And Jerry Mathers, As The Silent Prophet
The beers, on the other hand. The Sara I actually bought to replace the White Hawk, which I bought gleefully when I found it on sale for eight bucks a carrier. I've long been a fan of the Medocino Brewing Co., but this one . . . It's good, but it seems a little slipshod. I guess. Maybe I was expecting too much.
In other news, I hated loving this.
This is one of those movies that I have had on the to-do list forever. But, firstly, it's not something the Wifey would want to watch, and secondly, I often have a problem with historical interpretations. I mean, I know this stuff; don't screw with it for the sake of morality or entertainment or just to be evil and create enemies we can all agree on. But this was one fictional creation built on strong bones, and cut pretty close to them as well. And my favorite moment in the film had very little to do with the historical material. I found myself looking at the screen and thinking "Who the HELL is that? I KNOW that face." It was Cate Blanchett. Take it as a compliment, Cate. You really do know how to disappear into a role.
But, more to the point, all of the performances were top notch, and only one of the characters rang false (there was one character amongst the woman prisoners who was set up to represent all of the minor failings someone in this situation might face, which wasn't done badly per se, but just got old after awhile). (And although I know all the other women in the camp had to come of ass Ordinary Saints, but come on! There wasn't just one person being petty, personal, judgemental, lazy, manipulative, oh, Fudgesicles! Never mind. I'm bored again.)
On the other hand, I loved being mildly entertained by this!
The Wifey put this in the Netflix queue some time back, just on impulse, and I think based on the novelty of having both Jet Li and Jackie Chan, and we popped it in the other night on the grounds that neither of us was really in the mood to pick something to watch on TV. And in that context, it worked like gangbusters! This is one of those things where you don't have to follow the plot, because it'll follow you. It makes no sense outside itself, but it'll tell you what its up to every fifteen minutes or so. They start out with an underdog white kid in Southie, set Jackie up in a nifty little run-down pawnshop, set up villans to take down, and then BOOM! We're in Plotz Dynasty China watching the Monkey King face down the Jaded Warrior. (Sorry! JADE Warrior. Or General, or something.) And then journey, fight, bait, journey, fight, bait, until the word MAUDLIN is completely obscured. And although it suffered from the same problem as almost every Kung Fu movie ever made-- eventually, no matter how impressive the choreography is, the staged fighting gets old; one of these people should be DEAD by now-- it still moved right along. It'd be wrong to say that two hours streamed by seamlessly, but it did, in fact, fill the time. But it also made me feel bad. I knew that Chan and Li had multiple roles in it, but it also had a whole slew of famous Fu actors in it, which lead to me doing alot of this: "Hey hey! It's Jackie again! Ooop-- wait! That's not him, that's someone else." Which was just freakin' embarrassing.
But I don't recommend it. I can eat this sandwich. But if YOU eat this sandwich, you'll go to hell. And if you drink Menocino beer, the world will cease to turn and one side will burn while the other side freezes. Paradise Road contains strong scenes of brutality and atrocities that ACTUALLY OCCURRED DURING THE WAR. And I know some folk would rather not think about those sorts of things. And the kung foo stuff is very fun and very pretty, but, Jesus, people! One of you ought to be in TRACTION by now! Whoever you are.