This week the guys talk martial arts, with the look forward in a post-Shang Chi MCU and backward at a post-Enter the Dragon film genre. Surrounding the film commentary are discussions on the immediate aftermath of Bruce Lee’s passing, successors to his throne, “Brucesploitation”, Asian stars, and how things might’ve been different had Lee lived.
Per Donovan’s demands, Harry joins him in watching 1989’s martial arts sports film “Best of the Best” starring Eric Roberts, James Earl Jones and Sally Kirkland…or does it? The guys discuss what ended up being a vehicle for Martial Arts Master Phillip Rhee, the dynamics and tension of Korean Americans fighting Koreans, acceptable storytelling losses … More Trojan Horse Representation? (Best of the Best Commentary)
Zack Snyder’s Justice League has arrived, but with it comes more questions than answers on the future of comic book media. What do hashtag campaigns mean for supply and demand? Who are those doing the demanding? What are the political ramifications of this movie? And who is Zack Snyder anyway?
Returning to the conversation of Media Violence, the guys chortle, chuckle and guffaw over the career of one Steven Frederic Seagal. The one-time Akido Instructor and current Russian citizen is discussed and “celebrated” in full, leading up to a commentary on the 1996 swing-and-a-miss cop thriller “The Glimmer Man”, co-starring Keenan Ivory Wayans!
In the far future of 2032, where does law and order converge with choice and free will? The guys ponder these heavy questions while watching and discussing the 1993 sci-fi actioner “Demolition Man”, starring Sandra Bullock and Wesley Snipes!
In a Post-Black Panther, Post-MCU, current-BLM world…precisely what impact did Blade land on the world in 1998? The guys ponder that during and after their commentary of the Wesley Snipes classic!
In these times, we seek light to lead us out the darkness. So the guys resort to giving commentary on a fun, if grim, anime classic. Afterward they discuss the future of anime fandom, their own experiences with discovering new things and the art of recommendation. It’s Cowboy Bebop: The Movie!
What are the intentions of the war story? Are the requisite morals good or bad? What else can the war story discuss beyond that binary?
In this special episode, Dono-chan, Harry-kun and Stella-san are joined by Carolyn Cocca-Senpai to discuss the female future of the action genre, with the tent-pole case study being Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).