Four Movie Reviews

Well, DVD rentals, anyway…

First, let’s look at Resident Evil: Degeneration. Plot was boring, characters were boring, animation was hit-and-miss. If I go any more in-depth, I’ll be boring, too. I don’t really recommend it, but it might fill a really slow night.

Next, Confessions of a Pit Fighter. Very good, well done fight scenes. The main character actually regains his conscience through the intercession of an intelligent and effective Catholic priest (when was the last time Hollywood did that?). Plus, a little pro-life message. Downside: the plot development is a little choppy and the love-interest looked like she might have been born with a penis. Otherwise, I’d recommend it for anyone who likes fight movies and especially if you’d like to see a movie with a bit of conservatism.

Speaking of conservative movies, An American Carol is out on DVD. Liked it at the cinema, like it on DVD. As I’ve said before, this is a movie with a definite political axe to grind–and it causes some of the jokes to fall flat. But there are also a lot of jokes that don’t fall flat, and some real feel-good moments. If you enjoyed Airplane: The Movie, or if you appreciate the fact that America is the good guy, or (like me) both–you should watch this movie. Hell, I’m buying a copy.

Finally, Adventures of Johnny Tao. What’s not to like? Pretty girls, but very family-friendly. The Chinese people are speaking real Chinese, and it has the best classical martial arts choreography I’ve seen outside of Hong Kong. There is some excellent visual style going on (including the final showdown between a hero dressed like a honky-tonk cowboy and a villain dressed like a post-apocalyptic biker), and the good guys work at the VFW! Highly recommended.

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I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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