Category Archive: Reviews

Nov 23 2014

Martial Arts Now – Masters & Grandmasters

Good friend and super martial artist and instructor, Pedro Bennett, has created a very interesting and informative website that you should add to your computer bookmarks. www.martialartsnow.com  

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Apr 17 2014

“The Swordsman’s Handbook”

   

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Aug 19 2013

Book Review: The Way of Judo

A biography of the founder of Kodokan judo, Jigoro Kano, “The Way of Judo” benefits from the eventful and insightful life of its subject, but unfortunately proves to be a difficult read. John Stevens, the book’ author, writes in a flatly impersonal and didactic style, stuffed with encyclopaedic details and anecdotes, and learning about Kano …

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Feb 24 2013

A BANG NOT A WHIMPER: What ‘The Walking Dead’ has to say about guns and the NRA mentality

Includes spoilers for ‘The Walking Dead’ At a gun violence prevention hearing on January 30th, 2012, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) cited a possible “lawless environment in this country” as an example of when a legally owned military-grade assault rifles, and other firearms, would come in handy.  ”I have an AR-15 at home,” Graham continued, “I …

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Jan 18 2013

Zero Dark Thirty

We never really know anything about Maya (a wonderful Jessica Chastain), except that she’s a CIA agent on the all-consuming hunt for the world’s most wanted man and that underneath her pale, fragile features lies a steely and quasi-desperate determinism that won’t be discouraged. Over the long years that Zero Dark Thirty effortlessly spans, you’ll …

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Nov 13 2012

Movie Review: Skyfall (2012)

It must be said, and it has been, that Skyfall, the new James Bond film, is beautiful. Like, really, really beautiful. The cinematography is from the legendary Roger Deakins, so that visual wonder is to be expected, and yet it still manages occasionally to take your breath away on the strength on it alone. If …

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Oct 31 2012

Movie Review: Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down (2001)

The city of Mogadishu, in famine stricken Somalia. It’s 1995 and a joint task force of Army Rangers, Delta Force, and the 160th SOAR, here to support UN peacekeeping operations against the militia of Mohammed Farrah Aidid, organize a quick strike raid into the city to capture some of the local warlord’s top lieutenants. It …

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Oct 23 2012

Movie Review: Argo (2012)

To call Argo, Ben Affleck’s based-on-a-true-story thriller, a spectacular achievement would be, in all honesty and respect, reaching a bit too far. And branding it simply a “great movie,” which seems to be something that many have done recently, isn’t enthusiastic enough. Rather, here’s what it is – the best, and most vivid, cinematic rendering …

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Sep 08 2012

Movie Review: Lawless

If you have to have one reason to see Lawless, John Hillcoat‘s violent and grimy bootlegging film set in Depression- and Prohibition-era 1930s rural Virginia, make that Tom Hardy. Coming off The Dark Knight Rises, you might consider his role here — as the hulking and seemingly “invincible” Forrest Bondurant, who conveys more with his …

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Apr 15 2012

The Inner Art of Karate

Shambhala Publications just sent me Kenji Tokitsu’s latest book to review. Tokitsu, you may remember, also wrote a wonderful book on the life of Musashi (reviewed in this section) and therefore I was most interested to see what he had to say about Karate. I was most pleased that he focused on karate as an …

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