Criterion Now – Episode 141 – Martial Arts

Grady Hendrix and Chris Poggiali, authors of These Fists Break Bricks join to talk about all things martial arts, ranging from the early films of King Hu up to the present. We also discuss the titles on physical media. This includes Criterion where Grady has been a periodic contributor, and other labels such as Arrow, Eureka, and numerous others. We talk about the films that influenced styles within martial arts films, which ranged from silent comedies to Spaghetti Westerns, to French New Wave Films.

Episode Links

Classic Film Collective
These Fists Break Bricks
Temple of Schlock

Aaron West

I am a somewhat educated Criterion dork, with a History and Film Studies bachelor's degree and plenty of self-education over the years. My tastes are all over the map. Probably my favorite is 1930s French Poetic Realism, but I like everything from noir, to animation, to horror, westerns, and modern film. Usually I prefer film that challenges and requires something of the viewer.