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About shaolindogpaw

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  1. shaolindogpaw

    What's with the slump?

    The glory days of kf cinema are over and it's getting harder to find people with my interests and even harder to keep this interest going. The brilliant cinematic heroes of the 60's, 70's, and 80's have died, retired, or lost their luster (JC?). I got tired of watching these movies by myself and having nobody in real life to share them with. Pick up a hobby like fishing. It's stupid and boring but you get to share it with a lot of other people. It's like being a Beanie Baby collector. At some point you'll look at your collection of stuffed dolls that you put so much time and effort into and think "fuck these fucking teddy bears!". Because nobody else you know in real life collects them. What good is having all these teddy bears if you can't share the excitement of owning them with anyone else? What are you going to do? Put pictures of them on your Myspace page? The kids will get a kick out of daddy's Beanie Baby collection but they will quickly lose interest as soon as their godammned Angry Birds app is finished downloading. Eventually you'll shed a single nostalgic tear and spend one last day with your stupid bears before you take them to the dump or shove them right up your a... attic. Seriously though, F Jackie Chan, F him right in his stupid face.
  2. Tosh, my old friend, how are you? Same here. I loved Crouching Tiger. I think some fans will say they didn't like because it's hip to be square, or something. It became a phenomenon and people who had never seen an Asian movie before in their lives were talking about it and loving it. I'm a trekkie and I won't admit that I like the new Trek movies to my non Trek freinds who only like it because of the shiny objects and boom boom noises. For real.
  3. shaolindogpaw

    What are we LISTENING to lately?

    French Montana: Excuse My French It started out decent but quickly lost itself in the repetitive themes of today's hip hop. Guns, Hoes, Money, Niggahs, riding on enemies, the usual.
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    Wu Tang Beatles and Man With The Iron Fists

    I think my problem was that I went into it expecting a great movie. It was a train wreck from the beginning with the over the top gore, god awful acting, and obviously bad wire-fu. I did like some of the characters concepts but they were executed so poorly. I liked the Jackhammer character at first but then it got uncomfortable. I understand that he likes whores. I've got it. No, you don't have to waste precious screen time explaining the level of whore love he has. A nutless monkey could have written a better story.
  5. I've been getting back into kung fu flicks after a long break. I decided to watch Iron Fists since I've been wanting to see it for a while. I couldn't even get through the movie. It was just so horribly bad. Terrible acting, terrible story, terrible fight scenes, terrible everything. I stopped watching right around the part where Russel Crowe is in the brothel with makeup on his face and says "Me rikey!" At that point I'd just had enough. And why were the fight scenes so damned horrible? I get it, wire fu isn't going away, but you can at least make an attempt to make it look good. Very dissapointed. I needed to redeem my faith in the Wu Tang Clan. I had the Wu Tang Beatles mix album on my drive and decided to listen to it again. I forgot how awesome it was. Wu Tang redeemed. The moral of the story is that Iron Fists is shamefully bad and if you're like me and love the Wu Tang Clan, listen to the Wu Beatles mashup to get the taste out of your mouth.
  6. I've been doing some research into the truth behind kung fu movies. It's hard to find any data via a google search. This question is about belts and hand gestures. For belts it seems that colored sashes/belts aren't that prevalent in the more historic kf movies. There is an urban legend about masters giving students white belts to hold their pants up with during training. By the time the student had mastered the art, the belt was so dirty it was black. I have seen a few movies where the location of the knot of the belt had meaning. The only one I remember was Dragon Lord. I don't remember exactly but it was something like: If you wear your belt knot on the left it meant you were a martial arts beginner. If you wear your belt knot on the right it meant you were a martial arts veteran. If you wear your belt knot in the middle you were a shifu. For hand gestures I understand there are several meanings for the following but from what I've gathered: Right fist touching the palm of the open left hand: You are showing that you are peaceful or that you are a friend of the Mongols? Right fist with the left hand closed over it. You are showing that you are strong yet restrained or that you are against the mongols and support the Han. A monk with his one hand in a prayer pose holding a mala: He is entirely peaceful? Pointing to your nose. Indicates that you are the topic of conversation. Hand under chin. A feminine gesture with submissive meaning? Anyone have some insight to add?
  7. I always love seeing a new style on the screen so I started researching styles I haven't seen in any form. I did a few google searches but couldn't find a solid list. I'm talking about styles that were made up in a movie, shrouded in mystery, exotic, or that might even be real but mostly unknown. Some examples of styles that fit the bill are from movies I've seen: Dirty Style Crab Style Robot Style Garbage Style I found that there is a style called 10000 bees attacking but couldn't find a movie that featured it. Any help in filling out my "crazy" styles list would be greatly appreciated.
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    Getting back into KF movies - What should I watch?

    Excellent suggestions and advice from everyone. Thank you. I think I might start with a couple of Jackie Chan movies since that's what got me interested in the genre in the first place. On Friday I'll have to go with Drunken Master starring HJL... I used to watch a Zatoichi movie every sunday afternoon and I think I'll go with my favorite Zatoichi movie: Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo.
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    Does anyone else have a Home Theatre PC?

    You can build a decent home media system for under $400. If you want to shave about $60 off you could go with a smaller drive. You could then invest that in a dedicated video card but the combo deal I list is a very good deal. The onboard video is plenty of firepower for playing media. The RAM is excessive but it's cheap for 8GB of ddr3. Or you can go a slightly cheaper route. I have a nice Netgear router with built in NAS functionality. So I just plug my 1TB USB drive into it, set it up, and I have a media server. Everything listed below makes up a complete system build. The box will be smaller and fit in an entertainment system easier since the MOBO form factor is Micro ITX. You can play any type of file on it as well. Don't go with Windows for an operating system. It'd be like choosing a Pinto over a Ferrari. Here's a dowload link for a kick ass operating system that is geared towards media: http://mirrors.xbmc.org/releases/XBMCbuntu/xbmcbuntu-12.00.Intel-AMD.iso You would be able to control it with your phone: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.xbmc.android.remote&hl=en https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/official-xbmc-remote/id520480364?mt=8 Gear ------------------ Motherboard, VGA, CPU combo ($100): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157247 Case with Power Supply ($46): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154112 8GB DDR3 RAM ($63): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314 Blu Ray Combo Drive ($60): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106374 1TB Internal Drive ($110): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148912 --------------- Total: $379 Edit: You could go with a more expensive setup with a dedicated graphics card, drives in a RAID, faster proc, etc. but you aren't building a gaming rig. Media needs a relatively small amount of power behind it to make it look and sound good.
  10. shaolindogpaw

    The B-Team Baby!!!!!!!

    Mr T. needs to be in this.
  11. shaolindogpaw

    Ray Bradbury passes away, aged 91

    A sad day in literature.
  12. shaolindogpaw

    Favourite type of Kung Fu Characters?

    I've always been partial to the plucky characters who start off goofy/awckward, but evolve into very powerful martial artists. An example would be Jackie Chan in Half a Loaf of Kung Fu or Fearless Hyena. In samurai movies my favorite characters are always the type like the leader of the samurai in Seven Samurai. Wise, weathered, veteran with a sense of bittersweet humour.
  13. shaolindogpaw

    Selling My Entire Collection

    Tosh how've you been? Just coming back and posting has brought back some memories. Thanks everyone. I may stick around.
  14. shaolindogpaw

    Selling My Entire Collection

    Dragon you are very right. I never thought of it that way so maybe I'll hang on to them. I might even watch one tonight. Thanks.