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Ip Man 4 is an upcoming Hong Kong biographical martial arts film directed by Wilson Yip and produced by Raymond Wong. It is the fourth in the Ip Man film series based on the life of the Wing Chun grandmaster of the same name and features Donnie Yen reprising the role.
 
Listen to the hilarious improvised podcast featuring New York’s most talented comedians from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 30 Rock, The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live and more. Hosted by Abra Tabak. Everything is made up on the spot. No rehearsals. No scripts. All created in a tiny, comfy room. FOLLOW @ComfyWithAbra
 
Each week friends Mike and Charlie have Randy (the random number generator) select a film for them to watch from the Criterion Collection. Then they discuss and review it for your listening pleasure. It’s a podcast about the love of film, expanding horizons, painstakingly cataloging the duration of every long take, and friendship.
 
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It’s been a while since Randy picked something from a nation’s film output with which we have little-to-no familiarity. And a little 1970s Filipino cinema is just what we needed to break us out of the endless Criterion pattern of American/French/English/Japanese. With this - celebrated director Lino Brocka’s adaptation of a novel following a young …
 
What’s better than a 1970s, grimy, sun-baked, L.A.-based neo-noir about a well-intentioned stripclub owner (played with all of the nervous swagger of a Ben Gazzara in his prime) with a gambling problem who gets in too deep with the mob? Two for the price of one, that’s what. This week we’re talking about both the theatrical release and unexpectedly…
 
Ivan Reitman, the master of the 1980s family-friendly action comedy, steps boldly into the 90s with a playful reinvention of one of the most singular R-rated action movie marquee names of the 20th-century: Arnold Schwarzenegger. He plays detective John Kimble, an intimidating and violent cop who must transition to the gentler persona and methods of…
 
For Charlie's annual birthday episode, his very good friend Mike has chosen Terence Young's filmed adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel Dr. No. That's right, there's technically a James Bond movie in the Criterion Collection. And since the birthday boy is a super-fan, eager for a soapbox upon which to blurt out decades of pent-up interpretations, crit…
 
In a kind of alternate universe version of Trois Colours: Bleu, Juliette Binoche finds herself once more playing a Parisian woman, with an artistic bent, having lost her husband and daughter, navigating a second life in a search for new love and purpose. Except that this time no one is dead; she's just divorced. And rather than mourning her way fro…
 
This week we are joined by podcaster Alexei Toliopolous (@ThisisAlexei) of Total Reboot, Finding Desperado, and Finding Drago to discuss his pick: Australian director Gillian Armstrong's first feature film My Brilliant Career. This groundbreaking film blends elements from the eponymous novel and biography of Miles Franklin, exploring her struggles …
 
Three-peat! Director Akira Kurosawa's first color feature finds the tragedies and human strength in a small shantytown, inhabited by an ensemble cast each facing their own poverty-driven struggles. What follows is a categorization of the ways in which people contend with suffering: ranging from the inspiring and humorous, to the accepting and despa…
 
It's been a long time since we've had a musical on this podcast. And this is a big one. Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' adapt the stage musical (which is - sort of - and adaptation of Romeo and Juliet) wherein two rival gangs sing and dance through fights and fight-dances and dance-fights. Maria (Natalie Wood) and Tony (Richard Beymer) are our star…
 
Acclaimed American director Sydney Pollack examines the lives of struggling New York City actors working on a competitive and fraught soap opera. Dustin Hoffman plays Michael Dorsey, a talented, but difficult, and under appreciated actor who financial needs and uncompromising nature lead him to take a role as a woman, played by a woman. Becoming an…
 
Shots of headlights in traffic, people going down escalators, whirring machinery in a factory, the Hoover dam, a lady smoking a cigarette, and a controlled demolition of a tenement high rise. All this is made at once familiar and deeply profound with sublime photography and a pulsing Philip Glass score. Godfrey Reggio’s first entry in the “qatsi” t…
 
Get ready, Randy has picked another big one for us. And he actually picked the first film by a celebrated director for once. David Lynch's Eraserhead is such a desperately ambitious, risk-everything film that one is tempted to call it "groundbreaking" except for the fact that it's so unique in its vision and execution that you'd be hard pressed to …
 
This is a big one that we’ve been waiting for: Jean-Luc Godard’s highly influential, widely lauded, experimental, sci-fi/noir mashup. Hard bitten detective Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine)has traveled through space in his Ford Galaxy to Alphaville, to uncover the mystery of a missing scientist. He finds a a strange, sterile, funhouse mirror of 196…
 
What happens when two seemingly incompatible masters of their craft with nothing to prove get together to make an discomforting powder keg character study that dramatically ratchets its way into a desperately... sweet romance? You get director Paul Thomas Anderson's collaboration with Adam Sandler who plays Barry, a brow-beaten introvert who must c…
 
We pick up with the Bagua training manual from 1932 with a highly regarded expert of the art. Training tips, practical suggestions, and by his words, 'no magical interpretations'. Learn how the practical Traditional Chinese Martial Artists approach it. You can download the episode and book : https://www.patreon.com/posts/45987832…
 
A couple of lonely hearts (played by Shirley Stoler and Tony Lo Bianco) find true love in this affecting documentary-style romanctic drama directed by Leonard Kastle. Oh, and they con then kill a bunch of women across the United States, because these is actually a shockingly brutal ripped-from-the-headlines true crime film. But I guess it's also th…
 
The back room boys are at it again! That’s right, we’re jumping back into the endlessly charming (so far) films of Powell and Pressburger. Sammy Rice (played by David Farrah) is a scientist working for an ill-defined problem-solving crew that the British government relies on for technical advice during the Second World War. Will his ever-suffering …
 
Julliette Binoche deadpans. Sudden fade to black! Dum dum da dummmmm..! Repeat that about four more times and you have one of the most iconic pieces of 1990s European cinema. Does this formula hold up for two jaded cinephiles at the end of 2020? The first installment of Krzysztof Kieslowski's ambitious Three Colours Trilogy doesn't pull any punches…
 
Episode 10 Wing Chun Discussion Podcast Keith Mazza, a closed door disciple of Grand Master William Cheung joins us from South Jersey in the USA. He has a practical approach to Wing Chun and martial arts in general, much of his experience and training is centered around application and effective use of the arts. Keith also shares with us details ab…
 
Nearly 100 years ago, there were several martial art institutes designed to stamp out the 'magic' and 'non-sense crap' that was running in several systems of martial arts. This concise Bagua training manual was released by an excellent practitioner, who was also a son to one of the best Bagua practitioners known. Yin Fu also became the equivalent o…
 
If you are celebrated auteur Jean-Luc Godard, it’s the 1960s, and your cranking out about 7 movies a year, the odds are strong that there’s going to be some winners and losers in the mix. And the question today is whether or not this picaresque travel film about a married couple (played by Jean Yanne and Mireille Darc) braving the traffic jam, car …
 
Episode 9 Wing Chun Discussion Podcast Derek G Chan, a lifelong martial artist and committed fitness coach shares with us his perspective of Chinese Martial arts and Wing Chun in particular. Beginning his training at a young age, Derek has experienced the full range of Chinese martial arts, both internal and external styles. Episode 9 Highlights: I…
 
When you imagine the lead character in the Talented Mr. Ripley, do you picture a wild-eyed Dennis Hopper in coveralls and a cowboy hat wandering around 1977 Hamburg? No? Well apparently Wim Wenders was the only director bold enough to take Patricia Highsmith’s legendary anti-hero in that...uh...specific direction. But if that has scared you off, do…
 
Private Lineage stories are not history. Characters are added and removed, while other character relationships are altered. Not to mention that most lineages are a marketing tool, tilted to who-ever is being marketed. If you want to get a snapshot of the 'bigger' picture, you have to look into broader sources. Which is why we are going to look into…
 
Who is up for a largely improvised drama set in poverty-stricken Thatcher-era London? Anyone? Ok, we get it, but what if we told you it was directed by Mike Leigh and it features early virtuoso performances by Tim Roth and Gary Oldman? And that they aren’t even the best part? Hint: it’s a acerbic but tender characterization by Phil Daniels as a wis…
 
Come join us as we discuss director G. W. Pabst's adaptation of Bertholt Brecht and Kurt Weill's legendary musical set in the London underwold. Gang boss Mackie Messer (aka Mack the Knife played by Rudolf Forster) plots to marry Polly Peachum (Carola Neher) daughter of the beggar king, while his scorned lover Jenny (Lotte Lenya) seeks to have him a…
 
[Insert eye-rolling pun about dipping our toes back into familiar Waters here]... That's right, we're once more spending the day with the Dreamland Players, reveling in the trash and the wigs of Jon Waters' decades-long seedy send-up of American culture. Divine smirks, whines, and stomps his way into our hearts as Dawn Davenport, following her sord…
 
Francois Truffaut (clearly famous mostly because he's mentioned in our theme song) crafts an oddly gentle love-triangle period piece, full of joy, friendship, understanding, frustration, and tragedy. A kind of bohemian fusion of Edith Wharton and Henry James. Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Sarre) play two fast friends living in France on the p…
 
It looks like Randy finally decided to pick for us a good, old-fashioned, big-budget, mid-century, historical war epic. Michael Caine plays Peter O’Toole playing David Bowie as Michael Caine in the Role of Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead alongside Stanley Baker as Lieutenant John Chard: both men of hesitant bravery competing with one another for the c…
 
Hey maaaan... remember the 60s? Doesn’t matter, because this isn’t really that movie. Unless your idea of the decade is an hilariously acerbic Richard E. Grant (as the eponymous Withnail) drunkenly rampaging through the English countryside screaming at river fish and ladies in tea shops. Paul McGann (...and I) is there to suffer along for the ride,…
 
As the spookiest of holidays approaches, Randy (the random number generator) has selected an appropriately themed film for us to watch. That is, if we can handle all of these darn thrills and chills. But with Benjamin Christensen's seminal half-documentary/half-historical fiction approach to his study on the history of medieval witchcraft, a rapid-…
 
Will we be doing the entire episode doing our best Jack Nicholson impressions, or will we give this very serious movie the very serious attention it deserves? The only way to find out is to join us as we discuss director Bob Rafelson's character study of modern alienation starring the man himself. If you'd like to watch ahead for next week's film, …
 
Oh boy. Here's a blast from the not-so-nostalgic past. Geoffrey Rush plays piano virtuoso David Helfgott, in Scott Hick's most 90s biopic of all 90s biopics. Talent and determination are hindered by a domineering father and an unbridled ambition to be the best. But the resulting mental breakdown isn't enough to stop the spirit of a genius. If you'd…
 
The media would have us believe that Bruce Lee and Yip Man were the only nationally recognized Wing Chun man. However, the Wing Chun man that was first mentioned through national voices was never portrayed on screen. In fact, most Wing Chun / Chinese Martial Artists will not even know him. Come learn about this man's hard life and hard death. If yo…
 
Oh! The past! The past! Now we've done it. We've made mother cross. Imagine that sort of text and occasional narration over a feature length, black and white, largely-silent film comprised of quick cuts, sporadic sound effects, and haunting imagery. Guy Maddin's experimental film is about an adult Guy (Erik Steffen Maas) recalling his childhood (as…
 
With Akira Kurosawa’s (ever heard of him?) seminal detective procedural, rookie detective Murakami (Toshiro Mifune - ever heard of him?) and worldly but hardly hard-bitten senior detective Sato (Takashi Shimura - ever heard of him?!) hunt through the post-war Tokyo underworld looking for a stolen handgun, hoping to stop an escalating murder-spree i…
 
We're running from the law again with our boy Hitch(cock). This time with an earlier film in his esteemed oeuvre as we join two equally young and equally innocent fugitives - Erica (Nova Pilbeam) and Robert (Derrick De Marney) - in a race to prove their...uh...youth and innocence. Anyway, it's a romantic and comedic romp through the English country…
 
We've been dancing around this subject long enough. And how could we not when the Criterion Collection is our subject of inquiry? But we've finally hit the nail on the head. We've got ourselves a 100% genuine mid-century Scandinavian crisis-of-faith movie. And by director Ingmar Bergman no less. A pastor named Tomas (played by perfect-pastor-haircu…
 
Episode 8 Wing Chun Discussion Podcast Moy Tung, a closed door disciple of Moy Yat shares with us his journey learning and teaching kung fu. He shares private stories and fond memories of long training hours and rigorous routines that forged his martial arts abilities. We even get some insight into what Yip Man’s real life was like, much different …
 
Our first Jean Gabin film! He plays the eponymous thief, clever and charming, hiding out in the maze-like Casbah of Algiers - a hive of scum and villainy if there ever was one under the direction of Julien Duvivier. Local and French police are helpless to smoke out Pépé and his merciless but loyal cohort until Gaby, a beautiful tourist tourist play…
 
Steven Soderbergh really surprised us with this 1993 coming-of-age story set on the mean streets of 1930s St. Louis. Because we had never heard of it. Hard to believe that this nostalgia-bomb was missed by the two 90s kid hosts of this podcast. Based on the memoirs A. E. Hotchner, the film stars Jesse Bradford as Aaron, left to fend for himself aga…
 
Note: This episode’s discussion and the film we are discussing, explicitly recounts the brutal methods, unimaginable suffering, and lingering trauma of the Holocaust. Sensitive listeners may want to skip this one and join us next week. The hosts of Random Acts of Cinema shy away neither from films of exceptional length nor films with difficult subj…
 
Dissatisfied youth, repressed sexuality, and nihilism running rampant in the dysfunctional Italian family unit is the theme of the week on Random Acts of Cinema. Director Marco Bellocchio’s cruel, bitter little film about Alessandro (played by Lou Castel) thinning out the ranks of his crumbling family through self-obsessed cruelty and murder is pun…
 
KFP 201 Civilian life today has changed in perhaps every imaginable facet, with more to come. With the violence, riots and defunding police actions taking place, you may want to consider your role as a Martial Artist. During this Podcast: Latest Defunding Police Actions What was the original cause to develop this professional organization? 5 steps …
 
With his nearly 30-years-in-the-making thematic trilogy, director/poet Jean Cocteau uses innovative film techniques and diverse strategies steeped in personal and classical mythology to consider the needs, methods, obstacles, and curse of the creative mind and the creative life. First with his groundbreaking The Blood of a Poet (1930), non-narrativ…
 
Episode 7 Wing Chun Discussion Podcast Larry takes us through his experience Learning Wing Chun under the legends Augustine Fong and Jack Ling. He shares with us his perspective of today’s Wing Chun practitioners as well as his distaste for online Wing Chun training programs. Larry emphasizes integrity in training and in teaching, preserving the ar…
 
We are joined by Michael Patrick Jann, film and television writer/director and member of The State to discuss his personal pick: Wong Kar-wai’s frenetic romantic masterpiece Chungking Express. Two stories, each with a lovesick cop (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung) and a self-possessed woman (Brigitte Lin and Faye Wong) navigating Hong Kong and exp…
 
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