YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES!

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Select Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN. You can read previous roundtable reviews, which are all archived here

In this edition, we review DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES! BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned!  

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION!

YOMYOMF's Summer Blockbuster Showdown Part 3-01

Select Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN. You can read previous roundtable reviews, which are all archived here

In this edition, we tackle Michael Mr. Stage Fright Bay’s latest masturbatory opus, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION! BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned! 

YOMYOMF Summer Blockbuster Showdown — THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!

YOMYOMF's Summer Blockbuster Showdown Part 2-01

Select Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN. You can read previous roundtable reviews, which are all archived here

Since we’re a little late in the game (we’re already heading into July), we’re going to play catch-up this week with a series of blogs about the films that have been released already. In this edition, we discuss THE FAULT IN OUR STARS or as the fans refer to it, TFIOS! Wait, or is it #TFIOS?

BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned! 

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — EDGE OF TOMORROW!

YOMYOMF's Summer Blockbuster Showdown Part 2-01

Select Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN. You can read previous roundtable reviews, which are all archived here

Since we’re a little late in the game (we’re already heading into July), we’re going to play catch-up this week with a series of blogs about the films that have been released already. In this edition, we discuss EDGE OF TOMORROW starring Tom Cruise.

BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned! 

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2!

YOMYOMF's Summer Blockbuster Showdown Part 2-01

Select Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN.

Since we’re a little late in the game (we’re already heading into July), we’re going to play catch-up this week with a series of blogs about the films that have been released already. In this edition, we discuss THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2.

BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned! 

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — 22 JUMP STREET!

YOMYOMF's Summer Blockbuster Showdown Part 1-01

Select Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN.

Since we’re a little late in the game (we’re already heading into July), we’re going to play catch-up this week with a series of blogs about the films that have been released already. In this edition, we discuss the sequel, 22 JUMP STREET.

BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned! 

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown continues with X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

YOMYOMF's Summer Blockbuster Showdown Part 1-01
Select Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN.

Since we’re a little late in the game (we’re already heading into July), we’re going to play catch-up this week with a series of blogs about the films that have been released already. In this edition, we dissect X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST.

BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned!

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown kicks off with GODZILLA

YOMYOMF's Summer Blockbuster Showdown Part 1-01
Select Offenders will be reviewing this summer’s crop of Hollywood tentpole films with a scientifically tested set of criteria that was vetted, nurtured, dissected and regurgitated through the pop-culture gadflies who have nothing better to do than annoy other productive people in the YOMYOMF office. So, we channeled their nitpicks of the incessant reboots, remakes and rehashes that are part and parcel with Hollywood summer movies into this ongoing summer blog series called the SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN.

Since we’re a little late in the game (we’re already heading into July), we’re going to play catch-up this week with a series of blogs about the films that have been released already. First up, the ultimate Asian character in all of cinema, GODZILLA!

BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned!

Around the Horn: Chance Encounters

6290270129_74eef94d8f-3Ever had a chance encounter with someone or something that changed your life? I’m sure you have. But I’m looking for the one that grazed you just short of missing it.

In the fall of ’96, I was jobless and desperately looking for a work. I never buy the Sunday papers because I was too cheap. But my roommate bought one for the want ads, but I never really thought there were any REAL jobs from those ads, but I looked anyway… I was desperate.

“Telemarketing”… naw.
“Clerical”… boring.
“Pole dancing”… hmmmmm.
“Graphic artist”… ok.

I’ll make this fast… my art led to video editing, editing led to wedding videography (blah), videography to visual effects work, mutual filmmaker friend shows my to Justin Lin, Justin Lin asks me to work on films. It only took like 10 years for all this to happen!

I always wondered if my roommate hadn’t bought that paper, where could I have been.

What is one rare chance encounter you had that changed your life?

Around the Horn: The geek within

Last year I had the pleasure of seeing my geekness rub off on my wife. She’s not a hobbyist of any sort… she just likes to watch mainstream movies and tv like everyone else… until last summer!

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There was a string of summer films my wife endulged in, such as Iron Man 3, World War Z, Fast and Furious 6 :) AND THEN THERE WAS …STAR TREK – INTO DARKNESS! This was the start of the change… no the metamorphosis like Bruce Banner turning into the Hulk! Why? One name… Benedict Cumberbatch!

Can one fictional character from a tv or movie change you into a geek… answer is YES! She needed to know all about this hunk of an actor. I did say “hunk”.

But it doesn’t stop there! Only a true geek will continue to search insatiably for more content like a drug addict on crack. She then found Sherlock and watched it pretty much continuously till there was no more. Which led her to Wiki sites and conspiracy theories of the show, which by now she knew more than I did.

The Great Boba Milk Tea Swindle

If you grew up in the 80s like I did, you’d remember a show called “Fight Back with David Horowitz,” where he would spotlight products from current commercials, then prove or disprove of what was advertised.  For example, “Is Heinz’s ketchup really as thick as it was advertised” or a popcorn test that says “Orville Redenbacher’s pops more than the other brands” and so forth.

Well… I decided to make my own test from one of my favorite boba tea houses… “Half & Half” in Southern California.  They advertise drinks at a regular size and offer to supersize it for .85 cents more.  I always do the supersize (they call it Supercup).  As I was drinking the Supercup sized drink, my friend and fellow offender said that the Supercup is almost the same size as the regular.  I said “No WAY!” Thus, this test was the result.

AROUND THE HORN: Good Boss / Mean Boss

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I’m sure you had one or both kinds of bosses in your life as an employee. I had the fortunate experience to have both.
My first job in California was creating graphic artboards for attorneys and my MEAN BOSS made me work 60 hour weeks, learn other people’s jobs which I had no training for and making me feel like crap when I failed my task.

Luckily he sold his business a year later which merged me into another company.

This time a GOOD BOSS emerged into my livelihood. Never yells and always calm (really), what I didn’t know he was patient for me to learn and made sure that I was enjoying the work environment we were in.

In Brian DePalma’s “The Untouchables”, Al Capone played by Robert DeNiro says, “You can get further with a kind word and a gun, then just a kind word.”

How true is that?!

Well, my mean boss did make me learn good, useful skills… FAST! Got me tough skinned and learned to endure grueling work hours.

But I hated him.

My good boss gave me grace to my failures and enjoyment in my work environment. Felt like a great team… like the Justice League!

Now he’s one of my best friends for the past 17 years and still going.

I can say that there is no room for mean bosses… the energy is just plain bad. You need good energy to carry on… and that comes from being a good boss.

I say… be good.

What are your experiences with these kind of bosses?