Nobody has seen all the classic films that they are supposed to have watched but there’s always time to catch up. A recent podcast made me realise that I’d never actually seen The Shining, so man, like for fuck’s sake, let’s watch this thing (and write my second catchup article about a Kubrik film). The […]
This week as a fan of the UFC and mixed martial arts, I read two books from MMA insiders. Yes, these are ghost-written moneymakers destined mostly for bargain bins but damn, I just wrote about Solzhenitsyn – do I really need to prove my cred? Yep, this is a pretty trashy genre but it is […]
Five brief thoughts about a recent film. This week, Birdman…..or to give it it’s full title, Birdman: The Overwheming Sin of Pretentiousness. Yeah, didn’t even get into point one before I got that zinger out. As you’ll read, I have mixed feelings about this film. But hey, why hold fire? This is a movie that […]
This is my series of rants about films that made me want to headbut the wall. I explain why I wanted to write about them here. Brace yourselves. This is a full on shellacking. Although nowhere near as bad, this is the worst mainstream film I have seen since Law Abiding Citizen, which if you […]
Five brief thoughts on a recent film (SPOILERS, especially point 4). It’s the end of December and hot damn if only I hadn’t saved what was probably the best film of the year until last. I write a lot about the X-Men, so I should point out that no, this isn’t a spin-off about Alan […]
* I know Sensei is a Japanese term and that the correct Korean term in general usage would be Sabum or Sabumnim but I have opted for the word Sensei because it is more widely used and recognised in wider culture.
Ok, the last X-Men film was pretty good (here if you didn’t read it) but that other X-Men film about those two royal sisters was really good too. In fact, it was a close run thing. It’s not the first time a story about mutant powers was set in a magical seeming kingdom, concerning members […]
Let’s not pretend that making money from teaching martial arts is a bad thing. If someone can be paid as a sports coach, a yoga teacher or any other type of teacher then it stands to reason that being able to be a professional martial artist relies on being paid for teaching. If that is […]