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Idris Elba: Fighter Doc Is Smart, Real

Idris Elba

Idris Elba

For fans of Stringer Bell, DCI John Luther or his real-life non-actor personification as Idris Elba, the idea of Elba embarking on a quest to become a pro kickboxer on the wrong side of 40 was… disconcerting.

Idris Elba: Fighter, the doc series that emerged from this journey, however, is entirely real and genuine.

Sarah watched and wrote about it for Fightland.

To read what she said click here.

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‘The Accountant’ Fails Autistic Character Development

The Accountant

The Accountant

Now that Hollywood film writers have developed a basic grasp of (some of) the traits that a person with autism may exhibit, they’ve started to use this as part of their character development toolbox.

The thing is, when you’re a Hollywood writer making a Hollywood film and you decide to make one of your characters autistic you need to do so with the same thoughtfulness you’d tread a First Nations character or a black character or physically disabled character.

If you’re Ben Affleck and you’re playing an autistic killer in the film The Accountant, well, “thoughtfulness” appears to be too high a benchmark.

Sarah wrote about this phenomenon for The Establishment.

To read the story click here.

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That Awesome Guy In ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Is Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen

One of the actors getting next-leveled thanks to being in Star Wars: Rogue One is the martial arts movie star Donnie Yen.

Yen will be familiar to any avid follower of combat films like Ip Man and Shanghai Knights. But his storm trooper takedowns in the Rogue One should introduce him to a whole new audience.

Sarah wrote about Yen for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read the story click here.

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‘The War Show’ Documentary Shows Impact Of Syrian War

The War Show

The War Show

It’s pretty easy for most of us here in the western world to bury our heads in the sand and ignore what’s been happening in Syria.

Part of this is distance and another part is perceived difference — if you don’t know these people it makes it easier not to care about them, right?

A new documentary called The War Show is helping illuminate what it’s like for the Syrian people and it’s… awful.

I spoke to The War Show co-director Andreas Dalsgaard about this when he was in town for TIFF.

To read the full interview click here.

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‘The Fits’ Is Bringing Art Back To Boxing Movies

The Fits

The Fits

It could be fairly argued that the boxing movie as a genre has gotten quite predictable and stale.

That’s why new indie movie The Fits is such an intriguing, welcome new film.

Its use of the sweet science is a bold new direction for fight — or at least fight tangential — films.

Sarah wrote about it for Fightland.

To read about this click here.

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‘Migrant Dreams’ Explores Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program

Ontario greenhouses

Ontario greenhouses

For all the rah-rah about how well it treats its citizens, provides a safety net for the less fortunate and supports refugees and immigrants, there’s a semi-secret underclass Canadians should be ashamed about the way they’re treated — temporary foreign workers.

Brought in to Canada on restrictive short term contracts to do farming, manual labour and “jobs Canadians won’t do,” temporary workers are often exploited in this country.

A recent documentary about this subject called Migrant Dreams explores this subject in depth.

I spoke to director Min Sook Lee about it for Samaritan Mag.

To read the full interview click here.

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Jackie Chan Gets An Academy Award

Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan

Despite being the second biggest figure behind a whole film genre (next to Bruce Lee), the Academy Awards have never cared all that much about Jackie Chan and his kung fu movies.

Until now, that is.

This past November at the 8th Annual Governors Awards for the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences they gave Chan one of the four Honorary Awards for being one of the “true pioneers and legends in the crafts.”

Sarah wrote about this for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read it click here.

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