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
8. Ping Pong Playa
9. Linsanity: The Documentary
Other Favorites ***:
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, 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, 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: Nemesis, 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, 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
05/03/2017: A Whole Lotta 'Mayhem'
This is a neat movie poster. Steven Yeun's character looks like he's ready to kick some ass. Or he already has kicked some ass muhaha.
It's been awhile since I heard any recent updates from the actor, but it's good to know that he's been busy with some projects. I have yet to find a trailer for this film.
I read the synopsis, and it seems to be another dire straits situation he finds himself in and has to get himself out of. Hopefully, he comes out victorious. All hell is going to break loose? I'd bet my money on 'Mayhem'.
04/25/2017: Let There Be Justice...
I stopped watching the Fast series after 'Fast & Furious 6' for several reasons - the departure of both Sung Kang's character as well as Director Justin Lin (of course, a new director could be a breathe of fresh air sometimes in style). Anyway, there have been rumors that Sung Kang's character might return in some capacity (they are surely not going to resurrect another deceased character so I hear).
I also heard about the controversy in turning a despicable villain into a face, which doesn't make sense if the series had any honor to its family theme. If that is the case, why not do the impossible as well (perhaps somebody was able pull him out in time).
04/15/2017: "Better Luck Tomorrow" 15th Anniversary
Happy 15th to the ground-breaking Asian-American film "Better Luck Tomorrow", in which there'll be an anniversary screening on the 27th co-presented by YOMYOMF. I wonder if they'll have an HD or Hi-Def treatment of the film, since the download
that I purchased years ago could use an upgrade. Otherwise, the film continues to stand the test of time. Some notables from the film: "How does it feel being the token Asian guy on the team?" "I didn't include it because he didn't say what I wanted him to say".
There's probably some personality traits of each character in all of us.
The rundown of films to look out for or watch:
Bobby Choy "Fiction & Other Realities" (new kickstarter film)
Justin Chon "Seoul Searching" / "Gook"
John Cho "Columbus" / "Gemini"
Sung Kang "Snakehead" / "Code 8" (If that ever gets made. Have not heard of any updates recently)
Ki Hong ("I hope Minho lives and that there'll be another Maze Runner if at all" muhaha). Really, if there's ever an Asian-American or a minority in a horror or sci-fi film, they get off'ed unceremoniously.
Wong Fu Productions "Everything Before Us"
I'm sure there are other notable films that I haven't heard of yet, but it would take a bit of researching through AA Film Festivals, Kickstarter projects and Youtubers. Besides film, there also got to be a plethora of projects on other platforms
that feature prominent AA actors.
Other than Justin Chon's films, I'll be on the lookout for more Asian-American involvement in films as far as steady, positive roles are concerned.
I heard that Ki Hong Lee is supposed to be appearing in a horror film soon. It doesn't seem to be a hefty role, but who knows. As for Youtube sensations, Ryan Higa was in a flick which I should probably check out eventually. Speaking of Ki Hong,
I've wondered what happened to his character in the Maze Runner. Since there hasn't been any updates on a third film or what the ending of the second film suggests, it's probably over or a moot point anyway.
Sung Kang is appearing on 'Snakehead', from the director of 'Linsanity'. I'm not into subject matters such as smuggling, but if he has a sizeable role in it, then I'd consider watching it. I'm waiting for 'Code 8', but no idea if that'll start filming anytime soon. No updates on that.
I'm sure there are more Asian actors I don't know about, it's just a matter of finding them.
Congratulations are definitely abound for Justin Chon's new film at the Sundance Film Festival, which won the audience award. It's something I have to check out at some point when available.
I already have a growing list of independent films to watch if I can. Aside from the controversial nature of the title of the film, I admit it takes getting used to. But who better than an Asian-American himself
to use a 'racial slur' as the title and re-define or make folks think differently for a change? Nonetheless, it only tells part of the story from the perspective of Asian-Americans during the race riots of that era.
I'm glad to see the transition of Justin (known for his 'Twilight' and '21 & Over' teen flick roles) to a more serious and dramatic side in films. Could this also be the start of Youtube comedian D-So's new film career?
Who knows muhaha.
I doubt there is going to be anything worthwhile watching this year, but who knows (unless another Star Trek sequel is in the works). With that said, it's time to focus attention again to the
independent scene or film festival movies. One noteworthy film to check out is Justin Chon's new film about Asian-Americans during the race riots of that era with a shoe store as the backdrop. It is really
a movie about a slice of life nobody really has understood, and seen through the perspective of Asians for once. Yes, even they are victimized and go through turmoil.
Chon also can be seen in "Taipei", but as a co-star.
I heard about John Cho's new film as well that's making the film festival rounds. When these films are released on VOD or other viewable platforms, I'll rent or even purchase them for sure. Add them to my list.
I'm not going to review "Rogue One", but the ending with Darth Vader was nostalgic.
08/05/2016: Star Trek Beyond ***
I thoroughly enjoyed the film, as it was dynamic and fun-filled replete with the usual familiarity of the original Star Trek that we know.
After completing three years of the Enterprise crew's five year mission, they head to a what is sort of like a starbase or outpost to recharge.
They are dispatched once again to respond to a distress call, only to find themselves ambushed by thousands upon thousands of mini-ships that completely
destroy the Enterprise. Escape pods are jettisoned, and crash land on the planet below. They meet an ally in a new female alien to combat a former starfleet Captain-turned
villian (Krall), who planned to use the artifact he stole against the Federation.
The action was dynamic, and this felt like 'Star Trek' again with the familiar banter between crew on the ship and planet, the use of communicators, Captain heroics, etc.
I suppose that's why they paired Spock with McCoy, because we knew the conversation would get interesting heh. I thought there were some nice homage to Leonard Nimoy, by indicating the
passing away of Ambassador Spock. And also showing a picture or image of the original crew at the end.
We definitely have to remember that this was an alternate universe created in the first reboot,
as a lot of things have changed. Although I believe that they should've kept Sulu straight even in this alternate reality, the focus was more on the story and action so it wasn't made a big deal. Of course, there are some things
I didn't like. The villain should've been kept as an alien and not as a former starfleet officer, and I think a lot of the action seemed very 'Fast & Furious' like, but that's Justin Lin for ya. It still worked.
NCC-1701-A. There's bound to be another sequel, hopefully they'll consider adding a Klingon or a new species as the villain. Here's to hoping Justin returns to direct as well.
I'll have to do some soul searchin' to decide whether I should watch "Seoul Searching", which I heard was going to
have its own theatrical release next month. But it's worth supporting by watching, and it might be good. The only way I could
probably watch it is via VOD or a video platform that I have an account with. But if you're in an area where the film is going to be in a theater, go check it out.
05/22/2016: Justin Lin and Beyond Star Trek..
When I heard that Justin Lin was going to direct the new Star Trek film and leaving the Fast & Furious franchise, I was skeptical. That first trailer re-affirmed the potential awfulness of the new Trek franchise, although the first reboot was good but that's it.
At this point, I might watch "Star Trek Beyond" as more info on it and a new trailer completely changed things a bit. It certainly can't be worse than the previous sequel; which I'm glad I have not watched.
Justin Lin's style is fast-paced and dynamic for sure. He is cutting edge and knows how to direct, and Lin certainly revitalized the Fast & Furious fanchise back into life. In my opinion, "Better Luck Tomorrow" stands out as my favorite Justin Lin film. And reading the story
behind it, I'm glad that he stood firm and held onto his vision which made the film work and succeed. Film critic Roger Ebert even exclaimed; "Asian-Americans can be whoever they want to be!" to the opposition. With a plethora of Asian talent, they should not be pigeon-holed but expanded to portray more unique as well as major/ leading roles.
There hasn't been any films worth watching recently, which is why I've been looking more on Youtube and kickstarter or indie projects for more diverse and unique films.
Anyway, recent article on Justin Lin is here:
With that said, "Star Trek Beyond" seems interesting with a new villain. And with Lin at the helm, it'll be dynamic. As long as it retains the 'Star Trek' familiarity as fans have come to know,
it should be fun. After all, this is Star Trek's 50th. Here are some quotables muhaha, I might have to log in an entry on the fan page as well.
"Spock, you haven't changed a bit. You're just as warm and sociable as ever" -Star Trek: The Motion Picture
*yawn* "Keepin' you busy?" -Sulu, Star Trek III: The Search For Spock.
03/29/2016: K-Town Cowboys ***
I finally watched the "KTown" movie the other day on VOD, and it's something worth purchasing. All in all, they did a good job interweaving each individual's stories and issues while introducing the world to what is known as K-Town; the night life, the hangouts, the 'activities' heh.
Perhaps the most well-known aspect of it all is going from spot to spot throughout the night (something that was detailed in the web series), drinking the shit out of yourself with soju and hite. As well as attempting to pick up girls.
Although the movie was released in theaters in only four cities, it's still an accomplishment in of itself considering that it was developed from a web series. I'm happy that the movie did well in the film festival, which led to the theatrical release. "Better Luck Tomorrow" however is still my favorite Asian-American film albeit one of my favorite films. But that was over ten years ago, and there hasn't been much since.
It was nice to see some alumni from "Best of the Best" involved in this project although cameos. My god have they aged, but then that film was over 30 years ago. Also, props to cameos by Daniel Dae Kim and Ken Jeong (exec. producer- knowing the guy, he likes to plug stuff anyway heh).
For those that haven't seen yet, do so. Get yer soju fresh on, and always remember 'bro's before ho's' muhaha.
What else is there to watch now? I'll be waiting for updates on "Code 8" for now.
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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".