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This is probably the strangest movie I've ever seen. Analogous somewhat to the format of 1987's Amazon Women on the Moon, Funky Forest features surreal skits revolving around a handful of characters in absurdly comical situations. Some are more... bizarre than others, but it's nothing that you can't handle.

That said, I'm hoping to offer a Movie Night very soon where we'll feature this film. It's not kid friendly, mind you; though it's subtitled, there is foul language and some of the imagery might be a touch much for the younglings.

I'm currently aiming at this weekend or the next one. If you would like to attend, leave a message when the best times would be and I'll set something up from the results.
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So! I've been debating which movie I want to show for the final Movie Night this Sunday. Do I show some popular film such as Akira and compare/contrast it to the collected comics we have? Do I want to show a new release like DC Comic's New Frontier, which revisits the 1950's era (complete with art style) super hero period? Do I want do show a fun, family friendly movie such as Pom Poko? I know it's come down to these three choices, but I also want input from those who are planning on attending. What say you?

Oh! Should anyone have the desire and free time tomorrow morning, I'll be testing for my 8th Kup (Yellow Belt, Green Stripe) in Tang Soo Do. You're welcome to show up, watch me sweat, gasp, pant, and laugh at me as I try to prove that I'm ready for more pummelling. After I participate in my test, I'll switch uniforms and proctor for the Kung Fu students, which means that I'll look serious, give orders, and stand at attention for an extended period of time. (It's harder than it looks. Trust me.) Email me if you need time or directions.

How are you?
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As we've got two votes for a 4:30 start time, I say we run with that. Our double feature of Karas will begin at 4:30, break for take out, and resume around 6ish. However, I've been asked to work today, so I'm going to be a bit late for the first movie, but the guys will be here to welcome you.
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It's rare that we get to see a movie that no one has seen, yet everyone likes. Paprika was a hit amongst our crowd due to the animation style, the interesting story, the surreal atmosphere, and the kickin music. It came highly recommended to us, and I highly recommend it to you.

Next up, a double feature of Karas! Blending CGI, comtemporary animation, and a rapid, complex story, Karas: The Prophecy and Karas: The Revelation reveals a Tokyo that contains humans, ghosts, and guardian spirits which results in an epic war. As both movies weigh in at about 1.5 hours, we'll need to start early. We could:

A) Start at 5 and press through both in one sitting.
B) Start at 4:30, watch one, and then take the dinner break. If this is the option, we'll order out to save time and resources.
C) Some other plan which will emerge through intense debate!

Let me know which suits you!
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We're now in the next and final phase of Movie Month! I know this is a bit of a surprise to everyone, but the weekly movies have been taking their toll on us here at the TAMC HQ, so we're going to end it with a bang! March will be Anime Month in honor of the Anime Nights that started it all, and we're going to feature Paprika by Satoshi Kon, creator of Tokyo Godfathers. As IMDB plot summary states:

When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient's dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika.

Excellent animation, dream segments, and the Japanese "WTF??" flair makes this film highly anticipated.

Also slated for this month:

*Both episodes of Shinesman
*A double feature of Karas: The Prophecy and Karas: The Revelation

This Sunday, starting at 6 PM.
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If the weather is giving you second thoughts about attending Movie Night tonight, I'd understand if you chose not to attend.

However, should you brave the cold and falling snow, you will be rewarded with Greg's Pineapple Upside Down cake.


In other news, Daywatch was released on DVD just recently. I wasn't aware of this, so naturally I had to snatch it up and watch it. It's just about as confusing as the first one in regards to its mythology, but I felt that this was part of it's charm. It turns out that Nightwatch and Daywatch (the movies) are actually the three novellas from the book Nightwatch, leaving me to wonder if I wouldn't have preferred it if they had simply called this movie Nightwatch 2 despite how dumb that sounds.

I think my brain is frozen. I need food.
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Movie Night tomorrow will be Joe vs. The Volcano. Next week will feature The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Additionally, tomorrow nights potluck will be cancelled in favor of ordering out for dinner.

The board breaking seminar this morning was a fantastic success for most everyone involved, but I suspect [livejournal.com profile] bryree may have a different take on it. On my part, seven boards and three bricks met a violent death at the hands and feet of this empowered monkey. (No, not all at once.) Two warm up breaks, a knife-hand through two boards, a hammer kick through three boards (no spacers), palm strike through one brick, and a palm strike through two bricks (with spacers). Not too bad, eh?
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Okay, I've narrowed it down to the following list. One vote for each category, please.

B/G movies:

Joe vs Volcano
Cabin Boy
Hudson Hawk
The Battle Beyond the Stars (both western AND bad, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] detailbear!)

Western:

I'd like to first announce that January is now declared as Western month, and I'm thinking of giving control to [livejournal.com profile] chaosqueen42, due to her suggestions and the fact that she hasn't had the helm at Movie Night yet. However, [livejournal.com profile] zalena has been a strong proponent for westerns, so I'd like to hear both of your thoughts on the matter.

Now, given that, I'd want to show High Noon next Sunday, but cq42 suggests showing a set of movies in order, and doing so would throw off her groove. I think that instead we'll see The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, unless doing so would cause someone to gouge their eyes out.

I've utterly failed at managing my Netflix queue, so I'll need to run off and rent the item this weekend, which may throw a wrench into the plans, but we'll see.
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This is rather exciting! I've got a flood of suggestions, even from folks who don't attend, and one from a hot guy on the other side of the states!

-ahem-

Anyway, this Sunday will be "Movies So Bad They're Good," while next Sunday will be Westerns, and we'll switch between the two depending on who can show up. Sound fair?

So, our Bad/Good movie candidates are:

Glitter
Ishtar
Showgirls
Joe vs The Volcano
Cabin Boy (this is the one with three votes by the non-attendees, which draws my attention to it)
(I'm still open to suggestions)
(I'm also really glad that I never have to watch Barbarella again!)




Our Western candidates involve:

Bad Day at Black Rock
High Noon
Stagecoach
The Magnificent Seven (remake of Seven Samurai)
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Matinee feature comparing Yojimbo to Fist Full of Dollars, and on another night, Sanjuro to For A Few Dollars More


I'll need a response quickly so I can get the movie in by Saturday.
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Yes, it's the holiday month, and yes, I'm still having Movie Night. I've decided that this month will be very unstructured due to the need for people to be with their loved ones, so we're going to play it by clairaudient ear.

As this weekend a few of the folks who want Westerns will be absent, we're going ahead with Movie So Bad They're Good. The following week will feature a Western, and we'll see where it goes from there. Sound good?

So, I need movies for the next two weeks. C'mon folks! Tell me what to get!
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Ugh. I've been in a massive slump recently, and pretty much everything that I hold dear was put on a shelf for a while. Time to get my groove back.

First: Movie night. It's been on hiatus for a while, and I've got a good direction for next month's theme. It's come down to this: either we watch "Movies So Bad, They're Good" or "Westerns." I'm fine with both, but I'm not the only one involved in Movie Night. What say you, loyal attendees? This weekend is probably shot for everyone and their kittens, so we'll plan for next Sunday.

Second: Martial arts. I've got my TKD uniform hemmed to my length, and I'm welcomed to the class rather warmly. Usually it's the TKD students that cross over to KF for extra training, and almost no KF students ever take TKD to boost their skills, so my actions are a bit of an oddity, but they know who I am and help me adapt my moves to fit in. Regardless of what happens, I must say it's exhilarating to be a white belt again. Helps keep my perspective in touch with new students. (Pictures forthcoming!)

Third: Games. I've got Super Mario Galaxy, Greg's got Mass Effect, and both are stellar games. (Pun intended.) Tonight I'll do a write up for SMG, as I think it's really exceeded many of my expectations, and do a bit of a spoiler free commentary on Mass Effect, which is awesome on several levels.

I'm off to the studio for a practice run of forms and to get a sweat. It's so freaking cold right now that the idea of getting a work out just to warm up is appealing.

EDIT: Where the f*ck are my manners? Super Special Monkey Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] returntoshore for using her awesome Mystical Girly Shit (sewing) to hem my uniform so I can continue with my Magical Manly Shit (Fu/Do).

Movie Night

Nov. 7th, 2007 06:41 pm
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Movie Night will occur this Sunday, featuring Hot Fuzz. Please note that Greg and I will not be in attendance as we're flying out to Oregon for several days to see my parents. I encourage people to show up, as Beemer needs as much attention as a cat, and he'll be terribly lonely. Please come to visit him and enjoy the film.
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Barring any unforseen events, Sunday's Movie Night is good to go, featuring the last installment of our enjoyable Murder Mystery Month, The Thin Man. (Look, I posted a few days early! Gasp!)
kung_fu_monkey: (Noir Monkey)
I had asked those in attendance last Sunday to get back to me by today regarding the plan for this Sunday's Movie Night. Currently, the plan is to head up to [livejournal.com profile] zalena's place early for local events, cream puff demonstrations by [livejournal.com profile] dr_tectonic, and the movie, Murder on the Orient Express. So far, I haven't heard back from anyone, and I understand it's still a few days out, but please contact Zalena or myself as to what you're going to be able to do.
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There's been a minor change to the Movie Night plans for Sunday. Instead of watching Murder on the Orient Express, we're going to watch the curiously named Murder by Death. [livejournal.com profile] mahannie57 and [livejournal.com profile] bryree will not be in attendance, so we'll have some extra room for anyone who wishes to attend.
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Okay, so first, Movie Nights will not be held this weekend. Several people will be out, and we're transitioning from the Maggie Smith month to Murder Mystery month. Last weekend's movie, Gosford Park, was excellent, by the way, so if you've not seen it, it comes highly recommended. We're working on the queue for month, and I'll post it as soon as I know the list.

Second, I was doing my best to avoid being consumed by Metroids last night, and as a result, I've got 15 friend vouchers to trade with other Wii users. If you've got Metroid Prime 3, you'll know what this means, and (hopefully) you'll quickly offer to trade so we can both get those unlockables.

Bioshock was utterly fantastic. I'll post a review of it soon.

Oh, and I've got a multi-episode Kung Fu story that's finally reached a resolution. This one may wait until the weekend, but I'm looking forward to posting it.

Yesterday morning, I had blood drawn so they can check the levels of whatever, which meant that I had to fast for 12 hours and not take my pills in the morning. That basically led to me being wiped out for a good chunk of the day. Blah.

Have I mentioned how happy I am with my life? 'Cause it's true.
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Okay, first is the announcement for Movie Night. This month, our beloved [livejournal.com profile] dr_tectonic is taking over, offering forth his theme of "Movies You Should Have Seen By Now!" His first choice? Barbarella. There's more on the list, but I'll let him make the full announcement.

I had rented Gears of War and Earth Defense Force 2017 (both for Xbox 360) on Sunday night.
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And here's tonight's Kung Fu story.
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This is embarassingly late, but I was on holiday, so nyah.

Now that Noir is done, we're moving on to Movie Night. Each month, one of the participants gets to choose what that month's theme is (group approval pending), and chooses the line up, which is then summoned on my previously-known-as-Noirflix Netflix account. This month is classics month brought to us by [livejournal.com profile] mahannie57 and [livejournal.com profile] zalena, and we're beginning with Mildred Pierce. If I recall correctly, the start time has been pushed back to 6 PM, and the meal will be a potluck contributed by all participants.

Is there anything that I'm forgetting?

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