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: 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

Keanu Reeves and the Future of Martial Arts Cinema

I am a fan of Keanu Reeves. The Bill and Ted movies and cartoons were a childhood favorite. Speed blew my mind, and I’ll never forget that movie’s score. I walked out of The Devil’s Advocate (I was way too young and should have never been allowed in that theater in the first place!). And … Continue reading Keanu Reeves and the Future of Martial Arts Cinema