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Review: BLINDSIDED: THE GAME Plays Fair And Firm To An Industry That Needs To Open Its Eyes Already

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Making shortfilms as prologues to subsequent longer-form projects is nothing new in film and television. It is equally delightful and surprising when it goes unannounced and, as expected, delivers tenfold on its intentions with the engaging audience.
It wasn't exactly foreseen last Spring when actor, martial artist, stuntman and filmmaker Eric Jacobus started garnering festival praise with twelve-minute narrative short, Blindsided. At twelve minutes, it achieves nearly everything you might expect or enjoy in a shortfilm or proof of concept right down to the ending without necessarily feeling baited to wait for more. Instead, it garners your furthered interest in the character and universe, and that is simply that.
Going forward however, whatever said interest that entailed clearly took hold of the people at JB Productions, Jacobus' shared independent film banner with industry stunt coordinator and Blindsided director Clayton Barber. Just over a year later and with the concer…

Alain Moussi Is A New Man In The Preliminary Teaser For KICKBOXER: ARMAGEDDON

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I myself couldn't really get past some of the full-service that culminates all seeminglt ado with the current Kickboxer franchise following the reboot in 2016. I suppose the best part is that Dmitri Logothetis has found a direction to take it in, onward from Vengeance through Redemption and now with the third, Kickboxer: Armageddon. And indeed, that's Alain Moussi in the footage donning a whole new Kurt Sloan we haven't seen before. Brand new look and all!
Other details are officially pending but Logothetis himself has mentioned the possible return of Mike Tyson, Ronadinho and Christopher Lambert in addition to George St. Pierre and other UFC and sports favorites...and Snoop Dogg for some reason? He's also presented a brand new teaser to help stir the fandom some, so check it out anf expect more Kickboxer news onward through 2019.


HITBOY: Don't Miss The Latest Trailer For Bor Ocampo's New Boyhood Crime Pic

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Director Bor Ocampo's latest, Hitboy, drew some peculiarities following its recent CineFilipino Film Fest screening this month. Adrian Cabido leads the narrative here playing a thirteen year-old hitman-for-hire, beleagured by a pregnant girlfriend and a strained opportunity to redeem himself to his employer following a botched job.

UnReel's Geoffrey Ledesma rates it at two stars out of five next to a few reviews online that cite it as largely imbalanced between its grimness and comedic delivery. I don't really know what that means myself except at face value, this one might have me feeling unsettled, but the poster looks somewhat stark, and the trailer sells itself like a pretty upbeat coming-of-age crime drama.

Check it out below and judge for yourselves I suppose.



Spy Action Thriller, NEGATIVE, Hits DVD This Week

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Upon further viewing of the latest home release trailer for director Joshua Caldwell’s action thriller Negative, I knew certain footage looked familiar and it was from what I'd seen in a few recent fight reels from stunt professional Daniel Locicero who coordinated the stunt work on this one. That's at least one other thing the film has going for itself for those keen on female-led espionage thrillers such as this one from Meyenbauer Entertainment and penned by Adam Gaines, now heading to DVD on May 22 from Monarch Home Entertainment with Katia Winter, Sebastian Roche, Josh Randall, Simon Quarterman and Marem Hassler starring, A burned MI5 agent on the run from a deadly cartel kidnaps a photographer in order to save him after he innocently crosses her path. The unlikely pair take an outlandish jaunt across the southwestern United States in order to find safe haven.Catch the trailer below and pre-order today!



LUKAS: Jean-Claude Van Damme Bounces Brutally Around Town In The First Official Teaser

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Events at Cannes have been a turning point for some film fans highly keen on all things ado with action star, Jean-Claude Van Damme. Having made a splash this year with buzz for the launch of his Rodin Entertainment sales banner and announcing another slate of film prospects, his latest offering now brings us a pulsating look at Braqueurs helmer Julien Leclerq's new thriller, Lukas, otherwise hailed in our territories as The Bouncer.
Lukas, a nightclub bouncer in his fifties who's taken punches, literally and figuratively, struggles to raise his 8 year old daughter. One day, Lukas loses control during an altercation with a client and ends up in jail, while his daughter gets placed under the care of social services. But things take an unexpected turn when Interpol recruits Lukas to bring down a Dutch ringleader operating from Belgium in exchange for his daughter's custody. The first official teaser and accommodation poster have both arrived and very befitting with one anoth…

THE BLIND SPOT: Dutch/French-Language Crime Thriller Nabs A UK Trailer

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Screenwriter Nabil Ben Yadir played an intergral role in contributing to the acclaim earned in the El Arbi/Fallah-directed Belgian crime romp, Gangsta. He's also earned his stripes in the past decade with multiple nominations to his credit since becoming a festival favorite with The Barons in 2009 and three films later, he's been back in the director chair with the 2017 crime thriller, The Blind Spot, now heading toward a UK release. The Blind Spot is an extremely relevant, thought-provoking and edge-of-your-seat thriller from the producer of Bullhead. The film follows Jan Verbeeck (Peter Van den Begin), the uncompromising commissioner of the Antwerp drug squad. Known as “Mr. Zero Tolerance”, he is hugely popular with the people and the media. The country is thrown into commotion when he announces that he is leaving the police force just before the elections to join the extreme right party, VPV. On his last day as a policeman, he leads an investigation that takes him to Charle…

PIMPKILLAH: Indie Comic Book And Film Auteur Sarah Bitely On The Evolution Of An Amazing Idea

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About five years ago I managed to interview stuntwoman, actress and producer Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez. It was through her I managed to build a rapport with several other veterans and up-and-comers in the industry whilst getting an angle going on covering the stunt field and it was a privelege to be able to exchange with her than as it still is now from time to time.

She's a talented singer as well - a fact that I was reminded of clean and clear when last year, I managed to screen one of her most recent short film appearances, Pimpkillah, courtesy of filmmaker and comic book creator Sarah Bitely. I think it quite surprised Michelle and that was sort of the feeling I got when I commented on one of her posts at the time.

Alas, the shortfilm has since gone public, marking a significant milestone for the budding filmmaker and comic book creator who moved from her hometown on the outskirts of DC/Baltimore in Maryland to Los Angeles, California in 2010. Her coming out party has assuredly …

SENSE8 Finale Trailer: This Is War!

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There isn't enough I could say that could culminate how much I appreciate the work and effort, and the unifying energy and creativity that engulfs a show like Netflix series hit, Sense8. It took me completely by surprise just as its second season went underway and I proudly and shamelessly binged the fuck out of both seasons whilst finding out toward the end of the second that Netflix was cancelling the show because of bullshit reasons or whatever.
If you're not at all knowing of what this show entails, you've only let yourself down as its one of the best shows a fanbase could ever live on and fight for, set in a global tale where clusters of eight psychically linked and unique people of eight - the procurred result of scientific discovery and corporate skullduggery - and where our heroic octet finds itself banding together in a fateful battle against evil forces that want them dead.
...So that's pretty much the gist of it, although the show itself has grown to be much …

Jackie Chan's BLEEDING STEEL Crosses Over To The U.S. On July 6!

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Right about now it's America's turn to get ready to see Jackie Chan on the big screen with Leo Zhang's sci-fi action thriller, Bleeding Steel. I haven't read the reviews so I can't say my piece fully on this but I'm more than welcome to the opinions and comments of fans who've been catching it since its theatrical Asian rollout in December.
In an action-packed drama reminiscent of ‘80s techno-sci-fi thrillers, Jackie Chan stars as Lin, a police inspector in modern Hong Kong. While tracking down a deranged, mecha-enhanced villain, Lin discovers that a geneticist’s lost bio-chemical invention has been surgically implanted into his missing daughter. With the help of a young hacker, Lin connects the dots between the device that haunts his daughter, his enemy’s sinister army, and a strange cultural phenomenon called “Bleeding Steel.” Bleeding Steel is an action thriller featuring memorable battle sequences with martial arts legend Jackie Chan. Lionsgate Premiere …

THE LEAKER: Pandemonium Rocks Malaysia In The Official Trailer

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The first official trailer for Herman Yau's new action thriller, The Leaker, has arrived ahead of its release this June. The premise itself reads pretty exciting with sprawling footage and an exciting premise that welcomes Line Walker and Goldbuster actor Francis Ng back to the fray.
An epidemic threat of an infectious fatal disease broke out in Malaysia. In such a desperate time, the WHO did not object in the use of a new medicine, which have not passed the authorities’ examination. A video clip in which a secret organization self-claimed as the Leakers revealed the dark side of the medicine business. Malaysian cop joined Hong Kong cop to find out the truth with the help of a reporter. A trio of posters have also gone viral as well and with a cast that also lists actresses Charmaine Sheh and Chrissie Chau with actors Julian Cheung, Louis Cheung, Kent Cheng, Vincent Sze and actress Michelle Wai. Enjoy the trailer below!



AXL Trailer Introduces A Weaponized A.I. Robodoggo That Will Kill You With Love And Friendship

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This may not be the 80s, but writer and director Oliver Daly is just throwing a wave of nostalgia in my face with some new sci-fi he's got put together. Watching the official trailer for AXL was about as refreshing as the premise it comes with and all the tropes a memorable sci-fi would have about human companionship with A.I., and here with a robot dog that evolves with senses and feelings... Yes. This is definitely a pet lover's flick. Sci-fi geek or not. In the vein of classic ‘80s family movies SHORT CIRCUIT and FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR, A.X.L. is a new adventure about a down-on-his luck teenage bike rider, Miles (Alex Neustaedter), who stumbles upon an advanced, robotic, military dog named A.X.L. Endowed with next-generation artificial intelligence but with the heart of a dog, A.X.L. forms an emotional bond with Miles, much to the chagrin of the rogue military scientists who created A.X.L. and would do anything to retrieve him. Knowing what is at stake if A.X.L. gets captu…