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Tuesday, June 02, 2020
We already ran through our K-Drama marathon (one after another), and now must wait until more is uploaded. It's been fun watching one K-Drama after another - hopefully, there'll be new ones from other K-Networks, not just Netflix Originals. My top selection for the most creepiest and twisted - "Strangers from Hell" (well, it was at least different from the usual fare). K-Dramas based off of a webtoon is a crapshoot - it can work well, or completely fizzle. I think Strangers does work in that creepy, eerie sense (the way it was filmed), and Rugal as well in a way. There are other factors - dissatisfying finales (ones with no resolution or leaves a lot of question marks), extreme characters / personalities, etc. As far as dissatisfying finales go - "Vagabond" and "Hospital Playlist" tops that. The "Bad Guys" (both dramas) was ultra-violent but fun.
The table reads for both "FOTB" and "Kim's Convenience" was just as hilarious (if not more) as when their respective episodes first aired.
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Between Sungwon Cho (aka ProZD), Chase Holfelder and Ricky Berwick - who did the "Take On Me" challenge the best? My vote is for Ricky Berwick "a"-hahaha. At first hearing, that jump sounds quite daunting (probably more than an octave jump, but guys such as the VGP or Andrew Huang can immediately tell or know I bet) - if you are a natural tenor, it might be possible. But might be quite a stretch for a baritone.
Has it been that long (not since 2011) since the last NASA manned shuttle launch? They call it SpaceX - never heard of it. I'm not surprised it was scrapped indefinitely back then, since several unfortunate disasters / accidents. Hopefully, they got their shit together.
I would probably put most of the blame on Youtube for the holdup on "Cobra Kai" S3. They might be reluctant or stubborn on certain negotiation points (or have demands of their own) in releasing the series, while the "Big Three" just want what's in the best interest for the series and its future. It makes sense in terms of business, but it's at the expense of fans unfortunately (having to wait another lengthy time period without any certainty of when). Youtube is notorious for censorship and stifling creative control / creatorship, so I wouldn't be surprised if they are playing bully in this sense. For any continued premium subscribers - you should have unsubbed and cancelled right after watching the season. Or contact your credit card provider about it.
Friday, May 29, 2020
Podcasts (either audio or video) have been the go-to activity during quarantine, and there are quite a few of them. Here are some of my recommendations:
GeniusBrain Podcast - unfortunate that J. Jitsukawa can no longer participate (some very relevant subject matters), but the squabbles and grievances from Mariel Song more than makes up for it haha.
Sung's Garage - mostly about cars, and car enthusiasts. Sometimes, they can go into different subject matters with different guests.
No Chaser - although the subject matter is usually irrelevant to me, there are hilarious ones (such as jerkin' off in the bathroom one haha)
Yang Speaks - subject matters or topics that should be relevant in today's decaying society.
Cobra Kai Kompanion - for the Cobra Kai or Karate Kid fan, interviews galore.
The Delta Flyers - I'm not a Trekkie, just a regular fan. But if you want juicy and hilarious tidbits and stories on the ST: Voyager set, have a listen.
Asian Enough - I just found this, good talk with Sung Kang. Hopefully, there'll be more.
How about a crossover show called "Fresh Off The 'Kims'" haha - well, there'll at least be a table read between casts.
I'm sure there are others to be found. I did find the episode with Daniel Dae Kim on the Darkest Timeline quite informative and funny.
Apparently, "Cobra Kai" S3 is switching platforms to either Netflix or Hulu. Now the question is - when. Another waiting period?
Do folks really have to get uncivil and barbaric to protest. Instead of rioting as a form of protest, how about trying to handle it with civility (signing petitions, marches or holding events, speaking out on social media, etc.). Petitions can be effective, although no guarantees.
Monday, May 25, 2020
I enjoyed reading this article from Justin Lin - he pulls no punches, and tells it like it is. You can never be "all outta 'fuckin's' to give" haha (whoever deserves it, deserves it):
And it makes it all the worthwhile to hear that Justin Lin never compromised his stance and beliefs to make the film his way. Otherwise, the breakthrough film of "BLT" featuring a spectacular story and ensemble of an Asian-American cast would never have happened.
Watching the WoW AWC on Youtube was only inconvenient in the sense that I experienced a lot of freeze ups or interruptions (non-stream videos run smoothly however) - had to continuously refresh or re-open the browser window. Plus, adjusting the video settings - Twitch is a bit better (their flaws are the shittier ads on there - which I close out the browser on).
It's the last of week of May. Perhaps news on "Cobra Kai" S3 on the 31st? Hopefully, something more than just "trailer coming out sometime this summer or fall" obscureness. Specifics, dammit!
Friday, May 22, 2020
I don't think I've heard from or seen Roger Fan since "BLT" - I'm pretty sure he's been very busy as well as the other BLT alumni - so, it was a pleasant surprise seeing him in Sung's "My Car Your Car" episode. Roger Fan - who played Darec Looh , the "mastermind" of the BLT gang and the anal retentive brother in "Ping Pong Playa" haha.
Film reviews should be forthcoming for "Everything Before Us" and "IWMYM" (when I have time to rent it).
Perhaps some more J.S. Bach for future recordings / videos.