Friday, August 12, 2016
Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. Fox 12 in Oregon has released a short two minute behind the scenes look at the new action film 'V-Force: New Dawn of V.I.C.T.O.R.Y.'
Dan's Movie Report was first on the scene with the tidbit that actress Juju Chan plays Don 'The Dragon' Wilson's daughter in the film. http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2016/07/actress-juju-chan-in-v-force-updated.html
V-Force promises action tinged with sci-fi, and has a story centered on the young ladies who gain superpowers.
Check out the Fox 12 video below:
Watch Dan's Movie Report in the coming weeks for brand new interview with Juju Chan, and exclusive photos and news from V-Force! In addition, watch for exclusive photos and news from the new film Juju is in with Scott Adkins, Cung Le, and Marko Zazor, 'Savage Dog'!
The final Juju Autographed photos are up for grabs! http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2016/07/amy-johnston-suicide-squad-contest-plus.html
Make sure you first watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0iNztBxiHs
Enter your name and address to the official Dan's Movie Report Facebook Page to win! @ https://www.facebook.com/DansMovieReport/?fref=ts
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. Director Alex Ferrari has informed me that the initial principal photography on his new comedy film 'This is Meg' has completed. The film, which a successful Seed and Spark campaign raised 15,000 for the production went right into filming as soon as the finances were released. Let that be a lesson to future film makers, have the idea, story, and materials ready. The people who support you are expecting the product to be shot and released in a timely matter! Alex is a well seasoned film vet and has a cool site called Indie Film Hustle.
Watch for more exclusives on 'This is Meg' coming later in 2016 on Dan's Movie Report!
Check out 'This is Meg' on FB @ https://www.facebook.com/thisismegfilm/?fref=ts
Check out the official sites:
FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/indiefilmhustle/
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Above Photo: Antony from his FB page
Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. Director Antony Szeto has unleashed a new Official Facebook Page for his fitness routine, aimed at males over 40, for lower impact, yet effective workouts. Antony's workouts are brief, and target the various areas of concerns on the male body, and allows the user to tailor his workout and time to a variety body styles.
Check out the Facebook Page in the link below:
Antony Szeto conducted a detailed interview with Dan's Movie Report awhile back, check out the link @
Watch for the film he directed 'Fist of the Dragon' to premiere September 9th 2016 in L.A., California!
Follow this link for more information: http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2016/08/roger-cormans-fist-of-dragon-to-close.html
Sunday, August 7, 2016
"Entertaining, Edge of the Rail Action Film." (Dan's Movie Report)
Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, here is some massive and exclusive news! I just got word from director Antony Szeto and Actress/Producer Juju Chan that Fist of the Dragon will indeed close the Action on Film Festival in California on September 9th 2016!
For full information on the Action on Film fest hit the Official Site @ http://www.aoffest.com/
Click Like on the Official 'Fist of The Dragon Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fistofthedragonmovie/?fref=ts
Roger Corman official Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/RogerCorman/?fref=ts
U.S. Premiere of Fist of the Dragon on September 9, 2016
Sept 9 ~ 8PM @ Krikorian Theater, 410 S. Myrtle Ave Monrovia CA 91016
Please like the official Facebook pages of director Antony Szeto @ https://www.facebook.com/szetofitness/?pnref=story
Actress Juju Chan @ https://www.facebook.com/jujuchan/?fref=ts
Actrss Maria Tran @ https://www.facebook.com/mariatranactress/?fref=ts
Of course Dan's Movie Report was the first site on Earth to review the Thai DVD upon release please check out the link to the review!
In addition please like the official Dan's Movie Report Facebook page, for updated information and to enter the contests, the page MUST be liked, so I can message the winners! Speaking of winners, congrats to Dean, Vic, Anthony, Paul, Phil, Joseph, April, and Justice ... for winning the Juju Chan Contest! The final two photos are up for grabs!
Watch Dan's Movie Report for a LIVE, report from the screening! Get ready for impact September 2016! You will all be FISTED soon! Damn that came out wrong, you will watch 'Fist of the Dragon' soon! HAHA!
Below is the full REVIEW!
Above Photo: Thai release of Fist of The Dragon (C) 2014
Fist of the Dragon is Roger Corman's first production in Asia concentrating exclusively on a martial arts theme. Director Antony Szeto crafts a full force action film on a limited budget. Reminiscent of a 90s HK martial arts showcase, with enough modern elements to bring new viewers aboard.
Fist of the Dragon opens with lead actor and MMA star Josh Thomson as Damon meeting up with Meili played by Juju Chan (Check Interview with Juju @ http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2014/08/actress-juju-chan-interview-exclusive-c.html ) Because the two met online, there first meeting was at a restaurant. Meili is a shy quiet demure lady in Fist Of The Dragon, Damon is a MMA fighter who lost his last fight just wanting to start over with a new life.
At the same restaurant the two are in, a shady deal is going down to smuggle weapon triggers in of all things, Mooncakes! No this is not a spoiler, the Mooncakes are totally the main focus in Fist Of The Dragon. No not the crappy US knock offs, but the real ones, check Wiki for reference @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mooncake . The action in Fist Of The Dragon. begins when the over zealous waiter inadvertently gives Damon the Mooncakes to bring to Meili at her apartment
In Fist Of The Dragon, one never knows who to trust. Even the cops in the film are on the take, they too are out for the Mooncakes. Twists and turns, fights, and more fights, Fist of The Dragon delivers exactly what is promised, a full force action film with diverse characters who are as colorful as the action!
Josh Thompson is amazing as a fighter, and seems to be integrating some of his newly minted acting skills into the fold. His character Damon plays like the reluctant hero, never wanting to really get involved, but once in the fray he seems to dive in full force to get results.
Above Pic: villain Maria Tran as 'Zhen' is ready to um, er, ah, torture, yeah I will go with torture, sweet 'Meili' Juju Chan. Not sure what is more deadly, the blue flip phone, knife or tongue, yeah I went there!
Juju Chan plays the damsel in distress, and this is truly literal. she is quiet, reserved, and very shy. Obviously to have a long career, it is important to stretch your acting range, portray characters exactly opposite of your persona. Meili is a simple office worker, who is caught up in the action as a hostage, when the Mooncakes are stolen. Juju is an action force whirlwind, but in Fist The Dragon, her acting chops are tested further that her actual chops. Juju also serves as the film's associate producer and casting person.
Maria Tran, plays a bad girl, with extreme zeal, hurling vituperates, and flailing fists at the drop of a hat. Maria is a natural. Her facial expressions and emotions seethe with energy, and never appear forced. Her portrayal of Zhen ranges from controlled quiet, when she is posing as a maid, to extreme maniacal violence, when she has to fight. Maria has intellect, and creativity in all aspects of film making and production, check out my review of her short film Hit Girls @ http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2014/07/hit-girls-movie-review-short-film.html
Newcomer Ellary Porterfield plays Cassie. Her role is pivotal to the story, so no spoilers! Ellary is a good actress, and gets a bit in on the action, watch for her character later in the film.
Above Pic: Ellary and Juju look a bit tired after a tussle. Quick off to hair and make-up haha! (C) 2013 New Horizons Pictures
Finally, and most importantly, director Antony Szeto and fight choreographer Trung Ly weave an entertaining, edge of the rail action film. Everything is relative, judging a 100 million dollar action film on the same scale as a Corman film is obviously not realistic, but Fist Of The Dragon makes the most of the settings, cast, and fight locations. In Asia, action is more of a priority that in the US film market. In addition, Fist Of The Dragon compares to Hong Kong films of the 90s more than anything else. Antony wears many hats in Fist of The Dragon, ranging from acting to editing, as often the case in lower budget films. Anthony is given much creative control. Not many Corman films come in without nudity, and this fact allows Fist Of The Dragon to never slow down pace wise from the very beginning.
Above Pic: The Chef played by veteran action star Kwong-Keung Kong prepares to do unthinkable things with a deli meat slicer and various knives haha! (C) 2013 New Horizons Pictures
My only minor gripe is that the film is a tad to short, at under 85 minutes from beginning to credits close. I am sure that this is a necessary budget constraint. Fist of The Dragon would definitely benefit from more of a set up do to the copious amount of bad guys, and a bit of the background on the main protagonist characters. Even 5-7 more minutes would not only flesh out the story, but help the audience feel connected to the participants.
Above Pic: Josh Thomson as Damon never wants a fight, but seems to find many in Fist Of The Dragon. (C) 2013 New Horizons Pictures.
Ending on a positive note, the fight scenes in Fist Of The Dragon are creative and entertaining. Paying homage to classic HK films and Don "The Dragon" Wilson work of the 90s' while adding innovation, Trung Ly and Antony, know the angles to not only do the fight scenes, but to properly light them, and film them, and edit them, so the audience is engaged, and not left out of the action. The close quarter action sequences remind me of some of sequences in 'The Bourne Identity' films.
As a lover of off the wall, bat $h*t crazy action, I give Fist Of The Dragon a rousing 8.5 out of 10. I must say, finally, I will probably be leery of trusting a hotel maid again HAHA!, thanks Maria Tran, you are a spirited yet adorable violent one!
For more information on Fist Of The Dragon go to the official FB page: @ https://www.facebook.com/fistofthedragonmovie
Order the film from Thailand @ http://www.ethaicd.com/show.php?pid=80125
Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report Readers, the second half of my 5000 mile round trip odessys back in 2003 with my first meeting of Don (the Dragon) Wilson back in 2003 it was a oh so brief hello so short I never even brought it up when I met him last Sunday at the Worldwide premiere of his new flick 'Paying Mr. Mcgetty' His friends list is full but I do not like to reach out to someone blindly. Back when The Martial Arts Kid came out, which I enjoyed as it was a family film and partly shot in my home state, I wanted to go to the filming as I have known Cynthia Rothrock for close to 20 yrs. Things did not work out, I saw the film grow and grow and I was impressed how a small flick could have an impact and I started chatting online with Stunt Woman and actress Crystal Santos and when she told me it was the only one of Don's Films she could take her kid to see hand he has so many, I was like wow, you are right.
Whew fast forward to 2016, I saw that 'Paying Mr, Mcgetty' through the services of Don's brother James is coming to fruition and stars Cynthia Rothrock , Tara Cardinal are also in it along with the lead actor R Marcus Taylor. I thought the diversity of the film was intriguing enough for me to follow up further with so many of it's stars confirmed to attend I asked James if I could come, he was like are you going to cover the film I was like sure you do realize I am in Florida, he did.
I am so used to in this day and age to just reviewing a film in peace and quiet, but I knew that with two premieres coming in the same weekend I had to take action. I regret a few things, not reaching out to more of my L.A.. contacts, though I kind of wanted to surprise Tara and Crystal. I knew that some of the others I interviewed are scattered around the world and many I just did not want to bother. Please do not be mad if I did not contact you!
On to the film whew! The film screened as part of the closing film for the Burbank Film Festival, and screened at the AMC 16 in Burbank, similar to the Widescreen Fest as AMC seems to be receptive to those things. A few noticeable differences from Action on Film Fest. The festival was worked out with the City thus they had programs for free handed out upon entrance as Action on Film's were a small 2 dollar purchase. But were upstairs and the theater was downstairs. The films in Action on Film were on files the short films rather than dumping on disc, minor stuff, but as a festival judge for the Widescreen I see these things. Again though Action on Film is indie, which I love!
'Paying Mr Mcgetty' is a colorful collection of diverse and quirky characters. As this is an initial review I do not want to spoil the plot. R Marcus Taylor plays a dry cleaning delivery guy and Paying Mr. McGetty follows a day in the life like 'Sideways' is my closest comparison. It works! Don Wilson plays a quirky bad guy hit-man, but he is unsure of taking the job. We see a room full of hit-men and learn of their quirks and the cool thing is there is never belly laughs but the tone is snarky and sarcastic. Rather than run after Marcos character, Don is shown like evilly stalking haha like it is a cat and mouse game.
You see a colorful scene in a barbershop, some general but subdued things happening to him, but the thing is I do not want to spoil it. R Marcus Taylor really steals the show here, I am proud of Master Wilson to showcase another actor in such a way. All involved worked hard for this one, even the side characters such as the evil Crystal Santos another lurking hit woman with a knife, Crystal has a power look and unlike the thin waif ladies, she can really kick ass, but no fighting here. Tara Cardinal and a group of bad friends! I mean it was cool to see them NOT fight! To kind of poke fun at some society quirks and just in general be snarky! HA! There is some action of course but it is not the main focus, which is cool. All of their character names are listed on the FB site! So yeah like it! Check out some cool cameos including Cynthia Rothrock!
Please like the Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/PayingMrMcGettyMovie/?fref=ts
Also the IMDB page @ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5220724/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
The links will have the detailed character information.
The leads are great! Anita Clay and Alissa Schneider slide in and out of each scene, and allow a flow. Alissa plays daughter of a mob boss, and is thrown into the chaos a bit, and some of the scenery!
Well that is all I will say for now! I promise a more in depth review when the film is closer to release date, my initial thoughts are a strong 7 out of 10. I would say by if you are a fan of quirky comedies like 'Sideways' and irreverent humor shows like 'Big Bang Theory' and 'Friends'. This is no typical flick! Dare to be unique!
Enjoy photos and thanks to James Wilson for facilitating my entrance, and re-introducing me to Don, respect!
Watch for much more on this film including exclusive cast interviews closer to the time of the actual release!
Above poster: 'Paying Mr. McGetty' from FB page
Update August 20th 2016: 'Paying Mr Mcgetty' to have world premiere screening Come join us for the World Premiere of PAYING MR MCGETTY! The premiere will be hosted by the BURBANK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/505799176286326/
Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, Producer, actor and brother of Don Wilson, James Wilson reports that 'Paying Mr. Mcgetty' is in the final stages of production. Check out the Facebook page for updated information that is flowing in fast and furious @ https://www.facebook.com/PayingMrMcGettyMovie/
- A wannabe music producer has the worst day of his life as he tried to fight off dangerous mobsters, work a day job and collect rent money that is due later
- StarringR Marcos Taylor, Don The Dragon Wilson
- Directed ByMichael Baumgarten
- Written ByMichael Baumgarten and Adam Marsh
- Produced ByJames Wilson, Cheryl Sanders & Karen Kaing
That is the description right from the Facebook Page! James Wilson is producing! Watch for more exclusives in the coming months as the film gets closer to release on your home for indie action, Dan's Movie Report! Also Keep reading as 'V-Force' Don Wilson's new film drops more material! Blast the IMDB page of Paying Mr. Getty for more! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5220724/