Category: Martial Arts


The first time Steven Soderbergh saw MMA fighter Gina Carano on TV, his first thought was “wouldn’t it be cool if I built a big all-star Hollywood action movie around this girl, despite her complete lack of acting experience?” The first time I saw MMA fighter Gina Carano on TV, my first thought was “wouldn’t it be cool if I hooked up with her?” I guess what I’m trying to say is, Steven Soderbergh has a lot more clout than I do.

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I’ll admit, when I first saw the trailer for this one a few months back, I instantly wrote it off. Sure, I like Tom Hardy, and am a casual fan of MMA, but as of yet have been thoroughly unimpressed by attempts to bring that sport over into the movie world (seriously, have you TRIED watching Never Back Down?), and this just looked another overly-clichéd sports movie. Don’t we already have enough of those about boxing?

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I went through a pretty intense Jackie Chan phase during the mid-90s, thanks to being introduced to some bootleg videos by a friend. Thankfully, the timing coincided with Chan’s long-deserved American stardom – after Rumble in the Bronx was released to US theaters, it became a lot easier to get his stuff, all of which started being released over here, and I devoured through almost all of it.

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I recently re-watched the original Matrix for the first time in probably, oh, eight years or so. I was sort of worried that a decade’s worth of spoofs and imitations would rob it of some of the initial impact, but I’m happy to report it still holds up as a very strong film. Also, it’s definitely one of the best looking blu-rays I have seen, even though they went just a tad overboard with the green tint in this one.

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