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A Little Solace...

A little solace in this soulless world.

Joysticks (1983)

Joysticks (1983)

When a top local businessman and his two bumbling nephews try to shut down the town's only video arcade, arcade employees and patrons fight back.

Porky's at the arcade. Or like American Graffiti with another actor. Or like a bit of both combined.

There's more nudity. There's a little footage. There's a fun and farce-like plot progression that deals with an arcade almost getting closed down thanks to a grumpy rich man aaand a lot of sex. Or lack thereof. Girls. Black guys casually in the background and at one point carrying the main character in a celebratory procedure. Times really done changed haven't they? I don't think it's as notable with most movies of the time, but if this one came out today it'd probably stir some controversy.

We need to get some of this nudity back though. It's like Japanese anime now - just a natural part of it. Of life. Nothing to be ashamed of. Nothing plastic either. All out. Go joysticks.

It wasn't actually that amazing a movie but I just love the time and age, a dime a cage, and it's a feelgood film.

High four my score.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Wing Chun (1994)

Wing Chun (1994)

Seems suitable the most feminine of martial arts would get Michelle Yeoh, and a relational romance love triangle trouble for a plot, with a vicious mountain bandit gang, a widow and a traveler to spark things up in a relationship that's all about Kung-Fu... the ending song's sung by a woman too. Female empowerment a century back with Donnie Yen in an untraditionally submissive role too. And done right! Michelle doesn't take advantage. It's just fun to see.

The fights are great, even if they are a little notably sped-up occasionally, even if the spear loses weight, even if they sometimes swirl unrealistically in the air (not too often though). For the most part it's old martial art drama like it should be, airy and orchestrated, with a little more romantic a premise.

If you like movies like Iron Monkey or Tai Chi you'll like this one too.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Russell Brand: End The Drugs War (2014)

Russell Brand: End The Drugs War (2014)

Spoiler: He doesn't really end the drug war. :) He tries too, though, and makes a lot of valid arguments, meets a lot of inspiring people, and overall provides a solid documentary here with a glimpse into the underbelly of 'crime and drugs' that portrays drug addicts more as victims than criminals, which is good, because that is what they are. Right?

If no then I'm really falling on the Russel Brand propaganda.

The solution to the drug problem: legalize drugs?

I agree it'd be a start, but long-term I think we need to make people happy, and that social dilemma goes so much deeper. We do need to change our system. Wonder if Russell knows how much.

Good documentary.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

It's Another Sunday...

...and what a weekend it's been!

Been out in the wild with good buddy Bear for a day, my sister's been over for a day, and before that I've been troubleshooting and following up on the development of that same payment provider integration that took most of the week before, and the weekend before? Last weekend?


To visit my big bro and co, and spend the final day catching up on favorite movies with my nephew, who was self-isolating with a recent bout of whatever-virus-is-going-around-these-days - who happens to also work with film, so we share that cinematic interest.

It was a good trip, albeit hectic before and after, and my brother's girl lost a big dental filling in the midst of game night. Still finished the game though. Saw Avatar 2 at the movies (go in with low expectations and it'll surely surpass them!) and spent so much time walking there too that I slept for roughly ten hours the second night. But it is vacation - that's what you're supposed to do at such times no? Rest up. Have fun. Relax a bit.

Twas a good trip.

On the blog I've updated all sidebars, the post archive, the poetry, gallery, design and music sections, added another ten quotes and random tidbits of text to the sidebar wisdoms, added a link to my new Bandlab page with the recent remix, added the music section sidebar to all music posts, added excerpt support for all category templates (if posts have an excerpt they should now show that instead of the full post on category, search and archive pages), fixed up the 'old' category layout (I'm hoping to use that more - it's meant to be a way to archive old versions of pages and texts as I update them - I forget to), added one more random footer line (heya @Biter) and fixed the randomizer script there which apparently hasn't been working properly since 2010! -_-' It's showed a fraction of included lines.

Same with the one on my personal site. Fixed copyright dates and links on all of my other/smaller sites too.

Also polished up template files a bit overall, removed unused code, updated the sitemap a bit, moved and merged some directories and updated some pages a little...

So far I feel like I'm keeping up pretty well with my visions for the year!
Of fixing up the site a bit, posting daily reviews and long-term hopefully sorting out some more deep-rooted compatibility issues. I've been fiddling around with jQuery versions so far, more on that some other week.

In life otherwise? There's a potentially pretty big freelance gig in the works I've been pretty excited about the past week. Negations are underway, so *fingers crossed*. If all goes well maybe my side hustle/secondary income resolution may be off to an unexpectedly good start too!

Here are a few more duplicate reviews, and elaboration posts on those two WP-related issues I was having last last week.

Feels good to be alive right now. Life's going pretty well. Been looking at a local gym too; getting ready to step up my work-out routines for the new year new #metoo...

Also RIP Gangsta Boo! Iconic Memphis Three 6 Mafia rapper now deceased. Just 43 y/o...

It seems the New Year is off to a pretty bad start in regard to unexpected icons passing, but let us not fret on those who've left! Let us not sully their legacy by wallowing or slowing our steps! Let us take great speed and haste if only we've crept - and go till there's nothing left! Let's go. Let go?
All set.

2023 finna pay all debt.

Skinned Alive (1990)

Skinned Alive (1990)

It's a B-movie in style!

Silly, violent, sexual, and just flat out crazy. With props. No special effects. It's cheap and on a budget but they bludgeon till you love it... sort of.

May not measure up to more professional Grindhouse-emulating films like say Planet Terror, or more iconic classics like Braindead, but it's not bad. They manage much with little. Just note: it's a little gory.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

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