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.
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!
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.
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?
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!
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!!!
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!
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*
July 28, 2009
The journey comes to an end as a young country elf named Link squares off against the evil dark lord Ganon.
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.
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