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If there was ever a screening I wish I could have attended, it's the Mo' Bros's Midnight Madness premiere at TIFF a few weekends ago of the new movie, Headshot. Thankfully our own Alex Chung managed a trip to review it for us and you can click here in case you missed it and are curious about what the film has to offer.
As such, the film is still circulating in festivals, and to great acclaim this week with a victory over at L’Etrange where it now shares The Grand Nouveax Genre Award with another title, Gabrielle Mainetti’s They Call Me Jeeg Robot. The film is also slated for screenings at Fantastic Fest starting next week and Mayhem in the U.K. next month along with line-ups at Sitges and Busan.
As for all else, folks with proximity issues regarding festivals will still be able to catch the film upon its wider releases. Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films are set for a U.S. release in February next year with Screenplay Infinite Films and SCM setting up premieres in Indonesia and Nikkatsu for Japan and througout Asia while it is now being reported for acqusitions for the following day-and-date territories according to Deadline:
•UK (Arrow Films) •Germany/Italy (Koch Media) Australia/•New Zealand (Vendetta Films) •France (AB Groupe) •Scandinavia (Star Media Entertainment) •Russia/CIS and The Baltics (Cinema Prestige)
Headshot stars Iko Uwais as an wounded amnesiac fondly named Ishmael by his nurse who finds himself back in action to rescue her from the auspices of his dark and violent past as he regains the memory of who he was, and the skillset he was trained with. Successful sales of the film recently earned one half of the Mo' pair, Timo Tjahjanto the momentum needed to finally move forward on his solo directorial feature debut, The Night Comes For Us, rejoining Uwais with The Raid co-star Joe Taslim for his first lead role.
Joining Uwais in Headshot are Julie Estelle, Chelsea Islan, Sunny Pang, Zack Lee and David Hendrawan.
Uwais is also slated to appear in Liam O'Donnell's Beyond Skyline from Hydralux Entertainment with Peter Berg's Ronda Rousey headliner, Mile 22, currently in development for STX Entertainment, as is Gary Mak's upcoming Asian 'Expendables' ensemble pic, Makeshift Squad...and as always, The Raid 3, godwilling.
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…
Welp... it's been a less than ceremonious weekend for me. Being sick didn't help much for want of seeing Black Panther (guess who is avoiding Facebook to abstain from spoilers!), but it did give me a chance to do some important work for the site.
Ultimately, that includes introducing the week's entries for The Hit List now online and with none other than stuntwoman Tally Rodin getting our stunt playlist off to an explosive start. Following that are reels by Aidan Kennedy, Ronnie Shalvis, Nilo Ghajar-Williams, Thomas Lorber and a parkour jam sesh hosted by 3Run. Rounding it all out are Daniel Bodlák, Marco Falcone, Emily Tung, Jae Greene, Rebecca Ahn and Robin Calvo.
Making the trailer rounds this week we now have a look at an upcoming project over at the Lunar Stunts channel with Cabine Mortelle. Plot details are nil but the teaser itself is really all you need to figure it out as it somehow leads to some fantastic fight scenery among our cast listing Allen Quindiagan, Pa…
The days of video stores are long behind us, as are the days of distributors throwing literally EVERYTHING at the booming DVD market. In those halcyon days, independent distributors were lining up to partner with (see: take advantage of) indie filmmakers and help chains like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video fill the gaps in their shelves between big Hollywood releases. For those of us brave enough to wade through this swamp of content, the occasional diamonds felt like a gift from god.
For every 10 unmitigated disasters, there was a gem like Mean Guns or Extreme Heist to incentivize further exploration. Sadly those days are lost to time; a fading piece of nostalgia that older millennials will lament to future generations. But maybe those days aren't totally lost. The torch of obscure video store treasures may have been passed to an unlikely new champion... Amazon Prime!
From the beginning, Amazon Prime felt grittier than the other big dog of streaming, Netflix. It was a bit more …