ActionFest Gets A First Look At Iko Uwais In Action On Set Of THE RAID (SERBUAN MAUT)

Indonesia made a return to martial arts film after a long absence with 2009's Merantau. Directed by Gareth Huw Evans the film introduced silat star Iko Uwais to the world, winning fans at PiFan, Fantasia and Sitges while taking an... More »
By Todd Brown   

ActionFest '11: NEVER BACK DOWN II (Rough Cut) Review

The tricky proposition of reviewing a rough-cut of a film is that it probably still has several passes through the editing suite, but since they screened Michael Jai White's directorial debut in front of many a Mixed Martial Arts enthusiast here at... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   


Tired of waiting for either MGM's bankruptcy or the decision to change the Chinese villains to North Koreans in the beleaguered Red Dawn remake?  Australia has your solution in the form of Tomorrow,  When The War Began.  A group of teenagers take a weekend... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

ActionFest Presents A Chick Fight! It's The Trailer For Trish Stratus' BAIL ENFORCERS

Premiering at ActionFest 2011 Saturday at 7pm is Trish Stratus star vehicle Bail Enforcers. The former WWE champion stars as a bounty hunter in the low budget offering that takes great advantage of her physical skills.A group of down-on-their-luck bounty... More »
By Todd Brown   

ActionFest '11: The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch Review

[With an upcoming sequel, and its North American Premiere at ActionFest, it's high time we revisit James Marsh's review.] Who would have thought there was a Belgian comic book hero out there to rival Tintin? I will come clean on... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

ActionFest '11: Ironclad Review

"What a tedious little man!" snarls Brian Cox after dealing-slash-politicking against Paul Giamatti for the hearts and minds of the British peasantry.  Far from it, to enjoy Ironclad is to embrace one of the most ridiculous, yet delightful moments of over-the-top royalty... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

ActionFest '11: Outrage Review

[With it screening at ActionFest, it's time to revisit Todd's Cannes Review of Takeshi Kitano's return to Yakuza.]Takeshi Kitano is back. After a trio of increasingly self-reflective films Kitano is back in the genre where he built his name and... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

ActionFest '11: Machete Maidens Unleashed Review

[Now screening at ActionFest, here is Todd's review of the latest cult-niche documentary from Mark Hartley]In 2008 - armed with a deep love of cult film, a brace of insightful interviews with key figures, a mountain of skill at the... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

ActionFest '11: HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN Review

[Have you been seeing a certain Hobo that looks like Rutger Hauer popping up all over the place lately?  He makes a hop over to ActionFest as a midnight movie.  Here is my take on Jason Eisener's Trash-terpiece from when... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

ActionFest: Where Guys Jump off Buildings for Your Entertainment

Day One of ActionFest had a visual treat for festival goers and random Asheville residents alike, as this brave fellow jumped off a several story rooftop near the Arcade Bar just as many  folks were getting off work downtown.  Video... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

ActionFest '11: SUPER Review

[With James Gunn's Super now screening at ActionFest, and VOD and select cinemas it's as good a time as any to revisit my review.]Do not let the sprightly pencil crayon song-and-dance credit sequence fool you, James Gunn's latest film,... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

ActionFest: Their festival bumpers can kick your festival bumpers' ass

Because I am just about to hit the road for a serious Drive-By-Night Road Trip down to North Carolina, I've got ActionFest on the brain.  And look at this spiffy bumper that just popped up online.... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   

ActionFest 2011: Full film lineup, jury and guests announced!

[Updated with festival trailer]The balance of the lineup for this year's ActionFest in Asheville, NC, was announced today as well as who is on the jury and the special guest list. This is going to be a special four days.You... More »
By Andrew Mack   

ActionFest Announces First 2011 Titles!

Ladies and gentlemen, the sophomore edition of ActionFest shall kick off with the North American premiere of Jonathan English's Ironclad. After this there will be Thai action madness (Bangkok Knockout), Rutger Hauer shooting people in the goriest fashion possible (Hobo... More »
By Todd Brown   

Attention Filmmakers! Take the ActionFest "30 Seconds of Action Challenge"

ActionFest is returning this April in Asheville, North Carolina to champion the best in action cinema, but while the festival is still a few days away from announcing some of this year's film slate as well as the 2011 recipient... More »
By Peter K.   

More Fists To The Face Than Any Other Festival Ever! ACTIONFEST Is Returning!

Ladies and gentlemen, ActionFest is returning. After a successful launch in 2010 and with Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes now taking the reins as Festival Director things are gearing up for the 2011 edition. Advisers are... More »
By Todd Brown   

The Director Of DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS Trying To Muscle In On The ActionFest Brand ...

Dear Warner Brothers: Smarten up and sort this out.Back in April of this year I was invited to Asheville, North Carolina to sit on the jury of the inaugural ActionFest. A brand new festival founded by Aaron (Brother Of Chuck)... More »
By Todd Brown   

Action Florentine anyone? UNDISPUTED III Director talks

Undisputed III blew me out of the water so the chance to talk to direc tor Isaac Florentine was something I just couldn't pass up. This email exchange revealed him to be articulate in a way that so few subjects... More »
By Dave Canfield   

Magnet Releasing adds 'Mandrill' to its lineup

It's a good thing I am not a betting man because I would have lost this one. I would have thought for sure after last September's enthusiastic reception of Mandrill, the third film with martial artist Marko Zaror and director... More »
By Andrew Mack   

ACTIONFEST knows where the action is... Colin Geddes' beard!!!

I was going to say something about finding action in his pants but I would know nothing about that no matter how awesome it would read in the headline. His beard though is where I KNOW the action is. It's... More »
By Andrew Mack   
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