Having read the suggested articles by Mr. Wolf and Mr. Inouye, I found this short and sweet (and complete) YouTube video tracing the history and practice of “bartitsu.” What are your impressions, lovely lurkers? Can you see why I was struck by the similarity of what E.W. Barton-Wright was trying to do and what Stephen K. Hayes is doing sucessfully? ~Jenn
Thanks to stellar blog i09 for posting about classic Arthurian epic film Excalibur. They were talking about armor sex, mainly (which is interesting enough), but I thought I’d discuss the stage combat a little here.
One of the biggest things that stick in the memory from Excalibur is all the overly-shiny armor. I mean, the knights eat, talk, travel, make love, and nearly everything else in their full suits of chrome-finish plate mail. Of course, they also fight in the armor. That’s one thing that’s done really well in this flick–the acting of the weight of the broadswords and armor during fights. I’m reminded especially of the Arthur vs. Lancelot fight, wherein there is much slipping down riverbanks and heaving broadswords like the heavy beasts they are. Watching the gritty (yet over-the-top) acting style is effective in these fight scenes, as the actors are vividly indicating the weight of the armor, the wet, the big swords. Another standout fight scene is of course the epic battle at the end.
There’s a famous drinking game surrounding Excalibur, but I don’t want to encourage such things. Okay, here it is: you drink every time anyone shouts “Excalibur” too loudly. That’s the only rule. Please play responsibly. ~Jenn
“Catalina’s clever yet curious contortions of the countenance continually confounded critics of cinematic comedy.”
No, lovely lurkers, I won’t stop talking about either Sherlock Holmes or the Assassin’s Creed games. Why? One, because they’re current news. Two, they are examples of good stories that one doesn’t get very often these days. I always like talking about my favorite novels. Three, they do have a connection to our martial arts/stage combat theme here on Daily Cross-Swords. So there.
For those of you lovely lurkers who have reproduced, here’s an article about being fit with your kids. The BQC is lauded loudly within, as well.
More and many thanks to Kevin Inouye for posting this interview with the fight choreographer for the new Sherlock Holmes movie. Enjoy and learn. Oh, and spoiler alerts. And, no, no, I haven’t seen it yet. Ssh. ~Jenn
They were actually going to call this new movie Karate Kid still. :sigh: I’m glad that got nipped in the bud. Other than that, what do you think of this, lovely lurkers? Many commenters are saying this is Will Smith’s little “present” to his son. Do you agree (based on this trailer, of course)? ~Jenn
Enjoy these links from blogs i09 and mental floss, extolling the joy of classic sci-fi bloopers and what it takes to be a sci-fi villain (a-la If I Were an Evil Overlord). ~Jenn