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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...

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.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids (2019) (C) 2019 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

Above photo: Poster from Blood Hunters Facebook Page (TriCoast Entertainment will release the film soon!)


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, Thanks to Sarah Chang I was able to get an early screener of Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids. The film had it's premiere at the 2019 Urban Action Showcase, and has won several awards. The film originated as a short film and has expanded into a feature. Actually Sarah told me initially it was supposed to be a pilot for a TV series. Vincent Soberano accents the comic feel with comic page transitions during the film, telling the story

Essentially Blood Hunters is a vampire hunting film, and clocking in at only 70 minutes, a very short one. Sarah told me that initially the film was supposed to be 90 minutes until it was edited for a TV pilot style length. The editing actually takes out much of the story elements and the film moves briskly from one action scene to another.

The story is a bit hard to follow with its truncated length, apparently there is a group of vampire hunters in an encampment who are training to fight the vampires. Sarah's character Gabriella is an unwilling member of this encampment and actually wakes up disoriented, not even realizing she is there. Normally a set up like this requires a backstory of some length and description, yet in Blood Hunters the audience is hurled into the story with the same malaise as the characters in the movie.

Transitioning to the training, Gabriella and other members of the encampment learn to fight, though it seems that most have some action and fight training prior. Jeff Centauri serves as the fight coordinator and keeps the fights moving fast, with more exaggerated movements for a comic book feel. Blood Hunters, although it has somewhat of a serious tone never feels like a somber movie.

Vincent Soberano as Bolo, has a important role, a last warrior guy, always showing up to save the characters from demise. Again though many of the fights in Blood Hunters were just too short and lacked the impact needed for the theme.

Sarah told me that although Mayling Ng had a small part in the film, she was basically on set only for one day and hardly had the time needed to do a proper fight. What should have been an epic fight between Mayling and Sarah turned into a 30 second quick cut action, that barely registered.

With all of my nitpicking it seems I did not enjoy Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids, actually I liked it for the potential of what it can become. Again I feel that this is more of a series rather than a movie and this was just the set up and proof of concept to show potential networks what can be created. In the movie world, if you create a 90 minute project that is it, you get the distribution and then the company puts out the product and moves on to the next one. In a series, more time is taken to make sure that the story and elements are up to the standard for an 8,10, or 13 episode season, and that it retains the audience throughout. The short film proved that they could do a feature, the feature hopefully will set up a series.

Blood Hunters would be a great fit for Amazon Prime or Netflix as an 8 episode limited series. This way all of the characters can be properly explored and detailed back stories can be told. In the 70 minute film we never hear about where the characters came from except in very limited flashbacks. The good thing about the short run time is there is no wasted padding, just action.

The lighting, sets and music are OK, I kind of wish more time was taken on the look of the film. Many parts of the film were very dark, with the action being rather hard to see. I am sure with a bigger budget, either with a new feature or a series, the team will have the opportunity to hire more prominent set decorators and cameramen.

Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids has potential, and that is the basis for my review. When I review indie films, I compare them to other films of the same budget and how they stack up. I mean it is unfair to compare this film to a 50 million dollar block buster, but it does compare favorably to films of the same budget.

Overall Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids, is long on action leaving the audience wanting to see more. As for a rating, I will say 7 out of 10, some issues I had are out weighed by the overall ideas behind the film and the potential it has.