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FOLKLORE AND FU: A Word With Filmmaker Samuel Smith

It's been a bit of a banner year for filmmaker Samuel Smith, freshly into his fledgling career in film with two completed shorts and current feature film script developments now in tow. I had the chance to interview him in the past month or so in the wake of his run at the Iron Dragon TV Action Fest and this month's Fighting Spirit Film Festival launch in the U.K.. He delves a bit on one of his shorts, expanding amply on his vision for what reads like a surefire thriller of a TV series.
It's the kind of thinking that I believe producers would be keen on given the proliferation of action-packed television in recent years. Having had the chance to check out both shorts - Tengu: Birdmen Of The Mountains and I Am Not The Devil, I can certainly divulge that Smith is well on the way to making his case for getting his feet far beyond the door and into the room where great things can happen. It should be a matter of time. Until then, enjoy the interview below and get to know the m…


I still actually have a ways to go in catching up with certain titles that fell off the radar for me in the last several years. William Kaufman's small scale 2010 film Sinners And Saints is one of them, especially after managing to snag a few viewings of his 2005 killer thriller, The Prodigy, which absolutely impressed me.

Assuredly, I'm not the last one to gush about Kaufman's work. Leave it to screenwriter Chad Law who knows a lot better and more having gotten in as many as four projects with the director while they now prepare for their fifth pairing, Sinners And Saints: Vengeance, which goes before cameras very soon with Johnny Strong and Scott Adkins first to front the casting.

It's early in the process for the film but the goal is reportedly to furbish it as an ample reboot with franchise potential which Law envisions our latest interview. Gladly, he also shares personal thoughts and ruminations on his own origins, film, the trade and his camaraderie with fellow…

Joe Miale's Alien Invasion Thriller, REVOLT, Lands A Fall Release On Demand And In Theaters

Director Joe Miale's leap from shortfilms to feature narratives looks as ambitious a sci-fi as one should of its kind. Revolt brings an end of the world battle to save what's left and with an official trailer from Vertical Entertainment host to a stellar sample of gritty sci-fi goods for U.S. audiences.
Set in the war-ravaged African countryside, an American soldier (Lee Pace) and a French foreign aid worker (Bérénice Marlohe) team up to survive the alien onslaught. As they journey through the battlefield in search of refuge, their bond will be tested when the soldier discovers his true identity. Revolt opens exclusively on DirecTV Cinema starting on October 19th followed by a limited theatrical release on November 17th.

DUALITY: Directing Duo Readies Female-Centric Malaysian Martial Arts Action Sci-Fi Thriller

Knightsbridge Entertainment and Metal Cut Film Productions held a press conference recently at The Bee @ Publika in Kuala Lumpur for the new 2018 sci-fi action thriller, Duality. The local Malaysian production is hailing its cast and crew with a round of fresh faces to accompany its raft of commercial TV and film veterans behind the lens with VFX talents, executive producer and award winning director Timo (The Attack of the Mutant Flower Crab) and Metal Cut's own Wynner Cheong at the helm.
Leading the cast is actress Sylvia Tan from a script by Jason Ding (The Tailor-Made Man, Something Playing in My Ear, Esther) which tells a dystopian tale of Miss Red, an amnesiac who awakens to unknown whereabouts, and a mysterious set of skills that become vital to her survival as she fights to seek answers about who she is, why she was displaced, and the person(s) responsible. Tan, a model since the age of 16 and brand ambassador to Stone and Co. and work credits that include Owled, Ohnii an…

THE HIT LIST: September 18, 2017

I did a lot of work this weekend. So, don't be surprised if things slow down a bit for me this week. At best, I might be able to pace myself and keep going but a little me-time also suffices.

For now, at least you have this week's installment of the Hit List to relieve your boredom. Demos, goods to promote and much more are on the way starting with a fresh new batch of stunt and training reels ripe with great talent featuring Saidqua Bynum, Dan Mast, Evelyn Osorio Vacaro, Brandon Ly, Hong Berghof (more on her later), Tim Storms, Dina Cataldi, Clancy Petersen, Katie Schwartz, Taylor Castriota, Carlton Hoyles, Sia Alipour, and a 2017 reel celebrating progress over at New York's Breakfall Studios.

Moving forward, we have two new items to help push, and we start the most recent poster debut for actress and martial artist Bridger Fox's latest turn at the helm, Assassin's Curse. The new action short is well underway ahead of its forthcoming 10X10 Filmmaker Challenge prem…

LEAFF 2017: The New Festival Trailer Tick-Tocks With A Beautiful, Bizzare And Brutal Mix

The second installation of the London East Asian Film Festival is about to go down on October 19 with its own fair array of delights. Its current line-up is listed in several interesting categories for its focus on films of today with a few classics thrown in, spanning several genres in long and shortform.

A closer gander at the programme reveals The Fortress as its opening nighter followed by a director's cut of Ryoo Seung-Wan's Battleship Island, Chang's Reset, Park Hoon-Jung's VIP, Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster and Kitano Takeshi's festival closer Outrage Coda (a.k.a. Outrage: Final Chapter) to name a few. More entries are also pending so attendees may very well be in for a treat when they arrive at any of the London venues listed below.

Watch the festival trailer announcement below and read the full presser just beneath, and be sure to visit the official website for recurring updates.

(LONDON 19TH-29…

TOKYO GHOUL Sets An October Limited Theatrical U.S. Release From Funimation Films

It's been a bustling year with Japanese movie adaptations, and not for nothing either with the successes that have emerged. Such is what Anniversary helmer Hagiwara Kentaro brought with Ishida Sui's 2011 horror manga, Tokyo Ghoul, which became well received in Asia.
It also earned praise from viewers and fans this summer at Anime Expo in Los Angeles. Fumination Films held that screening and I reckon they couldn't be prouder for it, now setting a timetable for limited theatrical engagements from October 16 through 22 in select U.S. theaters. Riddled with gripping fight scenes and tasteful gore, this adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul brings the popular manga series to life like never before. Buried in books and a quiet life, Ken Kaneki is all but dead to the world in an age where flesh-eating ghouls live among us. But when his only chance for survival is an organ donation that turns him into a ghoul-human hybrid, he finds sanctuary at Anteiku—a café run by the people he once conside…

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, KUBO, GODZILLA And More In The Trailer For The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival

The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival is gearing up for a spectacular presentation of its line-up. Films like Fumihiko Sori's upcoming December release of manga adaptation, Fullmetal Alchemist, as well as screenings of Chen Kaige's sprawling fantasy, Legend Of The Demon Cat, Travis Knight's Kubo And The Two Strings, Hara Keiichi's 2015 anime movie, Miss Houksai, and Steve Soderbergh's crime comedy, Logan Lucky, are just a morsel of what attendees can expect when the fest launches on October 25.

The festival will also feature a poignant tribute screening of Honda Ishiro's 1954 monster classic, Godzilla, with a special concert performance by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra - an opportune homage for fans in the wake of the recent passing of the film's original suit actor, Nakajima Haruo. The Toyko International Film Festival has plenty more details listed at its official website.

NEOMANILA: Watch The First Teaser For Mikhail Red's New Crime Thriller

Fresh off of his recent festival run with Birdshot, filmmaker Mikhail Red is back with his third feature, NeoManila. The new crime thriller stars Eula Valdes, Timothy Castillo, and Rocky Salumbides for its upcoming premiere at the QCinema International Film Festival which kicks off on October 19.
Toto, a teenage orphan, is recruited by a notorious death squad. Irma, the group’s leader, soon becomes a maternal figure to the young boy. As the two form a familial bond, their loyalties will be put to the test when one of their targets turns out to be a familiar face. Check out the first official teaser.

ATOMIC BLONDE: Bring Home The Sexy New Thriller In 4K This October And November

It would be a miscarriage of justice to not help sell David Leitch's pulsating directorial feature debut, Atomic Blonde. Alas, here I am posting about it as the umpteenth fanboy blogger who had his fill of watching actress Charlize Theron cut her teeth even further as a headling star in an action thriller that defies denialist expectations and further continues to reshape how principal action scenes are made in Hollywood.

If it means anything, my two cents can be read here. I almost didn't bother posting one at the time but it actually felt good to get my thoughts out as much as I felt the need to stay on top of how I critique films now compared to when I started this site; a few certain films I've reviewed in the past are getting sequels involving filmmakers I've lended a bit of a curve to despite their flaws and I lately find myself shortening it, lest directors feel the need to use sites like mine to push their stuff on the count of how "awesome" it is be…