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Mark Tucker - Top Takeaway from Alexa Live 2020
"One German please I. Think I know what it's going to be but go ahead? Alexa conversations now I've just okay. I, wish so desert some data. So Alexa conversations a whole other thing. Yeah, we'll have. Six on my list, sorry. Number one is quick links and asked him task. Links so like we said before. You can start a skill by just saying the invocation name, or now an I. And launch it or you can go right into a specific intent by giving it more detail. That's exactly what quick links are quick links launches the APP. You can use that today. No additional work needed for anything. You just construct a url that you include what your skill ideas and it's got slashed launch on the end, and you can post that wherever you can have it in your. Social media you can have an L.. Yup your help documentation on your website wherever you want somebody to launch your skill from then just include that link and what happens is when you click on the link than it redirects you to a an intermediate page now if you if you're not logged onto your Amazon account, that's that's associated with. Alexa and you're GONNA get a log on Amazon. dialogue, so you can enter your user ID and Password, but then on this page it gives you a little header at the top that shows you. The name of the skill is skill icon. It's rating a little information about it, and then it finds the. Device devices that are connected that you own associated with that account and you've got a button for each one of those or Or Button to send a notification to all of your Alexa, devices and so you just have one of those buttons and next thing you know that devices talking to you saying. Do you WANNA start? This experience the specific skill on on this device, and it starts to run in your off just as if you were to have said Alexa open whatever your skill rotation name is. Yeah. I actually think this is a humongous deal for at the whole Alexa ecosystem. This would have been my number one to if I was power ranking him because I think that we've heard so much discussion around discover ability end. Just this dilemma that you know. How do you ever remember the invocation for ten twenty thirty? This idea where you're going to have this ever increasing amount, you don't have the skew more fic- interface like you have with you know the mobile web and you have your APPs and all that. So you don't have these reminders of what APP means what all this? You gotta just remember it and I think this is massive for two reasons. The first is the ability for marketers to. Effectively cross-channel market their skill I think is just a total game changer from a marketing standpoint. Because now you can think of Ho campaigns that the whole purpose is to grow the. Skill user base insight. You have a social media campaign. You have digital marketing. Google's Google ads banner images are websites I can just see this becoming something where you know this is something we'll see a lot of where you get people to enable the skill I. think that's the big thing. Because again it goes back to what you were just saying about number two being the referrals if it is something where it is kind of like it's a system. That's really largely dependent on what you've already enabled, but you can't necessarily remember it, but you know you have that movie skill that you enabled. Enabled through the you know you have the fandango skill or whatever that might be but you know it's slipping your mind of how you invoke that, so then you can use this generic term and say hey launched my movie skill in. It's like okay. I know that that's Fandango in the reason that you were even enabling that in the first place was because of this really effective marketing campaign so I think that this is a massive development for the third party ecosystem because I think now. It solves a major problem where it's like. How do you get people to a get signed up so that you can open the skill without having to enable it and then be i. think it gives them the opportunity. If this whole referral network kind of becomes something where it's dependent on these suggested kind of. You know affiliated searches. At No, I. I think you say there's a lot. In there that just rings true. Because how do you get somebody in the skill? For the very first time, right, you might run an ad campaign. That's got a great graphic. You know. Maybe it's Kung, Fu, panda, and you've got the new country panda skill, and you just say Alexa Open comes panda. seems simple enough but sometimes people just want tap it's there's that extra security of just tap this thing and I follow through the steps, and Oh, now I'm here. You know it's. There are multiple steps. Could you do your one to happen and you might have to log in, and you have the tap which device you want to go to, and then you start getting the the voice interaction. But, for for new users especially that are new to this idea of skills and want to be out there. Hand held a little bit more. It's kind of scary just to say something and. See if it works or not but to build a third USTA. Tapping people are used to touching a button I can't even see. This is something that occurred to me is now. What if I were to take? One of the quick links and Dan saved at as an idea on my mobile phone so I'm I'm already in there and I got some sort of an APP and I just wanted to tap that. And then also it's It's going to allow me to open that up on another device so. It's There's lots of different things that you can do with that so I just love the idea of quick links and lots of different things going on
Ghost of Tsushima: Creative Director Interview (with Spoilers)
"Have a very special guests with us this week that we're both very excited to talk with Jason. Connell from sucker punch. Thank you so much for joining US A. Awesome ear. Very happy to have you of course to go super in depth on Kgo Suma, so for those who are watching end jumping in. Be warned there will be some spoiler fil talking here if you haven't played through the game if you haven't. Checked out everything you want to in the game beforehand. Please do that first and then come back. There's a lot to dive into. We're going to be jumping into as much as we can. Of course if you want spoiler free impressions. We did record episode that a little earlier. Even can go check that out, but. There's so much that we can jump into this game I off. Jason I. Just want to say congratulations for recording this on the day. The game is starting to roll out on launch. Worldwide is already available in some territories as where speaking so congratulations to you on the team on that It's very exciting for to finally be out there as a fan of it and I'm sure it must be exciting for the team. Yes, it's a super exciting to have it out. There cited everybody host their photo mode favorites sin. Just enjoy the Games. I feel like an Brian I think this is true for both you and me. We could probably spend the next forty minutes talking exclusively about photo mode. Yeah, no I. Just get into that very quickly. What you've created, my favorite voted in video game history, but also. You might notice you. Create one of the most not-so-subtle advertising tools. That is perfect for this game. Because every time I seen pictures of it I WANNA? Play it again, and I think for a lot of people who were just sort of like on the outside, looking in a video games in general like people who aren't just totally head down on stuff all the time. They're like wait what that's! That's a video game. Where do I play I play it? They're going to get that so Yeah, that's a very very smart. If you guys it's absolutely stunning game. A cool. Photo of his crazy because we were one of the first, you know infamous second son was one of the first. At least I know of modern games that have put like a like a photo mode in in that game. It was just like this cool idea to show off all the cool particles and lighting. That game was a while known for. But it was wasn't crafted as a personality around. It was the cool photo mode, and then over time over the last few years. You have these games that out and Spiderman my favorite of version of this where they like adds the flavor of their game to its photos like tied to the personality of that gain. On, the building tops, doing like little cell fees and Doing it with a phone. That was awesome made it. You need to spiderman so when we were like. Hey, what are we gonNA do for voter mood? To? Whatever the ghost photo mode. One, it's gotta be way better than our first one because. Our, follow up one and two. It's gotta be semantically. You know connected to the game, so we're like. Well motion in Wind I. Haven't we like? Make it less about a static image. You can do that, too, but have be about moving frame that I think is so beautiful about our game kind of spun out from there. I didn't think it was odd that you give the main character, a Selfie, stick and the iphone. His drone that goes along with. Little you know little out of place, but I thought butyl. Oh God you know it's been incredible thing to play around with, and you can do what Brian said. Every time I see more of it. It's one of those things where I've been playing every night. Still in, it's like Oh, no, I need to go jump back in the middle of the day. Because like Oh. That's a great spot I never thought. I could take a photo of I've been a particularly obsessed with going to bamboo strike locations and trying to get all the great photos. I cannot have those spot often. You know like perfectly placed at an edge or something. I sort of wondering. Because obviously this was built more with like the photo mode in mind as you development went on, because it's become so much bigger, what was world creation influenced at all by the photo mode, or were there any aspects of designing this game that were influenced by it because it is more like prevately used feature these days I guess than back when second came out. You know. A little secret you know we. We always knew we'd have a photo modem. We knew that this ambitious version of like I. said a second ago better and more dramatically connected. Owning, really work on it until pretty late, so you know we were so. Dedicated to the stories in crafting the world, so when it came to the beauty of the world. That add add everything that's in the game. I would have to imagine that that had the most iterating over anything, because it's one of the first things you do before you have the whole story articulated and put into the game. Certainly don't have cut scenes. You know it's like you're laying out terrain and at that like how does the island look and then it gets into the direction the feeling Cutting, trees down growing trees, making procedural tools like the world is the by far the most iterative on thing now. There was a point where we're like. This is how we make our game. Look good clearings. Big giant swath of like in forests, you know that you can see for miles. Off using color as like landmarks again, the Golden Forest, or read flower fields, and then, and then a you know, certainly that sort of made its way into some of our features of a photo, but the the world designed stuff. took the lead on on end photo mode. Okay, now that we've created this amazing awesome place. How do we utilize the photo mode in like critical photo that will. Take advantage of how great our team at did at creating a beautiful world. I think one of my favorite things about this game is the sort of balanced that it's constantly striking Between being sort of completely serene, and then the music swells up and swords or out, and they're slashing against each other. How hard was it to sort of get that that tone down because I could see. You know I think in in lesser hands I could be a very kind of dangerous. Push and pull, but I feel like you totally nailed that and I think that that's like some people when they look at an open world game want like nonstop jam-packed activities in in your team made the decision to pull back and let things breath every now and then How did all that come together? Well you know for me. It's the first game that I was certainly a visual director on, and so I I would I you learn something about yourself with everything you create, and for me I personally learned that I don't have a natural tendency to like create incredible. Violence, I just wasn't that was uneven. Favor Games, bloodborne like as absolutely my favorite game. Guide. You're on this show. This is gonNA be worthwhile and. About it anytime. But no, seriously like. That's my favorite game, but. When we were crafting the world would I navigated towards with Joanna. Who's environment our leader? This did this amazing a blog post recently on playstation bar. was the beauty of it was taking taking a moment to breathe in, and then I realized that some of my favorite games that are not. Show the classes certainly embraced the idea of atmosphere in a sense of this and you know I donate Fox's is is resonates. Conversations resonated with him as well so then then the conversation shifted into. Okay well. We definitely have it. We have a summer game. So you know without saying anything else as you say Amer game, you know you're going to be hitting things with a four-foot razor blade so. You know violence is GonNa come so we certainly work on that stuff. allied and we wanted to be great and gritty, and the you know like you really WanNa feel like you have contact when you have contact but the other stuff doesn't come as natural, and you have to actually work on that stuff to balance it out, you really do, and so that means like the idea is about creating Haiku, which was actually named idea You know really. Or believe it was taking a moment to. Allow the beauty to take hold, and not what I think is cool about the ICU that I hope people enjoy about it is is that they're not tied till like progression like you're not. You're not like intrinsically forced to go, do it? You know there's a sense of you have to have the wonder and curiosity desire to do it. It's not like game telling you go do this to reach next level certainly, a lot of that is tied to corporation auto out to have to consider that, but it is. It is a work philosophy to try to get that balance of that contrast It takes years to get right for sure. I really enjoyed the Haiku sections actually He was like you said. It's sort of provided like this. This relaxing breeder and I did like the you were able to select different things who essentially collate them into one kind of fresh Haiku each time. Yeah I I mean I did every single side quests in every single objective in this game, but I I really enjoyed those wow awesome. The accuser, some of my favorite ones to the cinematography. You know it was at the moment to like. You know certainly we call them breathing. Moments definitely say that studio, but it was kind of a moment. Regis Art Geek out a little bit like the people who do the cameras. Mottaki, they can place it in to get the right motion and you know, and then the writers have an opportunity to like. Give you give you a couple of cool options. Just the beauty kinda comes through which is which in the end has been a very positive thing for the experience. Yeah, the balance that Brian was. Speaking to how you were sort of describing how that all came together? I could imagine. It's a very fine line between making sure it's peaceful and calm in certain areas, but. It's still engaging for the player because you could always run the risk of it. Being something that the player doesn't want to engage with, but as Brian. Saying like finding those high coups feels like this wonderful moment of solace after I have assassinated an entire Cam Mongols. And need to reflect on Jin's life, but also just the world I, it's this really great balanced that a I think as Brian was sort of saying you always get in games, but it feels so refreshing to hear. And it's a huge part of our philosophy. How we treat. Treat the game. Whether it's a Haiku great example, he could probably keep talking about, but you know the music style music how the music comes on not having things like combat while you're doing, shrine climbs or anywhere near them so that we can let those be their own experience, and so are these, are we? Everything wanted these features that are not mainline missions. Our conversation is like about how much combat how much non-combat and what is the purpose and what are the? What's the feeling for its existence like what what is the emotional goal for for these features and these are conversations? We have a lot and sometimes triple times over we try. We don't like it. We try something else. Well and for me, what's really interesting is sort of the place that all of these features and the things you go on, have sort of in the context of sucker punches past work, because it is I've been such a huge fan of both cooper franchise and infamous. Stir a year and. You know you get increasingly larger, but often more urban. City expenses that you're exploring a lot. In both of those franchises to certain extent here you're out in the wild. There are of course settlements and encampments and things like that, but there is a there's a lot of stretches where it can just be the world around you that you're exploring and I was sort of wondering on a world design level. How do you? How do you balance? Making all of these locations unique to explore as well and interesting. Even though you know a lot of can just be more, the environment's like what are the challenges that come with that? Yeah, so one of our. Our Contractors Jeff He. He talks a lot about content density, and what is the correct density and I really am really thankful that he brought that conversation up to light so much because It's such a you know Thinking about if you're currently doing something, you're going across the world and run into something. How much further would you have to ride your horse before you might find the next thing, or can you see the next thing from where you currently are? How how dense is it and I really enjoyed that conversation? Because it let us think about what's the right philosophy for for our game and it it certainly it allows us to you know if we want to in one place, you just completed something, and you should be able to generally speaking, look around and find one more thing on horizon or see the shrine trying on top of the mountain. It influence our world design alive, because when we first had the game built for the I you know I'd say maybe two years. It was a lot of forest. It was a ton of trees and it was cool, but you always were felt like you were in this like. Tunnel beautiful, but really deforestation. which does a couple things one is? It is very cool, but. It makes it really hard to know where you are without a compass or many map. Something telling you kind of giving you that extra information that your brain is just really needing. So what we did is we started opening up fields and I definitely some shadow, the classes photos out and was like fields as as reference vm. Because it just feels so epic when you're going through field, but but you know the criticism it could be that it's boring or something like that, and and really have to embrace a philosophy that it won't be boring because there's beautiful music. There's five things now that you can see what you want to do next because you're in a field, there's more clearings and it created a Great beauty in the game, but also more opportunity to engage with that density and I I. Really I think that that was one of the conversations that was ongoing throughout the project, but we landed in a really. I think unique spot for. When when when you? When your team was the helping this game, you obviously weren't anticipating a significant portion of the world's population to be stuck indoors for months on end, but At one I mean there were obviously there. Are you know a lot of sort of like entertainment? Things that have come out during quarantined. That didn't really. Fair as well due to their. SORT, of like the way they were delivered or their subject material something that, but this is a game that I really more than ever appreciated as a guy who's in a two bedroom apartment really appreciated huge open fields and. Mountains in like sprawling rivers and seas and stuff like that but I think one of my favorite things about the big open fields is that there's always something? Or there is like a lone tree. And you're just sort of naturally drawn towards it, and I found that like that sort of like beautiful use of negative space to be like so powerful. In terms of like never felt to me like there's nothing ahead of you. This is boring. It always felt to me like this. Is this is this is like a sort of triumphant use of minimalism and and charging towards something. To reveal that there's like one loan item in the distance was so much more engaging tomato like at a mini map that had a hundred time trials, but Hamas other stuff like I. Found Myself uncovering the dog on the entire map which. I was I was like basically riding around in spirals like in that movie alto like I was trying to. Five is in half the time I was on foot to. It was really wonderful game to explore so I. WanNa ask you about that the. The the sort of the way exploration on unfolds in this game is something I. Really Really Love and I think a lot of open world games are going to take note of following the wind and talking to people and following Fox's two locations rather than just you know overtly stating the player. This is where you're GonNa go, or you go to. The map in this big thing opens up. All that come together. What was the push and pull on that to sort of find the right way to keep players in the no, but without making like overwhelming them with information. Yeah I'll talk about kind of our studio kind of struggles, but I also kind of throw in my own, maybe personal philosophy, too. So I. I judge Games my favorite game, especially them really harshly by. How does it feel if you're? You're actually not doing anything on the sticks. I would if you're just sitting there. Just sitting in the world, you're standing in the world. You're on your horse in the world like is there. Is there a what's the feeling and some of my favorite games by just sitting there? There's like things that go through your mind. Like why do we? What are you anticipating? That are stuck on the story or like. Where's that next objective like you're just what's going through your mind? because. That's when you're not doing anything. That's what you're thinking of next like. You're just taking in the beauty looking around our game I hope that translates into that sense of exploration and sense of curiosity like if you do stop for a second yearly, you're not already on kind of a train of thought it is more. One of curiosity is one of like. Hey, what? What do I want to do next? Oh, there's something over there. There's something of their. Oh, I wonder band before, so they're having gone to could check it out and I. think that the more information you were to have on your screen compasses many maps. It kinda answers those questions before you even have time to ask the question. It's just like the dots right there. Let's go do the DOT. It doesn't matter what the DOT is. It's just there's thing let's go do it, and so that that to me is is a really important part of what I think. The Games, Tries to do in the world, and and certainly we did not have the wind when we started on this project at all. In fact, what the wind was which is has got this cool story I'll say quick is. on the first direction slides on the you know we did. A presentation is like one of the first presentation out the way look and feel and everything moves was was one of them like a wind. We're going to double triple quadruple down on win, and you know there's a lot of attack that has to go into that. He got Capes moving I gala hair moving. You gotta get trees and Bushes, and especially for procedurally generated now artistically procedurally generated world. That's really tough. Two years later. Something like that. That became true and you've standing I'm standing in this world and we had other elements we were helped. Augmenting are kind of navigation and get around the world and I'm just like holy crap. The wind is amazing. It actually works at that time. It always like went from East West or West. East or something I can't remember always just directional and it's just. It's really good. And then we started having conversations like how going to get more stuff off the screen to stay in the is like beautiful world more and more because it's just. It's really stunning even years ago. And a one point I had this idea like. The Wind. It sounds kind of crazy and Adrian is like our longtime worked on has been sucker punch. Long Time. They tried a little quick prototype with me. We had like fifteen people play at were removed all the you I just to hey. Can you just just try to follow it and just and it sounds crazy, but follow in if you can get to that hot spring or that on. And it worked like the first prototype fourteen out of the fifteen people were able to easily get there so cool. Yeah and I. I was like Oh. Yeah, we have to do this. Question. Like. This is something that is going to be unique to the game and then an analyzing. Say on them about the wind because I can do it all day, but is it had like the matic ties to the island in historical kind of. Poetic, Tian's to you know. The Mongols came in as typhoon sweeps them all out to see and. You know we name the sword the sky storm after that you know him being a storm, a metaphorical storm on the island for for the island, rooting for the island, and then it was like about nature, and then the animals came along, and I, you know it just felt like a bunch of like one of these critical pieces you don't know exists, and then you find it, and you're like that fifth straight there and does and then nearly. Oh, I, think we have a good. I can see the puzzle now so. Cool, it was cool journey. Having having that comes away. It all it feels so true to the world that the team has created in those moments. Because you know, I'm I'm a completion is player like if you give me a list of a thousand things to go collect if you give me, you know like an infamous. Charge to go collect I. Collect all of them, but there's something that I think does speak so much to this world and end you wanting to be invested in that. It is really by pulling everything. Out of the screen that you're looking at and just letting you look at the world you get more familiar with it, and you start to learn more about Oh. Yeah, I've taken that pass before. That leads to that pillar of honor or there's that cemetery over there as you start to. Trek across the land. It really gets you invest in the world in a way that I think just having a list or a neon sign to tell you where to go would. Deliver it in the same way. Yeah, that's great. That's so. That's the goal so I'm glad you had that experience. And I it's one of those things you know that the open world I think speaks so well to what the team really accomplish with this game, but one of the things I was curious about wasn't and I know. We talked about this a little bit, but released, but since we can. Talk to the island as whole, but what was the? I? Guess the poll the. The back and forth poll of wanting to make sure you stay true to the spirit of this real world location, and honor the history and the people that are but also create a world that at the end of the day would be fun to run around or write a horse around in as a game. Yeah and it's a great topic, and it's kind of been the the struggle for and I would say struggle in a creative sense. It's the creative. From from from once, we actually knew we were making Susha and we started doing all this research, and and you learn so much about the island. Like the fact that at that time it was likely to be like ninety five percent covered in dense forest. Which again I told you we tried. We tried very dense forest in. It's just hard to ride a fun horse through tree. Trees it's. Pretty tough. Also, it's incredibly hilly. We went there just like it's just hill after hill after mountain after Mount After Mountain, also challenging to create a interesting layouts in combat spaces in so. So, we worked with our team in Japan. We're like hey, this is how we were planning on You know being inspired by the shape of the islands. It looks very similar to the actual shape, but here's some kind of Ford as we'd like to take or game reasons you know, make the game more fun to to roam around. The landscapes in have layouts that have. Have Cool puzzle climbing challenges, or what have you were interesting missions, and and they were totally for it you know. And they gave us feedback of maybe when we went too far and then they also they know is in a fun way. They gave us feedback of win. Hey, you could go further with us, and so that was. It was a lot of ultimately. We're super inspired by history, and what happened and then the general beauty of greater. The greater nature of Japan as a whole, it's definitely hugely inspiring to us but we also make in a game and a PR and original story and a lot of things that. Have to Challenge it, but work in tandem with it, so it's it's definitely been a challenge I'm in a good way and we learn so much. And I will say the last thing I'll say on that. Is that within Joyon on the environment? Our team myself in the constitution. We talk a lot about like realism. And You know like A. Maybe painted realism, or maybe, how can we do it like a slightly stylized version of that? And and and you know this is not even if you've ever been to Seattle only did infamous. It wasn't really a stone by stone. Kind of recreation. Roads aren't lined up exactly. It's sort of like if you blur your eyes, you're like Oh. Yeah, that's definitely definitely Seattle like it rains. A lot of people drink coffee. PUNK ROCK and grunge music. It's You know the things that are there the spacing? Like the things you would expect, but it's not the like. Let's put a magnifying glass over, and let's get it like perfectly accurate and we take that same philosophy here. We want to feel like that. This is plausibly. Dass what it could feel like. That's what if we could do smell through it. That would we would try to. Feeling into music, we're going for a as a is a is a main heart. Smell will actually be unlocked on the playstation six. Thirty I. Have Rumor, we have an today since three. Hey listeners. We know you love gaming and have excellent taste, so we want to tell you about the official. The last of podcast in the show writer podcasters stand up comedian and huge fan of the. Host Christian Spicer we'll revisit the first game and talk with the people who created that critically acclaimed work hit. Also give you what you've all been waiting for. 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The the combat in this game is awesome, and that's coming from somebody who to be completely transparent. Wasn't crazy about it. At first 'cause my immediate reaction was. There's no lock on. Think what do you mean? There's no lock on like you can't. You can't have a certified again without lock on and as as I grew to. Appreciate. The sort of dynamic happenstance of a dashing between those four stances and. Fighting different types of enemies. In synchronicity while switching and switching back and forth using my sub moves and everything I was like. This is one of my favorite combat systems interview ever But what what? How did how did that decision? Come to not have have lock on? was that was at a debate internally in the studio? Because that's to me, that's one of those things that people just expect from a video game and I found myself not even thinking about it after a few hours in. I. It's definitely debate right like it's A. It was heavily debated and talked about how you know. From all corners of the CEO there was not some like. I mean because it's a it's a standard. There is a standard anytime. You go against the standard. You need to prove it out and. I'm glad we tried something different than you know. As person bloodborne like my favorite game, I like games that allow you to really kind of hone in and focus, and and control that since a control comes, comes with locking, but and you know, and certainly as a samurais sense of control is a huge fantasy so Yeah, man. We talked about it a ton Maybe when it comes to combat, I would say it's in the top three conversations that we had over the entire course of the project while. But I have to give massive. Shout out to you know. One of the studio heads. You know I've found Sucker Punch Christopher. Men he's he's behind the core design, a lot of the combat and he he works out of the code for it, and there's another Guy Ted. Who is awesome designer? And he liked those two brains man. They worked together, and they figured out a way to create something that is first of all feels like you're hitting the person when you do hit them like it's a tandem as animation, so it's not like a hit box based. It's like these. This animation links up to this one. Is I very newbie? Animation Brain. And it's not just like the slash through thing right, and so they feel like you're hitting the person it feels. A goal is a gritty feeling, but it's also incredibly fast paced at times. You know as you get like five or six people around you you can be, you could be like. Changes. In planning, and when you're going to do the smoke bomb, go around the building and do another. Jump down from the top, you know. It's just like a it. Almost like a the style of it is is better with how the walk on. That's kind of the thing that we found over time especially when she became pro at it. And locking on actually with slow down, maybe in some ways and a sense of control will be got out of it instead was things like standoffs in duels, obviously assassinating somebody having that jump on, somebody gives you that, too, but we decided to really push that those moments or mythic abilities I think are. Usually will help take out people pretty quickly. The mythic abilities are interesting because I I think i. I I'm really glad that this game never really went like supernatural despite having the Word Ghost, in the title. There's. There's other there's an alternate version of this game. Were you guys just want preserved and people are summoning dragons and stuff like that. I appreciate that a lot of the crazy stuff that you got away with felt grounded even like the fire sort is ridiculous, but there's like. Oh there's there's sort of like a scientific explanation. Yeah. And then when you start doing some really intense stuff that feels deliberately over the top like dude, get terrified and they starts crawling away like. Is Watching people just straight up running around. Disappear and stuff like that. It's crazy like this is a i. mean even when we pitches his game. This was another heavily debated. Topic is going to be fantasy based or not, and obviously nate and I felt really strongly as well as many other people that we should not make it fantasy base in like high fantasy base because. It really those first of all there's. Several of those games out there already, and they do a wonderful job and I love neo I love sector, Oh, these games are awesome and they lean on that a little bit more as their unique. You know and so. Good. It's smart of us not to do that, but the reason why we didn't do the reason we did was because we were definitely were focusing a little bit more on the Human Story certainly one of the world to feel plausibly real. And you know if you like, I'll take the example. You just threw out there like having people fall in there, but get scared. Scoot away, man if you could just like, pull out a fucking dragon every five minutes. Scares them like I feel like a real challenge to overcome like and so you have to be constrained. So that when we do pull out something that's really incredible or scary or something like that that it actually has wait to it, you know and. I one of the things I do love about our game in might be some of my favorite content, actually mythic missions because. They. A build up the idea that people were legends like they talk about people in their connection to the island. The lightning one is a great example where you know, they burn the black sand, the sands black, which always like wire, the sands black back answer black, and it just bill out as they build up this legend of people that may have come before you, which is Kinda cool because? because. You're kind of building your own legend. To maybe one day, people talk about mythic stories of the ghost You know that humans can do maybe slightly crazy incredible in your living, example of that and people tell tall tales. I think that's cool. I love win. Jin would go around to the stories and people would be like. There's ghosts in the woods and he's like. No, there's not. Watching watching the people run away after a battle, though my favorite things in the game because it's it teeters on like on on like. Comedy, you would find in like vintage Kung Fu movies where somebody would come and kick. A bunch of Bass and one guy would be like away. Runaway ended every single time was I would let him run like maybe like hundreds of feet pull out my arrow. Cruel Man I know you you put it there. You know you gotta sit there, don't. If you give Brian the high ground. He will let them run as far as he wants to. I what I do love going back to the mythic tells them. You know maybe people one day telling the story of the Ghost I. I'm always sort of a sucker for. Stories that are about storytelling to a certain extent, because I do think you get so much of the human nature that we all deal with on a day to day basis of why we tell stories and everything and I I love that that permeates so much of this game, and not just in the quest, but on the on the ques- structure as a whole in this game I think is really unique, but it works really well. Because as Brian was saying earlier, you can go to a house in. Someone's saying Oh. There are nearby. Please help me or someone one of my favorite stories early on one of the side missions I found was. A woman send you to get food from the bandit that stole it from her. And then you bring the food back and she's like. Oh, thanks! I finally have food down. You're like. Wait a second. That wasn't yours to begin with. I just killed all those guys because you can't, there's. There's this. Stark sadness to a lot of the stories that I think really works in this game and I was just curious on like a total storytelling. Horrible 'cause there are moments of levity. You know like everything with Kennedy I think is so great, but how do you you know balance? I think this is a land and a group of people who are under siege. They're under attack by the suppressive force. At the same time. They are living their lives. There's this humanity going on the island. Hugs, what are some of the struggles that come up and try to tell those stories? Yeah, well first of all. When you started telling me, which story were, I was like racking my brain like which? It was so many. I I know it's crazy and I'm gonNA. Play through a bunch probably that I've played through in a long time, I play retail, but. You know It's balanced because you don't want it to be this like we did not want our game to be this like heavy thing that was constantly hitting you over the head with a that was just not what we wanted for this particular game. Think anybody really goes from bad particularly. I think they're always in goal, but but in it's hard, though because invasion and you wanna see desperation, and you WanNa see like these people have struggles. And frankly you know we want to. You know it's not always like dude. Go kill things, and so you WanNa hear you know people having. Their kids, or this or that like our parents like I. Don't know you just want to hear something that sounds like these people are struggling a little bit. But you know the when it comes to the writing and those stories, most of the stories do most of them do exist to try and reflect at the world has been in invaded, invaded place and. For people that are like these allies, and you engage with those those will get a little bit more in depth than traveling of their story, and for these little small one off encounters. Just say look even even the hasn't class is affected greatly by this and hopefully feel a sense of remorse for them or sadness for them, maybe a sense of duty that why you're doing this stuff, but as for the tone of it. I genuinely like a somber tone in general, I think Sambre is is not dark. Sombre is not grotesque. Sambas is just like a like A. Light sadness to things and I felt like that light sadness in a world that is so incredibly. Beautiful is kind of a nice. Balance and I think we look at it now that way and to some extent. That's a really good way putting now that now that you say that. It makes perfect sense because. You have all these incredible like you know. There's Fox's in this you know. Like. Rainstorms the beautiful trees and yellow leaves, but then you go, do these side quests on. You're like Oh. Wow, that was. Your family died and you can save them and you're like damn. That hit me hard that one. Particularly, there was one side quest for like now I know, too. Hard that one's talents so hard and You know there that one people on on the team who? Created that one, and then like you know as we get through the Polish face like Alan, somebody went through and added a bunch of extra work to that one for animation, and like kneeling down, and you know I you know in from liking that mission to really like connecting with more, and this is a small thing right like this is not a. Two hour long you know big big mission. It's very straightforward and simple cement to just reflects the tone of the world, a little bit and Alan Dow was one of the ones that, even though it's a small moment in your entire through I think improved a lot of the last course of the project I'm glad it exists. That's awesome. Yeah, I I, don't even know if I necessarily have a question about it, but I'm just curious to hear more about the the construction of the the site quests when it comes to the side tails when it comes to those the supporting cast that you get because I do I do think one of my favorite things. Throughout sucker punches, history has been that there is of course he usually a pretty great main character, but also this really great supporting cast as well, and you know going back to sign infamous now with ghost. I loved finding out more about Yuna and lady Moscow and just everyone at the pace that you want to in the world. And that balance I guess my question is because I. do think that's some of my favorite story. Telling him the Games in the game comes from those lines. How do you balance having this stuff? Be Optional I guess if you if a player just wants to go through the main story, but also encouraged people to want to keep going back and revisit these stories in these characters. Yeah Yeah! It's a question you know we From I is long as I can remember. I think I, think earliest pitches of the game we talked about. How we really wanted to create sort of this. Anthology of short stories. know these little little side branches off the main trunk. You know that you could. You'RE GONNA. You'RE GONNA get invited to them on the main truck main story. You'RE GONNA. Get invited them and maybe even once or twice in an engaged with them, but it's up to you hopefully, engaging enough for that story relates to you. It's up to you to kind of go. Finish out the rest of that branch, and we do a lot of stuff like we try to reward you for doing these things but I find that those things are They're good and I'm super glad. Glad reward you in different ways for playing these, but I find that the beauty of those those allies missions. If you will Masako. Norio characters is that they're just they're. They're far more developed in terms of like there are like what they need out of the world in their stories are interesting, and and they all have a different perspective on you and life, and you know in an what I what I think is kind of cool about creating a world like this is that you have to be okay with having content that exists. You're not forced to play. And you have to embrace that you have to because that. That is what makes it joyful when you go on your own ambition to go through it. It's not that you were told to go. Do it was in the Golden Path? And there were versions of the game earlier that a lot of these characters stories were more interconnected to Go Path. Through play, testing and feedback in her own kind of iteration process. We ended up where they are. Which I think is the right spot. which is you introduce them and then? Over your curiosity, we can push them push. You can go enjoy them your own Yossi, and there. Some of them are five or six missions long. And I think that's the right model, but it takes some iteration to get to that that that's spot for us. Even having late in the game the I think it's two missions for Eureka that pop up after you've revisited home. Just was such a such a Gut Punch. In the midst of as Jin, story is starting to come, full circle meant to have this exploration both more into him, but also into her life It's it was like as you were saying I, it felt so much more rewarding because I, saw it out that story within the. Yeah I think that that's A. It's not an easy philosophy to hold you now. as a director or as a contributor designer artist, because it means that somebody is going to get a bunch of people, not GonNa, play your mission bench people are not going to see your artwork, and and it's really hard to like talk about that because I want everyone to who worked on this game at Sakkara Punch to just like the super proud of it and love every moment that they cred tributed, too, but that's one where it's like. Yeah, but your thing is optional, and I can really bad, but it. In these cases it is for the for a greater feeling that. The people that will engage with it will probably tear out will probably love or be maybe even their favor mission of the game, even not the golden path I gave might be their favorite moment in the game nest. Because you, you let them engage it at their own will in. That's A. that's a hard philosophy to to. kind of stomach, but I think it's I. think it's a really healthy one for the type of game that ghost is. It absolutely plays into who I I think. My favorite thing about the game. Is that Me In the act of playing the game, so has to the game halfway in a presents all of these options, but I have to go exploring too, and I feel encouraged and want to explore and of my favorite times playing have just been putting a dot on the map letting the wind guy. A thousand kilometers, and if I if something stops me, stop if it doesn't I just keep going until something else. Interest me awesome. It's a calming experience which I don't often say I think about games at the moment. That's exactly how I played, too I would just put a marker somewhere completely random very far from me and just go there and see what I ran into along the what along the way with stories popped up which new characters I would meet, that would show me points of interest and stuff like that. and I think that that loop was really smart in terms of having sort of random gangs of bad guys. Patrolling the land and you'd run into them, and they'd have somebody kidnapped, and you'd rescue that person and that person would tell you another place to go. It felt like you're constantly pulling on these little threads. and I loved that so much was did that did that all take awhile to come together? Like outside of the wind is sort of the way the. The optional stuff and the sort of like randomize character you know excursions and stuff all interconnect. How how was it bringing all that stuff together to create the flow that you guys ended up with? The I I you both sound like you've played it exactly the way that I would recommend somebody to play, which is like hey, you know every now and then just throw down and go that direction and see what you find, and and if you don't find some great than go to your Golden, Pastora that's awesome, but try it, and because it's. In this is true for even when we're doing play testing that we did find that that was some of the ways that people would enjoy the game the most which is awesome. will you're talking about that? Like the ecosystem imbalance of people who tell you where stuff is in? How many patrols are there that stuff I'll tell you? We tweak that probably. Maybe until weeks before gold I think. Exactly the number on no top ahead, but is very late. We tweak those numbers because. because the sense of owning the curiosity, and like not having everything told you. was so important to the global feeling of enjoying just like exploring throughout the world, and as soon as you're told, were too much. Stuff is or too many things around your map. It becomes a different problem like you're kind of you either you either go into. Let's just go through the checklist which. Is Fine I think if you found them on your own but can be exhausting for some people because they're like Oh God. There's a ton of stuff to do, or it's kind of a turn off because you already know what it is, and you don't think of anything else over there, but they're actually might be if you if you actually went look, so we actually ramped down the people that the amount of people that would tell you where things were quite a bit. It used to be far more. part of the emergent processes I've almost everybody who talked to tell you. Something is, and it would put a thing on your map and We found that to be Super Smart System, and I'm so glad that we have it, but we put it in a very specific way in a very specific amount of things on the map total. Total that it would ever tell you about so that you still had your cool moment of like i. don't see anything over here on this. I'm going to head that way and finds things along the way now balance. It's really it's really tricky. Because again it goes up to that thing. I was talking about early. Enough loss of being okay with things being skipped and. That if you don't want to be so much that you don't have any information, that would be bad too right so it it is takes time to to work out, but the team did that. No, no a healthy fund way but I think even when you like clear. Mongol, Camp and Clears up a little bit. You still get a question mark. It's not even like yours, a hotel or something like that. And it's sort of it to me. It fell It felt like A. SORT, of natural to the universe that you guys were setting your game in this is this is like a long time ago. There is those no yelp. There's no google. So it seemed natural that you'd find a random person on the street and be like Oh. Thank you so much. There's this awesome restaurants. You should go check it out. Right I really doug. That I played a ton of the game in Kerr. Asala Mode Oh cool and that was. It was really it was really difficult for me. 'cause you made such beautiful game central? And I think it's I think it's. Beautiful in a different way in Curacao mode. But there was just something so special about about like heading into conflict or a story be or coming into a new environment. or it's all black and white, and there's that film green crackling, and a I read that you guys even did some stuff with the music to make it feel almost like it was coming through old speakers or something like that. Yeah, how how how how did how did you develop that? I I know. That's like obviously. It's something that you're studios. Really proud of especially since you've got endorsement from the family. It was a that was A. That was a I. I probably will put that in my top list of my entire career as like being apart process because. I mean it's just. It's just why just kind of a wild thing that you don't go into making video games because you expect to go through that process one day, yeah. which is probably why it's cool is that it's different. You know, but. The. We knew that we WANNA. Do Black and white mode I mean I think i. I don't remember when we first talked about it, but it was definitely really early Redo black and white vote, but again it got kind of pushed towards the end of the project, and then once things started to. You know you can sit in the world and you could be like. Oh, my goddess stunning! It's really a beautiful I feel I. Do feel like I'm. There's moments of this I feel like movie. It's coming. It's coming together. And, then we're like okay well. We definitely have that mode. Let's are planning for it. And an I got version of it in that was a very early version of it with a sliding team and Like what do we call this thing? and You Owe Samurai cinema or classic. Why can Wyatt our traditional La just things? You know cool cool names. And member WHO's I may was Brian Studio head. I don't remember somebody was like. When we see if we can call it, Chris Allen Mode. And I thought that was brilliant and I was like. Yes, can we? What was that process so I reached out to. One of the people that I think he deserves a special shout at his name as a relay Katami. He's on our Japanese producer. He's a helped us since the very almost since the very beginning, and he helps coordinate all of our feedback through Japan, and said Hey, you hey, who's now a dear friend of mine. I was like. Is this possible. Could you look this up? And he and the Japanese team reached out to their to their state across our state and worked out You know. They wanted to see video so I. Put together a video, and then I redid it like three times because enough. People on time video, but I was like Austin. Even Brian Our leauge rendering Guy Jasmine. He was not good. No. Though I kinda Redid it a couple of times and then eventually Is this. Is it I? I looked at so many movies measured the black and white. You know in our game. You know as you both played it. Daytime Times. There's indoor's whether there's rain. There's fog and so like you have to look at movies that have all of these things you can't just be like. Here's a movie. Here's a sample. It's the black. Man Like you gotTa. Look at all these because they exist in our game and it's a filter that'd be going over all of these and so I finally got to the point where I was, I had good black levels. White levels has cool noise. We sent them a video and and It took a little bit of time back and forth, but eventually we're like asses cooling reach an agreement. They were cool with it so. Yeah it was a it was a coup processing showed up. Is Mode teams all shit? It's called. Is it was pretty cool goal process. It has a dream come true. It's so awesome on a historical level. Because obviously you're seeing the game through its you know from the reveal trailer to now there's clearly a love and Joe Majd to the cinema and the storytelling that come in the John Mara, before it, and so to have that encapsulated as a mood that you can jump into starting to such a great I. Think like touchtone full circle thing as a fan of genres well. Also I mean the. The audio! From from like A. A gigantic Blue Tang Fan. It's it sounded like like RISI's sampling. VHS, tapes of sword slashes, and like there were moments. Paint that game and I was like I expect like method man rapid right now because. If anyone was intended, but that sort of got me on a very very like neural level I was like Oh my God like this is. This is quietly the best. Wu Tang game ever made since. The fighting gave. The quote somewhere I feel. That's. But. Our audio director Brad he that's all him he was like. I have an idea that guy's a wizard, so that usually meant something cool and he. It was like we have this special thing that we developed internally at Sony that replicates old processes from like you know fifty sixty s something like that radios and TV's and and And and he he kind of took that filtered it and figured out the right 'cause he was like. If you do too much over, you know, we wanted people to play lengthy amount of times and if they wanted to the Chrysanthemum. View too much, and it becomes incredibly fatiguing. Like, not watching move hours possibly thirty hours. You know so. You got a nice balance between that and something that you can you know Listen to over and over again? I- legitimated Curacao Mode for Poly Twenty five thirty hours and I think that I like maybe fifty sixty into the game. So how yeah! That's incredible. Yeah, along along with that and to me. It was surreal to play an open world game almost entirely in black and white. That was just I've never done anything like that before and. It was such a cool. It was such a cool experience. One of the challenges with eggs I would add is like since it's black and white. There's there's missions that use color as guiding, and so there are. There are a few missions of. It really struggles with, but for the most part we redesigned icons on the map so that it would work with answer, so you're not just looking at two icons ones. This color ones that color and we just changed the icon Lopate, but but yeah it, it's it's generally speaking. You can play through most of the game with it, which is just crazy. Yeah I think there was one mission where they're like find. The purple flowers was like Oh! I was to right back on, so that was good. Leads to so many great visual moments, and as you were saying I know we're running short on time I. don't want believe the too much, but I, genuinely really loved, and as pointing to earlier the the soundtrack and the way both game uses it. It comes in from quiet to loud, but also how the score changes both from the combat setting to the open world setting you know. Moments I would say not settings, but. That Jackson position as well as even on the side, the remixes that were coming out sort of in the lead up to the Games launch. There's so much great musicality and artistry. Bear that I think really. Elevate, so much of what's going on there on visual rebel to a works so well in tandem. You know there is no single discipline that contributes more to the game. The music like a known this case we have to composers, a team of people that obviously help implemented like their artistry is like. White just level things up so much like a scene without music in a scene with music. There's a world of difference in generally speaking I know it's not one contributor. There's quite a few people that make it happen. Processing and implementation, but it's insane. What music can do in for this game? It's it's. It's one of the best parts of the Game I. Think is the the the artistry behind the music in the soulful fullness in is is really I listened to it a lot. I love and then we tokens the glitch mob. Which is just? RIDICULOUSLY COOL! Yeah, it's an awesome combination i. do think as you were saying. It elevates so many great moments, but really. A drills home like the emotional undercurrent of everything that's going on in the game. Unfortunately. We're pretty much out of time. I think Brandon I could keep talking there so much. We love and really enjoyed about the experience and are continuing to enjoy. Time in this world, so Jason Thank you so much for taking time. We really appreciate it. SUPERFUND and thank thank you to your studio for. bookending this entire console generation with my favorite games. I I don't know if that was ever the plan, but the way that
New Looney Tunes Series Hits HBO Max, With New Music
"Bugs Bunny is back white BJ Wiedemann, who does her theme music, The West Go a weapon in his pal Start anew. Looney Tune Siri's on HBO, Max. And it wouldn't be loony tunes with that loony tunes. The soundtrack album for the New Syriza's Out, Tim Grieving has the story. The new Looney Tunes still opens with that theme. They wouldn't dare change that, but everything that follows needed a new composer. There was certainly intimidating. Joshua Moshier is one of two composers for the new Looney Tunes. I Come at this from jazz background, and when you learn to play that music, you just embody the language of these musicians that you look up to. And so I really approached Carl stalling the same way Carl Stalling was the big goon of cartoon scoring. He started with silly symphonies at Disney, but he made his name a Warner brothers starting in the 19 thirties, where he scored more than 700 cartoons. Stalling applied. The same techniques had learned as an organist accompanying silent films reacting and improvising toe onscreen antics and using existing classical pieces and popular Theo Orchestra runs upstairs tiptoes and gets bonked on the head along with the characters no matter what you anyway, Don't you even know I already have one. John Powell is the Oscar nominated composer of animated features like How to Train Your Dragon and Kung Fu Panda, Even though he's not part of the new Looney Tunes. He feels Carl Stallings influence so strongly that he uses a sort of Richter scale with directors that he calls the stalling number, You know. So if you say Okay, we only need a story number of two here. That basically means, you know, Tone it down. Don't hit things don't don't go for the musical juggler Calm down, but if madness and shoes in the cartoon world Why not have fun with it? So new Looney Tunes composer Joshua Moshe had some acne sized shoes to fill, and even though he's never scored a show like this before He's actually been preparing for a while. I was always experimenting with how could I do a Carl stalling kind of sound on my own, even going back to college, and I had some experiments that I found on old hard drive said. I threw together on a riel motion submitted that really in an open casting call and got the job. He recorded a full orchestra on the Warner Brothers lot for the 1st 2 cartoons, and for the rest, he had a chamber ensemble of six players at Capitol Studios. There's cartoons like the road runner. And the coyote where there's no dialogue, except for a few minutes. The first time I worked on with those It just looked like this big blank slate. But you realize oh, the dialogue is the music the coyote. His dialogue is below meandering soon. Road Runner, you know, we reference the classical piece dance of the comedians. Joshua motion has infused HBO Max's new Looney tunes with Carl stalling spirit and added some twists of his own like bebop, but the main thing he carried over from stalling Writing seriously funny music. What's so great about Looney Tunes is that they are caricatures, and it allows the music to be a caricature. It's just such a joy to me to participate. In the comedy in an overt way and be part of what's making people laugh. That's all folks for
Beastie Boys Made a Movie. We Made a Beastie Boys Podcast.
"I'm Shawn Fantasy and this. Is the big picture a conversation? Show about Beastie Boys. That's right beastie. Boys made a movie beastie boys story which is directed by Spike Jones and available to watch right now on apple. Tv plus. If you're like me and worship Beastie boys you need to watch this movie later in the show. I'll be talking to add rock. And like diaw Beastie boys about their movie history their favorite fruits. How they're doing in quarantine. The New York Knicks documentaries that they want to see a bunch of other stuff as I tried to keep them focused on our conversation. A really love these guys beastie. Boys are my favorite band ever and it isn't even really close so to talk about them before we get to them. I asked the VIC Ferrari to my Alessandro Allegra. Join me it's Chris Ryan. Hi Chris. I've always seen myself more as a Nathan Wind Guy. I've been waiting my whole life to do this. Podcast so let's go. I'm very glad you're here with me. I can't think of anybody else. I'd WanNa have here other than you. Except maybe Mike the Inadequacy and they're coming later. So when I say beastie boys what's the first thing that pops in your head Chris? Probably the invention of cool so I think one thing that we've talked about a lot over the last twelve to eighteen months. We've had a lot of Quentin Tarantino podcasts. We've we celebrated a lot of his movies on the watchable. We talked about them on. Big Picture Podcast with him and something that comes up. Ally is kind of how he gave us a vocabulary or language to through which to understand culture and understand the world and I think the Beastie boys are equally responsible for that in both of our lives in terms of introducing us to so much music and so much other culture that wound up becoming just part of our like way in which we relate to the rest of the world through these like Kung Fu and exploitation movies through rap Reggae punk rock weird funk like all like it just basically made collectors and fans out of out of us at the risk of stepping on music exists. I wanted to ask you why you think you. And I to some extent to are so interested in figures who are all about basically like recombinant culture. You know who take all the disparate parts of stuff that they love and smash it all together because that is the thing that the movie and then returning to all of this music that I listened to over and over and over and over again in my life that I have thought about is like wow they really just jammed all the stuff they liked together to make something new like. What is it about that? The second part of what you said is the most important thing. Do you think about the people that we really respond to. Wu Tang clan quitting Tarantino. Beastie boys it means we're very basic very and B. It's the most important part is finding the second thing the thing that you're GonNa make out of all this shit. And that's what makes me so excited is when someone uses all these postmodern tools in these reconstructs. All these things out of this of Cultural Ephemera to say something else. Wootten Klan took all those Kung Fu movies and took all those samples but made something that could only have been made in Staten Island. You know back could only have made the music. He made with the experience that he had. And the Beastie boys could only have been the beastie boys by combining bad brains with run DMC. Yeah and I feel like it's not a mistake that so much of what we do at the ringer and so much of what you and I have been trying to do in. Our lives is basically celebrate and be enthusiastic about the things that we care about and I feel like these artists are the same way if you if you think about Beastie boys and you even look at the way they tell their story in the movie. It's just we really liked was the clash and grandmaster flash and Cheech and Chong and we were trying to find a way to make all those things make sense together and I feel the same way about what we do every day I feel about you and I love the NBA and we love Top Gun and we love. I love deb's I don't know how you feel Dad's but You know just trying to find a way to make all those things fit together so I feel like I have aped and tried to copy a lot of what those guys do. And I feel like a kinship to their their mission their creative project. Absolutely I mean like you and I don't mean to make it sound like you. And I are the Beastie boys here but you know. I think that we use the Internet the way other people would use a sampler right and we draw in all these different media. We'd take youtube videos. We take a picture and I think it was probably more the case before we started working professionally together in an editorial capacity but we would have like tumblers and blog spots and you were just kind of like throw a picture Steve McQueen up in an article you were writing about those face and it would have some sort of relationship and I think that that was our way of continuing along this tradition of mixing and matching different pieces of culture to say something about yourself. The thing that you said that I think is probably one of the most important parts of the movie that will nocco very remarked upon because a lot of it is going to be spent talking about. Yok and it should be because this is very much I think an image to him in a real moving tribute to their friend but when Mike D says in the beginning of the movie that he was just this weird kid who found the clash. Not only is that like. That's the origin story for a lot of people. Who like they find that one band? Whether it's the dead or the clash or you know run DMC. Whoever it is that makes them think that they are now. All of not alone in the world the clashes like a really really important. Template for the Beastie boys because they are basically A Crossroads Group A marketplace. At Crossroads Group. It's where all these different cultures are coming. And they're setting up their wares and you can pick and choose off these tables and then you go home and you make something out of it. And that's what the clash did too. I mean you can make a lot of arguments about appropriation. And whether or not the people who the clash were taken from or or paying homage to properly compensated for the work that they did And the same thing could go. For the Beastie boys but I think a lot more people know about Lee Perry. Because of the Beastie boys did not you know and and that's like a really really important act in culture. Everything is about timing too I think about when they hit the scene and who they were working with and on the one hand I guess there's an appropriation question. I think they've moved past that so effectively because they were just literally there with Russell. Simmons and Rick Rubin and run DMC making music together and they were a part of something that was essentially punk at the end of its first true like lightning rod phase at the end of the day and and rapid the Dawn. You know I mean. They weren't there necessarily in in the parks in the south. Bronx but you know one thousand nine hundred. Eighty three played on the radio. Yeah Yes yes. And there's that great moment in the movie where Africa is asked about cookie. Post by one of the members of the Beastie boys and you can see like they're they're they're they're in the moment and they're going to dense area and you know performing for white people introducing them to wrap it away and that couldn't have happened if they if it was just five years earlier five years later. The same is true for the class. You know it's like they arrived at a time when the world was ready to hear rock and try to play reggae. And what that means for the future reggae. There's something also about this specific approach to the world though that jumps out to me. Which is it's not. Just this is what we like. It's this is what we like and I don't care if you don't like it and I don't I actually don't care if you don't get it because when I think about the things that I knew when I first heard the band it was you could fit it inside of a very small box. I just did my cultural reference points. The music that I knew about the the records the comedy everything that they were throwing in. I wouldn't say that I discovered them because they were sampled for three seconds on a on a record on policy boutique but they were a window. You know I had never heard of Sadaharu. Oh until I heard the beastie boys rap about him you know like there's so much in their music the sampling the lyric writing even if it is in their songs are very rarely like high minded. They're not necessarily pursuits of big ideas. But they put big ideas in front of you. Just by dint of what they were interested in and I I liked that kind of take it or leave it quality they bring to it and I feel like that really comes out in the movie too. Don't you think yeah? It's only a couple of people are lucky enough to have other people care about the thing that they care about. You know you can. You can play the game and you can try. Ride the wave of what's popular at any given moment. But it's so weird because what the beastie boys did especially once they move to La. I think wound up having such an incredibly profound formative effect on all the culture that comes after it but it so it winds up being underrated as as to what a zag that was how crazy it was for those guys to be like. Yeah we'RE GONNA LEAVE NEW YORK. We're GONNA leave behind rapper. We're going to go to capitol from Def Jam. And we're GONNA work with these two producers that basically no one's ever heard of an assemble these like really out there incongruous samples to build together a new sound that we're gonNA use to define us for the next couple of decades. The only thing I wanted to talk about because I think is probably also a reason why you and I like them. Much is that and this comes across very much in the movie much
Increasing Racism in the Time of Coronavirus
"Asian Americans have historically experienced racism and xenophobia during times of war and disease in fact acts of racism against Asian Americans due to cove in nineteen have already been taking place across the US. And the world in cities like Seattle Albuquerque New York London. I can't help. But think of Vincent Chin at this time Chin was a Chinese American man who was beaten to death by two white men Ronald Evans Michael Nitz after a bar. Fight in Highland Park Michigan in Nineteen eighty-two Eban's was a Chrysler plant supervisor in knits laid off auto worker because Chin was Asian. They blamed him and the rising Japanese auto industry for the decline of American automakers. Vincent Chin was Chinese American and he was beaten to death with a baseball bat so hard that his skull cracked open. His murderers never spent a day in jail. What happened to me is nothing compared to what happened to Vincent Chin? But what happened me is just one of an increasing number of anti-asian racist acts some of them violent taking place across the US and the world and it does not help that. The President of the United States Donald Trump is calling cove nineteen knocked by. It's given scientific name but by name. He completely made up the Chinese virus. There are some at least one went off official who use the term Kung Fu referring to the fact that this virus started in China. Is that acceptable? Is it wrong? Are you worried that having this virus the talked about as as a Chinese virus that that my order? Who certainly that? I'm not sure if the person's name but would you consider the fact that the person at the White House used the term flu. My question is that wrong conflict and do you think using the term Chinese virus that Asian Americans address that people in General. I think they probably would agree with one. Hundred percent comes from China. There's nothing not to grow. How about last question now? You might think it's true. Cove in nineteen came from China. It's a Chinese virus in their other diseases. That have been named after the places they came from like Ebola in Murs or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Look there's no denying we're covered nineteen came from but to call it. The Chinese virus without any context create some serious problems in America. It puts not just Chinese Americans but all Asian Americans endanger and frankly. It's way detract from the federal government's failure to take this virus seriously from the beginning. By the way in two thousand fifteen the World Health Organization actually issued best practices for the naming of new infectious diseases which discouraged the use of naming them after geographic locations. The new guidelines aimed to quote minimize negative impact on trade travel tourism or animal welfare end to quote avoid causing offense to any cultural social national regional professional or ethnic groups. Now you might think. Oh that's just ridiculous political correctness but did you know that in the nineteen eighty s aids was first called Grid Gay Related Immune deficiency this made people think aids was gay cancer. They literally called it. That which fueled discrimination against the gay community in severely stalled much needed services in efforts to search for a cure. You can listen to the episode hymies story to learn more about it might be worth mentioning that the two thousand nine h one n one influenza virus also known as swine flu was first detected in people in the United States calling it the American flu would have been
Searching for Summer Shipp
"So summer shipp grew up under her given name Dolores in Granite City Illinois. Her mother Cora raised her and her three brothers alone after their alcoholic. Father left the family. Now Cora raise children as Jehovah's Witnesses and this was a religion there's some are continued to practice throughout her life. She did stop attending services but observed religion. She never celebrated Christmas birthdays. She said that every day was a holiday and she liked by her daughter and her friends gifts when it was her birthday. Isn't that Nice good? Sounds like a nice lady really really nice so some are grew up in extreme poverty under pretty rough circumstances and of this. She has pretty frugal but in our young adulthood she married a wealthy man John Ship and she lived for years in luxury however difficult childhood in Granite City. That never was far from her mind. John Ship was the manager for the local metro-goldwyn-mayer branch. Mgm when he moved to Kansas City from Florida in nineteen sixty nine now summer had moved to Kansas City just a few months previously. She saw the city as a place to forget her pass and she's going to create new life for herself. Yeah that was important to her to kind of start over. The childhood was rough so John. Lived in the same apartment complex as a friend of summers and when she visited that friend at the community pool she really caught Johns I. Some are was not a classic beauty but she was really pretty at five foot one inches tall and just over a hundred pounds. She was tiny but she was a bundle of energy sometimes described as sprightly so although John had a girlfriend at the time he broke things off with her to be with summer in October of nineteen. Seventy summer was pregnant and she told John on the night. He took her to see an advance screening of the movie. Two thousand one a space odyssey and after that they decided to move in together and just see if they could make things work. John's apartment became their first home together and their front door was just feet from the pool so John worked as he floated in the water and Sunday himself. The phone set nearby and when it rang he would just paddle to the edge of the pool and work on deals so this is kind of living the dream. I guess float around in the pool. Yeah phones broke their nice good way to do it but he did work hard. He negotiated film showing contracts for hundreds of theaters throughout Missouri and Kansas. So he was really on his way up in the industry at this point so some are in. John got married at the courthouse with John's brother and a friend of summers as witnesses and they had a daughter who they named Brandy. She had read here like her mother's but even brighter and darker and both summer and John were just thrilled with this little girl. They moved out of the apartment and rented a cottage that summer adored for a while and then as the money kept coming in two years later they moved into a duplex in a very upper class area living near professional football players so John left MGM and but an independent Film Distribution Company called Thomas Films and after he bought it he changed the name to Thomas and ship films. The company was more successful than he had ever could have been able to imagine. He made a ton of money so much money that he felt like he'd WanNa Lottery. Are He come up from humble beginnings himself? Yes I think in summer really didn't know what to do with all this money. It was foreign to both of them and I guess summer was able to kind of not focus on it. She just wasn't that interested in things but I think John it kind of affected him and he got carried away with it here. Well I knew her. Religion would seem to me to make her less desirous of money. And what money can buy share? I mean I'm sure she liked not having to worry about it like she had all her life absolutely and remember up until this time she's still going by her original name. Dolores but when brandy was just a toddler that's when she legally took on her new name. Summer brandies middle name was Alexis so some are named herself summer. Alexis ship and by the time brandy was three. John was making over two hundred thousand dollars a year. And this is the nineteen seventies. So I looked it up. And that's about seven hundred thousand dollars a year equivalent in today's money so ton of money tournament in nineteen seventy four. They bought a two story. English Tudor home in the exclusive Crestwood neighborhood and they had a house with a huge private in ground pool. An Art Gallery Jim Asana just everything. Yes so brandy was Kinda spoiled. When she was a little girl. It was almost unavoidable even though she did get a lot of attention as well as things but like I mentioned John's lifestyle just became out of control as his income was soaring. He spent time on the West and east coasts partying with the rich and famous. Eventually he found himself with an expensive dependence on cocaine and pills and is John pulled away from his home and family life into this life. Some are just kind of channeled her love and attention into raising her daughter. So Brandy got a lot of attention. Showered on her. Maybe too much if that's possible. Do you think that's possible to give a kid too much attention? No again it depends on what kind of attention. Well here's my thought on it. You can give them too much attention if you're allowing them to control you like when you're on the phone they're trying to take your attention away when people come over when you have worked to do. I mean there has to be a respect as well sure. That's why I said it depends on the kind of attention right so I think that it can be a bad thing when you get to the extreme. But that's not really the attention being the problem I guess that's more like the The fruits of the attention. Well yeah it's kind of the control like you want your child to see you as being in control of things when you don't want your child to take over control of what's going on day to day. Well I mean it can really be unhealthy and they can have a rude awakening when they get older. And everybody's not just falling over themselves to please them herbs moving so I think that's another issue is you don't want to raise them to feel entitled to everything so anyway I mean they did love her and it was a nice childhood although she was probably a little bit spoiled. Well how does she turn out? She turns out great. Okay so in. Nineteen seventy six. John took brandy in summer to the cons film festival ru and they spent time with David Kerosene is that the Kung Fu guy. Well that's the Carribean family. I don't know which one is which I think David was Kung-fu guy okay. And cary grant roll my love who carry granted yes. He was in one of my favorite movies. What was it sweep? Listen in Seattle now. An affair to remember. I know I was GONNA say that next so afterwards they went on an extended vacation to London Rome and Paris and they flew back to the United States on the First Air France Concorde flight from Paris to Washington. Dc wrong that's That's cool that's cool. That's Nice. Yes where she? Oh totally. And some are just felt like this poor country girl who was living like royalty. John became one of the biggest independent film distributors in the country and they were dining with. Paul Newman Joanne Woodward and Clint Eastwood Big names. Very big names especially in the seventies absolutely well when still around working yeah. He's still big but as her life was changing. Some are really didn't change. Who she was and I respect that. While John was traveling all over the world she stayed home and spent time with her daughter. She also invited other children over for play dates reading books and singing with them so she liked to share in her good fortune which. I think is so important. She even took time to volunteer at a home for emotionally disturbed young women and as a reward for good behavior. She would bring some of the girls to her house to swim for a day and loved it and they worked hard and did things so that they could earn a day at the pool so are like summer. She sounds like she's cutter head on straight and she's living the life. Well you know it's funny because they started reading the book about summer than I found online and I had no idea I was going to do the case but I did just feel such an affection for this woman that I enjoyed reading the book. It wasn't like work and I really enjoyed being able to Read about her in her life. Of course Jon was away a lot of the time. And he had his drinking habits in his drug habits so understandably their marriage suffered. There is a large Christmas office party in the late seventies when summer walked in on John and he and other parties were snorting large amounts of cocaine right on his desk so she walked out feeling pretty angry and worried at the same time. Sure I mean not only worried John but for her daughter you know. It's just very risky behavior. That he was getting into their relationship was getting more and more distant. Rose probably not a lot of good that comes out of a cocaine addiction or a drug addiction for that matter in marriage right. Something's going to happen well and it's interesting that when things stopped going so well for John and he has to really deal with things he does get better. So by nineteen eighty. His company started going downhill and the small films that John Distributed. Were really being snatched up by the major film companies without that business. He was quickly falling behind on his debts and he fell into some deep financial trouble because he hadn't saved enough. He was a big spender and happens. Cocaine is not free. I know but wouldn't you just put enough in a savings somewhere? In case the bottom falls out as a backup will most people would but a lot of people disfigure that. There's no end to this stuff. I guess you feel that way now is at this very very successful company. Money's just rolling in. I'd be of the opinion that this no change in that things are going to keep happening for me. Well and I'm kind of surprised that the way summer grew up that she didn't squirrel away more money because I personally waiting for the other shoe to drop and I liked to be prepared. Well Yeah but she did. She work well not really now. Not at that point or any money. She had came through her husband. Sheriff so what you're going to say to him honey. I need an extra thousand this week. 'cause I'm saving for when you go bankrupt? Well I just say. I WANNA start a savings account. I WANNA put a thousand dollars a week away and it shouldn't have fazed him when he was making so much
"kung fu" Discussed on MTR Network Main Feed
"Right. It definitely feels buried. Da Vinci in a crisis been teased since the first season for exactly Albatross. That's like in blade over. Your neck is gone now now. It's like what now a story is. You got like. Us right right we can. Now tell all these stories so yeah no. I'm really excited to see how the how they go forward with this. And they I think they've they've earned it so because I just thought of this the entire time the crisis felt like an endpoint for our version of flash really was kind of a launching pad for whatever's next it was literally the endpoint air which I never saw cover Yeah Oh man so this state tune garage necks. I'm really interested in seeing what happens there And I'm I'm really like I said I'm waiting on the other shoe to drop on his power stuff because I can see it coming and I'm waiting to see 'cause I think about it. Yeah because thing about him. Even before Crisis Barry was in the speech force battle speed force being taken over by blood work breath. So there's that too so yeah. I'm yeah I'm calm. I'm very very intrigued to see what they do here. All right folks. Wednesday is mailbag day. So make sure you guys email us at number. The mailbag did you guys know that. Gunderman wing is on coup. Didn't I know that subbed end up? Ronin warriors is on Amazon completely. Sold to talk about all of that back. It's actually been on actually. There's been lot of news shakeup over at DC Yes talk about so stay. Tuned transformers wants the incoming. Yeah that's when when when when are they not even I find this. I'm taking the person feels like intact. folks so again yeah email. Us mailbag. Npr number. Done it back soon sometime next time. We're out of here piece..
Are we living in a computer simulation? This computer scientist says world religions might have the answer
"I really enjoyed conversations like this one it's a book that's out called the simulation hypothesis you can find out about it if you did a quick Google search not there is one for executive director of play laughs at MIT thank you so much for coming on to KMOX again sure yeah I saw let's I got a couple of other questions I want to get to and as someone that programs games I know that you are someone that probably is very well in tune with the industry your things that you can and can't do when it comes to computers is there anything you can think of that just you can't program is there something that you would say it's just absolutely impossible to simulate and based on what we know about computers in the way we know of how they operate you can never anticipate ever seen us something to the extent of what would be considered an alternate reality well you know if you were to go back to the eighties right and say Hey can we program awfully three D. world like a four night or a world of Warcraft or a second life the answer would be no you know computers don't have the processing power to render all those pixels but turned out we found short cuts we found ways to get around that over time optimization and this idea of traditional rendering and only only rendering that which can be seen there was and there was a game called doom that did very well back in the night that was one of the first you know really popular games that use this idea of perspective and turned out that the CEO of the company that made that it's software is a guy named John Carmack and he was also the city of oculus which is you know one of the first virtual reality platforms that many of us have have you have seen or used and and you can see the progression right and so over time you know I think we'll get to the point where the rendering becomes more more realistic so rendering is not really the issue some people might think that that is what's stopping us from getting to this idea of the simulation point is the number of pixels but if you look at a movie like Star Wars rises chi Walker or blade runner twenty forty nine you'll see that the computer generated effects and the real kind of sets in people they blend in pretty well these days and and that's because movies today are projected at a two K. pixel resolution digital movies but you know we only have more that on some of our monitors four K. and now Sony and others are coming out with eight K. pixels resolution monitors so so it's not really about that it's like when I was going to ping pong game it was the the the responsiveness that made it feel like I was immersed and so you know that brain computer interfaces something that we can't do yet we can't being things directly into the brain and we can't necessarily you know get them back but there are experiments being done now at different universities which may lead us to the point where you can download knowledge like like in the matrix when neo was able to learn kung fu they had to put in the cartridge it just like we do with video games and he downloaded it and then when he was inside that kind of many simulation you know it was able to get his reaction from his brain well you know I I like to say look to nature for clues of how technology will evolve and in fact brain computer interfaces stage seven and my ten stages that I talk about in terms of there's already a technology that can do that it's called dreams it's a biological technology and we do it every night we go to sleep we get completely immersed we forget that there's a part of us outside of the sleeping world person and there are NPCs in our dreams all the time and sometimes we have like false histories and false memories can I get it later on where they were planting memories into the addresses for his any I interviewed Philip K. Dick who's the author of the original novel that blade runner and the man in the high castle is based on I interviewed his wife when I was writing this book and you know she thought as she said that he believed that some of these alternate timelines had actually happened and that he remembered them so you probably heard of the man and I cancel if you've seen it on Amazon it's a pretty if I haven't seen yeah so that's the reason the the **** and the Japanese when World War two and it shows what the world might be like and well so test the deck was saying that her husband Phil actually believe he remembered that time line and that whoever was in charge had reset the time line to get to the point where we the allies had won the war and that this happened several times you know where they had reset the time line she said they had communicated to him now what do you believe that or not that's up to you but it was an interesting perspective because his you know science fiction is is very different from a lot of other science fiction and I wonder or admiration yeah I I wonder too would there be a hierarchy sold for example let's say there is some system in reality reliving and we have to somehow assume there's administrator of that it could be another civilization that wonders to if they're part of a simulation or not right so that could be what what are called stacked simulations are affected could be an and if we create you know some stipulations they'll be kind of underneath us so it's possible that people who are outside the simulation are in fact though this is a big question people say well looking for is in relation what's outside the simulation I'll say it's future versions of ourselves so really just like we would play sim city or you know sid Meier's civilization where where simulating wedding earlier civilization would look like some people think it's us in the future simulating our past so that's what's called ancestors in relations some people say it's aliens out there they're not human at all ten people say it's a god or gods and in fact you know there's a lot of people who are atheists who might look at this and say well you know if somebody was outside the simulation they might appear to us you know as if their god or gods and and I make the point that I think most religions started with somebody peeked outside is in relation they got a they got a sense of what was out there and they came back and tried to describe it and then people started to write it down and then it became a whole set of practices and think you should be doing and there's a whole section you know on religion in the book as well which which I think is quite fascinating because it's it's it's a way to bridge the gap between these two worlds so if you think in a simulated world are there actually strict rules are much like a computer program could you hack into it going back to the matrix idea of being able to use you know bend the spoon once you realize this is a reality so you know things that everyone is fantasize about like flying or time travel and things like that that would seem somewhat impossible it's actually possible yeah I I think you know given if we think of it as a simulated reality these things that seem impossible may not be completely impossible in fact there are lots of stories in the east particularly in Tibetan Buddhism and in India about yogis who use this idea of dream yoga so Gremio as when you when your sleep at night you're dreaming you actually become awake that's what we would call lucid dreaming today and you realize that the dream around you is not real and then you can start to manipulate the dream and so this is a you know real practice that's been confirmed the laboratories here but the purpose of it for the city's Tibetan Buddhist monks is not to play with their greens it's to realize that when you're awake you're also in a dream and that this world is pliable and so they believe that kind of stuff can actually happen the world around us so the rules are more strict here than in dreams all but I do believe it's possible I just don't think it's easy to do let's say you're put into the matrix scenario and you personally were given the option of escaping this in realizing the truth when it comes to reality the red pill blue pill scenario what would you do this is an interesting debate so there's some people out there agrega philosophy professor Dr green who wrote an article in The New York Times saying we shouldn't try to find out if Ford's innovation because if we do the simulators might shut us down right and so that's one perspective I did the other perspective I would actually you know take the red tail and and no because he gets back to this fundamental issue of the two different versions the NBC version and RPG version now if word and PC version where we don't exist outside then it doesn't really matter does it maybe the whole point of assimilation is to see what happened to us but if if we're more like the matrix and we're like neo in a pod or or even just you know swept what religious people would call soul's consciousness outside the physical body then I would rather wake up and know what's going on because then you get a sense of the purpose of the video game like are we in Grand Theft Auto in civilization are we in second life my senses each of us has their own quests and our own achievements some people say well I have all the designing video games I would not you know have all the difficulties well if you remember the matrix movies in the second or third movie every it was once they had the first version of the matrix everything was great there were there were no problems and the human mind did accept that as we help each other they had introduced older dragoness and all these challenges and that's true video games video game designer you can't just make it too easy you have to have challenges and people have to level up by getting through the challenges and sometimes they have to grind in video games I would think the next step is if you are someone that tends to believe this would be to try to find out one like gate keeper like they do in the matrix there's someone that knows what's going down that's here on this planet that you go talk to and that would be like your next step would be almost like national treasure the one with Nicolas Cage Reese trying to find like the treasure whatever except you're trying to find the person that could wake you up to the true reality I think that would be a fun premise you know since we only have about a minute left here the
Matthew Polly on 'Bruce Lee: A Life'
"Talk Bruce Lee with Matthew polly. The book is Bruce Lee. We live by Matthew polymath. UGALI joins US now. I love this book I knew I was GONNA love it. I love your story which I wanNA share with our listeners. At the end of this. Because you're about is unique it guys. It gets But Bruce was somebody is I've seen in in some of your lectures who became more famous. This guy's pursuit of fame and fortune. which was clearly a driving driving factor in his success unfortunately he died before he understood the iconic status that he would reach Although that was starting to happen certainly back home and then and carried over over here so just to set it up for the listeners. Bruce Lee born November twenty seventh nineteen forty in San Francisco which I know will surprise. People his father was a theater performer. A comedic actor with his own amazing story where he was singing outside of a restaurant and some travelling theatre groups saw him and then took him in and he traveled with them His background ground isn't the one hundred percent Chinese. As you mentioned you had a Dutch Jewish grandfather which chain who changed his name so that was kind of hard to figure out. I know for years. There's people thought he was a German descent as well. That was not the case. It's actually English in that led to a bunch of problems that he was not a hundred percent Chinese but he was a child star. Matthew and I think that's kind of the foundation of for those of us that didn't understand it. His father was a performer and Bruce's a performer. For a very long time at a very young age twenty films by the age eighteen eighteen. How much do you think that kind of set up his own aspirations for himself once he started travelling going back to the United States? I think that's the key I found in researching the book because the image of Bruce's this martial arts master who kind of accidentally gets into movies. It's almost as if he's the real person onscreen as opposed to an actor playing characters and when you realize that. His first appearance was when he was three months old and his career starts in earnest at six. And you see him play all sorts of roles that have nothing to do with Kung Fu movies. You realize that. He was an actor following in his father's footsteps and in many ways I think he was driven by that kind of Eto Eto conflict to outdo his father who was quite famous in Hong Kong when he was growing up it. was you know anyone that's trying to do this. This kind of stuff to become famous right. Hey I wanna be a big movie star. You have to be wired a certain way and him having that kind of success early on and he was actually like would incorrect me at any point throughout this offer anything but he was he was starting to have some major roles there where he was he was a star so I think he wants. He goes to the United States. We're going to into here. It's almost like look. I expect to have the same level of success as observed may have sounded at that time. That's right I think it gave him a real confidence confidence and some would say arrogance that he was somebody who was sort of fawned over from a very young age he was on said everyone. Buddy was cute. You know by the time. When he was ten he was he started in a very successful movie then? His career took a little bit of a dip but the last film Within the orphan was a huge huge hidden was the first film that ever played in an international film festival. So Bruce Lee thought of himself is an important person. He was a celebrity in Hong Hong Kong and so when he came to America he didn't feel like somebody. Just knock off. The boat was desperate to like just survive. He thought he should be a big deal here. Too Who and I think he needed that because the kind of racial barriers face were so high and it'd be hadn't had that kind of fundamental competence. He never would have achieved what he did so before he leaves for the State's he's in school. He's a terrible student. But and I cannot express this enough in you. Hammer it in the book and this is something that I kinda like. This was not some fake martial arts guy that maybe we grew up with in the eighties. Nineties that Bruce Lee was legitimate streetfighting. Getting bad ass. That would fight anybody. And he was training Would would not necessarily different styles. It was more traditional styles in it mon who was somebody who would become famous himself or was famous at the time. I people didn't want to train. When can you share with us? Just how real of a Guy Bruce was and that when he was much more concerned with fighting almost anyone who wanted to fight him even if he wasn't winning more than he was trying to be a student some pretty boy on on film. That's right. Hey what's interesting is from a very young age. He seemed to have a chip on his shoulder and he was the kid who was always going around saying you you got you got trouble with me like he was starting fights he wasn't this wasn't self defense. This was self offense and the only reason he took up martial arts is because he got into so many street fights he finally found the guy who was better than on him and this guy studied under if mon the style of Wing Tongue and Bruce Lee only took it up because he wanted to be better than the guy who had beaten him and a fight because he couldn't couldn't stand the idea that he wasn't the Best Street fighter in the neighborhood and so- martial arts him with simply an extension of streetfighting. It wasn't the other way around. He wasn't bullied kid got picked on and started studying martial arts the kind of classic tale that we're all sympathetic to. He was a genuine sort of rough around the edges. Tough Guy who'd like to start things off and martial arts. was an extension of his sort of aggression And in fact he was so aggressive that the only reason he ended up going to the states wants because the police were going to arrest him. If his parents didn't do something about his constant streetfighting yet did he. Did you know that there's different pieces of great going through stuff and then reading the book and like man. Bali really cleans it up as much as you possibly could. But did he was he actually was was there a hit on him from the triads for beating up like the son of a gang member. That's yes I think that the story that One of his friends from a high school tells Unfortunately that friend tends to tell tall tales And he's the only one who says it so I think what happened was that he he beat up somebody who was important but not a try at number because in general tried members settle things themselves. They don't go to the police for so Basically a he beat up the kid of a well to do family who didn't have access to thugs to sell it themselves and so they went to the police. Did he pull a knife on teacher he did. He had a teacher the PE teacher used to when they were running around the track would take a along we'd essentially long switch grass and switch the kids on the back of the legs if they were going to slowly And it hurt. And and they didn't like it but Bruce Lee brought a switchblade in his pocket his shorts and one day when the teacher whipped him he turned around. Flip the blade open and charge the P.. Teacher who immediately ran away and Bruce Lee was chasing across the field the PE teacher with a knife in his hand so this isn't like like he was kind of a bad boy. This is the genuine article. Yeah absolutely so nineteen fifty-nine he goes to the states he graduates I believe a technical high school. He enrolls in Washington Drops out not immediately from from time. Line that I have. But but what was going on with him kind of his his moved to the United States his thoughts. I know he's working in a restaurant but now he's practicing martial arts arts and he's kind of entering that first whether or not people thought it was bullshit not because I think there's some real truth in the book where it's like. At times he could have been a little annoying with his philosophical Stuff but he's clearly figuring himself out to these transitional years before we get to kind of the Hollywood chapter and understanding how important he is a martial arts. Yes so what's fascinating about. His story is when he got to America he he he had that kind of instant. Almost instant immigrant turnaround story. Where he he decides? I want to be a success here. The way my life was going in Hong Kong was bad Leading towards the dark place. How can I change this so so? He didn't become a student but he came a much more dedicated student. He got into the University of Washington. He Fell in love with philosophy And took that up as one of his main interests But I think the more important thing was he because he came from Hong Kong. which at that time? It's not a major film industry with basically like the Nigerian film industry like it was popular in the region but no one else watched their films. He never thought thought it was possible to be an actor in the states and so he decided that the way he was gonna make a living in America wants to teach Kung Fu to everyone in opening sort of chain of Kung Fu Kinda CTO JOE's across the country to be the Ray Crock of Kung Fu and so it was at the University of Washington where he realized he could get Caucasian students interested in signing up for his classes and that made him sort of the first. I come through instructor to teach a kind of non Chinese audience. And that's what's interesting is that he mentally gave up the idea of being an actor for about four or five years but it ended up catching up with him anyway so for awhile. All he thought about was martial arts and martial arts instruction and man that led him to rejoin his acting career. There's some really revealing stuff about how ahead of his time. He was when you think about nutrition. The exercises working with weights. I mean this is somebody who was was as wiry sinewy as as you I can imagine is as far as his physique but it wasn't all genetics like he was eating these basically smoothies before they were called smoothies. Right like peanut butter bananas eggs even raw hamburger meat and he would just drink these things and he was doing all sorts of exercises working with dumbbells. Concentrate like at this point. It feels like this is when he's deciding that whatever I'm going to be. I'm going to be physically tuned as perfectly like he feels like the first of the closest thing we have to an actual superhero as he's learning his craft in obviously supplementing with everything that he can get his hands on that he thinks is healthy for him. which again felt like very? Maybe you could say it's the sixties a lot of people doing that kind of stuff but at least reading this stuff. I'm like I feel like I see these posts from girls doing dead lifts on Instagram all the time and he was doing and sixty. That's right well what what's interesting is. It was such a niche thing in America the sort of weightlifting craze and some of the magazines that were the equivalent of say muscle and fitness at that time. But Bruce who's instantly gravitated towards those and it would have been easy. You know took thirty or forty years before that overtook American culture in general But at that time time for such a small group of people who are into protein shakes vitamins but bruce immediately gravitated towards I think partly because he grew up. He almost died as a a a baby During the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong and so he grew up physically more frail than the other boys and this it's always bothered him and I think he saw this as a way to make for a childhood deficit but then clearly he realized something that no other martial arts at at the time realized. which is this kind of weightlifting? Regimen could really enhance your skill level. in the same way that athletes of that era didn't lift weights alert. Do any of the things that they do now and so he was really kind of on the cutting edge of the modern
Enter the Wu-Tang Clan
"Today. We're going to enter the WU. Tang clan I love that so much I was. You May as well have reached across the table and slap me. When you told me I was like? Oh I'm going to do this next and you're like I'm going to do the Wu Tang clan and I was like what and you really did your due diligence. You might have done a lot of research focused all right first of all. I watch the show. Time for part documentary series. Tang clan of Mike's in men came out in May two thousand nineteen It was filmed to commemorate the twenty fifth anniversary of the group. And actually there's also a dramatize who series called Wu Tang in American saga which came out. on Hulu in September twenty nineteen It portrays a fictionalized account of the the formation of the Tang clan over ten episodes but I decided I was going to the source. Yeah I was GonNa Watch the documentary. Good good for you documentary. I read some chapters in some books. Wow I read some websites. I listened to a lot of music primary sources I am I am here for Al.. I am your as of this moment. Just for just for one tiny moment in the blip of the timeline of the universe. Im Your expert on the Tang clan. That's very exciting to me as a CO host most of this podcast that I am sitting in the presence of the current expert of the Wu. Tang clan this is. I can't wait to learn it. You're so right off the bat the term. MC It can mean master of ceremonies which is usually the only person at a gathering that was allowed to use a microphone. It could also stand for microphone controller or Mike Cheka It is also the general inverse skilled rapper and to be a true. Mc means being able to perform under any circumstance to the ultimate performer and an emcee masters. The moment and makes every move appeared deliberate and I realize as I read the definition that you can tell I am the whitest. We are rivaled only by your good friend here Lauren. Also one of the whitest white girl I am very. Are you aware and I apologize in advance. If I mess anything up please let me know and happy to take feedback on this especially because this is a topic that I I that I start from. Scratch basically exactly all right so if you are an expert too and you already own the complete route Tang discography and you have a relevant tattoo. A to somewhere on your person and you just wanted to make sure that I got the names of the members right here. They are so right off the bat. You've Rizza JR izza older. You bastard goes face. Killa La Method Man Ray Kwan Inspector Deck Masekela and you God and then later on you had capitana so now you can go ahead and forward to the sparkly quiz music if you want but if you wanna hear the whole story buckling so picture it. Staten Island late. One thousand nine hundred eighty S. Oh ooh I know your favorite of the boroughs so the Park Hill housing complex which is located in the Clifton neighborhood on Staten Island had become the site of steadily increasing crime crime and drug abuse beginning in the early nineteen seventies by the late nineteen eighties to gain the nickname of crack hill due to the many arrests for possession in or sale of crack cocaine that were taking place place in and around the development. The bulk of the Park Hill neighborhood had been built in the nineteen sixties During New York City's plan for urban renewal projects in the majority of US residents were African. American can the complex consisted of fifteen acres of six story. Brick apartment buildings hearing from former residence doesn't exactly paint the most glowing portrait but kids of all ages in this complex played outside listening to music. DJ -Ing break-dancing Designing Graffiti and doing all kinds of other activities. That would later come to define hip hop so in their early early twenties. Cousins Robert Diggs Gary Greis and Russell. Tyrone Jones formed a group named force of the imperial master later known as the all in together. Now how crew. So Gary and Russell lived in Brooklyn but will come to Staten Island to visit their cousin Robert. Each of the three members recorded under an alias. Gary grace was the genius genius. Robert Diggs was Prince Raquin or the scientists in Russell. Jones was the specialist the group never signed to a major label but they caught the attention of the New York City rap scene through their homemade tapes by nine hundred ninety. One genius and prints were. Kim resigned to separate record labels but the label seemed to have strong armed them into doing some songs that they didn't didn't really feel so for example prince teams for a single was called. ooh I love you rookie. Ladies Man in the showtime documentary shows parts of this music video from nineteen ninety one and it is very nice it is so ninety S. It's so he you know. He's all dressed in early nineties. Ladies have that bright makeup on the big hair and like the shoulder pads and it's like Ooh we love rocky and it's like China he's like yeah all the ladies love me and this is when you listen to his later stuff like that was that was not really his vibe boy. So that didn't go so well for Prince or team didn't go for further genius genius so the cousins refocused their efforts and they give themselves some new nicknames. So the genius became Jessica cheesy pronounce. Gizeh and prints are keen became name Rizza. Oh showers the Russell Jones became older dirty bastard or ODBC R- is said that he knew the best rappers on Staten Island and he wanted to put a home-cooked meal of hip hop of real people. Together there early nineties rise of West Coast. Music shifted mainstream hip hop visibility. Away from New York City and Rizza decided to change all in the early nineties so recipe and collaborating with Dennis Coles who was later known as ghost face killer. They decided to create a hip hop group whose ethics would be a blend of of eastern philosophy picked up from Kung Fu movies. Five percent nation teachings from the streets and comic books so five percent nation is an American revisionist movement which split from the Nation of Islam in nineteen sixty three so this movement rejected being called a religion preferring instead to be known as a culture and a way of life in its teachings are referred to as supreme mathematics which you'll hear over and over you know when they give interviews and talk about you know Wu Tang. They're always talking about the supreme mathematics. Okay cool so Liu. Tang clan assembled in late nineteen ninety-two with Rizza as the defacto leader and the group's producer Rizza an old dirty bastard adopted the name for the group after the film Shaolin and Wu Tang so in contemporary China Chinese martial arts sales are generally classified into two major groups. You have Wudong which is named named after the Wudang Mountains in Shaolin named after the Shaolin Monastery Risen said that Wu Tang was the best sword style of martial arts and the tongue is like a sword soared and so I say that we have the best lyrics so therefore we are Tang clan. Love it the group also developed backrooms for their name including witty unpredictable. Edible talent and natural game okay and wisdom of the universe and the truth of Allah for the nation of the gods. I feel like I've heard that. Yeah Yeah so this is a background. It wasn't like the actual thing but it's fun when they can do that to make it so the group pulled together three hundred dollars to record their first track at firehouse studios the song protect. Your neck was released independently on Tang records in Nineteen ninety-two. The song made them the most talked about new act in New York City's underground and announced a new brand of hardcore hip pop in in the documentary talked to some of their former management. who were like? Okay here's what we did like we would send someone at a record store like ask for the new. ooh Tang Song and they'd be like we don't have that and then they would have somebody else come back in and be like two of us have the new routines and they'd be like no and then somebody would come in like playing the Wutang boombox and people would gather around be like yeah. This is great and they'd be like yeah. Wish you buy some of this so it was like guerrilla me. Yeah it worked. uh-huh course they would also like early on. They would kind of show up at Radio Studios like a colleague Ecology station or something like that with album. You should play this. Maybe we should do that with our podcast. Why haven't we done that? Well maybe not with radio station. 'cause that's the University of Rochester banging on the glass door. Be Like you should thumb drives us. Yeah exactly thumb drive you should play. Yeah podcast I'm your radio station. What I'm sure you're three? AM timeslot is open. Yeah of course. It is so risen the management including his brother divine bovine wanted to make sure that the group's members wouldn't be saddled with exclusive contracts with a particular record label. He wanted them to be able to launch future solo projects so there was a little bit of difficulty difficulty in finding a record label that would sign the Tang clan while still allowing each member to record solo albums with other labels. Okay seve Rifkin. Allowed records agreed need to all of us in Nineteen ninety-three so loud would get the first option to sign a solo artist. But then they would be allowed to talk to other studios so if you were like I'm GonNa go out on my own loud could say okay. I would give you this much money and then you were free to shop around and then still pick is the best thing. That's a nice deal. Yeah it was in. This was pretty pretty rare for those times especially when labels like owned Like decades so signing with records everybody agreed that led to the November remember nineteen ninety-three release of their debut album and Tang parentheses thirty six chambers.
Keith Kirkland Founded a Wearable Tech Company That Lets People Communicate Through Touch
"Our guest this week is Keith Kirkland the CO founder and CEO of where works a wearable technology startup based in New York City. Not sure what wearable technology is at one point. Neither was Keith. When he was designing handbags at coach he had no idea that one day he'd start a company that would create a wearable haptic navigation device for the the blind and visually impaired? Don't worry we'll explain what all that means by the way if you listen to last week's episode with Stephanie Harare You'll Remember hearing about new inc an incubator for creators who are working at the intersection of Art Design and technology and fun fact. Keith's company is part of that. Incubator key story is A truly inspiring example of the impact that we human ben diagrams can have when we follow what feels authentic to us even when there's no through line incite and his his work shines and important light on designing for inclusivity. So let's meet Kenya. Let's do it. What is so thick means of or relating to the sense of touch? Basically like optic is for is for the skin and so basically we're working on as we build products and experiences that use your skin as a communications channel right now with the proliferation screen. Based devices everything is using your is MHM Right and we were looking at him. Like how can we get people out of their phones and back into the real world. Oh we can give them some of this information that you don't necessarily need to stare at a screen in order to get and so we started to look at. What types of information can we offload from the visual Channel To kinda give people more like in their world experience but give them the information that they need. So what kind of information can you offload from the visual Shell. So we're starting with a use case of navigation. I have two co founders and we all walked into this door of being interested rested in half digs through different ways. My Personal Dura was. I was spending time. I was at proud at the time doing a Master's program in industrial design and I was trying to find way to teach movement without an instructor being present. I was looking to try to expand movement economy and that kind of boil down to the suit that would eventually allow person to download John. Lewis In the suit with Keith data. Continue that road to build this suit and if so where can I actually. So we're doing right now is actually the foundation for me. What could potentially become with? The suit was envisioned to be. If you look at the suit like the biggest challenges were around it was that lake. All the technology existed to build the suit today. You know you have motion capture data to know where your motion is and you could do motion caption data for an expert to know what your motion should be. You can scale from their body to your body because most of us have the same number of joints in the same places cases being humans. Roughly roughly you know not say that super loosely. Accessibility is ridiculously important. Also you know like generally we can scale but the biggest part that was missing was if I want you to raise raged risk two inches off of the table using vibration. How can I tell you to do that? There was no language to communicate information through touch with. And so I. When I finished my thesis I was like Wow? You can do well this by without this language. This whole thing is kind of useless so let me go and try to work on building a language to communicate information with that could eventually help a person the potentially learn Kung Fu or any form of movement you're co-founders came to this through different channels. How did you all meet each other and realized that you were interested in in this same question of sharing information through touch yes? Oh my co-founder young and we were actually classmates in massive industrial design program at Pratt and so we we came in in the same class. We did three years together. I ended up going away for a year studying in Japan and in London at Yale University in the row. codge Avar Bureau College Young stayed in the program here and I came back and finished my third year out so we did our thesis together. Kevin was a really close friend of Yong's and hemming young had did joint these together but Kevin and I also serendipitous Lee ended up working at the Metropolitan Museum of art together. We were both fellows at at the media lab there and it's a now defunct program but before what it was was they basically invited technologist kind of reimagined. The museum experience the project I worked on was basically. I walked into my thesis with this idea of design slash fashion technology and movement. And in my thesis. It became a downloading suit when I walked onto the same idea because I was like I need all my life to be authentic consistent and at the mat we came out was replicating getting garments from the costume to Putting them on three d models giving them a sense of movement so that people could understand how the dresses and garments moved on people while people were moving because I felt like the the clothing experience was ridiculously divorced because everyone knows not touch mccaw so but you know like the VNA nate dress. You WanNa touch it because we have different experience you know with clothing art hanging on walls. How can we give people that sense of movement and so having having and I both worked on independent projects? There I'm but we worked. You know we run a cohort together and we all ended up at research. Center called the Digital Humanities Research Center it was like a playground for people to come together postgraduate and does work interesting projects. And that's where we decided to join together and and bill ware works and focus on
Female-Led Kung Fu Reboot in Works at the CW
"The nineteen seventies kung fu series could be getting a reboot on the C. W. network with the female lead possibly a young Chinese American woman dropping out of college and journeying to an isolated monastery in China she returns to find her home town over run with crime and you can guess what happens next
Who Would Win Dracula vs Cyborg
"Could not be more excited about this particular match up you know we talk about what I want to see out of battles me this Guy Ray I wanna see Contra asked of styles I wanna see to roughly matched characters fighting each other who aren't exactly the same we've talked before on this show many times sick and tired of the pedantic Green Arrow versus Hawkeye battle I'll always go back to his just who cares they're both the same dude yawn yawn bar Searle Wretch I'm over it what I wanna see is an ancient Vampire Count Dracula versus the cybernetic hero from the future org these are two class of styles but still very very compelling as a match up the this matchup reminds me of the first. UFC days where you would have you know the karate master versus the Kung Fu master or the jets jitsu versus the shoot fighter this one each of these characters clearly stays within their lane Cyborg doesn't dabble in the supernatural and I really don't think Dracula kind of goes over to the technological outside either I don't think he's ordering stuff on Amazon now that's he's definitely not neuberger either no no no no now to kind of help us with this debate we needed the think outside the box for judges and ray you had a great suggestion to bring someone in who when you think of contracting styles you think if someone who can kind of wrap their heads around the cultural impact of each character you brought up someone's name why thought was absolutely genius you can you can go ahead and Gush your guts out because what you're trying to say here's we needed somebody a little smarter for this episode and that's what I got for you definitely smarter than you and I and I think that's exactly what we got it's not saying it's not I know I I'm not saying doc I'm just not saying that you're smart and joining us in an amazing amazing actor comedian and voice over artists is Rama Blurry rumour accused of being on the show thank you for having me I didn't realize I was GONNA get buttered up so quickly at the beginning of the show well of course we're getting buttered up by James He wants something from you Aka Torri in this battle are you saying you don't want anything from me right I'm just saying I'll deserve it when I get it okay so you're willing to accept whatever my judgment is by the end I'm fact you look great today that out very very attractive man really James when I said let's bring someone smart maybe even genius intellect in the studio it wasn't actually needing for the person to be so gosh darn handsome but here we are well here we are and I'm I'm already tallying in my head I can't tell you who's winning this flatter off yet yet rabbi they'll tell you I I gotTa Tell You you're very successful active done a lot with your voice over career you're in a number of nationally and internationally syndicated commercials correct you know for different companies you're absolutely amazing I'm GonNa just ask you the question everyone else's thinking right now how are you friends with Ray I appeared on another podcast of raise knowing is half the podcast a great show that rates show and I linked to the three people on that show yeah it was here breath with the fabulous Mr Clark Chan and everyone's friend Eileen Eileen Mary O'CONNELL judge the muppets versus sesame street battle on the WHO would win six one of our favorites yep so I met I met Ray there and was wild by his podcasting acumen but also his passion for purely obscured or pop cultural Ephemera so when he asked if I would do this I said yes and then when he told me what the battle was I said Oh hell yeah very cool so what is your experience within geek culture because very often we have judges that have such a great background to them that we sometimes forget to say like hey by the a sheer he really is into this because they were they do how are you into Geek culture well first off I wear glasses so that got me eh into it very early I read compulsively I just finished my eighth book of the year and the year of the year and that includes graphic novel doesn't things some recommended to me by Mr Clark Chan I consume a lot of media and between the written word art nick cartoons as voiceover guy doing cartoons and video games and things I'm paying attention to everything going on because this is a fun visit a fun learning lesson for anybody who wants to do voices if you do impressions and I do a lot of impressions you have to realize that if you do a bad impression it becomes a character but if you do a good impression understand somebody else might do it too so the key example is this Alan tutic everybody loves Allen to one of the most underrated absolutely Kazan firefly's amazing he's easing everything death at a funeral he was one of my favorite parts of that he took the voice of Ed Wynn Vaudeville performer win famously in Mary poppins the laughing uncle off the table forever now I loved I loved doing this man's voice it was just so much on yet we're still in the middle of Shock Tober James you've been having a very shall we say successful shock Tober so far I have I've I'd like to say that I had to work really hard to get to wins in the month of shocked over the reality is I did not have to work that hard at all I didn't even research either character I just came to the show because you are a liar who was filled with lies actually researched the hell out of I hope I can say that in shock to over the heck out of both characters they were close matches by the a ray did will was there and I somehow pulled out the victory for both so I am in in crisis mode right now because I love this matchup I love Dracula vs Cyborg and look I cannot allow Cyborg to win this battle the idea that I could be facing a skunk for the entire month of shocked HCT sickens and appalls me in I'm not trying to influence your decision in any way Rama you still have to make the right decision you still have to make the right decision for you and family well see here's the thing ray as the impartial judge here I have to rule with my mind and not with my heart so you're pleading as moving may be as heartbreaking as it may be that you are putting up a goose egg this month I can't promise you a victory I can't I have to listen to the facts argued I want is for you to hear arguments and make the correct decision that's all if if every judge did that I would have a ninety five percent win percentage on the show well I gotTa Tell You James Your silence so far in your willingness to just plead the facts and all this is going to be a very dragnet performance I'm interested in just the facts ray all right just the fact enough all right well then let's waste no more time reduce the honors and announced as matchup representing the DC universe the manso metal he irons his clothes with his but cyborg doc and representing the Marvel Universe the count who will dig through the ditches burn through the witches and slamming the back of my dracula thank you okay I'll make a note about it we'll make a note about it before we go any further let's go over the official rules about who would win matched I roll number one each debater will be able to make three points rule number two the WHO would win matches a random encounter in neutral location with neither combatant necessarily knowing anything about their opponent or having any time to prepare part will number three the exact version the character has to be specifically stated so rare which version of Dracula you're using this is such a tough decision there are so many iterations of dragon in this world but I felt that since you assuredly are taking comic book version of Cyborg it would behoove me to take the powers feats and whatnot of the a six one six Marvel Marvel version of dracula gay that kind of scares me a little bit because that's in my opinion the most powerful form DRACULA in popular culture so it's Kinda what's being known as what People Know About Dracula these days I felt anymore right that's true okay well I will be using when did it become a New Yorker right now are you filled with a certain level of bombast when you get to the Mike you lean in and then you start projecting on Amazon by Taibbi and Hashtag who would win rate please give us the DETAILS ON DRACULA COUNT DRACULA is a powerful vampire who first appeared in the eighteen ninety seven brands Tokar Novel Dracula. Today's version of this iconic character is the marvel iteration who first appeared in historical suspense number seven in Nineteen fifty one then was rebooted in Tomb of Dracula number one in nineteen seventy two the newer version was made by Gerry Conway as well as Gene COLAN DRACULA'S PERHAPS THE MOST famous vampire of all time sorry twilight kids owing to the era a free to use characters in Comic Books Dracula makes her a formidable monster or overlord ending on the needs of the Story Dracula has a host of vampiric abilities including
Rudy Ray Moore, Netflix And Murphy discussed on KRLD News, Weather and Traffic
"He has been out of the spotlight the last few years but he's back and he's gonna be starring in a new Netflix film called dolomite is my name do Murphy stars as Rudy ray Moore who appeared in the nineteen seventies blaxploitation films as his kung fu fighting
"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" marks Tarantino's biggest opening
"I know that you had a chance to go and see once upon a time in Hollywood this is the big Quentin Tarantino of course you know he's known for directing writing and producing his own shows he doesn't have failed here and and it's been some talk about this I mean I really see marketing working for this particular movie it's everywhere I I keep seeing it to everyone no I think a lot of people know about it it was just released a couple days ago so what did you think about it because it's almost three hours two and a half hours long this move is that right forty million actually a little bit over forty million dollar opening which according to bottom of molecular exactly quick and he knows biggest opening weekend ever a little critical for him for systems are always rated aren't usually very gory bloody so at that that there comes that playing Peters for a long time to build their overall box office yeah but he has over in our stores is super stars in this particular movie Leonardo DiCaprio Brad Pitt I mean even the code of fanning and Al Pacino it's just Kurt Russell are allowed the loop or ask the way Michael Madsen the list goes on yeah mega stars in this movie are so I want to go back for some briefly talk about the marketing yeah the trailer was everywhere was a beginner's TV radio billboards in the trailer was right I think that really helps the the opening of the film it was funny we give these two huge stars but Brad Pitt and the Capri up playing against each other and it seems fine and she and your course set in Hollywood in the sixties and their characters seem very likable so I was on board at the same time I I knew that that that that there still was set in the exact same time three of the Charles Manson murders you're in Los Angeles and that it had something to do with that so I was terrified that the trailer with the bait and switch where I would go in there and I'll get this kind of kitschy Pratt Caprio buddy fun movie that would then devolved into a movie more like the hateful eight which was basically the end of that movie was forty minutes of blood and I just couldn't take it because Quentin Tarantino has its edge we all know that he is no stranger to excessive gore and blood in his films so I went in with a very cautious I okay winners is it's kind of hard to a shrew more recent Tarantino film that's set I won't spoil any part of the film I will say that the film does give you moments of Tarantino blood and gore they are not nearly as egregious excessive are rather extensive as I was expecting but there are pieces of it they're in there it's a rich to lean gore we're like why is this happening on screen but for the most part this film is extremely slow our usual it's really slow I mean he takes his beer precious time all in this will be almost like Tarantino through the lens of Robert Altman in that he's just skin this slice of white and he's truly given us a character piece but the difference here is that it wasn't boring at least for me it was for the third act of the film there were definitely moments where I thought to myself I am loving this movie and I had to ask myself why am I enjoyed it so much might join this because it's about Los Angeles the city I love from where I live and of course once you look in the late late sixties it was cool seeing how they made it look that way I enjoy that all the landmarks in LA that are in the movie that was in that that works around in the sixties and that are still around now am I enjoy that it's about Hollywood making films that seeing how are got behind the scenes look at that and the eight collected mix of character that always involved in that process yeah sure I'm sure all of those things are part of why I was enjoying it but even if you don't live in LA you don't know much about Hollywood I think the performances from the Capri up and Brad Pitt are two of the songs performances ever they are both amazing and this might be I I wouldn't be surprised if we're if we hear about them in the office I think we will for sure hear about them the golden globes this year I've never seen them play characters quite like this before I think it's a glorious return her practice because he has recaptured that same sort of manly charm that that first attracted so many of us to him a Cup of course and when he first hit the scene with very young so that that man with this that you crossed at least is is new we we we haven't seen that as much as he's been producing and his company plan B. entertainment is humor they produce Oscar winning content all right after the award winning contacted many awards he's been behind the scenes of gore actually for years now probably over a decade so to have him come back on screen and play opposite for from from the gap real the way that you is is great and it's yeah it's funny like you see in the trailer there are moments are you are laughing but really these characters so likeable you just want to see what happens with that so I could do been spared the last thirty minutes of the film it was just two lane with ours language terms of still making of these two men that their friendship and their weaknesses their strength and how the stories play out I will do just fine with that and it's right out the call once upon a time Hollywood because they're truly telling you a story you could wonderful time there were these two guys and one of the movie star action star one is it is not man and hear their stories and hear the witnesses I'm gonna watch this play out that's the movie and it's brilliant in a way that I would have never expected really how about that I did not expect to hear that Michael because you know some of the reviews and I read like variety said it's a heady engrossing kaleidoscope spectacularly detailed in this style Jake splatter collage of a film you know home and I'm I'm thinking okay maybe so in this as an epic tale of back lot Hollywood in nineteen sixty nine which allows Tarantino to pound on all his obsessions and we know he has a lot of those but then Washington post said it's not clear that the deep meaning Tarantino attach is to an ugly utterly meaningless act will resonate with anyone else and strongly but he resonated with you right because I think the post is missing missing the point here it isn't about the act that that's kind of the the bait and switch to go back to my original thought about this don't wanna probably going to be the bait and switch that this film is in no way about Charles Manson murders that kinda like at a side note it's it's it's the thing that creates a false sense of I would eat out of emergency it's a ticking clock that doesn't actually exist it's a thing of all waiting to happen that we know what's coming and we're seeing the players come in throughout the film that are involved and we know this thing is a little bit over our heads but batted its primary function to give you a sub conscious ticking clock to what is otherwise a deeply Monday in store but that you have that sub conscious ticking clock you are invested ten times more in the characters into what they're actually mean to the larger plot fourteen point that we know we're gonna come and that's what makes it so good and that's why I feel like a masterful because he's very clearly using our our own at the expectation that built psychology to create tension that would otherwise exist okay in this is Sony Columbia right yes all right is rated R. is a comedy drama but there's a I'm sure there's a lot of cursing and so much more in it I'm who do you think is the audience for this because I know on rotten tomatoes they gave it I think eighty five percent on some of the other critics said about eighty five ninety percent what would you give it mothers audience for one minute it's a little bit lower I think it's in the high seventies or eighties if I had to give it a percentage like rotten tomatoes does yeah I probably be in the high seventies I I'm not sure but still I will go see if you and I would say it's an absolute must you have to see that not that it necessarily where I will go but if you like Tarantino films and if you like character pieces I think that's a real peace here go see it also I don't think it's it's happenstance that baptism takes place on many sets of western movies and that its protagonist as an actor who plays and westerners obviously that genre and I've seen that Tarantino had used in many of his cell the fact even if some of our western armed ways western but here's the story line kind of played on the same way it has these high stakes drama but in in scenario that shouldn't really have them still kind of is a western can't be in the same way that some of those old school time wasters westerns war but it can would care to the soul rounded and interesting especially Brad Pitt character that you kind of don't mind that we're seeing them in the setting you just want to see them play out so I have with you to some like this in here and you know in a very long time it is not the action stabbing kung fu strewn about the sheen done blood says that we've seen so often it's none of those things for most of the movie is really about these two guys are the people around them and the choices that I think the biggest movie he's done is Django Unchained is that correct I have to go back and I think it's like a hundred and sixty two million on that and you know I don't think he's ever done that he's he pull fiction it went really well about a hundred and seven million domestic but he's done a lot of movies that have gotten a lot of attention even if they did make you know a hundred million or more but inglorious Basterds made a hundred twenty million member how we love to say that on radio vision to do it that was awesome and then the hateful eight only made fifty four million that was one because it would be there yeah yeah you too how old were you when you know like bill he's at all it was in constantly boring what what what why would you have a forty five minute long third actively felt like was forty five minutes of just people killing each other a day it didn't it the mold me it was a courageous it was pointless many of the artistic bloodshed that we saw kill bill volume one and two I didn't care about the characters or the motivation and violets for no reason and it seems like a waste of a lot of really good actors talents oh my god I can't believe how would the man if he came on and I was sleepy I was set up drink coffee and watch it that's how much I love that it hits each of us differently that's for sure and and and here in the in the U. S. actually his second lowest mini or not is elderly it's it's the second lowest opening he's ever had hazing are where the boardwalk dogs opened in limited release a hundred forty thousand dollars the hateful eight opening wide only four point six million however to her point well why did make a hundred and fifty five billion so there are people who I could only be fifty four here in the US people here work back on that one is just forty four make gets fifty former U. S. a hundred over seating so they probably barely broke even on that film on it wasn't quite as successful of course you could look like a kill bill volume one they spent thirty million on that it made seventy here in the U. S. a hundred ten form for total of a hundred eighty art course refer there which I know one change that you mentioned is that a house like in on that it was a hundred sixty two million hit the U. S. lane and total four hundred twenty five billion plus stuff in one of his biggest ones hi course love that one so you think you know once upon a time is going to do well it has a gun international yet do you think it will I don't know if it's going to be a beep I'm not sure we can be as big as Django Unchained words breaking almost half a billion dollars that doesn't seem like that's the path of the purpose of a film like this I think this is more for and what's wrong I think you can find something different than what we've seen from him Baystate ninety on this and I would be surprised at what cost and opening the forty yet that surpassed that
"kung fu" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM
"Drops kung fu fighting it as a single you could not make the song all ma'am can you imagine the social justice warriors have a song called kung fu fighting came out in the video is this guy going through the motions of kung fu fighting now here's the thing though yes so can he culturally appropriate or is that also frowned upon I think that's your white privilege wondering whether or not African American can culturally I don't know I've lost track I don't speak woke I don't know what I'm saying all of this no man is funny it's fun also celebrating their sixtieth birthday today Richie Sambora from Bon Jovi he's sixty now do we put him on the mount Rushmore of due to a plowed hot checks because they're right now you've got Scott Mayo who basically you know did the entire cast of Baywatch they call the bail watch after awhile John Mayer's up their home that mount Rushmore well you look Richie Sambora has been with heather lock we're Denise the peace Richards and Horizonte so that's a pretty solid one two three and he was with Denise before Charlie Sheen got a hold over right he got like wild things Denise so that's a pretty solid line of I don't know if I put him on that mount Rushmore like him and Tommy Lee may have to have some discussions traits of war stories but he's sixty all it was all on this date in seventeen ninety eight the United States Marine Corps was personally established by Congress however the actual birth of the marines was two decades earlier if you do your homework John Adams drafted the original resolution to raise two battalions in November of seventeen seventy five for the revolutionary war and once he became the president he also got to be the guy who signed the bill to permanently establish the core in seventeen ninety eight but for argument's sake let's just say Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps a lot of relevant history from you feel okay revolutionary wars my jam like those bunch of drunken naked that fought for freedom all may and that's my favorite part of American history all talk revolution with anybody we'll talk to you folks tomorrow at four get told maybe now.
"kung fu" Discussed on The Weekly Planet
"Mason, even though I know you want his year a son of a bitch. Anyway, those fifteen minutes on the need to we did it. I don't think we did. But none of we just for anybody. Who doesn't know? We just watch the that reaction video. We just repeated. Yes. Next up. We've got news around the Shanxi muster kung FU movie distant Daniel, Creighton who directed just mostly. And I think he did the brain Lawson Chilton twelve my movie might be that is really good. He's on Showtime twelve that's fan. That's about like us in a youth center. And oh, it's really good. It's really well acted in them. It was a pulp popstar. Yes. Yeah. Yeah. Like a disneyesque year run wild ride. Gay did Chilton told me to do it. Anyway, it's growing he's on board for its Marvel's first superhero movie franchise with an Asian protagonists. Yeah. That's great. I shanked chase interesting character. It was kind of one of those characters. I think we even talked about would have been good in in the defenders role. That's down. And also, they probably wouldn't have done it that. Well. No, probably look. And I think the reason they did it because I think you've talked about this video, but Shanxi was one of the characters that marvel offered up when they financed deal from our studios. It was one of their their Bayless characters along with all man, and captain American some of those guys whether we're like, we're gonna make some movies with the characters we have left, please give us a lot of money to do that. And I went, okay. But if you if these files were Cape in Asia, we came in change and a bunch of others and all the annoy your others, but the, but this this is the first time that that sort of disappeared. I understand because he is I think it's it's relatively easy to capture people's attention with okay, he's got a flying suit. And he's a billionaire and everything's lavish and action packed and explosions and flying, and what have you, but Shang Chi has no superpowers beyond the one of the world's best. Martial artists. Master of Mosser of the mosh Maseru. And so you hope that they would work as hard as I can't get Ron. Yeah. Because again, if it's going to be a guy, and he's one of the world's best Masha on us. You don't people to watch this go? I didn't really like the martial arts. Very good. They've gotta be kinda bright esque spectacular. I do have to have to be spectacular. Like, I'd feel like this would be like kind of a Bruce Lee kinda of back on a film. Yes, why the captain America? The second one is like a espionage one. The new captain mile was supposed to be terminated to whisk in the action scenes. I didn't really get a real sense of that for most of them. But they have a specific thing that they kind of. And I think like Bruce Lee throwback would be kind of phone if this is put in the what if they put this in this one. But what if they said this in the seventies? And I think I would because then if they bring them to the modern day, really all but Tom travel what he has a juice, and is it juiston Zeon. Yeah. That's right. Whatever Tom Cruise says he has that the event just like we need the world's greatest Marshall Odyssey's sold. Now. We'll give them a juice yet Maju. Jeez. Captain America ages slow, it doesn't it because of his juice down. But not like crazy slow, but yeah. And comic book, Nick fury. I dislike because of cheese, juice, juice. Modern Dina Curie juice one comic book, Nick fury is a widow to vet. That's what I think. Now in the movie. Money's vietnam..
"kung fu" Discussed on E&C's Pod of Awesomeness
"And I'm like what you said you one match away from greatness. So it's like each match is is, you know, it's it's so important. It really is. But you know, what you've won fifteen titles and WWE is that right? You never know your own your own stats, but and kind of all over the show. So it shows that, you know, no matter where you are whether it's it's like, a cleanup batter or utility. You know, you they put you in the position and you make it work. I mean, you've held the tag team titles with you know, Evan Bourne and punk and just like really on the surface random stuff that eight work every time. Yeah. But but it works. You know? I remember you and you and Evan. I was like oh, man. This is it's I never pictured it. But this is great and. So, but you've also come up with some really creative stuff over the years. Just in terms of, you know, the moves us where where some of those ideas come from. I mean, so for me, I try to like I watch a lot of like kung FU movies and cartoons and anime and things like that. So if I see something that looks cool. I will try my hardest to do it in real life. So like my trouble in paradise came from ninja turtles to the pizza. Boy. He did that kick, you know. And you probably see like all the martial arts movie spending roundhouse, but that was the most memorable one that I saw was a miniature too. So when they were asking me about like what finishing move. I wanna to do. I was like I I wanted to do like a a rock bottom type deal. But obviously, I'm not the guy that should be picking a lot of guys up being that, you know, a lightweight per se. But I that that trouble in paradise kick that that's been around house came from Keno. You know, so anything that really like looks cool. Jackie Chan like the rump the Royal rumble of this year when I got knocked out in that like spinning deal to the ropes. I don't even know what to call it. I mean he has to the stairs. I got that from Jackie Chan movie. You know what I'm saying? So I just draw influence from from wherever man anything that looks cool. I try to figure out like how it can be implemented into like. A an in ring move. So gosh, even like jumping off the top rope. And like trustfall was Tony hawk pro skater. Something called the Christ air you jump up. Fly up, and like, you know, look like essentially Christ on the cross just like spinning around. So I'm like, oh, that'd be cool to do like as a dive. Let me see if that works, and especially with all these younger guys in these these young Moody's, you know, doing all these crazy. You try to you try to stay up with them and do some innovative things. And I can't do like a triple double backflip. I I've never been able to do that. And I never will. So if something there and stay still, it's look different. So yeah, I just whatever whatever whatever looks cool to me outside of the ring. I just try to implement that into the ring, and and it evolved into what it is. Trustfall your face of dives. Face in the slow motion. It's not even like they gotta catch off and just like stereo your face look at that Liga that he like like jumping into bed. Go to sleep. You know, they that say taking that go to sleep is probably registered. It's been it's been a crazy couple of weeks for you. And you know, we been on for about an hour. Now wanna keep especially since the dirty looks from your wife. I wanna keep them good. He's probably waiting. I want to keep blue. But I beat me up. Make fascinating. Plus plus need to I need them. Get back because he's going to get back onto his cheat. Codes for words of friends. This guy is Kofi is pretty nice. He is he's ruthless in words with friends..
Mattel Inc shares pounded as the toy maker's woes continue
"For major buzzkill Mattel having its worst day in two decades after the company posted weaker-than-expected guidance shares of the twin maker plunging as much as twenty percent. And this comes after an epic rally for the Barbie dream house. One just one week ago had its best days in nineteen seventy six even with today's declined to stock up around forty percent, your Tim, this is in your portfolio is by the way, the worst thing about the Barbie dream house was setting that thing up. We'll get here another show and the bizarre. Yes, of course, have Barbie during mass. Why wouldn't I doesn't everybody? But what I talked about two days ago, or so it seems just like two days ago that Barbie was up. Fifteen percent seventeen percent f x f x in the fourth quarter. So how explain this output if anything Hot Wheels and Barbie where the sweet spot of that quarter. And then they come out today. And gave you that news in terms of where the stock is. You're actually still eleven percent above where you were when they announced those earning. So if you want a pyrrhic victory, that's it. This is very very disappointing for a company that continues to give you one step forward two steps back. Okay. So gives me they had an investor day today, which is where they gave this guy. I don't understand is when they reported earnings. They must have known about this guidance. And why didn't you release the guidance Detrick when you report on February eighth when they reported fourth quarter guys when the stock was I think close around twelve and a half, or so why wouldn't they I mean, what changed we know? Parents something changed you won't find those GI Joes with a kung FU grips you remember that thing. So my world not only is it flawed. But now you have to start questioning the managements. It's amazing. Like, you you reside in my head. And that's been the issue with this company. I mean, we've had management changes. We've had we've had a restart we've had a refresh over and over again. So why do you used to be? I think there's an is incredible brand value. I think these guys are starting to some licensing deals some movies coming out. That'll be kick. Starting. They have a digital strategy. That's been the key there. Most of these toy companies getting online getting digital becoming part of the video gaming world. I don't know how Barbie gets into a video game. But I'll be wonder if Hasbro Mattel to everyone's point. Mattel was the shining star. It was the one that navigated the toys R us better than Hasbro. It had a lot of levers to pull. So when you start to look at the tail wins, there's much more tailwinds to Mattel even with this latest sell-off, but I wonder if you can play the Hasbro by off of this because that took it on the chin Mattel was rallying. Maybe this one is in inverse relationship. I think longer term you look for those levels where rallied from used as you stop on Battelle. Yeah. You you could play the has not gonna do that. I think they're all challenged at this point in time. I mean what a kids play. Now, they play video games. They're not playing necessarily with Barbara. They're not playing with Hot Wheels. As cool as I used to think they. They are in as cool as Tim still thinks they are they're just not playing with them. So I think you stay away.
"kung fu" Discussed on Double Toasted
"So if you want that kung-fu goodness all over your body. It is available right there in time for Valentine's Day, because you know, the best way to seduce woman is to use kung FU and Ramat or so if you're in their parameter, and then you come FU somebody else, they immediately want your Boehner. And if it's another lady, lesbian things happen. So I don't know. How that gets that shirt? I'm excited. Yeah. I mean, are you a lady? Yeah. Lesbian things to happen. So you on the first the first part was like dudes get girls on your way. That's fine. Let's be an antics. Yes. Women I want to give and let her new kung FU on me. Requirements, but that is a long joke, but any. Item to the second one at fourteen percent off your Valentine forty percent off of your Valentine for your Valentine of your Valentine, if you're getting fourteen percent off of your Valentine that is a Hooker and is legal in most states, but talking about hookers talk Modise dot com. Go and get some stuff, and actually that's it. So actually, no, no, no. We're not more thing. Apparently, you've commissioned a bunch of art work at the course of the week. So let's go ahead introduced from Bouche, and it's like conjoined twins. I think it is on. Join wins artists or something. Yeah. Join twins artists. Connor bring knows the football is a sport John Madden farming everybody. My gut is out that is totally in your accurate one. I would never have the football into. I don't think I could stiff arm your neck off to snapped an accurate representation of what would happen if we played football. Yeah. But the thing is that like I would never have the football like that. I don't play anything that That would would have. have like it'd be running out never be running with it because I can't run, but I'm not very fast. But you know, what they Connor for that? It's going to go into groups and go on it's going to go on Instagram tomorrow. And thank you for that. But with that said they're out there in the world, there's nobody in here. Because even if they were there's no camera to tell the people that are there. It's true. But it's blackness you can always just nothing, but you can always get a hold of us at any other time. You know that right? I do I know that right sequoia.
"kung fu" Discussed on Channel 52: The DC Podcast
"We're going to get a striptease go and get our numbers. Well, you know, I'd be playing a different funky song. If you made the phone goes, you know, won't you take me to go. Nice. That's a stretch right there. But it works. All right. August link for the show notes for the everything you want to know that awesome. And somebody somebody send us quasar funk as yeah. Hey, hey, if you wanna make some money off at one on if if you're not if you're not Disney, you can't make money off Mazda say on on YouTube and be like, hey, look, you can buy. But no, we can't unless the Disney makes some Funke Disney. And if you're not Disney just make some incentive. Well, you know, what I haven't thought about this for years, but my favorite part of one of my favorite parts about wizard magazine was when people took action figures in they made access at your didn't exist on existing ones. Yes. Make some new quasars because we only have one right? Really that one representation that I know signed in that marvel game that is a pain from Heinz because you don't know getting in the box, and I. Oh, yeah. Mine. Quasar, and it's come through kung FU grip. Quasar has adamantly him. Quantum kwong? Wow. I wonder what figure you used to like that. I wonder if pain as superman, I think I've seen somebody do that really. Yeah. Quasar the along the the nineties longhair superman, you know after. Mullet man. Yeah. Mullet superman. Yeah. That's right. Yeah. Archive wizard figures that would have been redone. Probably. Yeah. After the internet. All right that it. That's it out. All our all our wishful thinking. So anyway, the if you have any comments questions about these issues or you can slip some funk is under the table, Email capes in lunatics, Adamo dot com, peaceful dot com slash quantum zone. Pod. Remember follow? Our our exclusive one of group once these also watch live. At Quantum's impact. In at seals like on Twitter, wholesale sidekicks on Instagram and the voicemail six one four three eight two two seven three seven at six one four thirty eight capes and will wear can people get a hold of you and purchase some of those. What's on your case? I funny enough. You've mentioned that I didn't be reached the Twitter at wall. That's W A L L R E D And also Saint thank for g mail. Dari of night dot com, which is my self published book, which is I don't know you haven't seen this. But this is hard cover. Foil. It's got a book to awesome. I'm very know. That's right. Not not dazzle, but it's pretty nice not dazzle level. But it's okay. Yeah. So yeah. So yeah, you find Dari dot com and quantum zone dot org. Which will have the show notes. We'll have linked to everything you wanted to know about quasars quantum vans. All right tube celebrity the pedaza where can people get a hold of you? The Halloween as ler. We got a bone. I mean, maybe we'll make fun guest. Maybe we'll do a special one though quasar who guests appeared at several dad's ler issues and then. Yeah, I'm still you could find all the entire entire month are kind of yell NAT recap Halloween horror movies at on YouTube Instagram sweater found cloud. I tune. L Matt recap brain cells left. Look it up. See what we're doing? As a follow up is still often the air. We'll see I have one. I think I don't know if she would like it in their little bit harder to find. But it will be really cool to do like every superhero movies starting with the first one now even dig into little Howard, the duck. We'll say, I don't know. Not a last awhile that we didn't know we got a minute big budget to get something like that old Spiderman camping America digs deep for some of them. Yeah. I was gonna say I think I don't know what you want to spend. But if you get that wasn't that DC universe app. I think a lot I think most of their these movies are on there. So. Cool. All right. So everyone. In the quantum zone in the middle of our international incidents. Episode all in Russian.
"kung fu" Discussed on The Projection Booth Podcast
"Like the kid who speaks English. He I like I found myself liking him so much. And when I started watching the movie, I think I kind of soon to be sort of forgetful. I totally agree. Yeah. Yeah. These even those guys are incompetent. You're not yelling at them. You're not like, what are you doing here? You know, there's almost always you can tell why they're doing what they're doing initially. It's because they're horn dogs, but. Ring. It isn't during. It's very endearing. We start off in one movie with Richard ING doing this whole, you know, Frighteners kind of thing and he ends up going to this little town. And then all of a sudden were in a different movie. It's almost like we're in an American werewolf in London for few seconds because he goes into this pub and they're just like, what are you doing here? And all crazy about stuff. And that's when we're introduced to to Mr. vampire coming in. And then there's this weird cut and all of a sudden we're seeing these writers in the forest row coming in becomes this huge battle that happens in this forest, and I have no idea what's going on. I just know there are bad people in there are the villagers, and eventually that's what leads us into like. Our third act plot is this whole idea that these bad guys, these raiders who are into black magic and they, there's all these things of spiritual possession going on. And I love that when spirit when people are possessed, they're not actually. Zest, these guys aren't possessed. It's the spirits are behind them and their feet arresting on these guys feats and they're moving their arms around and seven walking with them in front of them and then so if you can do the special thing where you put the leaves above your eyes or whatever, then you can see the spirits behind them. So it's great. And then that's where Pauline Wong shows up again. And she's the head bandit black magic practitioner, and she becomes our big Batty in this one, though, some great scenes of like the two beds spirits being hanged in this movie. It's like, oh man, in love. The introduction of the bandits infiltrates something straight out of a blinded movie the way they slow mode rolled into it, and it definitely felt like they were making a concentrated effort to up the kung FU quotients in this movie that there was a lot more action in this film to compared to Mr. vampire to. And with the introduction of the two ghost characters, it expanded to the. Posssibility of what they could do with the action as well as with the comedy. And honestly, this was one of my favorites of the series for its ability to blend these action comedic elements and just the pure fantasy of it. It was off the chain, but in, but it never felt like it was spiraling out of control and terrible at picking favorites sort of in general. But I think I love this almost as much as one until the sequences with Pauline Wong's character fighting in the end are maybe some of my favorite, like actual kind of battle scenes in any of the series. And I just love the that character is included. I mean that sort of demonic black magic practicing senile character shows up in some Shah brothers, movies, like there's this amazing character I'm obsessed with in the magic blade who's called devil's grandma. I remember grandma, and in my mind, paulie longs character is like devils grandma. The early years still young and is riding a horse in shopping people's heads off. But the balance at they're able to strike between like genuinely laugh out loud comedy, and some of them was really impressive. Battle scenes just love this one so much in, you know, our friend Billy thou shows up again in he's this corrupt cop. There's usually corrupt officials almost always in these movies as well or officials who just don't give a shit, and he shows up in a subplot and that's the whole idea of covering yourself in soot. And so that the ghosts you can see ghosts and they can't see you. So there's a lot of that that happened some other movies as well as far as can you see the spirits or not see the spirits? And that also leads to a pretty good. I was saying as far as like pulling the hair and pretending to be the other person manipulating..
Interview with The Last Dragon star Taimak
"Hey, you listen. Not with pain that you. Is a crime. Jonah classroom, you play. In all each e. What. From, are you? We're here with another addition, talk nerdy to me. I'm choice stagner with my co host Patrick Potter zone, and we had the distinct honor of interviewing time. Ach, the star of last dragon, the ultimate kung FU movie, not just the eighties of ever ever. I guess you too. Yeah, yeah. So that was, yeah, we were making sure it was like, okay, we want to screw this up the furry for sentence that we'd come came out of our mouths, we moan and make sure it was just they just produce me and I was mumbling below. I didn't know what those, but of course, as so one anyway is -actly. So how you enjoying again? Great. Great. I mean, I got off the plane and I'm here. Rivaz great. It's a little different streets knee really well. So if the head me everything's great little little different temperature from New York. Well yeah. Well it was nice today is really humid and not. So of course we're here talking to you about the one of the greatest movies ever last dragon. So now coming on thirty thirty third year thirty eight five eight thirty third year. Third. Yeah. This hard Mathis hard. Yeah. Exactly. So, yeah. So we kind of wanted to talk about. I actually had a couple question because I've been my original DVD. This is my personal DVD. Yeah, just waiting. I couldn't find my HSA. So. So the one that asked you a couple of questions about last dragon, so. I personally wanted to know one thing and I know there's going to be a pretty stupid question. What was in the tank I needed to know in every last. I know I, I can't answer. I'm going to go to my grave. It's going to be the Pulp Fiction, suitcase thing. Nobody's going to know what it is maybe in this Posad next project about last dragon. Maybe they'll come up with something. We haven't a next. I don't know. I don't get a hold of, you know what I'm saying? You know, I had a question. You were talking about your, you know the pronunciation of your name. Is there a meaning behind that name? Yeah. My father used to take every kid many years ago and back then there was no internet and he never saw the kid. Again, he just remember him much love this kid and his name was taymor and my father didn't know the spelling and he was native American mix race kid. And the name is actually of a as God that helped the poor. And so he just spelled my name differently. It was the bowels European ball's t. time. Yeah, so that's where it came from. Actually, the guys named Johnson, oh, he's a. World judo champion. He took the Olympia and everything. So so you're you're when you first started at now, you probably asked this, you actually catch the the teeth, of course. Well down, it would be very, wanna. See. All right. We're gonna get how many takes was that. Nine of them in the. All right. I'll be running. To try. Anyway. Yeah, no, I caught the arrows thing was they weren't short. So when they came, they were lighter, would they didn't want to kill me in the first few scenes that we're gonna be shutting last ragged so, but I did catch. Yeah. Shot an order. If something big, go wrong, they want to do that in the beginning of the movie and the end. Like I said, they trust me. I was, you know, already skilled martial artists and I had great timing and it just worked out where I was. Yeah. I mean, it was like a, it was a barge, and then the handed all set up you. It was like really fun for me. The most amazing barge. I mean, you know. The most amazing teacher there at the master. A New York like that. I can't even imagine what the right would go
"kung fu" Discussed on Blank Check with Griffin & David
"It's been baffling air, like what really ice storm. And that's what's angering Ang's making a kung FU movie. Yeah. Okay. Hangs making Hoke. Okay. It's a, it's a cowboy. It's a gay cowboy. These all sound. It's a lateral move someone having a panic attack in the middle of desma. Just miss child insane. Yeah. So it's like when I hear like, okay, it's like it's a Will Smith film where it's like basically Looper yet. Right? Except he's playing both parts. So mazing about it is just that like. Smith is a young man did not get those opportunities to give a nominal performance shirt until and and also my big theory is that all the stuff that Will Smith has been doing on Instagram is similar to what he did with this actor where he's becoming young again, actually through sentimental, that's Will Smith, don't you think we'll Smith on Instagram has been adore, he's he's young again, interesting trainers shelves to the young again, and that's what we're seeing, and it's going into this movie and I'll say, I will Smith's working with a really big important smart director and in a wise, Michael man, arguably, right. I want to look at this just to make sure I'm not like dissing someone. No offense to David air. Sure or Akiva Goldsman. Right? But like. Mean, do you count 'em nights Shamlan because if not at that point, he's like, that's a bronze star. But also if not, you kinda gotta go back to basically like either Alex pro if you if you buy that or you know, Michael, Matt Moore, you're gonna say, oh, I just think that you know. M night Shyamalan coming off of both of these things. I think they're signing onto Wilson projects like Will Smith. Approach finds is very interesting and make sense like a post Billy Lynn climate, but it's I, I'm very curious with that movie. Very, do what you were saying about, like every project he signs onto sounding like just completely confusing. I've been watching these movies, a lot of them with the lady. I've been dating humble brand and. Like once every twenty I should've said, humble, brag, I'm calling my home. No, you say it's eight again. I've been watching a lot of these movies at the lady up homo brag, fucking humble, brag. He wrote me so much for daring. Very crowded. Actually. I think this is great stuff. But she like every twenty minutes during whatever movie were watching. We'll just go like we to second Inglis career is fucking crazy issuer like she just in response to random scenes. Movies will be like house this the same guy that made that thing. It's true. Wash them all what's really fun mini series for that exact the one before this one after this is and she just goes like, that's insane. Just why I wanted to do because it's that thing like this genre switch, they toggle so crazy, right. Like I was talking about hulk, could she was like, so what does he make Brokeback? And she's like what he make before crouching tiger, honestly think there's a lot of directors Verna her tug model where you're like, look at that thing on the mound. I'm going to go run up there as fast as I can, and then I will prove to you that life can be like this. That is not what he does. He's not crazy. He's not looking Aron person. I think he's actually a person who is just reacting to the world, taking his cues from it. And like when I talked on the Billy Lynn about what he's doing, a genuine, get the impression that it's his understa. Meaning that this was the only rational path forward just seriously, but that's that's part of his ill as an artist. Right? Is that he's resolute about the things he does also, it's like if you read the the stuff I sent you about the back story of him, actually the whole thing like he wanted to be an actor. Right? But it was like it's many steps before that. It's like he basically was Mikey from the ice storm. He describes himself as a kid just like I was spaced out of his brooding. Mine tire went to art school because he couldn't get into any other into the military to military test, right? And then got sent to the article which is basically already high school. She's like, hide. These kids don't get beat up, just sort of guided through verse..
"kung fu" Discussed on The Art of Manliness
"Kill Bill or John wick is a great example of a kind of modern come food classic. The third way I think is crucial is. Totally changed fight choreography. So if you go back and you watch sort of nineteen sixties Star Trek, you can see captain Kirk throwing this bolo haymaker John Wayne punch outta right field missing the guy by three feet, the macgyver collapses. And that was considered acceptable, spike choreography. Note, you can't watch the show today where it's an action hero. He's not a martial arts master, you know, Tom Cruise kicking and punching and doing jujitsu moves Batman, Christopher Nolan's Batman is like, you know, this kung FU master Sherlock Holmes that recent movie. Real master. So every it completely changed action cinema on the west in in that was, I think, probably the deepest impact Hong Kong films and Bruce Lee hat and besides impacting America's cinema, Bruce Lee through his movies impacted American culture as you said in the sixties. No one knew hardly anything about Asian martial arts. You know, if you said kung FU kung, what? What is that? But because of Bruce Lee like now there's, you know, DOJ os and pretty much every single town in America. That's right. And that's why I was shocked that there wasn't a good biography about Bruce Lee, and I think that's because his image is just this confer movie guy who made a couple low budget films. But if you think about it, he completely transformed American culture. All these parents in the suburbs whose six year old sons are learning. Taekwondo are only doing that because the Bruce Lee, no one was doing that back in nineteen hundred. Fifty one it the kung FU craze is totally a result of the popularity, Bruce Lee and his films, and afterwards millions and millions of young westerners like myself took up the martial arts, and so it spread all these DOE Joe's in every small town. There's this the quote in the book from Fred Weintraub, who produced enter the dragon. And he said, you know, before Bruce Lee, every small town had a barbershop and a beauty parlor. And after Bruce Lee, it also had a karate studio with poster, Bruce Lee on the wall. And so all of these kind of strip mall dough Joe's that you see today are part of Bruce Lee's contribution to the world. And what's interesting about him personally is that was his goal. It wasn't an accident. He he set out like a missionary to use the medium of film in order to spread Asian culture to the west. And so he really his impact. It was a self conscious and incredible, and that's why I think he's an important cultural figure and not just the celebrity. So there's a lot more we could dig into. We talk about his family life which was complex. Yes. There's also was death. You know, like Bruce Lee died a young man. He was only thirty two because he died young, like a lot of people who die young. There's a lot of legends around his death like you basically like to Parker Elvis, you know, some people think that he's still alive but you, it looks like you uncovered how Bruce Lee really died. So we'll let people buy the book to find that out. But before we end, I'm curious after writing, I mean, this is a big Thome of a book like were there any life lessons you took away after researching and writing about Bruce Lee. You know, it's interesting because Bruce Lee influenced my early life got me into martial arts. I wanted to be like Bruce Lee physically, but as I was working on the book, I I, he influenced me on a kind of motion level, I would say, and very specifically this book took seven years to write. It was incredibly hard to do. It was only supposed to take eighteen months or two years, and so the advanced money ran out. I was like, living on, you know, paycheck to paycheck just trying to Saronic Bruce Bruce Lee. Exactly I was and I was. So I'm writing about Bruce Lee starving in Hollywood, and I'm starving here trying to write the book above drizzly, starving in Hollywood, and the way it inspired me was that you should never give up if you've got some a dream and the thing that you really love and this is clear shade. But Bruce Lee proves that the impossible is possible..
"kung fu" Discussed on Everyman Podcast Show
"Deals daddy i mean mr good name to tease that there's going to be difficult they show we're gonna we're gonna talk about being a father one learn things as well wanna just kind of go around and ask a few questions first things first i want to know and you guys can get into this one to what's better kung fu movies or the marvel comic movies that are out now and when i say kung fu movies the ones from the seventies the mobile the marvel i thought you were going to hit us with the kung fu movie canada i think the mob was more the more in detail with with action really you didn't like the bruce lee movies back then growing up you didn't see any of those 'cause the really yeah who's your favorite i guess kung fu movie character person bagging the seventies outside of bruce lee os just bruce lee i think growing up it was only bruce me actually actually i think it was kareem abduljabbar he did confu of course really chuck norris was there to your right in like charles bronson so who's your favorite out of that entire bunch back then who who it that you knew there moves coming up i gotta go see this guy because i love his shit loosely bruce lee good man here you got a good dad hear mr night to tease i loved roughly i think i've seen maybe like one or two movies when i was a kid and man that guy was bad ass did you like his son i mean his son did movies before his death is well did you ever get to see some of his essay couple of but i didn't really i think masan was but the busey was the real deal get right real deal he got killed because the way i understood it back then was that he was teaching the art of a cone fu or karate out on our was properly called but he was teaching this to people out there i think even taught chuck norris and i believe i don't want to say the asian the chinese triad or some sort of chinese organization found out that he was leaking out these secret arts of the kofu and they assassinated him am i wrong on that star that's what i that's the same point that i did i got pretty much they was assassinated right but was based on the fact that he had those kung fu art things was you don't even know you just knew he died no yeah i knew a little bit what but i think he more fascinating of course he had to be i gotta think it was based on that come through stuff man that conference series yeah i mean at least back in a he was definitely serious yeah he was the real deal like you said it's back then it wasn't even nobody near even i even know from japan tokyo anybody that didn't come up saying nieve knowing that kung fu back then but him and he mastered to the teak us he took on armies he didn't like all his original john's right on going yeah like that's real yeah jackie chan i was thinking about right now jackie chan there's one that does soul stunts to missing care who didn't they were wanting to fight jackie chan bruce lee has now booth i would think so too that guy looks faster than jackie chan and i'm talking about even when jackie chan was in his prime pretty much at this i think he just did a movie recently jackie chan or some shit i seen him not that long man i gotta look slow let them jellicoe jet leads you're right handle jellies kind of putting all the daman i mean hell last time i saw gently he was doing that lethal weapon part four movie meghan days jerry oreo jackie chan those asian people may know native all now they age well and gay man kids and they used to be like sixty yeah that's what i'm saying the land man i'd even do journalism he might be ninety years old oh evy doing every monday to ninety doing good man bill but i.
"kung fu" Discussed on Unorthodox
"It's ridiculous and with the secret british mistress he produced bruce lee's mother grace ho and so bruce lee it turns out it's five eighths han chinese one quarter english and one dutch jewish that's amazing we'll take them welcome to the try bruce liebowitz as you are now known i love this so not for relate you go what the first three movies like a starter pack for for bursley for people watch over the weekend you have to watch enter the dragon that's the movie that made him a star that's what all of the bruce lee fanatics washed the first time out it's the first hollywood hong kong co production it's an english which helps and it's a movie i think worked so well because bruce lee was absolutely terrified that they would re cut the movie when they went back to hollywood and give it over to the white star john saxon and they actually had plans to do that so bruce lee made sure that he printed his personality on every sing scene and so his performance literally vibrates off the screen the second movie i would go see is way of the dragon it was direct to'real debut he wrote starred and directed it the movie is a little sloppy like any direct to'real debut but it has the scene where he fights chuck norris which is the best kung fu karate fight scene ever ever filmed by far and so you can actually skip most of the movie and just go to that and it's a delight to see chuck norris getting the hair ripped off his chest by bruce lee one of the great scenes ever and then just to show that you're cool you should see the orphan from nineteen sixty that was bruce lee's last cantonese film he made when he was eighteen in which he he's doing a kind of version of james dean's rebel without a cause and instead of moping he kicks ass.
"kung fu" Discussed on Unorthodox
"I know i was obviously but i didn't really get i'm sort of just like why are you guys so excited the books amazing obviously and i learned a lot about personally but why should like explain to someone like me who i think represents a fair men were listeners the ways in which bruce lee is responsible for basically everything i see right now on tv right so the first thing that's amazing about bruce lee is he's the first asianamerican since the advent of sound the star in a hollywood movie so he he's the jackie robinson of chinese actors basically and he broke barriers that we're still trying to break down with fresh off the boat jackie chan's career the second remarkable thing about bruce lee is he probably introduced more westerners to east asian culture than any other human being ever live so before bruce lee there was maybe a few dozen kung fu and karate schools in the western world and then afterwards there were twenty million and so when you go he sort of his yen to my yang that's bruce lee he introduced the taoist concepts and popularized them to western culture and so you know our producer josh cost like me is an enormous fan and absolutely you know devoured your your book told the story about driving on a bus in mexico and the entertainment on the spouse was obviously bruce lee movies the seemed to be something incredibly universal about that really it plays everywhere and it is sort of immediately understood what is it about the the martial arts the particular genius bruce lee the just carries this message everywhere bruce lee had i think partly because he was chinese and partly because he was small of stature he looks like somebody who was a skinny little door who worked out all the time and became a superhero he wasn't big and strong he wasn't ali he wasn't imposing an so bruce lee he's ever.
"kung fu" Discussed on 1A
"He became to get noticed what was interesting as he came to the states when he was eighteen because he kept getting into trouble getting into fights on the streets and so his parents any way to try to straighten him up and when he arrived in america he looked around at what kind of roles asians were being offered and said to heck with that i'm not gonna play a house boy or a pigtailed cooley on building the railroad and so he decided he was going to become the ray crock of kung fu to launch franchises of kung fu studios across the country recruits man who turn mcdonald's into a national franchise exactly and so he he decided that he was going to give up acting and only become a become a martial arts teacher and it was during a performance in nineteen sixty four in long beach that a producer in hollywood noticed him and decided to cast him eventually as kato in the green hornet and that launched his career as a kung fu actor let's talk a little bit more about how asians were portrayed on screen before bruce lee we mentioned mickey rooney and breakfast at tiffany's hollywood was very much reflection of the prejudices at the time california has had laws like the chinese exclusion act which were basically one of the most draconian racist laws that any state has ever passed matthew talk about some of bruce lee's predecessors on screen that's a great point and we have to be very specific successfully heikkala was the first asian actor to ever star in a hollywood movie but that was in nineteen fifteen he was a star in the arab before sound and as soon as sound came around it exposed who's a thick japanese accent and he lost his position as a romantic leading man and then pearl harbor ended the roles of asians is heroes or leading men in hollywood movies and after that they became a kind of emasculated stereotype.
"kung fu" Discussed on Couples Therapy with Candice and Casey
"She's like i didn't know pack it like my mom when you left i was out with my mom and dad and she's like that casey likes you i was like no he doesn't she's like no he really likes you and something happened i was like interesting how did not get that i really liked to climbing your bed you three times twenty in my twenties and hot in new york all guys wanted from me was one thing i just thought that's what you wanted when mom was like he really likes you oh well that's different that's that's something i haven't experienced before no and then i went away and i just remember like calling you and your mother answer and that's it and then that was it we came in paris near like speaking to my mom and then she ended the phone you go so i'm getting back on sunday do you want to go on a date next week and i was like yep and that was it and then like three weeks later we were married for the first time just not into fucking around it comes to dating one to lock it up our first date was really exciting sitek candice to the movies we saw kung fu hustle do you remember that and right after the movie was over i grabbed her in like kicked in a fire escape door and then we were in like this abandoned fire only exit for the fourteenth street movie theater in new york city and just grabbing in started making out there like it was like a romantic comedy or something and i remember you stopped and you're like how many other girls have you brought in this percents really hungry other girls have you brought this theater ama terrible liar immediately averted eye contact and shook my head stare remove before how i not come clean to you about this.
"kung fu" Discussed on Mysterious Universe
"Was nearby and overheard the kids excited about it and he ended up becoming their mental so is basically like though trained by kung fu mazdas across the country except instead of learning kung fu though learning how to make it easy was fishing louis so at the same time ed pleads he's parents to get lessons from this old guys name was muzzy and it just so happened that where this guy lived in maine there was a really prestigious music camp physicians and edwin and his brother they just so happened to be amazing at musicians as well that was one of the hobbies i had gotten into so they get accepted in this music school and the tooted by this fly fishing mazda so this was how he's life went on and he got amazing at doing this but it wasn't until edwin got old enough to kind of go online that he realized that he wasn't alone in this obsession and this is where he discovered the underground fly tying community underground though there's actually an underground force the classic fly tying dot com swan of the websites he found and he started reading the forums know really getting into it and they told me that the dock web for selling the dock web right there probably is the bile these legal feathers so he started raiding this post with someone said look there's just something about fly tying with the old materials you know following the recipes from those old books from the eighteen hundreds and then someone else came into that foreign threat and said yes have to filter this something and i'm haunted by this feeling even today and then someone else said oh it's like a drug nothing else matters nothing compares when it touches my fingers and the talking about all these old feathers and like old polo barefoot to make these fishing flies like i'm taking back to a time when fish worse biggest logs and though a fresh from the sea that texture and.
"kung fu" Discussed on WMEX 1510 AM
"Like them crazy kung fu if we already well that's why you would over one yeah but i have to give up more of a yes because the first time that didn't work and it just flew off the building has law but obviously flew off with his belly in the air and boom landed on a shell or kind of like the guy and die hard that was falling off the building those same thing is just like you he was shooting i think he was just stood out oh as he was falling down the building i think they could take a hit though i don't think the three floors is gonna kill the lady but i mean i acted south yeah you kinda checked out that's not true because i step back up what i realized i wasn't alone fighting the lady trade deal what's up lady yeah would you got to say would you go to deploy i took my my baseball hat and i just like slightly put it the skinheads garage i started talking trash try well i was like every irish man in a bar i turn mind pack soil was facing packwood's like so business loan and over the top that's when he nonmeat business well you know it's funny is what happened then was gone and i both took our shirts up and sir walking around in a circle i think you know you're going to take about this even though you're an impostor 'cause we really know your japanese you want to thanks so now you're cleaning up like you just did some severe battle with what you're ring finger at another one right next bite kinky but is that you ring finger ring here is dead i touch that cocoon with that the tip of my finger and now i think i have like kuhn juice on it or something like this deadly disease on your finger 'cause i want to i actually want to take a lighter to my finger and burn off your whom jus just pure the your body luke kuhn don't worry about it that guy you're on the construction guys out there guys newlands giving out there identify with me type something like that a bolt ballroom wendy the battle dog we're in a battle.
"kung fu" Discussed on KTRH
"Oh mom the mm our dragons ridiculous insane makes sense as a casting a bill cosby in a kung fu movie which beatrice ugorji some gacoms missed the calls be prepared to die so your for a fight hoover you you oh cute you if you proceed too to pull out your heart get to be such a popular movie basis saturday morning cartoons that albert the cosby karate gibbs saturday is never be the sebi flipping through jasbi herbert babar albert while be gold gerber regarding richard as the kids oh to fruity na na na i'm going to have a good time earlier i just ruin a perfectly good kids show there for you all in the name of comedy violence wants to do don't do it day don't you would tequila brinker we like to kill tequila is all the rage in i have not looked at the spirits purchase break but i have a sneaking suspicion purely anecdotal that it is coming at the expense of vodka there is a demographic of people mostly men some women who have switched from brown waters to clear waters a particularly divide co over the last few years mostly over you know because fewer calories and then you have a lot of a y you had there's two things drought the anti gluten and the the calorie intake issue like eddie martini so he drinks vodka i don't know what he would a drank before but so you have and then you have a lot of guys that drank vodka before they would have been like tito's cranberry but now they moved to things that don't have sugar in a right various spritz erzen and things like that i think some of those people have moved to tequila because it became the trendy drink and part of that i i don't know if it was because celebrities started issuing two kilos or if the tequila market started growing and therefore they entered the tequila market do you have.