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THE PROTECTOR 2 (2013)

Friday, 12 September 2014 12:00

The Buzz:

        The follow on to The Protector (there given a glowing review by Boman), once again somebody has had a large enough break from sanity to steal an elephant from Tony Jaa. But instead of a woman and an old man (who were totally evil and deserved it), the bad guy this time is RZA (thereby negating one of Boman's "double bonus" points he gave the first film) and his crew of bloodthirsty pit fighters straight out of Bloodsport. Violence and acupuncture wielding pixie-girls ensue.

 

THE GIRL FROM THE NAKED EYE (2012)

Wednesday, 26 March 2014 17:07

The Buzz:

        Jake is a driver for a club that runs a prostitution ring, taking the girls to their rendezvous and keeping them safe. But when the woman he's developed feelings for winds up dead, he begins a quest for revenge as he evades the cops, gangsters, and his boss' goons.

 

MAN OF TAI CHI (2013)

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 19:55

The Buzz:

        A young martial artist's quest to prove Tai Chi is a true martial art takes him down a dark path when his temple is under threat of being torn down, and a mysterious man offers him large sums of money to participate in underground, high-risk fighting matches.

 

NINJA ASSASSIN (2009)

Friday, 04 October 2013 14:13

The Buzz

 

     Korean pop star Rain plays a ninja in a high-budget version of an 80s ninja movie. Hits every trope you've come to expect: fights in burning houses, betrayal by an entire foot clan, a student/master duel; you name it, this movie's got it. It's incredibly predictable in terms of plot, and the final twist is laughably simple and easy to forecast. This is a very, very dumb movie. And it was one of my favorite movies to come out in 2009.

POOTIE TANG (2001)

Thursday, 11 July 2013 01:02

The Buzz:

     Originally based on a sketch from The Chris Rock Show, Pootie Tang is a blaxploitation film with turn-of-the-millenium style and sensibilities. It chronicles the tale of jive-talking musician/ladies' man/crime-fighter/all-around nice guy Pootie Tang, who uses the magical whuppin' belt left to him by his father, Daddie Tang, to clean up the streets and defend inner city children from the depredations of Corporate America. Have you seen Black Dynamite? If you didn't like it, we have nothing further to discuss. If you did like it, Pootie Tang is basically Black Dynamite if it were written and directed by Louis CK. That's right, Louis CK made a blaxploitation movie, in 2001, and you should totally watch it.

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986)

Monday, 15 April 2013 04:23

The Buzz:

     Jack Burton is your average truck-drivin’ man who seems to always find himself in the strangest of circumstances.  While trying to collect on a debt from his good friend he stumbles upon a kidnapping involving his good friend’s fiancée.  This escalates very quickly into uncovering Chinese gang warfare in the heart of San Francisco and an ancient evil named David Lo Pan.  The film quickly escalates into a martial arts comedy unlike anything you have ever seen.  You may say is it even better than My Name is Bruce; this film is the one of the best things to come out of the 80’s and a real treat.

 

 

 

TAI CHI 0 (2012)

Thursday, 04 April 2013 20:28

The Buzz:

     Kung Fu vs. Steampunk! That’s all you really need to know!

     ...Oh, okay, guess we can go a little more in-depth with the plot synopsis. The titular Tai Chi 0 is a young man known as “The Freak,” whose strange deformity gives him supernatural fighting prowess, but is slowly killing him. Freak’s only hope for survival is to study the art of “internal kung fu,” a technique known only by one small village, which just happens to have fallen under the ruthless gaze of the British East India Company and its steam-powered death machines.

BERRY GORDY'S THE LAST DRAGON (1985)

Sunday, 03 March 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

     Back in a mystical time known only to historians as the 80’s, there was this phenomenon where people made mini-movies set to music and put them on TV.  Head of Motown records Berry Gordy took advantage of this craze and made films such as Mahogany and The Wiz.  This was his final feature film and told the story of Bruce Leroy, an aspiring martial artist trying to reach the final level and receive “the glow”.  In order to achieve this he must stand up to Sho ‘Nuff the Shogun of Harlem and save his girlfriend from the clutches of the evil Eddie Arkanian.

 

 

IP MAN (2008)

Friday, 01 March 2013 12:00

The Buzz:     

     Ip Man (directed by Wilson Yip and starring Donnie Yen) is a Chinese historical martial arts movie that is based very loosely on the life of Yip Man, the first martial arts grandmaster to teach the style of Wing Chun, and later on teacher of Bruce Lee. The film follows the story of Ip Man and the city of Fo Shan during the Second World War as they battle to hold the city's honour against the invading Japanese.     

PAINTED SKIN: THE RESURRECTION (2012)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 23:51

The Buzz:

     It seems that in recent decades, Hollywood has been striving to bring us ever grittier, grimier, and uglier-looking movies. For example: name one action/adventure protagonist in recent memory that doesn't spend most of the movie at least partially caked with dirt. Sure, it makes sense for people who do rough activities to have rough looks, and these days, we like our epic heroes to seem humanized by sweat and dust. We also judge the quality of visual effects mostly by how realistic they look, but let's face it: real life is actually pretty ugly.

     So where is a viewer to go for a movie that tells an epic story of adventure and romance, without sacrificing beauty? Overseas, of course! The Chinese are still making sweeping, epic costume dramas with something gorgeous in every frame, and Painted Skin: the Resurrection is an entertaining offering with enough variety to please any viewer who isn't afraid of subtitles.

 

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