Sneak Peek: The Forbidden Kingdom

The Forbidden Kingdom posterJust 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.

What’s the best CMS out there?

I’ve been looking at different CMS’s for websites. No, I’m not moving from wordpress. It’s good enough for what I want to do. I’ve looked at some sites like, which also points to the cmsmatrix. I’ve been testing out mambo and it seems to pretty good. It’s pretty big and sometimes confusing to use (not sure how all those sections and categories work) at times, but it seems more flexible than the nukes. Funny, also uses mambo…hmm.

Matrix rave

Lock: Not everyone believes in what you believe.
Morpheus: My beliefs do not require them to.

I love it! Go watch it. Why do most opportunities to go out occur during the times when I should be studying most? I’m supposed to watch X2 tomorrow night also, but I might have to skip out on that since I’m working tomorrow and Saturday. Oh, but I want to go…the struggle… We’ll see how much I get done. So was this movie worth the risk of failing my final exam? Probably not.

But I liked the movie. They could have done without the dance scene, but there were a lot of fight scenes, which were AWESOME!!! Yuen Wo Ping and his brother Yuen Cheung Yan were the action choreographers for this movie. They’re pretty well known martial arts directors for American and Hong Kong action movies and I’ve seen many of them. The ones in Chinese are the best. No fake voice-overs….haha.

And you can’t ignore the religious overtones in the movie. Is Morpheus like John the Baptist, heralding the coming of “the one,” who is messiah-like and all-powerful?

And in terms of fashion, I must say these movies do have their own style of clothing, not to mention the sunglasses. Do you think people will be wearing clothes like Neo anytime in the near future???

PS.-Don’t forget to stay after the credits!