Film Review: Ready Player One

I’m a big Spielberg fan. This perhaps isn’t such a controversial statement. Saying that I like the work of the director of Jaws, ET, Jurassic Park, and Schindler’s List – to name but a few – isn’t really putting myself out there. Added to this is the fact that the world seems to be undergoing…

What’s the point in learning a martial art?

I do ask myself sometimes. I mean why do I get hit, bruised and thrown about each week? I guess the standard answer is that, if the worst comes to the worst, you will be able to defend yourself. I mean it’s a nice idea, but if the worst does come to the worst, you…

Wanders in…Mount Snowdon

The couple shuffled along in their running trainers. Their flimsy footwear providing scant grip on the slippery snow covered surface. The snow was deep. To the side of us there was no rail, no barrier to break our fall, nothing, just a sheer drop of hundreds of feet. I didn’t know it then, but this…

Wing Chun: Is Wing Chun a waste of time?

It has become fashionable to debate the merits of each martial art. This is a pass time as old as martial arts themselves, but YouTube seems to have provided something of a resurgence. It was during a chance search through YouTube that the Joe Rogan Show gave pause for concern. Joe Rogan made two observations…

Book Review: The Search

The Search tells the tale of Hobart Rapples and his quest for knowledge. Born in the isolation of the southern most city of the southern isle of New Zealand, Hobart wants for friends, companionship, and general life direction. Things come to a head on the death of Hobart’s mother, an unusual woman said to have…

Film Review: The Mercy

The Mercy is one of those movies that you probably didn’t catch. It was in the cinemas briefly and with little fanfare, and then it wasn’t. Maybe it will show up on TV sometime, or perhaps you’ll dip into it on Netflix. The film hasn’t quite got all of the awards recognition that it was…

Wing Chun: and the internal martial arts

If I push you backwards, and you lower at the knees – perhaps tilting forward slightly at hips – then you won’t move backwards, not one inch. This is because you’ve changed your centre of gravity and channelled my forced downwards to the ground. Should you feel any tension, it will be at the shins,…

Black Panther: valiant but flawed

Black Panther seems to have received nothing but praise. It seems to be universally accepted as a great movie and a great step forward. It seems churlish to argue with this seemingly universally held opinion, but for me the film stumbled slightly. Black Panther is perhaps the most morality compromised Marvel film to date, and…

Wing Chun: Internal Wing Chun – an introvert with a grandiose vision

He gazed at me threw a pair of thick rimmed glasses. He was short, dark haired and carried himself with a familiar unease; unease, because he was a persistently akward chap, and familiar, because he made such an effort to be chummy. I had arrived early and we were engaging in a little pre-class conversation….

Film Review: 12 Strong

There seems to be a strange feedback loop at play between the US military and its onscreen persona. Actors have long drawn from the macho personas of the military to inform their performances, and soldiers in turn have watched these these slightly jingoistic, alpha-led performances and sought to emulate their onscreen idols. Every squaddie wants…

The Post: Awards bait with subtlety

I had sat down to watch the post with a degree of cynicism. It is Oscar time and we are to be exposed to a stream of ‘worthy’ cinema, as it courts awards approval. The film is much billed as Streep-Hanks, a coming together of two great acts; much like the film Heat brought together…

The Last Jedi – please come back George

The Force Awakens relaunched the Star Wars franchise. It was a typically smooth JJ Abrams soft reboot. Visually spectacular and occasionally conceptually ridiculous – I’m talking ludicrous mega-Death-Stars – it set the scene for the two that were to follow. This was to be the long awaited final trilogy of George Lucas’s extended saga. A…