Archive for June, 2014

Eric Jacobus presents: Can You Kick it? Kicktionary: 200+ movie kicks!

Posted in Eric Jacobus with tags on June 29, 2014 by Michael S. Moore

Sorry I’m late to this one, but better late than…well you know. Eric Jacobus, currently working on Rope-A Dope 2 dropped this not long ago, every damn kick you’ve ever seen in a martial arts films and probably more you haven’t seen. I’m just glad to know what some of the names are! This really is a small but brilliant little showcase of Eric’s kicking skills as well as an educational look at the menagerie of kicks out there. Fantastic Vid! Check it out:




Cornered Production Blog #2: The First Day

Posted in Kiai-Kick Films, Michael Moore with tags , , on June 26, 2014 by Michael S. Moore

Playing a little bit of catchup here, but I wanted to go back and think about the official first day of shooting. Everything went just fine as actress Lindsey Lemke (Machete Kills) had some of her first scenes…with me! I am not an actor in any way, but found myself in my own production anyway. I won’t lie, it’s hard to wear the acting and the directing hats at the same time!

Me with Cornered star Lindsay Lemke

Me with Cornered star Lindsey Lemke


Our first day was purposefully a short one, just so the crew, cast and I could get into the groove of things. Our first shots involve Detectives Jackson (me) and Lee (Lindsey) as we walk an obscure trail to meet with hero and Super cop Adam Matrix. We shot at Bull Creek in Austin, Texas, and while I knew there would be enough tree cover to hide the sun, I did not, in fact, account for the ravenous BUGS! I found later that I had been eaten alive, finding bites everywhere. After the short day was over, everyone seemed to fall into a comfort zone. I know first days can be tough and definitely a trip into the unknown, but everything went pretty smoothly! Lindsey did a great job, and it made me even more excited to work with the rest of the cast to bring my vision of 90’s martial arts mayhem to life!

Also, I’m in the process of trying to come up with a font and design for the title “Cornered”. Hmm…that kinda sounds like a good contest to me. I have quite of bit of backlog of blu rays to give away…stay tuned!

-Michael S Moore

Cornered Production Blog #1: Meet the Cast!

Posted in Donald Brooks, Kiai-Kick Films, Michael Moore on June 11, 2014 by Michael S. Moore

This past weekend my DP Joe Lee and myself went in and all around Austin, Texas getting establishing shots and some B-roll. We were around town so much we ran into people we knew (hello, Spiderwood Studios!) and even strangers who recognized us on one end of town and saw us on the other side of town.


Joe Lee hard at work near the capitol building!


Principle photography is set to begin this weekend, but before things get crazy busy, I’d like to introduce you to our cast:



Donald02Donald Brooks Jr. as Adam Matrix










Sharmita Bhattacharya as Helen Bryant












Kerry Ramsay as Kellogg Deveroux












Bobby Hernandez as Richter












Lindsey Lemke as Parker Lee










RWiese headshot


Rachel Weise as Captain Angela Redding










Chris Headshot 3


Chris Cude as Alpha











Geronimo Son as Omega












Derek Chase as GateKeeper









And that’s almost it! This cast will update as there are a few more people to be announced, but this is the cast of Cornered! I can’t wait to show you what we’ve got cooking! Over the next few days and weeks I’ll be giving you sneak previews of the fights and set pics will be plentiful!

Michael S Moore

Blu-Ray Review: In The Blood (2014)

Posted in Gina Carano with tags , , on June 2, 2014 by Michael S. Moore



Starring Gina Carano, Luis Guzman, Stephen Lang, Danny Trejo, Amaury Nolasco, Cam Gigandet, Treat Williams, Ismael Cruz Cordova

Fight Choreography by Ben Bray

Directed by John Stockwell

American films have been looking for “the next big thing” for a while, particularly in the world of martial arts films. As MMA is the popular martial art in the US, it only makes sense that a star might come from those ranks. Gina Carano appears to have it all: she’s a successful fighter with a built-in fan base, she has model looks, and a good personality. The intangibles are whether she can act ( that can be developed. Just look at JCVD) and whether she has that “something”. I first saw her in Blood and Bone, and she looked great onscreen. Then she did Haywire, and now comes back with this film, and she’s looking like she getting the hang of things.

In The Blood stars Carano as Ava, a young woman who is getting married to Derek Grant (Gigandet), a man who comes from a wealthy family. Ava was raised by her father Casey (Lang, in a VERY short role) and taught how to fight. Casey was an outlaw, and raised Ava with his warped principles. One night he is killed by some former “associates” and in turn young Ava kills them. Somehow Ava isn’t caught, but it caused her to spiral into drugs. It’s at a narcotics anonymous meeting that she meets Derek, and once they are married, against the wishes of his father Robert (Williams) they take off on their honeymoon in the Carribean islands. While there they meet Manny (), a young man who lives on the island and knows where to go for a good time. Ava and Derek form a rapport with Manny immediately, and they take off to a club on the island owned by Big Biz (Trejo) and afterward they go zip-lining. During a particular zip line, Derek falls, and is injured, but after he is loaded in an ambulance, the ambulance, with Derek disappears. Ava desperately searches for Derek, but must deal with an uncaring police chief (Guzman) and finds herself descending deeper into the dark heart of the island, where corruption, drugs, money and guns are the weapons of choice, and Ava must turn into the daughter Casey raised her to be if she expects to find her husband or avenge his death…


The story here gets off to a slow start, and seems stilted, particularly in the early scenes with Carano and Gigandet as they are shown doing all the lovey-dovey stuff, but after Derek disappears, the film kicks into high gear as an action thriller. Carano is sure handed in her action scenes and her general bad-assness, but she comes off really flat during the vacation scenes. She just doesn’t quite look comfortable yet with quiet, “nice” scenes. However, when ass-kicking or intimidation is called for, she’s great. Luis Guzman (Traffic, The Land Stand) is great as the chief who may not be what he seems, and Danny Trejo (Machete) is great to see as Big Biz, but I wish he had been in the film more. The same could easily be said for Stephen Lang (Avatar, Tombstone) who is absolutely terrifying as Casey (in a good way). Ismael Cruz Cordova does a great job as Manny, a young man who is more than what he appears to be, and Amaury Nolasco (Transformers, Justified) is great as the drug dealer Silvio who runs the island. I won’t say anything more as the story has a pretty good twist toward the end that changes things for Ava. Once again, just like Haywire, Carano is surrounded by excellent talent. Director John Stockwell (Into the Blue, Blue Crush, Turistas) does a good job shooting the film, for the most part. I thought the somewhat digital look gave the film more immediacy as things get more hellish. 


The fights are okay, but I’m still not entirely convinced that traditional MMA can work in film. I think a hybrid version, like what Donnie Yen has done with Special ID, Flashpoint, and Killzone works best, but what is on display here is pretty decent. I had some issues with the fights are they came close to becoming the Bourne “shaky cam” fights, but avoided it for the most part. The gunplay was actually good here, and Gina looked convincing as she blasts quite a few bad men into oblivion. 

BLU-RAY/ EXTRAS: The blu-ray transfer of the film looks great. There isn’t much in the way of extras here except for a making of video. It’s okay, but I wish they could have added more.

Kiai-Kick’s Grade: 8

In The Blood is a tense action thriller that proves that Gina Carano is here to stay as she tears her way across the Caribbean in a film full of action, suspense, and danger. I had a lot of fun with this.