Sony Announces Movie Release Dates

After the epic hack of Sony Pictures, their movie studio is in need of some major blockbusters hits. In an effort to create buzz, Sony has just re-released their scheduled movie releases for the next few years. It is a re-release because Sony had already made some of these announcements. Here is a complete list of all their proposed movies:

The 5th Wave – 1/15/16
Grimsby – 3/4/16
Money Monster  – 4/8/16
The Angry Birds Movie – 5/20/16 (Really?)
The Shallows – 6/24/16
Ghostbusters – 7/15/16

ghostbusters, comedy, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthyNot a huge fan of reboots, but these ladies are hilarious, so I will give it a chance.

Sausage Party – 8/12/16
Patient Zero  – 9/2/16
The Magnificent Seven  – 9/23/16

Denzel  Washington, Chris Pratt, westernIt’s hard to be mad about this reboot, since the original is based off of Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai. So does that make this a triboot?

Inferno  – 10/16/16
Underworld 5  – 10/21/16

Kate BeckinsaleKate Beckinsale is back as Selene…please take my money.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – 11/11/16
Passengers  – 12/21/16

Chris Pratt, Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt? Color me intrigued, and I know nothing about this movie. Jennifer Lawrence is Hollywood gold, while Pratt is on a roll.

Jumanji – 12/25/16

JumanjiThis is a movie that does not need a reboot. An absolute classic.

The Dark Tower  – 1/13/17

Stephen KingFor those that cyberstalk me, you know I love to read. I picked up the first three books of this series, but have been having a hard time getting through the first book. Although, one of Stephen King’s books did make one of my all-time lists…here.

Resident Evil 6  – 1/27/17 (Another? This would be perfect for Netflix.)
Bad Boys 3 – (Too little, too late.)
Baby Driver – 3/17/17
Get Smurfy – 3/31/17
Barbie – 6/2/17 (What?)
Uncharted – 6/30/17

Naughty Dog, movies, video gamesFans have been waiting a long time for this movie. The games were enjoyable, but Nathan Drake always felt like a ripoff of Indiana Jones.

Marvel’s Spider-Man – 7/28/17 (An actual triboot. Has there been a film franchise which has fallen further?)
The Equalizer 2– 9/29/17 (The first one was fun, but he is no John Wick.)

The Lamb – 12/8/17
Animated Spider-Man – 7/20/18

Bad Boys 4 – 7/3/19 (What if 3 tanks like Fantastic Four or ASM 2? Be careful guaranteeing multiple movies.)

So which one excite you? Leave a comment below and let me know which are a must see.

Must See Martial Arts Films on Netflix Streaming

karate, kung fu, moviesGrowing up I always looked forward to Saturday afternoons because that was when they showed martial arts movies on t.v., such as Five Deadly Venoms and Clan of the White Lotus. Well times have changed; now when I want to watch a great karate (or kung fu) flick, I generally look to Netflix.

The difficulty I find is if you do not know what you are looking, then it is really hit-and-miss. This is why I am writing this piece. The following will be a list of must see martial arts movies on Netflix streaming service.

However, I do have to add two disclaimers: 1) There will be no Bruce Lee movies on this list. The reason? You will look him up without me telling you 2) This list is written for newbies to this genre; fans of this genre will already have seen the movies that I suggest.

The list is in alphabetical order, so they are in no way ranked. Thanks for taking the time to check out this post and I hope you find some new flicks to enjoy.

Bloodsport

Jean-Claude Van Damme, karate, kung fu, movies, martial arts

U.S. soldier Frank Dux (Jean-Claude Van Damme) has come to Hong Kong to be accepted into the Kumite, a highly secret and extremely violent martial-arts competition. After enduring a difficult training, Frank is given the opportunity to fight. But can he survive?

This movie offers great fight scenes, a solid storyline, and some comedy relief. It also has a fantastic villain, Chong Li, played by legendary Bolo Yeung. Fans will remember Bolo from Enter the Dragon. This movie came out in 1988 when Jean-Claude was starring in a string of highly enjoyable movies.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

karate, kung fu, movies

In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior (Chow Yun-Fat) gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his lover (Michelle Yeoh) to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story takes on a whole different level.

Ang Lee’s movie completely transformed the way martial arts films are depicted. He added a stylized quality to the fantastic performances by Chow-Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, and (my favorite) Ziyi Zhang. This film won Academy Awards for cinematography, best art direction, and best foreign film.

I strongly suggest that you search Netflix for Chow-Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh, and Ziyi Zhang because they always seem to be in good movies.

The Grandmaster

karate, kung fu, movies, martial arts

The story of the martial arts master (Ip Man) who taught the Wing Chun style of kung fu to Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee is obviously world-renowned, so it makes sense that everyone wants to know about the man that taught him. The Grandmaster is one of many current movies about the life of Ip Man. This one has a great story, along with phenomenal fight scenes. The battles between Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang are truly epic.

Ip Man

martial arts, movies, karate, kung fu

The life story of Yip Man, the first person to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun.

Yes, another Ip Man movie, but it is a completely different story. Donnie Yen (another must watch artist) gives an absolutely outstanding performance. Most people I know (who are into this genre) generally have this film in their top five.

The Legend of Drunken Master

Jackie Chan, karate, martial arts, kung fu, movies

From a land where honor and tradition reign, comes the legend of a martial-arts hero unlike any other — the “Drunken Master” — who can turn just one drink into devastation and humiliation for his enemies. His technique is fast, furious… and powerfully funny.

This is really Jackie Chan at his best. Do not let the comedy aspect fool you, this movie still offers fantastic fights. Jackie Chan is a highly underrated martial artist. This movie allows him to show off both his fighting and comedic skills.

Man of Tai Chi

Keanu Reeves, karate, kung fu, martial arts, movies

A young martial artist’s amazing skills in tai chi grant him entry into an underworld fight club.

Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut is right in my wheelhouse. He puts together a solid story with incredible fight scenes. It was also nice to see Tai Chi finally get some love.

Ong Bak

martial arts, moviesIn Thailand, the impoverished village of Ban Nong Pradu has its most precious Buddha statue stolen from the temple. Luckily the small town also has a very skilled fighter in the form of Ting (Tony Jaa), who sets out on a quest to recover the cherished figure.

Thailand gets into the mix with a movie that spawned a few sequels. Tony Jaa is absolutely amazing, and he is also someone whom you should check out. The story seems simple, but there is some added complexity. The real joy of this movie is the fight scenes.

 

There are many great martial arts films on Netflix, but these are a great starter set. Now you also have to check out the must sees that are not on Netflix, namely my two favorites: The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2: Berendal. I also strongly recommend John Wick (Keanu Reeves) because of the great action and epicly basic story.

Please leave a comment below with your favorite martial arts movie, which everyone should see.

This is a sample of the tamest fight scene in The Raid: Redemption. I do not want to show the best ones because I do not want to spoil the phenomenal fight scenes. Gareth Evans is the best director in this genre.

 

7 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015

2015 is upon us, and I realized that there are some movies that I look forward to seeing this year. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be a lot of A-list movies scheduled for this year; but there does seem to be quite a few comedies and brain dead action flicks (both of which are quite enjoyable). So without further ado, here are my seven most anticipated movies of 2015:

 

Number 7: Mission Impossible V

Can you believe that I cannot find a synopsis or poster for this movie? I thoroughly enjoyed the first one, suffered through the next two, then was pleasantly surprised with Ghost Protocol. They have switched directors again, which is troublesome, but these movies basically write themselves. This should be a good popcorn action flick; although I would not be surprised to see it moved back to 2o16. This film is set to release on December 25th.

 

Number 6: Spectre

James Bond, Daniel Craig, 007

A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.

I have been a James Bond fan for as long as I can remember, and I loved Daniel Craig’s Bond in Casino Royale. His Bond was so much grittier than we have previously seen. The opening chase seen in Casino Royale may be the best chase seen I have ever seen. The last two movies left a lot to be desired; seriously, what secret agent would use his actual name? That was just plain dumb, but I digress. As with all other movies I really look forward to seeing, I have not viewed any of the trailers. Let’s hope that they can recapture the magic of Casino Royale. Look for this movie in theaters on November 6th.

 

Number 5: London Has Fallen

Gerard Butler, movies, 2015

In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.

I saw the first movie, Olympus Has Fallen, at the drive-in and was shocked at how much I enjoyed it. In the first movie, Gerard Butler plays an ex-secret service agent that single handedly saves America once the White House is taken over by about ten guys with hand guns. Taking into account the recent troubles of the secret service, this may totally be possible. So chalk one up for realism. As the synopsis shows, there is not much to this storyline, which is perfect. I just wanna see two hours of ass kicking; a la John Wick. This movie is set to hit theaters on October 2nd.

 

Number 4: Ted 2

comedy, movies, 2015

Again, another movie without a synopsis; but do we really need one. Ted 2 will be the further hilarious adventures of an alcoholic, drug using teddy bear and his best friend. Checking out the poster, it looks like Ted has settled down to start a family. No, not with Tammy. This movie will hit theaters on June 26th.

 

Number 3: Jurassic World

movies, 2015, Chris Pratt

Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.

Humans screwing with dinosaur DNA again. What could possibly go wrong? The first movie was one of the best sci-fi, action flicks of all-time. The follow-ups have all fallen flatly on their faces, so to reinvigorate the series, they bring in Chris Pratt. I really like this decision and am hopefully for a successful relaunch to this world. Although, I would not be surprised to see a movie that grosses a ton of money, but is overall pretty average. Think Superman or The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2. This movie will hit the theaters on June 12th.

 

Number 2: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Marvel comics, 2015, movies

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans.

I do not like that they changed Ultron’s origin, but Joss Whedon has earned the leeway which the first Avengers movie. Ultron may finally give fans what they want from a villain: a badass. It is no secret that the villains in these movies have been paper thin, so Ultron needs to fill this void. And for fans that know his story, this is a total possibility. This movie will easily surpass one billion dollars, and I am expecting an even better movie than the original. That is saying a lot. You will see me in line on May 1st.

 

Number 1: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

movies, jedi, 2015

A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983).

I LOVE this synopsis. I do not want to know anything about this movie before it hits theaters; I, for one, will be walking into the lobby once a preview is shown is theater. This is the most excited I have been for a movie in as long as I can remember. Would I have preferred the story of Grand Admiral Thrawn? Hell, yes. But I do understand the need to include Luke, Leia, and Han. This will be an early Christmas present for all, as it will be in theaters on December 18th.

These are my most anticipated movies of 2015. Which movies are you looking forward to this year? Leave a comment below.