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It's Autumn!

But I'll be heading off on my 4/4th part of this year's summer vacation tomorrow anyway! Let's hope the snow waits till October, as it usually does, and maybe a wave of warm days come again. See y'all in a couple weeks and then some! Thanks for your attention on this mention. If not earlier: at winter's intervention.

Musicalish #275

Union Carbide Productions! A Swedish rock band that's been gone for some 25 years appeared on Gröna Lund's stage this year and put on a pretty awesome show. Gritty, grungy, almost industrial music with real rockstar vocals. Their style seems to have a changed a bit from the old days, but they were better than expected.

Here's some of their stuff back from the...

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Musicalish #274

Lagwagon. I thought these guys were called Ladwagon. Curious name. Maybe... they're gay? My bad! Googling up some music I realized my mistake, and their show was great. Here we go, a little slice of their music...

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Musicalish #273

Asta Kask. An old Swedish punk band from Töreboda came to play at the little stage of Gröna Lund this year, and put on one of the probably best shows this season! Unfortunately their videos aren't half as energetic as their live show, but maybe this'll give a little glimpse...

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Born To Fight (2004)

Born To Fight (2004)

With patriotic American movies I often get annoyed at the constant propoganda and self-justification of what's often not really all good, but patriotic Thai movies? I get inspired.

Maybe it's because they're fighting among themselves? They're not bringing in any involuntary party to their battle. It's not America VS The World, but rather a classic clash between the essential good and bad... and sometimes it's not all that obvious. It depends on which side you stand. In this case though, yeah, it's most definitely a clear case of good and pure evil.

And it's awesome! It might not be as awesome as the first time I watched it, but seeing it again, and feeling like it still is... that's gotta mean something! The stunts being real (like that one guy very barely evading getting his head crushed under a truck) has a lot to do with it, but it's not just that. It's the energy. It's the intent. It's savage!

Thai movies. Man. They're on their own level. If you haven't seen any before now's a good time as any to get started, and apart from this I'd highly recommend the original Ong-Bak and Chocolate.

What starts as a friendly expedition to a rural town soon turns to a hostage take over, but fortunately the expedition there are masters of martial arts, and other sports, and athletes, and then there's the police officer, ready to light that final spark.

It's gritty. It's dusty. It's a bad ass battle, like Ong-Bak on steroids. If you loved the early days of HK action you'll enjoy this! The red thread may squiggle, but the energy's there. It's in the title as much as it is in the movie, and although I don't recognize a single name on the cast list I love them all. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Bleeding Steel (2017)

Bleeding Steel (2017)

A special-force agent/police officer is assigned to protect a young woman involved in a science experiment of longevity, from a gangster with an army of advanced technology who desires to obtain her power, while also having connections with him.

It's like Black Mask again! The good old days of fast-paced Asian sci-fi action are back. Merciless. Violent. Mythical, too. All the great things.

It starts with promise, but towards the end the special effects and fight coordination with such included... just don't feel right. It looks cool, the characters are a fun bunch, and there are some pretty serious moments there too, but it also comes across a bit of a mess. It's like a HK take on the G.I. Joe franchise, but... it's messier. It's inconsistent. It's still great, though. Reminds me of the good ol' Rumble In The Bronx with one particular scene, and Black Mask with the sci-fi stuff, and the fights? They've still got those covered.

The behind the scenes are always fun to watch too, and they show that plenty of pain did go into some of those stunts. And a lot of explosives. Not bad, just not wholesome enough to as good as it could be. Props Jackie Chan, Show Lo, Na-Na OuYang and they others. They do give the movie personality, but it's still a mess.

 rated 3/5: not bad

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