Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Film: Force Five

In 1973, Robert Clouse directed one of the greatest martial arts film of all time "Enter the Dragon". In 1981 he tried to remake it...and failed.

Force Five tells the story of a team of 5 martial arts experts who are given the mission of raiding a cult colony to rescue a senator's daughter who has joined them. Amongst the cast is Richard Norton who was king of straight-to-video films in the 80s and 90s, and Benny "The Jet" Urquidez who rocked with Jackie Chan in Meals on Wheels before doing a lot of stunt double work.

Despite the quality in skill of the protagonists, the film suffers from having them face baddies who line up and attack one at a time and in most cases have no martial arts of their own. Special mention needs to be made of the woman in the team who seems to have no real skills in martial arts, in fact she can barely raise her leg above her waist. 

Favourite scene for me was one where one of the team is pursued by a bull for absolutely no reason (perhaps there was a bull passing the set one day and they decided to fit it in). The fact bull is eluded by blowing it up gives it a unique scene that I can't recall seeing ever before.

It's bad, but to some that's good. In Kill Bill the bride makes mention to being in a team called Fox Force Five. I wonder if Tarantino was inspired by this?

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Show: Cirque du Soleil Tracker

Just a way to track the shows I've seen and have yet to reach.
These are the current active shows. I've seen some others that have been discontinued (Alegria, Dralion, Immortal, Quidam, Saltimbanco, Zed & Zarkana

Monday, May 02, 2016

Comedy: Old Rope

In this week's show..,

Tiff Stevenson stopped rocking the jacket; it's cowboy boots now.
Ed Gamble has a spot and a grey hair.
Fin Taylor preached about white culture.
Robin Ince had potato in his braces.
Tony Law tried to out-squint the sun
Ed Gamble reminded me why I don't like American standup.
Sara Pascoe (headline) showed us her hand job routine.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Graffiti: Brick Lane & Shoreditch

I was bored so thought I'd head to East London to see if any new pieces had appeared...

Amara Por Dios


Great to see this one still standing undamaged.

A unique style, almost water colour in nature.

Village Underground. I can only guess the artist had a lot of green paint to use up.

I love this style.


The Sepr/Dank collab has seen better days :(

The Krah usually does robots but I saw a few of these on this occasion.

The White Rabbit

A bit hard to make out but beautiful!

Beautiful piece by Jim Vision.

The next ones were all found in a bar on Brick Lane.


The Meeting of Styles are due to come to Brick Lane in May so I thought I'd visit the location one more time to get photos of the current pieces before they're painted over.



I love what they've done with the van. Irony did the animal side.

Loving this. Jim Vision again.