Wednesday, April 16, 2014
One of my favorite authors of the last 20 years is Joe Lansdale. He has written novels and short stories in practically every genre, but in the 90's he was most famous for his horror and crime novels. He is a prolific short story writer. One of his short stories was adapted in to the movie Bubba Ho-Tep. Now one of his early novels, Cold In July has been adapted in to a feature film, by Jim Mickle. It has a great cast, Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, and Sam Shepard. I hope that the film gets a theatrical release but it will be available on VOD on May 23rd.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
One of my favorite Hong Kong films from the 1990's is The Bride With White Hair. The director, Ronny Yu, took inspiration from Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula and tried to keep all of the special effects in camera. The new version of the story is called The White Haired Witch From Lunar Kingdom and it stars Fan Bing Bing. Comes out in April. One of my favorite Hong Kong directors, Tsui Hark is credited with artistic director.
Monday, February 24, 2014
It has been a year since my last post but I hope to be more frequent. The sequel to one of the best martial arts films of the 2000's gets a US release next month. The Protector 2 looks like it will be better than Ong Bak 2 or Ong Bak 3. It costars the RZA as the film's villain, and that should mean a good soundtrack.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Nash Edgerton is an Australian stuntman/actor/director. He directed the good Aussie crime film The Square (2008).He's been a stuntman on Wolverine, The Matrix, Babe Pig In The City, The Thin Red Line and over 100 more films. He knows how to film a stunt. It is best to watch this film without knowing what is going to happen. It takes a couple of minutes to get the plot going but it is worth spending 8 minutes of your time. It won't embed here so watch it here. or try this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKeooK0zfeU&feature=player_embedded#!
Monday, July 23, 2012
Gordan Chan and Janet Chun's The Four is the first of a proposed trilogy of kung fu films adapted from the novels of Wen Rui-An. Gordan Chan's best films were in the mid 90's, Fist Of Legend and King Of Beggars. Janet Chun was one of the writers of John Woo's Bullet In The Head and she has been an assistant director on several recent blockbusters, including True Legend and CJ7. The cast features Anthony Wong, Colin Chou, Ronald Cheng and Deng Chao (the albino from Detective Dee). The buzz surrounding the film was that it was going to feature kung fu versus zombies. I had my hopes that we would see "Romero" zombies and it was hard to tell from the trailer. Instead the zombies are reanimated kung fu warriors controlled by needles in their heads. The heroes discover that they cannot defeat the zombies unless they hit them in the head hard enough to knock the needles out and then they promptly forget that nugget of information until 5 minutes into a fight with an army of the undead. The action is good and the zombies are henchmen/cannon fodder for the big boss, but I was hoping for kung fu versus flesh hungry zombies. They are currently filming the sequel.
Friday, May 11, 2012
The Raid: Redemption is probably going to be one of my favorite films of 2012. The movie is pretty much one set piece after another of crazed action and bone breaking stunts. Here is a tribute to the film, made in claymation using kittens.