Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Grandmaster, US Version

Finally saw The Grandmaster, or one of the versions (the US) - seemed like half of the movie was about Zhang Zi Yi's character, one-half of a (fictional) doomed romance; Yip Man's wife hardly had a role in it at all. (She did speak; was it dubbed by a Chinese speaker? I don't think Song Hye Gyo can speak Cantonese so well.) I suppose Wong Kar-Wai decided to focus on one of his favorite themes, impossible romantic love, and didn't use anything else that would have made the movie more of a historically accurate biopic.

There is an extra scene after the initial credits -- a montage of fight scenes and the like not scene in the movie. Extra footage that was not included in this cut? Makes me wonder how much of the extra footage shot for the movie is usable for an extended version; however, Wong Kar-Wai may never get around to making one, even if he is interested.

The way some of the scenes were shot in slow-motion or almost at a standstill had the effect of making the images seem artificial, almost as if they were done with CGI (maybe some were?). The fight scene at the train station reminded me of a commercial -- could they have been shot better? I think so.

The fight scenes are decent; like Donnie Yen's Ip Man movies, they are an artistic representation Wing Chun but probably not realistic depictions of how it would be used. Though I wish there were some footage of the fights that Bruce Lee or William Cheung or any of Yip Man's other students participated in back in the day to use as a basis of comparison. I think I would watch the movie again because it is something to look at, despite some of the filming techniques used. But I wish it were more historically accurate and focused more on Yip Man.

Variety article on WKW and the movie

a review of the movie by a Wing Chun practitioner

California Business Casual

Steve Sailer: Neckties Down, Socks Up: How Silicon Valley Is Like an All Girls Catholic High School
Ties falling into disuse and folded collars disappearing from dress shirts? Why not?

Business casual v. [Business] informal v. semi-formal v. formal

Friday, December 25, 2015

Looking for a Cover of "Last Christmas"

The singing is done by a male and the sound is reminiscent of 90s Jpop and 80s alternative... here it is:

Jimmy Eat World

Some other versions...

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Byzantine triumphalism? Or is it warranted because of the language of the Psalms and the Old Testament?

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Jack Donovan's Buzzfeed Interview

The complete transcript.

Dominican Rite Solemn Mass for Christmas Day in Kensington

NLM: Dominican Rite Solemn Mass for Christmas Day, SF Bay Area

Jang Young Sil Poster

Song Il Gook worked hard to live up to this respected scholar's name~

Posted by Soompi on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Robert Spencer on Jihad

Short continuation.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

SJWs Gonna SJW

He makes the mistake of using Harry Potter as a serious comparison.

Matt Brown discusses the "Mary Sue" controversy surrounding the Rey character in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, and...

Posted by TwitchFilm on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Just Because It's Serious

doesn't mean it's better than Machete as a message movie.

In Jonas Cuaron's thriller DESIERTO, Gael Garcia Bernal has to run for his life when a crazed vigilante with a gun starts hunting a group of unarmed immigrants. We have a trailer:

Posted by TwitchFilm on Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Personal is the Beginning of the Political

Not: the personal is political of feminism, which presupposes a modern, if not liberal, nation-state. Individuals and families interacting with one another and building (or avoiding) relationships is the start of political life. Our mistake is to believe that we have a political life (or community) when we do not at all.

INTJ = Sigma?

How changeable are personalities according to Jung or to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator theory? Are personalities innate or do they change over time? Is it possible for someone to change from being beta or delta to sigma, rather than alpha?

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Pepe Escobar on the Russian MIlitary Arsenal

Accurate? You Want War? Russia is Ready for War

A Leftist Critiques the Star Wars Product

Skip to the bottom, where he raises objections similar to those given by others in dissecting the story's plausibility.

13 Hours in Benghazi Documentary Trailer


A Christmas Classic...

Monday, December 21, 2015

Rachel Lu on female altar servers. (via Fr. Z)

By what authority does the CDW have to supercede tradition? If it has forgotten the rationale behind reserving certain liturgical ministry to males only, then maybe it should have refrained from making a decision and said it was "under review." But a centralized bureaucracy knows no bounds.

Another Article on the Byz Rite at Notre Dame

Divine Liturgy Comes to Notre Dame
Prominent Catholic University Offers Byzantine Worship on Campus

This does not balance out all of the bad stuff being done by Latins there.

No Grasp of Sound Moral Theology

In political questions, just watered down Catholici social teaching and a reliance upon a liberal (or aggregate) conception of the common good. The statism of some of those offering their opinions is also revealing. Of course the NCReg relies upon standard "journalism" writing, giving both "sides" of the issue, but Catholic newspapers should either avoid doing popular articles on disputed questions in moral theology or do it correctly with an informed presentation. Apparently a Catholic newspaper cannot replace sound catechesis.

Does Catholic Faith Dictate a Position on Gun Control? by Brian Fraga

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Mother Teresa Movie

Too sappy? Or just right?

Pope Francis on Thursday authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate a decree regarding a miracle...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, December 18, 2015

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is to be made a Saint. Pope Francis on Thursday authorized the Congregation for the Causes of...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, December 18, 2015