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No One Can Compete with Stephen Chow

For the past five weeks, I have been watching Stephen Chow’s movies/TV shows every week, hence, my lack in blog posts. Who is Stephen Chow? Only the best Chinese comedian/actor/director in Asia in my humble opinion. I still remember the very first time I learned how to use the internet back in 1995. One of the first things I remember looking up was Stephen Chow, which brought me to his IMDB page. I didn’t know about web addresses yet, only the search engine which at the time, was Yahoo as the home page at my college. I recall emailing my Chinese friends some instructions on how to get to his IMDB page and telling them which movies they should check out. What a great way to learn how to use the internet!

While watching his films, I would notice a lot of similarities such as scenes that involve eating noodles. Then I read an article that gave a biography of Stephen’s that said that his mother used to make him a bowl of noodles everyday when he came home from school. I also noticed that a lot of the stories he’s done are about the lower class of people and I read that he grew up in a single parent household after his father left when he was 7 years old and his mother held two jobs to raise their family of 4 as he had 2 older sisters. So it’s really nice to see him putting little elements of his childhood into the movies he does.

I really love this guy. The more I read about him, the more I appreciate his work as an actor, a writer, and a director; especially as a director. I find that if you read interviews where they have asked him about his history, you’ll find quite a genuine soul who believes that the “true heroes are the workers.” So in a lot of the movies he’s done, you will find that hero to be someone you wouldn’t normally envision as a hero. The hero in his films are usually the underdogs of society; the poor, the seemingly weak, the ones who are not universally considered attractive, desirable or smart. The heroes in his films are the ordinary people like you and me. In addition, he created a whole new genre of films called “Mo Lei Tau” which basically means “nonsense.” His movies came out at a time when the young people of Hong Kong had no voice and he gave them a voice to speak with. They became inspired by him and everyone fell in love with his films. At one point, Hong Kong’s top five movies that were out in the theaters all had Stephen Chow in them! Who can do that?!! Astonishing.

Anyway, I am excited to watch his new movie, “The Mermaid” come out this year. It is being released in Asia on the first day o Lunar New Year, 2/8/16. I was thiiiiiiiisss close to quitting my job and cashing out my vacation pay/sick pay and flying off to Hong Kong just to watch the movie in case it doesn’t come here on the same day. I eventually came to my senses and realized that a movie ticket costing over $1000 is never worth it…unless Stephen Chow is sitting there right beside you.

My favorite movie of his is “All’s Well, Ends Well” but it’s not online unfortunately except for the trailer.  However, if anyone is going to check out a Stephen Chow movie for the 1st time, I would start with “All For The Winner” which was a comedic parody movie of a Chinese drama movie called “God Of Gamblers.” Only problem is, Stephen has such an outstanding command of Cantonese that his improv involves a lot of Cantonese wordplay. So while his comedy is funny, there is actually another level of comedy that most of us can’t comprehend unless we were familiar with Cantonese! For example, at around 1:25 of All For The Winner below, the english subtitle says he is calling the vending machine, “Mr. Machine.” In Cantonese, the phonetic words he is using is gei lou. In Cantonese, the word “gei” (机) also sounds like the word “gei” (基) which when put together with lou (佬) is the words they use to call someone gay. It’s actually a rather vulgar term and used only in Cantonese. However, reading the English subtitles, that joke would have gone right past you. Anutha level, bruh. Anutha level.

If you’re interested, here are some comedic scenes Stephen has done in the past. Enjoy.

King Of Comedy (1999)

Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Magnificent Scoundrels (1991)

Compilation –
All For The Winner (1990)
God Of Cookery (1996)
Magnificent Scoundrels (1991)

“Girlfriend”

I know this is old news but I’m so happy that “Girlfriend” won the Audience Award at the Gotham Awards Monday night. I love indie movies. Must have been a great victory for Justin Lerner(writer/director) & Shaun O’Banion/Jerad Anderson(producers). Of course, it didn’t hurt that Jackson Rathbone was in the film, playing Russ, a rough-edgy ex-boyfriend, fitted with long greasy hair, tattoos, & that wicked crooked smile of his. Agh! Too much sexy in one place makes the brain explode in one thought.

Anyway, I have yet to watch this film. I was supposed to watch it back in October at a local film festival but my friend got sick & I had rehearsal so we had to cancel. I would still highly recommend watching it as I’ve been following the success of this film since I first fell in love with Jackson last year…ok, well, I’m not really in love with Jackson (that’s reserved for Will Friedle) but I actually would love for him & Ashley Greene to go out. They seem to make a cute couple. Alas, Jackson travels so much & Ashley probably would want someone she doesn’t have to miss all the time. She needs a man she can see almost everyday.

Sorry, tangent. “Girlfriend” is about Evan, a young man with Down syndrome. Evan has a crush on his friend, Candy, who has a child, an abusive ex-boyfriend who won’t leave her alone, and a baby daddy who’s married to another. Basically, Candy has a lot of baggage. Evan comes into some inheritance money when his mother passes away. He decides to give some money to Candy to help her eviction in exchange for a romantic affair with Candy. The story follows how Evan learns what love is & how to live without the assistance of his mother. I only know all this because I read the script & once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.

Here is an article written by Justin Lerner where he talks about how it felt to win the Gotham Award. I haven’t heard of any other festivals that I can catch “Girlfriend” at. Fortunately, I can watch it here anytime, and I will do that this month. One last thing, Jackson & Jerad’s band, 100 Monkeys, is included in the soundtrack.

Netflix Prix Fixe

*written in Rolling Eye mode*

So Netflix announced yesterday that they were hiking up their prices 60% and now their customers are protesting by cancelling their subscription and writing nasty comments on their Facebook page. I’m a pretty frugal person but I’m sorry, while I hate that Netflix has risen their prices, I would have to say it’s probably a necessary move they had to make to cover costs of licensing and shipping. After all, it is a for-profit company, is it not?

People are saying they are going to Redbox & Hulu.com. Seriously, those are not going to replace the fantastic service that Netflix has been offering to their customers. Hulu.com is great but I don’t recall them streaming entire movies, do they? I could be wrong, I rarely use Hulu because I hate the advertisements that pop up in the middle of my shows. Secondly, Redbox to replace Netflix? The DVDs come right to YOU, muthafuckers! Redbox is cheap, yes, but you have to go to THEM! Am I the only one who sees the difference here?

If I were these angry Netbitchers, I wouldn’t pound fists over a measley $6. Netflix is catering to all the lazy people who don’t want to get up off the couch and drive down to a Redbox location to enjoy a movie while, yes, still sitting on the couch again. And may I recall, the cost of a movie in the theatre averages around $10.50 and that’s just for one movie, one day, one time only. If people are willing to pay that, what’s the big deal of paying $16 a month? That’s an average of 53 cents a day. If you don’t want to pay that, revert to their previous service of DVDs by mail only and quit bitching. I mean, if Netflix had never offered the streaming movies for free in the first place, would you still be complaining? Imagine, before the free streaming was available, what if they offered at an extra cost and you yourself chose to order it? If not, then you’re still paying the regular plan of DVDs by mail.

For all those who cancelled, I wouldn’t be surprised if at least 50% resumed their service in the future. And if $6 is still that big of a deal, there’s always Greencine. :0)