Movie of the Day – Shaolin Soccer

In the back of my mind, I think if American Soccer was anything like this, then there wouldn’t be any question as to the popularity of the sport.  Then again, I think people would be contrarian for the sake of being contrarian against soccer, so it is a moot point.  Anyways, what I am getting at here is some half-assed connection between today’s movie, the state of sports fanaticism and what I will be doing today, cause I like to pick relevant movies that I like that happen to coincide with what I am doing this day.  No, I am going to see shaolin soccer as that doesn’t exist, thus making me sadder at the fact.  Yes I am going to see a soccer match tonight, so go Sporting KC.

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Movie of the Day – CJ7

I picked a bit of a lighthearted film today after yesterday’s chambra film.  If you aren’t familiar with Stephen Chow films, then this movie might be a bit too much in terms of the comedy and visuals.  I have always enjoyed Chow’s films, mainly from the perspective of the Looney Tunes like quality in the humor and visuals.  His films take on a life of their own, each a bit more unique than the last, but still retaining a certain element that makes them endearing amongst all the visual sight gags and wacky story telling.  While his past films dealt with soccer and hustling, he still manages to retain a personal message throughout each of the films and ultimately has meaning to us in the end.  For me, CJ7 is one of the more mature films with a slight touch of family fun and adventure.

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Movie of the Day – Kung Fu Hustle

Everyone likes cartoon, unless you are one of “those” people, and everyone likes action movies, unless you are one of “those” people.  So if you are adverse to liking either of those two things, then this is obviously is not for you.  Stephen Chow managed to create something incredibly unique, so much so that it is able to cross genres and capture the eyes of a lot of movie goers.  For the longest time we have associated Chinese cinema with Kung Fu and period pieces.  If you are a true cinephile, you are probably familiar more with the Shaw Brothers era martial arts flicks or the Hing Kong action movies of John Woo.  Others might be familiar with some of the slap stick comedy films that is marred in cheesy, low budget affairs.  They aren’t the most appealing thing about Chinese cinema, but instead of making comedy that is culturally relevant to just China, Stephen Chow created the biggest potluck comedy film China has ever seen (at least to me anyways considering the massive amount of Chinese cinema I have been exposed too). So what is it that he made that is so astounding?

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