One day remains until the return of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. For its second season, audiences will get to continue riding along with this troop of genetically altered clones as they navigate the ever-changing galaxy following Order 66, and where they fit into all of this.Continue reading “‘The Bad Batch’ Stars and Executive Producers Discuss Making the Second Season”
In 2019, in the midst of the Keanussance, I watched and documented my thoughts and reactions to watching The Matrix for the first time. Over two years later, in the lead-up to the release of The Matrix Resurrections, I watched and reacted to its sequels and anime anthology film as well. Now I am doing so once again, but this time for a different franchise.Continue reading “Thoughts and Reactions to Watching ‘John Wick’ For the First Time”
A peaceful-looking island on an unknown planet, followed immediately by members of the squad of genetically altered clones, the Bad Batch, being chased by large crabs, breaks the ground for a glimpse at what’s to come from the upcoming second season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Set in the aftermath of Order 66, the show follows these group of rogue clones, as they navigate a galaxy under this questionable new Empire.Continue reading “New ‘Bad Batch’ Trailer Teases Action Packed, High Stakes Second Season”
For the third consecutive year of its 42-year run, the Hawai’i International Film Festival has a large selection of films available to view virtually. With titles ranging from Hawaii, the mainland, the overall Asia-Pacific region, and other parts of the world, there are so many for viewers to watch from the comfort of home, each of which expressing voices and stories of all kinds.Continue reading “Highlights from the 42nd Hawai’i International Film Festival’s Virtual Program”
It’s been three years since the first-ever Star Wars live-action series, The Mandalorian — as well as the platform it lives on, Disney+ — debuted. In celebration, viewers received a little treat, by way of a collaboration between two beloved studios.Continue reading “NOC Review: When Grogu Met the Soot Sprites”
One of the positives — in my opinion, anyway — to come out of streaming services creating their own original content is making space for short films to be created and to live on. Whether they be standalone tales or bits and pieces of a larger franchise, they are opportunities for filmmakers to tell a moving story within a short span of time.Continue reading “Background and Filler Stories Unfold in ‘Tales of the Jedi’”
WARNING: The following contains spoilers from Season 5 of Cobra Kai.
For five seasons, I’ve been saying the same thing: For a show – and franchise, for that matter – centered on a Japanese martial art, there aren’t a ton of Asian people on the Netflix series, Cobra Kai.Continue reading “The Quality of Asian Representation in ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 5”
New York City/San Francisco/Los Angeles: Mixed Asian Media proudly presents their second annual Mixed Asian Media Fest (MAM Fest) September 14-18.Continue reading “Mixed Asian Media Fest Returns with Virtual and In-Person Programming”
For about as long as the COVID-19 pandemic itself, Asian Americans have faced numerous cases of harassment. With the first reported cases of the virus originally hailing from China, people have been quick to scapegoat those of Asian descent.Continue reading “Samantha Futerman’s ‘From Here’ Explores Anti-Asian Hate from Korean Adoptee’s Lens”
Yesterday, Star Wars fans got a new trailer for the upcoming live-action series, Andor. Starring Diego Luna returning as Cassian Andor from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the show begins five years prior, as we see him at the beginning of his journey in both making a difference in the galaxy, as well as getting involved in the burgeoning Rebellion against the Galactic Empire.Continue reading “New Looks and Release Date for ‘Andor’”
In 2019, author F.C. Yee brought the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender into the young adult fiction space, when he authored The Rise of Kyoshi. The first of the Kyoshi duology, readers got to explore one of Avatar Aang’s more notable previous incarnations in how she came to be one of the more hardcore Avatars.Continue reading “From Kyoshi to Yangchen, F.C. Yee on Chronicling Stories of the Avatars”
WARNING: The following contains spoilers from the Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series.
There are so many little moments and details from the Star Wars limited series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, that deepened character dynamics, character development, or the overall story. In sharing a list of the ones that caught my attention last Friday, somehow, there was one that I had left off by accident, and found it wise to share on its own:Continue reading “An Additional Notable Little Detail from ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’”
WARNING: The following contains spoilers from the Obi-Wan Kenobi limited series.
The third live-action Star Wars series and first limited series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, has come to an end. Set a decade after the events of Revenge of the Sith, the Jedi master has lost his way as he lives in exile on Tatooine, watching out over a young Luke Skywalker. However, when a call summons for him to leave his post, he must find balance within the Force and himself, in order to become the headstrong Jedi he was once more.Continue reading “Notable Little Moments and Details from ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’”
Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, after quite a few pandemic delays, has at last come and gone. Three members of The Nerds of Color were present for all the action, including yours truly. This was actually the first Celebration I had ever been to and having bought my pass to it back in June 2019, this was a long time coming.Continue reading “A Look Back at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, From a Certain Point of View”
It’s not Star Wars without its animated shows, and The Bad Batch is the latest entry to expanding the galaxy far, far away through that medium. Set immediately after Order 66, Clone Force 99 — a squad of clone troopers with genetic mutations — along with young clone, Omega, navigate the galaxy, where the need for clones in the era of the Empire is slowly but surely becoming obsolete.Continue reading “The Cast and Crew of ‘The Bad Batch’ Reflect on Season 1 and Tease Season 2”
Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month everyone! Last year, to acknowledge both this annual commemoration of contributions from the AAPI community and the ever-present following of the ’90s Disney Channel original series, So Weird, I compiled together a list of supernatural recommendations, created by and about people of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.Continue reading “More AAPI Supernatural Recommendations for Fans of Disney’s ‘So Weird’”
Reading the synopsis for the Daniels’ Everything Everywhere All At Once, it already hints at a story that starts off simple enough that immediately takes a left turn: An overwhelmed, middle aged woman is trying to file her taxes when she suddenly finds herself in the position of having to save the world, by borrowing skills from her multiple alternative universes.Continue reading “‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ Explores the Multiverse with Chaotic, Emotional Range”
It’s been five years since audiences were swept away by director Kogonada’s emotionally-driven debut, Columbus. Now, he returns to up the ante with the driving of emotions in his science fiction drama, After Yang; an adaptation of Alexander Weinstein’s short story, Saying Goodbye to Yang.Continue reading “Depths of Unexpected Emotions Unravel in Kogonada’s ‘After Yang’”
WARNING: The following contains spoilers from the first season of The Book of Boba Fett.
All the episodes of the first season of the second Star Wars live-action series, The Book of Boba Fett, are now streaming on Disney+. The underworld of Tatooine is turned on its head when Boba Fett and Fennec Shand roll into town, looking to rule over the territory that once belonged to Jabba the Hutt. It’s easier said than done, as the two are quick to realize.Continue reading “Why Boba Fett’s Character Development Matters”
The 2022 Sundance Film Festival has come to a close, following 11 days of presenting in-depth films and conversations from all over the world, for an audience that was originally supposed to be a hybrid one. While there was so much in store in terms of new works, a major takeaway yours truly got from attendance is that there are quite a few speculative works arising from Southeast Asia, and Sundance made the world premieres possible for two of them: Ham Tran’s Maika and Martika Ramirez Escobar’s Leonor Will Never Die.Continue reading “Sundance Highlights Speculative Storytelling From Southeast Asia”
2021 closed out with the long awaited release of the second-ever live-action Star Wars series, The Book of Boba Fett. Starring Temuera Morrison and Ming-Na Wen, the crime world is about to turn on its head with Boba Fett and Fennec Shand in town, who want to shake things up.Continue reading “The Stars of ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ on Being AAPI Leads of a ‘Star Wars’ Production”
In February 2020, a month before the initial shelter-in-place order for California went into effect for the then yet-to-be-declared COVID-19 pandemic, filming began for the fourth installment of The Matrix film franchise on the streets of San Francisco. Thinly veiled under the code name Project Ice Cream, reports circled online of sightings of film locations from all over the city; including one tracked down by yours truly.Continue reading “Thoughts From Watching ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ For the First Time”
In the world of The Matrix, déjà vu usually means that there’s a glitch. It occurs when something has been changed within the code of this machine-run world.Continue reading “Final Trailer for ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ Teases the Familiar and the Unprecedented”