Martial Arts in Media Spring 2016

Busy season. Finally! After months of inactivity, kung fu cinema makes a rush toward summer, with a fistful (and kickful) of films making their moves on the American cinema (and DVD) circuit. Some signal a possible advance toward energetically elevated, open-minded martial arts, but some, of course, dig in their heels and kow-tow to the
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From Russia with Love…

Or … To Russia with Comics, Books, & DVDs … Or … Don’t Turn Around, the Commissar’s in Town … Or … Moscow from the Hudson … Or … How many Eastern European clichés/stereotypes can I come up with? Anyway, ever want to meet me? Ever wanted to visit Moscow sometime between May 19th and
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Martial Arts in Media Winter 2016

American author Thomas Wolfe once wrote a book called You Can’t Go Home Again – a phrase that, over the years, has come to signify that attempting to recapture the joys of one’s youth is folly. In fact, on the Wikipedia page it flatly states “attempts to relive youthful memories will always fail.” Well, if
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Crouching Tiger Two, Hidden Dragon Zero

I have not been looking forward to this for quite some time. The Weinstein Company’s inexplicable campaign to marginalize Asian action films, and minimize its effect on American cinema, has been going on for decades now (see my Daily Grindhouse op-ed one post away on this site). Even as far as two years ago I
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A History of Disrespect

In “honor” of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, I have been re-linking to my now somewhat (in)famous editorial for Daily Grindhouse about The Weinstein Company’s campaign to marginalize and minimize Asian action cinema … only to find that the Daily Grindhouse site is M.I.A. … maybe temporarily, maybe forever. In any case, thought
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Martial Arts in Media Autumn 2015

Well, that’s that. A combination of rampant bootlegging and a paucity of product has done in the last store in New York City’s Chinatown that still sold actual, authentic, legal DVDs and VCDs. Rest in peace P Music Video Corp. Thanks for your honesty, patience, and dedication. Rest assured, however, if the store had been
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Urban Action Showcasing

It’s back and better than ever! See! The stars of The Last Dragon, American Ninja, and Mortal Kombat! See! New action film premieres! See! The Deadly Angels of Action! Auditions for action experts! Attend star-filled panels! Eat with the experts! Watch awards! It’s all at the beautiful AMC Empire Theater (234 West 42nd Street in
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Santa C. is Coming to Old Greenwich?

I’ve heard a rumor. If you attend the First Church Preschool Holiday Boutique and Silent Auction on Wednesday November 4th, 2015, a certain red-and-white-suited jolly old elf might appear at around 2pm to take photos with anyone interested from 3 to 7pm. He might even have copies of his new book, Santa Confidential, available. Just
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C4 Part 3

Some of my fondest memories (lunching with both William Shatner and Jonathan Frakes, punching Kevin Sorbo in the face, etc.) come courtesy of the Central Canada Comic Con, otherwise known as C4. Well, thanks to some appreciated oversight, they’ve invited me back a third time, so even though you’d think Winnipeg has had its fill
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Martial Arts in Media Summer 2015

So there I am, clutching a box of chocolate-covered peanuts, feeling like a kid at a Saturday matinee, waiting for Mission Impossible Rogue Nation to whisk me away for a globe-hopping, action-packed joyride — when, right there on the big, modified Imax screen, comes the production company title cards. Sure, there was J.J. Abrams’ Bad
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