Marvel’s AGENT CARTER — Season 2, Episode 3 — “Better Angels” Recap

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Tonight’s episode, titled “Better Angels”, propelled the investigation further into conspiracy-land, with old white men in exclusive clubs plotting to throw a senate race, and Kurtwood Smith manipulating Chad Michael Murray’s Thompson (who, BTW, is still a major dickhead) to steal key evidence for him to save the United States from shadowy figures who will stop at nothing to destroy it. Stuck in the middle, of course, is our hero Peggy Carter, who must fight against male chauvinism, but at the same time use her wiles at the same time. Ah, men are the weaker of the species.

Marvel’s AGENT CARTER Season 2 Premiere is a hoot!

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AGENT CARTER returns for season 2 and this week’s 2-hour season premiere was a total blast. It worked on so many levels for both die-hard Marvel, as well as casual fans. First off, it immediately setup a connection to the upcoming DOCTOR STRANGE with the use of dark matter or energy that Isodyne lab was using and discovered during an atomic bomb test. This is the same matter from DOCTOR STRANGE that allows him to travel inter-dimensionally. It also tied in the mothership, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., which had a similar story in season one and also looked like the same matter in the monolith that transported Simmons to that alien planet.

The Culinary Hotspot that is Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon)

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I love Vietnam, especially Ho Chi Minh City, which I still call Saigon (and everyone else as well). It’s a bustling, vibrant city with major investment happening and a booming middle class, which means more buying power and market demands for brands and big box corporations. McDonalds has finally entered the market, as well as countless franchises from the US, Japan and South Korea permeating the urban landscape as quickly as the glass and steel towers that are making the city horizon more jagged.

Top 10 Asian American Pop Culture Moments of 2015

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Sorry for the delay in posting this, but I am using some questionable wi-fi at a cafe in Ho Chi Minh City. As for the other year-end lists, I felt 2015 was a significant year for Asian Americans in media. With at least three major TV shows currently on air with Asian leads, as well as some major representation behind the camera too, it was a strong, and one could argue, landmark year for Asian American representation.

There’s definitely a momentum that we Asian Americans are riding into 2016, with Margaret Cho’s weed dispensary workplace comedy that just got greenlit for Amazon Prime, for example. Let’s just hope this momentum is not a fluke and that we will be experiencing real, authentic reflections of the American population today, which means, substantive Asian roles in popular entertainment. So, here are my top 10 Asian American pop culture moments/events across the entertainment spectrum:

Anderson’s Top Ten K-Pop Music Videos of 2015

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It’s funny how K-Pop has become so much a part of mainstream pop culture nowadays that it’s pretty ubiquitous. I admit that I don’t listen to as much K-Pop as I used to but I thought this year’s crop of songs were quite good. There’s still that artificial gleam that K-Pop videos are known for with their high production values, cool graphics and catchy dance moves. It’s still as saccharine as you can get, but that’s what makes them so appealing. It shows a maturity of the genre. We’ll see if this will turn into a true cross-over artist in the near future. Everyone is pining their hopes on CL from 2NE1. Only time will tell.

Anderson’s Top 10 Films of 2015

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Yes, I am adding onto the endless top 10 lists that come out during this time of year, but you are going to receive one anyway. In the next few days, I will send out a few more Top 10s in the best TV, K-Pop videos and for the first time, Asian American milestones in entertainment. I have to say that 2015 has been an interesting, if not landmark year for Asian Americans. Granted, we have a long way to go, but at least it feels like an actual movement now.

In the meantime, 2015 has been an interesting year for movies. Indie cinema was particularly vibrant, with more daring work to come out in years. On the other hand, huge Hollywood tentpoles solidified their dominance with what is already been predicting 2015 as the biggest box-office year ever.

YOMYOMF Blockbuster Showdown with STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (Spoilers)

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Warning! This special edition of the YOMYOMF Blockbuster Showdown is very heavy on the spoilers for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Do not read, if you have not seen the film and don’t want to know any major plot points….
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Celebrate the holidays with your own Darth Vader Yule Log


I do find it kind of strange to see a new STAR WARS movie a week before Christmas. I’ve always associated STAR WARS with the early days of summer, Memorial Day weekend to be exact. Here’s the official release dates for the previous episodes:

A NEW HOPE — May 25, 1977
EMPIRE STRIKES BACK — May 17, 1980
RETURN OF THE JEDI — May 25, 1983
THE PHANTOM MENACE — May 19, 1999
ATTACK OF THE CLONES — May 16, 2002
REVENGE OF THE SITH — May 19, 2005

THE FORCE AWAKENS was originally supposed to be released in May, but was pushed back after a slight delay in the start of production. As far as it’s been reported, Episodes VIII and IX are slated for May releases.

Star Wars Music and the Power of the Internet

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With the US release of THE FORCE AWAKENS only one day away, the internet has reached a critical mass for all things STAR WARS. What should be pointed out is how iconic the music from the movies is. Thanks to the sweeping and emotional scores by the great John Williams, so many Star Wars themes resonate in our everyday lives. It’s interesting to see how this music is translated and celebrated today and some of the stuff I’ve watched online is very cool. Here are some examples:

STAR TREK BEYOND Teaser is here!

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Well, the teaser was supposed to debut before THE FORCE AWAKENS this Thursday night, but it’s here now. Because of some leak of the German teaser yesterday, Paramount Pictures has decided to drop the first teaser for STAR TREK BEYOND this morning!

Directed by YOMYOMF founder and Hollywood director Justin Lin, this teaser is a miracle in itself, considering that the production just finished shooting in Dubai and Vancouver barely a month ago. To use a Trek term, the entire team is firing on all thrusters, rushing to get this film ready for its July 2016 release, in time for the auspicious 50th anniversary of the franchise.

George Takei on Donald Trump

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Hey, we all know what Donald Trump said yesterday about banning all Muslims entry into the United States. He also referred to himself as FDR, who did the same with the Japanese after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which the 74th anniversary of that event just happening on Monday. People and pundits are up in the arms. Jesus, we even the GOP and the likes of Paul Ryan had to denounce Trump.

I know it’s all political theater, but what Trump is doing is stoking the fires of hatred and making them legit. And let’s not forget the guy’s double standard, since rich Muslims get a hall pass from him.

Marvel’s AGENTS OF SHIELD — Season 3, Episode 10 — ‘Maveth’ Recap

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The winter finale for Agents of SHIELD aired tonight and it was a pretty action packed hour with the entire team (old and new recruits) working in different capacities (including different planets) on the same mission. Acting director Mack did a bang-up job leading the team to infiltrate Hydra’s castle and get their people back and it was good to see this X-Men like teamwork in the process, especially with the Inhumans on the SHIELD team, led by Daisy, Lincoln and Joey, who really shows off his super powers by melting metal in close proximity (even bullets hurtling towards him).