Search our listings:
 


BACKSTAGE WITH MARIAN
Blog Background
Story outtakes, celebrity confessions and the latest pop culture news in the Bay Area

About Me
I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

My Articles

MY PICKS
CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
TV: Harvey Birdman
Videogame: Fable

MERCURY REVIEWS
Art: The New Art of India
Bar: Boswell's
Book: Jill Scott
Club: Forum
DVD: Kinsey
Movie: Cinderella Man
Music: Sleater-Kinney
Restaurant: The Melting Pot
Theater:The Mambo Kings

SICK SITE
Earth and Sun Kiss

MY PLAYLIST

1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

2. Weezer: "Hold Me"

3. Bright Eyes: "First Day Of My Life"

4. Ringside: "Miss You" and "Criminal"

ENTERTAINMENT RESOURCES
  • Billboard Charts
  • Encyclopedia
  • iticket.com
  • Moviefone
  • Music Dictionary
  • MTV
  • Pollstar
  • tickets.com
  • Urban Dictionary
  • ticketmaster.com
  • VH1

  • BLOGROLL
  • Adisa Banjoko : San Jose's Bishop of Hip hop
  • Angry Asian Man: Asian American media watchdog
  • Berkeley Blogs
  • Black Electorate : Inside Cultural, Economic and Political industries
  • BLT's Parry
  • Crayone: the trials and tribulations of a graffiti artist
  • Dan Gillmor : Grassroots Journalism
  • Dat Phan : Last Comic Standing season 1 winner
  • East Bay Livin' : Ellen Lee's EB hunt
  • Davey D: Hip Hop Daily News
  • Fortt: black american gen x journalist musician multicultural christian technophile
  • Jeff Chang: fellow Asian hip hop writer
  • Joe Grimm : Ask the Recruiter
  • In Passing : Random Street Conversations
  • Pacific Standard: Bay Area hip-hop
  • Pop And Politics
  • Pop Licks : O-Dub, a cultural critic
  • Scape: San Jose graffiti artist
  • SiliconBeat: News about tech money and innovation
  • Wednesday, January 12, 2005

    Kung Fu Hustle and DJ lessons

    When I was in Hong Kong, I was lucky to catch "Kung Fu Hustle," Stephen Chow's latest comedy that was just released in parts of Asia. As far as I can find, it's scheduled for release in New York and Los Angeles March 18th.

    His last picture, "Shaolin Soccer," was disappointingly missing from the big screen here in the states. Miramax had reportedly dropped the ball, and the movie went straight to video. I caught a bootleg version before it was released here and thought it was hilarious. That movie was about some has-been Shaolin monks who use their martial arts skills to win at soccer.

    "Kung Fu Hustle" is in the same vein. Some scruffy martial artists go against the notorious Axe Gang, who dance before they kill. Computer graphics grant all the killers superhuman abilities.

    I couldn't stop laughing during the whole movie (my stomach hurt from all the laughing) but some locals that I spoke to thought it was totally wack.

    But for you kung-fu die-hards, remember this movie, because it's worth checking out.

    As for entertainment here, ch-check it out:

    WHAT: NorCalDJMPA Open House
    WHERE: 600 Townsend St., Suite 190W (Macromedia Builiding), San Francisco
    WHEN: 6-8 p.m. tonight, 1/13
    TIX: No cover
    WHY: Find out more about DJ courses. After the seminar, there's also an open scratch session

    Also, if you're an early riser, ch-check this out:

    WHAT: The Improv / KEZR Tsunami Relief Benefit
    WHERE: San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second Street, San Jose
    WHEN: 6-10 a.m. tomorrow (with breakfast), live comedy show starts at 7 a.m., 1/14
    TIX: No cover; donations accepted to The Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund
    WHY: Get a free breakfast, a comedy show, and a chance to help others.

    4 Comments:

    Blogger nathanieljue said...

    i like the part where stephen chow's fat friend inadvertantly throws knives at stephen chow. goodtimes.

    11:32 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Great work!
    [url=http://mxbmhxay.com/gxsw/yghe.html]My homepage[/url] | [url=http://tdsbqfyq.com/bbop/ftpx.html]Cool site[/url]

    4:55 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Great work!
    My homepage | Please visit

    4:55 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thank you!
    http://mxbmhxay.com/gxsw/yghe.html | http://bgkdazsq.com/crrj/vxdb.html

    4:56 PM  

    Post a Comment

    << Home

     
    Photo of Marian Liu by Stephanie Grace Lim, Mercury News
    You can e-mail me at mliu@mercurynews.com.