Hello! Exploring the Super cute world of Hello Kitty

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Liz Ho (@elizabethhoacts) I am a fortune cookie: a crispy-Asian-American-treat that will give you useless advice & lotto numbers. I love Star Trek, alpacasso, Star Wars (IV-VI), makeup, reading, and taking daily pictures of my ewok of a dog named Cooper. I am also an actor. (Photography by Argeesht Mirzakhanian)

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When I was asked by YOMYOMF to cover the first ever North American exhibit of Hello Kitty called HELLO! EXPLORING THE SUPERCUTE WORLD OF HELLO KITTY at the Japanese American National Museum (aka the homebase for the first ever HELLO KITTY CONVENTION, which will happen later this month), I about shat my pants. I. LOVE. HELLO. KITTY. I will full on admit to the internet that I am a huge fan and perhaps hoarder of all things Sanrio, especially Hello Kitty.

ARROW Season 3 Episode 1 or GREEN ARROW & ALL THE OTHER JUSTICE LEAGUE PEOPLE + KATANA

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Dominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and@thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

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CW’s ARROW is a pretty good show now, and I hope in a similar way for THE FLASH to find its sea legs. Season 3 of (DEFINITELY NOT CALLING HIM GREEN) ARROW premieres with an episode that does about everything one could ask of a superhero show:

OPENS WITH A CAR CHASE

‘The Flash’ — Episode 1 Review

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Dominic Mah is a writer, filmmaker, erratic blogger at dommah.com, and ex-professional gambler. Soon he will be premiering a reality show about Bay Area karaoke singers at melancholyball.com. He critiques popculture both as @dommah (normal dude) and @thorhulkcritic (Hulked-out Marvel rage-monster/god). He also will be responsible for #AvengersVsXmenTexting on the InstaTwitterSocialMediaSphere.

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Let’s be real for a split second: No one is super-excited about the existence of a live-action FLASH. But because he is one of the iconic DC superheroes, I bet no one is super-opposed to the idea either. The main reasons the FLASH TV series exists IMO is because:

- It would be real weird to have a Justice League franchise without any Flash.
- ARROW seems to be doing okay, as long as no one utters the killing word, “Green.”
- Re: that last X-MEN movie, the VFX houses are pretty good at that super-speed time-slowing effect now, so we gotta have more of that.
- Marvel has two Quicksilvers (the super-fast X-Man/Avenger), and DC wants so bad to be more like Marvel ‘cos Marvel does everything right.
- Everyone forgot about what happened to the last attempt at a FLASH TV series (in 1990).

Paul McCartney. @Candlestick. #TheEnd.

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, rock musical aficionado, and ex-professional gambler. He can be found on the internets as dommah, paranormalstatus.com, and @ThorHulkCritic. He was also a part of our YOMYOMF Summer Blockbuster Showdown. His personal heroes are Stan Lee, Bruce Lee, Annabel Lee and Barbara Lee.

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It was 20ish years ago today…

The first pop music I ever heard clearly was Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and if your experience is the same, then you scarcely need read this preamble. The vinyl record belonged to my father. I was very young and had only a vague concept of music being in two categories: 1) All my father’s classical records, in which I had begrudging compulsory interest, and 2) something called rock music, which was on the radio. Self-image having formed well before musical vocabulary, I knew that rock was the cool category, and that I could not possibly belong to the cool category. In terms of “having musical taste,” I mainly knew the opening theme to the Battle of the Planets cartoon. Bach and Brahms and Beethoven were things that happened in an adult world: pleasant, settled, defined. But next to these 3 big B’s in my dad’s record collection, there was this one record by the Beatles.

6 Asian Marvel Heroes who oughtta be in a movie about 6 Asian Superheroes

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Dominic Mah is a writer, director, rock musical aficionado, and ex-professional gambler. He can be found on the internets as dommahparanormalstatus.com, and @ThorHulkCritic. His personal heroes are Stan Lee, Bruce Lee, Annabel Lee and Barbara Lee.

It is very cute that a movie about Marvel’s BIG HERO 6 exists, and thank gosh they remembered to use the Oriental Menu font in the title logo.

Big_Hero_6_Logo_2I’m sure it will be a precious fun movie. But as “an Asian Marvel movie?” DOES NOT COUNT. DOES NOT QUALIFY. Let’s just quash that idea before it trends.

BIG HERO 6 (and its DC equivalent, “Super Young Team”) is full of silly characters exploiting the half-idea that “a team of Japanese stereotypes and manga archetypes would be totally kawaii!” Yeah, cute, but, dude. These are not the Asian Marvel characters you’re looking for. A real Marvelasian superhero movie (or hey, a videogame) would feature some or all of these characters:

SAF Seeking… Laughter. Fleeting. Perfection.

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Annika is a 28 year old Cambodian Vietnamese Chinese French American who recently returned to school to finish a bachelor’s degree in computer science and linguistics. Her hobbies and interests include swimming, cooking, baking, writing, reading, math, symbolic logic, learning foreign languages, and drinking espresso – and of course, boys.

You funny!!!

You funny!!!

He’s laughing.

“What are you laughing about?” I say.

We were, predictably, in bed after a long, few hours of dinner, wine, talking, smoking, listening to music, hand-holding, cuddling on the couch on the balcony, and getting to know each other through words and gestures.

A cigarette break on the balcony with him sitting on the couch while embracing me from behind, his head resting itself on my lower back, as I leaned over the rail, facing away from him puffing smoke into the warm Hollywood night. He pulls me onto his lap to exchange some words that, at this moment, I don’t remember because I was so lost in the moment. I remember nodding my head and leaning in to kiss him for the first time which, inevitably, led to very sensuous bodily movements and my suggestion that we take this into his bedroom just five feet away which then led into me taking my clothes off and him following suit in my disrobement to reveal one of the best male bodies I had seen all year and then him putting on a condom for… two seconds of sex.

Literally two seconds.

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!

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GUARDIANSSelect 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 final edition of our summer-long SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SHOWDOWN, we review the latest contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned!

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — LUCY!

YOMYOMF's Summer Blockbuster Showdown Part 7-01

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 review Luc Besson’s latest female-driven actioner LUCY. BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned! 

SAF Seeking… Her Groove and a Way to Get it Back

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Annika is a 28 year old Cambodian Vietnamese Chinese French American who recently returned to school to finish a bachelor’s degree in computer science and linguistics. Her hobbies and interests include swimming, cooking, baking, writing, reading, math, symbolic logic, learning foreign languages, and drinking espresso – and of course, boys.

Oh yes, I am eye fucking you right now.

Oh yes, I am eye fucking you right now.

Indeed, we were exchanging glances of a certain intensity and an aloof furtiveness that required a cigarette break after. “Eye-fucking” as they call it.

My friend, “Tiger,” invited me out to the Avalon, a Hollywood techno club, as it was her boyfriend’s birthday and he purchased tickets to see some relatively unknown DJs spinning that night. I agreed to come along as I didn’t have anything else going on that night for once and that it would be a good opportunity to force myself to be social outside of work. In addition, the Avalon had been renovated since I was last there (and I was quite a regular, pre-renovation), so I figured I’d check it out, have a few drinks, dance a little, then take a Lyft back home to Culver City around 3 AM as I had to work at 10 AM the next day.

My Comic-Con 2014 Haul!

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Liz Ho is an actor by day, Trek lover by night. Originally from a very yuppy suburb near San Francisco, Elizabeth now calls Los Angeles home. She loves Hello Kitty, pandas and food. You can get a glimpse into her thinking at her blog “The Positive Experiment”. You can also watch her on TV recurring guest star Rhonda Cheng on ABC Family’s newest show “Melissa & Joey”. Liz also appears in the INTERPRETATIONS commissioned short “Good Shot”by Offender David. This summer, she’s been a contributor to YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown

Here is Liz’s Comic-con wrap up report of all the swag, as well as collector items she got this past weekend in San Diego, in the form of her first vlog!

7 Cosplay Moments From Comic-Con 2014, or Why Ninja Psylocke Has To Die

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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.

Cosplayer Elisa Santullo as Black Widow

Cosplayer Elisa Santullo as Black Widow. You can follow her on Facebook.

Cosplay (a Japanese term deriving from the English, “costume play”) is a subculture that takes many forms, but let’s say it is essentially about people dressing up as their favorite characters from pop culture. At Comic-Con, one of the great world centers of cosplay, the subculture mutates…or rather, transforms….or anyway, it cosplays itself into all sorts of configurations, including:

  • fans dressed up as superheroes, anime characters, robots, etc.
  • models/promoters dressed up as sexy superheroes, sexy robots, etc.
  • club rats dressed up as nerds so they can infiltrate Comic-Con
  • weirdos dressed up as non-weirdos so they can be around Comic-Con
  • people dressed up as superheroes so they can sell something
  • people like me who just own a lot of shirts with robots on them

Cosplay, like music, has its good and bad moments. Here are 7 of the significant cosplays from ComicCon 2014.

SAF seeking… A French Connection Part 2

guest_offendersANNIKA

Annika is a 28 year old Cambodian Vietnamese Chinese French American who recently returned to school to finish a bachelor’s degree in computer science and linguistics. Her hobbies and interests include swimming, cooking, baking, writing, reading, math, symbolic logic, learning foreign languages, and drinking espresso – and of course, boys.

(Read Part 1 here)

Oh those Frenchies!

Oh those Frenchies!

Sweat beads roll down his forehead and into my left eye as he’s thrusting.

Goddamnit. Ow. My make-up!

I’m half-squinting like a pirate who forgot his eye patch.

I make a swift shift of my head to the left to avoid anymore of his sweat getting into my eyes. His head follows suit and as he leans down to kiss me, MORE sweat gets into my eyes.

For fuck’s sake!