The subject of this interview, she can be called many things. An Actress, Scream Queen, Horror Icon, Writer, Producer, but the one thing you could never call Brooke Lewis Bellas is unmotivated.
Brooke Lewis Bellas has been acting for over 20 years and is known for her work in movies including iMurders (2008), Sinatra Club (2010) and Slime City Massacre (2010). I was thrilled to set up this interview with Brooke shortly after working with her on Leave Quietly (2021), a streaming series I wrote/directed which is currently in Post-Production.
I can tell you first hand, that Brooke Lewis Bellas…
Some of you may not know the name Sion Sono. He is a Japanese director, writer and poet and, in the writing/directing stakes, his movies include: Vagina and Virgin (Short), Phallus: The Man, No-Pants Girls: Movie Box-ing2, Bad Film and many, many more.
Who then, would you pair with this, seemingly, quite ‘out-there’ writer and director on his latest movie, Prisoners Of The Ghostland? Why, Nicolas Cage, obviously!
Did you know that Sao Paolo, Brazil has the largest Japanese population outside of Brazil? No? Me neither, well, know you do and that’s one thing you can take away from Yakuza Princess.
Sadly, it is one of the only things you can take away from this film based on a Danilo Beyruth graphic novel, co-written by Kimi Lee , Tubaldini Shelling, Fernando Toste and director Vicente Amorim (“The Division”, “As Canalhas (TV)”).
The movie sees Jonathan Rhys Meyers (“Vikings (TV)”, “Mission: Impossible III”) wake-up in a hospital in Brazil, with a lack of memory. …
We previously said that we’re in a run of female lead action movies. Starting with Jolt from Amazon Prime, Kate from Netflix and now Sky (or Netflix depending on your location) throw their hat in the ring with Gunpowder Milkshake.
Her handler is Nathan, Paul Giamatti (“Sideways”, “12 Years A Slave”), who himself is working for a group of older men who seem to decide on the targets.
Sometimes, you wait forever for an action movie and then three come along at once! Should you be waiting for a female lead action movie you would usually be waiting even longer, and then three come along at once!
First out of the blocks, from Amazon Prime, was Jolt, which we reviewed here, which starred Kate Beckinsale in the title role and we have seen Beckinsale in action roles previously, the Underworld series for starters.
Quick to jump on this bandwagon were, of course, Netflix, who recently countered with their own female lead actioner in the form of…
Zero Gravity is a documentary following teacher Tanner Marcoida from the Campbell Middle School in San Jose as he enters a group of students into a competition to make an autonomous robot that will be used on the International Space Station (ISS).
None of the children have coded before, apparently it isn’t taught in school, which is surprising these days. The competition is tough, with rules to follow meaning teams can steal other teams items and robots have to be able to take items to an assembly zone.
The children have various passions, one professes to wanting to…
The worst has happened. I mean, in the grand scheme of things it isn’t the worst-worst, the world isn’t going to end or anything like that, but it is bad.
The opening scene of The Fatal Raid, a 2019 Hong Kong actioner just now making it to our screens, is filmed using shaky-cam. That’s right, all those long hours of training, the fight choreography, wasted, because you miss it all in the throws of a camera being thrown around. It’s like watching a film, on your mobile, on a rollercoaster.
Anyway, things don’t get much better as The…
History has taught us a great many things. Of course, it is up to us as to whether we act on them or not, but the teachings are there.
As an example, I give you that it’s not always a good idea for an artist to write, record and produce their own album, it has not always produced the best results, sonically speaking.
On the visual front, i.e. movies, things are a little different. It happens often that the writer, or writers, of a movie are also given the opportunity to direct. …
I was hoping, expecting, that Snake Eyes would be good, I was wrong. I was hoping that Snake Eyes would mean Hollywood might do a good martial arts movie, I was wrong.
Things don’t get off to the best of starts as director Robert Schwentke (“RED”, “R.I.P.D.”), for reasons best known to him, decides to go down the shaky-cam route.
The early fight scenes are shot in shaky-cam and so close that you could read the washing instructions on the clothes being worn. This means you miss most of what’s going on…great.
That does calm down as the…
Bong, Donnie Yen (“Mulan”, “ Enter The Fat Dragon “), is a by the book cop who winds up testifying and sending a bunch of other cops, mostly his friends, to prison.
The leader of this group Ngo, Nicholas Tse (“New Police Story”, “Bodyguards And Assassins”), has taken it upon himself to wage an all out war on the police, mainly by killing them.
When Bong realises who’s involved, as do the rest of his team, it’s a worst case scenario, but these guys are now cop killers, so they go for them.
The film is written and…