Enter the Fist — My Movie Poster for a Movie that I’m In

September 19, 2016

Bizarre story: I was standing around one day when Oliver Stone’s son, Sean Stone, and Jean-Claude Van Damme’s daughter, Bianca Van Damme, and Alexander Wraith from Orange is the New Black, were about to have lunch when they looked over at me and were like, “You should be a John Travolta thug in our movie!”

And so, that is just what I became. It was so awesome working on the set of Enter the Fist and the Golden Fleecing. It’s an action comedy inspired by 1980’s action flicks with tons of really cool cameos …like Danny Trejo, Ernie Reyes Jr (yup!! One of my childhood favorites from Ninja Turtles!!!!) and a lot of pro-wrestlers and martial artists.Enter the Fist and the Golden Fleecing.jpg

Taimak (yup again!!! The very same Taimak from the 1985 cult classic The Last Dragon) at one point enlisted me to reenact a fight scene from Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon. We were off-camera, in the patio outside the studio (afternoon sunshine gleaming all around) with a relatively small audience including stunt coordinator Pete Antico. Taimak, of course, played the part of Bruce Lee …and I was the guy getting beat up hahaha. But throughout the reenactment, Taimak described how this was more than just a fight. It was an emotional release. With each kick and punch, Bruce Lee’s character was in reality facing his fears and ultimately conquering the terrors of his past.

Perhaps one of the most surreal moments happened after I filmed a scene and got a few laughs – playing up the 1980s action comedy theme – Michael Dudikoff (the dude from the American Ninja movies that I watched as a kid!!!!!) came up to me, shook my hand, and said, “It was wonderful working with you!”

As a visual artist, I was so inspired by my experience that I ended up creating a movie poster. This artwork can now be seen on the IMDb page for Enter the Fist, with many the actors tagged in it (me included, Rey Marz as the Travolt Thug!!! I’m on the bottom row …the lead hair stylist, Leesa Simone, did a great job puffing up my hairdo like Saturday Night Fever)

Be sure to check it out!

 


Clark Kent: The Movie

August 16, 2012

Imagine if mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent was leading a double life … not as Superman but as baseball sensation Bud Smith, pitching for the Metropolis Titans.Image

Well, this actually happened, way back in 1947, in a series of episodes called Superman vs. Kryptonite (click to listen commercial-free) made for the radio show Adventures of Superman (click for the whole series, with classic commercials).  Spanning over a decade, from 1940 to 1951, the show seemed way ahead of its time, tackling serious issues such as racism and corruption in politics.

Sometimes you can even hear Superman shouting famously, “Up, up, and away!” and then “Down, down!” to help listeners visualize his flying maneuvers.

While it’s fun listening to this program, a particular delight can come from watching the action unfold.  In this short film, news reporter Lois Lane and photographer Jimmy Olsen are trying to figure out who this baseball player really is … Bud Smith or …. Clark Kent?

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Who or what is the Psychic Star Division?

April 26, 2012

They posted a creepy video on youtube:

Apocalyptic vision?  Or sophisticated community college prank?

“The photosynthetic world is collapsing,” cautions a poem that accompanies the video, leaving the rest up to us to decide what to do with our day.  Creepy!

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One Million B.C. — historically accurate movie review!!

December 30, 2011

Since we are always approaching a new year, it’s never too early to start one of those retrospectives that looks back through time.  In this case we will take a look back at One Million B.C.  It’s a movie starring famous celebrity Raquel Welch and some other fine cave people living among a variety of dinosaurs…  and also one super-humongous iguana.

It’s filmed like a real documentary.  As you’d expect from cavemen, we get lots of expressive grunting and bloodcurdling AAAAAHHHHS!!!  But there is also a love story.  Raquel Welch is from the blonde-haired tribe, where they do arts and crafts.  Needless to say, she falls for a caveman from the much tougher brunette tribe.  And wow are they tough!  A simple fight over scraps of dino-chicken can easily escalate to epic proportions.

Naturally, the narrator is the only one who speaks English (or Spanish, depending on which dubbed version you are watching).  But he doesn’t last throughout the whole movie.  Quite suddenly he disappears, mysteriously, after only about ten minutes into the movie.  We can only speculate his disappearance must have something to do with plot we are dealing with:  Cavemen.  Dinosaurs.  AAAAAHHHH!!!

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Thor – The Movie

September 13, 2011

In his struggles against good and evil, the Mighty Thor ends up getting stripped of his super powers … but not his super charm!

Thor’s father, King Odin (a.k.a. Anthony Hopkins with an eye patch and a whole warrior’s wardrobe), must now decide who will be the next Thor.  Will it be Thor (played by Chris Hemsworth)?  Or will it be his angst-ridden brother Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston … picture on bottom-left)?  Soon the fates will be clear:  There can be only one Thor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S.: Thor is now available on VHS.  Grab a copy today!

P.P.S: Be on the lookout for a special guest appearance from cameo film star Stan Lee!

 

 

 

 

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Phantasm – a Phan-tastic Movie Review!

July 4, 2011

Phantasm is a cult classic starring a floating silver ball and a slender yet beefy funeral director who can lift anything as if it were styrofoam.  Costarring is a guitar-picking ice cream man, a pesky monster fly, and a boy who runs around the neighborhood spying on his older brother with a huge pair of binoculars.

Of course, with this much going on, trouble will inevitably ensue for quite a few Phantasm sequels.

But in the world of Phantasm, trouble is actually a whole lot of … phun!

*movie reviewer cringes appropriately*

 

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Zelda Movie 3: Return of the Hero

July 28, 2009

Game.OverThe journey comes to an end as a young country elf named Link squares off against the evil dark lord Ganon.

*spoiler alert*

Link wins, of course. And in the name of his picturesque homeland of Hyrule (and in honor of the lovely Princess Zelda who had sent him on this quest in the first place) he reclaims what Ganon had stolen:

The Triforce … a trio of triangular power-tablets which have a rightful place back at Hyrule Castle … spreading extreme peace and harmony throughout the land.

And Link goes down in Hyrulian history as a dependable hero.

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Thus concludes this Legend of Zelda Movie Trilogy.

Find out where it all began:

Legend of Zelda: The Motion Picture
The hero gets all the glory.

Legend of Zelda: Part Two
Villain Strikes Back

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More Thor Movies

June 14, 2009

Three main topics inspired this article:  Marvel Comic’s movie The Mighty Thor (2011) and the movie Hammer of the Gods (2009), and how Vikings never wore horns on their helmets, except during moments of prayer.

In Hammer of the Gods, Home Improvement’s Zachery Ty Bryan, stars as Thor, the God of Thunder.  Only he has amnesia.  To his Viking buddies, he is just an ordinary guy who happens to have the name Thor. You see, without his famous hammer, he can’t remember who he is.  And he’s pretty powerless, too, as we see here in this film clip:

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The legendary hammer is, in fact, locked away in a temple on a mountaintop, guarded by a couple of unlikely villains:

1) a tribe of mostly hairless werewolves (mainly covered in black paint to cut back on hair effects, which can be quite costly on movie productions)

2) a traitorous Viking in Thor’s midst (but Thor saw it coming, especially after they waved swords at each other, menacingly, from opposing cliffsides).

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Harrowing? Yes! Do we deserve more? Yes, as long as Thor himself is up to it, which I am sure he is.Thorrific

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Stan Lee’s Lightspeed – superfast review!

March 23, 2009

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Marvel Comics guru Stan Lee brings us Lightspeed—the next generation in middle-aged superheroing!

Lightspeed’s Origin:

Daniel Leight was just an ordinary 50-something year old commando in the elite task force known as The Ghost Squad. In addition to their guns and ski masks, they have the latest in wrist-activated walky-talkies. Plus, Lee Majors (the Six Million Dollar Man!!) is their leader. And on Lee Majors’ desk there is a picture of his most special commando Daniel Leight.

Life was good … until, somehow, Daniel gets injured on the job.

An experimental radiation treatment cures him … but it also gives him light speed power. He runs real fast. To prevent getting windburn, he wears a ski outfit. To keep his elderly heart from exploding, he drinks cool-blue adrenaline juice.ghostsquad1

 

Lightspeed’s Archenemy Python:

Let’s just say that he’s a failed scientist. His reptilian experiments went up in smoke, mutating him into the monster we see today. With no job, no girlfriend, and no more government funding, Python goes on a rampage of pure jealousy, ransacking the richest, most successful science labs.d_leight

But don’t worry. There’s no need to save the day, not if Lightspeed is on the way!

(Sorry for the lengthy review. I’ll make the rest of it so fast you won’t even see it happen!)stan_lee

 

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Anaconda –Trickiest Trilogy Ever

August 2, 2008

They made four Anaconda movies, all featuring a big snake, sometimes gentically altered, and always hungry for human-sized prey.  But only three involved celebrities.  Why?  Well, here is a sneak peek at the inner workings of the film industry:

Ever since celebrities J-Lo, John Voight, and Ice Cube blew up theaters with 1997’s Anaconda, producers have wondered, “How can we turn this thing into a trilogy?”

Answer: Get more celebrities!

But after seeing the first Anaconda, celebrities weren’t convinced. After all, the snake was dead. How could there be another snake? It just wouldn’t make sense.

So, producers made an unofficial sequel entitled Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid without the help of any celebrities.  (Nothing against the fine actors who starred in this film; you are all totally wonderful and may you continue to achieve awesome success).

After the Anacondas movie, celebrities came back in pairs. David Hasselhoff and John Rhys-Davies were on board to round off the final two movies, both of which were now officially numerically entitled  . . .  Anaconda 3 and Anaconda 4: Trail of Blood.

So, if we exclude Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid as a kind of booby trap made to re-attract celebrities, Anaconda 1, 3, and 4 will altogether become the trickiest trilogy ever!

[Pictured here is John Rhys-Davies, the bearded buddy Sala from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.  He played in Anaconda 3 and 4, as a millionaire who spends his time financing the genetic alteration of anacondas … and also reading silently from big, thick books (the dictionary?) while standing at a podium.

MOVIE UPDATE:  After this review was written, Andaconda 4: Trail of Blood has now officially been renamed to Anacondas: Trail of Blood.

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