THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 Premiere — “No Sanctuary” Review

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Well, that was a kick-ass season premiere! THE WALKING DEAD, the #1 TV drama in pretty much all the rankings, returned with a bang, immediately where we left our band of heroes last season — captured in Terminus, the so-called haven, which is actually a true terminus for people who end up there, because the people who run the place live with the motto of being the butcher to everyone else being cattle. Yep, they eat people. And not in a soylent green we pretend it’s not food made out of people, they go all out backyard BBQ as if its some Austin smoked beef brisket hot spot.

TRANSFORMERS 4 Honest Trailer is the best one yet.

I’m usually not a fan of Screen Crush’s “Honest Trailers” but TRANSFORMERS: THE AGE OF EXTINCTION was such a piece of crap, pandering to both American and Chinese nationalists that making fun of it was not only bound to happen but also easy as apple pie (oh hey, another lame American slogan).

But the Honest Trailer guys really outdid themselves and hit all the right (or is it wrong) marks about this most awful of TRANSFORMERS movies.

Film Festival Dispatch: Busan International Film Festival 2014

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This year’s Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) was an overall, solid edition of the very best in Asian cinema. Dubbed “the Cannes of Asia” BIFF has built a reputation of presenting the latest films from around the world, with strong focuses on Asian films, as well as nurturing talent and filmmakers through its Asian Project Market, and also a destination to conduct business through its concurrent Asian Film Market.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ‘Making Friends and Influencing People’ – Season 2 Episode 3 Review

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Well, this is the episode that Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) really comes back. We find out that she’s working as a lowly lab tech for HYDRA, but in fact, she is undercover, working for Coulson as an inside-woman to infiltrate Hydra for intel. She goes through her daily morning routine and examines some cells under a microscope when she is rushed by her supervisor for some data, since he has to make a presentation “upstairs” in 10 minutes. We learn that the cells are from Donnie Gill aka Blizzard) who was introduced as a S.H.I.E.L.D. academy student last season and soon escaped his prison after the Hydra coup. Currently, he is on the run somewhere in Morocco and just wants to be left alone.

Back to Hydra HQ, we see Daniel Whitehall, this season’s big bad it seems, slowly hypnotizing captured “Agent 33” in what looks like a cross between A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, Room 33 from LOST, and some kind of CIA/KGB Ultra-mind control, as her eyes are forced open to look at a psychedelic fantasia of images and sounds. Whitehall whispers in her ear, “Compliance will be awarded.” Hmmm…

Talk Back: What did everyone think about SELFIE?

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So what did everyone think of the series premiere of SELFIE? It’s been online for about a month and had its broadcast premiere last night on ABC, where it debuted with soft but not terrible ratings, and actually edged out Fox’s comedy lineup of NEW GIRL and THE MINDY PROJECT.

Sadly, we have to have two sitcoms fronted by Asian Americans in the leads against each other essentially (John Cho in SELFIE and Mindy Kaling in THE MINDY PROJECT), but that’s beside the point. Whatever. But, my initial thoughts on SELFIE: John Cho is great, as an affable, sensible male lead and I can see the chemistry brewing between him and Karen Gillan as his My Fair Lady. It’s nothing revolutionary, even though it deals with social media and the way we interact with people in the digital age. In a way, it follows the same old tropes of usual romantic sitcoms.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ‘Heavy is the Head’ – Season 2 Episode 2 Review

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This week’s episode immediately begins where the last one ended, at the car crash, with Lance Hunter struggling to get out. His colleagues are dead (including Lucy Lawless, who I wish was on the show as a series regular) but he is soon saved by Melinda May (Ming Na Wen) who soon hops on her motorcycle and is in pursuit of Absorbing Man, who is in possession of the Obelisk, a mysterious, most likely alien piece of technology that Hydra wants to get their dirty, grubby hands on.

Meanwhile, Hunter is captured and is confronted by Talbot, who gives him a deal to bring Coulson to him (as well as a proper burial for Lawless’ character) in exchange for his freedom and $2 million. And that kicks off a series of events with the pursuit of the Obelisk, a return of the girl in the flower dress, and I suppose the big reveal of Skye’s father with Kyle MacLachlan, channeling a Killer Bob possessed Agent Cooper, who in the end, has possession of the object.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – ‘Shadows’ – Season 2 Premiere

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Warning: This review of the Season 2 premiere of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. contains spoilers…….

I stuck with the first season of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. because of the following bullet points:

  • It had Asian characters like Melinda May (50 year old hottie Ming-Na Wen with her blessed Asian aging genes) and Skye (former Canto-pop singer Chloe Bennet) in main roles.
  • I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe and couldn’t contain myself of the possibilities of story expansion of the said universe on a weekly basis.
  • It was executive produced by Joss Whedon, who knows a thing or two about producing cult-like TV fandom for his projects (i.e. BUFFY, FIREFLY).

VietJetAir in trouble again for using half naked babes in promo campaign

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Discount airliner VietJetAir is in hot water again for recent photos like the one you see above, which were leaked on social media sites by apparently, the girl on the right. Her name is Ngoc Trinh and in Vietnam, she’s known as a “hotgirl,” a dime a dozen in Vietnam of young, hot and usually buxom babes who gain a huge following, fame and sometimes, notoriety. Getting tens of thousands of followers alone, makes these girls hot commodities.

Anyhoo, she was part of this photo shoot that was apparently sanctioned by VietJetAir, where the campaign is, I guess, “fly with us because our flight attendants are really hot.” Check out some other photos that were on this “hotgirl’s” Facebook page (before they were taken down because of huge negative backlash):

SF Chinese restaurant don’t give a fuck about your “gluten free” requests

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We all know that San Francisco is a foodie town, full of health nuts with their gluten free, organic, flack seed ways. But sometimes, these special dietary requests can be a bit too much. Case-in-point, this Chinese restaurant called SO, located in the SOMA district.

Apparently, the owner, who is also a chef, blew a gasket and closed his restaurant early because of two back-to-back incidents — first when one party refused to pay their bill because they deemed their meal “too spicy” and secondly, when another customer cursed him out.

Hence, the signs he posted on his window. However, Eater reports that the restaurant has re-opened today.

FINAL FANTASY XV Teaser will make you want to play RPGs again

I haven’t played an RPG (role playing game) or, for that matter, a FINAL FANTASY game in over a decade. The greatest one is still FINAL FANTASY III, in my opinion. I’ve weaned myself off of video games because, I’d probably lose my job and stay home 24/7. The last time I was obsessed with a game, it was COMMAND AND CONQUER for the PC. I would have been one of those people who met their unfortunate end, playing games like WARCRAFT 24/7.

But this new FF looks pretty effin’ amazing. The graphics are breathtaking. It’s coming out soon and will be available on both PS4 and X-Box One.

Film Festival Dispatch: Toronto International Film Festival 2014

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Ah, SHERLOCK’s Benedict Cumberbatch meeting his “cumberbitches” before the gala screening of THE IMITATION GAME at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last week. A biopic about the great mathematician Alan Turing who was enlisted by MI6 to crack the Nazis’ enigma code but was years later, convicted of homosexuality (outlawed in UK law at the time) and lived the rest of his days in misery, the film won the coveted People’s Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature, an industry designation and, perhaps, prognosticator of a Best Picture Oscar (previous winners A KING’S SPEECH, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK would win Oscar gold). The film is quite good and Cumberbatch will definitely be nominated for a Best Actor.