Grace, charm, humor, strength, amazing arms: No, these characteristics are not meant to be attributed to FLOTUS Michelle Obama (although they could be). They're for Jackie Chan. Chan is a force, one bad guys must reckon with or be wrecked -- and the latter is what usually happens. Strange Brew, the Webster Film Series' creepy uncle, screens the kung fu a la Jackie Chan classic, The Legend of Drunken Master, tonight at 8 p.m. at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries). Chan stars as Wong Fei Hung, who dares to stop some greedy foreigners and their Vandelay Industries-style import and export scam, despite his unfailingly polite father's admonitions against interfering. Wong Fei gets drawn into trouble anyway, and he has to fight using the loose-limbed and unpredictable style of kung fu that is aided by drinking alcohol. But learning exactly how much alcohol to drink is the key to drunken boxing -- and to enjoying a movie at the Bottleworks. Admission is $6.
Wed., Dec. 4, 2013