What Did I Miss?: September 2020

Published Works

‘Mulan’ is a Thoughtful but Clunky Iteration of the Chinese Folktale – For The Nerds of Color, after being granted access to a screener of this highly anticipated live-action remake from Disney, I get down to business and give my take on it.

Patrick Clanton on Exploring Disney’s Hidden Gems on Behind the Ears YouTube Channel – For The Nerds of Color, I interview the creator and host of this new Disney-focused YouTube Channel about how it came together during the COVID-19 crisis.

Review of Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger – For Goodreads, I give my two cents on this debut work from a brilliant author on the rise.

Jessica Henwick: The Hapa Franchise Queen on Growing Up Between Two Cultures – For my debut issue as the new writer of Hapa Mag, Lauren Winn and I collaborated on this interview with this extraordinary actress and writer on her journey in the entertainment industry over the past decade.

The Presentation of Multiculturalism in the World of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” – For my debut issue as the new writer of Hapa Mag, I do an in-depth dive into how multiculturalism is presented in this beloved franchise, at a time of its resurgence into popularity.

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“Hamilton” Transcends Time and the Stage

Every now and then, I 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 in 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 analysis on Stargirl; a Disney+ original film based on Jerry Spinelli’s YA novel of the same name. Today, I explore another film that was exclusively released on Disney+, although originally, it wasn’t supposed to be, as I give a glimpse at the recording of the original Broadway cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton.”

“Stargirl”: A Movie Adaptation 20 Years in the Making

Every now and then, I 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 in 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 marked the end of an era with a look back on the ABC series, “Fresh Off the Boat.” Today, to mark its premiere from yesterday, I dive into the world of Disney+ original content for the first time, as I provide my thoughts on the film, “Stargirl.”

(WARNING: There will be spoilers from the film, not so much on the plot specifically, but more so on the changes and additions that have been made from the book it is based on.)

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What Did I Miss?: February 2020

Published Works

Review of A Beginning of the End by Mike Chen – For Goodreads, I provide my take on the sophomore novel of one of the most thoughtful science fiction authors of the present day.

CAAMFest Alum Cathy Yan on the Fantabulous Experience of Directing “Birds of Prey” – For the Center for Asian American Media, I interview this director-to-watch on the making of the latest entry into the DC Extended Universe.

Christina Hodson on Writing the Diverse, Girl Gang Story of “Birds of Prey” – For the Center for Asian American Media, I converse with the woman behind the writing of the story for this latest entry into the DC Extended Universe.

The Missing Episodes of Disney’s ‘Andi Mack’ – For The Nerds of Color, I dive into this oversight on Disney+ in the three months since its launch, and how a recent push for change can inspire a potential, similar outcome.

Review of For Your Consideration: Keanu Reeves by Larissa Zageris and Kitty Curran – For Goodreads, I give a glimpse of my impressions on this surprisingly humorous series of essays about the most un-Hollywood of Hollywood stars.

Films

Breath of Writing (VIVID: Lauren Lola) – In my screenwriting debut and in collaboration with Asiatic Productions, the film explores the struggles I endure on a daily basis as a writer and why I choose to keep going anyway.

What Did I Miss?: November 2019

Published Works

Doug Jung’s Screenwriting Debut Will Be Available on Disney+ – For The Nerds of Color, I dive into an early work from this “Star Trek” screenwriter, ahead of its availability on Disney’s new streaming service.

‘Jojo Rabbit’ Sends a Timely Message via Satire, Fascism, and War – For The Nerds of Color, I provide my non-spoilery thoughts about the latest feature film from director Taika Waititi.

Review of From Rufio to Zuko by Dante Basco – For Goodreads, I give my input on this informative memoir from someone who’s seen and done a lot in the entertainment industry for over three decades.

The Director and Producer of Pixar’s “Float” Discuss Filipino American Representation and Bringing a Personal Story to Life – For the Center for Asian American Media, I go behind-the-scenes of this groundbreaking short film from Pixar Animation Studio by talking to two of the people that made it what it is today.

Review of Cyber Shogun Revolution by Peter Tieryas – For Goodreads, ahead of its 2020 release, I give a rundown on what I make of this latest entry into the United States of Japan series.

Appearances

About Tita | TFAL Podcast – Over two years after its initial release, an audio essay I did for the This Filipino American Life podcast is now available on their YouTube channel.