Movie of the Day – The Poseidon Adventure

I hope everyone has a much more eventful New Years than the people on the Poseidon did.  I really just needed to pick an appropriate movie that happens to take place on New Year’s Eve so The Poseidon Adventure it is!

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End of the Year List

Well, it’s that time for a list a of the things that I enjoyed this year and that happens to be movies.  I would have put this out earlier, I wanted to get in a few more movies before I make a definitive pick on the best of the year.  So in no particular order, here we go.  Feel free to discuss, some more analysis and reasons why will be updated as this was a quick article to put together.

Top Ten Movies of the Year

1.  The Master

2.  Argo

3.  Silver Linings Playbook

4.  Looper

5.  Django Unchained

6.  Moonrise Kingdom

7.  Cabin In The Woods

8.  Chronicle

9.  Skyfall

10.  Safety Not Guaranteed


Top Ten Documentaries of the Year

1.  The Imposter

2.  The Queen of Versailles

3.  Shut Up and Play the Hits

4.  The Waiting Room

5.  How to Survive a Plague

6.  Searching for Sugar Man

7.  Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

8.  The Island President

9.  Detropia

10.  Bully

Movie of the Day – The Man From Hong Kong

He learned every trick in the book and then he threw the book away!  That trailer solidified my need to see this movie, so I am going to continue my martial arts posts by talking a bit about one of the first martial arts movie to come from Australia, which happens to feature the bad ass Jimmy Wang Yu, who just so happened to be the star of one of my favorite kung fu movies, The Master of the Flying Guillotine.  He played the One-Armed Boxer in that movie, so go watch that.

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Movie of the Day – Sister Street Fighter

May have just found a woman that is about as tough or even tougher than Sonny Chiba.  Yes folks it’s time to continue the Street Fighter series and today is Sister Street Fighter.  Get ready to get karate chopped to death.  HIYA!

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Movie of the Day – Return of the Street Fighter

I have not done a Sonny Chiba movie in ages and the fact that my Sonny Chiba collection Vol. 1 is sitting within eye shot of my desk, scowling at me for not watching some of his amazing movies.  It was an easy choice today in selecting a Chiba flick to talk about or barely talk about since today’s is a sequel to The Street Fighter which is not the Van Damme video game movie, but a pure kick ass martial arts movie.

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Movie of the Day – Ted

I said it before in my original review for this movie back in July, that I like to think of my comedic tastes to lean more towards smartly written, sometimes dry humor that I enjoy picking up on.  Sometimes though, deep in my soul, dick and fart jokes, crude humor, and vulgarity still gets me to giggle like a kid in assembly who heard someone cut a wicked fart during the principals speech.  I don’t know why, but fuck that shit is funny.  Now there is a fine line between crude, dick and fart humor and that of toilet humor.  Look at The Love Guru for an example of bottom of the barrel toilet humor.  For a good example crude, vulgarity that is fucking hilarious, Ted is the answer.

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Movie of the Day – Django

So I just got back from seeing Django Unchained this evening at the Alamo Drafthouse.  Fun time with some wonderful friends that make the movie even better.  While I was watching the movie this evening, which the review will be coming shortly, I was excited to see Franco Nero in the movie making a nice little cameo during a bar scene.  It’s a nice little nod to the man with the same name as our intrepid hero.  Now Django Unchained is not an retelling of Django from 1966, but Tarantino did take a few flourishes with the movie and also a badass name for a hero.

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Movie of the Day – Die Hard

I said it yesterday so I will say it again, every Christmas, Die Hard will be the movie of the day until the day this blog ceases to exist.  I dare anyone to fully argue with my opinion that Die Hard is one of the best Christmas movies ever.  I dare you!

So, this will be a short post as I want to leave you all with my version of Twas the Night Before Christmas.  Merry Christmas everyone!

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through Nakatomi
Not a businessman was stirring, not even a manager.
The liquor was placed by the tables with care,
In hopes that party goers soon would be there.

The people were arriving all dressed in their suits,
While visions of drinks and bonuses filled their heads.
And McClane in his outift, and gift in hand,
Had just settled in from a long winter’s flight.

When out in the lobby there arose such a clatter,
He  sprang from the room to see what was the matter.
Away to the window he flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and took up cover.

The floor of the lobby of the newly finished plaza
Gave the view to the objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But Hans Gruber, and 12 armed men.

With a german accent, so lively and thick,
I knew in a moment it must be the Leader.
More rapid than bullets his demands they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called to his men!

“Now Karl! now, Franco! now, Tony, Theo and Alexander!
On, Marco and Kristoff! On, Eddie and Uli! on Heinrich, Fritz and James!
To the top of the tower! to the top of the building!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, McClane standing by.
So up to the tower the terrorists they flew,
With the bag full of explosives, and Hans Gruber too.

And then, in an elevator, McClane heard from the room
The prancing and pawing of each terrorist foot.
As he drew in his head, and was turning around,
Open the elevator to Gruber came with a bound.

He was dressed all in a suit, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were adorned with guns that shoot.
A bundle of explosives he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a terrorist, just ready to attack.

McClane’s eyes-now wide and surprised! his gun at the ready!
His senses were heightened, his feet as bare as the floor!
He ducked and shot, as the glass hit the floor,
And the soles of his feet were torn and worn.

The butt of a machine gun he held tight,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a worn face and little found safety,
That shook him to fight, to stop the terrorists plight.

McClane was determined to fight, a right jolly of a sight,
And he laughed when he saw Gruber, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave Gruber know that McClane was to be dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his back,
And pulled the gun from the strap, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger inside of the trigger,
And giving a nod, discharging the chamber!

Gruber sprang back to his death, to the outside  gave a whistle,
And away he fell on  down the side of the tower.
McClane exclaimed, with vigor as Gruber fell out of sight,
“Yippie-Kai-Yay Motherfucker, and to all a good-night!”

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Movie of the Day – Silent Night, Deadly Night

Boy, I hope everyone were good little boys and girls cause that is a Santa you don’t want to fuck with.  Actually I am just kidding as this Santa is just a really troubled young man who dispatched people in the most festive ways possible this holiday season.  But for today’s post, why the hell not as tomorrows post is going to be Die Hard, AS IT IS EVERY CHRISTMAS!

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Movie of the Day – It’s a Wonderful Life

Well folks, I realize my post this evening is a bit later than usual, but I just came back from my side job at the Alamo Drafthouse in downtown Kansas City.  This evening was a special one as tonight we were showing It’s a Wonderful Life on two screens.  I lobbied to have the hosting duties for the evening as it has been a movie I have grown up with, mostly due to my father’s love of the film.  So I got the gig to host both showings and was absolutely floored that we sold out both showings.  As a film fan, it made my heart swell that a movie made in 1946 is still touching generations of movie watchers and getting them out to the theaters to experience this unintentional Christmas classic.

Now I have grown up a lot since my first viewing of the film.  I always thought Pottersville was pretty fucking sweet with booze, burlesque and fights on Wednesday nights.  It seemed like a great town to me at a young age.  Over the years though, I understand what makes this movie timeless and why it ended up becoming this holiday classic despite the directors insistence that it was never intended to be a Christmas movie.  It’s the message at heart, one that James Stewart learns over the course of the movie that your worth in life isn’t measure by material or even monetary possession, it’s the people that are in your life and the lives of those that you have touched.  That is what you need to take stock in and that is what life means.

It’s a movie that was panned upon its release, lapsed into copyright default to the public domain, and then found its home amongst the Christmas special rotation.  A movie that over the years since the 70s, has touched the lives of those that have seen it.  Capra and Stewart created a movie that has lived on through the years and to see all those people out at the two sold out shows tonight was amazing.

So today, I present the movie in its entirety for those that have not seen it.  Enjoy!

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