A marauding 25-foot-tall Yeti terrorizes a California ski resort and only nuclear warhead tipped crossbows can stop him. Welcome to the 1970's and the Golden Era of horror paperback novels.
Traditional martial arts instructors once had an aura and an iconic image. Cobra Kai on YouTube gives us a glimpse of the old-school traditional instructor. Where did all of the traditional instructors go?
Grady Hendrix takes horror novel fans back to the grand age of crazed fiction: the 1970s and 1980s glory gory days of the trashy horror paperback.
James Bond: Spectre: The Complete Comic Strip Collection reprints the wonderful newspaper serial that faithfully adapted Ian Fleming's 007 novels.
Vince Vaughn portrays a immoral moral man whose life decisions lead him to incarceration. Despite the noble nature of this anti-hero, the character of Bradley Thomas deserves his fate.
Michael Keaton's vicious and brutal Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming shares much of the rage found in the Silver and Bronze Age version of the villain.
Channel 4 UK/AMC's original series HUMANS (aka HUM∀NS) ponders the frequently asked eternal science-fiction question asked of aliens, robots, and earth dwellers: "What does it mean to be human?"
D.C. Comics The House of Mystery book published solid genre fiction in he 1970's and kept the lost artistry of comic book horror anthologies alive.
Walter White chooses the path of Breaking Bad and discovers the life of a criminal is not exactly one that can be controlled or contained. Life-altering changes are unavoidable.
Drawing on the appeal left during the final gasp of classic horror movie monsters, the rather bland cereal Alpha Bits thrived in the 1970's thanks to wonderful -- and humorously-scary -- commercials.
Aldo Nadi was a fencing master whose work influenced Bruce Lee. Jeet Kune Do and other martial arts practitioners may find Nadi's work enlightening.
Hammer's Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed returns Peter Cushing's Baron Frankenstein to the evil and malevolent character born in The Curse of Frankenstein
Rock Band Kiss and Music From The Elder are given a brilliant examination in the music history book Odyssey, a definitive look at a misunderstood and much-maligned rock concept album.
Strange and mysterious sightings of evil clowns are popping up all over the United State. Has folklore and mythology and cinema horrors come to life?
Ray Donovan tries to balance a normal home life with his career as a violent Hollywood fixer. Try as he may, Showtime cable's fixer can't fix his own domestic problems.
The torturous life of the Hell On Wheels' anti-hero Cullen Bohannon comes to an ambigious end with the AMC series' conclusion.
The claustrophobic end-of-the-world sci-fi thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane leads viewers to a dark place rooted in the fear of loneliness.
Marvel Comics' Werewolf by Night was given a tremendous audio theater presentation by Power Records in the early 1970s.
The PBS documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue captures a sad portrait of the singer whose legend and talent endures.
The violent-but-popular cha.racter of The Hound returns to the equally violent-but-popular television series Game of Thrones
Lee Marvin and John Boorman created a masterpiece in the classic crime film Point Blank (1967), a film that defied narrative conventions to rise to a work of cinematic art.
TwoMorrows Publishing releases the definitive book on the history of Mego Toys and allows all those who grew up in the 1970's to relive great childhood memories.
Robert E. Howard, the author who created Conan the Barbarian, also wrote a number of excellent, hard-hitting boxing tales.
In 1974, Power Records of Newark, NJ released a book-and-record that set the foundation (inadvertently) for Captain America: Civil War. And kids really enjoyed this book and others like it.....
Fencing has a long and storied influence on fighting arts. JKD, Wing Chun, Boxing, and more all owe much to classical fencing.
The mysterious and misunderstood collective of Generation X finds its soul captured in the dark lyrics of the classic punk song "Mother of Earth".
Flash fiction from a late-night, big city roof top and all the non-glory beyond the edge.
If you didn't enjoy watching the debut and rerun of King Kong on NBC in 1978 and 1980, then you are no friend of mine.
The Referee Position from wresting can be borrowed in the BJJ game to provide a unique and less-than-expected way to enter into the Butterfly Guard.
Overcoming great odds, succeeding, yet remaining an outcast was part of the pain The Amazing Spider-Man had to endure. Such pain allowed him to connect with an alienated audience in the 1960's.
Understanding a few points about Filipino and Indonesian Martial Arts elbow throws helps you figure out what they are intended for.
The 1960's saw Marvel Comics redefine the American comic book and these classic tales allow for much personal recollection and introspection. The book Marvel Comics In The 1960s helps with this cause.
Parental and sibling neglect likely contributed to the murderous rage of Karloff's Frankenstein Monster.
Older JKD/Wing Chun approaches to combat from the "good old days" of martial arts are modernized and explained in a brief demonstrational video.
Here are a few insights and contemplations of how traditional karate can be made more effective for modern self-defense.
Contract law is misunderstood and this is unfortunate since contracts are a major part of business life. Learn what a contract represents, what is a breach, and how to take legal remedies.
To boost home security, always be on the lookout for some very obvious signs of attempted intrusions.
You may wish to rethink some ideas you have about getting back into your home once you have been locked out.
Even if your takedowns are not the greatest, you can still get a lot of mileage out of basic MMA techniques in a self-defense scenario provided you train them right.
Amazing soundtracks and scores from previous generations of cult movies continue to find new audiences and receive long deserved accolades.
Jeet Kune Do's notion of simplicity in fighting is rooted in skill development coming from realistic scenario based training and non-compliant sparring, not from equipment training.
Supernatural monsters meet science-fiction in a hodgepodge horror film that run on UHF TV throughout the 1970's.
Paul Nashcy's Werewolf outings were wild, unique, and over the top enough to stand out in the 1970's and early 1980's when they were a staple on Philly UHF TV.
2000 Man remains one of the more unique songs from the Rolling Stones and it was famously covered by Ace Frehley of Kiss
Crom, the angry God of Conan the Barbarian lore, must be examined from the perspective of Robert E. Howard's own indifferences.
Script coverage is an essential part of the Hollywood machine. Coverage for the an unproduced Jason vs. Freddy script is featured as an example.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu employs leverage to help defeat bigger and stronger opponents. When your opponent also knows BJJ, tweaking your game is a must to deal with the size and strength issue.
Leg, foot, and knee submissions are a major staple these days of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wrestling training in the modern landscape.
Destroyer was the concept album that helped Kiss achieve mainstream success and launched the Super Kiss era.
Sean Connery tries to solve a drug conspiracy....on the moon...in 1981's Outland.
E.C., Marvel, and D.C. Comics all tackled the subject of drug addiction in famous issues in prior decades.
Hammer Films' Curse of the Werewolf offers more than a man turning into a human beast. Social, psychological, and spiritual themes allow the film to rise above monster run amok werewolf movies.
Following a number of very basic tips can make help ensure Brazilian Jiu Jitsu guard passing skills increase immensely.
The Aurora History and Price Guide covers the basic points about the history of the company and is an excellent trip into classic horror nostalgia.
Alan Moore reshaped the landscape of the Swamp Thing comic book and also posed quite a number of interesting philosophical questions about identity and self-awareness.
Johnny Cash's dark themes resonate through Kris Kristofferson's melancholy song.
Bruce G. Hallenbeck has authored the definitive tome on the Hammer Frankenstein movies.
The Hound remains one of the more compelling dark and brooding characters in Game of Thrones. Now we can look at what lies under his gruff exterior.
Alan M. Brandt's lengthy tome on the history of cigarette smoking in the 20th century allows us to reflect on the culturally significant role tobacco once played in society.
Transgressive antiheroes in works such as Fight Club at at odds with a society they want to be part of.
The Futurism Movement is looked at through its historical lens.
Sparring has a lot of value and it can end up being one of the most valuable aspects of your training.
One of Stan Lee's most effective conventions in the early issues of The Amazing Spider-Man was drawing distinct lines between disaffected youth and aging authority figures.
Do mysterious creatures live in lakes around the world. According to this excellent book....NO WAY.
Livy waxes nostalgic on Rome when it was truly Rome.
Two classic Robert E. Howard werewolf works are discussed.
The way to get better at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is often found in refining what you know to a higher level.
The Bruce Lee Jeet Kune Do philosophy of simplicity is illustrated in the analogy of a punch and a kick. Both techniques are much simpler than most people try to make them out to be.
Three excellent script writing books cover the art of screenwriting from unique perspectives. This overview highlights them for the ''How to screenwriting'' book collector.
Philip K. Dick noted there was not much of a difference between real and false memories in terms of the impact both can have on shaping a personality.
Getting better at armbars is never easy, but following a basic training method can help with skill improvement.
The strange science-fiction subgenre grew enormously in popularity in the 1980's and its bleak vision of the future is influential in films and television today.
Controversy exists about whether or not eating late at night causes fat storage. The answer lies in what you eat, how much, and how often.
Among the best ways to stay safe entails always being sure of your environment
Zen is rooted in realism and, sometimes, reality might have a cynical edge. But, that is life and life is suffering.
The 1982 film The Road Warrior offers a very realistic vision of what happens amidst societal collapse.
Private lessons offer many excellent benefits to lose wishing to enhance their skill level. And contrary to what you might think, there are ways of cutting down the downs on these lessons.
A foundation in the basics in BJJ game sets the stage for your ability to develop to a high level competitor or hobbyist.
Frank Miller was able to draw from the work of other writers & artists on the classic comic.
The Abstract Art Movement has much more to it than errant criticism reflects.
Pop Art forever changed the way we look at classical art.
Fellini films are experiential in nature if not always narrative. Those that have never seen Fellini movies may wish to invest a little time viewing them.
An original look at Zen & the arts from a modern view point is captured in this excellent book.
The Gi attracts a lot of practitioners to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Sometimes, taking off the Gi is a must to shake things up and enhance other skills.
Glory is not the only thing gained through competition. The tournament mat becomes a laboratory for the learning process.
Godzilla movies are usually fun, but this entry in the series really contributed to its demise. Godzilla vs. Gigan is among the worst Godzilla videos ever released.
Campfire Tales from Hell offers a unique anthology on personal recollections about the martial arts and self-defense.
Paying full price might get you the newest release the day it comes out, but buying used Wii games offers a host of benefits that makes purchasing second hand a smart move.
Orca cashed in on the success of Jaws and still draws in cable TV audiences up really late at night.
The brilliant Aurora Re-Issue brings back memories of once popular sci-fi - the Toho Godzilla movies.
The search for the best workout and fitness plan may lead you to a martial arts school.
You can train one class a week and still achieve your MMA training goals.
Long before The Walking Dead and zombie-mania went mainstream, there was the imported Italian grindhouse classic.
The Jab is the single most critical tool to learn in striking
The classic print medium still counts for a lot in the eyes of others since there are more rigorous editorial guidelines in place.
Charles Bronson and James Coburn star in a brilliant tale of blue collar hard times and bareknuckle boxing.
Just because everyone tells you Mixed Martial Arts is a "young person's game" does not automatically means its true.
Charles Bronson maintained a career resurgence with this B movie studio.
The Ape in the Corner Office: Our Evolutionary place in the workforce is revealed.
Dark morality lessons are present in the works of the Brothers Grimm.
The original version of The Incredible Hulk was not so much a dumb brute as much as he was a disaffected child.