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Review: The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
Swords aren't the only things flying in Tsui Hark's splendidly absurd wuxia — the first Chinese martial-arts film in 3D.
The first Chinese martial-arts film in 3D
| August 31, 2012
The local cagefighting scene takes off
"You cannot eye poke. You cannot gouge. You cannot strike to the groin. You cannot knee to the head of a downed opponent."
| August 10, 2012
Review: Double Trouble
David Chang's inept martial arts comedy confirms the genius of Jackie Chan.
Inept martial arts comedy
| June 08, 2012
Wizards & Warriors Camp is a living video game, putting kids in control of everything from plotline to character personality.
Where Lord of the Rings meets Lord of the Flies
| August 12, 2011
A woman takes charge and learns the art of the best defense
When the first attacker grabbed my wrist; I hammer-fisted his forearm and issued a sweep-kick to his groin.
Going on offense
| April 29, 2011
Review: The Karate Kid (2010)
What happens when Will Smith wants a franchise for his boy.
Shouldn't it be "The Kung Fu Kid"?
| June 11, 2010
New magazine tells Boston’s war stories
It’s not too surprising that Kung-Fu Video owners James Bennett and Aaron Crawford are venturing into another retail niche that is largely considered commercially destitute.
Crime Journal Dept.
| April 23, 2010
Red Queens and White Knights
Four new DVD releases that capitalize on the latest Alice in Wonderland rush.
We’re not through with the Looking Glass, here, people
| March 12, 2010
There will be blood
This past Saturday, Dover-raised gladiator Kenny Florian beat the pretty out of long-haired Chicago carpenter-turned-ass kicker Clay Guida.
Beacon Hill is green-lighting elbow smashes to the face, as Mass. officially welcomes mixed martial arts
| December 18, 2009
THWAK! I swing with my right fist, trying to connect with my opponent's face. In a smooth motion, he deflects my punch with his forearm, which is protected with a black and metallic-plastic arm gauntlet. I swing with my left fist, and am again knocked
Move over, Clark Kent. All over New England, mild-mannered citizens are suiting up and doing their part to play the hero.
| December 11, 2009
Review: Ninja Assassin
So much blood splashes across the screen in James McTeigue’s martial-arts madness, you’d think the human body consisted of nothing but.
A real bloodbath
| November 27, 2009
Making masterpieces in 48 hours
The filmmakers scrambled upstairs Sunday night, spilling beers as they went, desperate to meet the deadline for the 48 Hour Film Project, an annual adventure in speedy cinematography.
| July 24, 2009
Myles Connor: Mayflower descendant, Mensa member, master of disguise, black belt in karate, self-styled "President of Rock 'n' Roll." And probably the most notorious art thief in the history of the United States.
Art thief Myles Connor talks
| March 18, 2009
Return of the big fatty
It's nice to know that Michael Phelps isn't the only prominent athlete getting the shaft lately for sparking up.
The sumos get stoned . . . again. Plus, an early leader in the 2009 Justin Miller-Award race.
| February 11, 2009
Misaki Kawai's new solo show marks the Boston debut of her two-dimensional works and the first opportunity for New England audiences to see her as a bona fide painter. Opening February 21 at LaMontagne Gallery, " Misaki Kawai : Kung Fu Forest."
Misaki Kawai at LaMontagne, "Collision14: POV" and "LE:60 1-Minute Film Festival" at Axiom
EVAN J. GARZA
| February 10, 2009
Review: Chandni Chowk to China
Director Nikhil Advani's quirky Chinese-Indian collaboration is the widest release ever of a Bollywood film, and the first ever kung fu Bollywood comedy.
Unoriginal, even by Bollywood's standards
| January 13, 2009
Crossword: ''You can look it up''
Eight entries from eight decades of the OED.
| October 01, 2008
Devil at the Gate
The ensemble has spent the better part of a decade composing and performing soundtracks for silent films, creating their own brand of musical alchemy.
Giving voice to Red Heroine
| September 02, 2008
Rebirth of a prince
I recently took the Greyhound to Montreal for a RZA concert.
Digging RZA in 36 steps
| August 19, 2008
Eight is enough
Sometimes we’d rather root for the unknowns, the underdogs, and the uniques than the professional jerks who are only competing to sweeten their endorsement deals.
Olympians to watch
| August 06, 2008
Eric Hofbauer and the Infared Band
What’s likely to hit you first is Hofbauer’s flair for bluesy, riffing AABA melodies.
Myth Understanding | Creative Nation Music
| July 01, 2008
Judgment night for Doomsday
Two men circle the middle of a 24-foot-wide, black chain-link cage in Allston’s Wai Kru gym.
Roxbury-born fighter John Howard is climbing the ranks of mixed martial arts, one chokehold at a time
| June 25, 2008
Gimme some truth
Can it be a coincidence, I ask rhetorically, that we have all of a sudden become very interested in watching highly trained men smack the shit out of each other?
In praise of Ultimate Fighting
| June 25, 2008
The Foot Fist Way
A mean-spirited, scrappy tragicomedy that was shot in 19 days –– and looks it.
A looser, less elegant translation
| June 04, 2008
Kung Fu Panda
The thin script is light on length and surprise, heavy on tike-pleasing jokes and action.
A colorful wuxia comedy
| June 04, 2008
The Shaw Brothers dominated Hong Kong film production in the ’60s and ’70s, and they produced not only martial-arts epics but also musicals, ghost stories, and melodramas.
The HFA proves there’s more to Hong Kong than kung fu
| May 28, 2008
Mastering the masterpieces
It’s not exactly a trip down Memory Lane, but this weekend Boston Ballet is revisiting some pieces and choreographers it hasn’t performed in the Mikko Nissinen era.
Boston Ballet takes on Balanchine, Tudor, and Tharp
| May 21, 2008
There was a time when it was easy to hate Geoff Farina. Well, maybe hate is too strong a word.
Geoff Farina’s new Glorytellers
| May 19, 2008
Not quite a neo-noir, still less a martial-arts movie, David Mamet’s taut, dank drama has a foot in each camp.
| May 07, 2008
The Forbidden Kingdom
Hong Kong action stars Jackie Chan and Jet Li don’t stray too far from type in this big-screen fairy tale: Chan plays a drunken kung fu master and Li’s a stoic monk with lethal reflexes.
Big screen fairy tale
| April 16, 2008
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