Archive for June, 2007

Benoit Dead. Hilton Free. Gonzales Still an Asshole.

June 26, 2007

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Professional wrassler Chris Benoit, his wife and their 7 year-old son were found dead in their home, in what authorities are calling a murder-suicide. As of this moment, details are vague, but reports indicate that Benoit killed both his wife and son before taking his own life. Being a fan of wrasslin’ I was shocked and saddened to hear the news. While trying to learn more of the details I was even more shocked and saddened by some of the comments people have been posting on the Internet. (more…)

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T-Shirt of the Week: Week #3

June 23, 2007

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T-Shirt of the Week: Week #3

Some people believe you can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear. I believe you can tell more about a person by the t-shirts they have worn. This is the story of my life, as told by the t-shirts I have worn. (more…)

Sicko

June 20, 2007

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Michael Moore’s new film Sicko, looks at what is wrong with the American healthcare system. But does it go far enough?

I already know what some of you are going to say, so let’s just get it out of the way. Michael Moore is a fat slob, left-leaning, Commie, liberal scumbag who pretends to be a journalist, but is really a self-serving filmmaker with no talent who skewers the truth to fit his own agenda, hates America, and needs to be silenced. Is that everything, or am I missing anything? (more…)

One-Armed Swordsman

June 19, 2007

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The Shaw Brothers studio in Hong Kong was responsible for producing some of the greatest Wushu (martial arts) films of all time. In the 1970s kung fu flicks flooded American drive-in theaters and grindhouses, and some of the most memorable films came courtesy of Shaw Brothers. But the style and genre of film most Americans associate with Shaw Brothers was relatively new to the studio, part of a new generation Wushu films that was ushered in during the 1960s with titles like the seminal classic One-Armed Swordsman. (more…)

Words to Live By

June 18, 2007

Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard. – Anne Sexton

King Boxer

June 18, 2007

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If you don’t know that much about the history of Hong Kong cinema or kung fu films, it would be easy to dismiss the importance of King Boxer (also known in the states as Five Fingers of Death). Sadly, there’s an entire generation of film enthusiasts who think that martial arts films started with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which only goes to prove their illiteracy. The fact of the matter is that when it comes to kung fu films in the United States, none, if any, have had the incredible impact of King Boxer. (more…)

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

June 17, 2007

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If you are a true fan of martial arts flicks, then you no-doubt have seen this film in at least one of its several incarnations, which includes the alternate titles Master Killer and Shaolin Master Killer. If, however, for some strange reason you have never seen this movie, then you can’t, in any way, shape or form, consider yourself to be a true die-hard fan of kung fu films. As harsh as that may sound, the reality is that for every genre and sub-genre of film you can imagine, there are only a very small handful of films that are essential viewing within that particular group. The 36thChamber of Shaolin is one of those films. (more…)

Words to Live By

June 16, 2007

I took the lamp and, leaving the zone of everyday occupations and relationships where everything seems clear, I went down into my innermost self, to the deep abyss whence I feel dimly that my power of action emanates. But as I moved further and further away from the conventional certainties by which social life is superficially illuminated, I became aware that I was loosing contact with myself. At each step of the descent a new person was disclosed within me of whose name I was no longer sure, and who no longer obeyed me. And when I had to stop my exploration because the path had faded from beneath my steps, I found a bottomless abyss at my feet, and out of it came—arising I know not from where—the current which I dare to call my life.

— Teilhard de Chardin

T-Shirt of the Week: Week #2

June 16, 2007

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T-Shirt of the Week: Week 2 (more…)

Missing in Action

June 15, 2007

When I relaunched the website I promised myself that I would not let more than two or three days go by without posting something new. Well, it hasn’t taken me too long to break that promise. But in all fairness to myself (and if I can’t be fair to myself, who can I be fair to), I’ve been busy this week. There will be new posts this weekend, including a new installment of T-Shirt of the Week, and reviews of the new DVD re-issues of several classic Shaw Brothers movies.