Thoughts About “Crazy Rich Asians”

Normally it’s tradition for me to kick off May with a post in regards to Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. But due to circumstances beyond my control and a two-week film festival occupying a good chunk of my time this month, I find myself in a position where I’m instead writing today’s post as we wrap up Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

It’s been about a month since the first trailer for it dropped, and we are now less than three months away from the film coming out too. After several people have expressed their opinons on it, today I want to talk about my thoughts about the upcoming film, “Crazy Rich Asians.” Continue reading

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The Layers and Genuine Storytelling in “Cobra Kai”

A few years ago, I started making the effort to expand my dialogue about storytelling by going beyond the boundaries of books and out into the mediums of TV and film. I do so by doing these analysis pieces once a while about a TV show or film that has reached a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release, etc.). Previously, I did an overview of the TV show, “Star Wars Rebels,” following its series finale. Today, in honor the release of its entire first season, I shall be entering the world of online streaming for the first time by taking a look at the latest addition to “The Karate Kid” saga that has been, rightfully, drawing in all the praise. Today, I’m talking about the YouTube Red series, “Cobra Kai.”
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#FilmStruck4: 4 Films That Define Me

Yet another hashtag has emerged throughout the past week where we social media navigators are encouraged to look at our favorite films and/or TV shows and see if we can find ourselves in them, to some capacity or another. That hashtag is #FilmStruck4. Started up by @FilmStruck on Twitter, this hashtag is to celebrate the four films that “define you.”

In the past, I’ve gotten to share with you all three fictional characters that I can describe myself in and the first times I saw me. This latest hashtag is all about storytelling, so you know I had to participate. Here are four films that define me:

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A Family, A Rebellion, and a Deepening Universe: About “Star Wars Rebels”

A few years ago,I started making the effort to expand my dialogue about storytelling by going beyond the boundaries of books and out into the mediums of TV and film. I do so by doing these analysis pieces once a while about a TV show or film that has reached a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release, etc.). Previously, I took another look at the “Star Wars” franchise and how my love for it has deepened over the course of the past few years. Today, in honor the series finale earlier this week, I shall discuss my thoughts from, what has come to be, one of my all-time favorite stories from this same universe. Today, I discuss “Star Wars Rebels.”
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Thoughts About Actually Telling a Story in Another Person’s Universe

I previously did a post about what it might be like to tell stories set in the universe of another person’s creation. Now originally, I had considered the ever-growing “Star Wars” universe as a rare example of an ongoing narrative effort from several different storytellers. What I hadn’t considered at the time is how it actually can be a common practice to write for another person’s universe; especially in the world of TV writing. Continue reading

A Deepening Evolution: About “Star Wars”

A few years ago, I started making the effort to expand my dialogue about storytelling by going beyond the boundaries of books and out into the mediums of TV and film. I do so by doing these analysis pieces once a while about a TV show or film that has reached a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release, etc.). Previously, I took a look at Luc Besson’s space epic, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” Today, in honor of the release of the newest film of the saga, I shall discuss my evolving, deepening love for the 40-year-old space opera, “Star Wars.”

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Inspiration Between Universes Part II: Recommended Reading

This week’s post is coming to you with the intent to lead you elsewhere, for as you are reading this, I am out exploring the Pacific Northwest for my first time. As a result, it seemed well timed for another opportunity for Recommended Analyzing, as I give way to an analysis piece regarding the latest “Star Wars Rebels” episode; where a mysterious yet highly anticipated creature is finally introduced into this galaxy far far away. Continue reading

A Heart’s Desire: Recommended Viewing

This day has be a bit occupied with creative minds coming together, and so it seemed well timed to put out a new Recommended Analyzing piece. This also comes at a good time for the very source material I’m going to have you take a look at today, for it’s a short film that has gone viral recently.

Therefore, the title “In a Heartbeat” should ring a bell. For those who don’t know, in the span of four minutes, the film tells the story of a boy who has his heart set on another boy in his school, and in this case, it’s quite literal. The heart wants what it wants as it pops out of the former’s chest, and persistently makes an ongoing strive to the other boy.

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The First Time(s) I Saw Me

Another hashtag has emerged over the past week where its relevancy rings true with the topics I address on this blog, and so therefore, I want to dwell into it. The hashtag is #TheFirstTimeISawMe. Diversity and representation of different lives – by way of race, sexuality, specific characteristics, etc. – matter, and Netflix started up this thread to celebrate inclusive media and diverse programming. If you look through the hashtag on Twitter, you’ll see people recall instances of the first times they saw someone like them onscreen, as well as people who are still waiting for that moment to happen.

#TheFirstTimeISawMe #Katara #AvatarTheLastAirbender #Paikea #WhaleRider

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