Battle Hunger Royale Games

I’ve been asked a bunch about whether Hunger Games is a “rip-off” of Battle Royale, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to digitalize my reaction. Like asking if professional wrestling is real, asking if HG is a rip-off of BR is the wrong question. “Rip-off” is too top-loaded and wonky a term to work.
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Films of Fury DVDelay

I know, I know…! I saw the huge lines outside all the DVD stores this morning, stretching back blocks — all the fans cosplaying their kung fu film favorites: Bruce Lee in Game of Death, Lo Lieh as Pei Mei in Executioners from Shaolin, Gordon Liu as Pei Mei in Kill Bill Part 2, Jackie
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Vcinema for Podcast Victory!

Another week, another podcast appearance. As you may remember last time, I was on the Daily Grindhouse podcast talking about Shogun Assassin. This time I’m on the Vcinema Show podcast #41 talking about Jackie Chan’s Project A. My fellow Asian Cult Cinema columnist Stan Glick invited me on, then he, I, Coffin Jon and Josh
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Martial Arts in Media 3/12

Things remain … interesting … for the genre. While The Grandmasters, Wong Kar-wai’s biopic of Yip Man (the reason the other films are about “Ip” Man, since no one wanted to get in the vaunted filmmaker’s way), and RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fist, have both completed principal photography some time back, and there
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Get Your Daily Grind(house)

New year, new podcasts, and the first one out of the gate is for the good folk at Daily Grindhouse — the site whose motto is “Tough Films for the Rough Crowd.” (http://dailygrindhouse.com/) They also have a fresh new podcast, and for their fourth release, they asked me to join in on their examination of
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I-Con, You-Con, We-Con…Again!

You know what I love about I-Con, the Northeast’s Largest Science Fiction Convention? Well, first, it’s at the scenic green campus of Stony Brook University (SUNY) on lovely Long Island, where the grass and trees sway while the co-eds play. Second, they always have a bunch of super-cool guests who I love meeting. This year
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The Art of Fight Direction

One of the great experiences of my life, in or out of comic cons and film fests, was when I was invited to participate on “The Art of Fight Direction” panel at 2011’s ActionFest in Asheville, North Carolina. There I got to share the stage (or, to be more accurate, the floor) with Michael Jai
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Ric in Action (Fest)!

I was delighted to be invited to ActionFest 2011 last year, where I snuck-peeked the work print of Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie. I was also honored to meet the great Colin Geddes, film lover and fest programmer extraordinaire, and talk with some of the industry’s best action choreographers and stuntmen —
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