To See And Be Seen: Twenty-Six Asian Films Of 2014

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Adam Chau is a blogger from the Midwest. In his spare time he likes to help publish books, post random musings, and consume as much media as he can.

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A quick dab of films from this year that I’ve seen, or still need to see, that I now share in an old school non twitteresque type of way.

Buyer beware and no, I won’t do that because it’s my list.

Get your own list.

1. Aberdeen
Directed By: Pang Ho-cheung


Sometimes I just get attracted to a family drama with a darker edge and this seems to fit the bill. With Louis Koo, Eric Tsang, Miriam Yeung and Gigi Leung. Gives me kind of a Lost In Beijing feel when I watch the trailer even though I don’t think it’s going to be that dark.

FLASH FACT, Episode 4: You Would Be Naked All The Time

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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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FLASH FACT: The air friction created by running at supersonic speeds on Earth would burn off all your clothes instantly. Unless you’re the Flash.

In this week’s THE FLASH, Felicity Smoak from ARROW shows up, and Barry tries to woo her with super-speed DHV (Demonstrations of Higher Value). He zooms up to the top of a skyscraper and snaps a photo of her on street level, then zips back down to street level to show her the pic. (Not creepy at all.) Felicity notices that Barry’s shoes are smoldering, and he quickly stamps out the flame. #MeetCute

Teaching Asian Kids that Americans Can Be Bribed with Beer

I’ve already shared some examples of English language textbooks in Asia that are…interesting (see examples here and here), but this English lesson from what appears to be a Chinese textbook might take the cake:

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In case you had trouble reading the dialogue in the pic, here’s the interesting part:

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — Season 2 Episode 6 — ‘A Fractured House’

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The world turns against S.H.I.E.L.D. when Hydra impersonates them to attack The United Nations, and an unexpected enemy leads the charge to bring about their downfall.

A FRACTURED HOUSE was perhaps the best episode yet, this season. Opening with a bang, a UN meeting is ambushed by what look like S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who throw these Phantasm like discs that burrow into a victim’s body and immediately dissolves them into dust, as if Buffy was staking a vampire in the heart. This brings Talbot and his biggest backer, Senator Christian Ward (Grant Ward’s supposedly evil brother), to maximize the opportunity to get the public’s support in getting S.H.I.E.L.D. once and for all by passing major legislation that would allow any military in the world to hunt down and eradicate them.

YOMYOMF’s TV Showdown: THE WALKING DEAD (Season 5 Episode 3) — “Four Walls and a Roof”

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Synopsis: As Bob fights for his life, Rick and the group take a stand to defend the church against Gareth and his gang of cannibals. This week’s episode, “Four Walls and a Roof,” is the episode where Rick Grimes and the gang strike back at the remaining Terminus gang. The title refers to a line from Maggie, when Father Gabriel, completely in shock, mutters “but this is a church” after Rick, Michonne, Sasha, Abraham and Rosita go full on Texas Chainsaw Massacre on the remaining Termites, with Gareth getting hacked to pieces with the very machete (with the red grip) that Rick picked out in the season premiere to kill him.

Oh Crape, Japan’s Got Crepe Vending Machines

Since I’ve been writing a lot recently about the gross bizarre wonderfully eccentric food choices in Asia, thought I’d continue that trend with a look at Japan’s crepe vending machines.

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That’s right—you can now get crepes (or “crapes” if you will) from these vending machines for under $2 U.S. and supposedly they are very good.

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SAF Seeking… Perfection in imperfection

This is a cleft lip.
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And this is a cleft lip.

Hello! I see you too!

Hello! I see you too!

And this? Yup, cleft lip.

Good morning America!

Good morning America!

My daughter will be born with one. Possibly a cleft palate as well (see below) but the sonogram can’t confirm that although it is still a possibility for which I should brace and prepare myself.

If you look inside his mouth, you can see that the palate is split, therefore a 'cleft' palate.

If you look inside his mouth, you can see that the palate is split, therefore a ‘cleft’ palate.

AROUND THE HORN – Nearest Death Experience?

ROGER:  We will all die.  Eventually.  And hopefully our passing will be peaceful and in older age.  All that said, what’s the closest you’ve come come to your personal, mortal lights out?

What’s your closest close call?  Here’s mine…

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Ever since I was a child I wanted to learn how to fly an airplane.  It was just one of those things I couldn’t get out of my non-stop, daydreaming head.  So when I finally had enough money saved up to go to flight school, I jumped at the chance.  It was as thrilling as I had imagined.  And to my surprise, scarier than I had thought too.  But my life-long desire to become a pilot trumped my fear of dying in an airborne tin can.  Well, that was the case until flight hour 36 came rolling around…

Yellow Listed as “Color of Race” in 1950′s Birth Certificate

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This is Larry Furukawa’s birth certificate from 1952. He recently shared it with his fellow peers at Digital Histories, a filmmaking workshop that teaches senior citizens skills to make their own short films. It’s an ongoing program that Visual Communications has been involved with for a number of years.

Back to Larry’s birth certificate: Yep, it lists “Yellow” as a color of race for his birth parents. It’s pretty surreal to see that listed on an official government. Ahh, the 1950s, the land of Ozzie and Harriet and Leave it to Beaver and when Asians were designated as “Yellow,” with the rest of the colored people, by the U.S. government.

SAF Seeking… Maturation

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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.

No. No time for a social life. :)

No. No time for a social life. :)

OK, I suck at following through.

Life’s been busy. I started school again at the beginning of September and picked up a night shift at one of my jobs. On average, I get about four hours of sleep — maybe five, if I am fortunate enough to get a 7 AM shift at Starbucks. Saturdays, I have school on almost the other side of town and Sundays, I am working, working, working. I don’t get a single day off.

BUT! I say I suck at following through not because I haven’t been blogging, but because I’m still seeing Lukas, albeit on a very, very irregular basis.

So much for one night, eh?

KFC Korea Unleashes New Burger with Fried Chicken for Buns

Just a few days ago, I blogged about the cranberry and apple-filled cheese crust pizzas being served up at the Pizza Huts in South Korea. As if that weren’t enough fast food awesomeness for one country to claim, South Korea now has this:

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It’s the Zinger Double Down King available exclusively at KFCs in South Korea. And this is what it consists of: a hamburger patty with special sauce, cheese and bacon wedged between two slabs of fried chicken. So it’s literally a bacon burger with fried chicken as buns.

Ladies and gentlemen, behold the future of obesity cardiac arrest fast food:

ARROW & FLASH, Episodes 3: Also, It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month

guest_offendersDominic 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 dispel a stereotype about comic books. The myth is that comic books are not about real stuff, because the characters themselves are myths, with funny names like Ultron and Green Arrow. Comic books are our most consistently mythic art form, and hence thought of as “for kids,” whatever that means. But the Marvel and DC Universes have always engaged the political and social issues that are in our universe, and ideally will continue to do so, now that they are so much more in our “real world” of movies and primetime TV.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, in the real world, which bears mentioning because of a storyline in this week’s episode of ARROW.