Martial Arts in Media 9/13

I’ll tell you the truth. After having seen the Hong Kong DVD version of The Grandmaster several times, the San Diego Comic Con version, and now the Northeastern American theatrical release, I can’t be sure what’s in which cut anymore. But I’m fairly certain that the latter edition – the one that is now being
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The World’s End Too Far

I wanted Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright to pull off the final chapter of their genre cinema trilogy, but compared to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, The World’s End bites off more than it can chew, and, as much as I wanted to, I just couldn’t swallow it. It’s a bittersweet
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Daily Grindhouse Op(posing)-Ed(iting Kungfu)!

Geoff Hunt contacted me last week and asked if I had any thoughts on the recent announcement that The Weinstein Company planned to remake several Shaw Brothers Studio classics as well as produce a prequel to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Turns out I did, and within moments of my emailing it in, it appeared on
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Martial Arts in Media 8/13

As studios on each side of the oceans scramble to play nice-nice so they can get a piece of China’s burgeoning movie finances and audiences, the results can be both hopeful and crest-falling. Squarely in the latter category is Switch, writer/director Jay Sun’s magnificent mess, seemingly created to bite off hunks of Roger Moore’s James
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Wolverine Interrupted

The Wolverine is okay. I’m not really sure how okay it is, since it follows Man of Steel, The Lone Ranger, and the 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie – all of which were awful. It certainly isn’t awful, and, while I was watching it, I thought it was pretty cool, albeit agonizingly morose. That’s only
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The Conjuring Conquers

The Conjuring is the horror film I’ve been waiting for, for decades. First of all, it’s actually a horror film. Horror is defined as “fear of the unknown.” Most, if not all, modern horror films are slasher films or murder films or torture porn films. In fact, the director of The Conjuring, James Wan, helmed
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Pacific Rim (Good) Job

I’ll be honest: I came up with this title before I saw the movie. All I had to do was put the proper word within the parentheses. If I didn’t like it, the title would read Pacific Rim (Bad) Job. But I liked it. I REALLY liked it. Like Fast & Furious 6 before it,
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The Lame Ranger

Never did I think that anything as bad, or worse, than Man of Steel would appear in cinemas so quickly. But The Lone Ranger (or Once Upon a Time in the Little Big Wild Wild West Caribbean) is that travesty. Tragically, had they (producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski, and star Johnny Depp) played it
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Monsters U & Despicable 2

The superiority of Pixar really gets put into perspective when you see any one of their features back to back with animation from any other studio. In this case I spent my Independence Day taking in the fireworks of Despicable Me 2 right after Monsters University. DM2 is a production of Illumination Entertainment (distributed by
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