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You Gotta See This: Riki-Oh- The Story of Riki

Posted in You've Gotta See This with tags , , , , , on 09/05/2012 by McCutcheon

You know it’s so popular these days to mention “EPIC” in anything you talk about that’s supposed to be cool? How popular Chuck Norris “facts” have been? How pictures like the one below don’t really have or need an explanation anymore?

We live in a weird age where it’s as though somebody just thought “There really is nothing cool out there anymore. Unless I just MASH everything together!” And that’s pretty much how a movie like The Expendables ever got made.

But is there a part of you that’s sick of it? You feel the word “epic” is used too much that it belittles the true meaning of it all? Do you still agree that ninjas are cool, robots are awesome, but dang it, just go away for now and come back with something new? I do. So while I don’t have something “new,” per se, I do have something truly epic. What I have to tell you about is Riki-Oh: The Story of Riki. Continue reading

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Movie Review: The Raid: Redemption

Posted in Reviews! with tags , , , , on 04/21/2012 by McCutcheon

Stars: Iko Uwais, Donni Alamsyah, Ray Sahetapy, Yayan Ruhian

Rated R for Pervasive violence and language, subtitled. Running time 101 minutes, Action/Adventure

Plays like: Ong-Bak (2003), District B-13 (2004)

I remember watching Jackie Chan movies nonstop when I was a kid and thinking, “Why didn’t I hear of this before?” Now I know that a big issue with people and foreign films, regardless of how much fighting and how little dialogue is in them, can have a hard time coexisting. Because in most cases, people don’t want to read. That’s all well and fine, but it’s their fault that they’re missing out on a truly great martial arts film that’s a awesome as it is violent. Continue reading