The Role of Context

In 1945’s Blood on the Sun, James Cagney engages in what might have been Hollywood’s first ‘martial arts fight scene’. In it, Nick Condon (James Cagney) engages in a ‘judo fight’ with the nefarious Captain Oshima. The fight itself (with the clip here) is kind of neat, from a vintage standpoint, but it pales comparedContinue reading “The Role of Context”

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! And I don’t mean that ironically, or insincerely. I genuinely mean that: I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving (unless you live in another country, in which case…uh, happy Thursday?). And yes, I’m aware of how historically inaccurate, to the point of being almost laughable, the origins of that holiday are. And IContinue reading “Happy Thanksgiving”