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Review: BEYOND SKYLINE Is The Sequel Sci-Fi Fandom Needs

The Greg and Colin Strause-directed, independent 2010 critical sci-fi flop, Skyline, left a huge enough dent in box office earnings to warrant some wiggle room for a sequel. Enter Liam O'Donnell, having worked his way up from VFX work on several projects, as well as co-scripting and producing the first film and now sets his sights with a sequel as his directorial debut in Beyond Skyline - a film that by some accounts probably wasn't expected to happen or even supposed to. It had been four years since the first film and so no one would see an announcement up until 2014, surprising everyone curious and keen, and not for nothing either.
The added touch of throwing in people like Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian would certainly pepper the hype up to a certain degree for fans fond of their work on Merantau, The Raid and it's sequel; The mere thought of seeing the two for nothing short of an eyeblink in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be enough to ensue an outcry a year l…

FIVE-A-DAY ROUND-UP VIII: Blood Hunters, The Gate, Black Site, Insight, Vengeance

It took a while to get good grip on what was happening with director, actor and martial artist Vincent Soberano with Blood Hunters: Rise Of The Hybrids. At long last however, Soberano has affirmed his stake in cinema with at least one other project along the way while in the meantime, the aforementioned new action horror already has a first teaser trailer sampling a bit of the narrative inspired by Filipino folklore. Soberano is joined by Sarah Chang, Monsour Del Rosario and Mayling Ng for the story of a tactical unit set to hunt down the Queen of the Aswang. That's all we have for now while this years first teaser should be enough of a reminder until further notice

I want to believe that The Gate is still a thing that exists. Talk of a feature film still sits on the back of my mind following a rousing directing effort from Kellie Madision whose 2016 proof-of-concept DEFINITELY proved the hell out of itself. It samples the tale of an supernatural MMA fighter who sets out to rescu…

THE PUNISHER Lands A Second Season On Netflix

Netflix's release of the Jon Bernthal-headlining comic book series adaptation, The Punisher, wasn't met with complete praise. Nevertheless, the series did what it meant to do and in my own view, I see it as an achievement on all fronts.

A lot of the complaints I noticed had to do with how slow it was between certain episodes. I chalk this up mostly to people who need to be instantly gratified which is the wrong mindset to have when you're building a series of arcs and a set of complex and interesting characters topped off by its title actor, and I absolutely LOVE how well it was done.
Granted, there is a point made in the often strenuous storytelling process in some shows but it depends on how it gets handled, and the Marvel shows, especially, are prone to their own critiques on the matter. At any rate though, the first season of The Punisher pretty much won me over, and I'm also pleased to be part of the crowd that has supported this series. It deserves the life it …

BRIGHT Shines Online With An Action-Packed New Trailer

David Ayer's latest fantasy crime thriller, Bright, is already full-speed ahead with its campaign until releasing on Netflix next week. We now have a third trailer to take a gander at in the days since starring actor Will Smith got a whole bunch of same-named fans to send clips of themselves for a montage also now online.
Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it. I won't share that montage here, but the trailer is what it's about and ripe with more fantasy easter eggs and mythos introducing the hybrid world from Ayers and screenwriter Max Landis. Smith and Edgerton star along with Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Margaret Cho …

KILL ORDER Unleashes Martial Arts Mayhem In The Official Trailer

Chances are if you've attended any film festival events in Canada or New York City in the past month or so, you might have spied an eye on James Mark's directorial debut, Kill Order which rolls out on February 6, 2018. The film, currently one of our Five-A-Day entries for 2018, has had a lengthy road to its existence of late and now bears the fruits of several noteworthy reviews circulating online including our own in hailing Mark's milestone achievement thusfar with brother, actor and stuntman Chris Mark also making his debut in a starring vehicle. Chaos erupts when a group of armed men break into a high school classroom. They target David, a quiet kid who secretly suffers from unexplained memories of a horrifying past. Tapping into a previously unknown strength, David fights off his attackers and goes on the run. With his life and the lives of his loved ones in jeopardy, David must master the use of his new superhuman strength and fighting skills to find the people respo…

FIVE-A-DAY ROUND-UP VII: Gintama 2, The Monkey King 3, Bleach, Inrang, Laughing Under The Clouds

Going into some more adaptations, I have at least five others in mind worth pointing out, one of which already might be in production given the recent announcement of Gintama 2. Little is known about the project which will have Fukuda Yuichi back at the helm advancing a follow-up to this year's live-actiom rendition of the Benizakura Arc in his 2017 film starring Oguri Shun, Kahsimoto Hanna and Masaki Suda; Well Go USA is releasing that one in the Spring on DVD and Blu-Ray while we await more info on the sequel and what it entails.

Chinese moviegoers will continue to endure their beloved folklore as seen on the big screen in time for the Chinese New Year release of The Monkey King 3: Kingdom Of Women. Aaron Kwok is back in the title role with William Feng as the monk Tang under director Soi Cheang who shepherds this latest chapter that now sees our heroes mitigating their newfound place in a self-sustaining kingdom of women and its stern leader. February 16, 2018 is the date whic…

CREED 2 Sets Stephen Caple Jr. To Direct

It was back in October that actor Sylvester Stallone, priming for a return to the screen with actor Michael B. Jordan for Creed II, announced he would direct. Fast forward to December this week on Monday as things appear to have switched gears with word that Stephen Caple Jr. would instead join the spin-off sequel at the helm.
Caple Jr., who has won several awards for feature and short film credits such as last year's The Land and 2014 fave, A Different Tree, will direct the film from a script by Stallone and Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker following the Winter 2015 hit helmed by Ryan Coogler who is currently in talks for an executive producer role. Most of the plot details are thin apart from Variety's reporting cited as follows: The upcoming installment follows Adonis Creed (Jordan)’s life inside and outside of the ring as he deals with new-found fame, issues with his family, and his continuing quest to become a champion. The report states that Stallone spoke with Jor…

KUNG FU STORY: 'Love' Trilogy Helmer Pang Ho-Cheung Announces New Martial Arts Trilogy

Some serious noise is being made this month at the International Film Festival and Awards in Macao where directors and producers are talking movies, as well as announcing and pitching concepts for necessary funding. In this instance, leave it to Vulgaria and Dream Home helmer Pang Ho-Cheung who had been partaking as a guest speaker for a masterclass at the festival.
For this, Variety is offering news on Kung Fu Story, a trilogy of martial arts titles which Pang will film back-to-back. The films are currently being backed by several companies with Bravos Pictures handling the films internationally per the news from Variety shared on Sunday evening where Pang scantly discusses explicit details about the project, but highlighs his own personal goals as a filmmaker as well as previous development and movement overall. Here are several excerpts: “Ever since childhood, I’ve always taken different paths. My most recent film, ‘Love off the Cuff,” was not a single-issue movie. (“Kung Fu Story”) …

FIVE-A-DAY ROUND-UP VI: Kung Fu Big League, Nightshooters, The Real Target, Wiro Sableng 212, Duality

2017 has been a great and tremendous year for U.K. actor and martial artist Jean-Paul Ly. With Jailbreak on the way to more releases and other projects in between the months ahead, his current gig now has him back in Europe in an ambitious attempt to draw eyes to the English market for the martial arts genre starring in Marc Price's latest, Nightshooters. The film is now underway in London with Ly starring as an actor and stuntman forced along with his crew to fight for their lives after witnessing a gangland murder. You would be wise to keep Ly in continual view this year as his resume of late hasn't been decorated for nothing.
Day 7 - and the crew are all here. And there. And backstage. A post shared by Nightshooters (@nightshootersfilm_official) on Nov 28, 2017 at 9:31am PST
Malaysia is on the spotlight following a recent announcement for the country's premier female-centric sci-fi action thriller, Duality. Filmmakers Wynner Cheong and Timo both share the directors'…

Review: Indie Martial Arts Crime Thriller BOUND BY DEBT Pays Its Dues

Cha Ki Do founder and filmmaker, actor and martial artist Paul Mormando steps into the criminal underworld for wife and film partner Anna Mormando's debut at the helm, Bound By Debt. Hailing from Put Up Entertainment, Mormando makes his way to the indie fray with a feasible low budget, binding tale of crime, family upheaval and redemption for its appeal to martial arts fans as a fight flick fans will hopefully enjoy.
Mormando tackles the role of Dylan James, a down-and-out former fighter for the mob fully aware of his physical well-being and the consequences of getting in the ring one more time. At the top of the film from credits onward, we meet Bobby Ciasulli who plays Robbie, a struggling father of two with a marriage hampered by a gambling addiction that ultimately lands him in trouble with only one day to make good on his debt to relentless crimeboss, Russo, played by Samuel DiFiore.
Much of the acting is stilted, albeit made forgiveable through several strong supporting pe…