For all those that were in high school when the first movie came out, WATCH THIS. This new movie grew with its original audience. It takes place 13 years AFTER ‘American Pie’ and all of the characters have grown up, just like we have. The writing team behind this did an AMAZING job with keeping with the characters and building onto the history of the ‘American Pie’ series. I swear, less than five minutes into the movie you will be laughing.
You get all of the classic styles of each character, except a more “mature” version, along with the craziness that comes with growing up. Do not get me wrong, this movie is a comedy. But it is also a coming-of-age story that all can enjoy. Being part of that generation, I totally related to the story and a lot of it hit home for me. This movie tries to educate as well as “play along” with real life predicaments and does a wonderful job of doing so. I will definitely be taking my wife to see this movie when it comes out for the general public.
Are there Asian-American athletic heroes beyond Jeremy Lin and, in the past, Yao Ming? Christopher “C-Dub” Wang thinks he’s one. Ping Pong Playa is a typical sports movie jazzed up in an Asian-American flair. Also, as the title suggests, there’s some hip-hop culture infused in the movie through Jimmy Tsai‘s C-Dub & many of the loud soundtrack beats. Continue reading “March Media Madness – Ping Pong Playa Review”
Pi is a film about a man who is pushed outside his comfort zone and pays the price for it. Like the name suggests, there’s plenty of math discussed but the highlight is Max Cohen’s obsession of numbers and how out of touch he is. The grainy black and white presentation assures that the movie isn’t pandering to the mainstream. However the movies looks less dated and anyone who’s interested in the movie can focus on the themes presented by director Darren Aronofsky.
Pi features the nagging of three sides trying to influence Cohen: religion, capitalism, and rationalism. One big struggle over a 216-digit number that either validates Cohen’s genius or insanity. Film scholars and math lovers may have fun digging to the deeper, sometimes number-crunching, meanings. I, however, feel that Cohen should’ve been a gambler, a profession where randomness and chance are at least tolerated. He would be more human and not a fleshy part of a mad machine.
I was intrigued to see my favorite action star take a major dramatic turn. The action sequences are handled realistically and they serve the plot beyond showcasing Chan’s awesome skills. Somewhere is some social commentary about Chinese-Japanese relations and even a romance or two. Those may have been lost at sea, however. Continue reading “March Media Madness – Shinjuku Incident Review”