Monday, September 7, 2009

Kung Fu Movies

Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior (2003) - Great fights and far more story than your average martial arts movie. The main character's grifter sidekicks steal the non-fight scenes. The first, a man from Ting's village who flunked out as a monk. The second a young street-smart girl who dreams of going to college. Surprisingly deep and poignant characters for an action flick like this.

The plot: A small village is cursed after the head of their Buddha statue is stolen, and young Ting must travel to Bangkok to retrieve it.

Favorite Parts: Thailand! This movie brought back great memories of one of my favorite places in the world. In neither of my trips to Bangkok did I witness any slow-mo fight sequences, but this movie was still truly Thai. Fantastic job of capturing the contrast between old-world Thailand characterized by traditional village life and and new-world Thailand, greed, fight clubs and disdain for the superstitions of the past.

Loved it! Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior makes me want to take five more trips to Thailand.

Say it ain't so, Joe

Okay, so that quote was about the White Sox instead of the Cubs, but it's close enough. Here's my first look at the legendary Wrigley Field.

And here's my view for the next three hours as my wife and I waited in the rain until they decided to call the game. Say it ain't so!