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OLYMPIC FENCING

dave barry - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 04:20
Here is a detailed report. Dave
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A favorite comedy movie

jackiechan compiled - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 03:41

DAY 6

 I loved comedies growing up. Here’s my top 5 in no particular order:

1. Chup Chup Ke (2006)

2. The Hot Chick (2002)

3. White Chicks (2004)

4. Baadshah (1999)

5. Zoolander (2001)

6. Rush Hour (1998)

7. The Mask (1994)

To think I don’t watch half of these anymore! :P

*** GIFs & photos via Google Images

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LEAGUE OF GODS (2016) review

Jet Li Collection - Sun, 08/07/2016 - 17:07
Sometimes lazily and erroneously branded as a “Chinese X-Men”, a franchise with which it
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ALBUM COVER ART?

dave barry - Sat, 08/06/2016 - 23:39
(Please note that we at The Blog know how to use apostrophe's. And, commas. Also: Yes, ALBUM. Whippersnappers.) (Thanks to Ken D.) judi
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IS IT OVER YET?

dave barry - Sat, 08/06/2016 - 21:51
The Opening Ceremony judi
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FLORIDAA... OH WAIT, NO

dave barry - Sat, 08/06/2016 - 21:41
Burglars tried to pawn stolen items at the same pawn shop where the victim works on Tuesday. (Thanks to The Minx) judi
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SOON TO BE MAYOR OF A CITY IN FLORIDA

dave barry - Sat, 08/06/2016 - 21:37
City of Fairfax Mayor Arrested in Meth-for-Sex Bust, Police Say (Thanks to Jon Harris) judi
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HERE'S MY SECOND OLYMPICS COLUMN

dave barry - Sat, 08/06/2016 - 01:44
Rio is great, if you can find the lobby Dave
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Review Round-Up 2016 (Part 13 – Movie)

jackiechan compiled - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 22:08

01. Star Trek Beyond
Score: B-

Instalasi ketiga dari film Star Trek reboot ini berpindah tangan dari J.J. Abrams ke Justin Lin. I love Justin Lin. I think he’s a great director. Banyak orang menakutkan bahwa Star Trek Beyond akan menjadi film yang penuh dengan aksi dan melupakan hati tetapi untung itu tidak terjadi. In fact film ini adalah film Star Trek reboot pertama di mana member-member Enterprise di luar Kirk dan Spock mendapat kesempatan bersinar.

Sungguh sayang bahwa di luar member Enterprise saya merasa bahwa film ini memiliki stake yang jauh lebih rendah dibandingkan kedua film sebelumnya. Bahkan sang villain Idris Elba pun tampil kurang menacing dan seakan kurang jelas motivasinya sebagai penjahat apa. Semoga Star Trek mendatang mampu mengembalikan unsur tensi dan ketegangan itu kembali.

02. Jason Bourne
Score: B+

Saya suka sekali dengan trilogi Jason Bourne… tetapi kecintaanku pada franchise ini sedikit menurun setelah The Bourne Legacy. Jujur saja di luar adegan kejar-kejaran di kota Manila pada klimaks film, saya tak banyak mengingat apapun tentang spin-off yang dibintangi oleh Jeremy Renner. Untung saja kesukaanku akan film espionase ini kembali pulih dalam film sekuel ini.

Saya terutama sangat suka dengan tema cerita keamanan vs privasi yang dikemukakan oleh film ini. Mungkin ini topik lama tetapi momennya sangat tepat di dalam dunia yang kini makin lama makin tidak stabil karena terorisme. Banyak orang bertanya apakah Jason Bourne masih relevan ataukah ia merupakan relik dari dekade lalu? Jawabannya: iya. Dia masih relevan.

03. Finding Dory
Score: A-

Finding Nemo adalah salah satu film klasik Disney / Pixar. Ada alasan kenapa film ini selama bertahun-tahun lamanya menjadi hit terbesar dari studio Pixar, sampai ketika posisi itu dia serahkan kepada Toy Story 3 tahun 2010 lalu. Petualangan dari Dory, Marlin, dan Nemo berlanjut 13 tahun semenjak Finding Nemo dulu dan sekali lagi menyajikan kecantikan dunia bawah laut.

Apakah film ini sebagus Finding Nemo? Menurutku… tidak. Menurutku film ini masih sedikit di bawah Finding Nemo. Tidak berarti film ini jelek. Jauh dari itu. Ini masih merupakan salah satu film animasi terbaik dan memuaskan yang kutonton tahun ini. Ya, jalan ceritanya boleh klise. Toh ia digarap dengan sangat bagus sehingga membuat saya tersenyum sekaligus menangis di sepanjang film. The Good Dinosaur, this is not.

04. Suicide Squad
Score: Not available

Saya berjanji tidak akan memberi skor kepada Suicide Squad karena saya tidak mau dibunuh oleh para rabid fanboy DC.

But to tell you the truth, this movie is much better than the clusterfuck shit that is Batman v Superman. David Ayer termasuk jago menggarap adegan tembak-tembakan di jalanan (you know; gritty, realism action movie) dan berkali-kali gaya signature-nya itu muncul di film ini.

Dari deretan casting all star yang bermain di film ini, saya melihat bahwa Will Smith tampil paling baik dalam meringankan suasana film yang terkadang terlalu suram. Joker di lain sisi terasa underdeveloped sebagai karakter. It’s not a perfect movie but it’s quite okay. Enjoyable.

05. Skiptrace
Score: B-

Film Jackie Chan bersama Johnny Knoxville ini saya tonton dengan ekspektasi rendah. Dan memang ini bukan film yang terlalu bagus. Setpiece yang paling dahsyat di awal film pun tergolong sangat biasa untuk film Jackie Chan. Kelincahan sang maestro kungfu terasa makin berkurang saja dari tahun ke tahun. Akan tetapi terlepas dari semua itu, apa yang disajikan film Skiptrace adalah hiburan dan dalam hal itu ia berhasil.

Ada satu momen terutama yang membuat saya tersenyum lebar saat Jackie mendadak saja bersama berbagai orang mendendangkan lagu pop barat. Momen-momen macam itu membuat film Skiptrace terasa sedikit lebih memorable daripada sekedar wajah cantik seorang Fan Bing Bing.

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Jet Li's Fearless

Jet Li Collection - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 20:32

Couldn’t sleep last night so I caught half of this on cable. I’d seen it a long time ago. It came out in 2006.

Chinese film with English subtitles.

Story of Hua Yuanjia (though I suspect maybe a mix of myth, legend and some facts), founder of the Jingwu Sports Federation.

Quick version – as a boy, Hua’s father was a great fighter.  He lets a defeated opponent live. Said opponent thanks Hua’s father by killing him anyway.

Thus, Hua becomes very cold. He grows up to become a great, undefeated champion with hundreds of students who train under him.

He becomes very cocky and arrogant, unwilling to listen to reason. Convinced that his father had made a mistake, he refuses to ever show his opponents mercy.

I don’t know if I should spoil it any further.  Suffice to say, his cockiness leads him down a dark path, a terrible tragedy occurs, he atones and then eventually returns to the ring to fight for China.

It’s basically a good story about learning to turn the other cheek, that revenge isn’t always the best option, that people can fight and fight but eventually if there is to ever be peace, someone must back down and the act of backing down can in and of itself be considered a noble action.

See it.  Good stuff.  Thank you. This has been Bookshelf Q. Battler, world’s greatest nerd.

 

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Michael Rosenblum: Poor Donald Trump

american idol - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 15:50
Pity poor Donald Trump.

No, seriously.

He must be sitting at home wondering what in the world happened.

For nearly a year, he was the media's darli...

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OLYMPICS UPDATE

dave barry - Fri, 08/05/2016 - 00:27
Here you go. Dave
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OLYMPICS UPDATE

dave barry - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 23:42
Here I am at the Rio airport with a Brazilian person wearing a traditional Brazilian costume. Dave
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By The Stars I Love Eighties Movies

jackiechan compiled - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 18:22

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I crave entertainment in the form of movies, watching and sometimes obsessing about them, it’s one of my hobbies/interests a pursuit I’m happy to waste an entire day (well sixteen hours) pursuing. Recently I craved werewolf movies but with very few new movies to sate my needs I turned to the good old reliable Eighties and watched Silver Bullet.

There’s a sense and a sensibility about Eighties movies that just pushes all the right buttons, there’s this love, or so I believe, of the craft of making a movie instead of a love of making money.

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After almost two decades of 21st century movies it’s ace, for me, to watch Eighties movies they seem so fresh, so well written, acted and directed, the pacing and story allowed to take time to breathe and the characters relatable seeming like me or you and everyone we meet.

Kiddie characters seem so well formed and developed you could swear you were watching a real kid rather than a fictional creation and they’re not as annoying as kids in 21st century movies. It’s possible to actually like them instead of hoping a monster, a motor vehicle an anvil falling mysteriously from the heavens ends them.

Plus you haven’t got to wait two hours plus to get to the end of a story that turns out completely rubbish an ending that disappoints instead of leaving you begging for more.

If I were a filmmaker, or a writer, my inspirations would be Eighties movies, and also Eighties novels, especially the horror novels of Stephen King and James Herbert, boy those books are great Cujo, Christine and IT, The Dark and Domain, I especially enjoyed the series of books by Herbert in which foolish humans faced monstrous rats, Domain being a sequel to the 1970’s books  Rats and Lair, Domain taking place post apocalypse. Great writing. Yeah I do figure writers and filmmakers today could do with watching and reading stuff from the Eighties and figuring out how to be filmmakers and writers.

I just feel, and I’m sure I’m in the minority, that filmmaking and storytelling have taken a step back instead of moving forward. Regression instead of evolution.

Eighties movies I can, and sometimes do, watch over and over again but modern movies I watch once and then perhaps don’t ever watch again because they don’t possess that kind of re-watchable value I demand from entertainment. Perhaps if I were a so called ‘Millennial’ I’d have a greater appreciation of modern movies but being a Seventies and Eighties kid means I grew up with better, much better, movies and for that I am most grateful.

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Jackie Chan Iyo Wiilka Uu Dhalay Ee Jesse Oo Hanti Adduun Ku Kala Dhintay

jackiechan compiled - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 06:39
Jilaaga Filimada Xarakaatka (Action Movie) aadka ugu caanka baxay ayaa shaaca ka qaaday in dhamaan h
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RIO BOUND

dave barry - Thu, 08/04/2016 - 02:45
There has frankly not been enough stress in my life this summer, so I'm heading down to Brazil for the Olympics. Assuming I survive, I'll be writing columns from there, but I won't be blogging as much for the next... Dave
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'RADICAL WINE PRODUCERS'

dave barry - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 22:42
Wine floods streets of French town after 'act of sabotage' (Thanks to Le Petomane) Dave
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OTHER THAN THAT, IT WAS A LOVELY FUNERAL

dave barry - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 22:40
The criminal complaint says, “in front of the casket, Troy lifted her dress and told Schweitzer to kiss her a**!” (Thanks to Allen at Division) Dave
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COUPLE OF THE WEEK SO FAR

dave barry - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 21:38
An argument that started over sloppy mango peeling ended up with an 84-year-old West Palm Beach husband stabbing his wife, city police said. (Thanks to Le Petomane) Dave
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AMERICA'S GOT LOUSY AIM

dave barry - Wed, 08/03/2016 - 21:32
While Ryan was performing one of his impressive sword-swallowing routines, AmberLynn accidentally shot him with a flaming arrow (Thanks to Kevin Smith and Patty Villanova) Dave
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