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Since the last double bill topic and films was a little on the heavy side we'll go a tad easier with this one with a couple of masters of Martial Arts in Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan with a couple of their finest fighting showcases. 'Enter the Dragon' is an iconic movie that helped to popularize Kung Fu movies and make Bruce Lee a legend in the 70's. 'Legend of Drunken Master' help to solidify the already popular Hong-Kong star as the heir apparent to Lee in terms of skill but brought with a more comedic Chaplin-esque edge to the performance. As always both are available on Netflix for easy viewing. We can compare and contrast the two's approach to fighting and performance on camera, favorite moves, etc and most importantly who would win in a fight between the two! It's a fun topic hope this generates a lot of interest for Martial Arts film buffs and casual fans alike. Hope to see you there!
Posting this early because as is the case with most of these high-profile Coolidge Corner events they tend to sell out weeks in advance. So use this link to reserve tickets if you are thinking of going: http://www.coolidge.org/films/first-man We'll be seeing last year's unfairly overlooked biopic on Neil Armstrong 'First Man' with NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman in attendance! Damien Chazelle presented a very grounded and non-sensationalized perspective of the Moon landing that depicted the 'One Small Step' in the moment, not as we look at it today. From the Coolidge Website: "On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar®-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteamed for First Man, the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. A visceral and intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the film explores the triumphs and the cost—on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself—of one of the most dangerous missions in history." And their blurb about Hoffman: "Hoffman made five flights as a space shuttle astronaut, including the first mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in 1993, when the orbiting telescope's flawed optical system was corrected. Trained as an astrophysicist, he also flew on the 1990 Spacelab shuttle mission that featured the Astro-1 ultraviolet astronomical observatory in the shuttle's payload bay. Over the course of his five missions he logged more than 1,211 hours and 21.5 million miles in space. He was also NASA's first Jewish male astronaut, and the second Jewish man in space after Soviet cosmonaut Boris Volynov. " Should be a great hearing about his time in the space program and about Armstrong from a colleague. It'll also be great to see this remarkable movie on the big screen. Remember to reserve tickets as soon as you know you want to attend again use this link: http://www.coolidge.org/films/first-man. I'll try to get in line early and then save a row of seats together and put the meetup sign on the aisle seat. Hope to see you then!