Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Free Plug Fridays...on a Tuesday

I usually wait until thursday to plug stuff for which I don't get paid, but one of the things I'm plugging is on thursday, so the effort will be useless if I do it on friday, unless you have a time machine...but if you had one of those, I am sure that you have better things to do with your machine, like travelling backin time to kill the scientist who came up with the idea for the super particle accelerator in switzerland that may destroy the earth.

Date Number One: This is a little independent film that I saw a couple of years ago. I like to support independent film makers and this film in particular because it's got 3 short stories in the movie and one of them is about a guy who dresses as a ninja, going on a blind date. The director told me that it was VERY low budget (like less than $20,000, including the camera equipment) and sometimes it shows. But if you're interested in storylines and good dialogue instead of fancy lighting, sound and special effects, then go see this movie. If you want special effects with no storyline and crappy dialogue, then have fun renting the last three Star Wars movies on Netflix. Anyway, there is a FREE SCREENING in Silver Spring on Thursday. That's right, I said free. I know a lot of you are thinking "if it's free, it's for me!!!", but you should check this out because it's a good movie, not because it's free. Just because something is free, doesn't mean that you'd want it. If I was offerring free kicks in the nuts, would you want that? huh? Huh? that's what I thought...anywho...Click THIS LINK to get the details.

Redbelt: this a new film by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Mamet. Those of you who know Mamet's work know that he's a great writer and his plots usually have as many interesting and exciting twists as a yoga class at an all Girls Catholic School. MMA buffs will like the cameos and bit parts by a who's who in the martial arts communtity. (Randy"Captain America" Couture, Jean Jaques "I was born with one hand, but I'll still kick your ass" Machado, Dan Inosanto, "Judo Gene" Lebell (a/k/a the guy who choked Steven Seagal unconcious, at which time he uhhhh lost control of his bodily functions and soiled himself), Ed "Al Bundy" O'Neil, Enson Inoue etc.). Whenever someone tells me that people are not as dumb as I think they are, I look at how many people will go see a movie like this or this when they could be seeing Redbelt or some other movie with a non-formulaic storyline and I think I'm right again.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Seriously? You're plugging Redbelt? I sat through that entire movie (and its dozen seemingly unrelated, poorly constructed half-plots) waiting for someone (anyone!) to finally get his ass kicked. The best fight scene was when the nervous white girl bitch-slapped the black bad-ass (who, like so many of his cast members, spends the ENTIRE movie worrying over money vs. honor vs. money vs. honor). Then, when we finally get to the big fight scene, the camera flips repeatedly from live fight, to fight on TV, to important person watching fight (looking impressed, of course), back to live fight, over and over again. Oh, ninja. Seriously?

HomeImprovementNinja said...

Well...if you're looking for the karate kid, this isn't it. Jiu jitsu is hard to film because the moves are subtle (if my foot is outside your ankle I can bridge and sweep you, but if it's inside, I can't), so perhaps that accounts for the less than stellar fight scene.

But there is a real-life dichotomy between people that train jiu jitsu for self-defense and those that do it to fight for money...as well as schools that are run by people selling their notoreity to make money.

Anyway, it's not everyone's cup of tea (and neither are a lot of Mamet's plays).

Anonymous said...

Point taken, but I could do without the passive-aggressive karate-kid insult.

MadMumbler Mommy said...

You wrote:
"If I was offerring free kicks in the nuts, would you want that? huh? Huh? that's what I thought...anywho..."

Now, see, if you could put that on a gift card so that I could enable someone else to be the recipient of a free kick in the nuts, I'd take it in a heartbeat. (Might be a million dollar idea, there.) I don't have nuts, but I do know of at least one man (no, not yourself, awesome Ninja!) who I wouldn't mind being the recipient.

Would make you more money than the punching over the phone idea. *LOL*