“Spirited Away” vs. “Toy Story 4”: Time Traveling Cinema and Nostalgia

It’s been a few weeks since this happened, and I cannot deny how fascinated I am by the occurrence. I’ve never really heard of anything like this happening before, and the fact that the results wound up being the way they are is both unsurprising but also equally intriguing. Let me break it down for you: Continue reading ““Spirited Away” vs. “Toy Story 4”: Time Traveling Cinema and Nostalgia”

What Did I Miss?: June 2019

Published Works

Spider-Man, Pokémon, and Star-Crossed Lovers: Mixed Race Characters Take the Lead – For my debut piece for The Nerds of Color, I do an analysis on three different films released over the last six months that feature mixed race characters and interracial relationships front and center.

Matt Braly on Bringing Thai American Representation to Disney Channel’s “Amphibia” – For the Center for Asian American Media, I speak with the creative mind of Disney Channel’s upcoming animated series on how childhood trips to Bangkok served as the inspiration for the show.

Thoughts and Reactions to Watching ‘The Matrix’ For the First Time – For The Nerds of Color, I go beyond Keanu Reeves’ brief role in “Always Be My Maybe,” as I watch and react to one of his more iconic roles from the last 20 years.

Two Worlds, One Family: 20 Years of “Tarzan”

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 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 wrote at length about the Disney Channel series, “So Weird.” Today, similar to “So Weird,” I look to another Disney property that has also reached its 20th anniversary this year; the one that ended the Disney Renaissance with a bang. Today, I’m talking about Disney’s “Tarzan.”

Continue reading “Two Worlds, One Family: 20 Years of “Tarzan””

What Did I Miss?: May 2019

Published Works

Review of This Is Paradise: Stories by Kristiana Kahakauwila – For Goodreads, I give my general impression on this debut collection that gives a very real look at Hawaii.

Actor Charles Melton Discusses Filming “The Sun Is Also a Star” – For the Center for Asian American Media, I sit down with the “Riverdale” star as he gives me a deep analysis of his role in the upcoming teen drama.

Review of Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen – For Goodreads, I give a brief rundown of my thoughts on this debut novel that will surely tug on the heartstrings.

Actress Nichole Bloom Discusses Her Journey to “Superstore” at CAAMFest 37 – For the Center for Asian American Media, I did a cover story on the conversation with one of the lead actors of the NBC hit series on how she got her start and her journey in acting.

The Stars and Director of “Always Be My Maybe” on Creative Collaboration and Love for San Francisco – For the Center for Asian American Media, I sit down with Ali Wong, Randall Park, and Nahnatchka Khan to discuss the making of this upcoming Netflix rom-com.

Review of I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn – For Goodreads, I go over my general impressions of this author’s first venture into the YA genre.

Appearances

defining the fil-am identity with lauren lola – I was recently interviewed for a feature profile for Asienne Magazine. I talk about living life as a mixed race Filipino American, my journey as a writer, and my desire to collaborate with Wong Fu Productions on a short film one day.

What Did I Miss?: April 2019

Appearances

The Disappointment Episode | Captain Marvel, Battle Angel Alita, Happy Death Day – I receive a mention (and, unexpected to me anyway, an apology) from co-host Melissa Slaughter for not taking on “The Karate Kid” for the focus of this month’s episode of the We’re Not All Ninjas podcast. The mention is heard near the end of the episode.

In Tribute to the Notre Dame Cathedral – The Instagram account for the People to People Travel Program quoted my travel journal excerpt from when I visited the Notre Dame Cathedral, in tribute it being partially burnt down earlier this month. To see my tribute where the excerpt is first seen, check it out here.

Published Works

Amy Tan Reflects on the Book and Film Anniversaries for “The Joy Luck Club” – For the Center for Asian American Media, I had the absolute honor and pleasure to speak with the New York Times Bestselling author on the two anniversaries of the releases of her debut novel and its film adaptation.

Review of The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan– For Goodreads, I give my thoughts on reading this poignantly powerful novel for the first time in a decade.

Review of Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse – For Goodreads, I dive back into the post-apocalyptic Sixth World as I go over my thoughts about the epic follow-up to Trail of Lightning.

On My Radar

It feels like so many trailers and teasers have dropped as of recently of a lot of storytelling that is to come ahead. From TV shows to films, there’s just so much that is on the horizon.

Apart from telling stories of my own, I’m also an adamant consumer of stories, and while I occasionally take the time to address some of what I’m into and am following here on this blog, I figured I take it up a notch and start up a new segment about it. This will be the first of my “On My Radar” listicles;  where I’ll occasionally go over some of the stories that I’m looking forward to that has received a lot of hype in recent time and is on the horizon. Today, I shall be highlighting an upcoming novel from a supernatural fantasy series, the second season of an YouTube Original series, and the beginning of the end for a particularly beloved film saga. Continue reading “On My Radar”

Outlook on the Oscars (From the POV of a Screenwriter)

We are now one day away from the 91st Annual Academy Awards. We’re one day away, and already leading up to it, so much has been going on. It had a host, and then it didn’t have a host (though, in my not so humble opinion, I don’t think it’s a huge loss, for most of the hosts in recent years have been very unfunny). Four of the categories were set to be aired, and then they were only going to be done during the commercial breaks, but there was enough of an uproar to leave it on the air. The Oscars this year are… somewhat less White than previous years, and the woman who created the campaign that I’m referring to, April Reign, will be attending the ceremony for her first time. Continue reading “Outlook on the Oscars (From the POV of a Screenwriter)”

In Search of an Asian American Outlet (Pt. II)

It has now been about a month since YOMYOMF shut down. While I haven’t devoted a lot of time to looking for a new outlet to contribute to due to other obligations, the little bit of hunting I have done has come up short. There are quite a few Asian American-focused outlets. It’s just that there aren’t a lot of them that offer opportunities for contributors to come and share their thoughts and takes on everything happening within the community. Continue reading “In Search of an Asian American Outlet (Pt. II)”

In Search of an Asian American Outlet

2019 begins on somewhat of a bittersweet note. In case you haven’t already heard, the daily blog for You Offend Me You Offend My Family (YOMYOMF) has been shut down. As revealed in the message on the site, with many projects in both traditional and new media in various stages of production, it has become too difficult for the founders and creators to also uphold the daily blog as well. YOMYOMF will continue to have an active presence on social media; specifically on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Continue reading “In Search of an Asian American Outlet”

What Did I Miss?: December 2018

Published Works

About Baybayin – For Surat Magazine – the very first publication written entirely in Baybayin in over 50 years – I contribute a poem on how learning this script writing system has contributed to my overall understanding of my Filipino heritage.

This is the Only SNL Skit Featuring Jason Momoa You Need to Watch – For YOMYOMF, I spotlight a very particular skit from the night actor Jason Momoa was the guest host for “Saturday Night Live.”

SIGNAL ROCK Sheds Light on Philippines’ Toxic Patriarchal System – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I explore how this year’s opening night film gives a glimpse at the long embedded patriarchal attitudes that still exist in the Philippines.

A Grimy, Working Class Singapore Unfolds in “A Land Imagined” – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I explore how this year’s closing night film shows another side of Singapore from the one seen in “Crazy Rich Asians.”

The Cast of “The Debut” Reflect on Film’s 18th Anniversary – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I interview several of the cast members of this groundbreaking film, as they look back on their experiences of making it.

Judith Hill Releases Postponed Music Video for “Back in Time” – For YOMYOMF, I shed a light on an old yet new music video that is released two years and eight months after it was supposed to originally come out.

Gene Cajayon Discusses His Journey in Filmmaking and the Making of “The Debut” – For last month’s Cinematografo International Film Festival, I speak with the film’s director about the 18 years since its release.

CRAZY RICH ASIANS and AQUAMAN: The Significance of Their Timing– For YOMYOMF, I spotlight the personal significance on the fact that “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Aquaman” came out the same year and what they did for me in terms of representation.

Appearances

YOMYOMF Blockbuster Showdown: AQUAMAN – The Offenders and I close out the year by sharing our thoughts on one of the better films to come out of the DC Extended Universe.

Enlightenment Blog Feature on Lola By The Bay! – Author Reno Ursal shouts out this blog and the post I did about him and his upcoming novel, Enlightenment.