YOMYOMF’s TV Showdown — THE WALKING DEAD – “Crossed” (Season 5, Episode 7)

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While Carl, Michonne and Gabriel hold down the church, Rick takes a rescue mission to Atlanta, as Abraham’s group deal with the fallout from Eugene’s revelation.

David: Finally, back to good form! The cross story narrative is such a better format, but enough of that. I don’t think I need to tell the whole story of this episode because I feel after where everyone left off in their last appearance only moved like one pace forward. Abraham and the gang stays put by the road pondering and catches fish for food. Rick and gang move towards the hospital with a non hostile plan to get back Beth and Carol.

Around the Horn: End of the Year To Do List

I can’t believe 2014 is almost over. Time just flew by and Black Friday is just around the corner. The weather is getting colder. It’s getting dark really early. Even California is getting some rain to help our drought. Maybe my neighbors will stop watering their lawns for an hour every night. LA man. But there still is a full month left to make this year rememorable. So what is a goal, place, or certain task you were planning all year to do but never got around to it? Was it that room you wanted to paint? Or that museum you wanted to check out? Or maybe that restaurant you read on yelp over and over but never got around to trying it out.

In the beginning of the year, I was planning on fixing my front window of my car. It started out as a small little crack but slowly the crack has spread almost all the way across the entire window passing the passenger side and into the driver side. I got it priced out and even should have got it done. But I really wanted to use this opportunity to somehow use it in a short film. Have someone get run over by my car, fly right into my window, and break the crap outta it. Or maybe some jealous girlfriend decides to smash it with a baseball bat. I figure mind as well since I’m replacing it right. My last car I had a BMX rider crash and roll over the hood. It was sweet. Well the year as gone by and I’ve finally found time to finish writing my short. I wrote in a scene to give it its glory. So hopefully the wait was worth it. After all, I’m tired of hearing my friends bitch and worry about my huge crack in the window.

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Adventures in Filmmaking: The Golden Horse Film Project Promotion

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The Motley Crew: Producer Aaron Shershow, I and Producer Robert Wei

I’ve been hearing about the Golden Horse Film Awards since I was growing up in Hong Kong, and this year was its 51st edition. I met Christy from the Golden Horse Film Project Promotion at the NAFF project market at Puchon and pitched her my Chinese romantic comedy project Morning, Paris! Two months later, I got an invite to participate in the Film Project Promotion which, for years, my filmmaking colleagues have been telling me great things about.

Walking the Golden Horse Film Awards Red Carpet!

ARROW & THE FLASH & KATANA: Superhero Relationships Would Be Super-Complicated

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and rock musical enthusiast. He recently co-wrote a feature film about superheroes and sidekicks. He is working on a startup comic book. He is often found in karaoke bars being @dommah and@thorhulkcritic.

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OK nerds, in the last two episodes of ARROW and THE FLASH, we’re introduced to Wildcat, Plastique, Girder, Gorilla Grodd, Reverse Flash, General Eiling, Cupid, Captain Boomerang, and Katana! But also and more importantly, dating is tough. There are Love Triangle Scenarios happening between the superheroes, their super-friends, their super-exes and super-platonic-BFFs, even their super-villains. It’s very complicated. Girl, let me fill you in on all this gossip:

You Go, Thai Orphan, Who’d Rather Remain a Thai Orphan Than be Adopted by Kim Kardashian

Apparently, the latest must-have accessory for the American rich and famous is a Thai orphan. It turns out Kim Kardashian, currently best known for this, tried to adopt a 13-year-old Thai orphan named Pink because…well, she’s Kim Kardashian.

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According to an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kim decided against the adoption at the request of her family even though she felt like this: “When you meet someone that you really connect to like this, you can’t help but think like how you could change their life. I literally cannot stop thinking about her. I told Kanye, I was like, honestly, this girl is so sweet and so cute, like, I would honestly adopt her.”

Cafe Lu: The Documentary!

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So, we’ve written up about the phenomenon of Vietnamese owned coffee shops in Orange County. In fact, a bunch of us went on a field trip some years ago and you can read up about it here. We wanted to check out hot, bikini or lingerie-clad girls serving us iced tea and/or iced coffee.

One of the most famous operations in OC is Cafe Lu. They’re so popular that they’ve just recently opened up a new location called Cafe Lu Lounge, which serves food and is more of a sports bar. The girls there are not bikini-clad but in more Hooters like garb. Well, either way, it seems to be doing fine and also garnering a reputation for being the flagship of coffee shops in the area.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Season 2, Episode 8 — ‘The Things We Bury’

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Coulson and team find themselves in an epic face-off against Hydra to uncover an ancient secret, while Ward kidnaps his brother, Senator Christian Ward, for a violent trip down memory lane.

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This was the best episode of the season so far. Finally, we have both SHIELD and HYDRA in a race against time to find this magical and secret city and unlock the mysteries that have been dangling in front of us for the past season and a half. The episode, titled “The Things We Bury”, is also the penultimate episode before the mid-season finale and when the show goes on hiatus until March to make room for the new AGENT CARTER series that will serve as a bridge.

Goldfish in your Tea

The weather’s finally starting to chill out and feel more Autumn-like here in Southern California which makes it the perfect time for a cup of tea. But if you’re tired of the same old tea bag, how about this:

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They’re goldfish-shaped tea bags from the Taiwan-based Charm Villa and these tea bags supposedly come in Oolong and rose tea flavors.

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Around the Horn: What’s your entertainment binge obsession?

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I am currently obsessed with the Serial podcast, a weekly podcast that unravels one story. I binged listened to it over two days and I cannot wait to listen on how it will end. If you haven’t heard of Serial, it’s so damn amazing, a true crime story unraveled with the very best tropes that make murder mysteries so compelling. It’s a mix of 60 MINUTES, TWIN PEAKS, HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET, and THIS AMERICAN LIFE.

A classic PORTLANDIA skit best represents this type of binge obsession:

What series, of any medium (movies, TV, podcasts), that got you hooked that you holed yourself up at home to “consume” it all?

YOMYOMF’s TV Showdown – THE WALKING DEAD – “Consumed” (Season 5, Episode 6)

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(Spoilers ahead)

David: Finally we get to Daryl and Carol, but with the past stories of Beth at the hospital and the Hunters church raid, we already knew the ending of this past week’s episode. I have to say that these parallel stories are kinda tiresome, but I guess they’ll all be joining up soon enough. But on the positive note, this story was much better only because Daryl and Carol are really the best characters to follow.

Ramen+Donut=Ramnut

In recent years, we’ve seen everything from ramen burgers to ramen pizza, but now comes the ramen hybrid that may just top them all in sheer awesomeness…or sheer grossness, it’s hard to tell. Behold the Ramnut:

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Though it sounds like something you’d find in a sex toy store, it’s actually a hybrid of ramen and donut, two things you’d normally think wouldn’t do well hanging with each other, but I’m up for trying anything once.

Making the First Asian American Psycho Thriller

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Writer/Producer NaRhee Ahn and I have been fans of the horror thriller genre since childhood and we have been talking about working on a genre project for years. As Asian Americans, we wonder why there hasn’t been a project like this earlier. Justin and I made Shopping for Fangs, which was initially branded as a thriller but it’s essentially a genre-hybrid dramedy. I also remember Offender Philip had an Asian American horror in the works several years ago.

But this genre has been virtually unexplored in Asian American cinema.