Our little house in El Salvador has steps like this leading into the ocean. When the tide is low, you can step down onto the beach. When the tide is high, you can step right into the water.
Original Art by Alexey Zakharov
that’s almost too cruel
I had to do this once with Privateer II: The Darkening. It gained a bit when he said “I bet you didn’t play it through, I bet somebody just told you how…” and I was able to smile gently and say “God, possibly, since I wrote the game.” And plainly the Deity was with me that day, as I happened to be carrying docs from my UK agent (who’d done the deal) that showed not only that I was the writer, but the five-figure sum I had been paid. …It was a happy day for me. Not so much for him. I’d never had a referent for the word “slink” for a full grown male before. As in “slink away in utter dejection.” I smiled for at least three days without stopping. And am smiling now… I had completely forgotten about this.
Reblogging because “I beat the game” is fantastic, but “I wrote the damn thing” is even better.
I’m not a gamer but I’ll always reblog these.
Vicious. I love it.
If I can be so pretentious as to quote myself…
Getting into kung fu cinema is basically one massive game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon…just without Kevin Bacon and with many, many more degrees. A shit analogy I know, but I’ll explain…
If I was going to suggest an easy and enjoyable path through kung fu films I would actually recommend the films of the 80’s first. Play it safe and go with the obvious option…Jackie Chan.
Jackie Chan, in my opinion, is the greatest and simplest gateway to a veritable treasure trove of amazing movies. To start off, watch these films…
- Wheels on Meals
- Armour of God
- Dragons Forever
- Project A
- Police Story
In watching these you also get to see the likes of Yuen Biao, Sammo Hung, Yuen Wah, Dick Wei, Billy Chow and even Philip Ko.
From here, go back a little further and watch “The Young Master.” This is the perfect transition film between 80’s new wave action and old school kung fu.
Now you’ve dabbled in the idea of old school, look towards Sammo Hung’s early 80’s/late 70’s films. You’ll want to watch…
- The Magnificent Butcher
- Prodigal Son
- Warriors Two
- Encounters of the Spooky Kind
Not only will this familiarize you with more faces, but it’ll also get you used to the somewhat oddball comedy of kung fu cinema.
Having watched these, you’ve basically laid down a foundation for yourself; the framework for building a more thorough knowledge of kung fu films.
Branch out from Sammo and start picking up his independent films…”The Victim,” “Odd Couple,” “Incredible Kung Fu Master” etc. Having watched the films you’ve watched, take a look at IMDB and make note of a few actors, choreographers and directors you’ve enjoyed. If you love Jackie, go back and watch his 70’s films. In fact, “Drunken Master” and “Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow” are a must.
But, if you noticed a cool henchman. Fung Hak On for example. Look at what films he’s in. It’ll be hit and miss but it’ll be fun.
Of course, if you like Yuen Woo Ping as a director/choreographer, you’ll open yourself up to a wealth of classics.
As you discover more names you’ll discover more films. Some will be atrocious. Some will be incredible. That’s the peril of the genre, I’m afraid.
But start going from name to name. If you see a film with two or three people you love attached to it, BUY IT. It’s more than likely that it’ll be great.
Now, the good thing about kung fu cinema is that there will be massive gaps. You’ve gone from 80’s Jackie to 80’s Sammo and now you’re dabbling in the old school. So, in theory, you’ve missed out on a million classic 80’s films from lesser known stars and, shit, you haven’t even stumbled across Jet Li yet.
but that’s the great thing about the genre. There’s always something to discover. Jet Li can always come later. As can the late 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s films. And even Donnie Yen! Take it slowly and enjoy the classics first, I say.
Once you’ve gotten into the old school flicks, be sure to watch the real landmark films fans of the genre love. Films like…
- 7 Grandmasters
- The Mystery of Chess Boxing
- Shaolin vs Lama
- Daggers 8
- Dance of the Drunken Mantis
- Hitman in the Hand of Buddha
- Buddhist Fist
- Secret Rivals 1 & 2
And here comes the important bit…
If you can’t get your hands on a film…DON’T. You can always obtain a copy later. Don’t stress yourself out about getting your hands on some obscure 70’s flick when there are a shitload of fantastic films readily available to you!
Finally, once you’re waist deep in the old school, you can move on and tackle the big boy of the industry…SHAW BROTHERS.
Diving into Shaw Brothers films from the very start will be overwhelming. I can promise you. So much talent, so many sub-genres, so many confusing references (“Who the fuck are the Venoms!?”). Start with the obvious choices. If you don’t know them, try these…
- The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
- Eight Diagram Pole Fighter
- Five Deadly Venoms
- Avenging Eagle
- Heroes of the East
- Fist of the White Lotus
- Five Superfighters
- Human Lanterns
- Shaolin Temple (Jet Li version)
Now, treat Shaw Brothers films the same way you treated Jackie’s films. Find connections. You’ll find the same names popping up: Lau Kar Leung, Gordon Liu, Chang Cheh, The Venoms,. Alexander Fu Sheng, Chen Kuan Tai etc.
Exploring the Shaw films is easy but can feel like a lot. But just find those people you like and start picking up films. Again, you’ll find some terrible films (even The Venoms has some absolute bollocks in their filmography) but, more than likely, you’ll find a lot of gems.
If you find yourself liking films where people fly, float and fight with swords, then you like wu xia films. Google “wu xia” (not the Donnie Yen film). Pull up a top ten list or two. Do the same with any other sub-genre you might stumble across. If you feel lost or like you’re encountering a huge number of utterly shit films, give me a shout. I’ll steer you in a cool direction.
There are a million kung fu films out there. So many are bad but there are thousands of really fantastic films. You just have to find them.
Become well versed in the classics…in what you like and then, in time, you can start digging a little deeper. You will end up with a grainy, Japanese subtitles only version of some lost, forgotten film but that’s all part of the fun.
Anyway, I hope this didn’t come off as too pretentious. There are hundreds of paths you can take into the genre and many people will disagree with what I’ve said (“Start with the Shaw Brothers!”) but this is the easiest, most enjoyable journey I can recommend.
Enjoy yourself and, again, if you need any help along the way, that’s what my blog is for.
Minimum wage should be linked to the poverty level.
This is basic economic fact.
A business that claims it can’t afford to pay a living wage to its workers is admitting that by definition it fails to meet its basic operating expenses. That major multinational corporations can be “successful” while failing to meet a basic operating expense is only possible because We The People pick up their greedy/lazy slack through taxes and charity.
And yet somehow it’s everybody else who’s a moocher and a looter…
And this corrosive greed is a big part of what’s slowly poisoning the U.S. economy. Money being hoarded at the top and put in “safe” investments and bank accounts is money that does nothing for no one. It’s just an elaborate means of keeping score. Money put into the hands of the workers does what money is meant to do: it circulates. It gets spent. The same dollar will go through dozens of sets of hands, touching dozens of lives, feeding dozens of people and sparking profits for dozens of businesses. The same dollar, in the hands of the rich, will generally do… nothing. It won’t create jobs. It won’t fund innovations. It won’t start businesses.
Less than 1% of corporate revenues become wages for workers. Less than 3% of the wealthy are actually entrepreneurs (people who risk their money on business ventures that create jobs).
But 100% of the working class spends their money. That money creates jobs. That money fuels innovations. That money becomes profits. That money keeps the economy ticking.
We have been lied to about who are the parasites and who are the drivers of the economy. We have largely accepted a view of money as a means of keeping score and the economy as something that must have winners and losers, rather than money being a proxy for barter and an economy being a way to divide the labor of society and distribute the load of living
"A business that claims it can’t afford to pay a living wage to its workers is admitting that by definition it fails to meet its basic operating expenses."
"Less than 1% of corporate revenues become wages for the workers."
Wolverine you fucking weeb
2012’s national Silat championships - female category.