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Talking with Sam Firstenberg (RIVERBEND, BREAKIN 2) part 2

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Last week I posted the first half of my interview with AVENGING FORCE director Sam Firstenberg (you can read it here).The final portion of our conversation covers the little seen film RIVERBEND which starred the late, great Steve James as well as the upcoming book “Stories From the Trenches” from author Marco Siedelmann which will cover his exciting career in …

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Trailer: Bound By Debt (2017)

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From the Official Press Release: Paul Mormando’s Bound By Debt Trailer Lands First Punch First Trailer for Martial Arts Sensation Paul Mormando’s new film Bound By Debt hit’s the screen. The new trailer for the hard hitting independent action movie Bound By Debt packs a lot of punch, along with kicks, strikes and chokeholds. The underground film about the underground fight world is …

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MOVIE REVIEW: BLACK ROSE (2017)

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There’s a serial killer on the streets of Los Angeles who is murdering young Russian woman. The police are at a standstill, no clues are left, the only thing he leaves behind is a single black rose. Captain Dalano (Robert Davi) is desperate to catch him so he decides to try something a bit outside the box. He gets in …

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THE RISE OF THE SYNTHS documentary to release companion album in May on Lakeshore Records

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For the uninitiated, “synthwave” is an electronic style of music heavily influenced by the 80’s, video games, and artists like John Carpenter or Vangelis. In recent years, this retro sound has been making a major comeback and a whole slew of new artists are emerging, re-creating a sound so many of us have longed for. With films like IT FOLLOWS …

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Stories from the Trenches: The Official Sam Firstenberg Book has launched a crowdfunding Campaign

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A huge part of why I’ve been a life-long CANNON FILMS fanatic is because of the films directed by Sam Firstenberg. He directed some of the companies finest titles, films like REVENGE OF THE NINJA, AMERICAN NINJA, and the breakdancing classic BREAKIN 2: ELECTRIC BOOGALOO. These films (among others) have been a staple of my cinematic library since I first …

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE ASSIGNMENT (2017)

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Walter Hill is a legend and one of the first true auteurs of action. If it weren’t for his films, talent like John Woo may have never come into their own. At 75, Hill is still trucking along and making films. The project he chose to bring to the screen is insanely bizarre, doesn’t always work, but there’s something fun …

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Soundtrack Review: Umberto Lenzi’s EATEN ALIVE! (NSFW)

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Cannibal films are an acquired taste. They’re most certainly never easy to swallow and only the hardcore of horror fans can truly appreciate them in all of their flesh eating glory. In 1980, CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST was released and became the standard on which all cannibal films would forever be judged. Ruggero Deodato’s film is remembered for numerous reasons but Riz …

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Movie Review: Streets of Vengeance (2016)

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The VHS era is long gone but there are so many of us who are still trying to hold on to those memories of discovery, the memories that have shaped our lives. The 80’s gave birth to the mom and pop video store domination and the titles you could find lining the shelves were priceless. The spirit of the time …

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MOVIE REVIEW: DEVIL IN THE DARK (2017)

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Adam (Robin Dunne) and Clint (Dan Payne) are brothers who haven’t seen each other in over fifteen years. Adam left the small town they grew up in, leaving behind all the bad memories and resentment he had of his father. Clint never left town, he took over the family business, and is raising his family there. Adam wants to lay …

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MOVIE REVIEW: KING SOLOMON’S MINES (1985)

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I grew up in a Cannon Films world. My life revolved around them and I could never get enough. I would always search out films that had the iconic logo on the VHS box and love every minute of them. So many of those films would leave a mark on me, an impression I’ll never let alone. So it’s great …

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Interview: Eric Jacobus (Blindsided, Death Grip)

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Eric Jacobus is one of the hardest working men in the business of action. He’s taken the classic Hong Kong style of fight films and has adapted it for American audiences. If you’re a martial arts fan, then you will know Jacobus. If not, then you need to get on YouTube now and check out his ultra-stylistic shorts with comedic …

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MOVIE REVIEW: BLINDSIDED (short film)

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Eric Jacobus has been a YouTube star for many years now. He’s written and directed two feature films (CONTOUR aka THE AGENT and DEATH GRIP), appeared in THE ABC’S OF DEATH 2, and performed stunts on A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD. He’s been cutting his teeth in the biz for a very long time and now needs to be …

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Trailer: Scott Adkins and Marko Zaror reunite in Jesse V. Johnson’s SAVAGE DOG

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Since I first heard about this film early last year, it’s been difficult to contain my excitement over seeing action superstars Scott Adkins (Doctor Strange) and Marko Zaror (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) reuniting onscreen for the first time since 2010 in Isaac Florentine’s UNDISPUTED III: REDEMPTION. This time out, they’re being directed by Jesse V. Johnson (THE BEAUTIFUL …

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MOVIE REVIEW: WE ARE TWISTED F***ING SISTER!!

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On May 10, 1984, an album was released which would change the face of rock and roll. The album was titled STAY HUNGRY and it shot Twisted Sister into superstardom. Since its release, the album has gone on to sell more than five million copies. Videos for songs “I Wanna Rock” and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” became staples of …

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MOVIE REVIEW: CALL OF HEROES (2016)

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Yeung Hak-nan (Lau Ching Wan) is the sheriff of a small village known as Pucheng. It’s a small, quiet place to live where people just want to work and enjoy the simple things in life. Everything is great until the arrival of Cao Shaolun (Louis Koo), the son of the Warlord Cao Ying. Shaolun isn’t just the son of a …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Paying Mr. McGetty (2016)

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Tyrell (R. Marcus Taylor) is a guy who knows how to go out and have a good time. This particular night he goes way too far with the gambling and drinking, so much so that when he wakes up in the morning he has no clue where he is or what happened the night before. Lying next to him is …

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Movie Review: Baked in Brooklyn

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David (Josh Brenner) has recently graduated college and has himself a decent paying, 9 to 5 job, as a consultant. When out partying with his pals, he meets Kate (Alexandra Daddario), a gorgeous woman who appears to be way out of his league. They quickly hit it off and his life appears to be complete, that is until he loses …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Train to Busan (2016)

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Seok-woo (Yoo Gong) is an always busy fund manager who recently divorced due to the fact he spends so much time at work. While he loves his young daughter Soo-an (Soo-an Kim), he’s so focused on work he sometimes forgets to pay her the attention she deserves. It’s the young girl’s birthday and all she wants is to see her …

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MOVIE REVIEW: HALLOWEED (2016)

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I enjoy a good horror/comedy. There are many classics in the genre and when done right, they’re amazing, beautiful things. Stoner comedies is another subgenre that, when done right, can be fantastic. So I like the idea of smashing these genres together so I had high hopes for the film HALLOWEED from director LazRael Lison but I was ultimately let …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Boppin at the Glue Factory (2009)

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Eric Labudde (Henry Dittman) is a registered nurse who just so happens to be in between jobs. While in his car, he takes the time to shoot himself up with his drug of choice, Dilaudid. While in the process, he accidentally hits an old man crossing the road. He learns the man is a patient at St. Joseph’s, a home …

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MOVIE REVIEW Scherzo Diabolico (aka Evil Games)(2015)

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Aram (Francisco Barreiro) is a workaholic, always putting in overtime to get the job done but never getting paid for his efforts. He’s underappreciated by his boss (Jorge Molina) and always gives 110%. At home, he and his wife (Milena Pezzi) have a rocky relationship and he’s a bit disconnected to his young son. The pressure of his day to …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Wekufe: The Origin of Evil (2016)

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Paula (Paula Figueroa) is a journalism student who, along with her boyfriend Matias (Matias Aldea) are traveling to the island of Chiloe, which is off the southern coast of Chile. She is doing a piece on the enormous amounts of sexual crimes that take place there and how they relate to the various myths and legends that surround the area. …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Phantom of the Theatre (2016)

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After studying filmmaking in France, Gu Weibang (Tony Yo-ning Yang) has returned to Shanghai with a script he’s ready to begin filming. He’s missing one major component, a leading actress who can make the material her own as well as have a marketable enough name to ensure success. He takes his ghost story to a local awards ceremony where he …

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INTERVIEW: Wednesday 13 (horror punk and metal icon)

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It doesn’t matter how you classify Wednesday 13 and his music. You can call it horror punk, horror rock, metal, whatever, you can even say it’s a fusion of them all and then some. He’s one of the hardest working guys in the business, he’s out there playing show after show, building a devoted following who are hungry for his …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Under the Shadow

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It’s 1988 in Tehran, the Iran-Irag War is raging and people are all living on the edge, fearing for their lives everyday as bombs are constantly raining down on the city. Shideh (Narges Rashdi) has hit a bit of a rough spot in her professional career and has been left at home with her daughter Dorsa (Avin Manshadi) while her …

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INTERVIEW: Paul Mormando (BOUND BY DEBT)

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A doctor telling you that you’ll never walk again, or ever practice the martial arts, should never be a factor when chasing a dream. Paul Mormando knows these words better than anyone, he had to hear them from his own doctor when he was in a car wreck just when he was about to begin filming his first feature film. …

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Bodyguard (2016)

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So I’ve been hearing nothing but negative press about Sammo Hung’s first directorial effort in twenty years, THE BODYGUARD. I know what people were expecting and hoping for but I feel the expectations were far too high. I’ve purposely avoided trailers so I could be surprised when I finally saw it and while the film is flawed, it does deliver …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Sweethearts of the Gridiron (2016)

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I’m not really sure why I’m reviewing SWEETHEARTS OF THE GRIDIRON. It’s a documentary on the Kilgore Rangerettes, the longest running (and first) dance and drill team to ever perform during a football half-time show. I’m way out of my league on this one but the underlying themes within the film are universal and the amount of dedication and work …

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Interview: Shahin Sean Solimon (SINBAD: THE FIFTH VOYAGE)

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Shahin Sean Solimon is a DIY filmmaker, the kind of guy who doesn’t wait for opportunities, he creates them. He makes the type of films he enjoys himself and has a vision all his own. He’s about to make some serious waves with his next feature film: a sequel/re-imagining of the Ed Wood classic, PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE. I …

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Interview: Vladimir Kulich (THE 13TH WARRIOR, GRAVE WALKERS)

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Vladimir Kulich is an opposing force in film, someone who should never be over-looked and be given the credit he deserves. Having started in television, this former hockey player has had memorable roles on THE X-FILES and ANGEL while making an impression on the big screen in films like THE 13TH WARRIOR and THE EQUALIZER. Vladimir has been working hard …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Kill Zone 2

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Kit (Wu Jing) is a Hong Kong police officer who goes deep undercover in order to capture organ harvester and criminal mastermind Mr. Hung (Louis Koo). The entire operation goes sour real quick and Kit finds himself in a Thai prison with no help from the outside. His uncle Wah (Simon Yam) wants nothing more than to find him but …

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Martial Arts Kid (2015)

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Robbie Oakes (Jansen Panettiere) is a teenager who is becoming a bit of a problem for his grandmother. After he takes things too far one last time, she decides it best to get him out of Cleveland, Ohio and send him off to Cocoa Beach, Florida where he’s going to stay with his Aunt Cindy (Cynthia Rothrock) and Uncle Glenn …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe

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In 1979, the government funds an expedition to the mountains near the Mongolian border where some unexplained fossils have been found. The groups leader is Professor Yang (Wang Qingxiang) who has recruited a soldier by the name of Hu Bayi (Mark Chao). Also in the group is Ping (Yao Chen), a beautiful young woman that Hu Bayi quickly falls in …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Beacon Point

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Zoe (Rae Olivier) is anxious to be on her way when her friend shows up to drive her to a hiking expedition. At the same time, Trail Master Drake Jacobs (Jon Briddell) has been called into the office by his boss and the two men have a very serious disagreement. He decides to take out the next group on the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Beta Test

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Max (Larenz Tate) has one of the coolest jobs in the world, he’s a video game tester. When the latest game from the top game company in the world, Sentinel, arrives on his doorstep he wastes no time jumping in. He begins to play it right away but something is really different about this game. After playing through the first …