UFC VEGAS 11 is in the Books: A night of star making victories and crushing defeats

I don’t follow sports, with the exception of MMA and occasionally Boxing. Saturday night was an impressive card of fights,  that ended for some with crushing defeats.

Two of the most talked up fights was Woodley vs Covington and Meerschaert vs Chimaev, and in both cases the old lions lost to the rising tigers. With Meerschaert losing in 17 seconds of the 1st round, and Woodley getting TKO’d (rib injury) in the 5th round.

Here is the thing, there is no shame in losing. It is a competition and victories and defeats come to all. Anyone who has the guts to get in there and compete with the best in the world, by default deserves the respect of us mere mortals, who are not doing that. Now that said, sometimes your mouth can talk you into embarrassment and ridicule.

And I get it, to get hit in the face for a living, to go in there and take abuse and give abuse, and be successful at it, takes a certain mentality. It is a belief in your own invincibility, bordering on delusion. And when that delusion… you make into fact, you are a hero. When you don’t, you leave yourself open to what Shakespeare called “being faced out of your way”.  In short bragging, and falling on your face rather than delivering.

That is the corner both Meerschaert and Woodley talked themselves into.

Woodley, coming off back to back defeats, and even before that victories that seemed lacking in ‘convincing style’ or ‘killer instinct’, spent the whole build up to the fight talking about how he couldn’t lose to his opponent, and making what should be a competition about two fighters, instead becomes about everything except the fight.  Woodley bringing a little bit of the circus Colby brings into his fight. 

However, Colby for all his trumpian “heel act”, to court controversy (a detestable thing to do for any reason, people will emulate your poison, not knowing you are doing it for the dollars– and the whole quagmire that is the world, sinks a little more because of it— but each to their own conscience answer), at the end of the day he is a top notch fighter, always bringing his ‘A’ game.

And Colby, even in defeat, has something I have not seen in any of Woodley’s recent fights, he has a killer instinct, he has the desire and pace to get his opponent out of there.

Woodley in his last few fights– no so much.

So coming into this fight and guaranteeing victory, and saying you ‘CAN’T’ lose to your opponent, it sets you up to be embarrassed. Especially against an opponent that has been fighting well and convincingly.

Do your talking in the ring. And then win or lose, you have not promised and failed to deliver. But this way, it is just a forever soundbyte of you claiming you are  not going to lose, followed by a clip of you, definitely losing. Again there is no shame in losing, but you cause shame for yourself in bragging and failing to deliver.

And honestly I think even Woodley’s comments to the media indicated a man who was talking about why he couldn’t lose, or perceived non-germane social media statements/stances, rather than a fighter who was working on how he will win. And while I would have liked for Woodley to win, there is nothing in his recent performances, or in his build-up to this one, that would lead one to believe he would beat Colby.

That to the side, congrats to both men for bringing what they had.

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Moving on Chimaev and Meerschert, again a build up filled with a lot of talking, mostly on Meershaert’s end about feeling disrespected, and derailing Chimaev, and win or lose leaving him in no condition for another quick turnaround fight. Again, no shame in losing. But to do all this talking about taking the new guy into the deep water, and instead getting ended in 17 seconds— you have created a ready made meme.

Do your talking in the ring.

Because only God can truly guarantee the fates of men.

All in all, another exciting UFC card, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming Adesanya/Costa fight, this coming Saturday! Both fighters have been talking much smack, the difference here being, both fighters have winning records, and have recently shown the heart and the victories to back up that talk. That should be a must watch fight!

 

3-D Blu-ray Movies! A Sept 2020 Update! The Great, the Good and the Questionable!

I am currently working on a few different articles, top of which is an overview on essential Criterion/Arrow releases, which I will be collaborating with another content producer on.

But I wanted to take time to give an update on my deep dive into the world of 3-D movies at home. 3-D Blu-rays to be precise.

I started 2020 with no 3D Blu-rays owned and no means of viewing them. I now go into the fall of 2020 owning well over 2 dozen 3D movies, and having purchased a pretty great, but affordable system for viewing 3D Blu-rays as well as regular Dvds and Blu-rays.

I have been loving the experience.

If you are on the fence about 3D, all I can do is provide you my perspective. 3D Bluray at home, with proper equipment, is a game changer. And for me alleviates many of the issues that marred the theatrical 3D experience in the US.

More on the specifics later, but suffice to say “3D-Blu-ray at Home” for me gets top marks, and is an essential viewing experience.

Briefly I wanted to give you my thoughts on the 3D films that are “standout must own” ones,  as well as those that are good to have/try, and lastly my list of ones that were disappointments.

And a brief breakdown on my criteria for each level.

 

GREAT 3-D gives you the viewer a palpable sense of a time and a place. Almost like looking in, or being reached out, by a moment in time. It helps to immerse you in the story, in a way that adds to and transcends what 2D by itself can do. And it manages this immersion, this sense of immediacy, throughout most of the film’s running time. It is an essential purchase, and should be in everyone’s collection. A great 3D film addS so much to the film, that you will always choose to view it in 3D over 2D.

 

Good 3-D, has its moments, but tends to come and go, And sometimes its presentation benefits over 2D can be negligible. But overall is an enjoyable, if not essential, way to view the movie.

 

And finally…

QUESTIONABLE 3-D is either poorly mastered or seems like 3D in name only. And may in places be so poorly done, that it is preferable not to see it in 3D, anD to see it in 2D instead.

 

GOOD 3-D:

THE WALK – most of the movie is a disappointment in terms of its 3D, however the titular WALK sequence is the saving grace of the film ‘s 3D.

DEEPSEA CHALLENGE – the recreation scenes are disappointing 3D, but the scenes actually shot by and of Cameron’s team, are compelling.

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS 3D

TRANSFORMERS THE LAST KNIGHT 3D

DIAL M FOR MURDER 3D

WAX MUSEUM 3D

THOSE REDHEADS FROM SEATTLE 3D

STEWARDESSES 3D

 

 

QUESTIONABLE 3-D:

RESIDENT EVIL AFTERMATH 3D

DOLPHINS AND WHALES 3D

 

GREAT 3-D:

MISS SADIE THOMPSON 3D

INFERNO 3D

GUN FURY 3D

HERCULES 3D

THE LEGEND OF HERCULES 3D

RETURN OF XANDER CAGE 3D

CEASE FIRE 3D

JIVARO 3D

THE MASK 3D

SANGAREE 3D

STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS 3D

SHARKS 3D

OCEAN WONDERLAND 3D

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D

 

IMAX HUBBLE 3D

DOCTOR WHO THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR 3D

A TURTLE’S TALE 3D

IT CAMER FROM OUTER SPACE 3D

CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON 3D

 

Well I hope you found that overview of 3D helpful. If you did, like, subscribe, and comment. And use the above links to get your own copies, while they are still available. And be on the lookout for more detailed 3D coverage.

Now go out there and be good to each other! 🙂

 

Blu-rays Films Movies TV shows to Purchase Fall 2020!

 

 

 

I am a fan of the Tom Cruise MISSION IMPOSSIBLE movies, but they are definitely a different animal from the 1960s Tv series. The TV series is actually such an exercise in mind games and ensemble performances, that I prefer the TV series (as a whole) to the Movies. Again, both are great, but as a body of work I rate the TV series as B+ and the movies as a B. To finally have this long running series coming out on Blu-ray, it is a must purchase for 2020!

 

As a rule I do not buy any physical media that does not offer special features. I am willing to make an exception for this film, just because I think it is one of the best horror films I’ve seen in a long time and is simply a must own.

 

Song of the Day: HALLELUJAH by the late, great Jeff Buckley

One of the reasons I love the Snyder Cut Trailer, despite the fact I do not think a reedited film will make that C-/D+ movie substantially any better ( though I would love to be pleasantly surprised, the trailer does look great), is simply because I love the song HALLELUJAH. Many years ago I listened to the Jeff Buckley version, and my –appreciation– for that song remains undiminished, regardless who sings it. But for that song at its best, you have to go to the Jeff Buckley version, of the Leonard Cohen classic.

First let’s start with the OG, Leonard Cohen.

Now let’s move on to the version that made me a fan of the song:

And finally this live performance video is not Buckley’s best performance of the song. It is tired and worn and imperfect, and tortured, but for all those reasons, it is an essential glimpse at Jeff Buckley before his untimely passing, and an essential inspiration to all of us, in what it means to perform, even when you are not sure if you have anything left to perform with.

 

 

 

After doing this post I checked and to my dismay realized I did not have the Legacy CD version of GRACE. For a physical media head like me, that’s an unforgivable omission.

Come the beginning of the world or the end of it there are a few things every man or woman of note should have: A good pickup truck, a good shotgun, a good knife, some good books, some good movies, some good CDs, and a portable DVD player to platy them all on.

Jeff Buckley’s GRACE should be one of those cds.

Get yours by clicking the image above.

And get a decent portable player, as well as the headphones I recommend, here:

 

 

Jeff Buckley Lyrics

“Hallelujah”
(originally by Leonard Cohen)

Well, I heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
Well it goes like this:
The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift
The baffled king composing HallelujahHallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah…Well your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew ya
She tied you to her kitchen chair
She broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah…

Well, baby, I’ve been here before
I’ve seen this room and I’ve walked this floor (you know)
I used to live alone before I knew ya
And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
And love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah…

Well, there was a time when you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show that to me, do ya?
But remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah…

Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot somebody who outdrew ya
And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah…
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah…
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Movie TV Posters of the Day!

I could not find a single, good or interesting movie poster to share with you today. So today’s installment is two, pretty striking, TV posters.

 

 

Michelle Yeoh, Wilson Cruz, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Blu del Barrio, Ronnie Rowe, Sonequa Martin-Green, David Ajala, and Mary Wiseman in Star Trek: Discovery (2017)

I have not watched a single episode of this show, one because I am not paying for CBS ALL ACCESS, and two neither what I have seen of the show ( the redesign of the Klingons is horrendous and moronic) or the reviews, fill me with any confidence. So yeah, i am ok with never seeing this show, or catching it should it popup on Free TV.

Swamp Thing (2019)

Well if you did not get a chance to watch the short-lived SWAMP THING when it was on the short-lived DC Streaming Channel, you can now (starting Oct 6th)  watch it for free on the CW Channel, which you can add to your Roku or Amazon Fire line-up. I’ll probably end up picking up the Blu-ray of this series before then, based on its solid reviews, but for the rest of you, you get to check it out in October.