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The release of The Raid: Redemption has made us revisit our favourite martial arts flicks and pick five favourite films to suggest for Sound on Sight readers.
Before I give my five picks though, I would like to turn the floor over to a man who has been a friend of mine since grade seven at Oxford Street Junior High School in Halifax. As the line editor for Steve Jackson Games’ “Generic Universal RolePlaying System”, Sean Punch aka Dr. Kromm has been directly or indirectly responsible for a number of source-books on the Martial Arts including writing and editing Gurps Martial Arts.
I asked him earlier this week what films he would put on his list. He named three.
You’re not looking for goofy, cinematic Asian martial arts are you? Because I tend to like stuff that is more realistic, more like what commandos would use. You mentioned Steven Seagal »
- Michael Ryan
The infamous movie-streaming video buffet-service Netflix hit UK shores recently, but sadly is very lacking compared to the goldmine of content available via the equivalent American service. Furthermore, Netflix UK is somewhat barren in regards to recent releases, with most films at least two years old.
However, there is a silver lining. The lack of modern content left me scouring its ageing database like an antique dealer rooting through a charity shop, and consequently I found a number of diamonds in the rough...
10. Primer (2004)
Perhaps the smartest time-travel movie ever made. Shot on a minuscule budget - though it never feels 'cheap' thanks to a sharp script - and possessing eerily sterile visuals and naturalistic performances, this was a true gem of a find. By the end of the movie you’ll know you’ve watched something special and will be eager for a rewatch, in an attempt to piece together Primer's well-crafted plot. »
2 items from 2012
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