Dear Emmy Voter: Vote for Into the Badlands and Make History

Dear Emmy Voter, I get it. There’s a lot of pressure in voting. How do you vote for the best work being done among your peers? And how do you choose the best shows among different formats and genres? And how do you accomplish all that while maintaining your job and other personal duties? And … Continue reading Dear Emmy Voter: Vote for Into the Badlands and Make History

Happy Birthday, Jackie Chan: A Look at His Career

It’s #AsianApril and Jackie Chan’s 65th birthday! I actually wrote out a whole giant Twitter thread about this to celebrate it all as an alternative to writing this article. But just as I clicked “Send,” it all disappeared. So, here I am. Back on my blog. Trying to not feel frustrated and just keep moving … Continue reading Happy Birthday, Jackie Chan: A Look at His Career

Stunt-Centric vs. Choreo-Centric Action: Part 2

This is Part 2 of my post attempting to more accurately describe and delineate the differences between two general approaches to action. Click here for Part 1, in which I describe the general priorities and emphases of a stunt-centric approach to action. This post will deal with the choreo-centric approach. To recap my goal real … Continue reading Stunt-Centric vs. Choreo-Centric Action: Part 2

Into the Badlands Emmy Snub and Hollywood’s Misunderstanding of Martial Arts Action

Yes. This is another post about Into the Badlands. Here are some other things I’ve written about the show. Let me get right to it: the Emmys announced their nominations for 2018, and Into the Badlands was snubbed completely. Forget the fact that they have some of the most amazing, beautiful, and original costume, makeup, and … Continue reading Into the Badlands Emmy Snub and Hollywood’s Misunderstanding of Martial Arts Action

Into the Badlands S3E1 – Some Quick Thoughts

Season 3, Episode 1: Enter the Phoenix Wow. What a season opener! I was thinking of writing something after each episode, but don’t want to make it too long either, so here’s where I landed. My goal will be to post some hopefully-weekly quick thoughts about what stands out, no more than 2-3 days after each … Continue reading Into the Badlands S3E1 – Some Quick Thoughts

Into the Badlands: Why a Brief Harold Lloyd Reference was the Most Amazing Thing Ever

It’s been criminally overdue, but I’m finally catching up on Season 2 of Into the Badlands, and - mark my words - I will never let another season go by to be caught up later! I feel like AMC developed a technology to go into my head, scour the depths of my psyche for everything … Continue reading Into the Badlands: Why a Brief Harold Lloyd Reference was the Most Amazing Thing Ever

Netflix’s Iron Fist and the Failed Expectations of Chinese Martial Arts Cinema

So I’m finally getting around to Iron Fist (I’m only 6 episodes in at the time of this writing) and I think I’ve come to certain realizations. Episode 6, in particular, helped crystallize a lot of the thoughts that were bubbling and percolating in my head throughout the first five episodes. Let’s start with the … Continue reading Netflix’s Iron Fist and the Failed Expectations of Chinese Martial Arts Cinema

Into the Badlands: Where a Chinese Man is Finally Free to Be Just Another Man

AMC’s new show Into the Badlands premiered this past Sunday and man, what an opening! I’ve written before about how I’ve seen the Chinese martial arts cinema aesthetics travel to Hollywood, particularly through the success of The Matrix, and it’s very exciting to see it coming to the small screen too! I’ve also written about Inseparable, … Continue reading Into the Badlands: Where a Chinese Man is Finally Free to Be Just Another Man

The Curious Case of INSEPARABLE: Some Notes…

Though the time between my last post and this one was way longer than I originally intended, I’m back, and will discuss what I said I’d discuss: the curious case of Dayyan Eng’s Inseparable 《形影不离》. In keeping with a tradition I set in my previous and less official blog, I will be providing an abridged … Continue reading The Curious Case of INSEPARABLE: Some Notes…