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INTO THE BADLANDS: Re-Live All Of The Action From The First Season!
Having suffered the lack of access to AMC in the years prior, it was only until its arrival on Netflix this month that I was able to catch all six episodes of the hit series, Into The Badlands from creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. This comes in lieu of a second season which premieres on March 19 and I can honestly say that I really enjoyed what this show has to offer.
Granted, TV shows can be a bit challenging too with some stretching as far as ten or twelve one-hour episodes. Sure that means more content but you still run risk of being repetitive and mundane which, gladly, Into The Badlands avoids at just six episodes for its first season, keeping things fresh and moving and ever-developing and evolving. And above all else, with none other than Daniel Wu starring as the show's lead as Sunny, the elite clipper in the ward of Baron Quinn (Martin Czokas) who owns the biggest stake in the poppy trade and runs the largest clipper force among the existing Barons of the Badlands.
Such is the battlefield in which this amazing series takes place, and one of searing family drama, politics, and deadly martial arts force when required. Packed with high-end drama and high octane fight sequences from director Stephen Fung and a story that harnesses some of the best any viewer could look forward to in a series of this caliber, you are never tired of this show. The intrigue and boiling tension between many of the show's characters with a few new faces appearing in the second half add only substance to the show's progression.
Thus, leave it to the prospects of a second season following the riproaring fight finale and intense cliffhanger to leave you with some serious high hopes, and especially the action with Aramis Knight, actresses Ally Ioannides and Emily Beecham, and many more returning to the fray as Sunny fights to find his way back to the woman he loves and for the afflicted M.K. to find a way to deal with his ill-gotten abilities whilst finding his mother.
All things in good time as AMC's March 19 (upon which I will be definitely tuning in) and the U.K.'s March 21 Amazon Prime release appoaches. Until then, AMC has packaged all but twenty minutes from the show's stylish, bloodletting fight scenes, including the brutalizing match between Sunny and the Abbots, played by Cung Le, Morgan Benoit and Mickey Facchinello.
Director Kim Jee-Woon's 2005 action drama, A Bittersweet Life, certainly lended one of the most brutal and memorable titles Korean cinema had to offer near the start of the millenium with actor Lee Byung-Hun front and center. Fast forward to present day where Twentieth Century Fox is poised to advance a remake effort with the promise of actor Michael B. Jordan leading the cast.
Jennifer Yuh, Nelson (Kung Fu Panda 2, Kung Fu Panda 3) is being tapped to direct the remake with the goal of steering it as potential franchise starter with Jordan playing a high-level mob enforcer who becomes romantically embroiled in a deadly cover-up with his boss's young mistress. 21 Laps's own Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen are producing in association with CJ Entertainment with Jason Young overseeing for Fox.
Jordan is next slated to appear in the February 16, 2018 release of Creed helmer Ryan Coogler's Marvel adaptation, Black Panther, opposite lead star Chadwick Boseman. (Deadlin…
I think it's safe to say you know your movie sucks when you not only screw the rights holders whose name and content you base your unsanctioned film on, but when said rights holders join the chorus of critics panning your movie from literally every angle of the internet. That is the level of achievement you have reached if your name is George Nolfi and you've directed a film called Birth Of The Dragon, long hyped to be a hopefully legendary homage to Bruce Lee, the late founder of Jeet Kune Do and patriarch of American martial arts movie fandom.
The past few years have been a vigorous tug-and-pull over just how long it would be before actor and martial artist Iko Uwais would see a more principal role than in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Landing a more definitive English speaking line in this year's thriller, Headshot, was just another layer on the waiting cake added until more time passed until now, with actor Frank Grillo front and center with the cast that outlines the first of possible prospects to come between two actors who've gotten their start in different markets.
I speak of prospects with a certain action crime saga remake in mind, but in the good name of staying on topic, let's bring things back into focus. For this, we now turn to the long-awaited first official teaser trailer for the new sci-fi thriller, Beyond Skyline from writer/producer/director Liam O'Donnell who served on the first film from directing duo Colin and Greg Strause back in 2010.
Those who haven't seen the first film yet have…