Honestly this one is all about surrounding yourself. By what you may ask and I say for what reason you wanna surround yourself should the main thing you think of first. Success is exactly what you want to surround yourself for. Setting yourself up to succeed can come in many forms and one of the forms we men forget is true friends. No friends you have known forever, or grew up with, though they can be true friends. I am talking about those that will forcibly pic you up and slap you around a bit so your take the one step at a time to get back on your feet. I am talking about the true friends who caring, compassion, and love come not only with out strings but with out being asked for, with out reservations. With all the things that have gone on with me as of late I have seen who are truly my friends, ad who I know I could/would go to war with and for. So fellas if you think you got it together and you can’t seem to figure out why the ladies are avoiding you, or why people tend avoid you, take stock of whom you surround yourself with. You are seen by the company you keep, its not fair but if you took better personal inventory you would understand why people make such associations. Just something to think about from the Bear.
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
This film in general is just beautiful and was the trend setter for modern wire work aka wire fu. This is also one of the best told stories in a martial arts film and kicked off an explosion of films in its wake, ie Hero, and House of Flying Daggers to name a few. heads the Chow Yun Fat film in a very well acted and dramatic action role that suits him very well. The rest of the acting in the film is wonderful. This is a complete recommend form this Bear
Ip Man 1 & 2
A set of dramatic martial arts action films, though they differ from Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in the that the emotion and impact of these films is explored and expressed through the martial arts more so than the acting. This fact is best symbolized by the 10 v 1 fight in which Donnie Yen’s character Ip Man undertakes in response to events playing out in the story at that time. The movies are both recommended highly though the third film called “the legend is born: Ip Man” can be taken or left it doesn’t star Donnie Yen and suffers from it.
Another Donnie Yen film but he is paired with Rongguang Yu, who looks a bit like chow yun fat. This is a very cartoony, film with special abilities that verge on something out of an anime but it is full of awesome choreography, and action.
Fist of Legend
The first Jet Li film on this lit and it was one of my favorites by him. it tells the same story as Ip Man but not as well acted or put together but you don’t come to this film for the story for the most part because the action in this is wonderful.
The Legend of Drunken Master
When it comes to great action, choreography and Jackie Chan you are not gonna get any better than this film. He is in his prime and it shows as his stunts, and Kung Fu are insane in this movie so hands down his best film in my opinion.
The Raid Redemption
as Tai action films go most would say Tony Jaa is tops for the genre but I will counter with this film. As the bevy of actors/martial artists in this film take the limits of what is sane, safe, and expected and toss it to the wind. Giving you a thrill ride of knees, elbows, long no cut shots and stunt work that will make you cringe
Enter the Dragon
What list of film is complete with out the best by the late great Bruce Lee. What can I say other than this movie and his influence is still screaming and punching its way through modern cinema and will remain doing so until the end of film.
Kiss of the Dragon
This is probably the pinnacle of Jet Li’s american films. He is older in this film but his speed, and power is on full display especially in the dojo fight scene were he at one point fight 3 opponent one time.
The Last Dragon
Sho-Nuff the shogun of Harlem makes this movie and when the climactic fight goes down you honestly don’t want him to loose. A cult classic. It has flaws but everyone knows who the Shogun of Harlem Sho-nuff is….
Kung Fu Hustle
Lastly rounding out the list is a wonderful blending of comedy, spectacular choreography and story.if there is anything you can take from this movies awesome is respect your elders cause they may just be Kung Fu masters in hiding.
Halo 4, what can I say about this game. The story in continuity with the books it tries to bridge together with the game, it fails at. I know they picked up a franchise from another arguably better studio but the fact remains some editing and attention to detail could have helped the story bits out for those of use who have read all the books, comics, and ground out the games for all the lore bits. The biggest question one will ask them self when starting this game is where the fuck did the other Spartans come from? Next why are they so small compared to Master Chief? Why is Doctor Halsy in this games beginning and never seen again? how the hell did she make it off reach? Why are we fighting the covenant didn’t be play 6 games(including ODST, Reach, Wars) that culminated in a truce and alliance with them? Though one thing you can say which is a plus for this game is “Thank god there is no more flood in this game”. The enemies as usual in all Halo games are smart, tough, and work with the environment well to create challenging game play and not just the slaughter fest that has permeated the franchise in other installments. The game looks great, updated character designs, and the mech designs used for the forerunner weapons and tech are all great. What is not great in this game is the fucking terrible vehicle missions mainly the broadsword one towards the end of the game. Its faults are the tight space your in, the terrible controls. though i honestly feel this is what they were going for to try and create the anxiety and dramatic impact the scene would need in the story. All in all Halo 4 is a good enough game but it basically is the same as all the other Halo’s and I feel fans are better served reading the books for your Master Chief fix. So I am not going to say I am looking forward to the next installment but if i can get it for $7.50 or cheaper I will play it. I haven’t checked out the spartan ops mulitplayer for the game though I hear its good. Maybe that will be a later review but I could take the money I need for a gold membership and get a mic for the podcast lol which would be better appropriated cash at this point lol but hey if you can grab up Halo 4 for cheap or are a die hard franchise fan its a recommend. if not, for this games price, and that of a gold member ship you can get 3 or 4 of the audio books or almost all of the paper backs for the Halo franchise and get a vastly superior experience. This Bear is out until next time.