The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 14 – “Spend” Review & Recap

TWD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE FOURTEENa

(Spoilers ahead)

The Alexandrians, old and new, rack up a pair of losses, in tonight’s episode, which will serve as a an us vs them that will unravel (probably badly in the remaining episodes).

Aiden, the guy you just knew was going to get someone killed? He did — again, as it turns out. He, Nicholas, Glenn, Tara, Eugene, and Noah head out on a supply run, in desperate need of some parts to repair a failing power grid system. They find the parts in a large warehouse, but also a horde of walkers locked behind a gate. One breaks free, and when Aiden unleashes gunfire at it, he hits a grenade the uniformed walker is carrying. The explosion impales Aiden onto some warehouse fixtures, and when the others try to rescue him, the swarm of walkers (who were freed during the explosion) force them to flee, and Aiden is eaten alive (good riddance).

The Robot Apocalypse Will be Led by Korean Rice Cookers

20150316_170040

So my parents got me this new-fangled rice cooker for my birthday last month and this past weekend, I finally figured out how to use it and, damnit, if it didn’t cook up what I have to describe as the perfect batch of brown rice.

But to get there, well, I’m not ashamed to say it took a bit of effort. My previous rice cooker was simple. You added rice and water in the bowl, put it in the cooker and pressed one button to turn it on. That’s it, just one button.

But holy shit if the controls on this thing aren’t as complicated as some fancy computer thingie you’d find at NASA:

Jury Duty

jury2

The bailiff admonished us – again – to turn off all electronic devices.  “Not sleep mode, not airplane mode, but completely off, folks.”  About 100 of us had been called into the court room for an initial jury screening, where we all waited for the Honorable Judge Ming to enter.  No one chatted; we sat up straight. The room itself seemed modest compared to what I had seen on TV and in the movies, but still, upon entering it, we all felt the gravity of our civic obligation: twelve of us would eventually determine someone’s freedom.

Defendant Standing Before the Judge

Japan’s Miss Universe Dilemma or Racism Has No Place When You’re Really, Really, Really Good-Looking

NEVER

20-year-old Eriana Miyamoto will be representing Japan in this year’s Miss Universe competition. Normally, that wouldn’t be newsworthy except that Miyamoto looks like this:

10547717_1381340812161177_5490021335429583178_o

Miyamoto is hafu aka half-Japanese (her mother is Japanese, her father is “American”) and that has raised the ire of some Japanese who feel that only someone who is “pure-blooded” Japanese should be representing the country. Even Miyamoto accepted her title half-apologetically; telling reporters that even if she doesn’t look “Japanese” on the outside, she is Japanese on the inside.

Japan is a largely homogeneous society and has a history of treating non-Japanese…well, not so good sometimes, therefore, this reaction isn’t surprising. What I’m saying to my Japanese brothers and sisters is—I get it. I get your reaction. That’s just how you are. But in this case, I think your racism is misplaced. Why? Uh, have you seen Miyamoto:

Throwback Thursday: My Favorite 90s Tunes

(Left to Right: Akemi Look, Kimberly Rose-Wolter, Michelle Krusiec and Karin Anna Cheung play four best friends in the 90s in The Unbidden)

(Left to Right: Akemi Look, Kimberly Rose-Wolter, Michelle Krusiec and Karin Anna Cheung play four best friends in the 90s in The Unbidden)

As I was researching 1990s music for my feature in post-production, The Unbidden, I started to recall my favorite 90s tracks that still sound contemporary and fabulous. Here are my top 10 in no order or preference:

1. Opus III’s “It’s a Fine Day” (1992)

Asian American Men: The Japanese Porn Industry Needs You!

According to Shimiken, one of the top male porn stars in Japan, there is a severe shortage of men in that country’s porn industry and it’s been making his life hard difficult.

This man needs your help!

This man needs your help!

Because female porn stars far outnumber the men, Shimiken has been having to perform “overtime” and he’s been finding it hard difficult to get it keep it up. Just how bad is the situation?

As he said in a recent interview: “In this industry there are only 70 male porn stars to 10,000 women. The number of male porn stars in Japan is less than that of Bengal tigers. With 4,000 new films every month, the number of male actors simply isn’t enough. This industry is like a hole in the wall that needs to get bigger!”

CAAMFest 2015: An Interview with Wong Fu’s Philip Wang on directing AFTER US playing in FALLING shorts program

wongfu
YOMYOMF is a community co-presenter for CAAMFest, the annual San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). The Festival kicks off today, March 12 and ends on March 22 in the East Bay. For the full film and events listing, and to buy tickets visit the official website.

We continue our CAAMFest Filmmaker Spotlight by interviewing Philip Wang, the director of the short film AFTER US, which is playing with other love themed shorts in a program called FALLING. Wang is also part of the Internet filmmaking powerhouse known as Wong Fu Productions.

Agents of SHIELD — Season 2, Episode 12 — “Who You Really Are” Review & Recap

xcoulson-stops-lady-sif-agents-of-shield-s2e12.jpg.pagespeed.ic.2cjR81qacQiJcQIksF-Q
(Spoilers ahead)

“Who You Really Are,” the 12th episode of this amazing season, delivered the goods. This was, perhaps, my favorite episode so far, because it struck a nice balance between the current SHIELD mythology, Skye’s struggle to hide her new powers, and a major MCU thread with Lady Sif’s second appearance on the show.

The episode starts on a beach in Portugal, where a bunch of teens are hanging out around a bonfire, singing songs, until a mysterious figure, holding a sword, walks out from the ocean. It’s Lady Sif, but she seems to have lost her memory and is asking “where kava is.” When one of the young lotharios tries to pick her up, she throws him across the beach.

Behold the Meal of All Meals

These are Dog Haus’ Tae Kwon Dogs:

11046626_10153610367128496_2630455431208479743_n

As the description says on their website, it is a hot dog that consists of “bulgogi glaze, kimchi, fried egg, Korean chili powder”.

This is how we eat at YOMYOMF. This is what we’re about—the genuine coming together of both East and West. This is indeed the culinary equivalent of different people from different cultures holding hands and singing as one.

And this is a friggin’ double burger with a hot dog, chili, cheese and onions:

CAAMFest 2015: An interview with HOLLOW director Ham Tran + Win a Pair of Free Tickets to the Screening!

Pig3
YOMYOMF is a community co-presenter for CAAMFest, the annual San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). The Festival kicks off this Thursday, March 12 and ends on March 22 in the East Bay. For the full film and events listing, and to buy tickets visit the official website.

We continue our CAAMFest Filmmaker Spotlight by interviewing Ham Tran, the director of the Vietnamese horror film, HOLLOW. A relatively new genre in the burgeoning market of Vietnamese cinema, the film was a box office hit when it was released last summer in Vietnam.