Classic Catchup: The Shining (1980) and Room 237 (2012)

Nobody has seen all the classic films that they are supposed to have watched but there‚Äôs 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 […]

Book Discussion: MMA Special – John McCarthy and Uriah Faber

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 […]

My Five Cents: Birdman

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 […]

My Five Cents: Nightcrawler (Film of the Year Edition)

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 […]

Ethical Rules for Selling Martial Arts Tuition

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 […]