Tuesday, December 30, 2008

"Shut up, Mr. Burton."

Let's start with the name of the blog. Late in "Big Trouble in Little China" when Jack & Co. infiltrate David Lo Pan's palace, Jack is running his mouth when the decrepit, crippled version of Lo Pan snaps at him. This line kills me for so many reasons. First, it's the way Lo Pan phrases it. It comes out like "Shaht ahp...", which sounds approximately nothing like a thousand-year-old Chinese guy would say it. Second, for some reason it scared the crap out of me when I was a kid. I'm not sure why that was. A half-dead, wheelchair-bound Asian man says "shut up" and I remember thinking, "Uh oh, this guy means business. Don't say anything Jack, he's already mad!"

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