Just got back from a sneak preview of The Forbidden Kingdom that opens this Friday, along with Expelled. Don’t worry, no spoilers here because I don’t really like to write. I’m just embarrassed every time Jet Li speaks in English. I think filmmakers make the effort to minimize his lines. But boy, he does move beautifully. Jackie Chan–always funny. Great choreography by the famous Yuen Woo Ping, whose moves most Americans would know from the Matrix movies and Kill Bill.
I remember watching Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in the theater, especially during the scenes when the Chow Yun Fat ran across the water or over trees, people whispered “that’s so fake.” OF COURSE IT’S FAKE, PEOPLE!!! Anyhoo, I think The Forbidden Kingdom will make just about anyone appreciate fantasy martial arts movies. My friend’s 3 (almost 4) year old daughter Mackenzie was so gripped by the movie that at one point she yelled out about Jackie Chan’s character “you just can’t kill him!”. Too cute.
This is the first film that features Jet Li and Jackie Chan together. Apparently, Jackie Chan said it was pretty easy to work together.
I have not worked with someone whom I’m comfortable with, in terms of
movements, rhythm and natural reactions, in the last 10 years. I have
done many fight scenes with others but there were usually more than 10
takes, which is a waste of time as the person may forget his moves and
unnecessary injuries. When I fought with Li, our actions were quick. We
also didn’t have to do the same stunt over 20 times. #
Ok, I’m motivated to go to the park again. My new dream job: to be in a movie with both of them.
I haven’t watched a movie in a long time. But wow, after watching Ong-bak, I’m definitely inspired to go back to the park. Tony Jaa can probably kick Jet Li’s butt anytime. No worries, I still got love for Jet Li’s “pretty style and acrobatics,” as Tony Jaa mentions in a pretty cool interview. Yeah, brings back memories of my one quarter of Muay Thai with Hsin and JYu.
Funny, I was totally unaware that they were making a Final Destination 3. But before any other movie, I want to watch End of the Spear. I heard about it when a friend went to watch a sneak preview where some of the actual missionary relatives gave their testimonies. I even got some promotional material/CD for the movie.
A savage killer from a remote Amazon tribe becomes grandfather to the grandchildren of the North American man he killed. End of the Spear is a dramatic feature film based on the true story of the documentary film Beyond the Gates. The screenplay for End of the Spear was written from the perspective of Mincaye one of the Waodani tribesmen from the spearing raid that killed five North American missionaries.
I now know why Mr. Miyagi used the wax on, wax off method. I guess I really never knew why he couldn’t just wax on the whole thing, then wax off afterwards. My arms are really sore. But if your arms aren’t sore, try playing a new version of Breakout.
I’ve only had my little office space at Cal for a little while, but I’ve learned that Cal is a dirty, dirty place. I don’t think anyone ever cleans the offices or stairwells there. I swear I had to wipe down the desk 3 times before it was decently clean. Does someone have any tips on how to clean office chairs? You can’t really wipe them down and I don’t have a vacuum readily availabe. It’s got all this dust and lint on it. It’s just plain filthy.
Here’s what’s on my desktop now. It’s Jack Vettriano’s “Dance Me to the End of Love.” I can stare at this for hours. Sorry Jet Li, you had your time.
Ok, so maybe I am a bit girly and maybe I am a romantic at heart. Good thing no one knows.
Ok, I just helped my friend Arnold set up his blog. We’ll see what he does with it. Check out some Star Wars origami. I wonder if they really made these things. They look pretty cool though!
Well, I finally saw Jet Li’s The One. I had actually gotten a bootleg copy even before the movie came out on the big screen, but it was in such ‘bootleg condition’ I couldn’t see anything. Anyways, I’m embarrassed Jet Li made this movie. My dad used his favorite movie word on this and called it “phony.” Oh well, the rental was free thanks to this coupon in the forums. I think I’ll be watching more movies from now on.
I had such a great time at Yosemite. I loved hiking and being able to sit and enjoy His creation. Now I know why Ansel Adams fell in love with California scenery. I’m glad I saw his exhibition at the SFMOMA. If you have time, read his biography at the site, it’s pretty interesting. I wish I knew more about photography to be able to capture the views on paper and turn it into art. I’m not really good at taking pictures. I’m one of those people who takes about a year to finish a roll of film. Anyways, the trip was good. I wish we were able to do some of the more strenuous hikes like Half Dome, but that will have to wait until next time. Maybe even get a chance to camp for real.
I got bored, so I just wanted to share my current desktop with you guys. What do you think? Isn’t he cool?
If you don’t know who he is, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??? His name is Jet Li. He’s been around for a while, but he’s only become popular in the U.S. in the last couple years.
Hmm, it seems there’s a roller coaster down at Magic Mountain called Goliath that made it to the Top Ten Roller Coaster Poll at the Discovery Channel website. That’s one I haven’t been on. Maybe that should be my next vacation site!
Just finished watching Antitrust. Not bad. We were predicting and criticizing different aspects of the movie. Funny how I see things through such a critical eye now. But I suggest for those techies who are out of work now, don’t watch this movie. It’s kinda depressing in the beginning seeing how good it is working at a large company. And here’s another gripe: why did they have to kill off the Asian guy? Why don’t they ever kill the other ones and let the Asian be the star? Oh wait, that’s only if Jet Li or Jackie Chan’s the star. I guess we’re supposed to be happy that an Asian guy got the part and made the cut for the movie.
On a related note, I’ve been looking for some glasses and I actually found some that I liked. Coincidentally, it looks like the ones Ryan Phillippe wore here. Whaddya think? Kinda nerdy, eh? Maybe I should add some glasses to my stortrooper.
Well, there’s a picture now, but it doesn’t quite look right. (Although I do like the fact that it’s pretty big). Don’t worry, I’m not obsessed with Jet Li, I was just using it as a test. Fixing it shall have to wait until another time. I should go now, too much fun for one day. Much studying awaits me now that I’ve mastered procrastination.