Thursday, July 27, 2017
Image from Danny Trejo Facebook page.
Greets valued readers of Dan;s Movie Report. Tonight is the final episode of season 1 of Man at Arms on the El Rey network. The show is reminiscent of older Discovery Channel weapon age shows but with the twist of having a forger making weapons. Host Danny Trejo and weapon's expert Crystal Santos among others test out the weapons on various items of including fruits, human formed gel molds etc...
Where the show gets going is the fact that it seems or it is for the most part unscripted, the weapons are explained, forged then the cool part comes actually in the banter of the various actors on the show once they have the weapon in their hands.
Some weapons, like the three bladed knife, actually appear to cause more damage to the person actually wielding it then the intended target. The great thing about having someone who has 25 yrs of martial arts and weapons training like Crystal Santos on the show, is to watch her adapt to using the weapon, and slowly do the movements while wielding it. Danny Trejo adds cool commentary and the hour show moves fast, with backstory of the weapons and informative parts on forging.
I am very impressed with the controlled environment, lighting, mood, and they show slow motion hits after full speed. An on set medic describes the locations of wounds and the possible injuries. Overall a great first season, tonight is the season finale and airs on The El Rey Network http://www.elreynetwork.com/
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Monday, July 24, 2017
Special thanks to actress Erin O'Brien for the heads up on this film. 'One Penny' is a raw drama that opens with an older homeless man giving a kid sitting on steps a bagel as he walks buy, the kid has no where to go and follows the man, who eventually becomes his defacto protector.
'One Penny' is a creative gem of a film. Producer and writer David A. Melendez and director and writer Michael Devita craft a clever tale of deception. One of my favorite scenes in the film is when Dylan comes upon a shell game scam for money. Harrison Samuels as Dylan, figures their little scam out but hold on, instead of getting the real money he is owed he gets one penny, thus the title. This is like an allegory for life, Dylan represents the poor in society even when he wins he loses.
Being that this is a first film for the creators, obvious time was taken to develop Dylan's complex character, and his interpersonal relationship with his buddy Collin (Will Roland) and his mentor professor Allen portrayed with verve and vigor by Carson Grant. Empathetic Jordan is portrayed with soul and heart by Erin O'Brien. The cool thing here is all of the acting is really natural, not forced, the audience feels the character pain and struggle throughout 'One Penny'.
Towards the end of the film, let us just say, “whoa that escalated quickly”, it was crazy. Normally I do not like the tight shaky cam style of fight filming, but in this case not only does it work, but it adds to the grit and tension of the scene. A high five goes to the stunt people involved and stunt coordinator Erik Aude for crafting what I term to be, “not beautiful” but more random and how a real fight would unfold.
Overall 'One Penny' is a damn fine example of great independent cinema, and rates at solid 8 out of 10. The film has won numerous awards on the Summer festival circuit. For the latest info, check out the official Facebook page.
More info: Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OnePennyMovie/
Saturday, July 22, 2017
After watching the great 'Jailbait' movie with Erin O'Brien as one of the leads and it had a solid story, I was looking forward to the sequel and new ideas. Sadly Locked Up was a very poor film all the way through.
The story was very ragged, basically about a barely legal or not inmate new to this jail but it then turns into a tournament fighting film but with ridiculous sexual situations and salacious undertones. The lead actress while not all her fault was drab and uninspiring, I mean she did not sell the scenes she was in, and her facial expressions were sub par
Katrina Grey is perhaps the only bright spot in the film and excels with the limited script. She does her best to sell emotion and empathy. A totally unnecessary love scene a lesbian love scene with her and the lead actress is not ever unpleasant but at times def not needed. That said, being male, I will say it was a bit sexy, a bit over the top, and crude, oddly my TV stayed on.
The fighting scenes were very tepid, I really thought they should have tried to just either concentrate on a more action or more thought provoking story. I know Katrina deserves better than this. I feel that this move is a rent only if you like 90s Cinemax fare or like to watch girls naked, simulating sex. Locked Up is a very tepid 4 our of 10, added one point for Katrina, but overall would have to say pass.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Savage Dog Movie Review © 2017 Dan's Movie Report- Danny Templegod
Bullets, hearkening back to a bygone era, long brutal fights. Savage Dog hits hard with a final 45 minute assault on the senses. I usally wax long and poetic ha, but this time, brevity is the key. I absolutely loved the last 45 minutes, but was not overly impressed by the setup. Jesse V. Johnson, is an amazing creative mind, with a loyal and fierce love for action. Obviously, this is a very low budget film, but I kind of wish more time was spent with the softer buildup.
Full disclosure: Jesse was gracious enough to use my suggestion of JuJu Chan for the lead female character. I feel that even 3-5 minutes more spent on her life prior to, would have made this a better film. It almost seems like more was written, but not filmed.
That said, the lead actors, Marko, Mr Adkins, Cung Le, are whirlwind of talent, energy, and viperous insults! Booming voice man Keith David provides an old-school narration, actually the narration, in this sense is really needed. The dialogue is the device used to flesh out the characters.
I must give a special mention to the costuming of LM creating the look of 50s era costuming is so difficult across cultural lines. Jesse was able to procure the use of a period era jeep and various accoutrements of the time. The dank and dirty conditions and his (Adkins) imprisonment made it VERY authentic.
The most important thing about this film is this is forging new relationships between cast and crew. Jesse V. Johnson picked actors of strong moral character, and intense drive. As Jesse's budgets rise, so will his status. I first wrote about Jesse in 2004 for Vengeance Magazine, way back with Pit Fighter. He puts full focus on his work.
I am looking forward to Accident Man and Triple Threat, with bigger budgets they should be action forces of nature. Jesse again picked some amazing talents featured on my site before!
Overall rating on Savage Dog is a 6.99999 out of 10! I so much wanted to give this a 7, but I cannot, sometimes you need a bit more to push the film over.
The Film is currently available for pre-order on Amazon in Germany and releases July 28th.
Please check out my extensive interviews with actresses JuJu Chan, Sheena Chou, Marko Zaror, photographer Ben Burton, and the amazing LM Designs across My site and The Action Elite!
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Ben Burton came to my attention with the great photos he took of actresses JuJu Chan and Sheena Chou for my interviews. Come to find out, Ben worked on Savage Dog in some of the action scenes and stand in scenes. Today I chat with Ben and get his thoughts on photography and his work on Savage Dog.
DMR: Chat about your childhood, and how you got interested in photography.
BB: I grew up in Harpersfield, Ohio, a rural area with lots of room to run around. My days were spent exploring the surrounding woods and galloping through vineyards atop my Arabian horse. My first interest in photography was from looking through old family photo albums, including some of my grandfather’s old photos. Something about it stood out to me—the idea that anyone could pick up a camera and do it.
DMR: What was the first camera you shot professionally on?
BB: As far as professionally, I went straight for the 5D Mark III. I spent a few years on small independent sets and I always bugged the production people to let me play with their cameras. It was my way of shopping. After all the cameras I held, the 5D was my clear choice.
DMR: Chat about transitioning from film to digital cameras, some of the challenges.
BB: I only ever shot on film recreationally, so I was always laid back and just doing my own thing. When I started shooting professionally and switched to my Canon there were no big challenges. At first it was a little overwhelming getting a hang of the 5D, but once I did, it was smooth sailing.
DMR: What are some tips you have learned when shooting still shots for movies?
BB: Since it is a movie set and there is a lot going on, the biggest thing is to be aware of your surroundings. Know when to go in for the shot, and know when to step back. Always know where the director of photography and camera operators are.
DMR: How do you change your approach when shooting action as opposed to the more dramatic shots in films?
BB: I love to shoot action: it’s exciting and always different. To make sure I’m ready to adapt to whatever the situation is, I almost always have my 24-70 mm lens on and I’m prepared to move fast. Actors and stunt performers move around a lot, so the faster I can move the better, which means I need a fast shutter speed. A fast shutter speed is the key to a lot of good action shots.
DMR: For dramatic scenes it’s slower paced and there is time to move around, so I usually stick with a fixed lens and use the freedom to move in order to enhance the light the best I can to benefit the photo.
DMR: Chat a bit about working on “Savage Dog.” What were some of the highlights and perhaps unique challenges on the film?
BB: One big highlight was working with the great crew and actors. I had previously worked with the director, Jesse Johnson, and he asked that I be involved on this project. Meeting and working with Vladimir Kulich was a dream come true for me. “The 13th Warrior” has always been one of my favorite films, and to meet Buliwyf was very special.
Working with a team of such professional people makes behind-the-scenes photography a wonderful experience. Scott Adkins is a great leading man and a true pleasure to photograph.
As for challenges, some of the interior sets were small and had lots of crew packed into a small space. At one point I was actually tucked inside an old jukebox and shooting through the front pane of glass! It had no backing, so I pulled it about a foot away from the wall and crawled in.
We had a scene that was shot late at night with rain machines, so getting close enough to get good photos was tough. I remember holding a piece of plywood over my head with one hand and shooting with the other. The director, Jesse, actually stepped in and held the board for me on a few takes. Needless to say, both of us got wet feet!
DMR: What is your go-to camera when shooting on film sets now?
BB: The Canon 5D Mark III, of course.
DMR: Do you enjoy working on film sets as opposed to portrait or standard photography shoots?
BB: Honestly, I love it all. I’d say the advantage that normal photo shoots have over being on set is that they are a lot faster, whereas movie sets are an all-day affair. However, if you’re working with awesome people like the crew on “Savage Dog,” the long hours aren’t an issue. I like film sets because of how different they are. Every day on set presents new challenges and I always have to switch it up to get the right shot.
DMR: Do you have a favorite type of film to work on? Do you like the action films more?
BB: Action, action, action! Anything with swords, guns, stunts, and fights!
DMR: I know you said you did some of the stunts and action on “Savage Dog.” What are some of the things you did on set?
BB: I did, and I feel very fortunate to have been involved in that way. That was one thing Jesse and I talked about before production. He said he’d find a way to put me in there and he stuck to his word. From being blown up, shot, and sliced, I think I died three or four times in this film. (This is, of course, spoiler-free because I wasn’t a principal character.)
I body-doubled for Scott Adkins for a scene or two. That meant acting with Juju Chan, which was a great experience. I won’t give away more, but you can look forward to watching Scott take me down. Luke Lafontaine was Stunt Coordinator on the film and he really did an amazing job.
DMR: What are some of the projects you have upcoming in 2017?
BB: For stunt work, I will be putting my fire-breathing talents to use for a post-apocalyptic project that starts filming in March. That’s all I have lined up for now. You may run into me on sets, taking behind-the-scenes photos. I have a few things in the works.There are one or two acting projects coming up, as well, which I’m very excited about, but I can’t say anything at this point.
DMR: Advice for beginning photographers?
BB: Go take pictures! The best way to learn is to practice. Talk to and get to know other photographers to grow your network. If you’re working on set, don’t be afraid to get in there and do your job. Some people are nervous to approach actors or crew for photos, but you’ve got to remember you are part of the crew and everyone knows you are there and that you have a job to do! Above all, always have a good attitude.
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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. For the past few months I have been checking out the creativity of Inanna Sarkis and her cool and creative YouTube videos. All of Inanna's videos have a great combination of action and humor.
In 'Secret Life' Inanna leads a double life. Seemingly an innocent girl, she takes the hard road when her house is invades and she protects her lover, with double guns and well placed kicks and punches. Inanna is a sexy lady, but obviously she can hold her own in action scenes. Arnold Chon is a wiz at choreo and puts the lovely Inanna in several situations she has to fight her way out of.
Very respectable to create content, and not wait for offers to come your way. My wish is for Inanna to create or outsource a feature film. She can definitely hold her own in action and dialogue. Even if she produces yet does not direct, a feature film will allow Inanna a chance to push her creativity to new heights.
Overall 'Secret Life' is very cool rates an 8 out of 10 and the entire film can be watched on YouTube in 4K:
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Thursday, February 2, 2017
In the world of ultra low budget cinema, the key is outlandish humor, nudity, violence and mayhem. Yeti 2, which I will refer to has all of those elements, and is one of those scholckfests that is as enjoyable as it is crazy.
Part 2 has a baby Yeti, and falls into the Troma category of films, hard R rating, there is naked men, naked women, suggestive dialogue, and general madness. Even the synopsis on IMDB is bonkers: In this surreal and absurd revenge/action comedy, Adam, a single father of a yeti baby, is dragged into the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles when his child is kidnapped by an Evil Pimp. Now, with the help of his two new friends, a heroin-addicted yeti prostitute and a sexy stripper, he must fight the forces of evil to save his baby and the world.
I mean there is a man who goes by the name of Sex Piss. To make sure he is not confused with other characters his name is tattooed on his arm! According to IMDB, the budget on this flick was 30,000 so not too much ha! Director Adam Deyoe and Eric Gosselin do a good job of keeping the laughs and shocking things happening across the 77 minute film to warrant a watch. Again this is a film for those who are used to watching Troma films and ultra low budget stuff. Will it win any awards, probably not, yet it is a fun watch. Just remember, in this film, if you hit a stripper in the eye with a hot wing, you get a free calendar! Check the below photo! Sultry Marissa Merrill AKA Tinayney gets winged in the face!
Appropriately Another Yeti releases Valentines Day, and rates a 6.5 out of 10.
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Greetings horror fans on Dan's Movie Report, check out this hot new film Holy Terror!
Los Angeles, CA, January 30, 2017 (Newswire.com) - The riveting first official teaser trailer for the new supernatural horror film HOLY TERROR was just released today. This film is in post production via Cineridge Entertainment from the award-winning team who previously brought us SAMURAI COP 2: DEADLY VENGEANCE.
Written and directed by Rich Mallery (SOCIOPATHIA) and executive-produced by Gregory Hatanaka (who helmed SAMURAI COP 2 from a script co-written by Mallery), HOLY TERROR stars MEATBALLS’ Kristine DeBell, Bruce Lee's GAME OF DEATH's Mel Novak, Lisa London (H.O.T.S., PRIVATE RESORT), Kelly Reiter (The Z Virus), Jesse Hlubik (MAY, ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE), Nicole Olson, Scott Butler (WIENER DOG INTERNATIONALS), and Vida Ghaffari (THE MINDY PROJECT, JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE).
Believing the strange disturbances in their home are their deceased son reaching out from the other side, Molly [Reiter] and Tom [Hlubik] ask a medium [London] to make contact. But instead of their child, the three accidentally invite a vengeful demon to cross over. After the demon violently possesses Molly’s younger sister [Olson], the couple enlists the help of a disgraced priest [Butler] and his mentor Sister Catherine [DeBell] to attempt a dangerous exorcism.
“There has been a resurgence of exorcism/possession-type movies, so it’s a little challenging to give audiences something they haven’t seen before. But we have a few tricks up our sleeve that are going to make HOLY TERROR stand apart from the crowd. Plus, we’re going for a real late-’70s/early-’80s feel. Films like THE CHANGELING, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR and of course the original EXORCIST are huge influences on this project," said Mallery.
“I’m really excited to be partnering with Gregory Hatanaka again; this is the fourth film we’ve worked on together,” Mallery continues. “It’s a little strange this time around, since usually he’s directing and I’m the writer/AD, and this time I’m directing and he’s the DP, but we’re totally in sync when it comes to the vision, so we’re like a well-oiled machine. We’ve brought back a lot of the cast of SAMURAI COP 2—Jesse Hlubik, Lisa London, Mel Novak, Kristine DeBell and Nicole Olson—and although this is a completely different type of film, it’s great to have a lot of familiar faces who are used to the way Gregory and I work. We’re both slightly insane, so it’s amazing to be surrounded by people who support our vision.”
“As Rich and I are both rabid fans of 70s AIP and New World horror pics,” Hatanaka adds, “it was only a matter of time before we teamed up to do a film in that tradition. HOLY TERROR works on deep psychological levels, and has an otherworldly, TWILIGHT ZONE-ish kind of feel.”
Holy Terror will be premiering this April on Amazon Prime.
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Sunday, January 29, 2017
Usually one minute and five seconds is barely enough time to even introduce a film. In the day and age of the five minute 'spoil all' trailers it is nice to see a film maker and actress collaborate on a sultry film noir that allows the viewer to imagine what transpires before and after.
'Shadow' is a stripped down yet seething blast of what could have been, a love scorned. Director Maksimililan Urikh has committed to making two short films a month, and 'Shadow' stands out due to the tremendous talents of Katrina Grey. Katrina, has a sultry voice and her tone of melancholy and a tinge of sarcasm and anger pierces through the film. Katrina is a real talent, a diamond, she has many projects on her slate foe 2017, it will be exciting. Ming Yen Chang steps in and provides some really cool sound and lighting on the project.
Overall 'Shadow' is a great film, full of style and imagery, a must watch, and should play well on the indie festival circuit. 'Shadow' rates an 8 out of 10.
The entire film is on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smphFmrGdyU&
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Greetings valued readers of Dan's Movie Report, fresh on the heels of the 4k trailer release of Savage Dog it is time to learn a bit more about Savage Dog actress Sheena Chou. Sheena is a humble lady, and has acted in a wide variety of films, TV shows, and commercials. Sheena has a mysterious look and striking personality. Black Salt is a great jumping off point to be introduced to her career. Check out this cool production video, featuring Sheena in Black Salt:
Sheena also is one of the stars in an action oriented 100 Proof music video, check it out on YouTube:
Finally Sheena has a really cool slate of commercials she can be seen in, one of my favorites is the Walmart one, where she is stuffing a suitcase, and gifting a GoPro cam, sadly it has been removed from YouTube.
Check out Sheena's company Forever Love Flowers, a beautiful flower that is arranged in a small bouquet, which will last for eternity. Also follow her on social media:
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Greetings valued readers of Dan's Movie Report and The Action Elite. Here are some hot new images direct from China of actress CongCong Han working on her new series 'Smiling Proud Wanderer'. She is currently on set in China until April. Check out CongCong's exclusive interview on The Action Elite: http://theactionelite.com/2017/01/actress-congcong-han-chats-asura-new-ctv-series/
Check out these photos and watch for more exclusives later in 2017!
Friday, January 27, 2017
Greetings fans of Power Rangers worldwide. Over the past year I have been checking out some of the amazing content on YouTube by the Chris Cantada Force. They have produced so many cool fan films related to the Power Rangers universe, I felf compelled to share their work and their YouTube channel.
Wushu Ranger is a 2 minute blast of insanity where a nerdy guy sets out to protect Janice Hung from what can be called a gang of small time thugs. Janice, elegant and strong, not to be deterred by these guys, quickly dispatches them, in a flurry of high kicks, and graceful yet brutal punches. Swift justice delivered! The creative team behind Wushu Ranger and in fact all of Chris Cantada is really unique and have great original ideas and creative choreography, displaying the particular talents of those in the projects. Wushu Ranger has over 1.2 million views on YouTube now, people are watching!
Above Photo: Janice Hung in 'Wushu Ranger'
Working on original content for YouTube, or any other outlet, requires a certain attention to detail and a savvy social media knowledge how to promote the final product. With over 168,000 YouTube followers and 120,000 Facebook likes, Chris Cantada understands the power or the social marketing tools, and directs content straight to his audience.
Above Photo: Chris Cantada Force from the Facebook page.
Wushu Ranger is expertly filmed, clear and easy to see. The action is close, but not too close. Cantada knows how to film the action. Janice is a really strikingly beautiful lady, yet enjoys the fight scenes and though this is strictly humorous, her ability is no joke, I am sure she can kick some ass for real if need be. Wushu Rangers rates a 7 out of 10, pretty funny and full of action.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Above Photo: New Savage Dog Poster
Synopsis: Indochina - 1959. A lawless land controlled by the criminal class: Vietnamese warlords and European war-criminals. Den-Dhin-Chan Labor Camp is run by four such dangerous men. The worst prison in the land, it is here that an Irish, former-champion boxer Martin Tilman (Adkins) has made a name for himself fighting tournaments, on which wealthy criminals gamble in high stakes events. When Tilman is due for release, he just wants to return home, but the corrupt forces running the jail will do everything in their power to keep him locked down. When all that Tilman holds dear is taken away in a vicious act of violence, he is forced to confront the men responsible and take his revenge.
Please check out the exclusive interviews of JuJu Chan and Sheena Chou on Dan's Movie Report, where they chat extensively about the film.
"Savage Dog" is a thrilling action-adventure that reunites Adkins with his "Undisputed III" co-star Marko Zaror (next seen in Robert Rodriguez & James Cameron's "Alita: Battle Angel"). The film also stars Cung Le (Wong Kar-Wai's "The Grandmaster," RZA's "The Man With the Iron Fists"), Juju Chan ("Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny"), Vladimir Kulich ("The Equalizer,” “The 13th Warrior"), and Keith David (John Carpenter's "The Thing," "The Nice Guys")
A veteran of stellar action and martial arts films, Scott Adkins remarks on the action in Savage Dog: "The fights in this film are more realistic than most of my other films. We're not doing so much the long takes or the flashy techniques; we're trying to be more brutal and gritty because that goes with the story that we're trying to tell and the character I play. It's hyper violent in a fun way. It's something that I enjoy. It's cinematic and violent." As the film is set in Indochina in the 1950's, Adkins observes: "A white guy doing martial arts in the '50s doesn't necessarily make sense, but my character Martin is living in Indochina, so we're saying he's had some experience training with some Thai fighters, so we're mixing some old school boxing techniques with some sort of Thai boxing techniques."
On playing the character Martin Tillman, Scott Adkins says: "Martin is one of these characters that doesn't say much. He plays his cards close to his chest. He's a tortured soul. I've played this type of character before, but it suits me well."
"You're gonna get a really tight and engaging story," Adkins promises. "It's something different, set in a time period that you've not quite seen before for this type of movie. It's got strong characters, and it's got some great action. I'm very happy to be working with Luke LaFontaine the fight coordinator. He's bringing something interesting to the fights. Luke has done a stellar job." On his co-star Marko Zaror, he states, "Marko and I worked on Undisputed III together. He's an incredible martial artist, and one of the best in the business in screen fighting. We're quite similar in many ways."
Chilean martial artist breakthrough Marko Zaror discusses his character: "I wanted to find the Rasignac within myself. He's an assassin, an opium dealer, and he fought in different divisions. He's a war assassin, and he gets in Martin's way. He has codes of honor and respects life and death, and has his own philosophies."
On the incredible fights featured in Savage Dog, Zaror says, "The fight scenes will shake things up. The fights will be realistic and will use some interesting weapons. My character knows Savate, a unique style of martial arts."
Mixed Martial Arts star crossover action star Cung Le, who plays antagonist Boon remarks on his role in the film: "My character Boon is just trying to make a living, but because of his military background, he sometimes works for people that he doesn't necessarily like. He's there doing his job. His main focus is to make sure his family is taken care of. Whether he's a good guy or a bad guy, he's just got to be there to make sure things get done. I dig this character. I wanted to see what kind of a guy I could pull from Boon. I've been through a lot, and I thought I could pull some emotions and moments from my own life to show how Boon would react to certain situations." He also discusses why he took on this project: "I jumped on this because it was a chance to work with Scott Adkins and ultimately do a big fight with him. The centerpiece fight we have is savage!"
Longtime character actor Keith David, who plays a supporting role in Savage Dog laughs when asked what audiences can expect when they watch Savage Dog: "One hell of a ride! Once it gets started, the rollercoaster never stops! If you like that feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach when you're riding a rollercoaster, you'll love Savage Dog!"
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Monday, January 23, 2017
Greetings valued readers, Dan's Movie Report takes a comedic and varied turn with Eman Lam. She has a cool comedy show called Stand Up HK. Check the video below
Eman has an Official Facebook page set up: https://www.facebook.com/lamemanar/?fref=ts
Check out the Stand Up HK YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJQ119KHX15K9vXrgPH4ugw
Stand Up HK Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/standuphk2016/?pnref=lhc
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Greetings fans of horror on Dan's Movie Report, ramping up the initial stages of production this weekend is the horror film from director Haynze Whitmore, Crepitus!
According to IMDB: Seventeen year old Elizabeth and her younger sister Sam are thrust into circumstances more terrifying than life with their abusive, drunken mother when they are forced to move into their deceased Grandfather's house. Frightened beyond belief, they are forced to learn horrible things about their family history. Never mind the ghosts in the house, there is something far worse that takes an interest in them ... a cannibalistic clown named Crepitus
The independent horror film stars Bill Mosley and child star Chalet L Brannan, and Eve Mauro.
Indiegogo post: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/crepitus-starring-bill-moseley-phase-2-horror#/https://twitter.com/Crepitus_Film
Thursday, January 19, 2017
With an experienced cast including William Forsythe and Fred Williamson, Check Point had the makings of a cool independent action film. Wrestler Bill Goldberg, who incidentally is back in WWE is the lead in Check Point. Goldberg's character TJ is searching out a cell of some sort of homegrown terrorism. The main issue is Goldberg just does not have the acting chops nor the semse of urgency that is required, in this film. Goldberg rides in town on a cruiser bike, he is not riding angry nor is he riding dirty, Goldberg is just riding!
Check Point is shot well, and solid directing from Thomas J. Churchill, again the main issue is the time spent on the action and urgency is really wasted. There is a few action sequences and Michelle C. Lee who works in a restaurant has a somewhat interesting fight scene about 55 minutes in. A director can only do so much when the source material is not up to par with the desired result.
The proficiency of the actors including Kenny Johnson and William Forsythe, coupled with the cool settings cannot hide the fact that Check Point fails to deliver a true action story and memorable action sequences. The subject matter of homegrown terrorism is a great concept, but in Check Point, it is merely window dressing to the film.
After conducting a detailed interview with William Forsythe http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2016/06/actor-william-forsythe-interview-c-2016.html and he discussed the film and a bit of the behind the scenes, I perhaps had too lofty of expectations. What amounts to an average film with a few consistently good performances, yet the lack of real conflict and urgency in the story detracts from the overall experience. Check Point is perhaps worthy of a mild rent, but should be on Netflix before long. Check Point rates a 5.5 out of 10, not bad, but not great.
Above video: Check out actress Michelle C. Lee discussing the controversial nature of the Check Point.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Languishing in a mired past, Bey Logan's Lady Bloodfight was initially supposed to be a low budget project shot in HK with Hong Kong actresses and a smaller scope with more grit. Voltage pictures entered and brought in the amazing Amy Johnston, merging an East meets West style. Amy plays a character named Jane who has a checkered past and a rather lazy slothful, mother who smokes to much. Jane tasks herself to search for her father who disappeared long ago in the same tournament. Not a bad set up, yet seems too basic.
Lady Bloodfight has far to little dialogue to keep any semblance of a story flowing, that said the captivating Muriel Hoffmann is a real Misses Myiagi and teaches the often uncouth Jane to fight. Speaking of fights, there are many of them, some are far better than others. The fighting is obviously the main focus, the issue I had is the tone is too light and not gritty. These ladies are supposedly beating each other to a pulp yet some smiles and bright lights made me feel this was a comedy. Best fight was Jet Vs Mayling their characters really mixed it up! Mayling Ng is a real powerhouse and cannot wait until she unleashes hell as Orana in Wonder Woman watch for new interview soon!
The main issue with Lady Bloodfight is lack of secondary character development at all, and even a really cool character like Mayling Ng's Svetta is lost in the background. Jet Tranter is shown a bit more and is beating a guy in arm wrestling early on. Jet seems constantly happy in Lady Bloodfight, not scared until well, not gonna spoil it. The other roles, including an absolutely gorgeous Rosemary Vandenbroucke are background fodder and never amount to anything.
The two leads, Amy Johnston as Jane and Jenny Wu as Ling are amazing. Jenny is a bundle of snarls and ample cleavage, hey now, Jenny sorry! Seriously though Amy is great and gives the movie some needed heart in a diner scene. Jenny is really a treat to watch as she is sucking on her lolly, I mean not a care in the world except to kick some ass, where does the line begin, ah yes behind me?
The glaring obvious point is the shaky came and very questionable angles with the fight sequences filming, is it that hard to hold a camera still? I like Chris Nahon as a director, but not on this film as much, perhaps needed a good HK action director and a cinematographer who understands action with the ladies like perhaps Carmen Cabana. Overall Lady Bloodfight is worth a rent and rates a 6 out of 10 decent. Jenny Wu, Ms Hoffman, and Amy carry the film and make it worthwhile.
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