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reviewed Kung Fu Rascal. February 11, 2010
Kung Fu Rascal
   KUNG FU RASCALS is one of those rare gems you used to be able to discover with some regularity in the early days of made-for-video releases. Co-written, produced,directed by, and accidentally …
reviewed 18 Fingers of Death. March 01, 2009
      18 FINGERS OF DEATH is the story of kung fu movie fan-boy Ronald Mack (played by Maurice Pata) and his completely irrational determination to make a documentary of the objection …
reviewed Sun Dragon. May 01, 2009
Sun Dragon
One of the great mysteries in martial arts film is why Billy Chong did not become a superstar of the genre, a question that will certainly perplex any of you who haven't heard of him and decide to check …
reviewed OUTLANDER. July 21, 2009
   It would be easy to dismiss “OUTLANDER” as another direct-to-dvd popcorn snooze, but surprisingly, director Howard McCain effectively mixes in elements of a Norse-based adventure, …
reviewed Shotokan Karate. December 22, 2009
Shotokan Karate
Back in 1977 I noticed on my college campus that there was a Shotokan Karate club that met regularly.  I had no clue as to the differences between the martial arts and certainly why Shotokan was …
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 JCVD. February 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*** 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 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 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 The Raid: Redemption. April 10, 2012
posted in ASIANatomy
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 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 Matrix. September 16, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
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 Raid: Redemption. September 16, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
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 Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie. February 25, 2013
posted in ASIANatomy
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 Samurai of Ayothaya (aka. Muay Thai W.... March 23, 2013
posted in ASIANatomy
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 Kill Bill Vol. 1. November 18, 2008
Kill Bill Vol. 1
With everyone so focused on the blood and gore of this movie, I urge you to think beyond the blood; think of a favorite Japanese graphic novel brought to life. Think of the ultimate revenge fantasy, where …
reviewed Kill Bill Vol. 1. December 23, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Kill Bill Vol. 1
WARNING: This review contains spoilers!       Note: In my summary of the plot I have put the film's story into chronological order so that events unfold sequentially. This is not the …
reviewed Kill Bill Vol. 2. December 23, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Kill Bill Vol. 2
WARNING: This review contains spoilers!       Note: Before reading this review for Kill Bill Vol. 2, please read my review for Kill Bill Vol. 1 to avoid confusion.    …
reviewed The Princess Bride (1987 film). December 23, 2008
DVD front
Screenwriter and novelist William Goldman's book, The Princess Bride, was first published in 1972. For years Goldman, who wrote the screenplay for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, attempted to have …
reviewed Blade. February 08, 2009
Theatrical exhibition poster
Before (almost as long as I can remember) DC comics had the monopoly on comic-inspired blockbuster films. Marvel had some movie adaptations but none of them took its source material quite seriously. …
reviewed Asoka. February 13, 2009
   Are you up for something completely different, something the likes of which I guarantee you have never experienced before? A film that has the lush romantic aura of Franco Zeffirelli's …
reviewed Slashers. February 16, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
 When trashcanman beats me to reviewing  a film I introduced him to I know that it's way past time for me to return to my true love; The Wonderful World of Frequently Obscure Low Budget …
reviewed JCVD. March 15, 2009
"Central to Unit 27. Jean-Claude Van Damme's robbing a post office. I need back-up."     Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):       1. Jean- Claude Van …
reviewed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. March 23, 2009
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon DVD
How could this movie make so many peoples' top 10 lists? The plot was ridiculous. The fight scenes were no big deal (generally any low budget Chinese Kung Fu movie has similar scenes. What was with all …
reviewed Jet Li's Fearless (2006). April 29, 2009
Jet Li's Fearless (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
This is one of the best martial arts films I have seen! This is a film that didn't give into the hokey symbolism and fantasy that seems to be prevalent in a lot of the Chinese period movies about the …
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