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The Karate Dojo: Traditions and Tales of a Martial
The Karate Dojo is an important primer on the protocols of Goju Karate whose founder is Shogun Miyagi. The idea behind the discipline is to live a virtuous life by developing a sound body perfected  …
reviewed Samurai of Ayothaya (aka. Muay Thai W.... March 23, 2013
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Samurai of Ayothaya (aka. Muay Thai Warrior)
Remember what they say “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight”? Well, these guys in “Muay Thai Warrior” bring “Fists to a Swordfight” in several scenes. Originally …
reviewed Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. February 25, 2013
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Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
The Street Fighter video game franchise may be one of the most successful video game franchises in history. It had spawned numerous video game sequels, countless remixes, an anime series, an American …
reviewed Sleepy Eyes of Death: Collector's Set.... February 18, 2013
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Sleepy Eyes of Death: Collector's Set Vol. 3
      I feel somewhat ashamed.  See, I’m coming to this fascination of mine with samurai films much later than most, and I’d never ever heard of the SLEEPY EYES OF …
reviewed The Raid: Redemption. September 16, 2012
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The Raid: Redemption
**** out of ****    In one of the darkest corners of Jakarta, Indonesia there is a run-down apartment complex that houses a plethora of criminals, drug addicts, killers, and the crime …
reviewed The Matrix. September 16, 2012
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DVD front
**** out of ****    What would you do if you were in the place of hacker Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) - popularly known by his in-movie online alias of "Neo" - in that you woke up …
reviewed The Matrix. May 17, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
DVD front
You may be wondering what exactly I mean by that title. What I mean is that it's widely-believed that the Matrix is one of the best sci-fi action films ever made. Oh what a grand lie that is. By the …
reviewed The Raid: Redemption. April 23, 2012
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The Raid: Redemption
Star Rating:         The Raid: Redemption is unwatchably bad – a film that has no ambition other than to be noisy, aggressive, and relentlessly violent. Watching it …
reviewed The Raid: Redemption. April 16, 2012
The Raid: Redemption
In the middle of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable apartment complex which is a safe house for the city's most dangerous murderers, killers and gangsters. The crappy apartment block has been considered …
reviewed The Raid: Redemption. April 10, 2012
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The Raid: Redemption
I’ve been so disappointed with the recent flurry of Hollywood commercial films that I had to once again use my nose to find a great movie amongst the independent/foreign film circuit in my local …
reviewed Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai). October 13, 2011
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Seven Samurai
"What's the use of worrying about your beard when your head's about to be taken?"    Is it just me or does Akira Kurosawa always managed to have some blundering loud …
reviewed Fist of Fury. March 13, 2011
Fist of Fury
Fist of Fury stars Bruce Lee as Chen Zhen, an angry young man who possesses a dangerous punch called the "fist of fury". Once he's in fighting mode, the kid can't stop. Arriving at the …
reviewed Academy of Mixed Martial Science. March 10, 2011
Academy of Mixed Martial Science
Academy of Mixed Martial Arts West Los Angeles is an amazing school for training, if you are interested in MMA, fitness, and/or self-defense.   Amazing instructors with many years of experience …
reviewed JCVD. February 22, 2011
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*** out of ****     Don't you love it when a crummy actor is given one moment of true glory? That moment of glory, for actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, is the film "JCVD". Throughout his …
reviewed Kill Bill Vol. 1. September 26, 2010
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Kill Bill Vol. 1
I would have to hesitate in calling any movie perfect, but if I were forced to pick one example of a flick that was near perfect for me, it would have to be Kill Bill Vol.'s 1&2.  These …
reviewed Gladiator. September 12, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
From the moment the movie starts the imagery grabs the audience and draws them in with action.  The movie keeps the audience interested in what is going on with strong performances of Russel Crowe, …
reviewed ONG-BAK 2: The Beginning. September 03, 2010
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Now I have seen many many martial arts flicks and seen sum of the legends, the unknown legends, and the occasional one hit wonders. Ong Bak 2 surprised the hell outta me and honestly I can see a person …
reviewed Jet Li's Fearless (2006). July 27, 2010
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Jet Li's Fearless (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
FEARLESS is one of the BEST Kung Fu films I've seen in a long time. The film is based on the real-life tale of the legendary Huo Yuan Jia, founder of the Jin Wu Martial Arts Federation. Up to this …
reviewed Kill Bill Vol. 2. July 22, 2010
Kill Bill Vol. 2
The Bride (Uma Thurman) continues wiping out the hit squad that left her for dead in the first film.  This one includes the ruthless Elie Driver (a one-eyed Daryll Hannah), who helps the Bride eliminate …
reviewed The Princess Bride (1987 film). July 15, 2010
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DVD front
Based on a novel by William Goldman, The Princess Bride is the best fairytale ever. It’s got love, sword fighting, magic, humor, and it is appropriate for any audience. You can enjoy this movie …
reviewed American Kenpo. May 25, 2010
American Kenpo
   My daughter, a few years back, thought it would be fun to try something new.  We were by a local playground and saw a karate studio that advertised a free 3 class trial with purchase …
reviewed American Kenpo. May 18, 2010
American Kenpo
   A local practice in an area where I live is the American Kenpo karate style as originated by Ed Parker.        I find that this style is not recognized …
reviewed War (2007). May 08, 2010
War (Widescreen Edition) (2007)
   WAR (aka. ROGUE ASSASSIN, Asian title) is the 2nd movie that puts together Jason Statham and Jet Li. Remember, "The One"? I don't blame you; I barely recall the film myself. This …
reviewed Shorin-Ryu Karate. May 05, 2010
Shorin-Ryu Karate
I have been a Shotokan practitioner for about 33 years (see my story).  During the last eight years or so I had not been affiliated with any club and my training has been working alone on my kata …
reviewed Drunken Monkey. March 16, 2010
Drunken Monkey
   If you have a soft spot for 1970's style kung fu flix where first rate martial artist fought it out on solid ground with little reliance on wires, then DRUNKEN MONKEY is the movie for you! …
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