Daytripping Vietnamese Hipsters


The power of the internet and globalization is so powerful and influential that countries like Vietnam have there own brand of hipsters. I really dig this short film called THE DAY DREAMERS chronicling a simple gathering of what looks like Vietnam’s brand of aimless youth, hanging out, riding their fixed gear bikes and then, tripping out as they see something truly fantastical right out of a Haruki Murakami novel. You can see the influences of other Asian cultures, especially Shibuya street-wear and Japanese indie rock. All in all, pretty fun and would be great to see other youth subcultures from other countries around the world.

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — SNOWPIERCER!

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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 Korean helmer BONG Joonho’s SNOWPIERCER (currently out in theatres and on VOD now). BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned! 

The Pifan Experience: Eat, Drink , Party and Network!

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It was my second time attending the project market of NAFF (Network of Asian Fantastic Films), part of the Puchon Fantastic International Film Festival (Pifan), which proved to be a fun and fruitful experience. Besides catching up with buyers and producers I met a few years ago, I also made some new contacts amidst conversations about genre films, eating, drinking and partying.

Almost every memorable moment was associated with a flavorful dish and a wonderful friend on the festival circuit.

Australian Film Critic Russell Edwards sang karaoke with the Managing Director of NAFF Thomas Nam DJing.

Meeting Jello Biafra

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He was standing against the wall, beer in hand, talking to a much younger blonde woman.  But it was getting late, and I was tired – if I wanted that autograph, I had to make my move.

Jello Biafra (former front man for the Dead Kennedys, political prankster and activist, founder of Alternative Tentacles Records, and all around punk rock royalty) was DJ-ing at my little dive bar, The Ruby Room, and I had vowed I would get the man to sign a couple of records.  I felt okay about this: after all, I had restrained myself from bringing ALL six of the LP’s I own, not to mention the handful of 45’s.

Jello’s work mattered to me.  Still does.

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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!  

Is It Art?

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Hmm.  Okay.  A dorm room fridge with a Black Flag sticker on it.

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Well, let’s see….

…it’s in a museum.

…it’s in a nice plexiglass box.

…a label describes the piece (Kaz Oshiro, “Small Fridge #5 (Black Flag)”, acrylic, bondo, canvas, 2005)

So, yes, it must be art…right?

YOMYOMF’s Summer Blockbuster Showdown — MALEFICENT!

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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 nitpick on Disney’s MALEFICENT starring Angelina Jolie. BTW, this roundtable review is chock full of spoilers. You’ve been warned!

Youtubers I met: Draco Chu & Gerrard Panahon

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Around midnight, I was already tipsy at Gameboi at Rage in West Hollywood when a cute Asian boy came up to me and introduce himself as Youtuber Draco Chu. It was refreshing because most gaysians at Gameboi was either shy or snooty. Exactly… what’s there to be shy or snooty about at Gameboi, the quintessential gaysian club in Los Angeles?

We added each other on Instagram and when I got home I decided to check out his channel. I’m always interested in meeting potential gaysian talent. Draco Chu went to UCLA for both undergrad and grad school and is currently an educator moonlighting as a Youtube star. Go Bruins!

YOMYOMF Summer Blockbuster Showdown — THE FAULT IN OUR STARS!

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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

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!