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CALM IN THE EYE OF THE STORM: Actor And Filmmaker Choice Skinner On Life And Living, Fandom And Film

Making a film of any kind takes some seriously hard work, especially one that pushes boundaries. I've never been in an editing booth, although I can imagine the tediousness that comes with putting together a project that can be physically and mentally demanding on its face. Throw in the bread and butter of special visual effects and although your time is your own, you're ultimately on a whole other battlefield.
It's an emotion that's understandable for want of being a creative and to be able to share it with audiences. After all you've been through in life until now and investing a heavy portion of your time and energy on a project like Black Lightning: Tobias's Revenge, actor and filmmaker Choice Skinner is more than qualified on the matter after winning Best Fan Film at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo last November.

"The team and I were honored to have been selected and screened at such a prestigious event." says Skinner before giving praise to the…

Review: Dante Lam's OPERATION RED SEA Never Runs Dry

Action auteur Dante Lam's latest offering, Operation Red Sea, runs high on military might for its +2 hour runtime. Most of the film relies heavily on the orchestra of all things that go boom but lends the few obligatory small doses of poignance and drama to enduce empathy among its key characters for a film with such a large cast.
Actor Zhang Yi plays Yang Rui who leads the Chinese Navy's eight-member Jiaolong Assault Unit for the film's narrative loosely based on the 2015 uprising in Yemen. Certain areas of the story are reworked with the crux of our story set in the nation of Yewaire and behind enemy lines where for Rui and his unit, a rescue mission now comes abruptly packaged with foiling an even deadlier terroristic threat.
Lam's script, written with Feng Ji, doesn't try too much to be anything more than it is, as there are way too many things going "boom!" for that to happen. Character relationships are still healthily displayed along with select d…

THE TRIGONAL: Vincent Soberano's Martial Arts Revenge Thriller Takes Shape In The First Official Teaser

With at least one directing debut coming down the pipeline, another is well on the way from filmmaker multihyphenate Vincent Soberano. The first teaser for The Trigonal has arrived over the weekend ahead of its May 2 release with a cast that enlists Ian Taylor Ignacio, Sarah Chang and Rhian Ramos. An underground fighting circuit run by an international crime syndicate invades a retired martial arts champion’s small idyllic town.When syndicate thugs brutally assault his wife and murder his best friend, he is left with no other choice but to fight for justice. Ignacio, who appears and Soberano's upcoming Blood Hunters: Rise Of The Hybrids, currently has a few noteworthy credits among those listed while The Trigonal certainly serves as a potential continuation of the local action genre revival in wake of films like Nilalang and Erik Matti's upcoming BuyBust. It's a credible prospect for Soberano whose Best Short Film award at the Urban Action Showcase & Expo for his Blood…

DEAD BULLET: Take A Gamble With The Official Trailer For The Upcoming Crime Thriller

Moviegoers keen on some independent cinema fare needn't look further than the long-awaited release of Erik Reese's searing new crime thriller, Dead Bullet. The film is slated for March 9 with a one week rollout in select cities next to its availability exclusively on iTunes A destitute gambler doubles down in a game of love and violence when he attempts to buy back a second chance with a past lover by selling stolen casino chips to ruthless criminals. However; the stakes quickly rise and the gambler soon discovers he has just made the worst bet of his life. Dead Bullet is an action-packed modern day western thriller starring John T. Woods (Criminal Minds/VHS2), Andrea Sixtos (East Los High), Jose Rosete (The Walking Dead: Red Machete) and with a stand-out performances from Ray Trickett (The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers).Check the trailer herebelow and hit up iTunes for pre-orders, or simply click here for a listing of all cities to search for theatrical showtimes.

STILL FOLLOWING THE PATH: Amy Johnston Talks 'Accident Man', Epic Rival And The Providence Of Independent Film

Actress and martial arts star Amy Johnston is currently celebrating the release of her latest big milestone, the Jesse Johnson-directed Accident Man. The film marks another in a tasty handful of prominent movie roles for the actress who began training since the age of six with a love of her own for cinema before officially taking off several years ago in stunts and action acting, and gladly landing in our sites for a first interview in 2013.
Accident Man entails her portrayal of Jane The Ripper in the new adaptation of the British comic from Pat Mills. Having filmed only a handful of scenes, the film unquestionably makes sure to take the actress's talents to the business end of the lens along with her acting caliber, and Johnston herself couldn't have been happier upon joining the film in 2016 when Johnson approached her.
"After reading the script of Accident Man, I knew the film was going to be so fun and most importantly my character, Jane the Ripper was going to be a bla…

POLAR: Mads Mikkelsen Action Thriller Adds More To The Cast

Production is currently underway in Toronto for the new action thriller, Polar following its announcement late last year. Swedish helmer Jonas Åkerlund is directing with a script by Jayson Rothwell that sees actor Mads Mikkelsen leading a cast now confirmed by an exclusive at Deadline that also lists Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical franchise), Kathryn Winnick (Vikings series) and Matt Lucas (Alice In Wonderland).
Based on the 2013 Dark Horse publication from creator Victor Santos, Mikkelsen stars as the world's top assassin, Duncan Vizla (a.k.a. The Black Kaizer). Upon settling into retirement looming, he learns his employer sees him as a liability, forcing him back in the game to protect an innocent woman with a squad of younger, faster and hungry killers hot on their tail.
Polar hails from Netflix and Constantin Films whose Robert Kulzer is producing along with Jeremy Bolt and Hartley Gorenstein. Mikkelsen is executive producing next to Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Ric…

Review: THE SWINDLERS Baits You With A Brilliant Crime Caper

It's often interesting in wondering how a director can conjure a mystery tale that keeps audiences guessing. Jang Chang-Won's new film, The Swindlers, certainly lives up to the task with as much intricacy and detail as possible in its two hour duration.
Written by Jang for his own debut, the film sets its course with tragedy in its wake when a church learns it was swindled out of billions by Doo-Chil (Heo Sung-Tae), a schemer who fakes his own death while escaping from Korea. Eight years later, we meet Ji-Sung (Hyun Bin), a vengeful con-artist hunting Doo-Chil and eager to hatch a plan of his own until he's forced to pair up with Hee-Soo (Yoo Ji-Tae), an ambitious prosecutor to help culminate more than enough evidence to catch the big fish.
The devil, of course, is in the details with a story that offers numerous moving pieces in its narrative. Developments unfold with a plot that hinges on some pretty familiar tropes moviegoers would find in other sting films. Steven Sod…

Review: Award-Winning Shortfilm Thriller, AIMEE, Is A Call To Action

Almost thirty years in with a career in stunts and acting, Lee Whittaker has since taken the initiative into filmmaking with at least two shortfilm projects in his wake. His latest, Aimee, is already making the festival rounds for sometime now, and making a fantastic case for its circulation since debuting at the Hoboken International Film Festival last May and winning Best Dramatic Short at CENFLO last Fall.
The project takes its cues from the script of a current feature film hopeful that strongly invokes Whittaker's keen eye for kinetic story telling that still retains a sharpness in his desired aesthetic. Each scene is a brisk, fluid transition from one moment to the next that illustrates actress Amanda S. Hall in the already-immersed role of Jessica, an Afghanistan vet home from service and on a hard-hitting mission to rescue her sister from America's festering underworld of underage sex trafficking.
Jamie Timmoms recurs throughout in vivid, myriad images and scenes as th…

Netflix's THE OUTSIDER: Jared Leto Escalates The Yakuza Crime Wave In The Official Trailer

Anyone following director Miike Takashi's movement in the last several years eventually came across news of what would have been HIS take on post WWII yakuza crime tale, The Outsider. By 2013, it was financed and ready to roll cameras in the following year when Miike left as well as its chosen actor at the time and having since reshaped itself a few years later with Martin Zandvliet at the helm for lead actor Jared Leto, The Outsider is now a forthcoming reality with a March 9 release exclusively on Netflix.
The new period crime thriller sees Leto starring as a American solider imprisoned by the Japanese during World War 2. When he succeeds in escaping with the help of his Yakuza cellmate, his freedom lures him into the dangerous criminal underworld, leaving him obligated and in service of the Yakuza in order to earn their respect amd repay his debt. Bastille Day scribe Andrew Baldwin penned the script which joins Leto with a raft of talent listing Emile Hirsch and Ichi The Kille…

LIVERLEAF: Watch The Brand New Trailer For Naito's Psych Revenge Drama

Manga author Oshikiri Rensuke's Liverleaf is readying a theatrical release on April 7, and the first official trailer is now online. T-Joy is shepherding its Japan release with Nikkatsu representing the film internationally and so time will tell how long before we hear back on Litchi Hikari Club helmer Naito Eisuke's efforts. "In a snow-covered village, my family was burned to death..."Due to her father’s work, junior high school student Haruka Nozaki has had to move with her family to a rural town in Northern Japan. Transferred into a local school, she is treated as an outcast by the other students. Moreover, class bullies have turned her life into a living hell. Haruka’s only friend is Mitsuru Aiba, another transfer student. With him as her mental anchor, she does her best to tolerate the harassment that only seems to escalate as time goes by. One day Haruka and Mitsuru meet to do photography. While walking around the scenic, snowy town and taking pictures is perha…

YARDIE: Idris Elba's Directorial Debut Lands An Official Trailer

Several reviews are already online following actor Idris Elba's Sundance debut, Yardie, and his freshman effort at the helm has been a bit worse for wear. Some higher points note solid performances from the cast and Elba's notable grasp of filmmaking among others but time will tell if future reviews and opinions will foresee a change in direction.
Beyond that, the film is getting a European release later this year from StudioCanalUK based on Victor Headley's 1992 novel and for this, we finally have an official trailer making arounds. Aml Ameen, memorably known from the first season of Netflix series, Sense8, leads the narrative and from the footage shown, it certainly looks the part and sells like a proper coming-of-age crime thriller for curious cinephiles so I'm definitely curious to see how other crowds respond. Set in '70s Kingston and '80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from t…