Saturday, December 26, 2020

Boss Level (2021) Movie Review © Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

Above image: Poster for Boss Level (C) 2020 Hulu, all rights reserved image not monetized.
 

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. I must say, Hulu is really rising in popularity, especially with many more people being home. Unlike Netflix and Disney, Hulu does not yet have a huge library of films and shows to entice new viewers. Of course Hulu does offer one huge advantage, live TV. Things are going to change in 2021 as Hulu aims to be a bigger player on the streaming stage, starting with a huge buy of 'Boss Level', giving the service exclusive North American rights to the film. I am sure that 2021 will see a heightened competition between the streaming services for eyeballs. Once the pandemic subsides, I am sure that many viewers will perhaps limit their streaming services to one or two, perhaps dropping the ones they watch the least. Please adjust your browsers to desktop mode.


'Boss Level' skirts the line between action and science fiction, while keeping audiences entertained. Frank Grillo plays Roy Pulver a man one the edge of madness and forced to relive the events of a particular day over and over. In a modern day 'Groundhog Day' Roy must navigate the day to try and decipher why this is happening to me. His wife Alice, played by Annabelle Wallis is some sort of scientist, who is working on some top secret technology. The science is never fully explained, the the plot is a bit thin, that said, what the film lacks in plot and story it makes up in action and thrills.


Roy has to survive the day, and this fact alone makes the journey of 'Boss Level' entertaining. From the moment he gets up, throngs of thugs are after him. He must dodge bullets, cars, swords, and big guys with big weapons. The day starts with him waking up to a thug in his bed wielding a machete trying to kill him, then flies off the handle with him having to leap out of his apartment and land inside a refuse truck to break his fall. Needless to say, he dies, a lot, over and over. With each reset he tries to learn from his mistakes, thus a slightly different outcome. Grillo narrates the entire movie, which normally I would hate, but in this film the humor works and keeps the ride rolling along. 

 

Above image: Guan-Yin (Selina Lo) gets rough with Frank Grillo (C) 2020 Hulu, all rights reserved image not monetized.
 

My favorite encounter Roy has is with a sultry Asian assassin named Guan-Yin played by Selina Lo, who is like a guard for Mel Gibson's lead bad guy Clive Ventor. Roy has a gun and Guan-Yin has a sword, sometimes two, but even with a gun, Guan-Yin is faster and always manages to slice up Roy proclaiming: “I am Guan-Yin and Guan-Yin has done this.” Each time is more brutal than the last, and she always has a quirky line thrown in for good measure. Even though the film repeats sequences, each time the outcome is slightly altered, either by the way he dies or ends up surviving.


Director Joe Carnahan keeps things flowing along, playing up how 'Boss Level' would make a good video game by setting it up like a video game, including transitions and characters. The action and virtual movement from scene to scene without much story filler makes 'Boss Level' a fast paced film. With many scenes repeating multiple times it feel like the movie is shorter, yet still is 100 minutes.


Above Image: Mel Gibson as Clive Ventor (C) 2020 Hulu, all rights reserved, image not monetized.

Mel Gibson's sinister bad guy Ventor has a few wordy diatribes, yet has limited screen time, and his character is a bit under developed. In addition to the smaller amount of time spent in the movie, there is no back story on Ventor, his underlying motivation, and why he is the way he is. Even with minimal time to shine, Gibson does deliver the pensive older boss, never yelling and screaming, more seething underneath.


There is some sort of technology, which is also very vague, yet with all of the action, it really does not matter. Some sort of time shifting technology is shown, yet for the life of me, I just can't decipher what sort of technology it is, definitely not a time machine. Actually I thought about how 'Boss Level' would play out if it was a regular linear movie with no time shifting, obviously plot development would have the be put in, as more time for the side characters.


Behind the scenes, 'Boss Level' is given the “Hollywood” treatment. There are big action sequences, car chases, fights, exaggerated villains and heroes, bombastic music and huge stunts. Generally, films fall into three budgetary categories, the blockbuster 75 million dollar plus, low budget under 10 mil and mid-range 10-75 million, “Boss Level' probably was in the middle of the mid range category, yet has a more independent feel, though I would say it is not a 'B' movie. Actually by having the film on Hulu, 'Boss Level' will have a more prominent push on on the platform than it would have had as a theater movie.


'Boss Level' is a fun film to watch, yet even though it would have been a mid level theater movie, I feel that a streaming service is a better fit, as the audience for the film is more of a niche market. Hulu stepped up to the plate, thus 'Boss Level' will have a wider audience than if it got a limited theatrical release and faded to obscurity. Overall, even though I am a bit critical. I liked 'Boss Level' the film had some clever action bits and sardonic dialogue, rating a 7 out of 10.

 

Below: Trailer for Boss Level

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At5FI9wRLII
 


For further information go to Hulu: www.hulu.com

IMDB Page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7638348/


Monday, December 21, 2020

Day Of The Pigs (2020) Short Film- Review © 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

 

Above: The dangerous ladies of 'Day of the Pigs' (C) 2020 Michael S. Rodriguez Left to Right - Nikki Curtis Jones and Sparkle Soojian

Greetings Dan's Movie Report readers, I checked out a new film today called 'Day of the Pigs' The short is an episode in a series called Strange Files: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12280094/ The film is available to watch: https://www.facebook.com/AvailTVchannel/


I watched the twelve minute short film, here are my brief thoughts. The film's opening scene features a masked back robbery with three men who are dressed like Mexican Wrestlers. They get out, jump into the getaway car only to realize one guy is shot in the chest, needless to say, the three way cut becomes two. The two remaining guys make it to this farmhouse. The house has two ladies who are very devious and adorable at the same time. Sparkle Soojian as Starletta and Nikki Curtis Jones as Violet, have violence and control on their mind!


I really liked the premise of the film, the acting, settings and cinematography have room for improvement. The ladies sold the sexy vampy stuff, yet the guys just did not have enough sense of urgency for a type of film. The genre is supposed to be horror, but for me it felt campy and humorous, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Sparkle Soojian perhaps is the most enjoyable to watch, a bit fun, and sultry.


Overall, I want to see more of the premise developed into a series or movie, with a larger budget and full crew. 'Day of The Pigs' rates a 5 out of 10, average, with a side of sexy Sparkle!


Check out Sparkle Soojian on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sparklesoojian

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Rise (Huong Ga) (2014) Movie Review - (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report- Danny Templegod


 Above: Huong Ga (Rise)  Promotional Poster (C) 2014 TNA Entertainment All rights reserved, image used for promotional purposes only not monetized.


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers across my desk today comes a film from Vietnam from Executive Producer and Actress Truong Ngoc Anh. Directed by Cuong Ngo (Truy Sat )and debuting way back in 2014 this movie is rather hard to find, some areas of the world have it on Netflix. Essentially what Huong Ga boils down to is a female gangster film, told from the perspective of lead character Huong Ga – (Truong Ngoc Anh). Writers Minh Ngoc Nguyen & Dinh Tu Nguyen craft a provocative yarn fraught with the seething gangster underworld. Minh penned another Truong Ngoc Anh movie in 2011 called 'Pearls of the Far East' also directed by Cuong Ngo .\


Actually this is Truong Ngoc Anh's first foray into the action realm and it is quite entertaining. Of course, the story begins here. As in the beginning of 'Rise' we see Huong Ha as a youngster. A coming of age story, yet unlike 'The Lost Boys' or 98 percent other coming of age stories this one is more a personal female rise to power story. Yes guys are in the movie in prominent roles but the perspective if purely feminine. Of course a guy can enjoy 'Rise' as there are drug deals, pretty stylized yet gritty violence, and some decent action. Truong Ngoc Anh clearly used this film as a springboard to various other skills including learning wire work for her Vietnam Next Top Model and the 2016 film 'Truy Sat' to work harder on the action. In fact we just chatted and she still tells me she works out two hours a day to stay in shape.


Huong Ga sadly no real spoiler loses her mom in the early portion of the film and is forced to live with her grandmother. Her grandmother is barely scraping by with a small stand selling nick knacks, but she wants better for her granddaughter. The big plot point comes when a scuffle breaks out and Huong Ga has to defend herself and ends up burning part of the market down. Literally the movie progresses into a downward spiral of despair as the film deals with sensitive subjects such as rape, a self defense killing, and loss of a loved one.


Interspersed with action, 'Rise' really works well when the emotions are displayed. More often than not, action films are just that all action, and not much of a story. 'Rise' focuses on the story, the play between rival gangs and the human toll it takes. Worthy of note, Vietnam has very strict firearm laws so much of the action is visceral and involves sticks, hands, feet, elbows, or in one extreme case a BMW running over the gangsters!. With so much gun play and Gun-Fu in films 'Rise' offers a 'Gangs of New York' feel, angry and personal. Small crimes lead to bigger ones, spiraling out of control, luring the audience in to see what is next for Huong Ga and her gang. Actor Kim Ly as Tung gives a soulful performance as a gangster with a soul, understated, yet aggressive. With each death and prison sentence, she becomes hardened. As hard as she is, she still has to deal with rival gangs and she gets beat up pretty bad about 55 minutes in, no spoilers. Some gangster dialogue a rival gang leader tells Huong Ga “ There is only room for one tiger in the jungle.” She says to him, “Don't you think it is time to give up the jungle... since you've already been declawed. Well that escalated quickly note to self be nice to TNA at all times! Needless to say after that wordy exchange a fight broke out, a big one!



'Rise' rolls in at just under 93 minutes, the length allowed for a good mix of dialogue and action, never really bogging down. The emotional level is high, even if the action is a bit unpolished. Given the recent rise of Vietnam in action films with 'Truy Sat' and 'Furie', the sky is the limit when in 2021 Truong Ngoc Anh sets her sites on producing a follow up film to 'Rise'! Yep that is true, Initially it was supposed to film in 2020, but do to the global pandemic all productions in Vietnam and for that matter everywhere else has been halted. Only now December 2020, can things progress filming in Vietnam, and they are!


Overall 'Rise' rates a strong 7.5 out of 10, it is very good, and I am sure the sequel will also be well received. In addition to 'Huong Ga 2” 'Aka Rise 2', Truong Ngoc Anh looks to ramp up production on 'She Kings' in 2021. Keep it locked on Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com for production updates!

 

The film screened in the USA in early 2016, below is an official trailer from Houston Screening, with English subtitles. 




Connect with 'Rise' and the sequel:

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NhatKyHuongGa/

TNA Entertainment Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tnaentertainment

IMDB for 'Rise' https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3914400


Thursday, December 17, 2020

The Golden Age (2019) Movie Review © 2020 Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

 

Above Image: Poster for 'The Golden Age' © 2019 Belle Époque Films

 

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. Across my desk today comes a brand new film, a swerve to the left away from the action and into a French period drama. Producer/Director/writer and star Jenna Suru crafts a detailed and lush tale of two struggling artists who have a chance meeting. Jenna's character Angèle Devaux is a stage artist who dreams of big time movies. Sebastien Cipolla portrays Sebastian Davis a film-maker desperate to find his inspiration and art, all the while figuring out a way to pay his bills.


'The Golden Age' has the accouterments of a film festival type movie, but is never pompous or pretentious. At it's heart it is a boy meets girl story, set against a lush and entertaining french environment. The scenery acts like a character in the film, with each location displaying the beauty and tapestry of a time long past.


Being that 'The Golden Age' is set in the 60s, specifically 1967, there are several musical and allegorical references to the Beatles, Bridget Bardot, the first woman running in the Boston Marathon, Vietnam War, and other things going on during that time frame. Jenna makes sure to invite the audience to look at the background in her film, as there are various people who movie in and around the main scene. In fact when they first meet, a couple of ladies are having their picture taken in front of the Eiffel Tower and she has to move on the bench closer to him, hence a chance meeting right from the outset.


Her parents have a country house and once the get there, the couple seem to learn more about each other. This is when their creative adventure starts to manifest a plan for a new project. A Golden Age is movie where the path to create is more than the destination.


'A Golden Age' is a loquacious drama, yet each character seems to provide his or her own advice. The script is detailed and well written. The two leads are likable, Jenna seems to be a bit cautious, yet thoughtful and caring, What I like is she is not overtly bubbly, just natural and honest. She has a frustrated demeanor when speaking about her career stating: “ My life is like a mix of miracles and disillusions”. She seems sad about her status in life, yet somewhat hopeful. He states that she is different from other actresses as she is actually concerned more about her film roles, not just her looks and fame.


The conversation shifts to personal life all the while ebbing and flowing, never too positive or negative. The pair discuss family and how war has affected his family, how his father has basically been absent in his due to wars. There is an ongoing plot point of him being deep in debt. Without spoiling it, The Golden Age is a thought provoking drama, tackling the age old question of creativity verses a quick moneymaking opportunity.


Perhaps the running time of 107 minutes is a tad too long, slightly slow moving, but other than that, I have now qualms about any of the acting, story, settings, lighting, or cinematography. Just remember the Golden Age is a art film tackling ideas more than plot developments, allowing the viewer to think for themselves what the goal of the cast is, and what they would do given their situation. There are some plot developments that kind of force him back to her. Ultimately, it is an uplifting story for an artist, 'The Golden Age' should spark creativity for those who are struggling artists.


Overall, I enjoyed 'The Golden Age', a perspicacious drama, two artists meeting,  trying to stay focused on their dreams and goals, to “Change the World”. I struggled a bit regarding the rating, yet 7 out of 10, seems appropriate. Jenna had to work hard wearing many hats on this production, I enthusiastically look forward to her future projects.


Jenna has this to say about The Golden Age (L’Âge d’Or): 'L’Âge d’Or' is my tribute to 60s Saint-Tropez, film sold-out the Opening Night of London IFF last March, we’re very thankful for the great reviews and awards. “L’Âge d’Or” is the last drama ever filmed at Notre-Dame Cathedral before the fires and is a tribute to the artistic journey, to the artists from over the world who flew to Saint-Tropez in the 60s to change that world that didn’t work for them. “


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

Above: Trailer



Connect with Jenna on Social Media:




Social media and links:

@jennasurureal on Instagram, Jenna Suru on Facebook, @jennasuru on Twitter

@belleepoquefilms on Instagram and Facebook, @bellepoquefilms on Twitter

@lagedorfilm on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Company website www.belleepoquefilms.com

IMDb / Youtube Channel

Festival website https://www.parisintlfest.com/


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Jackie Chan's 'Vanguard' Unleashes to U.K. Theaters and Streaming January 8th, 2021 © 2020 Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

 

Above: Poster for 'Vanguard' (C) 2020 CineAsia, all rights reserved, image not monetized.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. CineAsia proudly presents action adventure Vanguard, the new pairing of director Stanley Tong (Rumble in the Bronx, Supercop) and action legend Jackie Chan (Police Story, Rush Hour) and a noted return to form for Chan's unique blend of action comedy. It is arriving on demand and in selected cinemas (subject to local lock-down restrictions) from 8th January and on Blu-ray & DVD 11th January 2021. This is a United Kingdom release.


Synopsis:


Marking the latest collaboration between acclaimed Hong Kong director Stanley Tong (The Myth, Rumble in the Bronx, Supercop) and action legend Jackie Chan (The Foreigner, Police Story, Rush Hour), Vanguard is a wild globetrotting adventure and a throwback to the days of gloriously over-the-top action cinema. 


When a client of the international “Vanguard” security agency is kidnapped during Chinatown’s famous Lunar celebrations in London, this elite team (led by Chan) is sent to the rescue, taking them on a wildly ambitious mission all over the world. The adventure takes them from the rivers of Africa, to a heavily guarded fort in India, and an exhilarating car chase in Dubai, all the while unraveling a global conspiracy.


Vanguard boasts stunning action choreography, amazing stunts and the brand of fast-paced action-comedy that made Jackie Chan a global star. His new film has received positive reviews from critics!


The fight choreography is incredible” Beyond the Trailer

Fans of Chan, action, stunts will love VanguardBoston Herald



I have always enjoyed Jackie's humor and look forward to watching and reviewing 'Vanguard'!

Please check out the brand new trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzXQIJHljAU&feature=youtu.be


Pre-Order is available: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vanguard-DVD-Jackie-Chan/dp/B08NQMMDBK


Official Social Media Sites for 'Vanguard':


#Vanguard

Twitter @cineasiauk

Facebook @cineasiauk

Instagram @cineasiauk

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Curse of Mesopotamia (2015) Movie Review © 2020 Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

 

Above: Poster for 'Curse of Mesopotamia' (C) 2015 all rights reserved to original owners, image not monetized. Please adjust browsers to desktop mode.

 

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers, across my desk today thanks to Melissa Mars reminding me, 'Curse of Mesopotamia' is a film that actually released in 2016, but signals got crossed and I never did get a review copy, fast forward to 2020, Melissa told me I could rent the film for $2.99 on Vimeo.


The plot of 'Curse of Mesopotamia' is rather unique. Several strangers are having a recurring nightmares all regarding a demon, and an ancient castle in Kurdistan. The nightmares vary based on the perspective of the person in the vision. All characters in present day have a doppelganger in ancient times, some are guards, a woman is a member of a concubine, and Melissa Mars plays a dual role as Queen in ancient times.


A psychologist/hypnotist eventually convinces the group to travel to the castle in their nightmares and that is when the madness literally begins. There are group therapy sessions and eventually the group retires to their bedrooms to sleep and be transported into the realm of the ancients.


I ended up watching the movie a couple of times, and quite honestly it is well written story, my only major issues are with the action choreography, which there is a supposed epic sword battle at the end, and it really falls flat, there is some action, but lugubrious and slow moving. The cinematography and lighting is so dark, that it felt like watching a movie from across the street and squinting! That fact aside, Melissa Mars has an excellent sword scene with another lady which is much faster and well lit thus, not all bad.


My other huge issue was with the actress Ana Sinclair I am sorry to say her performance was so wooden as the demoness queen, that it was very boring when she was on screen, Once again that was balanced by a fantastic performance from Stacy Thunes as Dr Barbara, and an ancient soothsayer named Efrite. 

 

Above: Melissa Mars as Queen Lale (C) 2015 all rights reserved to original owners, image not monetized.
 

 

The performance of the film goes to Melissa Mars as Queen Lale/ and Amira in present day. She had to run the gauntlet of emotions from sadness, anger, happiness, craziness, and ultra-violent. There is a scene where she is locked in a prison cell and she is kind of sitting down seductively, and the guard sees this, unlocks the door and starts to make love and let us just say that was the man's final act of pleasure, haha!


The movie is uneven in areas, there are some sequences shot that should have been in a different order, including character deaths, no spoilers, but the skipping around timelines and in and out of dream state is a tricky thing to get right. I do appreciate the effort of Director/Writer Lauand Omar the script had depth and clever ideas. My only wish was for better acting, better quality of action, and lighting. Melissa Mars has a song 'I Will Rise' in the film as well, please check out this cool video:


https://vimeo.com/164896014



Overall 'Curse of Mesopotamia' rates a 6 out of 10, a solid rent, and well worth the $2.99!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ryHvVyZhvg&t=5s

Trailer Above.


For further information, please visit the Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/curseofmesopotamia


Rent the film now on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/154095?fbclid=IwAR3jbprlW8XXMf6_CqZRW33GoXZx8pp2iyY2cVK2phAPYwEDS_vibHcuY6s



Saturday, December 12, 2020

Seized – Movie Review © 2020 Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

 

Above: DVD cover from Dazzler Media (C) 2020 All rights reserved.



Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers, across my desk today from Dazzler Media comes the brand new action film 'Seized'! Scott Adkins does his 'Taken' spin on action as his son is kidnapped by a Mexican Drug Lord! Oh wow, where to begin, The Issac Florentine/Adkins collaboration has happened so many times, that it seems to be in need of a refresh, well in 'Seized' there is a setting refresh and some excellent action from stunt coordinator Larnell Stovall and fight Coordinator Art Camacho. The action is more stylized, but entertaining, and enjoyable.


Story wise, 'Seized' has Adkins doing jobs for a drug lord intent on taking out the other rival drug cartels. Each job gets more and more dangerous as the movie progresses. Although 'Seized; is not a new concept by any stretch, I liked the interplay between Mario Van Peebles Mzamo character and Adkins Nero character. Adkins over the past few years has really powered up his acting level, showing emotion, anger, sadness, frustration more than ever. I really noticed it when he starred in Abduction, and had to have a quiet scene with Truong Ngoc Anh, he handled the dialogue and emotional parts great, and I hope he is able to expand on this.


Mario Van Peebles plays a sympathetic drug lord, I know, an oxymoron, but he implores Nero to take out these guys, because they are 'Bad Guys', one even deals in child trafficking. My only wish here was more interplay between him and the other characters. Breakout surprise here is Karlee Perez who portrays Alanza, Mario's wife in Seized. She is quiet and offers not much until the end, wow, no spoilers, but a gang sized can of whoop-ass was opened and of course her wrestling background has made this possible, but she can act and I def need to see more of her!


The production and lush scenery is a nice changed from the typical Adkins grimy gritty affairs, a good change, hey we all need some tropical happiness. All of the behind the scenes lighting, music, etc... is solid and offers the viewer a clear well lit experience.


Overall, though 'Seized' is fun action romp, perfect for a good cold winter night. 'Seized' rates a 7 out of 10, Karlee Perez rates a 'Maxine' wrestling to acting 10 suplexes! 

 To my UK readers an exclusive contest will happen! Stay tuned for Details! Dazzler Media will be giving away two DVDs of Seized!!!!! 

 

The movie comes out December 28th! Pre order:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Seized-DVD-Scott-Adkins/dp/B08HGPZ2ZQ/ref=tmm_dvd_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1607800793&sr=8-1

 

Thursday, December 10, 2020

"This is the Way"- A Mandalorian Fan Film - Movie Review © 2020 Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

 

Above image: Lauren Mary Kim and Amy Johnston battle it out in 'This is the Way'

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. This is the way! I must say The Mandalorian has profoundly altered the course of Star Wars. Baby Yoda, Gorgu has exploded into the landscape much in the way the original film did over 40 years ago. Action stars Amy Johnston and Lauren Mary Kim have once again out did themselves. A three and a half minute, well 3:41 blast of insanity 'This is the Way' has just been unleashed. Lauren has doubled on several episodes of the Mandalorian and most recently has worked as the double for Ming Na-Wen and Diana Inosanto! Finally, with the Emmy Awards having a category for stunt performers, the hard working stunt people will be cast in the limelight, out of the shadows!


'This is the Way' is a short film that showcases the tremendous talents of Amy and Lauren, and camera work, VFX, and editing of Cameron Early, also their humor! They are after Baby Yoda, and of course a fight will ensue! They are transported to a barren land for a fight! Credit for all involved in this kick ass short film! Watch Amy summon the power of the force! Timely and entertaining, This is the way! Who wins in a fight between Amy and Lauren? We all do! The ladies are fans of action, fans of comics, and extremely creative all while partaking in action!

 

Watch the entire film on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoKdoGwfyME



Created by Lauren Mary Kim & Amy Johnston Camera & Editing/VFX by Cameron Early Starring Amy Johnston as Ahsoka Lauren Mary Kim as Bo Katan Brendan Wayne as Comic Book Store Owner Warren Jaycox as Restocker Camera Assistant: Claire Hoogenboom Location: Galaxy of Comics Makeup & Hair: Gordon Banh & Talya Boz Dark Saber: Sionnach Studios Ahsoka Sabers: Noah Fleder


Special thanks to America Young. Thanks to Galaxy of Comics for letting us film at your awesome store! Go check it out peeps! https://galaxyofcomics.com/ Thanks to Noah Fleder for giving us great sabers! Check his work out guys! https://www.youtube.com/user/forcesto...



Of course check out the Dan's Movie Report interview with Lauren where she details her short film Kali Dairies Series: http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2019/01/lauren-mary-kim-interview-c-2019-danny.html


Make sure to subscribe to Disney+ for all things Star Wars, support action and stunt performers!

 




Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Occupation: Rainfall Explodes Into Australian Cinema 1/28/2021!!! New Trailer!! © 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

 

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. 'Occupation: Rainfall' will have is Australia theatrical premiere on January 28th, 2021! Actress Jet Tranter recently attended a screening, and was interviewed on Australia Today Show. The film makers have unveiled a fresh new poster and trailer! The new trailer showcases the amazing action and SciFi madness of 'Occupation: Rainfall'! Trailer courtesy of Monster Fest. Please adjust browsers to desktop mode.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8tofjqqrV8


Please check out the Dan's Movie Report interview with director Luke Sparke @ http://dansmoviereport.blogspot.com/2020/11/director-luke-sparke-interview.html


For screening and additional information please visit the Official Occupation Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/occupationthemovie


Keep it locked in to Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com for more exciting news and exclusives in 2021!

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

JuJu Chan Interview: Jiu Jitsu Chat! © 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

 

Above Image: Promotional shot of JuJu Chan in character from Jiu Jitsu. (C) 2020 Paramount All rights reserved, used for promotional purposes only.

 

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and Action-Flix.com readers. Actress JuJu Chan stops by for a brand new interview. JuJu can be seen in the brand new film from Paramount, 'Jiu Jitsu'. The film also stars Alain Moussi, Marie Avgeropoulos Frank Grillo , Nicolas Cage and Tony Jaa . The movie is a nod to old school SciFi films, fun and entertaining. JuJu shares her thoughts on Jiu Jitsu, working with Tony Jaa, Nic Cage, and what she is working on in Hong Kong currently. Sit back, relax, grab some tea, time to get behind the action with JuJu!


Danny Templegod: Chat about the audition process for Jiu Jitsu? Was the role of Carmen written for you, or was it a casting?


JuJu Chan: I didn’t find out till after I arrived in Cyprus for the shoot, but the role was indeed written for me, so there was no audition process for me. I was offered the role and seeing Nicolas Cage, who I’m a huge fan of, and Tony Jaa (we’re both with the same agency and have been looking for projects to work on together) were on it, I jumped at the opportunity.


DT: Your character seemed tailor made to your personality, that is why I asked haha. I make it no secret that I freaking loved the film, a throwback to old school 80s SciFi action, with an added martial arts twist, what attracted you to the script and to your character?


JC: It just seemed like such a way-out-there fun idea! I mean, anyone who writes a serious critique of the film doesn’t get it. It was never meant to be a serious film. It’s pure high concentrate martial arts entertainment tailored for the hard core lovers of M.A. action out there! For me, I loved that the Carmen character was both a killer fighter and a bit of a girly girl when it came to her relationship with her man. She’s kinda like me that way…LOL

 

Above Image (C) 2019 Daniel Herron, All rights reserved. Image used for promotional purposes only, not monetized.
 


DT: Yeah I never understand people slamming a fun film. Chat about working with Nic Cage, always respected his acting prowess, were there nerves or was it relaxed working with him. Perhaps let the world know , some things you learned or tips acting wise you may have picked up from him as I know you are a student of film always learning and growing.



JC: Any nerves that I would have had working with Nic were all dispelled by him the first day we met. On day one I arrived at the stunt gym where he was rolling with the stuntmen, doing BJJ. As soon as he saw me he got straight up, walked to me with his hand out to shake, and introduced himself like he was a complete unknown actor. I mean, he’s fricking Nicolas Cage! But he turned out to be the most humble, hardworking, and talented actor I’ve ever worked with. He made it very easy for everyone to work with him. And he did most of his own action! That’s dedication for you. I learned so much from him it’s hard to list it all. But it’s not just about the craft, it’s also about how to collaborate and get more from people. He’s every bit the star he deserves to be.


DT: What a cool story, I hope you can work with him again! I am thrilled you got to work with Tony Jaa as well, a real talent and honorable man, chat about his fighting skill and humble attitude. I always mentioned you to him in our communications. I am sure you both had the opportunity to train together, chat about working and training with Tony.

 

Above Image (C) 2019 Daniel Herron All rights reserved, used for promotional purposes only, not monetized.


JC: Tony’s amazing skills are known by anyone who’s seen him in action. He just has a way to make his moves look so powerful, yet he’s always in control and you feel safe working with him. And he is so Zen to be around… any pressure during the shoot seems to be repelled away by him. Definitely looking for more projects to work with him again!


DT: The location of Jiu Jitsu was lush and amazing, chat about working in Greece and the variety of locations you used.


JC: So we filmed in Cyprus. I didn’t know this until I arrived there, but it’s known as the Island of Love because the Goddess Aphrodite was said to be born there. It’s just such an amazingly beautiful country, and for such a small nation there’s so much to see and do there. You can go skiing in its mountains in the morning, then hit the beach in the afternoon! We shot in its countryside, a cave and on sets. As you know the film was set in Myanmar, and I think the set designers did a pretty good job with making everything look like it was there.

 

Above Photo: JuJu Chan as Carmen gets to using her favorite weapon in Jiu Jitsu (C) 2020 Paramount All rights reserved, image used for promotional purposes only not monetized.
 


DT: Very interesting about Cyprus, I thought you filmed in both Greece and Cyprus locations. Chat about the long action take you posted about and how important that is to continuity rather than quick, blink and you miss it edits. Did you have some fights that were edited for time, curious what else was filmed? After the opening part at the military base took like several minutes, to set the story, the rest of the film moved very quickly, some parts seemed time edited.



JC: When acting take by take it’s very difficult to gauge what the film will finally look like. That’s really the director’s job. Honestly, when I finally got to watch the film it was quite different to what I remembered of the script. But for my part, it was extremely important to me to get the action right. Luckily I was working with a great stunt team, with fantastic fight choreography from Alain, Ryan, Max and the Thai stunt team. And it was great that they all wanted to bring out the best in each of us, so fighters like Tony and Frank got to show off their best moves, and I got to do what I most wanted to do. Of course that meant I got to show off my double nunchakus, which is my favorite weapon.


Long fight takes are what shows off the physical skill of an actor. Look at the great fight sets of Lau Kar Leung, a master of Hung Kuen who directed some of the most iconic Hong Kong martial art films. He had a great staff fight against Sammo Hung which to me is one of the greatest onscreen fights. The choreography was so intricate! I want to do onscreen fights like that. So with 'Jiu Jitsu' I wanted long takes whenever I could.

 

Above Photo: JuJu Chan as Carmen, gets to kicking a thug in 'Jiu Jitsu' (C) 2020 Paramount All rights reserved, used for promotional purposes only, not monetized.
 


DT: I refuse to spoil the plot of course for those who have not seen 'Jiu Jitsu', but it does follow parts of the original 'Predator' film, yet feels more physical, what are your thoughts on the story in general not just your parts?


JC: … Ummm… I’ve never seen 'Predator', so this story is all new to me. LOL!



DT: Ok JuJu, homework, time to watch the original 'Predator', haha! I will say that 'Jiu Jitsu' is getting some major ads and even a limited theatrical run here in the U.S., I know Antony told me that the initial premiere was supposed to be in Las Vegas, do you know if there any plans in 2021 to do a second theatrical push, or even a cast and crew premiere?


JC: I haven’t heard anything like that yet. Really, this pandemic has put a real spanner in so many plans that people aren’t willing to organize any events yet. Let’s see how things pan out later in 2021.



Above Photo: JuJu Chan interviewing three times US National IBJJF Champion, Mike Powers, for her new reality show ‘Fight’ N Chance’. Below photo: Crew and participants of show.(left to right): James Louey-Producer, JuJu Chan-Host and Producer, Mike Powers-Coach, Jenee Slusarek-Participant, Duncan Gillespie-Participant, and Antony Szeto-Producer Images (C) 2020 used for promotional purposes only, not monetized.

 

DT: I know you are working on two new projects. Perhaps in a sentence or two describe the reality show you and Antony are working on in Hong Kong, and the Database for Champion Martial Artists.



JC: Right now I’m working on two projects: A reality TV show that introduces a different style of martial arts through the eyes of a new student, and a database for martial artist called WarriorDB.com. It’s still being built but it’s live. If anyone is interested in adding data to it have a go!

 


 


Thank you JuJu, for another entertaining and informative chat! Watch for a JuJu Chan autographed photo contest early in 2021!!


Connect with JuJu:


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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jujuchanhk/

IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3634777/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JuJu_Chan



Sunday, December 6, 2020

Paris International Film Festival! Final Submission Deadline December 7th, 2020! © 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

 


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, I recently connected with the festival director of the Paris International Film Festival! Jenna tells me tomorrow December 7th is the final day to submit films, I know I am late to the party, that said, the festival is very cool and I plan to be more involved for 2021! The event takes place February 4th thru the 14th 2021! Please visit the official site @ https://www.parisintlfest.com/

This is a live event at a theater. Submissions are through Film Freeway and linked through here: https://filmfreeway.com/ParisIFF


Submit your films and scripts to Paris Int’l Film Festival until tomorrow December 7th, all genres and languages are accepted. Join PIFF’s community to receive events invites and listen to PIFF’s podcast on all major platforms for tips and insights from industry pros on how to make these transitional times beneficial for you.

 What YouTube said about PIFF : « Diversity and inclusion is important in media and in the film industry. Thank you for your initiatives in bringing light to this topic »

Facebook Official: https://www.facebook.com/ParisIntlFest/

Keep reading for more exclusives on this cool festival! 



Thursday, December 3, 2020

Staycation- Indiegogo Finishing Funds Campaign Launch- Get Exclusive Collector Items! © Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

 

Above Photo: 'Staycation' Banner from Indiegogo Page, all rights reserved, image not monetized.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. Director Russ Emanuel has informed me that his brand new short film 'Staycation' is looking for finishing funds. As many of you know, I hardly post about Indiegogo or Kickstarter campaigns, but I can vouch for Russ, Staycation is already produced and they are looking for funding to complete the project, and eventually submit to festivals. Russ has a strong track record and his films 'The Assassin's Apprentice', and 'Occupants' have garnered dozens of awards and been screened at festivals all over the globe.


INDIEGOGO LAUNCH! We are launching our new film “Staycation Finishing Funds” Indiegogo Campaign! This is the film we shot two weekends ago, starring Olivia d’Abo (Star Wars), Sean Kenney (Star Trek: The Original Series), Tracee Cocco (Star Trek: The Next Generation)! Come join us, we have lots of perks for you to choose from!

We have perks such as credits in the film and on the IMDb, customized T-shirts with unique in-universe brands created specifically for the film, a poster signed by the cast and director, invitations to our world premiere, a limited edition DVD of the film when completed and dramatic cameos in the film. Thank you in advance, come join us, and Go Team Staycation!



Launch: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/staycation-horror-finish-funds-w-star-trek-actors#/



Synopsis:

Lead virologist Edward Bellows plays tête-a-tête with hard-hitting journalist Grace Baxter as the world collapses under the weight of a global pandemic. She holds nothing back as she fires question after question, seeking answers from the beleaguered professor. Meanwhile, a couple Matt and Cathy, stuck in lockdown and separated between continents, spend some belated quality time via webcam toasting to foreign brandy and reminiscing on the past.

'Staycation' expands upon the idea set about by “Routine”, opening up the narrative into a bigger world with higher stakes. It’s also the first 25% of an eventual feature film which is already written. “Routine” and “Staycation” builds a world that easily presents itself with great franchise possibilities within the popular science fiction/horror genre. “



I can attest to the fact that Russ's short film 'Routine' starring Paige Laree Poucel is quite an entertaining set up, the 4 minute film has a scope that needs to be expanded upon. 'Routine' IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12385422/



Visit on IMDb here https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12975102/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/staycationthemovie/



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!!