Dune

A beginning is a very delicate time. Know then, that is the year 10191. The known universe is ruled by the Padishah Emperor Shaddam the Fourth, my father. In this time, the most precious substance in the universe is the spice Melange. The spice extends life. The spice expands consciousness. The spice is vital to space travel. The Spacing Guild and its navigators, who the spice has mutated over 4000 years, use the orange spice gas, which gives them the ability to fold space. That is, travel to any part of the universe without moving. Oh, yes. I forgot to tell you. The spice exists on only one planet in the entire universe. A desolate, dry planet with vast deserts. Hidden away within the rocks of these deserts are a people known as the Fremen, who have long-held a prophecy that a man would come, a messiah, who would lead them to true freedom. The planet is Arrakis, also known as Dune.

For me this is another classic movie. I was not aware that David Lynch was the director until after I just rewatched it. I tend to like most of all his other work. ‘Give me back my phone!’ so funny.
Anyway, it is a sci-fi flick staring Kyle MacLachlan who plays Paul Atreides as two houses, Harkonnen and Atreides battle over the planet Dune.
Seems that people either love or hate this movie, with more people hating it. I just happen to enjoy it. Back in the PC/Dos days I was into Dune and Dune2 – the games, fun stuff.
Some interesting trivia…
David Lynch turned down the chance to direct Return of the Jedi to direct Dune.
Some scenes were filmed in the same location and at the same time as scenes from Conan the Destroyer.
The TV version shown on SciFi channel is the longer uncut version, which I have not seen yet. And apparently it is very hard to find the extended version on DVD, rare imports seems to be the only way to find it.
David Lynch disowned the television cut, the TV version is shown to be directed by Alan Smithee.


Dune (Extended Edition Steelbook)

Kung Fu Hustle

Stephen Chow (director and star of Shaolin Soccer) is at it again with his newest action-packed and comedic martial-arts adventure, KUNG FU HUSTLE. From wildly imaginative kung fu showdowns to dance sequences featuring tuxedoed mobsters, you’ve never seen action this outrageous and characters this zany! With jaw-dropping fight sequences by Yuen Wo Ping (famed action choreographer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and The Matrix), KUNG FU HUSTLE will blow you away! In a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing (Stephen Chow) desperately wants to become a member. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turn out to be kung fu masters in disguise. Sing’s actions eventually cause the Axe Gang and the slumlords to engage in an explosive kung fu battle. Only one side will win and only one hero will emerge as the greatest kung fu master of all.

A great kung-fu action flick, I give it 5 out of 5. If you’re a martial arts purist that likes the fighting totally realistic, than this movie is not for you. Lots of special effects, I think allowing the characters to have superpowers adds to the action and entertainment. It won many Hong Kong Film Awards, definitely fun to watch.


Kung Fu Hustle (Axe-Kickin’ Edition)

Kill Bill Vol1



Kill Bill, Vol. 1

Uma Thurman stars in Quentin Tarantino’s fourth film venture, Kill Bill. Thurman plays a character known as the Bride, a pregnant assassin who is shot by her boss, Bill (David Carradine), on her wedding day, leaving herself and the wedding guests lying for dead. She survives and after being in a coma for five years, she wakes to seek revenge on her co-workers and boss who had attacked her. She sets out to strike down her once fellow assassins, leaving Bill for last.

This was a great movie. If you are a fan of the older foreign martial arts movies like I am then you will like this movie. Lots of action. Lots of blood, might not be good for the young ones. If you are familiar with the older kung-fu movies, you will see many places where Tarantino pays homage to them.
I give it 5 out of 5.

Aye laddie, warp speed

A very sad day today with Scotty (James Doohan) passing on.
Born March 3, 1920, Doohan did so much more than just being Scotty.
He served in the Canadian army and was part of the d-day invasion in WorldWar2. Landing on Juno beach he took 6 bullets in the conflict, 4 in his leg, one took off a finger and one in the chest. The chest bullet was stopped by his silver cigarette case.
Wow.

Almost as impressive is him fathering a child at age 80.
I did not know any of this until today, like many star trek fans he was just Scotty.
The engineer with the “can do” attitude.
Scotty will surely live on for many years to come.
“I’m giving her all she’s got, Captain!” Yes, Scotty you certainly did.


Beam Me Up, Scotty