Chinatown 2, Sly Stallone Assembles his Old Friends, and the Greatest Video Game Movie of All Time

Aug. 7-13: Mel Gibson and RDJ take to the air, Kiefer Sutherland has a good day to die, Julia Roberts eats and prays, it wasn’t Shaggy, Keanu Reeves hits the gridiron while Natasha Lyonne is a cheerleader, Scott Pilgrim defeats the seven evil ex’s — through great casting, and Dee-Lite produces the perfect song. All that and more this week on Thirty Twenty Ten, your weekly look back on the week that was 30, 20, and 10 years ago.

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4 thoughts on “Chinatown 2, Sly Stallone Assembles his Old Friends, and the Greatest Video Game Movie of All Time

  1. I love Scott Pilgrim. Both the movies and the books. I was 20 in 2010 and I really identified with it. I still read the series about once a year

  2. Please, please please don’t omit IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, which is coming up in about 6 weeks. It’s a painful movie to watch or revisit. But it’s Wong Kar-wai’s masterpiece and one of the great films of any decade. In the Mood for Love (how hard is it to say proper nouns twice?) showed most of us in the West that Hong Kong cinema isn’t all action films and kung fu.
    It was my REAL introduction to Tony Leung as well. I only recognized him in later viewings of Hard Boiled and Bullet in the Head.

    Not only that, In the Mood for Love showed depicted a Chinese awakening, through 1960’s Hong Kong where Western influences culture clashed with millennia of Chinese custom. Maggie Cheung is seen to be wearing the more traditional qipao, but cut in mid-century modern styles, accentuating her curves and sensuous movements much like Christina Hendricks would years later in Mad Men.
    This shows the break from the Maoist mainland where Mao, in a somewhat progressive manner, declared men and women to be no different, and that was adopted to show that men and women’s clothing were virtually the same for 60 years in the mainland and men and women were seen to be able to work many of the same (labor) jobs.
    So, the appearance of the qipao (Chun-li’s Street Fighter 2 outfit) held on in Hong Kong because HK was not being radicalized into the modern era but rather assimilated aspects of Western culture while hanging on tightly to traditional culture and it helps to tell not only the story of two star crossed loves, but the story of China.

    In the Mood for Love is just one of the most beautiful movies, the music accentuates and speaks more than the dialog in many cases and makes me long for the days when movies had scores and soundtracks. It’s one of the reasons Winter Soldier and Black Panther stand out so strongly against the Marvel movie pantheon.

    Please don’t forget In the Mood for Love in a couple weeks.

  3. Caused me physical pain to hear all the Groove is in the heart praise. Top Ten most hated song for me.

    Drives me nuts.

    Had to chuckle at hearing it called “perfect”

  4. (I’ve been crazy-ass-busy lately but now I’m only ass-busy)

    When did you develop even a cursory knowledge of the Vietnam War? Growing up the Vietnam War was often a throwaway line of the cheesy action movies I watched (as the protagonist was almost inevitable a Vet) but I didn’t have much conception of the Vietnam War itself until at least my mid-teens. When Air America came to HBO the geopolitics were completely lost on me and I think I would have enjoyed the movie more if I would have had a clue about the background.

    Two Jakes. I was shocked that Chinatown had a sequel and I still find it kind of weird. What other sequels didn’t advertise the fact that they were sequels?

    My wife and I watched Flatliners and then the remake of the same name back to back. I’m not going to claim that the original was any great piece of cinema but it was at least memorable while the remake was a nothing. I’m OK with remakes but I just don’t see what remaking this film brought to the table.

    The launch of deviant art. It’s weird to remember there was a time when it was fairly hard to come across fan-art. I remember when Nintendo Power used to print fan-art that fans had mailed them and I always found it fascinating to see these amateur versions of copyrighted characters.

    Storm of swords published. George RR Martin is not your bitch. https://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/05/entitlement-issues.html

    First Paper Mario. 20 years after the fact, is the reason for why Mario is paper explained yet?

    This is as close to a creepy children’s chorus version of Shaggy’ s “It wasn’t me” that I could find: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2t2ovrs9YUI

    Eat Pray Love. What is your favorite film about travel?

    Scott Pilgrim. I think I agree with Sarah that this movie was not aimed at teenagers. What are some other films about people in young adulthood but that are not aimed primarily at young adults?

    Expendables. This is part of what I like to refer to as, “There is a gap in my mind”-trilogy. I had minor surgery and was on some pain killers and watched three films, Expendables, Dude Where’s My Car, and Predators. I chose them because I wanted some light easy watching that I could do while on pain killers. But apparently the pain killers were a little stronger than I realized at the time because two months afterwards I was in the mood for some light entertainment and I decided to watch…. Expendables, Dude Where’s My Car, and Predators. Because I had no memory of watching those films. Like at all. I watched all of Expendables and thought I was watching it for the first time. Then I started Dude Where’s My Car and it seemed familiar …. Really familiar. But I hadn’t watched the film in 20 years right? I started to wonder and searched through my Amazon viewing history and saw that I had watched those three films and had completely and utterly forgotten about it. I’ve never had that happen before in my life so that felt super weird to me. Do you ever forget that you have watched a film? Like, not just forget plot details or characters or scenes, but complete forget if you have ever watched it in the first place?

    Do you ever forget that you have watched a film? Like, not just forget plot details or characters or scenes, but complete forget if you have ever watched it in the first place? Because Expendables is part of what I like to refer to as, “There is a gap in my mind”-trilogy. I had minor surgery and was on some pain killers and watched three films, Expendables, Dude Where’s My Car, and Predators. I chose them because I wanted some light easy watching that I could do while on pain killers. But apparently the pain killers were a little stronger than I realized at the time because two months afterwards I was in the mood for some light entertainment and I decided to watch…. Expendables, Dude Where’s My Car, and Predators. Because I had no memory of watching those films. Like at all. I watched all of Expendables and thought I was watching it for the first time. Then I started Dude Where’s My Car and it seemed familiar …. Really familiar. But I hadn’t watched the film in 20 years right? I started to wonder and searched through my Amazon viewing history and saw that I had watched those three films during my recovery and had completely and utterly forgotten about it. I’ve never had that happen before in my life so that felt super weird to me.

    Victoria II – A Ten Year Retrospective https://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/threads/victoria-ii-a-ten-year-retrospective.1410128/

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