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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2015 SanDiegoComiCon KungfuExtravaganza Playlist!

The 18th Annual San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza is a wrap, and was awesome sauce – thanks to you, my co-hosts, Well Go USA, and all the filmmakers who made the eye-bulging, jaw-dropping clips we showed. So, as is the relatively new tradition, here’s a run down of what we showed (and
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Martial Arts in Media Spring 2015

Any filmmaker who prize their creative freedom may never make another film in China, unless they need money or things change. At the moment all Chinese filmmakers (Hong Kong included/especially) have to brave the gauntlet of Governmental review at the start and end of production (at the very least). Even for those willing and able
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RIC CON = Rhode Island Comic Con!

Well, how could I not RSVP a comic con seemingly named after me? If you’re at or around the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence Rhode Island the second two days in November, not only can you get any of my three newest books (For One Week Only: The World of Exploitation Films, Films of
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Dark Knight of Steel, Man of Clay

This was worse than I was expecting … and I was expecting the worst. As bad as Superman Returns? Sad to say, in a way, yes. Incredibly, they even made some of the same mistakes (such as concentrating on newly introduced, under-written characters as if we cared what happened to them). First the good news.
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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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Dark Knight Rising to the Occasion

I’m an ending guy. If the first two-thirds of a film is great, but the ending sucks, to me, the movie sucks. On the other hand, if the first two-thirds of a movie is terrible, but the ending is great, I am far more likely to give the thing the benefit of the doubt. The
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Comedy Film Nerds Podcasting

Last year I was flattered to be a guest on the popular Comedy Film Nerds podcast #70. I returned the favor by inviting the hosts, filmmakers/comedians Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini, to be part of my 15th annual San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza. So, titting for tatting, they invited me back on
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All That Jazma Online

Just what you needed … another interview with me. But at least you may be happy to know that this one concentrates more on my comic book work (such as it is) and my earlier pop culture contributions to the Destroyer, Dirty Harry, and Ninja Master series. Then again, you may not. Only one way
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Belated Review: Tintinny

Save us from things Peter Jackson loves. First he brought King Kong to its knees after his direction of the Lord of the Rings films allowed him to do whatever he wanted, and now Tintin. The Adventures of Tintin, the new motion-capture film produced by Jackson, written by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), Edgar Wright (Shaun
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