V for Vcinema

My fellow Asian Cult Cinema magazine alumnus Stan Glick is not only writing for the podcast and web blog VCinema (covering Asian art and culture), but he was kind enough to include Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie, the documentary I scripted, in his year-end wrap up of all good things. You can
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Hear Me, Hear Me … Get The Point!

You may have read my “Best & Worst” lists elsewhere on the site. But even if you haven’t, I’ve got bad news: you can now listen to me babble about my most and least favorite movies and television shows of 2012 (and when I say “babble,” I mean babble … not to mention swallow words,
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Django Unfulfilled

Welcome back to Tarantino-town, where everything is derivative, the cinematic in-jokes are endemic, and the love of bare feet is implicit. For film fans, Tarantino-town is a delightful destination, but for genre film fans, Tarantino-town is paradise. There, our guilty pleasures are elevated to the status of (pop) art, with welcome appearances of many a
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Hobbit: A Totally Expected Journey

Look up the word “fine” in your nearest dictionary or thesaurus, and you’ll see my review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Acceptable, satisfactory, okay, adequate, sufficient. Is it the film’s fault that I would have preferred “deft (adroit, clever, smart)”? That’s for you to decide, for TH:AUJ is one of those films that, if
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2012 Best & Worst TV Comedy

Just like last year (and the prior two decades) television continues to be consistently better than films. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the comedy genre. Try to name five decent, let alone great, movie comedies, or romantic comedies, this year. Pathetic, right? But there are so many good comedies on television – network
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2012’s “Best & Worst” TV Drama

Oooo, I like this. And when I say “this,” I don’t mean this post, per se, but the brainstorm I got to change my annual “best and worst” lists into my “most and least enjoyed” lists. I think it makes it more personal and credible. Just like last year (and the prior two decades) television
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2012’s “Best & Worst” Films

It’s that time of year again…and everybody knows it. So many people know it, in fact, that many of the major top-tenners are trying to spin the yearly ritual, with untraditional approaches to the inventory. But not here, baby. Except, of course, since I have (less than) half the scope, reach, and influence of the
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Martial Arts in Media 12/12

December is a big month for cinema all over the world. As Hollywood rushes out its Oscar bait before the turn of the year, many countries try to screen audience catnip for the holiday season. China is no exception, especially since it’s now predicted that Asia will be the largest movie market in the world
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