Prime in the Dustbin: ‘Kill or Be Killed’ (1980)

Kill or Be Killed was marketed as “the greatest Hollywood martial arts movie ever made!” But we’re here to tell you that is definitely not the case.

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Birth of the Dragon: The Hero Nobody Wants or Needs

He might’ve died forty-four years ago, but Bruce Lee still attracts controversy. Director George Nolfi found that out, with the release of his Lee sort-of biopic, Birth of the Dragon. Centering … Continue reading Birth of the Dragon: The Hero Nobody Wants or Needs

To Kill or Not to Kill? Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin

What was your first wuxia film? Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)? Zhang Yimou’s Hero (2003), or House of Flying Daggers (2004)? Maybe an old classic, like the Shaw Brothers’ The One-Armed Swordsman (1967)? With its balletic, often on … Continue reading To Kill or Not to Kill? Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin

Courage Above All Things: Interview with Toa Fraser and The Dead Lands’ Warrior Saga

Savage and beautiful, Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands (2014) is a gripping warrior’s tale. A tribal chief’s young son finds himself the only survivor of a massacre, and vows vengeance. But … Continue reading Courage Above All Things: Interview with Toa Fraser and The Dead Lands’ Warrior Saga

JP Fallavollita On…The Question

Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favourite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something … Continue reading JP Fallavollita On…The Question

The Steampunk Granny Takes on the 47 Ronin

47 Ronin is a fictional account of a real life group of samurai that lived in 18th century Japan. This fantasy action film, which was produced by Universal Studios, and directed … Continue reading The Steampunk Granny Takes on the 47 Ronin

Saturday At The Movies: Steampunk Granny Talks Full Metal Jacket and Marines

I had watched the 1987 war film, Full Metal Jacket, a few years ago with my husband. The title refers to the bullet used by the infantry riflemen. At the … Continue reading Saturday At The Movies: Steampunk Granny Talks Full Metal Jacket and Marines

Saturday At The Movies: The Grandmaster

My oldest grandson, Jimmy, a lover of martial arts and a serious student of Muay Thai; won every tournament he’s ever entered. This year he and some of his friends … Continue reading Saturday At The Movies: The Grandmaster