beyond skyline

Do you remember Skyline, the 2010 science fiction movie about people trapped in an apartment during an alien invasion? Of course you don’t. It was awful. Terrible. Probably one of the worst movies given a wide release in theaters that year. But it was also cheap, produced for a modest $10 million budget, allowing it to make enough money to justify a sequel. And now, seven years later, the trailer for that sequel has arrived.

And it looks…not bad? Perhaps that’s because Beyond Skyline features a new cast, a new setting, a new director, and only a tenuous connection to the original movie.

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Triple Threat trailer

If you recognize the names Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, and Tiger Chen without looking them up, then your day is about to get a whole lot better: the three martial arts movie stars (who appeared in films like Ong-Bak, The Raid, and Man of Tai Chi, respectively) have teamed up for a new action movie called Triple Threat, and the first trailer has arrived. This is the Avengers of modern martial arts films.

If you don’t know these guys’ names and you’re a fan of bone-crunching action movies, allow this to be your introduction to what this group of cinematic badasses is all about.
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the raid

Last week it was revealed that Joe Carnahan would be directing a “re-imagining” of The Raid starring Frank Grillo. Now Carnahan has begun doing press, revealing more about his Raid film.

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Headshot Trailer - Iko Uwais

We should probably get this out of the way right now: Headshot is not The Raid. However, anyone wanting to see The Raid star Iko Uwais obliterate a number of other human beings with his fists, feet, and found objects of all shapes and sharpness will find plenty to treasure here. Directors Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto have made an action movie for action fans, where the focus is placed (mostly) on watching tough guys beat each other to a bloody pulp in the most spectacular ways imaginable. It’s a ton of fun.

The new Headshot trailer should seal the deal – you’re going to know whether you’re in or out pretty quickly.

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triple threat

Do you want to hear a really, really good idea? How about an action movie that unites the stars of Ong-Bak, Man of Tai Chi, and The Raid and lets them do what they do best. That’s the selling point of the appropriately titled Triple Threat, the latest film to be revealed at the American Film Market and a project that I would very much like to have injected into my eyeballs right now, thank you very much.

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Headshot review

Iko Uwais may not be a household name in the U.S. just yet, but among fans of a certain type of action movie he’s a superstar. The Indonesian actor and martial artist burst onto the scene with Merantau and had an even bigger breakthrough in The Raid. Headshot, from directors Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel (collectively known as the Mo brothers, though they are not actual brothers), has Uwais doing what he does best — kicking ass and taking names — with spectacularly entertaining results.  Read More »

Headshot Trailer - Iko Uwais

Two of the very best action films of the past decade are undoubtedly The Raid and The Raid 2: Berandal. The films deliver some of the most fast-paced, hard-hitting, perfectly choreographed action in recent memory, and while director Gareth Evans is responsible for bringing it all together, leading man Iko Uwais deserves plenty of credit for pulling off his own fight scenes and stunts. And now he’s back in what promises to be another brutal action flick, albeit with a derivative story.

Headshot is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, and the first trailer for the Indonesian action flick has just arrived online. If you loved the action in The Raid franchise, then you’ll definitely want to check this one out. Watch the Headshot trailer after the jump. Read More »

The Raid Star Wars

Three of the main actors from Gareth EvansThe Raid and The Raid 2 have roles in J.J. AbramsStar Wars: The Force Awakens. How did The Raid series star Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian (who played Mad Dog and Prakoso in the films) and Cecep Arif Rahman (who played “The Assassin” and fought in the kitchen finale of the sequel) make it into the new Star Wars film? I asked director J.J. Abrams for details and here is what he told me about The Raid stars in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Berg and Wahlberg Collaboration

The collaboration between actor/producer Mark Wahlberg and director/producer Peter Berg soldiers on following Entourage, Lone Survivor, and Ballers. Now Berg will make a film called Mile 22, an espionage thriller starring Wahlberg as a CIA agent stationed far from home, who has to deal with a whole variety of gun-toting enemies as he transports an informant out of town.

But the devil is in the details, and this new Berg and Wahlberg collaboration will also feature two versatile fighters: former MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, and Iko Uwais of The Raid. Read More »

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Star Wars Rebels Ezra Kanan

A fascinating answer to one of Star Wars Rebels‘ biggest questions headlines this latest edition of Star Wars Bits. In addition, below you can read about the following:

  • Billy Dee Williams might appear in Star Wars Episode VIII.
  • Iko Uwais has a “significant” role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
  • The rumor of a character name in The Force Awakens once again pops up.
  • Rumored titles of books tied to The Force Awakens have been revealed as well as the release plans.
  • Read a new excerpt to Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi.
  • Watch a clip from the Star Wars Rebels finale.
  • Dave Filoni breaks down season one of Star Wars Rebels and answers the big question, do Kanan and Ezra have to die?

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