Film Junk Podcast Episode #283: The Expendables and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

0:00 – Intro
4:05 – Headlines: Karl Urban is the New Judge Dredd, Sam Worthington to Star in Commando Remake, Terminator 3-D Animated Remake, Lights Camera Jackson: The-11 Year-Old Film Critic
20:35 – Review: The Expendables
57:45 – Review: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
1:47:30 – Trailer Trash: Skyline, Enter the Void, Unstoppable
2:03:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: BBC’s Sherlock, Man v Food: Season 3, Lock Up, 12th & Delaware, Marooned, Billion Dollar Brain, Cropsey, Johnny Handsome, Until the Light Takes Us, And the Pursuit of Happiness, The Last Lovecraft, Mad Monkey Kung Fu, Standard Operating Procedure, Spartan, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Cobra
3:05:45 – Junk Mail: Film Junk Mega Mix, Favourite and Best Actors, Devil Trailer, Movies with Right Wing Agendas, TIFF Tips
3:26:20 – Twitter Poll: Why did Scott Pilgrim Fail at the Box Office?
3:31:30 – This Week’s DVD Releases
3:33:50 – Outro

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  • Like any other genre martial arts films can be broken down into a wide range of different factions. Shaw Bros., swordplay, bashers, shapes, Golden Harvest, stunts, etc. It’s mostly a matter of sampling here and there, finding out which kind of martial arts movies appeal to you and exploring that section of the genre.

    I would suggest dipping your toes in the kinetic wire-fu era of the early 90s as epitomized by Yuen Woo-ping. He directed Iron Monkey and three other films in 1993, so that may be a good place to start. I know Dragon Dynasty recently released one of them, Tai Chi Master. From what I remember it definitely has the same feel as Iron Monkey, though it’s been awhile and I can’t vouch that it’s as good. Also you may want to look into the Once Upon A Time In China series from the same time period.

    Here’s a small sampling of various kinds of martial arts films to get you started if you’re looking for something different.

    36th Chamber of Shaolin – The ultimate training film.
    Odd Couple – My favourite Sammo Hung flick.
    Crippled Avengers – Venom Mob insanity.
    Drunken Master 2 – Jackie Chan at his finest.
    Born To Fight – Fantastic Thai gymkata movie.
    Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky – Words fail me.

  • “Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky – Words fail me.”

    ditto – oh so ditto!

  • Kamen Liew

    Thanks Kurt for defending Scott Pilgrim.

    It was great film. Good comedy, great visual elements and some pretty inventive action sequences.

    Too bad Greg and Jay didn’t enjoy it. Can’t believe a visual element like “A Pee Bar” would annoy Greg so much.