zaror and action stars like him don't get the mainstream treatment that Hollywood once gave to the genre in the 1990's when movie goers couldn't wait to see Jean-Claude Van Damme do a sick helicopter kick to someone's face, so I'm more than willing to throw my money in and support this movie when it comes.
As it stands, it's quite refreshing to add Zaror to the roster of people I can finally share my fandom with and learn from. He's done more than well for himself in becoming one of the biggest stars of the martial arts movie genre and he's grown a fanbase with an outpouring of support that still remains since his career took off while proudly bearing the nickname, "The Latin Dragon". In addition, he continues to accumulate a wealth of knowledge that further sheds light on the need for film industry growth on an international level for aspiring film workers in South America, which no less qualifies him as someone anyone on their way up should listen to, even as he, himself, never stops learning.
You learn things by talking to people, and it's an honor to have spoken with him in lieu of his latest success and continuing efforts in film and martial arts. With his current resume of hits, he's got plenty more coming as he so discusses in his newest interview with Film Combat Syndicate.Film Combat Syndicate: Greetings Marko, and thank you for taking the time to talk about your career with Film Combat Syndicate. How is 2015 treating you so far?
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Hopefully you've been motivated to check out action star Jean-Claude Van-Damme's latest blistering performance in director Ernie Barbarash's latest thriller, Pound Of Flesh. If not, then perhaps my earlier review will get the juices going, lest you miss out on one of the seasoned martial arts star's most sizzling and brutal performances to date.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
May 19th was the 20th anniversary of inarguably one of, if not the best films of the hit franchise, Die Hard With A Vengeance.
It was sometime last year that we were introduced to a slick teaser for an upcoming feature that would easily suit today sci-fi action niche. Virtus is the name of said project, and here and now we finally get to add a human face into the mix with actor Louis Koo suited up and ready to kick some robot ass in the newest teaser now going viral.
Gallowwalkers helmer Andrew Goth is about a year away from delivering his latest entry into fantasy storytelling with his new venture, DxM. The film is making the rounds at Cannes so it may be a matter of time before some updates are revealed, but we have a gorgeous trailer making the rounds this month which immerses you deep into its mindbending sci-fi millieu along with its freerunning foreground.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Director Chen Kaige is back in the headlines as there's well over a month left before his latest feature, Monk Comes Down The Mountain. And it looks like our title actor, Wang Baoqiang is in for an adventure that will be much more coming-of-age than anything... well at least that's the impression the latest trailer gives off.
Don't drop the ball on international action star Marko Zaror. He's still keeping busy with several titles well on the way and it's a only matter of time before the news breaks on those matters. At the moment though, you're advised to pay close attention and witness the awesomeness now seen in the newest trailer for Zaror's 2014 film festival favorite, Redeemer, forging a path once more for the martial arts action genre to reign supreme on the big screen once again, and this time for more audiences.
A number of Chinese co-productions being announced in Cannes this month continue to make way in the press. This so far includes the latest coverage of another cinematic variation of the classic Journey To The West story preparing to spin-off into modern-day fantasy for fans of the YA movie-going crowd with the new film, The Monkey King's Daughter.
The verdict is still out on how well director Soi Cheang's SPL 2: A Time For Consequences will stand with audiences. In the meantime, the promotional campaign remains on-going and the footage is pulling no punches with actors Wu Jing, Tony Jaa and Max Zhang at the center of this gruesome crime tale thematic of Chinese astrology.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Stunt reels, freerunning, tricking, fighting and more. The Hit List is back this week and there's at least one video you should check out here as it pertains to an upcoming televsion series arriving this Fall.
Award-winning filmmaker Daniel E. Springen's latest sci-fi induction, Survival's End, is finally making the rounds with a new trailer following crowdfunding efforts back in February. The crew is currently providing updates via its Facebook page following production last Spring with actor, martial artist and Power Rangers alum, Austin St. John starring, with efforts in part by the Valencia College Film Program in Orlando, Florida.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
It's been a while since I've seen any of the previous Mad Max films leading up to Mad Max: Fury Road. However, that didn't stop me from catching the glory of director George Miller's return to the fray aside from this being my big screen introduction to the character, and needless to say, it's nothing short of the wonderous, gruesome, brutally fantastic cinematic treat that any number of reviews will tell you this month.