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.

Is There a Gay Interracial Couple in ‘Expendables 3’? Apparently, Yes!

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I’m sorry my fellow Offenders concluded this season’s YOMYOMF Summer Blockbuster Showdown already because I would’ve loved seeing them discuss this topic: apparently, there is gay interracial couple in the just released Expendables 3. And it’s not some random couple that pop up for a few seconds in the background. Nope, it’s two of the movie’s biggest stars. Wait for it…I give you:

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Yup, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li!

Here’s how Buzzfeed describes the scene that allegedly lays this out:

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For your weekend enjoyment, I give you a blue dude in Beijing running around with a blowup doll:

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Who is he? What does all this mean? Speculation online is that it might be someone who’s doing this because he lost a bet and the Chinese press are comparing the guy to the blue Na’vi in James Cameron’s hit film Avatar. Although I don’t remember any of the Na’vi in that film running around with inflatable sex toys, but it was a long movie so I might have missed that part. And, well, this NSFW product is apparently a real thing:

Another Thai commercial that will make you cry

Man, I swear that Thai commercials are the new K-dramas. They’re short and sweet but packed with tons of heartfelt, heart-tugging stories that will squish your insides and make you do the ol’ waterworks on the eyes. This latest commercial from Thai Life Insurance is definitely up there with the one about the good samaritan who does good deeds, and the other one about the young beggar who becomes a doctor and saves the life of the street merchant who gave him a break years ago.

I particularly like this commercial, entitled “Street Concert,” because it’s simpler and isn’t necessarily a tear-jerker, but it’s definitely feel good for sure. And to think these commercials sell life insurance! Well played, Thais. Well played.

1,001 Reasons I Love Movies (#36): Lauren Bacall Teaches the World How to Whistle

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On the heels of the death of Robin Williams, we lost another icon yesterday—the great Lauren Bacall.

Bacall was working as a model when director Howard Hawks cast her in her first film, 1944’s To Have and Have Not, opposite her future husband Humphrey Bogart. The movie made her an instant star and if you need proof of it, check out this famous scene from the film: “You know how to whistle don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

More From the Best English Language Book in the Universe

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Last summer, we shared with you some of the pages from the Japanese textbook English Words That Don’t Appear on Texts where Japanese folks interested in mastering the English language can learn to say things like “What nice barbed wire.”

Now thanks to the fine folks at Kotaku, here are some more pages from the textbook you can enjoy while improving your English skills. And yes, keep that marlin away from my anus.

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The Best Japanese Star Wars GIF So Far.

I am sure this is old, but I found this particularly funny today. You can see the original video, which was a promo for a Japanese cell phone company.

The Japanese definitely know how to spoof STAR WARS. And Offender Phil just recently blogged about the use of Darth Vader in Japan to hawk some English proficiency books. I wonder how that campaign went.

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:

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Korean Producer Kae Kim and I posed on the street of Gangnam

Korean Producer Kae Kim and I posed on the street of Gangnam

After the It Project Market wrapped at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PIFAN), I stopped by Seoul for a few days to decompress. I had always wanted to spend more time in Seoul as my friends said that Seoul is now as sophisticated as Tokyo except that it’s more accessible and less expensive. I found what my friends said to be true. Seoul has great food, great shopping and is as sophisticated a culture as Tokyo. Move over, Japan. Korea is here and now.

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I always have the talent to pick the kitschiest hotel. And I did. I wanted to try out the IP Boutique Hotel in Itaewon. Despite the room being a bit cramped, the bed was very firm and comfortable and I could barely get out of bed every morning. And even though the bathroom was small, it was cozy–complete with a heated toilet seat and bidet.

How Robin Williams Brought My Grandmother & I Closer Together

In the early 1980s while I was in elementary school, my maternal grandmother came from Korea to live with us. While my parents both worked, my grandmother was the one who would be there after school to babysit my sister and I. She knew no English and I had limited Korean-speaking skills at the time so it wasn’t always easy to communicate. And when she had a stroke not too long after she arrived, communication became even more difficult.

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But there was one thing that bonded us, one thing where the lack of a common language was irrelevant and that was the TV show Mork & Mindy starring the late Robin Williams who passed away today of an apparent suicide.

My grandmother and I both loved the show for Robin Williams—for my grandmother, she could enjoy the show even if she didn’t understand what was going on because Williams’ physical comedy needed no translation. He could do something as simple as give a look of bewilderment at some strange Earth custom and that would be enough to send my grandmother into hysterical laughter (the other show she loved was Three’s Company also for the late John Ritter’s physical comedy).

Pikachus on Parade

DOG_DAYSI’ve been blogging about the lead-up to the big Pikachu event in Yokohama, Japan, this month (click here and here) because damn it, even one with a blackened heart like mine can’t help but think these Pikachus are the cutest thing this side of a puppy eating ice cream. So to brighten up our otherwise dog days of summer, I give you the Pikachus on parade:

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Yup, the Pikachu event officially kicked off last Friday with a parade, but if you missed it, never fear, the parade will take place three times a day until August 17 at Yokohama’s Landmark Park so you still have time to book your flight.

For everyone else, let your Monday cuteness overload commence:

Around the Horn: Is Colorblind Casting OK in the Comics Movie Universe?

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In our weekly check-in lunch last Tuesday, some of the Offenders started talking geek speak, with everyone generally excited that GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is doing well and that it is a solid film. But then, the conversation took a turn when the discussion of future Marvel films came up, specifically the new FANTASTIC FOUR reboot, with the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch. Some individuals thought the casting of an African American actor for a, “historically” Caucasian looking character portrayed in the pages of Marvel comics. An individual felt that the Human Torch is so iconic and him being blonde and blue-eyed was inherent in the character and that’s just the way it is. Another individual agreed and said it was simply stunt casting to have Jordan be the Human Torch and also the brother of Sue Storm, played by the obviously Caucasian Kate Mara. The argument soon escalated with defenders of the casting saying it doesn’t matter on skin color, just as long as the actor chosen has the inherent characteristics of Johnny Storm (i.e. cocky, free spirited, from New York and American), then what does it matter? Before long, other iconic characters were brought up, like James Bond. There’s been talk of Idris Elba possibly portraying 007 in future movies. Does it matter?