Tags: Boxing, David Haye, Hayden Panettiere, Klitschko brothers, Manny Pacquiao, Novak Djokovic, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Tennis, Wimbledon, Wimbledon 2011, Wimbledon Final, Wladimir Klitschko
Yesterday was a big sports day for me. The biggest heavyweight boxing match in years, Wladimir Klitschko vs David Haye, took place in Germany, while the biggest tennis match of the year, the men’s Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, took place in England. I even played some casual basketball (club game cancelled) and went for a walk. Big sports day for all of us.
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What the crap is going on? June 30, 2011Posted by pacejmiller in Blogging, Entertainment, Misc, Movie Reviews, Reviews.
Tags: Avatar: The Last Airbender, Groundhog Day, Joshua Jackson, Judd Nelson, Most rewatchable movies, movie, pretty woman, Rewatchable movies, Star Wars, the goonies
So I get up this morning and, as I do on most days, check my email — and I’m shocked to see there are hundreds of unread emails that aren’t spam! Turns out, my post on ‘The 20 Most Rewatchable Movies of All-Time‘ was ‘freshly pressed’ on WordPress (whatever that means). All I know is that a lot of people have been reading it, liking it and commenting on it.
This is a humble little site that gets around 1000 hits a day, so I sincerely thank everyone for visiting and taking their time to comment, even if it’s just to say it’s the worst piece of crap they have ever come across.
I don’t have time to respond to each comment, so what I’ve done is reconsider my list based on the comments made and made an addition list of films that probably should have made the list (maybe not top 20, but on some list measuring rewatchability) but I missed for whatever reason. Here’s another 30 super rewatchable films, in no particular order.
The Phenomenal ‘Impression West Lake’ June 20, 2011Posted by pacejmiller in China, Entertainment, Misc, Travel.
Tags: China, folk musical, Hangzhou, Impression West Lake, West Lake, West Lake lights, West Lake musical, West Lake show, Zhang Yimou
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My final Hangzhou post is a cracker. It was our last night there and we got tickets to see Impression West Lake, an outdoor extravaganza everybody told us we must see if we were even within a hundred miles of Hangzhou.
It’s hard to put the show into words. Brought to life by Zhang Yimou, director of the films Hero and House of Flying Daggers and the guy behind the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Impression West Lake is one of several ‘folk musicals’ (according to Wikipedia) set across various parts China (the others being Liu Sanjie, Lijiang, Hainan and Dahingpao).
There’s lights, there’s dancing and there’s marvellous music — and I think there is a love story in there somewhere. Hundreds of actors in beautiful traditional dress, running and dancing across the freezing water of the massive lake, colourful lights illuminating the river surface and the night sky, giant mechanical boats and structures floating on and appearing out of the water — it really was a splendid spectacle, the likes of which I had never seen before.
The only complaint was that the show had to be set outdoors, and since it was in March and at night, it was absolutely freezing. Even with gloves, I honestly couldn’t feel my hands by the time the show began. I couldn’t imagine what the poor actors splashing in the water were feeling.
Anyway, I will let the magic of the photos speak for themselves. We actually weren’t allowed to take them but everybody was snapping away so I joined in. Unfortunately I didn’t have the best camera, though I did try do make it slightly clearer through some primitive editing.
10 Movies That Make Men Want to Work Out June 18, 2011Posted by pacejmiller in Blogging, Entertainment, Exercise, Misc, Movie Reviews, Reviews.
Tags: 300 workout, abs, best movie bodies, body fat, Cam Gigandet, Christian Bale, Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, movies that make people workout, muscles, Never Back Down, Ninja Assassin, Rain, ripped, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Lautner, Twilight, workout, X-Men Origins: Wolverine
I say this with an unblemished record of heterosexuality (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Have you ever watched a movie that made you want to go work out afterwards?
I have. Well, I’ve never actually gone out and done it, but real men would have.
What I have noticed is that these films usually feature men who were either previously unknown to mainstream audiences and/or have undergone amazing physical transformations. For example, Arnie or Stallone films rarely have that ‘Wow’ factor because they’ve always looked that way, and in any case from my research it seems looking ‘cut’ is generally preferred to looking ‘buffed’. Anyway, it’s no surprise that the Internets is filled with guides on how to transform your body to replicate the following movie stars.
Without further ado, these are what I think are the 10 films that have inspired more meatheads than any other.
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