If knowing that this movie is the sequel to The Raid or that it features characters billed as “Baseball Bat Man” and “Hammer Girl” is not incentive enough to check it out, maybe nothing would be, but for anybody interested in fight choreography as a part of filmmaking, this stuff is essential.
I Just Read: The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead; I Just Watched: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, dir. John Cassavetes, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, dir. Joe and Anthony Russo
I liked all of these but uggggghhhh I liked Winter Soldier the most, I am part of the problem
This movie is sixties in some pretty unfortunate ways; posterity is going to be increasingly unkind.
I’ve actually started just stealing a metaphor that Pascal Jacob uses. He talks about a tree. He says that the roots of the circus—you get the PowerPoint image of the tree with roots that extend to the ground—those are the circus arts. They’re dispersive and they go way back. You don’t quite know where they end. And they come together into this solidified form in 1768. That becomes the trunk of the tree—hard, in the same way that the circus was hard and kind of codified, and circular, in the way it had that circular form. Then that goes up for two hundred years. Then in 1968, the form proliferates all over again. It explodes into branches.
I talked to circus historian and former student of the circus arts Duncan Wall. Not really knowing anything about circus history, I hesitated to take this project. Then I decided to take it because I didn’t know anything about circus history. This is not always a wise way to do business! But I’d like to think the interview turned out well.
If you have ever wondered whether your phone’s speech-to-text tool recognizes the phrase ‘Glenn Danzig’ but neglected to test it, let me confirm that this works.