Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Dazzler Media Unleashes new Scott Adkins Film 'Seized' December 28th, 2020! © Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

 

Above: Poster for Seized (C) 2020 Dazzler Media, all rights reserved, image not monetized.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. Across my desk today comes news of a brand new action film starring Scott Adkins called 'Seized'. Dazzler Media releases the movie in the U.K. on December 28th! The movie will be available on DVD and digital formats. Currently 'Seized' is available in the United States on Amazon on digital, $4.99 to rent $9.99 to purchase. https://www.amazon.com/Seized-Scott-Adkins/dp/B08KYQ91W3/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Seized&qid=1606929669&sr=8-2

 

Seized Movie Trailer:  https://www.youtube.com


/watch?v=HHzeQ51sJ9s&feature=youtu.be


Above: Scott Adkins as Nero in 'Seized' Image (C) 2020 Dazzler Media, all rights reserved, not monetized


Synopsis: Get ready for an exhilarating dose of action in Seized! Action star Scott Adkins (Avengement, Triple threat, and Doctor Strange) is Nero, a former special forces agent who has moved to a quiet beach town to raise his son. He is awakened by a phone call and message from a mysterious voice telling him his son has been kidnapped. In order to save him, Nero must wipe out three dangerous crime syndicates, leaving no survivors. 


He must work alone and faces growing obstacles as he fights to complete his mission, while uncovering the identity of the man behind the macabre plot. The clock is ticking and Nero can't waste any time or make mistakes, or he’ll lose his son forever.

 


Above: Mario Van Peebles in 'Seized' (C) 2020 Dazzler Media, all rights reserved to original owner, image not monetized.


Co-starring Mario Van Peebles (Ali, New Jack City) and directed by action fan-favorite Isaac Florentine (Acts of Vengeance, Undisputed franchise), Seized is an action-packed thriller not to be missed.


U.K. pre-order links:


Amazon: www.amazon.co.uk/Seized-DVD-Scott-Adkins/dp/B08HGPZ2ZQ 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/seized/id1535806516 

 



Finally, Scott Adkins has been featured quite a bit on Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com. Last year my associate Tayah interviewed him live at the Fighting Spirit Festival! Watch for more exciting exclusives coming in 2021!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDgwaRR3SFs



Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Occupation: Rainfall - Melbourne, Australia Premiere 12-5-2020!! Actress Jet tranter to attend! © 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

 

Above: Poster For Occupation: Rainfall. Used for promotional purposes only not monetized.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers, Actress Jet Tranter informed me that she will be attending a special screening in Melbourne, Australia for 'Occupation: Rainfall' this Saturday December 5th! Due to restrictions, this will be the premiere for the film in Melbourne, Australia. Sydney, and other cities already had several sold out showings Luke Sparke told me. 

 


Above: Luke on the set of 'Occupation Rainfall"  Used for promotional purposes only, 


Director Luke Sparke Interview for 'Occupation Rainfall' https://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2020/11/director-luke-sparke-interview.html



Link for the Cinema Nova Theater and 'Occupation: Rainfall', description: https://www.cinemanova.com.au/films/mf-occupation-rainfall


Direct purchase: https://ticketing.cinemanova.com.au/Ticketing/visSelectTickets.aspx?cinemacode=1&txtSessionId=212598&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

 

The film is a part of Monster Fest Cinema Nova:  https://www.monsterfest.com.au/



Monster Fest Website has some cool photos from the Occupation: Rainfall' October Premiere @ https://www.monsterfest.com.au/or-worldpremierephotos/



Above: Jet Trainer, behind the scenes in Occupation: Rainfall. Used for promotional purposes only, not monetized. New interview very soon!


The film is a special screening, no passes allowed, price is $20.50 in Australian dollars of course.


Keep reading Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com for more news on this film and a brand new interview with Jet! The film is planned for a February 2021 USA release!

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Chick Fight (2020) Movie Review © Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

 

Above Image: 'Chick Fight' Movie Poster from IMDB. All rights reserved to original owners, used for promotional purposes only not monetized. Please Follow link for full film description and trailer: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10944486/

 

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. Across my desk today comes 'Chick Fight'! My goodness I needed this raunchy action comedy in my life at this time. Back in 2012, I was an extra in 'Rock of Ages' I always enjoyed all the work of Malin Akerman, she has a pizazz and skill that is perfect in almost any genre.

I heard about this movie through the amazingly talented Marissa Labog, whom I interviewed, http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2013/04/actressstuntwoman-marissa-labog.html I also have reviewed her amazing short films, the comedy 'Cleaning House' and the 'When Kids Grow Up' which is very violent, literally stopping me in my tracks to review!

Essentially 'Chick Fight' is like a bigger budget verson of an indie fusion of a comedy and action film. I mean obviously 'Fight Club' is referenced and with the recent surge and success of the 'Glow' series and even the ultra violent recent 'Lady Bloodfight', only adding to the rise of women in lead roles, but this is more a social commentary on life, and hysterically exaggerating norms, wrapped up in an allegorcal action package.

The movie was filmed in Puerto Rico, and the location provides the perfect backdrop for the introduction of Alec Baldwin's literally drunk and disorderly trainer role. Baldwin drinks so much that the bartender is used to having him fall down at the club. He is hysterical, but the comedic performance of the film goes to underground fight promoter and cop, yes one in the same, Dulcé Sloan as Charleen, the things coming out of her mouth made me laugh my ass off! Good stuff! Fortune Feimster as Bear is the 'queen of the ring' and she also provides some crazy funny lines. Marissa Labog, with grace, and timely sarcasm plays a timid librarian, who is not so timid, she has an amazing stunt and action in 'Chick Fight'! Haha! Always growing!

Amazing actress Bella Thorn's Olivia provides a counter to Malin Akerman's Anna. The two really are amazing. Bella has style and flair and is her own debutante. Mailin Akerman, has done so many genre's of films and is at home in all of them. Acting level is raised here for both ladies! Much respect for their unique skill! The entire stunt crew ncluding Bella Thorn's stunt double, Emely Cartagena and Malin's double, Holly Dowell and Fight Choreographer Shauna Galligan, deserve praise, excellent work all around! Ladies RULE in 'Chick Fight'!

What I like here is the dichotomy to the lush tropical scenery to the the fight club atmosphere. Director Paul Leyden merges the styles of action and comedy successfully and Kudos to the entire crew, lighting, sound, everyone was passionate about 'Chick Fight' an over the top, blast of a good time. Forget the haters, if you like R rated comedies, and are not easily offended, 'Chick Fight' rates a strong 8 out of 10, a must own!

Various streaming services have it for rental and purchase now! A naughty gift for all!!

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Actress Melissa Mars interview © 2020 Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

 

             Above Photo: Photo by 'G'

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. Back in 2016 I had the opportunity to view Virtual Revolution, an amazing near future sci-fi film. I made a commitment to interview two of the leading ladies from the film as they have very diverse careers, not just acting. Petra Silander's interview included her extensive experience as a DJ, http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2016/10/actress-petra-silander-interview-dans.html


Fast forward to 2020, my Melissa Mars interview will be extensive, she chats about her multi-faceted career which includes her beginnings, singing and acting. Melissa's undulating style and flair for dramatic realistic performances, make her a force on several fronts. Melissa is as at home in the action film world as the more somber themed dramatic projects. Melissa can sing at a concert, a real gem. Her skill and talent is only matched by her honesty and loyalty to the people she works for and with. Sit back, relax, grab a tea, or whatever your drink of choice and tale a trip to Mars, Melissa Mars.

 

Danny Templegod: Chat about your musical background, how did you get started singing and performing.

 

Melissa Mars: Originally, my dream was to be an actress, which I proclaimed in class when I was 9 years old. Everybody laughed at me. I was born and raised in Marseilles, in the South of France, Hollywood was as far as the stars in the sky… But I insisted for four years until the age of 13 when my mom finally signed me up to my first acting class that was a theater company, Compagnie Delta Theatre. I was the youngest actor, they were all mainly adults. So, I would take classes and every Monday night we would perform on stage, in front of the public. A paying public! Soon enough, I also started to write stories, and short screenplays. I got my first camera around the same age and started to film people around me… piecing together random footage to make my first movies out of everything, and nothing… 
Two years later, I took singing classes. I needed to give my voice some “bass” frequencies and gravitas. I was tired of sounding like a little girl (which I was though, but you know at that age…). After a few months, my singing teacher, Xavier Cagna, who was a singer himself, offered me to open for his upcoming concerts, he totally saw a future for me as a singer. I was the one who laughed this time… I was in disbelief. Me, a singer? I’m an actress. Honestly, I was humbled by the offer, but I politely turned it down.
After that, with my mom we moved to Paris. While studying in the most prestigious and top rated high school, I pursued acting after class and in the summer. It was about 2 years later, when a famous French filmmaker, André Téchiné, saw my head-shot at my agent’s office and asked to meet me. I was 18. And I knew that this was the moment I had always been waiting for. In some way, it was, but not for what I expected… During our meeting around a diner with him and my agent, it turned out that there was absolutely NO chemistry. The filmmaker was no very talkative. I wondered what I was doing wrong, I tried to desperately keep the conversation going, but I was hopeless… Later around midnight, like in fairy tales, a music producer came to say hi to my agent & the filmmaker. He sort of invited himself to our table, after some chit chat with my agent, he asked me: “You’re pretty, do you sing?” I felt quite offended at the moment. What kind of relationship could there be between being pretty and the ability of singing? And with everything else being such a disappointment, I responded that I certainly could sing since I had been offered to open concerts not too long ago, but I was an actress, not a singer. And this marked the beginning of my singing career: I left the table and returned home heart-broken from how the dinner with the filmmaker turned out to be… far from imagining that a few days later, the music producer would call back my agent. I officially met him in his studio… That man was literally a king of pop music, he had produced and launched a few French pop-stars. When he saw me, he had a vision, He said that “my insolence, mixed with the vulnerability and mystery I emanate inspired him” (his words). 3 months later I was signed by EMI. I discovered a whole new planet called… MUSIC.


 

                           Above Photo: Robert Presutti

 

DT: Do you like performing in front of a live audience or recording an album more?

 

MM: It’s equivalent to another question I’m asked quite often: if I prefer acting or singing. There is no answer for that. If I had 2 kids, would I prefer one over the other? (That would make me a terrible mom lol!) Would I prefer walking with my left foot rather than my right foot? (Maybe now that I have a scar on my right foot and still recovering from my injury I’d say my left foot, but I do need both my feet to walk, haha. Same difference with acting / singing and with performing live and recording in studio. Those provide such a different experience and feeling. Recording is an introspective experience; it happens in solitude. Your audience is essentially a mic (and sound engineer and collaborators - even though I’ve also recorded totally on my own). Playing live is the definition of being private in public, when recording in studio is being public in private.... I love both. It’s just a different context and process. 


 

DT: Chat about how you started work in film, was it through music? Do you like acting or music more or is it a timing thing?

MM: Ha! Just what I was talking about regarding the second part of the question :P Since I love both, it’s really more like you say about timing, about being at that place, at that moment, that leads to music or cinema. I never really decide, it just happens. 
As so the beginnings in film… about a few months after I started acting on stage with that theater company in Marseilles, I booked my first role for TV through a casting that my agency submitted me for. That was a small role, but my first experience on set. Like Alice, I was in wonderland and was burning to return and repeat the experience. Soon after, I booked a more important role, with a few days on set, a lot more scenes and dialogue, time on set, time to get attached to people and feel that bond. So, when we wrapped, and it was over, I felt heartbroken. Everyone returned to their lives, most of the cast and crew was from Paris, and so we lost touch. I was about 14 or 15. We didn’t have cell phones then, let alone Facebook. So, at the time, a wrap was a wrap.

 


                           Above Photo: Robert Presutti

 

DT: Do you have a particular genre of film that you enjoy watching or being part of?

 

MM: I have very eclectic taste, I love watching thrillers, big studio action movies, romantic comedies, dramas, and above all dystopian science fiction... what’s left? Oh! Horror! I love watching that too but preferably in groups or in family. It’s like a ride, it’s no fun on my own... I’m a binge TV watcher. The latest shows I’ve been watching and adoring are shows such as City on the Hill, Little Fires Everywhere, Billions, Better Than Us, The Handmaid’s Tale...
As being part of, for me it’s more about the story than the genre. I happen to have done a lot more thrillers and action, some dramas and fewer comedies, but it’s because that’s how the opportunities came up. 


 

DT: You do not have to mention the movie, but have you ever acted on a project where you were told the story would be a certain way, and then was changed and you were kind of blindsided by it?

 

MM: I’ve had weird experiences. That I can confirm lol!… But in a different way… There is this one movie where I was blindsided… I had self-submitted for an indie project, and got called to deliver the self tape asap, the deadline was short, I was filming another movie and got home so late, I was exhausted and did the tape quickly before going to bed. So, when I booked it, I was quite surprised but happy and excited. I had to fly away right after I wrapped the previous movie… The dream life… so far…. Once on set… it was a different story, not in terms of script but in terms of conditions. It was absolute craziness, over-over-time, (meaning 20 hours of shoot in a row almost every day!) tension, and many other challenges. Only the people who were on set would know which project I’m talking about, and we had some opportunities to laugh about it afterwards, but on set, it was a real nightmare. I did go to the end, and finished it because when I commit, I commit. That’s my rule. I never give up. And what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. So, what I learned after that experience, was to research the people I was going to work with. When we start, we want to book and work almost blindly, regardless or whatever, with whoever, you know, it’s like feeling always hungry for doing what you love. But you learn quickly that it’s also about enjoying the experience itself, not just adding lines and credits to your resume. 



 

DT: Chat about some of the acting training you have done, you seem very natural on your projects.

 

MM: Thank you for the compliment. I’d attribute this natural side to the time I spend connecting with my characters, their backstory, the foundations that make them who they are, their choices and what we have in common. When my character is a “villain” stereo typically speaking, I always go for understanding the motivation behind their villainy. What’s the good reason they give themselves to justify their “bad” action? 
I still train when I can… It’s easy to think that training belongs to the early age of a beginning actor. But an athlete constantly needs training to compete, I’ve learned to consider classes and acting training as my workout, to stay in shape and not risk to rust. The opportunities to act on movie sets are too rare to stop and wait until the next project... 
As far as where… I have my pillars. One of them is the famous Anthony Abeson. I love his take on the different methods deriving from Stanislavsky: they’re only tools, that sometimes work and sometimes don’t, so he helps you hone a set of different tools… He also brings the dimension of FUN, which not a lot of studios really have. Before him, I had been used to dramatic classes, even borderline traumatic with taking you back into past traumatic experiences. With Anthony, you feel safe if you go there [in the past], and he always reminds us of the FUN and the choice we are the only one to make and nobody else. We laugh. We enjoy it. We just explore what works best for us.


 

                                       Above Photo: Melissa Mars in 'Virtual Revolution' Director Guy-Roger Duvert 

 

DT: Chat about working on 'Virtual Revolution', I really liked the film, what are some of the memories you have from working on it, and your thoughts on the film.

 

MM: I’m really proud to be part of it. Visually it’s a kick-ass movie that looks like a big budget movie when it is an indie movie! It garnered so many well-deserved awards. That says it all. The fun fact is that I knew Guy-Roger Duvert, the filmmaker, way before he made that movie. We met through a common friend, Emilien De Falco, who also stars in Virtual Revolution. He introduced us at L.A Dances with Films Festival where Guy-Roger had his beautiful fantasy-world short movie selected, and that was my first festival I attended with a feature film in which I starred selected as well! We kept in touch and with him and Emilien, we would hang out as a French trio from times to times. 
A couple years later, when I went to Paris, my agent was really excited to get me an audition for a science fiction movie. She didn’t know I knew the director, and I didn’t know he was in Paris in the same time, auditioning for his first feature film! That’s such a different process when you’re friend with the person you audition for. On one hand, there was much more comfort in the audition room, since I knew him, but on the other hand, there is another level of fear of disappointing someone you know. There’s some sort of intimacy and exhibition that felt different, that I can compare to when family comes on set, it just feels different… He had 3 characters in mind for which I could fit, after the first audition, he asked me to do a self tape for the one he decided I was better for, which I did with Emilien. And then they surprised me with the good news at one of our dinners. That was nice and impressive to all work together, to shift from the restaurant dinner, to a huge set and very inspiring to see the level of investment Guy-Roger put into his project. 


 

DT: Chat about working on action films vs dramas do you get into a different mindset?

 

MM: There is one thing common to every movie as it gets closer, it is that feeling of being hyper over the moon excited mixed with a shade of anxiety, wanting to give my best… 
As for the work steps, they are quite the same regardless of the genre, my own focus is on building and investigating my character’s truth. There is the prep work on my own, then the work with the director, and then the work with the other actors, then the work on set, in the heart of the character’s life. It’s such a blessing to be on set and make a movie in synergy with so many other people. 


 

                           Above Photo: Texas Zombie Wars: Titan Base  directed by A.K. Waters

 

DT: Chat about Texas Zombie Wars series, were they all filmed at the same time? I am curious how you got the part on there, and what made you be involved.


MM: This has been a very interesting project! I was rehearsing with Trevor Scott, actor, veteran, good friend and wonderful family man. We were working on a scene together for our acting class when the producers of Texas Zombie Wars he was already involved in (they had start shooting already) were in town for meetings. They were looking for a female actress. He thought I would be a good fit so he introduced me to the Producers including AK Watters who is also the director. It was a fun first meeting because I met them right before an audition for a vampire role so I was kinda dressed up for that. Not in costume, but I had quite a look. But I showed them my reel (and my other looks, lol). We had a good connection. A few days later I ended up on a flight to El Paso, TX. This has been a project in progress over a couple of years. Every three or four months, we would shoot a few days in the outstanding deserted landscapes of Texas. There was a lot of improv based on pages written by Sierra Rivers. They also brought in Michael Svoboda, writer on Dexter... who reviewed all the footage and the story and co wrote what’s now been released under the title of Texas Zombie Wars Titan Base. There are so many memorable anecdotes on this project. But above all, it’s been humbling to work with a cast mainly of veterans who served the country so bravely. I looked up to them, and sometimes I would feel like so small because of the history each of them was carrying, so I would joke that even though I was not a veteran, we had 2 things in common now: Texas Zombie Wars and Iraq. Some of them had been posted in Iraq, on mission and I also had been in Iraq for another type of mission: “shooting” the first international movie in the heart of the cradle of the civilization (Curse of Mesopotamia). 


 

DT: What made you decide to do Your short film 'Perfect Chaos' a 48 hour film project? I thought it was very timely, and had a near future sci-fi feel.


MM: Thank you. Another friend from an online acting class based in Australia had recently launched this series of short films forming a collection of episodes or a chain movie. The tone was already set when he challenged me, and I originally thought and told him I can’t do it in 48h. Then I watched the episodes - for shorts shot in 48h even though imperfect, there was something very exciting and inspiring about them. I immediately had an idea, as I have been myself developing another dystopian project. That’s one of my favorite genres as a writer. There I was, brain fuming, computer fuming, sleep deprived, in a matter of just a few days I wrote, directed and edited the short. I barely slept. But enjoyed everything about it. And especially a challenge I added, I asked my costar, Joshua Charles Dowe, to film the other side of the scene in Melbourne, Australia, when I filmed my side in New York, as if we were in the same room. It’s not perfect but it does the trick, it’s called Perfect Chaos for a reason. And when you accept that fact, I’m actually pretty proud of it for the conditions it was made in, it looks like something cool, and it tells a story I was excited to create :)


Link to watch it: https://bit.ly/perfectchaos-episode10

 

DT: Chat about Polly, just a great short film, really looks like you put on a thespian show, and to add some vulnerability, is it harder for you to play characters outside of your real personality?

 

MM: Haha! I like that you think it’s outside of my real personality. But first of all, again thank you for your words. I think, as actors, that every character lives somewhere in us. We always have something in common and I always have been able to find that connection with every character I was blessed to bring to life as evil as they could be :P. When it comes to very dramatic scenes, like in Polly, it’s not harder when you connect to the inner drama that’s boiling inside. But what’s challenging is the level of focus and energy needed for those scenes. When we watch a dramatic scene on screen, as audience members all we see is the frame and the actors, we can hear the music soundtrack, some sound design. But on set, it’s another story, as actors, there’s the whole behind the scenes, as I’m playing there’s the camera movements, there’s all the crew behind that camera, there’s the lights, etc… sometimes (not in this case) you don’t even see the other actor because there’s no room or because it doesn’t make a good eye-line on camera, we have to cheat, and there’s also our own moves that sometimes are limited as we need to land in a certain spot for the camera…. And right before we start the scene, there is even more cause for distraction as the crew prepares the setting for the scene. So, my most important prop as an actress on set is my headset, especially for dramatic scenes. I have a playlist of music I select for my character, and when the director and the crew are setting up the next scene, I isolate myself by listening to it. I stay on the set, where my character is gonna be, but the music allows me to escape the reality and the agitation on set, and to stay focused until we are ready for action. And on Polly’s set, the whole crew was very helpful and understanding of that process. I have wonderful memories of that final scene of Polly that we had to shoot half-way into the shoot, since then we had to change and move location after we were done with all the therapist scenes. So, it was still early in the day. And Marco Bottiglieri, the director, had asked in between takes to keep it quiet on set for any technical changes so we could stay focused on our process. He was so connected. I must say he is a wonderful director. We had done just a couple of takes of that final scene, he was ready to move on, but he asked me how I felt, and I couldn’t get a word out. I was still so fully charged, that without another word he turned over to the crew, everyone was so connected, that was magic, and smoothly and quietly they started filming the take he kept in the final cut. That was a magic moment, it felt like everybody was connected. That’s why when I got so many awards for this short, I feel that it’s a collective award for all of us, even though it’s my acting work that’s rewarded, that was not possible without a fusion team work.

Link to watch it: bit.ly/pollyshortfilm   


 

                           Above Photo: Curse of Mesopotamia Director: Lauand Omar


DT: What are or shall I say were you working on at the time of shutdown? New projects on the horizon? What is in the future for Melissa, any new music out?

 

MM: I was working on developing a dystopian project very close to my heart, born from The Last Touch, a short movie I shot two and half years ago, that I left uncompleted for a while. It was an acting class project, something quickly done. But the feedback I received on that first version quickly put together was so encouraging, and the story itself was so inspiring for me that I started to explore the concept further. And last year, I teamed up with the talented screenwriter Keith Armonaitis to co-develop a pilot for it. We continued building together the world of the story I had imagined. A lot of dark things… but when the pandemic broke out… and the first time I went to Trader Joe's and saw the lines with everybody six feet apart, it looked like the dark vision that had been in my head for a couple of years already turned into reality… I couldn’t believe it. It perturbed me for a while and created not a writer’s block but a writer’s fear. I know some other writers have those phenomenons happen too, where we write a story and then the reality manifests it… It makes us wonder if this is manifestation or vision and intuition. After a while I finally got back into writing. And I finally completed the original short movie, The Last Touch, that will be released soon after the festival circuit. 


 

DT: Do you have some advice you would give to new people starting out in either acting or singing careers?
 

MM: We are in pretty strange times, so I’m in a position where I need advice myself. 
Every project is a new start, there isn’t a place where you settle down and can ever think I’m set up for life. Basically, we are in an industry where there is no safe place. It always feels like I’m restarting my career after every single project wraps up. It’s a confusing feeling, but you get used to it. I’m sure even for series regulars and a-list actors it might be the same at another scale, because we never know how our latest project is gonna be accepted by the audience and on the market, and even more so, you never know when next project is gonna land, and the one after etc… so my advice is to build a strong mindset to get ready for that instability. And create your own work to keep the ball rolling…

 

Thanks Melissa! To connect with Melissa Mars, please use these official web portals:

 

Official website: www.melissamars.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/melissamars

Twitter: www.twitter.com/melissamars

My YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/melissamarsofficial

Instagram: www.instagram.com/melissamarsofficial

 

Friday, November 20, 2020

Redemption Day Unleashes January 8th, 2021 On Saban Films! (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

 

Above Photo: Poster for Redemption Day (C) 2020 Saban Films All rights reserved.

Above Photo: Gary Dourdan as Brad Paxton in Redemption Day (C) 2020 Saban Films all rights reserved.


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. Across my desk today comes a new action film called 'Redemption Day'. The film releases on Saban Films in January in theaters and on home video. January 8 for Theatrical and January 12 for DTV.

 

Above Image: Martin Donovan as Tom Fitzgerald and Hayet Belhalloufi as Rita in Redemption Day (C) 2020 Saban Films all rights reserved
 
Above Image: Serinda Swan as Kate Paxton in Redemption. (C) 2020 Saban Films all rights reserved


Synopsis: Having just returned home, decorated U.S. Marine Captain Brad Paxton's (Gary Dourdan) wife, Kate, is kidnapped by a terrorist group while working in Morocco. He is forced back into action for a daring and deadly operation to save the woman he loves.


'Redemption Day' stars: Gary Dourdan, Serinda Swan, Martin Donovan, Ernie Hudson, Samy Naceri, Andy Garcia and is directed by Hicham Hajji and written by Sam Chouia, &Hicham Hajji


Trailer:


https://youtu.be/JIVpJDUgODk


Saban Films: http://www.sabanfilms.com/


IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4439620/

Watch for more on Dan's Movie Report soon!




Actor Ron Smoorenburg Interview © 2020 Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

 

All images of Ron Smoorenburg (C) 2020, are from English Dogs in Bangkok. Film is available now on Verizon, Directv and Amazon. (Green Apple Entertainment)

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. Ron Smoorenburg stops by to chat about his recent work in Haphazard, English Dogs in Bangkok, and the upcoming Bet Dead Casino. Ron shares his extensive knowledge on teaching other in action, and how to remain humble while building your dreams. Ron the floor is yours.


Above: Poster for Haphazard (C) 2020 Green Apple Entertainment, All rights reserved. Film is available on Amazon.

Danny Templegod: Chat about your character haphazard, kind of a sarcastic playboy.

Ron Smoorenburg: I am a kind of playboy in this movie always looking at girls, trying to find something cheap, you know prostitutes, you know those kinds of things, we are semi mafia but we are not the real deal. My brother is Sergei, I try to prove myself to my family to get things done. The funny thing is that the character turned out more comical then it was supposed to be. The original script was quite serious. While shooting Haphazard we had so many funny circumstances that we just could not escape it. It was just happening, we have some crazy stuff going on. The character turned out almost a little bit gay haha. Watch Haphazard, we have some great fight scenes, with Selina Lo, Dean is always great. We always try to come up with new stuff.




DT: Chat about fighting and filming on the streets of Thailand how do you adjust your fighting style for close quarter fighting.


RS: It can go various ways, sometimes we make fights very rough and realistic. Other times we base fights in real martial arts. I like both to be honest. I do not like to go close combat only. I like to bring the martial arts back, like what we saw in the 80s. I still want to keep this art, there is an example with Mark Stas, Wing Flow, I like a clash of styles. I do not like the basic movie fighting style, like punch, punch, kick. Fighting with Mark we keep elements of the realistic action. I ask Mark what would you do in this moment. Like an improvise in acting. We work out how the reaction will be. The realistic fight, we go rough, I like to be hit, and even be hit in the face, to fall into something or to be hit with something. My first love is martial arts in styles, I watch video games, we try to make combos in our movies, but I never want to lose the art.

 

DT: I know that you are involved in Bet Dead Casino chat about your character.


RS: I am a fighter, who has to fight as I am under a lot of pressure. I follow this game show to win. If I lose there will be trouble. My girlfriend from the other side of the gambling world, we are connected, so I need to win those fights, or I cannot escape. We are having fights all over the world. The movie will be very surprising, my character is very mysterious though. I cannot reveal too much yet, but there are some great characters in 'Bet Dead Casino'. We tried to make some epic fights, some 'rewinders' I cannot reveal too much yet but some people will have gimmicks, one guy will have crazy things he does during the fight. This element adds a bit of depth to the people in the film.

 



DT: With regards to lock down, chat about adjustments you have made to your career and auditions.


RS: We keep productive. I like to be productive, we create fight scenes, we test various angles, and to be honest it is hard times for me and my family, but these circumstances, we have to reinvent ourselves. If people use this time well, they can grow a lot. It is like going back to the lab and come back even harder. If you make so many movies back to back we do not have enough time to learn and grow, as we are so focused on the particular film. I am using this time to evolve and grow my skills. I have a fantastic wife and son, who always support me and I will always support them, we believe in ourselves and in the future.

 


 

DT: For 'English Dogs in Bangkok' you have a solid character and larger speaking role chat about working on the film and perhaps share some things you learn as you gain more and more experience .

RS: 'English Dogs' was an amazing project, also it was the movie I had the most lines. I play with my best friend in Byron Gibson, so we felt very comfortable. That is what you have to be when you act. We did have a lot of rehearsal. There is one scene where I show him the lab where we make the drugs, I explain to him how it works and why it is good to join my business. We took about five or six times to rehearse for that, to get it right. There was so many lines of dialogue, I really got my confidence and more comfortable in acting. I have always been an action guy, but to be honest, I love acting and dialogue. It seems like people put you in a corner saying like you are the action guy you cannot act. So you have to prove double that you can act. In 'English Dogs in Bangkok', I think I can show my acting skills, in a different way, more screen time acting, and dialogue, not just fighting and action. I hope people enjoy the film. I did it as real as I can, it felt real and natural. I had to slap Byron, a few times. We know some people in the Mafia business, and not always you have to be so tough. Some are more laid back, guys can be cool as well. We actually filmed over a few years, it was low budget, and out of the Hollywood Template of filmsWatch English Dogs, it is based partially on a true story. The seedy side of the illegal steroid business.

DT: Wrapping up, are you adding anything to your training sessions learning new skills and are you taking on the task of teaching younger screen fighters the ropes like in a mentorship role?


RS: I am always learning. I am teaching. I teach a few actors here in Thailand. Ting is one of them. I like to give people the proper information to learn and grow. The worst thing one can do is hold back information. I had one guy helping me in Hong Kong back in the day and I never forget that in my life. We should be confident enough in our skills and ability to help others, look at the big stars like Bruce Lee, and Jackie Chan, they are not scared to teach anyone. We do share, we are not holding back on anyone with anything. If people have dreams I respect that as I also had a dream. The worst thing is to cut down people's dreams I know some guys who do that, and it is just terrible they have to look at themselves in the mirror and be honest with themselves. If people have questions, it is good to be honest, and try to make them look good. There are no short cuts, it is important to know this. We share the love of the art, and we cannot lose the creative and sharing with others. Always be confidence and share with others the love of the arts. Life is action, greetings and respect from Thailand!

Connect with Ron on his official social media outlets:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/actionmovielife/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ronsmoor/?hl=en

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC59dRBtiMgixXo_ZipWJpRA

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0810653/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ronsmoor?lang=en

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Action Actor Ron Smoorenburg Seminar in Bangkok, Thailand Sunday November 22, 2020!! © 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

 


 

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. Actor and stunt professional Ron Smoorenburg is a special guest at the Live Lounge in Bangkok, Thailand. The event takes place Sunday November 22nd, 2020 at 2pm and runs until 5pm. Ron will be discussing the de-mystifying of the film business. Ron will share his knowledge on how to be an effective actor and learn all aspects of the business side of film. Ron Brings his over two decades of experience to the table, and is looking to save new prospect actors some of the pitfalls and challenges that can arise.


Everything an actor should know, but is rarely ever told.” “Ron Smoorenburg” Ron will be honest and forthcoming about his own navigation through the film industry and how one can avoid some of the pitfalls.


For registration please go to fluidactor@gmail.com the price is 1,200 baht.

Instructor is Kaprice Kea. 


Event location: https://www.facebook.com/liveloungebkk Please follow this link for information and directions. The location is Bangkok, Thailand


Ron Smoorenburg Official Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/actionmovielife/

 

For all of Ron's videos, acting, and stunt work, please visit his official YouTube Channel @  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC59dRBtiMgixXo_ZipWJpRA

Watch for brand new interview with Ron, coming in December!!



IMDB page @ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0810653/


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Jiu Jitsu (2020) Movie Review © 2020 Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

 

Above: Movie Poster for Jiu Jitsu (C) 2020 Paramount, all rights reserved not monetized.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, across my desk today comes my action pick of the year! I have always loved the original 'Predator', many have tried to replicate this fantastic film from the 80s

Filmed in beautiful Cyprus, Jiu Jitsu, tells a tail of an alien, who is never specified from which planet, comes every six years to fight. Not entirely like the predator,because it hunts warriors, but oddly warriors who it is specifically pre-determined to fight.


Bear with me, the story is clever. Essentially the filmmakers have created a martial arts version of the Predator. The title of Jiu Jitsu, is a bit odd as there is very little actual Jiu Jitsu in the film, but there are hints of it, when lead Nicholas Cage mentions 'leverage'. Actually this did not deter from the story one bit, there are comic page fill ins, presumably if this becomes a series of a sequel happening. The story has a nice set up in a secret military base, in fact the first twenty minutes was a solid groundwork for what was to come.


I refuse to reveal what happens in this review, nor spoil a thing. Honestly, this belongs in a theater. The Sound, even on my headphones was phenomenal. Musical scoring was theatrical quality. The camera work for the most part was creative, innovative, and enjoyable. There are some very dark scenes, but only minor quips about them. The locations used and sets were very good, I am not entirely sure of the total budget, perhaps in the 10-25 million dollar range. Again this is not a 200 million dollar Marvel film, but creating an R rated universe.


What we are here for as action fans, is the action! There is a HUGE amount, but what I loved is it is interspersed with the story. Tony Jaa is absolutely amazing, gravity defying. His initial scenes are filmed super clear in the day and it is damn epic. His fight is long and enjoyable. I enjoyed all of the stunt work in the entire film for that matter. In the credits the scaffolding company was credited and thanked!

Logistically, a huge amount of behind the scenes work is involved in shooting action. In Jiu Jitsu there is a great attention to detail! Director Dimitri Logothetis does some great work here with the actors and they have the intensity to convey the action.


Nicholas Cage, brings his sardonic humor and impressive acting to the film. In addition to that is a translator, who adds humor and some intellect to the proceedings.


Actress JuJu Chan provides the cunning and guile. Creative use of her extensive martial arts background is used to great effect. Actually, she gets to do a bit of narration. I really like how clear the audio was for the speech, for all of the characters!


The key here is a correct amount of everything in a 102 minute movie. Actually they packed much in, and I can see this being expanded to a series, or a second film, though it can be a fine stand alone film as well. Kudos to all involved more to follow.


Jiu Jitsu ranks an amazing 9.5 out of 10, my action pick of the year, and a must own! The film is available November 20th on various outlets.

 Watch for a JuJu Chan autographed Jiu Jitsu Contest later in 2020!!!

 Trailer: (C) 2020 Paramount  Movies


 




Sunday, November 15, 2020

Director Luke Sparke Interview (Occupation: Rainfall) © 2020 Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

 




Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. Blasting on the scene a couple of years ago 'Occupation' is an amazing indie SciFi film from Australia. Director Luke Sparke and his team came up with an innovative and creative tale about the human spirit during an alien invasion. While many films focus on the invasion itself, 'Occupation' focuses on on the people who's lives and world is turned upside down. Occupation is a character driven film in the SciFi genre. Fast forward to 2020, Luke is back with the second film in the series entitled Occupation: Rainfall. The film expands upon the original concept and with a bigger budget and promises more action and intrigue. Luke takes time out of his busy schedule to chat and share his thoughts on the 'Occupation' films. It is time to make it rain!


Danny Templegod: Were you surprised how the reception of the first 'Occupation' film got outside of Australia? If so, chat about some responses that surprised and flattered you and the team.


Luke Sparke: I think as a film maker, you are always going to be surprised by any reception. Good or bad. You make something that you are passionate about and spend every day with, then it gets released to the public and you have no idea what to expect. But yes, getting it on netflix USA was a blessing in that we were suddenly accessible to millions of people a normal indie film like Occupation maybe wouldn't have been.


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And the majority of responses were amazing, people 'got' what i was going for, and that's maybe the most satisfactory thing when making a film like that. I think the best reactions were ones that didn't expect a film like this out of Australia. Whether its the cliché 'Croc Dundee' or the Aussie dramas, a lot of people hadn't seen an Australia action film since maybe 'Mad Max'.

       



DT: Chat about the evolution of the Amelia character as in the first film she was  a more regular lady turned into a reluctant fighter, now she is a seasoned fighter, I am curious what made you decide to use Jet Tranter for the Amelia character, Jet is great I am just thinking it is a natural evolution? Stephany did great in the first one. Had you watched Jet in 'Lady Bloodfight' and 'Tidelands'?


LS: In Occupation, Amelia was a extremely important character. Everyone in that film started from someplace that could be considered quite 'low' and rose into warriors and heroes. So for Amelia going from a waitress in a small town, to someone that could see something more from the Alien invasion was one of the great themes in that show that I wanted to bring along into Rainfall. 


So it's 2 years later and Amelia has become a fighter, but also a voice for the Alien Allies she has discovered. Behind the scenes there's always schedules to worry about and other factors. But I had seen Jet Tranter in 'Tidelands' and thought she would be a great fit into the story going forward and also match some of the other casting that was going on. It works very well. 


DT: Chat about without spoiling the story what makes 'Occupation: Rainfall' a more intense action SciFi film, obviously the budget was higher. Were there some things you could do in the second film that you were unable to in the first film due to budget constraints?


LS: In 'Occupation', I had a very limited budget to get what I wanted done. My early drafts were much bigger in scope to show this full scale ground invasion that I had to trim back to just 'some actors running around the bush'. But even then it grew - Temuera came on board, we expanded some of the ending to show some military and so forth. 


But in 'Rainfall', I went into it saying 'We have to do this right. We have to do this big'. So right from the word go it was a whole new ball game. I wrote the script I wanted and the team set out to make it. It wasn't easy and nearly everyday has been a challenge of some sort. There's been a lot of people come and go until we found the perfect group of people that were the right fit to bring this story to the big screen. The end product is better than I could have hoped for.  

 


 


DT: Chat about the importance of strong female characters in 'Occupation' and 'Rainfall'. In general do you think that the Amelia character is like a warrior or a role model for women?


LS: I would hope Amelia is a role model, not only for woman but for men or humanity as a whole. There is a long line of really important female characters in cinema or pop culture, starting back with Princess Leia, Sarah Conner, Ellen Ripley, and I hope Amelia could one day move in under that list somewhere. 


It's great to see films like Captain Marvel or Wonder Woman continuing to bring characters like this to a new generation. I have a young daughter myself, so it is very important to me.    




DT: Chat about some of your science fiction influences specifically for Rainfall. Did it vary from the first film?


LS: My influences varied a little from the first film. The first one was very much my pitch - 'Red Dawn crossed with Independence Day' - and that is what everyone got. 


Rainfall is very different but the tone and the feel is more in line with a Star Wars-type film with elements of Indiana Jones and still some ID4. That's what I feel, but someone else could have another interpretation.    



DT: Did you feel more pressure on part two, with regards to a more complicated and bigger scope of the project?



LS: I felt massive pressure everyday. And even as i write this, we're still updating shots and sounds to make it the best it can be. 


I've written this one where you probably don't need to see 'Occupation'. It stands on it's own with new characters and a much bigger story line and scope. The first was about a town, this one is about the world.  




DT: Chat about how the premieres went for 'Rainfall' in Australia. I am assuming they were all sold out of very close to it.


LS: It's always amazing and terrifying to sit down in a cinema for the first time with an audience. I love it. And it's great this time because I think people were blown away in the first 10 minutes. It's like a ride that doesn't really let up. 


Selling out multiple screens in a number of different cities in the Covid world is very good and hopefully a glimpse of things to come for this film.   


DT: If you had double the budget for 'Rainfall', what would you add to the movie, to make it even more intense?



LS: I don't know what I could add. I'm pretty happy and confident with the film as it stands. Maybe some extra time on the set to let me have more goes at takes? Maybe another 'A list' actor? Who knows. But I'm happy. 


DT: I know it is very early yet, do you have an idea for a part three of 'Occupation'? Have you ever envisioned a Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu series for 'Occupation'?


LS: You'll have to see the ending to this film, is all I can say. 


But yes, I have so many ideas swirling in my head about this world I have created, it's very exciting. I'm hoping with the release of 'Rainfall' I might be able to get in a room with one of the streamers you have mentioned.  



DT: Wrapping up, do you have any other projects slated for later in 2020 or 2021 you are able to discuss?


LS: I've announced 5 - 6 projects we are developing internally. Ranging from action/comedy to a drama to a large TV series with time travel. We'll see which one gets there first, but it's all very exciting. I'll be working every day to make them become a reality, just very, very hard work!




For further information on Luke check out his Official Facebook Page @

https://www.facebook.com/LukeSparkeOfficial/


Facebook Official Page for Occupation: Rainfall @ https://www.facebook.com/occupationthemovie


IMDB Page for Occupation: Rainfall: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8615822/



My review for the original 'Occupation' film: http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2018/07/occupation-2018-movie-review-2018-danny.html

 

Finally check out the trailer for Occupation: Rainfall!( MovieGasm.com trailer credit.)





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