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Thursday, May 13, 2021
I need to create a playlist called, Andrew Huang's Space Odyssey and meets Horace haha. Damn - the production value and effects are off the charts. Hella better than most sci-fi shows or films. The recent film Stowaway rivals that however.
Currently watching "Beyond Evil", which just won Best K-Drama. Fittingly so - it is a tense, cerebral thriller of "what is going on" or "who is the culprit". Reminiscent of "Stranger" sort of.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
I highly recommend checking out fan sites for some of the best Asian-American films. I wish there was a separate platform for Asian-American films or shows only - that would be worth subscribing to. It's very slim-pickings or almost non-existent on Netflix or Amazon. I think Amazon at least has "Better Luck Tomorrow" or they used to. I'd recommend the site that I posted on my Film Forum page. There are quite a few that I need to watch, but haven't yet or there are no access to. My Top Four: Better Luck Tomorrow, ABMM, Harold & Kumar, Searching.
Repeats on a classical piece. It's an art form to play a repeat differently. Not only does it give a piece or a performance more flavor and uniqueness, I reckon it can renew a pianist's energy since repeats can be tiring depending on the difficulty of a piece. It's a work in progress.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
My three most listened to performances or Youtube music videos (usually daily listen) - Nobuyuki Tsujii's Rach 3 performance, Lang Lang's Goldberg Variations playlist, and a VGP stream.
Hideki Matsuyama is back in action after his Master's win and respite. Good luck, and hopefully for more Matsuyama-sanity!
As AAPI Heritage Month continues, here's to all Asian-Americans. For us to continue to soar. To become more happy, successful. And to continue to speak up and speak out.
Monday, May 10, 2021
I thought the line was "They All Fat" in the "It's Not Fair" music video / track, but it's something else or close to it. But hey - "They All Fat" still works hahaha.
"Navillera" is up there as one of my favorites. It was touching, sentimental, and well-made (enjoyed the soundtrack or music of it).
Sunday, May 09, 2021
Let us continue to appreciate and love our mothers on Mother's Day. Whether it be a Hoochie Mamma, Baby Mamma, or Hi Bye Mamma! (recommended K-Drama on this day haha), it should be a special occasion. Piece of the day: Liszt's "Liebestraum" (over-played but beautiful haha).
Almost done with "Navillera" - highly recommended so far. Inspiring, beautiful and sad. It plays with your emotions. There are other inspiring, heart-warming dramas like this. It's probably likely that I'll need to create a K-Drama web page to upload thoughts on shows.
Friday, May 07, 2021
I might consider creating a K-Drama web page, since there are a lot of enjoyable ones that we watched (to offer thoughts and compile a list per genre), and new ones that keep comin' out. After "Vincenzo", currently something light-hearted and inspiring in "Navillera" before going back to the detective thrillers.
Oh yeah - go watch "The Paper Tigers". Considering the rave reviews, should be worth watching or renting.
Thursday, May 06, 2021
Congratulations to all the Asian-American Gold House nominees for 2021. I do not even know most of them, but I'm certain they're all influential personalities in their respective fields.
Ken Jeong and Daniel Dae Kim to collaborate on a new dramedy with Amazon. Although Netflix is the go-to platform at this point, is Amazon competing with them for more diverse programming? Diverse programs, shows, movies is where it's at now - especially Asian American ones.
There have been a lot of enjoyable K-Dramas - I might have to compile lists by genre (thrillers, inspiring drama, fantasy / supernatural, horror, etc.).
Wednesday, May 05, 2021
AAPI Heritage Month has begun. Until new AAPI projects are found, I re-watched Randall Park / Ali Wong rom-com "Always Be My Maybe". It's funny and heart-warming as hell. If not for the reason that there are no rom-coms that feature Asian leads, this was good, well-made film nonetheless. And did I mention funny haha.
It's too difficult for me to list my all-time favorite K-Dramas. And we've watched a lot. But here are the top recently (in the past year or so):
1. Vincenzo (finale was satisfying. The mafia theme brought a different perspective to what justice is to K-Drama thrillers - not the usual detective must capture villain type.
2. Hush - discrimination is a topic all too real, and how it affects individuals is really something that can be relatable.
3. My Dangerous Wife - psychological, what-is-going-on, thriller.
4. Item - using music to communicate was intriguing. But the villain was too powerful - thrillers should tone them down a bit.
5. Times and Kairos - I enjoy time-traveling themes. They are similar (with Signal being the first of the bunch), and had different stories to tell.
I would've added "Sisyphus", but I felt that it became too complicated and there was no resolution or reunited scenes between the brothers. However, it was fun seeing the emotional side of the lead (aside from his "Stranger" role).
Monday, May 03, 2021
I can't wait for Tim Chantarangsu's new track / music video "It's Not Fair". Considering the preview of the lyrics, I can imagine it as a follow-up to his "Homegirl" track haha. Except, "They All Fat" this time hahaha.
"Vincenzo" was a fun, intense drama as far as K-Drama thrillers are concerned (part Comedy as well) - bringing Mafia-justice this time to the villains / criminals. They had to infuse comedy into this, otherwise it would have been too intense / violent. The villains were over-the-top vile and despicable (too outrageous in my opinion) - they deserved the punishment they received in the final episode. But we're talkin' about a Mafia-themed drama. I can imagine a Season 2 - make it happen.
Saturday, May 01, 2021
It's AAPI (Asian-American) Heritage Month! Couldn't be any more prouder.
Just watched "Stowaway" on Netflix last night, and what a great film - a great sci-fi one at that. Film review on the film forum page. I hope "The Paper Tigers" become a cult classic - I think it'll become one. Anyway, congrats on the impending release of the film in multiple theaters.
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
I thought this was cool - the cover for "Rise" has spot-on illustrations or drawings of well-known Asian-American personalities, actors and / or influencers. I could identify or name most of them on it. If not everyone, it means that I have yet to find or discover them. Kudos to Jeff Yang, Philip Wang and Phil Yu. For anyone not in the know of who's who in Asian-American media / culture, it's a must-have.
"Wish Dragon" is another film that might be worth watching. Appearing on Netflix, and John Cho voices the dragon.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
I was takin' a look at my Youtube subscriptions, and a lot have not updated their Youtube in quite awhile or at all. I'll probably have to remove some eventually. But there are quite a few who have, but I have not gotten any notifications on new videos or they got completely lost in the shuffle. Ryan Hayashi is a master magician / illusionist - I think Jay Chou has his work cut out for him haha. RRN is a band I became hooked on, and they are still producing / creating music videos. And other individual Youtube musicians. I should keep tabs on them. I've been just focusing on comedy, classical music, Asian-American endeavors / projects.
I'm curious about Timothy Chantarangsu's new music video - if his other music videos are any indication, it'll be an add-to-playlist.
Monday, April 26, 2021
I wish Andrew Huang a safe and successful journey to the distant planet he is going to. I'm sure he'll acquire enough time crystals to accomplish his mission. "Jupiter Mission" this ain't, but I wouldn't be surprised if he encountered a Monolith when reaching the planet haha. On a serious note, have a listen to his new space-themed songs.
Learning Asian-American history is imperative and important. I believe Asian-American Heritage Month is coming up. From the History channel (Asian-American contributions throughout history):
Sunday, April 25, 2021
The Lang Lang Foundation or LLF has some of the most technically-gifted, youthful pianists. There's so many of them (or it seems everyone is technically-gifted / talented), that it's difficult to compare. For me - I would have no other choice but to look out for performances in terms of interpretation and expression. Of course, your body is an extension of the music - do not hesitate to be emotive / expressive with it. It behooves to begin at a very early age - you develop quicker with better practicing or playing habits. And most importantly - enjoy it and have the desire.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Andrew Huang's new EP "Monolith" is pretty mesmerizing, each song with a different and eerie feel to it. But unique. And it feels that you are alone in space. "In space, everyone can hear Andrew Huang's music" haha. What familiar or similar tagline is that from.
Here is an exclusive interview with Simu Liu of "Shang-Chi":
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Some more Netflix action - "Stowaway" today, and recent news / rumors that "Cobra Kai" S4 is comin' out Q4 of this year.
I don't mind time-travel themed K-Drama thrillers, even if a theme is used more than once. The most important thing for me is whether the characters, the acting, and the stories are unique and tolerable. Having unforeseen twists helps. However, it can get too complicated or messy if not done right. That's the tricky thing about time travel paradoxes or themes.
Gotta love this Flat or Round "Earth Day" themed T-shirt by Goodiebrands haha. Flat or Round for some, but you gotta have buns hun. Or else haha. "she's got no ass, had no class,.... but we had no gas" - Gas Money (Timothy Chantarangsu)