Friday, July 31, 2015
We're literally just one-month away from the North American release of action star Wu Jing's solo directorial debut, Wolf Warrior. It shouldn't be long before we finally get a trailer going viral but chances are you folks already know what the film looks like due to the trailers now online. Definitely patriotic at its core with a variety of actors on hand, one can argue this looks like an exceptional template for Wu in his career off-camera, and considering it's just one of two films that significantly did a number on his legs in the last few years prior to his recovery, hopefully there will be plenty more to come.
In this day and age, if there is ever a chance for director Michael Schultz's immortal kung fu soul classic, Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon to be remade for millenials, I don't think it would live to tell the tale unless the right director and crew were on it. The film is such a treasure to the niche it is meant for and now we have a forthcoming repackaged and brand-spanking new version of the film arriving on Blu-Ray in late August.
Big things are happening as we kick off August with the Japan release of the first of Highchi Shinji's two-part live-action adaptation of the hit manga/anime franchise, Attack On Titan. Thus, Japanese streaming video service, dTV will be linking to the films of a three-part tie-in miniseries of its own, now in the form of Attack On Titan: Counter Rockets.
Independent filmmaker and comedy purveyor Brian James O'Connell is well on his way up with approving responses by audiences keen on his previous works, namely including Killer View and Angry White Man. Both titles have the appeal toward viewers adoring of unmitigated, dark humor that pushes the envelope and it remains an integral business model in his craft now with his latest, Blood Sucking Bastards, daring to bleed the workforce competition dry!
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Living in Austin and in the mood for a variety of films that explore the weird, charming and existential tropes of what's offered to the festival scene? Fantastic Fest has that covered once again this year in the last week of September, and with the announcement of its first wave, fans can look forward to a range of titles, new and dated, with awesome guest appearances to boot.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Well Go USA is in great straits with its release line. And just to think that years ago, the only way to catch a film like Zhao Tianyu and Peter Pau's latest, Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal, would be to either live in the region or wait for it on bootleg. Gladly the latter no longer has to be an option, and with the evolution of our technology between filmmaking and home viewing, you can best be sure to be left dazzled by this one.
Standing for hours non-end for the materialization of your own wax-figure is no easy task. However, any mild discomfort there may be is a small price to pay, especially for Malaysian actress and legendary Hong Kong superstar Michelle Yeoh, the latest inductee into the Kung Fu Zone exhibit over at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.
Hear this - we're barely days away from the forthcoming release of director Christopher McQuarrie's Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation with promotion still underway and a handful of exclusive screenings taking place for lucky fans. The film was long hyped through its trailer campaign as the "last mission", which of course is no guarantee that this will be the final film, but it's still bares mentioning what with all the changes in the cast throughout the now five-part evolution of the franchise.
Blockbuster director Michael Bay is tentatively off the radar from making alien robots fight each other in epic death duels. Still though, it's in films like his latest, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi, that he continues to illuminate the best image of military might, and here and now through the conception of Chuck Hogan's script based on the tumultous events that took place in Libya in 2012, and Mitchell Zuckoff's subsequent book in 2014.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
It's no fun wasting minutes of hype writing about movies and casting faves only to see such developments fall apart before our eyes. Actor Channing Tatum has long been the frontrunner for Twentieth Century Fox's upcoming production of live-action Marvel property, Gambit, having spoken with high hopes of playing the character, followed by word that Rupert Wyatt would be directing.
Action thriller scripting duo Creighton Rothberger and Katrin Benedikt (Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen) are joining the latest production heading into pure revenge-driven sci-fi territory with the new film, The Sentence. Neil Marshall, off the stellar successes of shows like Game Of Thrones and Black Sails, as well as films like post-apocalyptic actioner, Doomsday in 2008 and 2010 period thriller Centurion, is on board to direct the film for Applebox Entertainment.
We've already entered one more chapter of the Donnie Yen cinematic universe for the concluding biopictoral trilogy based on the life and legend of Wing Chun Grandmaster Ip Man. It's a name that has otherwise proven integral in the implementation of martial arts in cinema, and as a brand with popularity in other mediums, including television, and it's one that fans take great pride in.
The past several years have shown signs of life for a few more 'Bourne' films with mainstays, actors Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner in the wind for reprising roles in their own Bourne films. Particularly in 2015 however, the recent news of actresses, returning franchise co-star Julia Stiles and newly added Ex-Machina star Alicia Vikander have remained productive in building up more hype in anticipation of further news.
Sicario, with Star Wars VIII prospect Benecio Del Toro and actor Josh Brolin also starring.
Monday, July 27, 2015
It's no easy feat to put together an amazing, full-length martial arts movie project. Nonetheless, it's a challenge conquered by Ontario-based film and stage performance troupe, Team 2x, led by debut director James Mark for the upcoming action sci-fi thriller, Meza: David's Story.
This past week was pretty busy for me, so content has been slower than usual. But, that doesn't mean I haven't been keeping up with with what's happening in independent material and other matters of visual feats of sports and athleticism of which you will see plenty.
You wouldn't suspect anything more than beyond what you might feel a director could do in following up with a film like, 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown, although judging by the latest trailer, director Stephen Renyolds appears to have taken care of that. It's pretty clever in its simplistic approach and with debut actor Dean Ambrose stepping up to the plate, another round here should suffice.
Personally I'm not yet too sure about the upcoming release of The Transporter Refueled, much less the title. Ed Skrein comes off as a strong actor though, and I'm sure the story well find it's own way to be entertaining in a way, but my main concern will always be the action and I still have my grievances after Brick Mansions. So, here's to crossing our fingers, and if an IMAX presentation will help things a bit, then I boldly welcome a sequel.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
FANTASIA 2015: The Supernatural Looms In Feudal Japan In The Latest International Trailer For NINJA THE MONSTER
Acclaimed director Ochiai Ken is getting things off to a decorative start for this summer's events at Fantasia Fest in Montreal. Part of the line up will be the August 2 premiere of his newest, Ninja The Monster - the second of two films well on the way from Shochiku's forthcoming slate of low-budget cult-oriented genre titles from Japan, and judging by the most recent trailer, clearly Ochiai has nothing but good things in mind: ninjas, monsters, swordplay, fantasy. Consider me sold.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
It's fruitful to see the good guys win in a lot of military and espionage action thrillers, which brings a bit of peculiarity to Bollywood director Kabir Khan's latest induction into the genre. Loosely ripped from the grim headlines is the new film, Phantom, from UTV Motion Pictures and Nadiadwala Grandson with actor Saif Ali Khan and actress Katrina Kaif in a story that will otherwise grant sheer uncertainty to a compelling plot with plenty of intense and explosive sequences to boot.
Friday, July 24, 2015
It's always a good thing to see independent action cinema make festival moves. Things like this gain exposure and some of these do take quite a bit of effort and waiting, it's a huge payoff for giving original content an extra pair of eyes. Exposure and other prospects come into play and hopefully that will mean great things for debut filmmaker and Kiai-Kick founder and editor Michael S. Moore with his latest webseries, Cornered.
A trailer has already made its way online and judging by the footage, there's plenty of substance to go on with Nichols III in a lead role for a story that would make Patrick Swayze proud.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Director Wes Ball is back and sending kids off to battle the elements and crazy mutant psychos in the deserted outer limits of a desolate world. Far and away from the Glade and the inner-confines of the harrowing maze of the 2013 thriller, The Maze Runner, this September will mark the arrival of the second offering based on author James Dashner's books in The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.
Well, it's been a great four years spending time and getting to know YA novel heroine, Katniss Everdeen via Lionsgate's The Hunger Games franchise. It's a franchise that has further popularized a trend in today's movie-going era for millenials and book fantatics alike, and as such, there still are, and will be plenty more where that came from.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
I have only seen just several Ringo Lam flicks in my time as a follower of the Hong Kong cinema. That stated, all are taken into account when encompassing the experience of Asian cinema, and with his latest return to the helm, Wild City will surely appeal to the niche after nearly seven years away from the director's chair.
Deadline is bringing word that star of the upcoming action comedy, Central Intelligence, actor Dwayne Johnson will be sustaining his action star-status in the forthcoming production of the live-action game adaptation, Rampage, reteaming once again with director Brad Peyton. The two previously worked on Johnson's latest role in Peyton's new disaster flick, San Andreas, which grossed up to $460 million dollars in theaters, so it appears this latest update is one that clearly makes sense.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
It's been a couple of years since the folks over at Ontario-based martial arts film and stage performance troupe, Team 2X, initiated crowdsourcing for high-concept independent action adventure thriller, Genetix. Nowadays, with production having moved forward and already at its completion, the film has since taken new life under its new title, Meza: David's Story, spearheaded by stuntman Chris Mark (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Warcraft) making his lead acting debut with brother and team co-founder, industry stunt performer and coordinator James Mark (Wolves, Falling Skies, Pacific Rim) debuting at helm.
Actor and comedian Steve Oedekerk took to the crowd at Dragonfest on Sunday to announce a sequel to his 2002 hybrid kung fu comedy hit, Kung Pow: Enter The Fist. The film was an amalgam of new footage and audio edited and mixed via chroma key with that of the 1977 Jimmy Wang Yu actioner, Tiger And Crane Fist, and it's been thirteen years since the film's successful release by 20th Century Fox.
Chalk this one up as another in a pot-filled with titles brandishing competitve forthcoming remakes of their own (I'm talking to you, Robin Hood). The word from THR suggests Disney is aiming for a live-action adaptation reinstalling its classic 1963 animated feature, The Sword In The Stone with script by Game Of Thrones series writer Bryan Cogman for Brigham Taylor to produce.
When independent filmmaker and action designer Vlad Rimburg isn't training students and putting together lush action sequences like all of these, he's busy cutting some really cool and upbeat demo reels with a formula that truly gets the pulse going. Keep that in mind as you leer down below to his latest gem attributed to the Muscles From Brussels himself - action legend and co-star of the upcoming Asian superhero comedy, Pancake Man, actor Jean Claude Van Damme.
Monday, July 20, 2015
Well, I'm certainly proud after last night. I don't get to have too many adventures with stunt professionals, but when I do, they're all inarguably some of the most fun experiences I continue to have. I guess I can only hope to share those experiences with even more people I include in the weekly Hit List...for now though, distance and affordability are my disadvantages. But that doesn't stop me from bringing the action where it is, so...
|Photo Courtesy of Duy Panouvic, and as you can see, I was very, very thirsty.|
Sunday, July 19, 2015
The Echo Effect, which has since taken shape through Lionsgate as Chain Of Command, and much to our delight for fans of White and co-star Steve Austin, its digital and DVD/Blu-Ray release isn't too far off.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Salt Lake Comic Con is gearing up for its second run as one of the most attended events in the state, and word arrived via press release that actor and Marvel Cinematic Universe mainstay Chris Evans will be joining the number of listed actors pleasing the crowd this September. It further helps that his next film will be Captain America: Civil War from directors Anthony and Joe Russo next May, on top of several other titles within all three Marvel phases by 2019, and with the addition of names like actresses, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One star Felicia Day and Deadpool co-star Morena Baccarin to name a few, there should be plenty of name power here to keep things steady.