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

Above: Ava Poster from IMDB Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. Today I took one for the team. Amy Johnston...

Friday, October 2, 2020

V-Force Movie Unleashes A fantasy Action Trailer! (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

 

Above: Don Wilson and Juju Chan in V-Force

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers, was checking my Facebook this morning and Actor Don Wilson posted a trailer to the movie he worked on a few years back called V-Force. http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2016/08/v-force-new-dawn-of-victory-behind.html

The movie was shot in in early 2016. I spoke to Don about it a couple of years ago, he was unsure, I tried to find out about it as well. 

 


 Above: V-Force trailer (C) 2020 Fantastic Entertainment


Don had this to say on his Facebook Page: “I met Billy Zane in Sean Penn's house in Malibu many years ago. Later, he would work in a Roger Corman film at the Production Studio in Venice, California. I stopped by his trailer and said, hello. Again, "many years later", we would work together in this fun 'All Girl Super Hero Movie", "V Force"! I was asked to appear in just a couple of scenes as a "cameo". He was perfect as "the mad scientist" and he had his "monsters" kill me at the end of my scene. Well, I can't complain because every time I work with friends in my films, they end up dying too! “


JuJu mentioned to me that the movie could end up on the sci-fi channel. We shall see. I will reach out to the production team this month to see the status! V-Force is directed by Frank E Johnson https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0425100/?ref_=tt_ov_dr

Frank is an amazing talent and has worked on a variety of shows including the A-Team and Walker Texas Ranger.


Essentially V-Force is a sci-fi action film with robots, supreme fighters, wraiths, fighting a special force of ladies. The movie was shot in Portland, Oregon. I recommended JuJu Chan to be on the project and she was cast along many stars such as Billy Zane, Keith David, and Bruce Dern. Curious to learn more!


Watch for more on Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com, in the mean time check out this cool trailer from fantastic films!!

Check out the IMDB page for full cast listing:  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5869188/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl5aD5GQL84&feature=share

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Redemption (2020) Short Film - Movie Review (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod


 

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers, across my desk today comes a short action film called Redemption. The 11 Minute blast really levels up the quality of what a short action film can be. With the film being shot in the same final fight location as Triple Threat, Redemption is virtually forced to have a higher standard. For me as a viewer, I hat to watch on my biggest TV, and I was transported into a climactic scene or opening scene of an action movie.Actor's Ron Smoorenburg and actor Neonat Wiangyangkung shine in action, with speed and timing worthy of a theater movie.


Stephen Renney serves as director, fight choreographer, and editor. Mr Renney really brought his A game and here is hope that this short film is just a taste of what is to come. The look and feel of the movie is bigger than your average short film. The final fight location is large enough to show scope but intimate enough to allow for you guessed it, amazing camera work! Niccolò De La Fere serves as cinematographer getting the angles just right, I noticed that stunt action specialist Tanja Keller serves as 1st AD and this is good as she can bounce ideas off and have a perspective.


Most importantly, Redemption represents the results of a collaborative effort, a team of skilled people looking to better their film making craft and strengthen their action prowess. Redemption is expertly shot and the music and sound boom with the undulating power of a AR-15. The musical score credit goes to composer Roman Molino Dunn from Mirrortone. Class film and so far, my top short film of the year, yeah it is that good and rates 9.5 out of 10.


The entire film is on YouTube along with a full cast and crew list @


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94CLU2ZevLw


Buy the musical score for Redemption on Apple Itunes: https://music.apple.com/us/album/redemption-original-score-ep/1533301626?fbclid=IwAR1CwJxPdhZ7M17Wa2CTgcodNdG7xeRP0y19I5q2fIKtXmtjlSIt9RDmO1s



Watch for an interview with Ron Smoorenburg for this film and Haphazard coming later in 2020!

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Thriller Mayday 2 Takes Flight! You Can Be a Part of the Action! (C) Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod


 

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. Recently director Massimiliano Cerchi reached out and told me that a sequel to his first Mayday film which was distributed by Lionsgate is happening. https://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2019/09/mayday-2019-movie-review.html 

Mayday is not only being developed, but is well on it's way to begin pre-production soon. Cerchi has made me aware that lead actor Michael Paré will return in the same capacity. In addition, look for Bai Ling and Tara Reid to be involved. As fans we can be involved directly! I am normally very apprehensive of Indigogo campaigns as there is no threshold and no assurance the project will be made. This is exactly the opposite, the first film sold well Cerchi told me. Cerchi gets films made and keeps his word! Credit to Horror-Flix.com as well for their inclusion of actor Robert Lasardo please check out their article as well. https://www.horror-fix.com/tara-reid-robert-lasardo-more-join-the-cast-of-mayday-2/


With the addition of Bai and Tara to the cast, indie film fans have something to support and in turn get various perks and promotional items from the movie. Check out the hat and mug below!



 


Campaign page: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mayday-2-feature-film-starring-michael-pare/#/


YouTube Link


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7bnWkVkKFc&


As production ramps up watch for more inside coverage of this supernatural thriller mixed with action and drama on Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com As a side note, at the 140 dollar donation level you get several perks including an Autographed Poster, Mug and shirt or hat in addition to a thank you on the movie and the digital download of the film upon release.The higher tiers even have perks for walk on roles, and producer credits.


Look for interviews in late 2020 and in 2021 with cast and director, as time permits!


Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Haphazard (2019) Movie Review (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

 

Above: Poster from IMDB (Green Apple Distribution) 

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers I decided to purchase the Amazon release of Haphazard. One of the beautiful things of buying a movie, is the indie people are supported directly and secondly the opinions are more realistic, thus no agenda. I have interviewed several people in this film prior Ron Smoorenburg. Selina Lo, Byron Gibson and Dean Alexandrou. My relationship with them will not have a bearing on my review, yet I have some strong opinions, positive and negative.


Haphazard begins with a fight, then a narration by Selina Lo, discussing the story about how she met a man name the Pilgrim. There is a slick opening montage.

A recon satellite was shot down or crashed, but we never see it shot down just hear about it but we are shown a room where it is being monitored. Then the film cuts to a fire dance in which the signal is active for the secret hard drive contained. Nrox 42 satellite contents needs to be recovered. The next 80 minutes are comprised of several parties going for the hard drive, Dean Alexandrou creates a rather intricate yet simple plot at the same time. Hard to explain, but I got more out of this film upon second viewing.


The genre is action, yet the humor interspersed makes the film seem more light hearted. Smoorenburg's character Ronnie, just is non stop flirtatious and inappropriate comments, kind of funny yet Selina Lo's Siren gets the best lines. “If this was a real fight I would have taken a fork and shoved it through your eye socket” The best line is when a guy who hit her motorcycle and knocked her off and asked her want me to call an ambulance, and she calmly says “You're gonna need one!”Whoa, Selina calm the hell down, I told her in a direct message you looked adorable in the movie and she said “I was going for fierce, but I will take adorable hah!” Selina has a pretty amazing double sword action fight later in the film. Watch for a 2021 interview after Boss Level comes out.


Look for Byron Gibson and Damon Whitaker in supporting roles they are both excellent of course, very natural actors. The acting overal is good with the main characters, but some of the side characters not so much.


The movie flow is a minor issue there is downtime and story development then a bunch of fights at the end. The final fights are extensive and I would have liked to see a cut away to some sort of plot development, yet the stories were explored earlier in the film.


Actress and stunt specialist Tanja Keller has a great fight with Dean on a boat and in short, I loved the fight, did not enjoy the camera work, angles and distance, I wanted to see some close ups not drone nor shaky type of camera. I realize the boat itself is the problem, but the fight lacked some of the impact.


There is a Russian agent who dresses in silly costume, and her acting is really bad and forced, I mean if that was the character, I was just annoyed by it. I feel that she kind of was not needed or could have been a voice on the phone.


Being this is an indie film, the sound track itself is good but in headphones, the recording is hollow and tinny and I have tried several brands of headphones that I own in ear and over the ear and was like, how come the thin sound. 

The original music composed for the film is great on Hollow Point and fits each part.  Composer Nicholas Rivera takes his time going over each scene to set the mood and tone. The fight sequences have a undulating, tense tone, while the quieter parts seem to blend with serenity allowing the viewer to breathe between action. Nicholas is amazing and deserves to be considered among the greats in film composing, as he enjoys his work and feels the passion of the stories he scores.


The video editing and transitions are pretty good and keeps the movie a tight 90 minutes, some scenes are really well lit and there is a massive fight in a private club where it was so dark the action was hard to see. I wanted to see it.


One briefcase so many people want it, yet the urgency of the film is chilled pace except when Dean is doing some free running chasing, then it picks up to frantic. Actually Dean did a film called Dohard that has a similar type of chase and Selina using double swords.


Selina Lo is the Haphazard highlight with Dean's energetic fighting skill close behind. Dean is an upcoming film maker and the quality is improving wish each production, I also reviewed Time Rush as well. The amazing Daniel Zirilli is listed as one of the producers in Haphazad, always collaborating he is, wanting to build people up.


Finally, what more can be said about the stunts, Charlie Ruedpokanon leads a masterful group of stunt performers and the result is epic action. The action is tense, artful and copious!


I would say for $1.99 for a rental and $7.99 for purchase, Haphazard, even with the flaws is worthy of a buy and rates a 7 out of 10, initially I was going to do 6 out of 10 but a second watching and Selina Lo leaving people broken all the while looking great was refreshingly entertaining! I hope there is a DVD eventually, I still enjoy physical copies.


https://www.amazon.com/Haphazard-Selina-Lo/dp/B08HSQXNPL/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=haphazard&qid=1601383540&sr=8-1


Trailer:


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


Daniel Zirilli Pop Art Film Factory FB page @ https://www.facebook.com/popartfilms

Dean Alexandrou: https://www.facebook.com/deanalexandrou