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Poll: Do you go hunting?

This time of year, the woods are thick with hunters. At Sync, we wonder how many of our readers enjoy the thrill of the hunt.

Water fowl hunters in a blind. Courtesy of Wikipedia

Water fowl hunters in a blind.
Courtesy of Wikipedia

 

Do you go hunting?

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12 martial arts movies to watch during the ATA World Expo

Taekwondo got its present name from Supakhee in 1954. Since then, there has been no looking back and today it is estimated that more than 23 million people prefer learning this martial art for varied purposes like self-defense, sport or a leisure-time activity. Basically, it consists of many types of hand and foot techniques. By Monadawson/Wikimedia

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The American Taekwondo Association World Expo is in Little Rock this week. For everyone who isn’t capable of breaking bricks with their fists, we put together a list of the best martial arts movies for vicarious living. Martial arts movies have appealed to audienes for quite some time, and the sport’s rich, storied history is still bobbing up into mainstream consciousness. Directors like Sergio Leone display Akira Kurosawa as a great inspiration, while Star Wars and spaghetti westerns drew heavily on Kurosawa’s influence, with less name dropping. It’s only fitting that a good number of influential movies are tied to this ancient Eastern tradition.

A movie about getting drunk and fighting. Right up my alley.

A movie about getting drunk and fighting. Right up my alley.

The Legend of Drunken Master

The 1994 sequel to Drunken Master is 16 years removed from its original, but it delivers a tighter story with a better sense of Jackie Chan’s comedic skill. The movie’s production was a subject of contention for Jackie Chan and Chia-Liang Liu. Eventually, Liu would leave the production during filming, leaving Chan to pick up the direction for the final scene, which reportedly took months to film. The drunken boxing style depicted in the film is an actual martial art, although it is not normally used whilst drunk. All in all, Chan delivers the goods in the comedy department and drops jaws with amazing fight scenes.

Chan is the king of prop fighting.

Chan is the king of prop fighting.

Seven Samurai

Kurosawa might go down in history as the greatest filmmaker to ever live, and his magnum opus Seven Samurai is a perfect example of why. The film inspired The Magnificent Seven directly, shot to be identical side by side in certain scenes by director John Sturges, and inspired every filmmaker since with its mold-breaking attitude toward film. Samurai is often called the first modern action-adventure film. Read the rest

Poll: Thoughts on the U.S. in the World Cup

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What are your thoughts about the U.S. Men's National Team's run in the World Cup?

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Mascot mayhem

Ace the horse and Otey the swamp possum

Ace the horse and Otey the swamp possum

When the Arkansas Travelers announced the team’s new mascots at the end of March, the responses were … mixed. National websites like Deadspin and Uproxx wasted no time in joining in on the ribbing, but since the season has started, Ace and Otey seem to have made some friends.

What do you think of Ace and Otey, the new Travs mascots?

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Let the madness begin

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You’ve filled out your beer bracket; now what about your March Madness bracket? The NCAA Tournament gets underway Tuesday. And to make matters more interesting, Warren Buffet is awarding $1 billion to anyone who can predict all 63 games correctly. How’s that for motivation?

What method do you use to fill out your NCAA Tournament bracket?

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