I thought the rolled up newspaper was a mismemory, but I'm not very confident on calling that kind of stuff out, because, ya know. Glad you enjoyed the podcast. I think there is an obvious drop off in quality in the hand to hand stuff, but the cover it up with expanded parkour, excellent car chases, and just an overall increase in the stakes. Perhaps I should have been more specific, because it's not like Ultimatum and Supremacy are bad, just a step down from Identity. I've seen BI like 10+ times, I've seen the other two about twice each.
Damn, I would have sworn the rolled up newspaper or magazine was in the first movie. Did he roll up a Chinese Take out menu instead?
I just rewatched BI last night, the hand to hand definitely does stand out for it's quality, I think you're right. I'll probably rewatch BS and BU soon, so will be looking at the combat with a critical eye!