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Snow Black (2020) Movie Review (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

Above Snow Black Poster (C) 2020 Meyham Films and Maverick Entertainment all other photos are courtesy Robert Parham and for promotional u...

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Snow Black (2020) Movie Review (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

Above Snow Black Poster (C) 2020 Meyham Films and Maverick Entertainment all other photos are courtesy Robert Parham and for promotional use only. Worldwide exclusive!


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers, across my desk today came a new film from the mind of Producer/Writer/Director Robert D Parham called 'Snow Black' . The film will be unleashed soon on Maverick Entertainment. Robert allowed me to the first to review the film so this will be a very preliminary no spoiler review. I spoke with Robert and star Sarah V Buckner, and in the coming months they will both have in depth interviews about the film.

Synopsis: Sarah Camden, a special operations soldier with PTSD, returns home to bury her mother. She realizes that she has to rid her hometown of gangs, drugs and crooked politicians. Sarah calls in her special ops buddies to clean up the town. 

Above actress Sarah Buckner as Sarah Camden, kicking some ass in a slinky top!
 

Essentially Snow Black is a film about a new, and very dangerous drug out on the streets that the police are unable to stop the transfer and sale of. Robert D Parham plays a police detective Thomas Kellar assigned to the case. Actually his story is not the focus, but comes in later. The main focus is Sarah V. Buckner's character Sarah Camden and her family. She is a sassy, tough and no nonsense lady. Robert told me he was looking for this type of woman to play her, rather than having someone pretend. Buckner did a great job playing the complex and damaged character, having to run the gamete of emotions throughout the film.

Sarah after losing her mom has to identify another family member lost to drugs and this sends her spiraling into a fit of rage. Her father Jerrod Camden played by Ron Van Clief sets a more somber and realistic tone attempting to dampen her rage. 

Above: The Fox squad preparing for mayhem in a Meyham production!
 

The plot aside which is simple enough to understand, yet interesting enough to keep the viewer engaged ramps up the action with some fighting and gun play interspersed throughout the story. Veteran actress Gloria Hendry gets in on the fray as well. Also there is a somewhat bumbling but always violent 'The Fox Squad' that leave bodies and a mess behind, and get yelled at by their commander. Actress Vejouhn Olsen-Mariette looks tough, menacing, yet enticing!

Snow Black avoids the typical indie movie issues, as Robert does not use nudity in his films, also the team never diverts from the story by under or non developed side plots. Snow Black has much of the same feel as Paraham's earlier effort 'Jackson Bolt' in that regard, but the story is far different.

Veteran actress Gloria Hendry has a scene which is an homage to her role as Sydney in Black Belt Jones. Hendry also starred in the Bond film 'Live and Let Die' as Rosie. Hendry adds an air of panache and sparkle to every production she has worked on. 

Above: Gloria Hendry in the action in Snow Black
 

All of the behind the scenes work, sets, lighting, editing are solid and looks like a far higher budget then it actually was. Time was taken to edit to a tight 84 minute film, though I am sure more was filmed. A major gripe of mine is when a film just runs too long and a lot of the time is spent wasted either by sticking with a scene too long or the transitional period is too slow, Snow Black does neither and flows.

My only gripe is minor and that involves some character spacing in certain shots. It seems like the confrontations were not as in your face as they could be, aside from the first scene that was. When one character during a fight wielding a four section staff confronts another who has a pair of wooden handled police fighting sticks it seems too staged. Some of the fighting is a bit slow, but obviously the training level varies from actor to actor, and being indie there was just not enough time to get everyone up to the same level.

The music is excellent, and fitting to the story. Look for the sound track on Sony soon!

The story, acting, action of Snow Black make for an entertaining watch, small quips aside, Snow Black rates a 7.5 out of 10 and worthy of a purchase when it becomes available later in 2020!

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Watch for more exclusives later in 2020 including interviews with Robert D Parham and Sarah V Buckner!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Spider In The Web (2019) Movie Review (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report Danny Templegod


above: Poster for 'Spider In The Web' from IMDB

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. Back in August of 2019 a new film called 'Spider In The Web' was released. This under the radar yarn starring Ben Kingsley and Monica Bellucci is a slow build, with some intriguing twists.

Ben Kingsley plays an aging Israeli agent searching for proof that someone is secretly supplying Syria with chemical and biological weapons, He has to supply 'the smoking gun' actual photos and document related, not just hearsay evidence. Actually he is fighting on two fronts, one to clear his name from past transgressions.

Actors Ben Kingsley and Monica Bellucci share a moment in 'Spider In The Web'
 

Actress Monica Bellucci plays Dr. Angela Caroni, a rather mysterious figure who Kingsley character Adereth needs to get information regarding the proof. She is seemingly sympathetic to the environmental causes, and early on is brought into the fray on somewhat of a ruse, yet she seems a willing participant.

Young agent Daniel played by Itay Tiran is involved helping out Adereth, with the connection being his father and Adereth were friends prior to his death. Essentially the Daniel character serves as an attache, and protector, all the while trying to keep his hands and head clean.

All of the characters in 'Spider In The Web' are rather shadowy figures, outside the three, they are never fully developed, nor explained. Everyone is being monitored, either by wiretap of hidden camera. Dr Caroni's house is bugged in every room! The audience is made to feel like they are part of the story listening in and viewing in places they should not be. Kind of entertaining, a bit voyeuristic, a bit slow moving though, which leads me to my main gripe. The movie is interesting, full of plot twists, yet the movement between scenes and action is just so minimal, I found myself checking the time elapsed. Even with this fact, the sheer detailed dialogue needs to be followed to understand the complex story.

Monica and Ben Kingsley are seasoned pro actors and really have a chance to interact. Perhaps this personal interaction and the dynamic twists near the end make the film really satisfying to watch, trust me, unless someone told you, the ending is rather different, especially by Hollywood standards.

All of the technical stuff in the film is good, lighting, mood music, sets. Overall this is a decent film, all be it a tad slow, 'Spider In The Web' rates a 7 out of 10. The film is actually available now on VUDU to watch. https://www.vudu.com/


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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Lost Souls: Mortal Kombat - (Short Fan Film) Movie Review (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report Danny Templegod

All of the action on a poster, no fluff needed! 'Lost Souls' delivers!



Greeting valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix readers. During this trying time, we have hard hitting films of all shapes and budgets unleashed. Thanks to Sachiko Ishida posting it, I was made aware of a Mortal Kombat fan short that posted in January. The Mortal Kombat fan film “Lost Souls' was produced, edited, and directed by Kevin Barile. Starring Chris Yong, Robert Steven Brown, Omari Valentine, Jenny Sahagun, Sachiko Ishida, Narayan Cabral, Ashley Becciani, Mario Rocha and Davis Chong.

Sachiko as Mileena, practicing social distancing with sai!


Sachiko plays Mileena and Ashley Becciani plays Sonya Blade. They have my two favorite sequences, but all are great. The reason I like the Mileena sequence is she is shown attacking toward the camera and then the camera moves to the side, Sachiko is fast and lithe adept at her action craft.



Ashley is ready to fight in Lost Souls, stay home and let Ashley handle business!

 Ashley's scene as Sonya Blade is well lit, and shows some additional action with a broken bottle. Ashley has experience on the live action show of Kill Bill. Ashley is also on the front lines as a nurse now, that is the real action hero!

The 11 minute film is basically an extended fight clip in a bar, and introduces the characters and their signature moves in rapid succession. All are experienced actors and action people and the film flows with an accelerated yet not overly frantic pace. Director Kevin Barile, got the cast to tighten the movements and this creating a seamless transition. A particular praise to DP Andrei Litvinov. The way the fights were filmed made it exciting, and engaging. The musical score is just fascinating and retains the excitement for each character fight uniquely. When Jax uses his arm, a mechanical whirring sound comes right on cue, it is quite cool, proving the magic and musical wizardry from Brian Wherry. The musical score and timing it to the action is a huge accomplishment due to the number of character transitions and action machinations.

Overall this is a great example of what can be done with limited budget, creativity, and talented personnel. 'Lost Souls' rates a very strong 9 out of 10.

The entire film is on YouTube @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85S75Lw6qyM&

For additional info on the ladies check out their official Facebook Pages:

Check out Ashley on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/yellowhairdwarrior/
Check out Sachiko on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/ishidasachiko2



Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Cupid's Paradise (2018) Movie Review (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report

Above: Poster for Cupid's Paradise

Greetings valued Dan's Movie report. Fresh off a successful festival run comes a new film called Cupid's Paradise. The film centers around a woman named Jennifer Meyer (Andrea Martina) who has to find a match or else become a slave to cupid.  Making life difficult is the rating's system which displays the person's quality and looks scale based on a one to ten rating, all be it superficial.

The film is set in what looks to be the near future, a Miami Vice style bar updated for perhaps the mid 21st century. A sexy barista/bartender adeptly and intellectually portrayed by Crystal Huang  serves an elixir which can potentially increase your rating to be able to date higher quality people. It seems that if a person is lower than a 6 a match cannot be made.

Above: Crystal Huang, serving drinks with a side of hotness in Cupid's Paradise. She also serves as Executive Producer on the film.


The special effects are really spectacular for the short film. There is a lot of super imposed numbers above each person to show their rating, and the background is enhanced by some cool CGI.

The film is professional in all aspects with solid acting and production values for the small budget. Always interesting to see what film makers can do on limited funding.

Above: Talented Ivy Lao on set of Cupid's Paradise


The film was written and directed by the talented Ivy Lao. Ivy did a great short film called The Chase back in 2016.  Ivy is super organized and professional. Cupid's Paradise was her final work in college, she also did the film editing and visual effects among many other things. Ivy literally can work in all aspects of the film industry. I hope she can get a solid budget to do a feature film!

Cupid's Paradise is available beginning at 7:15 am on February 11th, 2020 on Dust https://www.facebook.com/watchdust

For more information connect with the film on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CupidsParadiseFilm/

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Global Legion FC Host Nina Bergman comes to South Florida!! Live MMA and Boxing Event! Exclusive Photos!


Above: Flyer for the event



Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. I had the opportunity to hang out with Nina Bergman live. She was hosting a very cool fusion event mixing MMA and Boxing in the same night. Global Legion FC (Fight Club) took place December 13th at the Florida National Guard Armory in Miramar, Florida.

The eleven bout event had a unique ring with a cage at the base and ring ropes at the top. Check the photo below:




 Essentially they alternated between MMA and boxing, and successfully merged the two. Highlights of the even included a great bout with boxer Harold Calderon who is the WBC Latin champ and the return an victory of Thiago ( he was in the UFC, but has not fought in a couple of years. 




Since this is a movie site, I am going to focus on actress/singer/host Nina Bergman. She states “I was in Denmark and this job was surprising, I am in Florida now!” She was gracious enough to allow me to take a few red carpet photos and I took some of her in the ring as well! Watch for new 2020 interview with her soon! Kudos to the entire staff of the event from security to wait staff very professionally done, minor gripes only being the entrance music was playing during her intros and the running order of the fights was not posted on the flyer. Other than that the entire nearly 4 hour event was great!




The next event from the promotion is in February, 2020. go to http://globallegionfc.com/ for more information – Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/globallegionfc/


Facebook Connect with Nina @ www.facebook.com/ninabergmanworld 

All photos Copyright 2019 by Danny Templegod and are watermarked in photo. The photo of Nina and I on the red carpet was taken by a gentleman at the event, if you took the photo please connect to me and I will of course post your name as credit.