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This was the only normal picture I managed to take with a straight face. The struggle is very real.
It's not everyday that I bring my "other work" home...or in this case to my work.
Rather, it's not everyday my "other work" walks up to my door and gives me a great big hug before shooting the breeze. Such is what happened on Thursday at the tail end of stuntman Dylan Hintz's recent visit to New York City for a few seminars, including Chazz Menendez's Quiet Storm Training Group workshop with Person of Interest Coordinator Tony Vincent this past weekend. Dylan returned that week to train at Chazz's newly established facility, UATW Stunts in New Rochelle which Hintz encourages both aspiring and current stunt people to check out HERE.
Hintz hails from the D.C. area bordering between Maryland and Virginia, and operates his own stunt training and performance group called D.C. Stunt Coalition which I have covered off and on for a few years now. He's also friends with independent filmmaker James Couche, both of whom contribute to our site here in some capacity, with Hintz starting with help the establishment of our YouTube channel, uploading trailers and so on.
Hintz kept himself pretty busy during his time here, staying with fellow stuntmen in the borough of Queens, while hitting up and training with several people I became familiar with in the past year, including Stephen Koepfer and Paul Varacchi of Breakfall Studios at New York Combat Sambo. He even hooked up with Hector Soria and his HektikZone team to shoot a short test fight with Andrew Kim in the Bronx earlier this week which I'll host in the Hit List on Monday. On top of this and the typical stunt guy hustling, he also managed to stake a visit to New Jersey last weekend during events at the Hall Of Honors Martial Arts Expo thanks to the invitation of fellow stunt guy and HoH inductee, Michael Carey. A huge gathering of stars, instructors and fans alike, Dylan got to pick the brains of action movie legends like Don Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, Benny the Jet Urquidez, and Michael Jai White, for some of the same kinds of questions you'd expect out of an FCS interview. I've happily stolen some of his photos to share with you below.
The Champ Is Here!
This past week was cause for celebration amongst action fans. After an eight-year long wait, everyone's favorite Russian prison fighter has returned to the ring in Boyka: Undisputed. The reason for the long wait has been well documented (rampant piracy) and if fans don't support this film, we may never see Boyka again. To all the fans who supported this film by buying it on disc, you are awesome people and we appreciate you for fighting the good fight. But our work as fans doesn't end there, the war must be fought on a new front; we need to make this a hit on Netflix! A Genre Against the Ropes?
It's no secret that the career of Scott Adkins (and by extension, the entire DTV Action genre) has been undercut by internet piracy. It's lead to lower budgets, tighter schedules and has prevented the hard working filmmakers and action stars from gaining any ground in their careers. These are people making some of the best pure action movies in the A…
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
The past few years have been a vigorous tug-and-pull over just how long it would be before actor and martial artist Iko Uwais would see a more principal role than in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Landing a more definitive English speaking line in this year's thriller, Headshot, was just another layer on the waiting cake added until more time passed until now, with actor Frank Grillo front and center with the cast that outlines the first of possible prospects to come between two actors who've gotten their start in different markets.
I speak of prospects with a certain action crime saga remake in mind, but in the good name of staying on topic, let's bring things back into focus. For this, we now turn to the long-awaited first official teaser trailer for the new sci-fi thriller, Beyond Skyline from writer/producer/director Liam O'Donnell who served on the first film from directing duo Colin and Greg Strause back in 2010.
Those who haven't seen the first film yet have…