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As some of you know, I take MMA (mixed marshal arts) classes with the local Gracie Barre Brazilian Jujitsu school. I'm currently doing a lot of work in Muay Thai techniques, and my striking abilities and conditioning have improved dramatically. My hand and elbow striking is coming along nicely, while my kicking is slowly getting better. This kind of training is very hard and I felt beat and battered for a long time, but overall I'm fairly pleased with my progress so far and I'm having a ton of fun.
Last night we were practicing fighting from the clinch, knee
Call me a pessimist, but I have no faith left in Hollywood at all. And I'm not surprised they've set their sites on one of the true masterpieces of sci-fi since they haven't had an original idea out there in ages and have been reduced to gutting one franchise after another in a pathetic attempt to milk a few more dollars from gullible audiences. Don't get me wrong, I would love to see a quality addition to the legacy of this series -- something that would really stand the test of time. But after the abomination directed by Tim Burton in 2001, I don't want to see the franchise ruined any more than
The debate among Tolkien fans over whether Peter Jackson depicted Sauron wrong in the Lord of the Rings films continues, and here's some interesting information from Wikipedia concerning Sauron and how he should have been.
There is plenty of evidence supporting the notion that Tolkien never intended Sauron to be thought of a great disembodied eye. Although Sauron's power was diminished from that which he originally possessed during the First Age and Second Ages, and he did spend a long time unable to manifest as he previously had, his form was still supposed to be roughly humanoid.
Why is it there are so few truly classic horror and sci-fi films? Are these films really that hard to make, or are we just cursed to suffer through one lame release after another? It's really aggravating considering how many really good sci-fi and horror novels there are to draw on for inspiration. Is Hollywood really that clueless?
But there are a few gems in the rough. Blade Runner, The Thing, and Jaws come to mind. Another movie I never get tired of is Ridley Scott's Alien.
One of things I always found compelling about this film was the way every element was portrayed