August 21, 1992 |
Since the death of Bruce Lee, the martial arts genre has been without a king. The closest thing to a successor is Steven Seagal, a hulking brute whose trademark limb-breaking and massive body blows made him the leading chock- socky icon during the power-obsessed '80s. Seagal, however, has lately talked of doing more meaningful pictures (yawn) and has clearly lost his taste for action. That leaves a void, one that martial-arts lovers would like to see filled by someone with the exuberant charisma and frenetic martial arts style of Lee. That is clearly the genesis of "Rapid Fire," a movie starring Lee's son, Brandon.
December 22, 1988 |
When it comes to major video releases, 'tis not the season to be jolly. What you'll find in your video stocking in these final days before Christmas is a pair of cinematic lumps of coal. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER (1988) (Media) $89.95. 94 minutes. Robert Englund, Rodney Eastman, Tuesday Knight, Ken Sagoes. Once upon a time, Freddy Krueger could scare the wits out of people, but on this go-round, he seems intent on boring them to death. Over the years and sequels, Freddy has become such a pop-culture juggernaut that he can now take his audience for granted, shrouded in the thinnest of plots, minimizing the special effects that made the first and third Elm Street movies so effective and letting him toss off what passes in America for wit. Dorothy Parker he ain't.
October 1, 1995 |
Like most kids, Adam Older and Kim Morgan were initially drawn to karate through movies such as The Karate Kid and those starring martial-arts idol Bruce Lee. But unlike most kids, they stuck with it. "When I was 6, (Channel) 57 played a Bruce Lee movie marathon," Older, 16, of Hatfield, recalled. "So for my birthday, I asked for karate lessons. And I've been doing this ever since. " Late last month, Older and Morgan, 17, of Harleysville, were named to the U.S. karate team that will compete at the Pan American Junior Championships in November.
August 21, 1992 |
Brandon Lee has the appropriate first name and cheekbones to guarantee him a spot on one of those Fox-TV shows starring a bunch of way-cool guys and gals brooding about life in the 1990s. He also has the appropriate last name to guarantee him a movie deal, plying the same martial-arts action genre pioneered by his late father, the kung fu god Bruce Lee. Rapid Fire, the younger Lee's first starring role, is a more-than- serviceable slam-fest in which Lee gets to show off his jeet-kun-do techniques, his fluent Cantonese and his muscly torso.
January 24, 1986 |
State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf yesterday proposed outlawing the sale and possession of martial arts weapons, which he said had become popular among teenagers enamored of Bruce Lee and Ninja movies. Greenleaf, a Montgomery County Republican, said the only exceptions to the proposed ban would be licensed martial arts schools, law enforcement agencies and private collectors who keep the weapons in their homes. Greenleaf's bill is virtually identical to a proposed city ordinance that would ban martial arts weapons in Philadelphia.
February 3, 1989 |
In movie terms, we think of Hong Kong - if we think of it at all in movie terms - as the home of the late and inimitable Bruce Lee and as the capital of kung fu. The defiantly zany Peking Opera Blues suggests that it's also the capital of kung foolery. Directed by Tsui Hark at a frenzied allegro molto tempo and with a flair for action that would put many a big-name Hollywood filmmaker to shame, Peking Opera Blues answers a question that I must admit had not occurred to me before.
April 23, 2003
TO COLUMNIST Elmer Smith: I hope you're right about Michael Jordan. I, too, thought he should have canned it after 1998. But it's awfully difficult to give up that lifestyle. Jim Brown did it right. Out before he was 30. Was it nine strong years? Amazing. And he still has his health. I doubt he's had his knees replaced, something John Elway and Dan Marino are definitely facing within 10 years. Jordan had that rare quality of imposing few, if any, limits on himself. Bruce Lee, at 5-7 and 145 pounds, could hit harder than someone much larger.
May 21, 2008 |
TATTLE HAS heard a lot of bizarre questions asked at movie press events, but someone asking 77-year-old Clint Eastwood if had any plans to return as "Dirty Harry" is right up there. Eastwood said at a Cannes press conference for his new missing-child movie, "The Changeling," starring Angelina Jolie, that Harry Callahan was probably retired by now and he was not interested in bringing him back to the big screen. Then Jolie chimed in: "I am. " "Dirty Harriet and the 'Tomb Raider' will play it," Eastwood joked.
May 17, 1993 |
Siskel & Ebert someday might have to make room in their viewing booth for Jefferies. Lewis Jefferies, that is. When he's not earning top-notch grades, presiding over the senior class or playing four sports at Martin Luther King High - or participating in special programs that take him to Washington, D.C. and into the board rooms of major corporations - Jefferies works 18 hours a week as an usher at the United Artists Theatres at Cheltenham...
December 10, 2007 |
"Jungle Girl" is one of the more pleasant surprises of 2007. When this book was announced, many felt it would be simply another T&A book that would distinguish itself with some Frank Cho covers. However, the results so far have been impressive. While Jana, the star of "Jungle Girl," does not quite match her fellow Dynamite hellion, Red Sonja, in the toughness or nastiness department, and while her stories have not been quite as epic as those starring the She-Devil With a Sword, she comes darn close.