Monday, February 13, 2006

I was just watching Spike TV for a bit, and they had an ad for their premiere of Austin Powers. Given that they also recently played The Shawshank Redemption I can't help but suspect that they'll end up playing to death the very films that TBS played to death.

On the weekend they played Steven Seagal's first film, Above the Law. (This was another TBS regular in recent years.) Its interesting how his career went from the big screen to direct to video over the last 3 or 4 years. It seems that when I make my rare visits to the local video stores every few months there's another Seagal direct to video schlocky in the New Releases section. Seagal is well known for being a high dan black belt in the Japanese martial art aikido, but reading his Wikipedia entry I learned he also studied shito ryu karate as a teen under well known karate teacher Fumio Demura. Interestingly one thing Seagal's Wikipedia entry doesn't mention is that he plays guitar and owns a considerable collection of classic guitars, appearing on the cover of the January 2006 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine, which profiled some of his collection.

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