Review – The Farewell

5/5 Say what you will about how the film ended if you’ve seen it, this one hits home for me, almost a little too close given that I watched it twice – once in theaters with friends, and once at home after my own grandma unexpectedly passed away in Taiwan. Given that this was a very personal film for writer-director and fellow Asian American immigrant … Continue reading Review – The Farewell

Reviews – Spiderman: Homecoming, Baby Driver, & Dunkirk

Last week I watched 3 movies, and while I fully intended on sitting down to write more thought-out and extensive reviews, I decided that if I don’t do this now I will probably forget the initial feelings I had coming out of the theater. So in lieu of a more well-written entry, here’s a quick, completely unfiltered and unedited version of my reviews. Spiderman: Homecoming … Continue reading Reviews – Spiderman: Homecoming, Baby Driver, & Dunkirk

Searching for Home

I’m about two months late on this recap, but things just picked up so quickly as soon as I returned to New York from my travels that I never got the chance to sit down and write anything longer than a social media post about it. Over the course of 3 weeks, my journeys took me through 8 airports, 2 National Parks, 4 costal cities, … Continue reading Searching for Home

5 of My Favorite Women

In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8th), here is a short list of my personal favorite female characters in literature, film, and television (in no particular order). Jean-Louise “Scout” Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird, & Go Set a Watchman Having just finished Go Set a Watchman recently (against my own better judgement), I am reminded of how much I loved the character that author Harper Lee … Continue reading 5 of My Favorite Women

The Oscar contenders: Remaining reviews

I had meant to write reviews of each film after watching them but didn’t get around to doing that, so here is an abridged review to those films: Boyhood – There has been so much talk around this 12 year project. It is a project that required an incredible vision and commitment, one which director Richard Linklater held onto for the better part of the last decade. … Continue reading The Oscar contenders: Remaining reviews

In N’ Out vs. Shake Shack

Now that I have found myself on the west coast, the left coast, it’s only a matter of time until I get my hands on In N’ Out. The immediate question to follow is one that I anticipate eventually always comes up to those that have been on both coasts: Which chain is better? In N’ Out, or Shake Shack? It’s a debate that has gone … Continue reading In N’ Out vs. Shake Shack

“The Imitation Game” Review

Benedict Cumberbatch has not slowed down in pumping up his resume since last award season, when he was part an ensemble of not just one, or two, but three Academy Award-nominated films (12 Years a Slave, August: Osage County, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug). This award season sees nothing less of his efforts. In Morton Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch lives up to all the hype that … Continue reading “The Imitation Game” Review

Into the Woods Review

Every now and then we all roll our eyes at the Disney conglomerate that consumes existing stories and “Disney-fy” it. But fairy tales and musicals, that’s Disney’s specialty, at least the classic ones, and Rob Marshall’s new “Into the Woods” is no exception, except that it is. Led by the incomparable Meryl Streep as the Witch (who frankly, did such a stupendous job it made … Continue reading Into the Woods Review

OIAF 2014 Recap

About a week ago, I strapped my backpack on, packed my duffle bag (and some food), and hopped on a van with 7 other students and our animation professor and headed north across the border to Ottawa, Canada. I was lucky enough last year to have also gone on the same trip/adventures to the Ottawa International Animation Festival, and this year was no different. First … Continue reading OIAF 2014 Recap