November 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
A couple years ago I shot a short test fight when I was developing a ninja zombies movie. The main thing I learned from that test was that knowing how to act for the camera was eons more important than knowing how to fight.
I re-cut the scene a few days ago for fun, tightening up the rhythm and adding a beat. I probably won’t go back to this project just yet, but I’m still learning from the attempt. Enjoy!
October 13, 2014 § Leave a comment
Because sometimes you need to remember what time it is:
From Cuban Fury.
February 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
I can’t help it. I thought I was all vampired-out with the Twilight and the Underworld and the Dario Argento’s Dracula in 3D, but apparently, I’m not. It doesn’t hurt that Vampire Academy is directed by Mark Waters of House of Yes and Mean Girls; but Zoey Deutch, the human bodyguard, is the daughter of Howard Deutch, director of teen classics Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful, and Lea Thompson, from Red Dawn and Back to the Future trilogy; and that just makes me nostalgic for a time when movies like this one were made for me.
January 31, 2014 § Leave a comment
In a world where Chris O’Dowd and Nick Frost are rivals for Rashida Jones’ heart, Chris O’Dowd and Nick Frost can settle the matter with a weird salsa-dance-fight thing…
Alas, Cuban Fury has no U.S. theatrical release date. This dance-duel with have to tide us over until the film hits DVD and streaming.
(I found this video on Bleeding Cool.)
January 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
If you’ve caught your breath from the first Raid movie, you might be ready for Raid 2.
Nothing like a chick with two bloody hammers to make you want to see a martial arts flick.
January 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
…nothing I’ve actually seen.
That’s not entirely true. I did see Gravity because, well, it had to be seen on in IMAX 3D, but everything else there, I’m just going to wait until it’s on DVD or streaming. Which is not to say that I don’t think any of these film are worth seeing. It’s just that all that great acting and great directing can be appreciated at home.
I don’t know why or how these trends come about, but it looks like people are paying more attention to the actor’s craft this year, i.e., nearly every nominated film focuses on performance over visual artistry. The only real spectacle in the best picture nominees, Gravity, also got a best actress nomination for Sandra Bullock. Not an actor’s film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was passed over for the nominations, but it was by far the best film I saw in theaters in 2013. (That it didn’t find a great marketing plan probably didn’t help either.)
My congratulations go to the actors, but I prefer those years when the industry pays attention to the films more than the people that make them.
See Variety for the full list.
January 13, 2014 § Leave a comment
I got back from the Amazon, and this time, I didn’t even get a rash!
Check out some more still photos from the shoot on Amazoniafilm.com!
December 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
December 9, 2013 § Leave a comment
From Variety, the Tagalog language heist movie Metro Manila, directed by Britain’s Sean Ellis (Cashback), took home awards for film, director, and achievement in production from the Moet British Independent Film Awards.
I honestly didn’t expect this from Sean Ellis. I remember him for that movie about the mopey guy and all the boobies. But this looks kind of badass.
October 25, 2013 § Leave a comment
The trailer makes the film look like it’s echoing some themes from Marvel’s Civil War crossover which saw Cap leading the opposition against some Big Brother-type elements in the U.S. government. But Captain America: Winter Soldier doesn’t look like it has too many thematic similarities to the Winter Soldier film featuring current Secretary of State John Kerry.
With all the high-profile whistle-blowing in the media, the 1971 version is possibly more pertinent.