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have had a week of running around with a hundred things to do at work. now they know i am leaving at the end of the month and they are worried! however, there a little twist to last entry's story, T1mken has told my company they that do not want to replace me with another consultant, they want to use some internal resource to take care of all my duties.... yikes!
anyway, in a few minutes i will be driving off to akron/canton's airport, then flying to denver and then to LAX, to drive down to newport beach where i will spend the night. Have a huge list of things and ppl to see in LA this weekend, i will be lucky if i can fo half of them, we know how complicated that city can be with the traffic and the actual distances...
to end, watched [size=4]initial D [/size]and what can i say... the movie is a bit better than the regular HK movie nowadays, the level of comedy it is pretty well maintained during the whole movie and the car actions scenes are good enough. it was funny to see all these chinese dudes playing japanese characters... now this is not the case of [size=4]memoirs of a geisha[/size]! this is a HK movie that is based on a japanese comic book where the HK producers chose a group of HK actors to do it. [size=4]memoirs of a geisha[/size] is a US movie based on book on japanese geisha and they used three chinese actress to play the three main roles! go figure...
now, i don't understand how that guy jay chou (zhou jielun) is so famous and supposed to be eye-candy??? the guy is very low average looking and can't i even talk! how can a person who is an actual singer talk like that without even opening the mouth to pronounce well? i dunno... must be the son of someone famous...
one more note, the driving techniques shown in the movie, like the "hand brake balancing" and the "toe and heel gear changing" exist, but are not performed in the moments or in the ways they are showned in the movie... not that u were going to try that... most of u drive automatic cars anyway.... booh! ;);)
woah, sunday morning and my weekend plan is still untouched:
[list][*]"complete my article on olympic wushu/berkeley cmat" - all i did is found the tape where i have the interviews of bryant fong and cui yahui and organize the pics i collected from several sources.[*]"see a friend from spain probably tomorrow night" - shame on me, i received two calls from him but did not reply, i didn't feel like going to the city last night, instead i stayed home watching DVD's. I will have to give him some lame excuse next week.[*]"organize my apartment" - ha, this is like a joke, i only have two big boxes left and 3/4 of shelf furniture to organize, still i don't do it...[*]oh, and the activity score ended skate 4 - wushu ZERO :([/list]so on the movies side, i watched two interesting independent movies, hard to rate though, one is [u]chinese chocolate[/u] made in canada mostly with chinese actors that is supposed to explore sexuality of chinese women living in the west, but to me what it really does is highlight the aweful situations that inmigrants have to go thru, in this case, women. I can relate perfectly to those stories becuase i have been friends with chinese inmigrants in all the countries i have lived, so i have seen stories and met people like the ones shown in the movie and even worse than that.
another of the DVD's i saw was an independent, more on the experimental side, korean movie called [u]301/302[/u]... domestic violence and psychological problems or effects shown under strong symbolism of food, story is told in dissorder with a lot of flashbacks.
last DVD, a hongkonese production called "men in their fortys (nan ren si shi)" but just found out in english is called "[u]july rhapsody[/u]" hehe... oh man, this movie tells the story of a guy at 40 being teased by a highschool 17 y.o. girl... no comments! the guy is married and has two kids, has also some wicked past stories with his wife and they are revealed to their older son... interesting movie, but can be a bit hard for those who are getting closer to 40 and like young girls ;).
the girl happens to be the very realistically cute karena lam, the same one who acted in that leslie cheung movie "inner senses", the man is a very convincing jackie cheung.
okay, let the sunday continue...
Jackie does a great dark world of Film Noir drama, and does it right!
I notice there are several kinds of Jackie Chan fans, among them there is huge group in the US that only know him for his work post the Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon series and perhaps have catched one or of his older HK movies. Other may only like his hardcore martial art classics or modern day actioners. But for a good number of them it seems hard to grasp the idea that Jackie can deliver a movie, great dark world of Film Noir drama as Shinjuku Incident.
The setting and story are solid and well done. The level of violence may be high but the total amount of violence is surprisingly little, with the majority of the film dealing with the characters' trials and tribulations. It is a serious film, well shot, well acted and the cast were well suited.
Overall, I found this film to have right amount of drama, suspense and action, also educational and sensitive. This is definitely one of Chan's highest marks out of his own perhaps pre-established "genre", and I hope to see more of the new, dramatic Chan in the future.
watched slumdog last night, hm.......... not sure what to say, well done movie, but..... is not bollywood enough as everybody was making it sound to be
i even got a bit bored i think, the plot was VERY predictable, there were no surprises whatsover, no interest... and again, is not really bollywood...
this movie is much less bollywood than crouching tiger hidden dragon is wuxia!
at least for CTHD director ang lee studied well all the genre's elements and made sure to include a little bit of everything that makes a wuxia movie, even if it was nothing new or spectacular for chinese audiences.
with slumdog, i feel that there are no bollywood elements at all. this story could have been in some slum of mexico city or rio de janeiro, and still be exactly the same...
moreover, why have the dance number at the end totally disconnected from the movie?????? oh, and the 20 million rupee question was WAY too easy....... NAH......
Flash Point has to be the best martial arts actioner of the last decade.
In terms of martial arts choreography, it elevates the already high level fights seen in SHA PO LANG with the all time great Sammo Hung and wushu-virtuoso Wu Jing into a whole new MMA (mixed martial arts) based movie-combat.
The result are great non stop fights combining standing techniques of punches, elbow, kicks, knees, head butts, etc. with incredible grappling and groundfighting skills such as triangles, armbars, lion killers and more...
The fights have really good tempo, you can tell Donnie Yen is in full liberty form the durector to do whatever he wants in terms of fights, Xing Yu does a great job receiving his punches to the face! But to me, Collin Chou is the one that steals the show!
Lastly, apparently Collin Chou had a ball making this project, on this interview he mentions something about it ;)
good! really good!
the topic can get so sensitive that that is all i'm going to say ;)
after waching [size=5]chocolate[/size] (not in RT's database), i also watched two more movies.
[size=5]2 days in paris[/size] was an okay comedy, i just called me attention how different can americans and french be!?!? this based on the difficult times the american guys had in paris! every standard french conversation, every place, everything seemed to bother him. of course, there are some scenes that are a bit over-the-top, the guy is a bit neurotic and the gal is a total wreck... but some situations are just normal day to day things that he simply cannot digest. are americans and europeans so different? probably yes :(
[size=5]CJ7[/size], hm, this one i liked! of course, even if is not my kind of movie. CJ7 is a cute, tender, happy story of science fiction and comedy. but it is so well done and smooth to watch, that i felt it was more than worth it.
nobody seems to read this page, still, here i go....
[size=5]southland tales[/size], was that a real movie? or should i better say, was that movie for real? terrible! in the beginning i was hoping for a comedy relief of some sorts, world war III, futuristic los angeles,environmental disaster, etc... but not, it was not for comedy, it was for real!!!
the movie is slow, longwinded, takes you nowhere, and i just can't take sean william scott and the rock for real! OH, and don't forget the stellar appeareannce of himself chirstopher lambert and justin timberlake! what a nightmare!
[size=5][size=2]on the other hand, [/size]talk to me[/size] was totally the opposite, what a great movie, of course, don cheadle does an amazing job portraying this con from the times of MLK jr's death in the DC area. excellent story, excellent rhythm, a pleasure to see movies like this one! and cheadle must be one of the best actors of the last 15 years or so... awesome. this movie also shows some importan american history moments and symbols, MLK, the tonight show, the talk radio, etc...
i also watched [size=5]chocolate[/size] from thailand, but, the movie is not on the RT database :/
very good movie, very good performances of all good actors of course and the effects and technology presented was good as well, with a few movie licenses of course (a few too many when in regards of the ultra sonic flying, stratosphere crossing, etc...)
now, there are lots of messages in regards of the war, the spending in weaponry and the implication of US and it's foreign affairs, selling arms, doing wars, fabricating news, etc...
general concepts like weapons and war give you freedom, that american actually need to fight to be entitled to freedom! hm......... i wonder if the audience caught any of that?????????? that idea that the best freedom is the one you have with a weapon on your hand (or was it a stick?)... oh well...
i doubt it since they were too busy cheering every time iron man hit a target!
back to the movie, great job!!! excellent, even rob downy jr was good! ;)
[font=Arial][size=5][color=black]In an Unknown Place, On a Dangerous Path, an Unbelievable Journey![/color][/size][/font]
[font=Arial][size=3]that is what the movie is! a dream, a fantasy... with Jackie Chan leading the story from begining to end, setting the pace and keeping everybody interested and entertained![/size][/font]
[font=Arial][size=3]here is a movie article: [/size][/font]
[font=Arial][size=3]and here an interview with Liu Yifei and Collin Chou: [/size][/font]
[font=Arial][size=3]don't miss it![/size][/font]
not many new things, oh yeah, the DVD is ready, has been sent to the duplication center now... the book is on its 4th revision! hopefully there will be one more only.
this week was specially tiring, tuesday went to pacwushu and P is in one of those moods for training hard, the class and himself, which is good, i don't complain, but is hella tiring and painfull!! and i do have to complain on the hardwood floors wich are hard and slippery...
wednesday went to visit some friends in belmont, man... they are from shandong and henan, and before i noticed we were hitting the baijiu... it was midnight... ouhhhh...
thursday, almost could not wake up, but had to do it around 6:50am like i do every morning to be able to cross the bay bridge by 7:30 and arrive at work around 8am in south city.
do i need to say i was dead? and the hangover was almost having my head paralyzed... oh and i did go to pacwushu that night!!
then came friday which had me watching: [size=4]war[/size], my god, what happened!!?!?! how could they do such a bad job with this movie!? .. er... not sure how o describe it, a failure perhaps? it's a waste of everything... why they hired yuen kwai if there are no fights? jason statham almost seemed not stiff trying to pullout some acting, but jet? let's not go there...
saturday, pacwushu again, Z was by herself, i tried my new baj1quan for the first time, did what i could ;)... then spear... also did what i could :D
and a few minutes ago finished watching: [size=4]the constant gardener[/size], had to see a good movie for a change! starting by the amplitude of the dialogues, rich vocabulary, crude story line, credible acting, good music score, photography... a very good trip. the only problem is that is a bit depressing as it shows one of the several examples on how the bastards at the big corporations exploit the world just as a pimp would do, or even worse... :(
director ratner did the job... the movie is passable, up to par with the previous installments in terms of comedy and chemistry, a little low on the action, but he is capable of keeping the audience interested every 5 minutes or so, with a different situation...
the movie has been destroyed by most critics, in a sense they are not totally wrong, but i am not sure what were their expectations... jackie sometimes obviously is just following directions, not being himself, just letting others tell him what to do and what to say. therefore, there are moments where his actions are disconnected from his words because simply he does not know what he is saying :(
for me, it was a short, practical, efficient, good laugh and that's it. no more and no less than that. i hope the B.O. is not too bad, but at the same time, i don't want to see jackie doing these american movies anymore ;) (just read that RH3 beat the bourne ultimatum... good ;))
little spoiler comment here:
[color=pink]now, one thing that called my attention was the heavy critic on americans (centered on the taxi driver character), i wonder who wrote those lines? was it ratner? it was pretty strong, strong that people in the movie theater did not laugh![/color]
and, another comment, during the commercials prior to the movie, there was one for the marines, and when it said "the few, the proud,..." one guy in the audience screamed "AND THE DEAD"!!! the rest of the audience remained quiet, and the guy sort of apoligized "sorry i just had to say that" looking down (...?????)
ps. very easy to identify l1 j1ng in the movie, her face is on the screen for long periods of time, even full seconds... u can tell the director/editors do not give a damm to the action sequences probably taken care by the 2nd unit anyway... or maybe they just don't care to show the double so blatantly...
friday was busy at home, had some conference calls to attend, etc.. then saturday was wushu, then super potluck dinner with friends, oh man that was fun! even if ppl couldn't tell, for no special reason i drank a "bit" too much, later at home i was very dizzy and even lost part of the memory of the stuff i did afterwards! that is not good ;) i was even drunk still the next morning! holy cow....
sunday was [size=4]spiderman 3[/size] wasn't /that/ bad. going into the movie theather after hearing so many negative reviews helped. in the middle of the movie i was relieved as i felt the action and little humor was entertaining me, but what the hell happened during those last 10 minutes!!!??? the whole thing turned into some melodramatic/sappy stuff... please...! bad bad bad!
there is one thing i believe is important from the classic spiderman character, and that is his special sense to anticipate danger. however, that thing is totally missing on this movie as he gets attacked again and again...
i mean, they decided not to have peter parker using his spider web liquid deposits on his wrists...ok, but not having his spider sixth sense!!!? wasn't stan lee around when they were writing the script!? at least he had a cameo in the movie ;)
also, why does his spiderman suit always gets all ripped off immediately?......
Last night I watched an old film called [size=4]The Valient Ones[/size], a masterpiece directed by King Hu. I really liked the movie, the feeling is very different, it is a classic chilvalry story, but the fight choreography had a bit more intensity.
The martial arts choreographer is a person called Zhu Yuanlong. You guys know who he is? If you guys don't know, let me tell you he is Sammo Hung!! (Sammo was called "Yuan Long" back in the Opera school days)
The movie has many people i know, Simon Yuen, Han Ying Chie, Yuen Hwa, Yuen Biao, Mars, Yuan Kwai, etc... Some say Jackie Chan is in it, but I did not see him. Sammo has a great part as a japanese pirate. He is a fierce bad guy£¡
Now, I will watch the new version, called [size=4]The New Valiant Ones[/size] ;)
now, off to wushu and then fast accross the bay to watch de la hoya fight! yes! the real valiant one!
holly cow, was that a movie??? [size=4]300[/size] i mean. i just saw it and felt like i saw nothing!
take away all the visual effects, coloring, shading, etc... and what is left?
i was bored, almost fell asleep 2 or 3 times!
the fights are slow and in slowmo... again and again, block and cut, block and cut... turn around, block and stab was the variation plus a hit with the helmet here and there.
hm, if there was something i totally did not like, that was the main "bad" guy, wasn't he like a wimp? i was not intimidated by him even a single bit, even with his heavy filtered voice that he had...
nah... i understand and acknowledge the beautiful visual effects, but what happened to the movie?
ps. gotta work on my abs ;) but i bet if i can combine lighting, makeup and photoshop with some shades on the right places i am not /that/ far from some of those men ;)
ps2 (actually that was all bull, i never cared to workout for looks ;))