Fox sucks the nad…and a swordplay question

OK, so I was just watching last night’s Malcolm in the Middle…and Fox had to interrupt the 30 minute show THREE TIMES with a FOX SPECIAL WEATHER BULLETIN WITH SUPER FANCY GRAPHICS to warn us all that there was a tornado watch.

Of course, normal networks do this with an overlay…and don’t interrupt AT SUPER CRITICAL COMEDIC MOMENTS FOR A BIG FATASS WEATHER JERKY.

That made me mad.

Second point – I know some of you are swordplay knowledgeable (I’m looking at *you*, ), and I’m curious as to the accuracy of the swordplay in Kill Bill. What do you think? Was the style well-represented?


~ by Matt Stratton on May 24, 2004.

7 Responses to “Fox sucks the nad…and a swordplay question”

  1. You’re STILL having lame weather. That’s just suck ass.

    Almost as sucky as missing out on Malcolm in the Middle.

  2. Um… *blushes* …I haven’t watched it, yet…

    But if David Carradine was involved, I would figure there would have to be some semblance of authenticity. (;

  3. I’ve having a bit of a difference of opinion with someone on this, and I was counting on you to help me out 🙂

    It started with him saying:

    The bad: as I had guessed from the trailers, the fight sequences just weren’t impressive. After a movie like The Matrix, you can’t give your actors cursory training and expect them to convince an audience.

    To which I replied:

    The Matrix films were choreographed by Woo-ping Yuen, as were both episodes of Kill Bill.

    He responded with:

    Watching “making-of” bits on the Matrix (specifically, the first one), one of the biggest things the actors talk about is the grueling 4 months of training they received at Yuen Wo Ping’s academy in LA. They knew how to fight, not just where their feet and hands were supposed to be at any given beat in the choreography.

    Kill Bill did not give me that sense. Uma Thurman did not look like Yuen Wo Ping had taught her how to hold a katana… she looked like Quentin Tarantino had told her to hold one.

    My reply was to quote an interview with Uma Thurman in which she said:

    “I went through three months of training with master Wu-Ping and his team. They trained me five days a week for three months, from nine in the morning until five o’clock at night, and we were not to be late and I never got to leave early. So, just surviving that was really empowering. I’m the last person that would’ve thought that I would be ever asked to be so tough. So, it was a big reach to kind of go through all that. It was very empowering to make it out alive from the House of Blue Leaves with my joints semi-intact.”

    His reply:

    I don’t doubt it… but regardless, my opinion remains: she didn’t *look* it. She looked like Tarantino told her how to hold it, and wrong.

    Someone asked him what he knew of swordplay to be making these judgments, and he replied:

    I’m not terribly familiar with it, but I’ve seen enough to have an impression of what competent swordplay ought to look like. Uma had the Tarantino “I’m a badass” attitude, but not the far-east-martial-artist “I am a deadly but icily-controlled killing machine.”

    So I was looking for someone who knows what they are talking about to point out that just what this guy thinks is “real” and “accurate” is not necessarily so.

    Assuming that is the case.

    Do you know anyone else who is knowledgeable in your art who has seen the movies that can comment? Even if they don’t agree with me 🙂

  4. i think it depends on whether you are thinking in terms of accuracy regarding _actual_ swordplay or asian movie swordplay.

  5. I guess, either way, I still have issues with this point:

    I’ve seen enough to have an impression of what competent swordplay ought to look like. Uma had the Tarantino “I’m a badass” attitude, but not the far-east-martial-artist “I am a deadly but icily-controlled killing machine.”

    I certainly did not get that impression from my viewings. Of course, the guy who posted this is one of those “look at me, I’m such a curmudgeon and I couldn’t possibly be bothered to enjoy anything that more than five people also enjoyed…I’m so edgy!” folks.

  6. They interrupted Extreme Home Makeover and Alias at that time too. Like every 5 f*cking minutes. It was excruciatingly unecessary.

  7. All the stations have been interrupting shows lately in my world. Look, a super critical moment in the season finale of 24, this would be a good time to remind people that it’s raining outside again.

    What the fuck? I can tell it’s raining, stop with the noise and bullshit in the middle of my show!

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