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Movie Review: The Grandmasters

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Synopsis:

Another movie about Ip Man.

This one jumps back and forth from other characters who are somehow related to Ip Man.

The movie starts out with his beating 20-30 people in the rain for no reason at all except to show you that he can.

The leader of the martial arts organization is stepping down and he is looking for someone to take his spot in the Southern region.

Ip Man takes up to the challenge but he must battle other martial arts master’s to prove his worth.  When he finally reaches the grandmaster, they duke it out and Ip Man wins.

The grandmaster’s daughters wants to avenge her father’s loss and challenges Ip Man.  They duke it out and she wins.

Through the exchange of fists, they both have fallen for each other.

Before anything can happen, the Japanese invade China and Ip Man is thrown into poverty.

Meanwhile, the grandmaster is betrayed by his top student and is killed.  The grandmaster’s daughter seeks revenge.  She finds him and avenges her father but at the cost of losing all her martial arts ability.

Ip Man then travels to Hong Kong, sets up a new martial arts school, and meets up with the grandmaster’s daughter for one last time.

She dies and the movie ends shortly after.

Final Thoughts:

Of all the Ip Man movie out there, this one is the most artistic.  The fight scenes are well choreographed and it seems more like a chess match being played out.

The fight scenes in here are comparable to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon or Jet Li’s Hero, where fights aren’t all about blood spilling, bone-crunching, and brutal violence.  The fight scenes here focuses on details, beautiful music, and scenery.

This movie also uses an actor who has few, if any, martial arts movie background.  Tony Leung is known for his dramatic/charismatic demeanor on screen if anything at all.  They do a convincing job of portraying him as a martial arts master.

There is definitely more emphasis in story telling then action, so if you came for action only, you may be disappointed.

Ratings:

5/5

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Movie Review: Pray The Devil Back to Hell

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Synopsis:

Documentary movie recording the events of the peace movement called Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace.

During a chaotic period of civil war within Liberia, the women of Liberia unite to end the war that has encouraged children to kill their own parents to partake in the war.

The war has given both sides excuses to rape, murder, and torture civilians as they travel through the country side.

It doesn’t matter whether the Warlords from the country come or the Militia from the Capital, they both abuse their power to terrorize the people of Liberia.

Through non-violence the women come up with ideas for peace which include withholding sex from their husbands, public protests, and pushing the both sides of the warring factions to have peace talks.

Final Thoughts:

The stories that the women tell of militia men coming through villages killing, raping, torturing sends chills up the spine.

You can’t help but sympathize for these women and at the same admire their courage for standing up against such a violent and evil force.

In a world filled with dominance through violence, it’s reassuring to see that a strong conviction for a future filled with peace can still outlast the violence that precedes.

Definitely an inspiring documentary movie.

Ratings:

5/5

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Movie Review: Wreck It Ralph

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Synopsis:

Revolves around a bad guy who yearns to become a good guy.

He’s tired of the good guy getting all the attention.

The way he goes about doing this ends up causing chaos in the video game world, until he meets a video game glitch.

The two form a close bond and end up supporting each other through trials and tribulations.

The bond ends up changing both of them for the better.

Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this movie.

It’s an animated-movie that both children and adults can enjoy, especially if you played any video games when you were younger like myself.

I caught on to many of the video game jokes that only a gamer could get.

At the same time, I could relate to the protagonist’s issues because it is a universal issue of being left out, wanting to be part of the in crowd, and doing whatever it takes to make it happen.

The most important lesson I got from this movie is how nothing changes when he gets back to his world, but the fact that his attitude changes makes all the difference in the world.

He doesn’t mind being the bad guy now that he has formed a strong friendship with the video game glitch from another video game.

Rating:

5/5

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Movie Review: Elite Squad – The Enemy Within

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Synopsis:

This is a Brazilian movie that centers around SWAT teams that are meant to battle drug overlords who control neighborhoods and slums.

Within a prison that holds all the different drug lords, a rebellion quickly escalates where all the drug lords kill each other leaving the city without anyone to control it.

Dirty cops quickly see the opportunity and start to run the slums as if they were the drug overlords.

Dirty cops are taken down when the head of the SWAT teams finds out about their hidden scheme.  He takes out all the dirty cops and all the government officials.

Final Thoughts:

The movie is driven more by corruption in the police department and government officials then by action or gun fights.

The ending kind of leaves you feeling like nothing is really changed.  Certain evil men are dead, but in their place others rise to replace them.

Perhaps that is the point of the whole movie.

Ratings:

4/5

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Hereditary Habits

Besides passing along certain genes to you as a parent, they also pass on habits to you. This is done easily because as a child you grow up looking up to your parents.  For most of your life, they are the only model you have to base your own actions and reactions by.

This is both good and bad, because as a parent they would love for you to pickup on everything they do positively.  At the same time, they would love for you not to pick up on everything they do negatively.  The interesting thing is they can’t program you to do only one.

As much as your parents would love to assume that you didn’t hear them cuss during the traffic jam.  Or see you lie to your spouse about how much you spent at the store today.  You, as a child see all of this, and in one way or another it gets programmed into your mind.

You absorb it all, both good and bad habits.  Many people just accept the fact that they have all these traits which most likely came from being around their parents.  While others absolutely hate it and will even go to the opposite extreme of the habit.

For example, let’s say your mom is a hoarder.  She hoards everything from clothes, to food, to plastic containers and even old electronic devices.  You grow up with absolutely no space for your own and nothing but antique electronics that no one in their right mind would want.

You develop a mindset that is the complete opposite of your mom.  “Why do I need so many things and why can’t I be happy with nothing.”  “I never want to grow up being like my mom.”

Suddenly you start to categorize yourself as a minimalist.  You don’t need anything.  Just the bare essentials.

And you start shunning anyone who you deem to possess hoarding traits.  “I grew up with a hoarding mom my whole life and was miserable because of it.  I’m not going to re-live that nightmare with you.”

You expect the whole world to embrace this new you.  Who is actually created from the interacting with your mother your whole life.  The new you is based on the opposite of who your mother is.

In general, pertaining to our parent’s habits, we will do one of three things:

  1. Accept them as who we are and just let their habits be our habits.
  2. Not accept them, push them away, hate it, and even go to the opposite extreme of the habit.
  3. Become oblivious to it and not even notice it having an effect on us.  For some it may still have an effect, despite their lack of knowledge of the habits.

Personally, I recommend none of these options.  My recommendation is trying to find a happy medium between who your parents’ habits and the extreme opposite of the habit.

Being a hoarder does has it’s positive.  Why else would your mother do it?  People actually recommend buying products in bulk, storing them at home, and using them as needed.

Buying in bulk saves you money because they are usually priced cheaper then individual packaged items.  Buying in bulk also saves you time and gas from all the visits you would’ve made to the store had you gotten the items in individual packages.

At the same time, being a minimalist also has benefits to it too.  You never buy things that end up in your closet or garage like the newest exercise machine that promises to make you look like a super model.  Money and space is saved.

The goal is to embrace both sides and learn when is the best time to apply each habit.  Living on a budget, it’s not wise to buy things cheap, hoard them at home, and never use them.  At the same time, as a business owner you can’t expect revenue to come in when you’re not willing to spend money on marketing and re-modeling.

There is a reason and a season for everything in life.  It is up to you to make the best out of what is given to you.  And what is given to most of us is hereditary habits.

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