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Red Heat (1988)

Red Heat (1988)

Raw, gritty, old, eighties action! There's nothing quite like it. Everything from the soundtrack to the scenes. From the sights to the fights. From the action to the acting. You gotta love it.

The story is that of a Russian policeman (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who chases down a bad guy (Ed O'Ross) all the way to the US, where he's forced to partner with an American cop (Jim Belushi) and capture (or kill) the bad guys... and what a hunt it becomes. I mean it's not all awesome, but it's gritty; typical of the times. It's both intense and fun to follow.

Prepare for a lot of clashes between Russian and American especially, Arnold's bad accent (that still holds surprisingly well sometimes), a steamy sauna scene with adjoined snow fight, chicken with buses and plenty of red, raw, action.

Laurence Fishburne has a small part too, as a character interestingly named partially after himself.

I keep confusing this movie with Raw Deal, but watching the two of them back to back now hopefully I'll be able to tell them apart in the future. Out of the two this definitely has the better soundtrack, and the bigger eighties action vibe - typical cop/cop and robbers movie as it is - though the plot's not all too simple. It deals with not just the chase after the one deceptive fugitive mastermind but with the opening drug trade between US and the USSR too. Plenty of people seem to be interested.

The script's solid, the humor's rough and reliable, and Arnold and Ed a so good duo you sometimes can't really tell who's the sidekick. Though the humor's always there the intensity won't let you down either. It's gritty. It's the city. It's a pity... they don't make movies like this any more.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010)

Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010)

I found a previously unseen Kung Fu Panda movie! Albeit a bit shorter than the big three.

Kung Fu Panda (I mean Po) is prepping for Christmas, with his father goose by his side - who has a noodle dream that turns into a nightmare when Poe runs away and leaves him standing there... but then they start preparing for their great traditional feast... until Sifu comes in and asks Po to host the 'great exclusive formal banquet for all the Masters of Kung Fu'.

Of course Po wants to do nothing else! But he can't bring his dad, his dad doesn't want to abandon the shop when he finally does find a way to bring him in, a little rabbit is dishonored because of his clumsy demenour and shamed for all eternity and - if you didn't already guess it, everything does not go the way he wants it to.

But it all works out... or does it? Watch it and find out! Sifu's portrayed in a bit of a bad light, but otherwise it's a fun short; a fun and uplifting little Christmas movie true to the Kung Fu Panda-style (with some of that cutscene/flashback-style-style in the intro/outro). It also really really bests the animation quality of the Legends of Awesomeness TV show made with this franchise name just a few years later (best avoid)...

If it happens to be Christmas when you read this: it would be just the right time for a Kung Fu Panda Holiday. It offers a few clues for coming sequels, too. As a non-canon short it ties in surprisingly nicely.

 rated 3/5: not bad

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

In a little village somewhere in China, a Panda named Po dreams of becoming the Dragon Warrior, and lashing it out together with the Furious Five - his idols and the fiercest warriors in all of China. They're animated animals after the five styles of Kung Fu with animal names: Crane, Mantis, Monkey, Tiger and Snake. In reality maybe there are more? I'm not sure...

Have you ever seen the Panda style, though? I bet you haven't! Not in the old (and awesome) Kung Fu movies of times past, nor in the newer ones, or in animated form... unless you've seen some of these movies!

They're definitely worth it. The main cast's voiced by none other than Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross, and they're all perfect in their roles, as is Ian McShane as the main villain.

Also props to the Shaw brothers, who get a subtle homage, and one of them voiced by Kyle Gass no less! The guy from Tenacious D, you know? Seems like either the makers were fans or Jack has some serious influence!

The story's great - simple but intense, full with wit and humor and crisis and all of those things a good script should have. Bonus points on the humor. There's more humor here than in your average animated animal movie, really, even if it has a serious message to boot. Dreamworks have made their mark strongly this time. Fighting spirit.

Compared to the sequels this one's not as dark or pompous, which is great too! The atmosphere grows with each one, as do the characters. It begins in a humble way. The legend... of the Kung Fu Panda.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Who Controls The Food...

Who controls the food supply controls the people;
who controls the energy can control whole continents;
who controls money can control the world.

It's not certain he ever said this at all... but whomever did: wise words.

Musicalish #241

A real mash of music in this one! It's like this wherever I go.


Cheap Tickets To Argentina

I had a strange dream yesterday. SAS were selling tickets to Argentina, and I felt like I really had to go. Of course I had to. It doesn't get much cheaper than that. We started planning, and looking up hotels; hesitant but still intent on going...

Suddenly I felt like I wanted to travel all over the world. I wanted to check as many countries as possible on my travel list. I was going to make it my main mission in life. My raison d'ĂȘtre simple: to explore the world.

Maybe it's been a subconscious goal all along, because even now in my waking state I feel I want to travel. I realize - now more than in my dream, that it's expensive, and I won't be able to go anywhere I wish, but I want to start somewhere. With one day trips. With cruises. I want to go places.. I want to see things. I want to explore and learn more about the planet I live on, and maybe meet some interesting people in the process.

If SAS happen to start selling tickets to Argentina for real, for 222 SEK a piece, then I guess I'll start with Argentina.

That was quite the dream huh.

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