Martial arts movies hold a place in many people’s hearts. Whether one grows up watching Chinese string martial art movies with the crazy moves mid-air, the realistic Bruce Lee fight scene, Jackie Chan doing crazy stunts with anything he can grab onto or anything in between.
What is it about martial arts that intrigue people to watch them performed in film? Is it the feats they can accomplish? Is it the quickness and crisp moves that can take down an opponent? Perhaps it can be as simple as enjoyment and as complex as the desire to want to do the moves for personal reasons. Whatever the reasons, martial arts movies bring in new actors and actresses who want to showcase their abilities as the real deal and have their movies tell the viewer a great story. One such actress who has been catching eyes outside the “mainstream” Hollywood cinema is Jennifer Linch.
She is a film maker, director, actress and a master of the martial arts; being able to do her own stunt work without the need of a stunt person. She has the look, the skills and the drive to make her films her way and with her own unique style. After watching her short film, Flowers of the Night, it allows the viewer to see her passion, her style, and her ability to kick some butt as well as give her a medium to showcase acting ability as well. She has been working on some new projects and keeping herself busy, but one of her newer projects that she has been tinkering with is her project called, Unsaid.
Unsaid is a first person POV film about a cop who’s wife was kidnapped and murdered, initiating a spree of vengeance on the people who took her away from him. The film uses music to emphasize on mood and emotions, leaving no need for dialogue. Everything is told through visual means as well as orchestrated music. Though it isn’t completely done yet, there is a lot of potential and talent in this film.
When asked what influenced her into making the film this way and how difficult it was, she said she was influenced a lot by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Her writer made her sit down to watch it and after five minutes she got hooked, it became one of her favorite movies. It didn’t have the fancy effects like a blue screen or green screen but just a good script and good acting abilities.
Her motivation for the short was also to test herself and the abilities to create a film where dialogue doesn’t exist. The only emotions you can feel is through the visual and the tone set through the audio, whether it be soft music or adrenaline fueled. She had to rehearse a lot with hand acting (through the POV format) and learn different techniques to showcase the first person acting and fighting sequences in a nice sequential way.
Jennifer also has an eye for detail and her directing abilities are unique. When asked if there was a filmmaker she would like to model herself after, she said Jeong-beom Lee. He is a Korean film maker who directed films like The Man From Nowhere and No Tears For the Dead. The way he was able to use music to set the tone and make the emotions come to the forefront was something she is wanting to continue to learn and use for her own films.
As mentioned earlier, people love martial arts for different reasons. Asking her why she chose martial arts and what it is that she enjoys from it, she says that it was her brother that got her into it. Her brother is a martial arts instructor and when they were younger, he would rent only martial arts movies. Jennifer was intrigued and heavily influenced by studying it and learning from the movies.
One of her goals is to focus on doing martial arts fantasy comedy movies. In fact, she revealed that in January she will be in Toronto doing her feature film called Kung Fu Ghost, which will be a supernatural, romantic, martial art comedy. Sign me up for front row seats. It sounds unique and a nice popcorn feature that will put smiles on peoples faces.
Linch is quite a talented actress and martial artist who loves weapon fighting. So, she’s quite a bad-ass. Movies are filled with stunt people but Jennifer does her own stunts. When asked why she wants to do her own stunts, she states “I like doing stunts myself. I don’t want to cheat my viewers. That’s just my thing.”
Asking how much time is needed to pull off such choreography, she says, “Normally we would need about 3-4 weeks to create a really good fight scene and do it safe but since we are so small, we have 2-3 days.” After hearing that, you have to give it up to her and her creative team. To take precise choreography and fight scenes and only have a couple of days to rehearse, which also involves camera staging, is so refreshing to show how much it means to them. Showing how dedicated their team is to get blocking and the stunt work down, so everyone is safe but looks awesome. Hats off to them all.
She is continuing to hone her craft and film making abilities as well as acting and fighting. In time, she can hopefully get even more notoriety and show her love of martial arts to an even wider audience. It was a pleasure talking with her, learning more about her, the films she loves and some of her dream projects with martial arts. If you would like to know more about Jennifer, check out her YouTube page: youtube.com/user/FoodTravelwithJenny
Transformers Rise Of The Beast will definitely be a movie I’m going to watch repeatedly.
This was an epic movie overall. What else can I say without giving spoilers? Not a lot else, unfortunately, but I will try. So the start was interesting as it takes place in 1994, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts takes the audience on a globetrotting adventure with the Autobots and introduces a whole new faction of Transformers – the Maximals – to join them as allies in the existing battle for Earth. There are quite a few hidden gems to look for. The humor in this one was excellent definitely the 90s were everywhere in this movie.
The action was awesome as a Transformers movie should be and it does have a decent storyline. The film also has Great references to the older Transformer properties as well. As a major fan of the beast war series, it was awesome to see that version of the universe brought to the big screen. However, there were some moments of eh, been done many times. But just a couple despite being another Transformers movie. but this one did give more life to the series for me to be intrigued to see where it goes. The movie is a good 2 hours long so it goes at a good pace.
But with that being the only bad thing, in my opinion, it is a great theater movie. I think it added some freshness to the franchise. That with a nice blend of the 90s nostalgia. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. This is Chris, an honest review writer until the next movie, see you next time.
Justice League: Warworld Official Trailer
Until now, the Justice League has been a loose association of superpowered individuals. But when they are swept away to War World, a place of unending brutal gladiatorial combat, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the others must somehow unite to form an unbeatable resistance able to lead an entire planet to freedom.
AMC presents Anne Rice’s ‘Interview with the Vampire’: Bloody beautiful, dear heart
Set as a sequel series of sorts to the original film, the vampire Louis du Pointe du Lac approaches reporter Daniel Molloy decades later to do an actual, honest exclusive of his life as a vampire.
As we all know, Rice’s original movie Interview with the Vampire is a classic and features some of the most gorgeous male performances around. Brad Pitt as Louis, Tom Cruise as a flippant blonde-haired Lestat, Antonio Banderas as the ravishing Armand, Christian Slater as the reporter, and even a quite young Kirsten Dunst as the tiny terror Claudia. Rice has a whole world of her making about vampires, witches, mummies, and other world-ending supernatural creatures, and they are all achingly beautiful, and usually quite melancholy about their beleaguered existence.
Before her passing, Anne Rice was directly involved with the new show, wrote the updated scripts herself, and was often on hand for consulting during filming. A whole bunch of revamps (sorry) were made to the original story, including but not limited to – Louis du Pointe du Lac (Jacob Anderson) is now a black man in early 20th century New Orleans, no longer a slave plantation man but now the proud owner of several brothels on a certain street, with a very much still-alive family who presents Louis with lots of troubles, and oh yeah, he’s in the closet too.
At this point, I want to note something important about the gay elements of the show. Rice originally published her novel Interview way back in 1976, and every single last gay tendency, male or non-binary or whatever, got her a good deal of flack. Rice has long been known for characters, vampire or other, who transcend the notion of physical sexuality into more of a divine lust of the spirit. Sure, there are plenty of physical love scenes still, but homosexuality was never something Rice just threw in to be provocative, she made no defining lines on the way her supernatural creatures could love each other, and personally I think that’s stellar.
So all of Louis’ own issues aside, things are about to get remarkably more troubling, with the advent of a blonde-haired Adonis with ice-blue eyes and a razor-sharp jawline, and an even sharper set of fangs, Lestat de Lioncourt (Sam Reid). Initially, Lestat professes to admire Louis and his capability in running his various enterprises, seemingly satisfied with going along on brothel adventures (Lestat has long been known to bang anything that’ll hold still long enough) and verbally poking Louis to see where his “do not cross” lines are.
Not a single person who knows Anne Rice and her original novel, or even the first film, can deny the insane connection Louis and Lestat happen to have. Love and lust and envy and hatred are all tangled up in the relationship of these two vampires, made more complicated by the fact that Lestat is Louis’ Sire, or Maker if you prefer. This particular portrayal of the love story between two compelling characters, one inherently kind and desirous to do good (or at least not be bad) in an unfeeling world, the other an arrogant prince of the immortal kind with seemingly little regard for the pain he causes others (other than in an amusement capacity), how they push and pull at each other and cause each-other so much damage but simply find themselves both unable to give up the other entirely, can be an allegory for all the bad-for-you relationships, regardless of sexual orientation. And things are made so much more wretched when a third vampire is introduced to their little damned family.
The portrayal of Claudia (Bailey Bass) in this version of the story, a teenage black female with a sickeningly sweet Southern accent, has some rather different origin scenes too. Most of Claudia’s arc, while moving the story right along at a healthy clip, is full of complaints at the odd restraints of her existence – Louis cautions for temperance, while Lestat gives that wicked grin and encourages Claudia to revel in her bloody existence as a vampire. Jealousy rears its inevitable head, whether its Lestat’s envy of the brother-sister father-daughter relationship Louis has with Claudia, or Claudia’s own jealousy of the rather obvious romantic relationship between Louis and Lestat, or even the jealousy of seasoned vampires watching a fledgling getting to experience many supernatural firsts – vampires are immortal and unchanging, after all, so anything new and surprising is zealously sought after and treasured almost as much as blood. So when Claudia inevitably starts acting out, things are made so much worse with the realization that she’s actually far more terrible than Lestat when it comes to restraint, as in, she has none.
Then there’s what’s happening with the present – a ridiculously expensive high-rise and high-res environmentally-controlled apartment in Dubai, an accent-less and increasingly begrudging Louis, insistent on following a proper timeline to his stories but still attempting to conceal things from Molloy, even after he swore he wouldn’t, his assistant Rashid (Assad Zaman) is also getting more and more protective of his Master, and Molloy himself, who never had a bullsh*t tolerance in the first place, getting more strident as the interview rages on in his search for the raw, honest truth. Because redemption can come from honesty in this interview, even for the reporter conducting it, if only Molloy would allow it.
Full of gorgeous scenery, familial ties that bind and gag, revelations about the nature of love and how it can twist when used as a weapon, and absolutely stellar performances from every single actor involved, Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire can be devoured on AMC now!