I feel like September's adaptation is shaping up to become a biiiiiig fight. And maybe not one I can win! Look at these "gotchas" that might interfere with my own adaptation:
- unexpectedly (I just found out), I'm moving to a new apartment on or about September 1st
- I have an irritatingly slow-to-heal sports injury I've been dealing with for a while, which I knew about and figured wouldn't be a big deal, but the recent intense acupuncture treatments (which are really working, yay) totally wipe me out. After the last one I slept 7 hours on a day when I'd had two naps!
- September might be my only chance to go freediving this year, so I was hoping to plan a weekend trip involving lots of gear and deep water…but that would be um, mid-adaptation…
- ALSO, SEE: MOVING right when the whole thing's supposed to be starting! The apartment is nice, but I'll have roommates, and their flexibility and tolerance for my being up / noisy is still an unknown.
So yeah, big fight. Not that there's ever a perfect time, and nothing about this is really a deal-breaker yet; just a bit daunting. Nonetheless, no sense dwelling on it; intstead, I figured it warranted discussion of one of my favorite movies of all time.
It's from 1980, though I probably didn't see it for the first time when I was two. (Who knows, though.) My dad had Enter the Dragon and used to put it on all the time, but I, at whatever very young age I was, couldn't really get behind the screechy guy who was funny without really being funny (this is how Bruce Lee looks when you're single-digit years old), so one day he put on something else. The (VHS) case it was in said The Big Fight, though everywhere I've seen it since it's been called The Big Brawl or Battle Creek Brawl. It was not, let's say, a commercial success.
It's very silly, very dated, and has many flaws. But for all that, it may be the perfect kungfu movie. Partly becuase it's silly enough to not let you take it seriously, but (unlike other gems like Kung Fu Panda or Shaolin Soccer) not silly enough to be only secondarily about kungfu. The plot is classic, but well-paced; and the characters are stereotypical, but really well-executed. And it's got everything you might want:
- young Jackie Chan in sweater-vests and jaunty hats
- inventive, no-special-effects fight-scenes with tons of humor, crazy props, and who-sat-down-and-thought-this-up stunts (including one of the first, I think, of Jackie Chan's "accidental fight" scenes)
- the rollerskate race from hell: makes underwater hockey look like a tame sport!
- hilarious stereotypes, but not too many of them
- awkward cultural and sexism stuff, but not too much of it
- excellent old-school catchy whistled tune
- a badass traditional Chinese uncle / Sifu / trainer who mercilessly beats his student into shape, like Mr. Myogi but cooler (trust me)
- a surprising amount of sex — PG-rated, but a lot of getting laid goes on in this movie, and it's handled with fun and humor and hell-yeah without ever being squicky (or even really romantic, since "the girl" in this movie is the main character's established girlfriend, so they're like, obviously doing it and loving it whenever they can, but not "falling in love," which I find refreshing).
In short, if you haven't seen this movie I've been watching for a score of years and still dig, go do it! (At the moment, you can even watch it on YouTube. :D)
And if you think you can help with my own Big Fight in September, stepping up would be welcome! I've barely started and already I feel behind. :-\ …But that's another challenge I guess; August for me is going to be CRAZY, and I've just given up even trying to worry about my sleep then, figuring I'll focus on improving my diet (which has kind of sucked lately) and healing my foot, alongside the usual.
Have a great weekend everybody!