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March 29, 2017 Leave a comment

 

Nature is indeed metal sometimes.

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Some instant streaming recommendations from Netflix and Amazon Prime

December 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Winter break is almost upon us. With the weather turning colder (and rainy for some reason), it may be time to sit down on the couch with a refreshing beverage in one hand and the remote control in the other for some quality show viewing. Here are some recommendations I have if you are an Amazon Prime or Netflix subscriber. Enjoy and happy viewing!

A Cat in Paris: A cat in Paris leads a double life and helps his owner avenge the death of her father. It’s whimsical, dark, funny, and cute all at the same time. Available on Amazon Prime.

The Black Kung Fu Experience: The Black Kung Fu Experience focuses on how a group of African American pioneers became respected masters in a subculture dominated by Chinese and white men. It’s a very interesting and informative documentary and I highly recommend it if you’re into martial arts like I am. Available on Amazon Prime.

Mel Brooks: Make a Noise: What can I say that hasn’t been said about the master. Watch this documentary if you love Mel Brooks like I love Mel Brooks. Interviews with his friends, colleagues, and the man himself about his life and his work. Available on Netflix Instant Streaming.

Movie recommendation – In Bruges/ some updates

November 5, 2012 7 comments

This is a flick from a few years back that I managed to catch on cable over the weekend. Starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, it’s the story of a couple of hitmen who pull off a job in London and are forced to flee by their boss (Ralph Fiennes) to a town called Bruges in Belgium. It’s a comedy, but probably one of the darkest I’ve ever seen.

It’s a nice change to see Farrell using his Irish accent again in a role. He just seems more relaxed being the Irishman that he is. Gleeson is amazing and plays the multitude of emotions the decisions his character gets forced into with such power that I felt almost shattered by the end of the movie. I won’t give any of it away, but his scenes really got to me. Check it out if so inclined:

In other news, I’m testing for my brown belt this week. Translation: every night I will walk into the house a shadow of my former self from a few hours before. It’s a very intense time in all the classes. For our part (higher belt rankings), we have to test on one full Kung Fu form, one weapons form (this quarter it’s the Fan), and then something like 8 combinations in Krav Maga. It gets difficult, but also gives me a sense of accomplishment to know that I got those forms down. When it gets time for black belt testing, all of those forms will be evaluated, so you have to remember then and get them down so well that it all ends up almost muscle memory in a way. I find it challenging, and that’s why I like it so much.

School is still in session, and I have about 3 presentations plus a final before it’s all over and done with. It’s funny how it works; one class gets really hard at the beginning of the semester with lots of homework and quizzes, and the other is pretty tame. After midterms, the ambiance changes, and the laid back class suddenly involves a lot of group work, papers, and presentations, and the other one gets laid back.

So, if you’re thinking about grad school, remember this one piece of advice: get used to the idea of group presentations.

Best wishes to those who are still suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

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