The Art of Self-defense

The Art of Self-defense

DVD - 2019
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After a roving motorcycle gang attacks him on the street, timid bookkeeper Casey joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei, and hardcore brown belt Anna, Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence. But when he attends Sensei's mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of brutality and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, [2019]
ISBN: 9786317928923
Branch Call Number: DVD Fiction ART
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Dolby digital 5.1,DVS Dolby digital 2.0
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Aug 25, 2020

This one is so awful that I couldn't turn it off!

ArapahoePatrick Aug 21, 2020

A very strange comedy about masculinity, cults, and the dangers of blindly following others.

Aug 10, 2020

Horrible movie, deeply depressing, not at all comic or funny... also THE DOG IS KILLED HORRIBLY

May 02, 2020

Quirky, easy to understand; we watched it to the end.

Apr 06, 2020

Nothing comedic about this.

Feb 05, 2020

"The Art of Self-Defense" is one of those black comedies that comes along and just locks in your focus. I found the cinematography and acting in this film absolutely engaging. The film follows the story of milquetoast accountant Casey Davies (Jesse Eisenberg) as he goes from being unremarkable to completely consumed by his passion for karate. Shortly after an incident of assault Casey finds himself in the dojo of the enigmatic and menacing Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), and slowly begins to become absorbed by Sensei's cult of personality based around the night class. Though through Casey's continued interactions with Sensei's lone female student Anna (Imogen Poots), and his experiences in Sensei's exclusive "night class" Casey begins to see that the dojo is something else entirely. The film's comedy comes in bouts, portrayed through Eisenberg's typically awkward and dry delivery as it is matched against Poot's aggressive yet dry delivery and Nivola's "in your face" menace. Well worth a watch for anyone who is a fan of the genre.

Jan 27, 2020

I got a big kick (not a pun) out of this. It was well written and Eisenberg did a good job as a mousey dude in need of fighting skills. Be warned this is very violent' and a it is psychological cringe-fest to be certain, but it is funny. Yeah, its like Fight Club, to be sure. But its different enough not to disappoint you for spending your time on it. I highly recommend it if you came deal with Fight Club.

Jan 23, 2020

Entertaining adult movie--dark and twisted but amusing. Seriously impressive acting with a clever screenplay. Remember---this is satire. Real martial arts are nothing like the way they are portrayed in this movie. Enjoy.

Jan 22, 2020

What an awful movie. Bad script. Amateurish filmmaking. Not worth my time.

Jan 10, 2020

What starts off as quirky comedy quickly becomes dark humor. Loved it! Jesse Eisenberg and his expressions of surprise/alarm were priceless!

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