Sunday, September 24, 2006

The brash but now charmingly domesticated (by his girlfriend) Marty Beckerman was in town yesterday from D.C., so naturally we went to see Jackass Number Two. Marty and I are pretty different writers but we've known each other for a while now and get along well, despite intense political differences in the past. I'm looking forward to his next rambunctious book, whenever it comes out (Simon and Schuster utterly screwed him over and he's looking for a new publisher). Jackass Two has a guy sticking a fishhook through his cheek and jumping in shark-infested waters. Anaconda bites look painful. The elderly people skits always make me laugh the hardest. We went to Brooklyn and got lost a little; that was kind of painful as well. Also we saw a terrible martial arts movie about magic elephants or something. Good times.


Tight toy night said...

The martial arts movie about elephants is called The Protector (or Tom-Yum-Goong, Honor of the Beast, in Thai). It's about a Thai elephant trainer whose elephant is stolen by the Chinese mob in Sydney, Australia, where he must singlehandedly kick the ass of every skate punk, capoeira fighter, and steroidally-enhanced wrestler in the city.

If that seems ridiculous to you, don't see it. I thought it was great.

NickAntosca said...

It was like a movie made by a nine year old with brain damage. Totally incoherent. The long tracking shot in the giant spiral restaurant was great, though. Fighting the wrestlers was pleasing, too.

NickAntosca said...

Tony Jaa is like something made out of bendy rubber. Why do martial arts stars almost always lack even a trace of personality or charisma? (Jet Li and Jackie Chan are exceptions, maybe.) Even Bruce Lee was a total blank--utterly boring.