Iron Monkey, A Classic Reborn

Surprisingly, some of us are still reminding people that long before Donnie Yen was rocking Hollywood in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and xXx: Return of Xander Cage, he was already a legend setting the bar high in his versatile period kung fu and modern action work. Often teamed with notable collaborators, these forged some truly great movies, especially with legendary filmmaker Yuen Woo-ping. Going back quite a few years, these included early highlights like Drunken Tai Chi, Tiger …

Adkins and Johnson team on a roll with The Debt Collector

The latest collaboration between leading man Scott Adkins and writer/director Jesse V. Johnson (following Savage Dog, Accident Man, Triple Threat, and Pit Fighter if you count the latter for Adkins’ cameo), The Debt Collector is another winner and refreshingly different at the same time. It may have also become my new favourite film from both men’s respective careers… In addition to Adkins and Johnson, I’ve been a huge fan of co-star Louis Mandylor since The Quest, Martial Law, and his lesser known …

Nightshooters panel at MCM Comic Con

I’ll be hosting an exclusive cast and filmmaker panel for new UK martial arts movie Nightshooters at MCM London Comic Con, where we’ll exclusively unveil the trailer. It’s released in UK cinemas from 27th July 2018. In Nightshooters, a group of filmmakers find themselves on the run from a violent horde of criminals after witnessing a brutal gangland execution. Unable to flee the building they have been shooting in, the hapless film crew use their technical skill and knowledge to survive …

Frank Grillo and more in Life of Action Vol. II

I’ve started unveiling featured names in my upcoming next book, the second volume of Life of Action. To kick things off, I officially announced actor Frank Grillo in the book, who is exclusively interviewed. Keep an eye on the Facebook page here to track the weekly announcements. Born in 1965 in New York, Frank Grillo is now recognised as one of the busiest and hardest working action actors today. Combining his passion across different art forms, he has forged a successful …

Accident Man is one of Scott Adkins’ best yet

Ever since Brit action star Scott Adkins announced plans to adapt his dream project for the screen, and planned to co-write, produce and star, action fans were keen to see the results. First printed in early 1990’s comic Toxic! – based on a character from a series of strips by Pat Mills (Judge Dredd) and Tony Skinner – Accident Man makes for highly original source material. As a starter, it gave Adkins and co-writer Stu Smalls a blank filmic canvas from which …

Life of Action – All Press

Here is a selection of the great press received for Life of Action so far! I am truly grateful that so many different people, from casual and avid film fans, through to young filmmakers, stunt guys, writers and academics, have embraced the book and really got on board with what it’s all about. It has made the whole journey and process totally worthwhile. Thanks so much for all the great support. Let’s keep it going and do Volume II soon! PODCAST I …

Guest on I Must Break This Podcast

I was happy to be invited to join episode 11 of I Must Break This Podcast, currently the only podcast dedicated to the career of action star, Dolph Lundgren who Mike also interviewed for his book, Life of Action. “On this month’s episode, we’re discussing the 1994 sports drama / action thriller Pentathlon. In this film, Dolph Lundgren played Eric Brogar, an East German Olympic athlete who defects to America in order to escape his sadistic coach.  Yet his violent …

Re:Born hits hard in the UK

Re:Born starring Tak Sakaguchi (Versus, Yakuza Weapon) and directed by Yuji Shinomura had its UK premiere at the The Fighting Spirit Film Festival in 2017 followed by Eureka Entertainment’s 2018 home release. Immediately below is my original write-up after seeing the film on the big screen, followed by my thoughts on re-visiting the action on Blu-ray. So what’s Re:Born? For those familiar with Tak’s work, Re:Born‘s early trailers teased a return to his tough, full-contact style of action which puts both himself and his …

Stunts and The Oscars

The long-awaited Oscar night is nearly here for 2018! As always, good luck to all the nominees. However, as usual, I really find it sad that we have to overlook a category for stunt coordinators, especially with so many nominated films over the years being action driven. It still seems crazy to me that this debate continues. Aside from the occasional Technical or Honorary award, which is presented low-key but great, how much cooler and more interesting would it be …

Eden Grey makes official selection at Artemis

It was great to hear that Eden Grey, a female-driven short action film I worked on, made official selection at the prestigious Artemis Women in Action Film Festival 2018. Writer/director Tyrone Samuels and everyone involved in making the film brought their best, worked hard and I had a blast designing the action with my good friend Francois Mequer. The film will be screening during the festival between 26-29 April 2018 in Santa Monica, California. Celebrating powerful women taking action onscreen, Artemis Motion Pictures created this …

The Martial Arts Kid is Back

With The Martial Arts Kid 2: Payback in the works, it’s the perfect opportunity to revisit the original film, before exploring the sequel and its newly launched Indiegogo campaign below. The original film, The Martial Arts Kid is a Karate Kid themed tale following rebellious teen Robbie (Jansen Panettiere) who has various run-ins with the law. He soon moves to Cocoa Beach, Florida to live with his Aunt Cindy (Cynthia Rothrock) and Uncle Glen (Don “The Dragon” Wilson) who also teach martial arts. …

Life of Action in Fighting Spirit Magazine

If you, too, were getting your pro wrestling fix in the January 2018 issue of Fighting Spirit Magazine, you may have spotted Life of Action and Scott Adkins‘ unmistakeable character, Yuri Boyka, within the pages of the magazine. As I work on the upcoming second volume, with more news to follow soon, this was a great boost and motivation to see! Fighting Spirit Magazine remains the UK’s only monthly magazine dedicated exclusively to pro wrestling and mixed martial arts, and covers both …

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