Movie – The Man with the Iron Fists: C

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It certainly felt like an authentic kung-fu film, right down to the dialog so terrible it sounded like a bad dub. The characters filled their niches and I loved their various specialties/weapons/costumes. The sets looked great too. But when Dave Bautista gives one of the best performances of your film, something is wrong. I’m not sure how Russel Crowe wandered onto this set, but he looked like was having fun. The actual kung-fuing was pretty standard wire-jumping, nothing special.

Movie – Afro Samurai: Resurrection: B+

This movie-sequel just didn’t capture that familiar absurdity that the original miniseries did. The weak plot and pointlessly resurrected characters lost their appeal, and the forcibly inserted new characters were scraped from the bottom of the writer’s creative pool. Still some great action scenes though.

Movie – Kung-Fu Panda 2: A

I’m a kung-fu fan, and the makers of this film were too. Like the original, (and most good animated movies quite frankly) the story adapts a tried and true genre plotline and adapts it for it’s own purposes. Though not quite as good as the first, it delivers when it counts. There were moments of character overload, but with the amount of talented actors and artists this movie gathered it wasn’t overly distracting.