There’s one thing I’ve learned about fandoms during this nerd renaissance though, and it is that they’ll complain and be bitter about anything if it’s different or a reimagining without giving it a single chance. If you have watched the original Power Rangers again past turning the age of 20 years you realize that the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers series didn’t have too much to it. The show was catered towards seven-year old kids who wanted to see roundhouse kicks and robot dinosaurs fight monsters. That show delivered what it needed to to get merchandising sales. I personally went into the theater not expecting much at all past that, yet walking out a lot more fulfilled. The crazy thing about all these comic book remakes since Iron Man (which I believe set today’s formulaic standard for all these adaptations and remakes we see every year) is that after about nine years of putting stuff out, other studios are realizing that story is key.
A flurry of fists set the tone between Brendon Huor and James Young in their new test fight, dir. by Emmanuel Manzanares
Whatever happens, don’t ever take your eyes off of independent filmmaker and LBP Stunts Chicago founding member Emmanuel Manzanres. Because at the end of the day, Manzanares is a friggin machine when it comes to putting his direction and choreography skills to the test, working with innumerous professionals of the stunt field both in and outside his own team. I’ve covered his action gems more times than I can count on my blog as Manzanares has become more and more prolific over the years through the blogosphere with his contributions to the independent and mainstream action cinema world, and that coverage continues this week with his latest treat featuring performances by Brendon Huor and James Young.
The new test fight marks the latest collaboration between Huor and Young, both well and highly respected stuntmen and fight choreographers to date with respective credits including indie action faves such as Thousand Pounds Action Company’s Naruto Shippuden: Dreamer’s Fight, as well as last year’s Wonder Woman shortfilm nod, First Impressions, and the Zoë Bell action headliner, Raze. With any luck, this won’t be the last time we see these two together working on something that will blow our minds in due time. And on one programming note, if things go as planned, Film Combat Syndicate contributing film critic, Thousand Pounds co-founder and actor Darren Bailey may likely be able to share an inteview with Young joined by fellow stuntman/performer Aaron Toney upon the forthcoming release of their latest work on Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Time will tell if this will be possible though, particularly since peoples’ schedules are very tight, but keep it in mind nonetheless. In the meantime check out Huor and Young in the embed below where you may also subscribe to LBP Stunts Chicago for more awesome videos.
2013 saw a pretty eventful summer for independent filmmaker Leo Kei Angelos who gained significant notoriety for his stellar DC Comics Wonder Woman tribute, First Impressions, and the highly favored live-action stunt-loaded ode to Family Guy, Epic Chick Fight. Amidst the height of his press Angelos took the time to share a comedic little action skit titled Hip-Hop vs. Ballet GANG FIGHT.
Newly reuploaded on his YouTube channel, Angelos directed the piece and briefly appears with lead performer, actor Geran Simpson, whose most recent action reel can be viewed by clicking HERE. Hip-Hop vs. Ballet GANG FIGHT also features the b-girl stylings of multifaceted actress, stuntwoman and dancer Peipei Alena Yuan, along with Sarah “Smac” MacReanor and Sharon Berezin, and actors Manny Ayala and Scott Rosen.
My journey here as a writer has been quite fruitful, as seeing and watching, and just observing the online action community has allowed me to talk to, and share insight a lot of talented and gorgeous stuntwomen who can do incredible things. Jessie Graff is one of them.
I initially wanted to tease some of this earlier on, but unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to as things were still developing. Conclusively though, it was worth the wait, thanks in part to solid editing, and the incredible action direction from stunt coordinator Darren Bailey, and choreographers Vonzell Carter, Alvin Hsing and Brendon Huor.