Top Favorites **** :
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. The Shawshank Redemption
4. Psycho ('60)
6. Better Luck Tomorrow
7. Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
9. Ping Pong Playa
10. Linsanity: The Documentary
Other Favorites ***:
Mayhem, Lee Chang Dong's "Burning", Justin Chon's 'Gook', Surrogate Valentine, Daylight Savings, Hang Loose, K-Town Cowboys, Harold & Kumar 2 & 3, Finishing The Game, Jet Li's Fearless, The Year Of The Yao, To Be Takei, Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira (The Original Anime), Katsuhiro Otomo's Memories, Katsuhiro Otomo's Metropolis, Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro, Miyazaki's Nausicaa in the Valley Of The Wind, Toy Story 1-3, Pixar's Up, Office Space, Beavis & Butt-Head Do America, Idiocracy, The Ringer, Jackass 3, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Shine, The Goonies, The Karate Kid ('84) / Part II ('86), Forrest Gump, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poet's Society, Rocky, One Hour Photo, Psycho II, Poltergeist ('82), John Carpenter's The Thing/Halloween, SAW, 1408, Pet Sematary ('89), The Amityville Horror ('79), The Conjuring, 2010: The Year We Make Contact, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek, Star Trek Beyond, Back To The Future Trilogy, The Breakfast Club, First Blood, Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, Avatar, Cool Runnings, Field Of Dreams, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The School Of Rock, The Hustler, The Color Of Money, Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas, Rain Man, Fast Five, Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift, F6: Fast & Furious 6, Best of the Best, The Matrix/The Matrix Reloaded/The Matrix Revolutions,
The Terminator, Alien, Aliens, Casino, The Godfather Trilogy, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, The Maze Runner Trilogy, Do The Right Thing, Escape From Alcatraz, The Twilight Zone: The Movie, Tales From The Crypt Presents: Demon Knight, Fast Times, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, Die Hard With A Vengeance, Ghostbusters ('84), Monster House, Spaceballs, Beetlejuice, Employee Of The Month, The Usual Suspects, Wreck-It Ralph
REVIEWS AND THOUGHTS
05/22/2019: Hurray for "Stowaway"
I had to read about "Stowaway", and it appears to be a sci-fi thriller. Daniel Dae Kim's addition is going to be grand - you only have to look at his Dr. Jackson Han character on "The Good Doctor" to see how convincing DDK is
as a unsympathetically and unapologetically logical (often cold or calculating) kind of person. From what I hear, he'll be playing a similar role (perhaps not to that degree). Add this to my watch list (including "Hellboy" when that comes out on VOD).
I was intrigued for awhile on checking out DDK's funny side in "ABMM". But I'm just not into rom-coms. It's more probable that I'll watch "A Dog's Journey" - something inspirational, light-hearted and certainly family-friendly. We all need that once in awhile.
I'll stick with YouTuber Ricky Berwick for comedy heheh.
05/18/2019: Who Is Henry Lau?
I only recently found out about him when I saw the trailer to "A Dog's Journey". It seems to be a cute film for general audiences, or more geared toward family and "children of all ages" type. Pet lovers, not withstanding heh. I've never been one
who is into light-hearted, kids' films - but this one should be worth checking out.
Henry Lau is an up-and-coming singer / song-writer, and apparently is already well-known. His single "Untitled Love Song" is pretty catchy and light-hearted - with not too much emotion put into it, but just enough to balance the emotions with
Check out "A Dog's Journey"!
Today is "Hell Day". Get ready to spend a day in hell with... "Hellboy"! Unfortunately, my wife is not into the blood, gore and violence - but I'll most likely watch it at some point (if I have to rent it on VOD).
"The Dragon Painter" - I should check this out as well. Never heard of the actor, but to find out he was one of the early pioneers for Asians in film is definitely something to be recognized. If anything, I need to give Goh Nakamura's soundtrack or
compositions a listen.
Another interview with Daniel Dae Kim:
It looks like the '80's are coming back. We were treated with a successful Youtube Original series, "Cobra Kai" from the "The Karate Kid" series. And now, a third Bill & Ted movie is in the plans. I would never have thought of it.
But for sure, So-crates would approve haha.
Perhaps they'll do a Rufus tribute or some sort of honoring of the character (I don't think they should replace the actor / comic) - it wouldn't have been an Excellent Adventure without...Roooo-fus!.
We watched "How To Train Your Dragon - The Hidden World", and the highlight of it was "The Hidden World". The aesthetics or the artwork, was something else / dazzling. I don't think I'll do a complete review on it (depends), but I did enjoy the film.
I was inclined to watch it since I enjoyed the first one.
I'll be awaiting further updates on "Surrogate Valentine 3" and "Ms. Purple", whenever they'll be available.
It's refreshing to hear that Asian-themed films are going to be made. An Asian-casted "Mulan" (not sure if I'd be interested in that however), and now "Shang-Chi". I'm not into that genre, but
as a means to support - for sure, it would be worth watching.
I agree - Simu Liu should be a candidate for the main character role.
03/03/2019: Ain't No Doctor
We got a glimpse of DDK's character Daimio from the recent Red Band trailer of "Hellboy" - what a transformation heh. I'm not familiar with the story or the characters, so I would not have known anyway.
I tell ya though - Hellraiser got nothin' on Hellboy haha.
The film opens next month - get ready to get on the highway to hell.
02/02/2019: Burning ***1/2
This was well-crafted, stylish and suspenseful. I don't watch international films that much (if at all), and I don't really look out for them. But this
one was making the waves, becoming critically acclaimed so I had to check it out. Fortunately, it was available on VOD much quicker than I expected or thought.
The directorial style feels poetic, intermingling mystery, intrigue and suspense. You can probably divide the film into two acts - the first half devoted to character study so to speak, as we become familiar with the three characters.
The second half is where the mystery unfolds, leaving you wondering and unsure of how it's all going to end. Like "Searching", I'm not going to spoil the ending. But the film does leave you with guessing several possibilities as far as how
it'll all end or resolve.
Kudos to the cast and director Lee Chang Dong, well-deserved accolades. Another must-see film that is stylish and purposeful is Kogonada with "Columbus" - the theme of that revolves around architecture.
01/25/2019: Let's 'Dance' With "Ms. Purple"
Justin Chon's "Ms. Purple" made it to the Sundance Film Festival, and is another film to look forward to or check out. The film involves a personal or intimate family / sibling relationship seen through the sister's perspective. The story seems interesting enough, and has a tinge or reflects a bit of Justin's personal experiences as well (or so I've heard).
He doesn't seem to be active on Youtube anymore (if at all), but becoming a full-time Filmmaker must definitely be a nice career change.
I'm also intrigued with "Surrogate Valentine 3" as well, but unsure when it'll be available to watch.
12/20/2018: Hungry For Some "Bao"?
Aw, what a cute, little short from Pixar. I think from the guys who brought you "Up". I love dumplings (as a food, of course), but in this short - the dumpling symbolizes or is a metaphor for the son who moved out, and the mother missing him. And an overly-protective mother at that.
Please make an "Up" sequel with Ricky Berwick as a character heheh.
I would prefer to watch anime in its original language (Subber for life), and I think any anime would be that much more enjoyable (more authentic without a doubt). With the voices of John Cho and Daniel Dae Kim, "Mirai" tells
an interesting story about a boy confronting his sister from the future (when she's a teen). Interesting premise - time travel is made all the more magical through anime.
It's certainly a device used in sci-fi and a lot of stories. I read an interview where the director Mamoru Hosoda
says it was more about the importance of familial relationships, and rightfully so. But it should entertain and fascinate young adults and children of all ages.
A hell yeah for "Hellboy"? Since they rectified the situation, all should be forgiven. Now the casting of DDK makes it that much more authentic.
Other new indies or kickstarter projects to look out for - "The Paper Tigers" seems interesting - a martial arts infused comedy.
Right now, Steven Yeun's "Burning" film is making the rounds in the independent scene as an international film - and from reading the reviews, it's becoming another must-see film (if it's available in a theater - but I'll opt to rent it on VOD if possible).
Fans should stop type-casting him - he's moved on to more projects (films such as "Mayhem" and now "Burning", "Voltron" series, etc) - and it's better for his career.
I haven't heard from Justin Chon in a while, but apparently he's directed a new film called "Ms. Purple". I only recently found out about it. I have no doubt this is going to be good film as well, and another Kickstarter project I'll have to watch
alongside "Surrogate Valentine 3".
I've seen "Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle" so many times as well as quoting from it, the name Danny Leiner became familiar - maybe not a household name but familiar. With that said, rest in peace. I wish he directed the other two installments but they held their own.
If I get a chance to watch "Gemini", "Burning" or the "I'm Sorry To Bother You" flick, I'll review that. But it appears more likely that it'll be "Surrogate Valentine 3". If it becomes rentable, for sure I'll watch it on VOD.
09/04/2018: Searching ****
First off, props and kudos for Aneesh Chaganty and the film crew for making this happen. And for not taking "no" for an answer from John Cho heh. The film certainly
lives up to its hype, and probably surpassed it in some ways. "Searching" meticulously tells the story through the lenses and screens of cameras, mobile devices and computers. It takes the audience on a ride
to piece together the puzzle, and make sense of things from the texts, the images, the videos, the surveillance, etc. It is a cerebral type of film, and certainly a breathe of fresh air.
I'm certainly not going to spoil the plot. However, the story seems very straight-forward: David Kim becomes increasingly distraught over his missing daughter and what appears to be the inevitable. The film takes a turn that I would not have guessed at all.
There are hints and clues throughout, if you can pay enough attention to everything that is on the 'screen' (the theater screen, or the in-the-movie screens, whatever heh - etc). I definitely need at least another viewing or two. But it's a type of film that you can enjoy watching it over again.
Although you can say that the devices and computers take center stage in this, I felt that the cast brought a certain realism and believability to their characters (without having to overact - which typefies the current as well as dull industry). The only hint I'll probably give is to think about this - watching Hitchcock's "Psycho" for the first-time without hearing anything about it.
I'm not saying there is any similarity (far from it), except when it comes to the suspense and tension however.
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Dubya Gettin' His 'Weed' On With Harold & Kumar in 'Harold & Kumar 2'....
This shit is hilarious, basically my favorite scene in the second film of the series 'Harold & Kumar Escape
From Guantanamo Bay'. H & K parachute into Dubya's ranch house unbeknowest to the duo, and some funny dialogue ensues with Dubya's usual idiocy and southern drawl; "Oh shit it's Cheney, that guy scares the crap outta me", "Haw, haw, haw, I thought you guys were terrorizers", "Oh fuck G-bay", "Mitsubishi-Wah", "Well, Kumar. That makes you a hypocriticizer too".