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Episode 172 - The Last Dragon: LIVE!


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Posted 29 September 2017 - 12:50 AM

Hannibal Buress joins Paul, June, and Jason to discuss the 1985 martial arts film The Last Dragon. Recorded live from Colossal Clusterfest in San Francisco, they talk about everything including how insecure Sho’nuff is, the glow, and Eddie Arkadian.



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Posted 29 September 2017 - 03:23 AM

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 04:09 AM

The medium oriental, I'm not Jewish joke, I though was a play on Oriental sounding a bit like Yentl. Which was released only 2 years previous.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 04:51 AM

June posits that whatever is in the tank is a flesh eating mermaid. Is The Last Dragon in a shared universe with The Lure?

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 05:47 AM

View Postgrudlian., on 29 September 2017 - 04:51 AM, said:

Is The Last Dragon in a shared universe with The Lure?

This changes EVERYTHING
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Posted 29 September 2017 - 06:09 AM

I want to, real quick, call attention to my favorite moment in this movie (it got the biggest laugh from me), and maybe the only time the writers are taking a stab at grounding the movie in the real world.

When Sho' Nuff and his gang are trashing Daddy Green's Pizza, there is a moment towards the end where Sho'Nuff destroys the video jukebox, and Daddy Green goes "That isn't mine! I DON'T OWN THAT!" This gets into some real random specifics about the synergy between restaurants and vending machine companies and I love it.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 06:23 AM

When Rock interviews the new henchmen, the first one hands him a news article in lieu of his resume.

The headline reads, "Co-Ed Thrown Into Incinerator.”

There are two articles presented and if you blow up the shot, the one on the left discusses the 1969 interaction between President Nixon and former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Even Herry Kissinger makes an appearance.

Just found this funny.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 07:01 AM

Eddie Arkadian is the best Paul F. Tompkins character.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 07:03 AM

View PostWhat's Its Mission?, on 29 September 2017 - 06:23 AM, said:

When Rock interviews the new henchmen, the first one hands him a news article in lieu of his resume.

The headline reads, "Co-Ed Thrown Into Incinerator.”


Didn't Laura Charles sing about incinerators in the 7th Heaven theme song (or whatever)?

Which is extra odd because not only are there no incinerators in the movie, but there is also no fire, at all.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 07:05 AM

View PostWalter, on 29 September 2017 - 07:01 AM, said:

Eddie Arkadian is the best Paul F. Tompkins character.

That's funny, because I thought Laura Charles could've been Maya Rudolph doing Diana Ross.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 07:19 AM

View PostThe_Triple_Lindy, on 29 September 2017 - 07:03 AM, said:

Didn't Laura Charles sing about incinerators in the 7th Heaven theme song (or whatever)?

Which is extra odd because not only are there no incinerators in the movie, but there is also no fire, at all.

Incinerators are in the missing 40 pages. Which is the non-Simpsons "A wizard did it."

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 07:30 AM

View Postgrudlian., on 29 September 2017 - 07:19 AM, said:

Incinerators are in the missing 40 pages. Which is the non-Simpsons "A wizard did it."

I bet you're right, because that warehouse/factory they fight in at the end should totally have had an incinerator. It could have played an integral part of their sho'down.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 07:33 AM

Okay guys ... I know I am going way out on a limb here, but I posit that Sho’nuff and Bruce Leroy are the same person; Sho’nuff is old Bruce Leroy.

We already see via “the glow” that the supernatural exists in the universe of The Last Dragon. Also, Leroy's Master (who is hilarious and didn’t get ANY coverage in the episode) sends Leroy on these random snipe hunt quests to teach him the lesson that the master he must find to get his glowing is himself, which is reemphasized by the empty fortune cookie. This would explain why Sho’nuff knows about Leroy and why Sho’nuff seems so obsessed with finding and defeating Leroy – because he is also trying to find and defeat himself. It would also explain why we don’t see Sho’nuff “glow” until the final sho’down with Leroy.

Sho’nuff represents an alternate timeline for Leroy where The Master’s lesson never dawns on him, and he spends years of his life never figuring it out, and he grows more and more angry that The Master has punk’d him, and on top of that, his little brother constantly torments him about what a wussy virgin he is. This turns him evil, and he uses his power and skills to create his Harlem shogunate.

How and why the time paradox occurs, I’m still working that out … I think the explanation is part of the lost 40 pages.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 07:35 AM

View PostPaul Tabachneck, on 29 September 2017 - 06:09 AM, said:

I want to, real quick, call attention to my favorite moment in this movie (it got the biggest laugh from me), and maybe the only time the writers are taking a stab at grounding the movie in the real world.

When Sho' Nuff and his gang are trashing Daddy Green's Pizza, there is a moment towards the end where Sho'Nuff destroys the video jukebox, and Daddy Green goes "That isn't mine! I DON'T OWN THAT!" This gets into some real random specifics about the synergy between restaurants and vending machine companies and I love it.

This made me laugh, too ... that's a odd economics and small business ownership lesson thrown in the middle of an ass-whooping

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 08:46 AM

No one talked about my favorite characters. The Chinese dudes who wanted to be black and kept tricking Leroy. This multicultural vision of New York was an ideal that we all fall short of. The entire film is a love letter to Bruce Lee from Gordy.

But my favorite thing about this movie is how it's a Hertzogian meditation upon meaninglessness. Ultimately Leroy's master tricks him and then tricks him again in order to get him to embrace the nothingness at the center of a fortune cookie without a fortune. I guess you could try and say the film is about Leroy learning to trust himself, but I think it's actually Leroy learning to become a Buddha figure (which is why he calls the young Huxtable girl Lotus, a clear nod to the Lotus Sutra), find Nirvana, and embrace the joy that comes with a true understanding of nihilism.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 09:43 AM

Who wore it better: Bruce Lee, Uma Thurman, or Leroy Green?

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 11:13 AM

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 11:20 AM

I can't believe nobody has mentioned that the master Leroy Green is looking for is named Sum Dum Goy. Goy being a yiddish term for a gentile. Which turns out to be a fortune cookie machine, whose name is essentially Some Dumb Gentile.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 12:10 PM

So, does anyone have any idea why, for one scene only, Eddie Arkadian wore a hair piece for only one scene in the movie?
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Posted 29 September 2017 - 12:13 PM

The whole Jewish & Asian thing is a racial stereotype that Jewish people have a specific fetish for Asian people. It's mentioned in The Social Network when Andrew Garfield's character says something along the lines (cause I can't find the exact quote) "I don't know if there's a mathematical equation for why Jewish men love Asian women but it's true." So I think that's what they were trying to do with their horribly racist line lol.
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