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C-Yo Dog
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« Reply #100 on: July 05, 2011, 01:12:25 PM »

What do we say to the God of death?
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« Reply #101 on: July 05, 2011, 07:57:01 PM »

What do we say to the God of death?

Not today!
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« Reply #102 on: August 03, 2011, 11:18:04 PM »

here's an interesting indie film about irish travellers, http://knucklethemovie.com/
the doc deals with this bare knuckle fighting sub culture that still exist in ireland.

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« Reply #103 on: September 18, 2011, 08:57:33 PM »


http://www.hbo.com/game-of-thrones/index.html

Best thing on TV right now. Awesome acting, especially the "Imp".

Peter Dinklage wins Emmy for 'Game of Thrones'

by James Hibberd


 

Game of Thrones picked an Emmy on Sunday night, with Peter Dinklage taking the award for best supporting actor in a drama series for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister.
 
One of the more eagerly anticipated acting categories had the actor thanking his dogsitter, as well as his wife Erica Schmidt. “Wow, I followed Martin Scorsese,” Dinklage marveled. “I couldn’t do this without David Benioff and Dan Weiss, the producers, they were the first to call me and tell me about this part. HBO you’re quite simply the best place to work for you — you let artists create.” Stay tuned, Thrones is also up for best drama series (though is considered a long-shot).
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« Reply #104 on: October 15, 2011, 04:33:09 PM »



Well, I'm glad that only 10 years after 9/11 we can start having movies that show the military as heroes. I guess it's ok since BooooOOOOOOooooosh is no longer president.
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« Reply #105 on: October 16, 2011, 05:04:52 PM »




Can't wait!

Great line from Tony Stark.
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« Reply #106 on: October 16, 2011, 07:14:59 PM »

Can't wait grin grin grin
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« Reply #107 on: November 02, 2011, 11:27:32 PM »

If you haven't see this movie and like zombie films, this is a must see.

Great action and some really gritty fight scenes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY4ui929TiE
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« Reply #108 on: November 07, 2011, 05:09:26 PM »

Holy Smokes! Was that snake range followed by a false diamond and Florette?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptg2hIUw3jw&t=12m6s
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« Reply #109 on: December 03, 2011, 06:29:16 PM »

http://www.amctv.com/broken-trail/videos/broken-trail-trailer

Visually amazing. IMHO Duvall's best movie.
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« Reply #110 on: February 14, 2012, 05:08:38 PM »



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34x6m-ahGIo&feature=player_embedded

Still more accurate and true than a Michael Moore "documentary".
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« Reply #111 on: March 04, 2012, 11:13:33 AM »



Well, I'm glad that only 10 years after 9/11 we can start having movies that show the military as heroes. I guess it's ok since BooooOOOOOOooooosh is no longer president.

A movie everyone should go see. It may be the best action movie ever made.


Be sure to stay through the credits. A good reminder why the fight is fought and the price is paid.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxm7uk7I07w
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« Reply #112 on: March 04, 2012, 11:35:19 AM »



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqoja3iWWaE

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« Reply #113 on: April 14, 2012, 05:42:40 PM »

I'm always a couple of years behind in my film-watching, so I apologize if this has been discussed before, but has anyone seen "Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within"? It's available on Netflix streaming video in subtitled format.

It sounds like a cheesy sequel to an even cheesier Jean Claude Van Damme movie from the 1980s, but it's an absorbing, exciting, gritty  Brazilian film from 2010 starring Wagner Moura as an officer from the Brazilian military police's SWAT team BOPE, who gets a disciplinary transfer (which turns into a promotion) from BOPE to the internal intelligence service that oversees BOPE after a controversial shooting of a cartel leader inside prison.  It's a very exciting (and violent) action film from the writer of CITY OF GOD  that also explores the nature of police corruption, the interplay of politics and media in Brazil, trying to stay connected with one's family after a divorce, and especially, the law of unintended consequences.  Kind of like THE WIRE set in Rio de Janeiro. It's a sequel (unsurprisingly, from the number in the title) to an earlier film that I haven't yet seen but want to check out. It won an award at the Berlin Film Festival.  Well-done firearms sequences, fairly realistic if brutal hand-to-hand, even a couple of BJJ scenes (Moura and his son at a Rio BJJ tournament, and drilling with his son at the BOPE matroom) which advance the plot in some interesting ways.

Also available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Elite-Squad-The-Enemy-Within/dp/B005TZFYUM/ref=pd_bxgy_mov_text_b

Well-worth seeing if you haven't yet, and as I said, free for the viewing if you have Netflix streaming.
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« Reply #114 on: April 14, 2012, 05:51:35 PM »

Sounds interesting. If I didn't read this review, I'd never look it up. I met a few Brazillian cops about 12 years ago at a seminar in Quantico. I got the impression from some things they said that they had done things that would get an officer in the US imprisoned and it seemed like part of their police culture. It was interesting getting their take on the Jon Benet Ramsey case, to say the least.

I'm always a couple of years behind in my film-watching, so I apologize if this has been discussed before, but has anyone seen "Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within"? It's available on Netflix streaming video in subtitled format.

It sounds like a cheesy sequel to an even cheesier Jean Claude Van Damme movie from the 1980s, but it's an absorbing, exciting, gritty  Brazilian film from 2010 starring Wagner Moura as an officer from the Brazilian military police's SWAT team BOPE, who gets a disciplinary transfer (which turns into a promotion) from BOPE to the internal intelligence service that oversees BOPE after a controversial shooting of a cartel leader inside prison.  It's a very exciting (and violent) action film from the writer of CITY OF GOD  that also explores the nature of police corruption, the interplay of politics and media in Brazil, trying to stay connected with one's family after a divorce, and especially, the law of unintended consequences.  Kind of like THE WIRE set in Rio de Janeiro. It's a sequel (unsurprisingly, from the number in the title) to an earlier film that I haven't yet seen but want to check out. It won an award at the Berlin Film Festival.  Well-done firearms sequences, fairly realistic if brutal hand-to-hand, even a couple of BJJ scenes (Moura and his son at a Rio BJJ tournament, and drilling with his son at the BOPE matroom) which advance the plot in some interesting ways.

Also available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Elite-Squad-The-Enemy-Within/dp/B005TZFYUM/ref=pd_bxgy_mov_text_b

Well-worth seeing if you haven't yet, and as I said, free for the viewing if you have Netflix streaming.
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« Reply #115 on: April 16, 2012, 06:53:26 PM »

"It was interesting getting their take on the Jon Benet Ramsey case, to say the least."

Do tell , , ,
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« Reply #116 on: April 16, 2012, 07:50:43 PM »

Well, as far as they were concerned it was clear that the parents were the perps (I agree) and then they made statements to effect that as case like that in Brazil would be adjudicated outside of a courtroom.
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« Reply #117 on: April 18, 2012, 08:19:01 PM »

Well, as far as they were concerned it was clear that the parents were the perps (I agree) and then they made statements to effect that as case like that in Brazil would be adjudicated outside of a courtroom.

Yeah, from what I've seen of Brazilian law enforcement it seems to be run more on the model of the American frontier.
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« Reply #118 on: January 21, 2014, 10:26:40 PM »

Woof:

*puts left palm to right fist and bows deeply*

Wrote this up for elsewhere, copying and pasting here of some recent movies and quickie reviews I wrote up:

1)      Drive – I cannot rave enough about how great this movie is! The retro 80’s-sounding soundtrack plus the acting (or lack of acting) of Ryan Gosling. Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman and Albert Brooks were all awesome. It brings back the feel of the 1960’s-70’s  lone tactiturn protagonist like Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson. It’s a bit slow at first, but the opening scene ‘car chase’ (if you call that a ‘car chase’ – another ‘car chase’ scene I’m reminded of was in Way of the Gun) whets your appetite, it promises you more if you stick with it. And at the critical juncture in the movie, it EXPLODES from 0 to 60 in 1 second.  Like a neo-noir for me. Sequel in the works. Based on 2 books by crime fiction author James Sallis. On my To Read list.



2)      Yamada - Loved it for the Thai bareknuckle scenes. It was a kick (pun intended!!) to see Buakaw.



3)      Jack Reacher – not a Tom Cruise fan, but was entertained – liked it. Despite what anyone says about KFM, cool to see it in the fight scenes – change of pace from many of the fight scenes from Hollywood and Hong Kong. Did not read the books, but may read some soon.  Of the fans who’ve read the books, their major criticism is that Reacher in the books is like 6’5” where Cruise is what 5’8”?



4)      Oblivion – Sci-fi movie, Tom Cruise starred. Started off slowly for me, I’m not the sharpest knife in the bunch, but I saw the second plot twist coming, didn’t see the first twist though – but in hindsight, it was foreseeable. Entertaining enough, liked it. Heard slightly more positive reviews than negative. Can pass if you have no time.



5)      The Thieves is on my To Watch list. A friend highly reco’d it. A Korean heist movie.



6)      Man of Tai Chi – deriviative plot, but despite that, fight scenes weren’t bad – choreographed by legendary Yuen Woo-ping (Matrix, Charlie’s Angels and a whole lot more) mixes Tai Chi moves with MMA moves … Keanu Reeves directs (first-time IIRC) and co-stars. His friend, Tiger Chen, whom he met on Matrix, stars. Iko Uwais (The Raid:  Redemption), wasted on a cameo role sadly. Keanu pushing 50 if not already 50, has decent moves, some high kicks were stiff. Overall watchable.



7)      Ip Man:  the Final Fight – Anthony Wong Chau-san stars and is one of the A-list actors in Hong Kong. Lifelong Monkey Stylist, cool to see him do some WCK moves. Movie was not really so much about the fights or Ip Man, but about TMA values. I’ve not seen Eric Tsang in an action movie. Don’t think he has done any. It’s either comedies mostly or sometimes drama. He was playing against type with nice Hung Ga moves. Can pass if you have overdosed on Ip Man movies. Speaking of Wong and Tsang, if you haven’t watched Infernal Affairs I, check it out. Scorsese’s The Departed was the remake of IMO the superior Infernal Affairs. Both Wong and Tsang were great in that also.



Cool      Ip Man:  The Legend is Born – Dennis To stars. He played Sammo Hung’s student in Donnie Yen’s Ip Man 2, the one with the beanie and beard/moustache starting trouble. He is wooden, new to acting, was a wushu champ. Some nice fights. Opening fight is Sammo Hung vs Yuen Biao in blindfolded chi-sao. Ip Ching, real life son of Ip Man, played in a cameo as Leung Bik, who furthers Ip Man’s WCK knowledge. Can pass if you have overdosed on Ip Man movies.



9)      The Grandmaster – directed by auteur Wong Kar Wai (Chungking Express, Ashes of Time, In the Mood for Love, Happy Together, etc)… this project has been in the works for ~10 yrs. Despite the timing of the release, Wong has announced his project ages ago. Rumored to be a 4 hour cut existing and he had to trim it down. Hope we the 4 hr cut is released as a director’s cut or something. Hoping for more fight scenes. Overall it’s a very good movie. Wong is meticulous with details in some of his shots… some of his signature arthouse touches grace the movie throughout. Unrequited love is his main theme throughout his films, and this one is no exception. Although it’s supposed to be about Ip Man, director WKW also wanted to document how various styles made its way into Hong Kong. If you can, don’t watch the confusing American version that is advertised as “Martin Scorsese Presents…” that was chopped down to 108 mins from the Chinese Cut of 130 mins (although the Chinese Cut is a little confusing, but less than the American).  Cung Le had a cameo fight in the beginning of the film. Overall, good fight scenes, but choreographer Yuen Woo-ping’s (there he goes again!) were sometimes re-shot when Wong wanted to make them more dramatic. That Cung Le fight was re-shot to be a fight in the night and in the rain. Any fight film fan wants their fight scenes clear and not the usual film artifice of closeups, fast editing and shaking cameras to create the false energy. Can pass, but if you are a WKW fan, you will want to check this out. This IMO is his most commercial film.

 

10)   Robot and Frank – was heart-warming… don’t usually watch these types of movies. Sis-in-law visited and popped the movie in. I didn’t know the plot before beginning the movie. Watched it with my children. I wasn’t sure which direction the movie was going. Glad I stuck with it until the end. Truly heart-warming. We enjoyed it. Frank Langella plays Frank.

 

11)   Older movies I’ve watched in honor of director Lau Kar Leung after his passing:

Martial Club – young Wong Fei-hung (played by Gordon Liu aka Master Killer or Pak Mei) being tested by experienced Northern master (played by Johnny Wang Lung-wei, first and only movie he plays a ‘good guy’!) who was tricked into helping a rival southern school. No one dies, this movie like most of Lau’s films, teach the TMA values.

Drunken Monkey Kung Fu – Lau stars and directs. Monkey style! More TMA values. Lau boasted of his kung fu skills and drank to excess one night and a jealous rival master exploited the situation.

36th Chamber of Shaolin aka Master Killer – ‘nuff said.

Heroes of the East aka Shaolin vs Ninja aka Shaolin Challenges Ninja – Gordon Liu marries a Japanese bride who practices karate. Misunderstanding between husband and wife which eventually is a misunderstanding between her sensei and his associates has the 7 of them come to Hong Kong to challenge Gordon. Again, Lau Kar Leung directs (has a cameo as the drunkard ‘teaching’ Gordon drunken kung fu). Great showcase of styles – both Chinese and Japanese. And again like Lau’s other movies, TMA values (“Wude” in Mandarin, “Mo Duk” in Cantonese = Martial Morality … and no one dies. My favorite oldschool Shaw Brothers movie (yes even over 5 Venoms and Master Killer)


12)   Donnie Yen’s new movie Special ID – I went to the NYC premiere of this movie and wrote about it for my site:

http://www.stickgrappler.net/2013/11/i-met-donnie-yen-at-4th-annual-new-york.html

Bottom line:  some good fight scenes, rottie Tian Jing, plays opposite Donnie, has some nice moves… made GIFs of some of the fight scenes, have some more GIFs which I’ll be posting soon:





http://www.stickgrappler.net/2014/01/donnie-yens-special-id-gif-set-1-donnie.html
http://www.stickgrappler.net/2014/01/donnie-yens-special-id-gif-set-2-donnie.html
http://www.stickgrappler.net/2014/01/special-id-gif-set-3-donnie-vs-ken-lo.html

http://www.stickgrappler.net/2014/01/special-id-gif-set-4-tian-jing.html


But if you are expecting Flash Point – sadly it’s not. I think every Donnie fan and Donnie himself wanted Special ID to be Flash Point or better.

 

13)   Pacific Rim – watched it with my kids, they loved it. They DIDN’T watch Godzilla really, but know of it. Afraid to watch Godzilla with them though, as Stickgrappler Jr. (10 yrs old) – “that SFX is so cheesy dad”. And I have to go into my spiel about “when Dad was a kid, that SFX was SOTA”. He criticized Star Wars 4-6 also. LOL. Highly reco if you like the daikaiju genre of movies.

I made some GIF’s from this movie, not of the Daikaiju vs Jaegers, but of the human fight scenes – LOL at me … for anyone who likes GIF’s, please check out:



only Jaeger GIF i made... more here:

http://www.stickgrappler.net/2013/10/balisong-knife-in-movies-pacific-rim.html (balisong!)
http://www.stickgrappler.net/2013/10/pacific-rim-2013-animated-gif-set-1.html
http://www.stickgrappler.net/2013/10/pacific-rim-2013-animated-gif-set-2.html
http://www.stickgrappler.net/2013/10/pacific-rim-2013-3rd-final-set-of-gifs.html (some trapping and an omoplata!)

 

14)   Turbo – a Dreamworks movie. Stereotypical animated movie. Watched with my children (15, 12, 10) – we all enjoyed it very much. Snail due to freak accident is racing in the Indianapolis 500! Themes of dream big and you can accomplish anything if you set your mind to it… well done. Highly reco if you have young children.
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