Friday, August 26, 2016
Imagine that you were called upon to remake one of the most formative works of your youth. Something that ultimately changed the trajectory of your entire life. Now imagine you were tasked with fighting the good fight to rejuvenate the dormant genre that gave birth to it. That was the position that actor/stunt performer Alain Moussi found himself in when he was cast in John Stockwell's reboot of the Mark DiSalle/David Worth-directed action classic, Kickboxer.
Moussi speaks of the experience with boundless energy and enthusiasm. From making the transition into leading man status to going toe-to-toe on screen with the man who inspired him to take up martial arts, Moussi is living some kind of dream... And loving every minute of it.
stunt performer to leading actor?
Alain Moussi: It's definitely a challenge. I've doubled multiple leads. I've doubled Henry Cavill, Hugh Jackman, Jai Courtney so I've always seen them perform and then I go in to do what I need to do when it's time. To do both, it's definitely a challenge. I train so hard physically to build up my skills and maintain my skills. So when I made the transition, I felt like “I need to train”. I had some acting workshops here and there but now I really had to push it. So I hired an acting coach and for five months straight I worked with him nonstop. For me, the only way to get good at something is to practice; it's the same approach I have in martial arts.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Following her 2014 debut, Brush With Danger, director Livi Zheng is on track to release her next action movie endeavor, Insight, which recently had its press day earlier this month with a teaser poster. The plot itself is an extraordinary one, centered on a martial artist and clairvoyant on a mission of vengeance to uncover the truth behind the death of his long lost, equally-giftef brother with the help of a female detective.
Director and acclaimed novelist Xu Haofeng's 2012 theatrical foray, Judge Archer, has been a long-awaited one. The film, following up from its short story roots in Xu's "Hiding Behind The Blade" anthology, marks a second effort in the chair for Xu who has since already made a small-yet-steadily growing name for himself since his 2011 debut, The Sword Identity.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
WB/DCEU's JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK Lands The Director Of The GAMBIT Movie He Is No Longer Directing. Or Whatever.
Welp... 2016 has been quite the damper in movie expectations, especially pertaining to 20th Century Fox's dwindling Gambit film inspired by Marvel Comics. That one is was supposed to be releasing at some point next year provided production already started, though the word now is that its previously-attached director, Doug Liman is no longer involved while its star moves on to play a mermaid. Or something.
Kim Sung-Hoon surprised me last year when I finally got around to watching his most recent crime thriller, A Hard Day. It was a perfect introduction into his work for me and so that didn't leave much to be concerned with in lieu of his latest movie, The Tunnel, which, according to Variety's most recent report, is still topping the Korean box office as of its second week. Author Sae Jo-Won's 2013 novel serves as the inspiration for Kim's own script which stands as way more than a mere underdog tale of one man's survival against the elements. Most prolifically, it dares to cast an obligatory spotlight on some of the worst scenarios that could occur in any situation that stands similar in nature as lives hang in the balance.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Marking a major milestone achievement for Leesburg-based independent film group, Rising Tiger Films, Leroy Nguyen's directorial feature debut, Black Scar Blues, has certainly undergone a teething evolution to get to where it is now. Thus, we are now brought the first official trailer for the new movie which fuses both raw, gritty drama with thrilling martial arts action as per the company's m.o. for more than a decade.
Guardians, you have time! The film rolls out in Russia on February 23, 2017 and is already the subject of a potential franchise should the prospects meet the result, and for all things considered in today's film climate, there's no reason for it not to.
Amazon is adding more reasons for consumers to get in on its content. Sources have confirmed the active developement of a new television series reimagining Martin Scorsese's 2006 hit film, The Departed, Amazon Studios, Vertigo Entertainment, Initial Entertainment Group and Plan B Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. TV.
Following its NINE Network premiere earlier this month, director Stuart Willis's sci-fi debut, Restoration is officially presented in a new deal for its continued rollout. An official teaser can be viewed by clicking here, but read on with further details in the announcement beneath as well as a batch of stills courtesy of Midnight Snack Productions.
It's been a good year for Snitch and AMC's The Walking Dead co-star, actor Jon Bernthal, after having turned out an unbeatable performance in Netflix's treatment of Marvel character, Punisher for Netflix series, Daredevil. It's one of the best things you'll see and, indeed, more will undoubtedly come for that character while Bernthal awaits other appearances in Edgar Wright's Baby Driver next year and the October 14 release of mathematical crime thriller, The Accountant starring Ben Affleck.
Monday, August 22, 2016
This week's installment of the Hit List will definitely be a little light on content. My guess is everyone's been busy working, which is good for me seeing as if not, I wouldn't be able to share as much as I often do.
Judging by the first trailer for Cao Baoping's latest flick, Cock And Bull, you wouldn't be at fault for pegging it as something darkly comedic at the very least with actor Liu Ye leading the cast. This week, second trailer is now making the rounds and with a strikingly different new tone ahead of its September 14 release, hinting at a much more lustful, eerie tale of intrigue and it appeals to the curiosity some.
Currently readying a life away from film in order to tend to the demands of fatherhood, filmmaker Oxide Pang Chun is going out with a tentative bang with the new film, My War. The film marks Pang's debut into the war genre following a career trajectory largely stemming from horror and suspense films whilst dabbling into other concepts that gladly brought us films like The Storm Warriors in 2006 the award-winning pre-remake 1999 Pang Bros thriller, Bangkok Dangerous and its remake starring Nicolas Cage.