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 Post subject: Guilty Pleasure
PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 5:40 am 
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The Smokers (2000)
Directed by Kat Slater (went on to direct porn movies)
Most of the actors who appeared in this went on to star in the sixth season of Dawson's Creek. Filmed in Wisconsin the main actors were Bobbie Phillips, Thora Birch, Dominique Swain and Keri Lynn Pratt. It should suck, but I can't help being hooked. The only way I can describe it is this was my Boondock Saints.


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The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Isn't the main criteria for a guilty pleasure being that it strangely stands up to the effects of time and even gets better with time. That brings me to what has to be my all time guilty pleasure The Fast and the Furious. The writing for this is a little sketchy: Ken Li the writer for an article called Racer X is credited, you can see it in the special edition DVD of the Fast and the Furious (forget what magazine it was in) well the movie is nothing like the magazine article, in fact the movie is a plot for plot remake of Point Break, the Keanu Reeves/ Patrick Swayze vehicle. Then you have the director Rob Cohen, just barely makes it this side of Uwe Boll, a couple more Stealths and Cohen suddenly starts sounding like "suck". Add Paul Walker, Vin Diesel before XXX but after Pitch Black, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster plus some real life L.A. racers for extras and the movie is a high octane, adrenaline rush imbuing the streets of Los Angeles with Nos like energy and testosterone.
Before I continue, Initial D is my all time favourite manga after GTO, Initial D is about street racing, the Fast and the Furious is also about street racing, Initial D takes NASCAR and puts it on paper, the races in the Fast and the Furious are in a straight line and last for 10 seconds. In a side by side comparison the racing and story of The Fast and the Furious doesn't even come close to Initial D, but The Fast and the Furious movie blows the Chinese made live action Initial D movie out of the water. There's an indescribable something that the American's get about racing that the Chinese don't. In the "making of" part of the DVD director Rob Cohen says about the casting of Paul Walker that he brings with him a Steve McQueen like quality to the movie. In other words Americans don't drive cars, they drive penis's, they equate their cars to the male sex organ, for the Chinese the car is a means of getting from A to B. There's something about the relationship between Americans and their cars that's like a cowboy and his gun or a Samurai and his sword. The Fast and the Furious had it all, cars, girls and guns, it was the All American male stereotype, adding the archetype of racer to such male defining genres as the western, the samurai and the gangster movie.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 2:22 am 
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Elektra (2005)
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Starring: Jennifer Garner, Terence Stamp, Bob Sapp
Directed by: Rob Bowman
Written by: Mark Steven Johnson motion picture characters and
Frank Miller comic book characters
Zak Penn (written by) and
Stu Zicherman (written by) (as Stuart Zicherman) &
Raven Metzner (written by)

Elektra nee Natchios is a fictional character created by Frank Miller in Marvel Comics. She is an expert ninja assasin whose weapons are twin sai. She is known for having the highest body count of any Marvel character. She is also of Greek descent.

Elektra is trained by a blind martial arts master named Stick. The name of this martial art is called Kimagure, which gives the practitioner precognition and the ability to resurrect the dead. After Elektra reaches her full potential in Kimagure she is told to leave the dojo by Stick seeing as how he has taught her all he knows and for Elektra to keep growing she has to learn on her own (what she has yet to learn is “the way”). Elektra suspects she’s being tested by Stick, but when she asks Stick “is this a test” Stick doesn’t reply. Feeling bitter and rejected by Stick for being kicked out of his dojo, she becomes a hired killer, killing indiscriminately (this of course is not “the way”, the lesson she has yet to learn). Unbeknownst to Elektra she is hired by Stick to kill a little girl and her father. The little girl’s name is Abby and she is what’s known as the treasure (which is a martial arts prodigy). Elektra tries to kill the two, but finds she can’t do it and tells her agent McCabe. She then intercepts the contract killers who replace her and becomes the father and girl’s protector, thus finding “the way”.
It’s a little morality tale whose lesson can best be described as the Spider-man moral of “with great power comes great responsibility”, and the lesson that separates the heroes in the Marvel universe from its villains. I like it for it’s martial arts lesson, which shows that martial arts is just an art unless you can find a purpose for it in the real world, when you succeed in applying your martial art in the real world you're martial art becomes “the way”.


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 Post subject: Re: Guilty Pleasure
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:03 am 
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I like Sailor Moon, is that a guilty pleasure?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:27 pm 
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We have a winner!


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