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03 May 2011 @ 12:23 pm
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My back is definitely better, after a week of a nightly muscle relaxant and continued Advil/stretching. What a relief!

I strained it a little on Thursday's bike ride, though. Fixing a flat tire along a busy road with a narrow shoulder means a lot of standing and bending over (longer for What caused this flat? and, after putting in the new tube, Why the hell can't I ever get this tire back over the rim without pinching the tube? And breaking a tire iron...). I really struggled to straighten up afterwards—that was 20+ minutes of back torture. Half a mile later, I stopped to tweak my tire (which wasn't all the way in the rim), and then again 3 miles later to fix it again (f-ing pinch-flat!). I hate these tires!


We watched Rumble In The Bronx as our Saturday family movie (Lauren was gone). A little more swearing and roughness than I remembered (eek!), but Christopher is now a Jackie Chan fan. I don't really like martial arts stuff, but what Chan does with local "terrain" and "found" objects in his choreographed fight scenes is pure genius. I'll forgive the lesser acting, just for those highlights.

It was much more enjoyable than Tangled, which we watched on Sunday. Apart from "Mama Knows Best" and the big Viking-tavern production number, the music was awful. Some of the retelling of Rapunzel was very creative, but both leads sounded like SoCal teenagers, which was jarring. My favorite characters were the world's most indignant guard-horse, Maximus, and (of course) the chameleon sidekick, Pascal.

On other viewing fronts, I'm tempted to try out Game Of Thrones via Torrent. Also, does anyone have a link to a download of Burn Notice: The Fall Of Sam Axe? The only Torrent version I've found of it is one which uTorrent thinks is an invalid file. Oh, Sam—why are you so overlooked?

Okay, back to work. And trying to finish up some writing (deadlines!) here and there.

realpestilencerealpestilence on May 3rd, 2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Try "Supercop"! It's a movie that Jackie Chan teamed up with Michelle Yeoh on, back when she went by Michelle Kwan (I think). She was a Bond Girl in..."Tomorrow Never Dies" (I think, lol). It's a fun movie, and really showcases her even more than him, imo. It's not bad in terms of the script and acting, as these movies go. They released "Supercop" here after 'Rumble in the Bronx' did so well, and it helped him get famous enough outside the niche genre to do the movies with Chris...what's his name.

If you can lay hands on "The Heroic Trio", you'll wonder wtf they're smoking, because the plot doesn't make much sense; but it's a trio of female fighters who team up to fight some sorceror or something-Michelle's one of them.

Also, "Project A" teams Jackie up with Sammo Hung. I think he was in a movie called "Enter the Fat Dragon", which I never saw, but gives you an idea-he's very plump, but damn! he can move! Again, goofy plot, but the fight scenes are great.

I went through a spate of watching (bad bad very bad, lol) martial arts movies some years ago. So much fun! :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 3rd, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure we've seen Supercop, but I'd forgotten about it. The only ones I really remember are Rumble In The Bronx and whatever the one is where it starts off at a ski lodge (Jackie Chan butt--whoo!) and eventually makes its way through a hotel where the penthouse room has its own koala. \o/

How are the martial arts in these other movies? More traditional martial arts, or stuff that involves ladders, shopping carts, refrigerators, cars, and microwave ovens? I'm all about the offbeat kind of fight scene. ;)

I'm looking forward to trying some of these out now.

You might remember better than I do, but I'm almost positive that in one of the Chris Rock "Rush Hour" things, Jackie Chan says something like, "Women think I'm cute" AND (unless I dreamed it), he also points to his nose and says, "I look like Woodstock."

Bahahahaha! Because his nose does look like Woodstock's. And it's adorable, just as Chan himself is. :D
realpestilencerealpestilence on May 4th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
Most of these kind of movies are very thin in plot and only have a couple of scenes worth watching, as I'm sure you know by now! Jackie really is unique in what he does.

I was thinking about the Heroic Trio and I remembered a short scene where a baby is accidentally killed, and wanted to warn you, in case you don't want to watch it. It's been a while since I've seen it, and I'd forgotten about that.

Hmm. There's "The Magnificent Warriors", another Michelle movie. I liked Jackie's "Drunken Master" movie, if I'm remembering right. It's literally been a couple of decades since I've seen them. D:

Did you see 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' when it came to the theater? It's basically an extremely well-done traditional martial arts movie, complete with flying people and kickass women, directed by Ang Lee. It's subtitled, which puts some people off, though I didn't mind it. It's kind of dark, though, so it was a bit difficult to see some of the fight scenes as clearly as I wanted to. But the girl in it is the one Chris' character fought in the Rush Hour movie.

I think if you go to amazon and start looking up some of these titles and actors, you'll get rec lists from people that you can go through and get more ideas.
shaitanah: bookshaitanah on May 4th, 2011 10:33 am (UTC)
I pretty much agree about Tangled. I was pretty excited when I saw the trailer, but the movie left much to be desired. I find it alarming when animal sidekicks are more interesting than leads. O_o
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Fantasy Foresthalfshellvenus on May 4th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
Yes! The trailer looked like fun, though I couldn't imagine why the prince's horse was punching him. Not a prince, not his horse, as it turned out.

But gah, the human characters were unusually bland. The horse was the star of the movie, in my book. I kept waiting for him to show up again!