It's HERE! I can't believe Mommy is already the young Quebecois filmmaker, Xavier Dolan's fifth feature. Mommy tied the Jury Award at this year's Cannes with Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language 3D. And that's Godard so even a tie is a great accomplishment in itself! We all know that Dolan probably has some mommy issues considering his first film was I Killed my Mother (2009) which was  semi-autographical. And although, I have not seen his first feature yet, I can already tell his mother is a sensitive subject that he wants to tackle again and again. (But who doesn't mothers?! There's not enough films about them!)


Mommy stars Anne Dorval as a widowed mother of a violent, young teenage boy name Steve, played by Antoine-Olivier Pion. She finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household. Just watching the trailer, immediately you are drawn to the refreshing yet constricting format of the "instagram-sqaure." As much as I admire that format, I enjoy that much more seeing the vast landscape and wide scenery especially  in Dolan's films, knowing that he most likely will tap into his iconic visual style to show many enthralling and transcending scenes complemented with bursts of color! 

This film is Canada's official entry to the Oscars and I hope it wins even though I haven't even seen Nuri Vilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep which won the Cannes' Palme d'Or. I really am speaking too soon because hello?! I haven't even seen either of the films! Regardless, the excitement for these foreign films is real and I hope I get to see them soon. Luckily, Roadside Attractions is bringing Mommy to U.S. screens beginning of 2015! See you then!

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(I'm channeling Ruth Gordon from Rosemary's baby) OK, that's beside the point! This trailer of Whiplash looks absolutely incredible and I can't wait to see this when it comes out. It looks incredibly gripping, intense, and emotional. Miles Teller is used to being typecast as a goof-ball and this time we see him as refined musician whose ambitions are sky-high! J.K. Simmons looks like the teacher from hell who is obviously trying to help improve his student's abilities but in the most brutal way ever! THIS IS WHY I QUIT PIANO LESSON! (Because I was scared I would get bullied like my sister did!) But again, beside the point! 

Whiplash is on my most anticipated list as far as October films go and it is right there with David Fincher's Gone Girl, Jason Reitman's Men, Women, & Children, amongst so many freaking others! Now, that I think about it, it's basically Oscar season which means a helluva lot more great films being released in the coming months! (Breathe in, Breathe out, now repeated!) I'm very elated about these films and it'll be great seeing Miles Teller in a new light especially being pushed to his limits! Whiplash comes out October 10th!

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This is a particularly special review because I had an extensive discussion all about the gripping YA novel/film, The Maze Runner with my good friend Arshad. Arshad does a lot of things (singer, songwriter, actor, director, etc!) and one of them is being a huge fan and expert on the YA novel and film movement that got sparked when The Hunger Games (2012) came out. We both caught The Hunger Games bug and while I drifted off especially with the hype of Divergent (2014) came around, Arshad increased his interest hence why he asked me to collaborate with him on The Maze Runner as a person who hasn't read any of the series. 

I caught a sneak peek of what to expect from The Maze Runner at this year's WonderCon and I was amazed. As far as YA adaptations go, everyone wanted to make something as great as The Hunger Games but just kept failing. The Maze Runner might be a close-runner up due to the fact that when they got something right, it was absolutely great with the incredible special effects (for their small budget), superb performances casting choices (KI HONG LEE!!), and overall pacing of the film. The only gripe I have with the film is their lack of an explanation to why the kids are even there and what the maze was even suppose to prove. Arshad and I really go into it so sit back and grab some coffee cause it's going to be a long one!



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Love It / Hate It is a new segment I'm doing on every Wednesday in the month of Sept where Kristen Sales of Sales on Film and I discuss films we hate or love! 

This week Kristen and I discuss the indie hit film Short Term 12 directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Short Term 12 is one of the rare films that I did not actually like. In terms of story, filmmaking, direction, it was all superbly done and I applaud them for making this film. My particular gripe about the film that is mostly prompted by personal preference in the fact that some of the character's acting abilities and general pouty attitude was something I was not fond of. Their sour attitude eventually contributed to the lack of emotional weight I felt towards the characters and it made the film feel like an after school special. Kristin like always, makes some valid points so it was refreshing to hear her thoughts. I don't doubt Cretton's directing abilities but I hope his next film will be able to create a more heartening story that will hit straight into my black heart.

KRISTEN LOVED IT / I HATED IT



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Year: 2014
Director: Kevin Smith
Cast: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, Johnny Depp
Country of Origin: USA
Rating: R
Time: 102 mins

As someone who has only seen Clerks. (1994) and isn't a hardcore, wild, boob-flashing kind of fan gal of Kevin Smith, I had below zero expectations of Tusk in terms of story and execution. I went in absent-minded and when I came out, I had one of those rare bug-eyed "What the fuck did I just watch?!" moments that sparked a fury of bewilderment and excitement within me that could only be tamed by having a fervent and extensive dissection about its bizarre likeability with friends. Would I recommend it to other people? Not necessarily. Would I say it's downright horrible? Not necessarily. Despite my wavering opinion, one thing is clear: the film has been swimming its rounds in my mind and inducing word vomit references to it ever since. If my subconscious was book-marking Tusk for whatever reason, it was a sure sign that the film really did dig it's deep "tusks" in me. 

The story follows Wallace (Justin Long), an unlikeable, one-half of a beloved podcast duo alongside Teddy played by the almost unrecognizably plump but still baby-faced Haley Joel Osment called The Not-See Party. How adorable. Their time is spent discovering and mocking humiliating viral videos like the Internet celebrity, Kill Bill kid who accidentally cuts off his own limb while trying to expertly wield a samurai sword. Wallace decides to fly to Canada to interview the unfortunate Uma-Thurman wannabe only to find out that he axed himself completely. Upset that he's trekked his way up to The Great White North, he tries to find another "weirdo" to interview. Luckily inside a restroom stall, Wallace sees an hand written ad offering a room in his house for free and the guarantee of hearing a lifetime of interesting stories. With his interest and desperation piqued, Wallace arrives at the mansion of Howard Howe's (Michael Parks), a wheelchair-bound retired seaman stocked full of eccentric artifacts and bountiful tales of encountering Earnest Hemingway to being rescued by a Walrus he named Mr. Tusk after a shipwreck. After some engrossing exchange, Wallace blacks out from the drugs laced in the tea Howe has given him only to wake up the next morning, imprisoned to a wheelchair with his legs amputated. The nightmare is only about to get next level worst when Howard reveals that he will be turning Wallace into a walrus. A. REAL. LIFE. WALRUS!

You can imagine my horror when I realized what the actual premise entailed and although, I am always down for some body-horror with absurd logic to the extremes of The Human Centipede (2009), Tusk felt like a misguided, tone-deaf, bipolar child dealing with an identity crisis. It has a bit of everything stirring in the pot from horror to thriller to dark humor but never does it get the blended recipe fully right without other ingredients diminishing. But when it does get a genre right, it is absolutely appetizing for that sweet blissful moment. There are terse but fervent bubbles of lunacy that delivers its rightful punches but is halted by elongated and lethargic drags that seem to last forever as if you are running miles between two words in sentence.

But luckily, it is the life-saving performance of Parks who is an absolute hoot, embodying the perfectly petrifying host from hell with his delusional psychopathic mask plastered to his face that creates the uneasiest and queasiest coils in our blood. Long as Wallace is generally an unlikeable guy who is only tolerable shrieking his way through this film due to his preceding real-life "good guy" reputation. Is it also so wrong to assume that Smith decided to please fan boys around the world by injecting the hopeful notion that a guy like the cheating Wallace could ever land and deserve a woman who is so ungodly beautiful and sweet like the talented and unjusticely casted, Genesis Rodriguez as Wallace's wallowing girlfriend? I think not. And of course, Haley Joel Osment's booming cackle is not to be underestimated and really should be experienced and heard by everyone as it will only spread manic grins across our faces. The third act introduces the (naturally) disguised Johnny Depp as an alcoholic Quebec ex-cop, thirsty for Howe's blood, is such a poorly drawn Looney Tunes cartoon with a worse French accent than Pepe Le Pew that I can hear Quebec natives cringing.

It all goes back to its faulty screenplay that wants to be a pinch of a talky Quentin Tarantino piece with a dash of the grotesque shock-value of The Human Centipede which quite never reaches its extremes to push the factor due to its lackluster motive that feels like the film was just made for shits and giggles. It's no surprise of the laziness of its construction considering that the film was conceived based on a joke Kevin Smith made on his own podcast, SModcast. It is an admirable act to have pursued a project based on his fan's unrelenting enthusiasm to the production rather than creating the film for cinematic story-telling value. But if his intended goal was to amp up the WTF-factor to levels that dances along the lines of sheer terror and absurdity, I would say great job indeed! And despite my unwillingness to pick a Love it / Hate it side like I normally do, it speaks volumes when it becomes a film that hypnotically terrorizes my mind day in and day out. Thanks Kevin Smith. 
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How did a guy like Ned Benson who had merely 3 short films under his belt, make such an ambitious first feature film that earned him three films stemmed from the same concept, and starring the year's most surprisingly stellar and revered cast? And with The Weinstein Co's stamp of approval?! I hear Oscar bells already! No matter how much I would attribute his success to connections, his talent is clearly visible in this re-cut version of his initial two films, Him & Her with the The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them.  

The story follows the dissolution of Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Connor's (James McAvoy) marriage after a tragic event occurs. As much as I had a gripe with it's mashed  up version of Him & Her, I thoroughly enjoyed Chastain's emotional roller coaster and the rest of the cast's genuine performances. This film had one of the most surprisingly stacked cast with Chastain, McAvoy, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, and Jess Weixler! WOW!

At times there were some missteps due to its sparse tones and beats but Benson undoubtedly knows how to create beautifully intimate moments between everyday people. The trailer insinuates that the blended version would've maybe showcased both sides of the same scenario throughout the film but I think it was simply edited that way promotional purposes for both of the films which I hope to see come October! But till then, watch my review for the Them version despite your ill feelings about its Beatles inspired title!

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Badass Femmes is a bi-weekly column that I write on Crome Yellow about all the Badass Females in pop culture that has shaped my life.

Lady Vengeance (2005) has got to be my favorite film out Park Chan-wook's unrelentingly gritty Vengeance Trilogy that includes Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Old Boy (2003). Lee Geum-ja is an unconventional character not even by film standards but by Korean society. Never have I seen a Korean mother on screen that was hell-bent and thirsty for blood that knew how to expertly handle a bedazzled gun the way Geum-ja could. She is the most memorable anti-hero of our times. Read more here...
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The times are going by so fast! It's already the second to the last film of The Hunger Games trilogy! As much as I didn't really like the final book, there is a lot at stake here in the districts and a whole mound of shit is about to go down! The final book is really the breaking point for all the districts as they face a war against the capital. Katniss Everdeen becomes their martyr and essentially a symbol for freedom hence the Mockingjay sign plastered everywhere. There is a real sense of danger that the trailer just gives us a sneak peek at and it's only bound to increasingly get worse. And this is one of Phillip Seymour Hoffman's last roles so if my makeup is smeared by the end, you know the real reason behind those tears!

The Hunger Games was one of the first YA films to be adapted which did incredibly well in terms of story-telling that it is considered as a the pioneer of YA films (at least in my book!) Every film from Divergent to The Maze Runner wants to embrace and trace the steps of the iconic series but it simply falters and it seems like there hasn't yet been a series to challenge the superiority of THG. With that said, I am sad the series is coming to a close but it was a fantastic journey! Here's to more and better YA films to come! The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (Part I) comes out November 21st!

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Love It / Hate It is a new segment I'm doing on every Wednesday in the month of Sept where Kristen Sales of Sales on Film and I discuss films we hate or love! 

This week Sales on Film and I discuss Shane Carruth's mind-bending Upstream Color. I must admit, Carruth's films are not for everyone. It's been nearly a decade since he came out with his phenomenal debut film, Primer, which basically obliterated everyone's mind to pieces! And now with Upstream Color, it is a more refined and even more contemplative piece that expands and explores the our connection to everything from the ground up. The film is not for everyone and I can see why Sales would dislike it. So if you haven't seen it, be careful because you can easily be swayed to loving it or hating it. 

I LOVED IT / KRISTEN HATED IT.


Next Episode: Short Term 12 (2013)

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It's here! The first episode of the New York Series is a series of videos I shot in New York that I will be releasing in the month of October! But obviously with The Skeleton Twins already out, it can't hurt to release this spanking new video a bit early can it?! I had the help of my friend Jenn to review the film with me. We saw it at IFC where Director Craig Johnson, Kristen Wiig, and Bill Hader joined us for a Q&A after. And to be frank with you, the entirety of the Q&A was better than the film with Wiig and Hader recounting their deliriously stacked day from waking at the crack of dawn to attending The Today Show to barely eating to arriving at IFC! 

It was an incredible feeling just being all the way in New York and experiencing what I would've normally be experiencing in LA but with a New York crowd! Definitely each side of the coast is eternally lucky to have such a vibrant and rich film scene! And I could not be more grateful about it. 

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More New York Series episodes will premiere every Monday in October! Watch out for it!

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Love It / Hate It is a new segment I'm doing on every Wednesday in the month of Sept where Kristen Sales of Sales on Film and I discuss films we hate or love! 

This week Sales on Film and I discuss James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now starring Miles Teller & Shailene Woodley in this coming-of-age story about a hard-partying high school boy name Sutter who starts challenging his life perspective after meeting "nice girl" Amy. 

Once again, I can understand Sales' take on why she disliked the film and initially, I felt the same way but as I reflected more on the characters and the authenticity of the story, I began to appreciate and understand to love this story that isn't actually a love story but more of a coming-of-age story of a troubled and confused kid. If you haven't seen it, please watch and let us know if you loved it or hated it!

I LOVED IT / KRISTEN HATED IT.


Next Episode: Upstream Color (2013)

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Jason Reitman's new film, Men, Women, & Children just snuck up on all of us and it seems like it's going to be a thrilling ride. Based on the novel of the same name by Chad Kultgen, the story follows a group of high school teenagers and their parents, as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their form of relationships, communication, and lifestyle. The film has a great cast starring Ansel Elgort, Adam Sandler, Judy Greer, Jennifer Garner, Dennis Haysbert, and Rosemarie DeWitt to say the least! The trailer comes off like a mood piece, spotlighting on various characters and their different experiences with technology. The story seems to be delving in the serious aspects and effects of the internet like video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame-hunting, and just the prolific illicit materials on the internet(s). 



TIFF is going on right now and many of you have already heard from other critics their opinions but it'll be interesting how each person consumes this powerful story of our digital times. Every person has their own experience with the internet and how it has affected them for the better or worse. This kind of special millennial experience is a subject that I've seen incorporated in films nowadays with text bubbles popping up here and there but this has to be the first where it discusses and dissects the effects it has on us as a society. I can't wait to see! And with such a stacked cast, I'm sure Oscar Buzz is not too far away. Men, Women, & Children comes out October 17!

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Love It / Hate It is a new segment I'm doing on every Wednesday in the month of Sept where Kristen Sales of Sales on Film and I discuss films we hate or love! And this week is Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Paul Dano, and Melissa Leo. 

I LOVED IT / KRISTEN HATED IT.
(such strong words... maybe just disliked!)


Next Episode: The Spectacular Now (2013)

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The trailer for the most anticipated and buzzed about documentary at Sundance is finally here. Jesse Moss's The Overnighters is a unrelentingly important film that speaks volumes about the devastating unemployment struggle in America right now. Not only does it tell a story about what it means to be an American in this day and age but the story also focuses on a local pastor who risks everything to help them.

I have been pining to watch this film and luckily, I was able to at LA Film Fest this past year and it was one of my favorite films of the fest. I did a mini review of it in my Top 5 Films of the Fest (down below) so check that out before I do a full length review soon. But before that, watch my trailer reaction and bring out those tissue boxes cause my reaction is an emotional one!

The Overnighters is one of the most important films about America to come out in the last decade! If this trailer doesn't convince you to watch the film, I don't know what else will. Mark your calendars folks and witness all the praise on October 10th!


Here my short and sweet review of The Overnighters! 

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Thank you everyone for helping me reach 1000 subscribers and tuning into my channel! I'm trying to change my channel a little bit so I can showcase more segments and have more content! Let me know what I can do to improve on and what not! A few of my announcements are:

1. Badass Femmes on Crome Yellow (Every other Friday)
2. Love It / Hate It (Every wed in Sept at 11:00AM)
3. New York Series! (October)



THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH! 
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I saw Starred Up at LA Film Fest this past year and I absolutely fell in love with this gritty father and son prison drama. It is finally coming to theaters in New York and VOD this week! If there are any films that you should see this month, it is this film. A troubled and explosive violent teenager Eric (Jack O'Connell) is transferred to an adult prison where he finally gets to meet his match--his father (Ben Mendelsohn). Rupert Friend also stars in this as Eric's counselor who is battling his own demons. 

I thought that after seeing The Prophet (2009) that I saw the ultimate realistic portrait of the inter-workings of prison life but Starred Up is another unrelentingly riveting piece about prison culture and male behavior. Remember Jack O'Connell's name cause he's soon to be blowing up everywhere starting with Angelina Jolie' Unbroken (2014) about the life of Louis Zamperini. If you haven't seen the trailer, please do! It's probably going to be the film that puts O'Connell on the Hollywood map! We do need a more well-deserving and uber talented leading man other than the likes of Sam Worthington or Shia LaBeouf (sorry). Let me know what you think of Starred Up. And if you did watch it, what your favorite parts were!

See my LA Film Fest review of Starred up starring from 5:50

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(1975, Paul Bartel)

Grade: B
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Badass Femmes is a bi-weekly column that I write on Crome Yellow about all the Badass Females in pop culture that has shaped my life.

This week I talk about the incomparable Tina Belcher from Bob's Burger and her effortless DGAF style that has everyone alike swooning and chuckling. Tina has got to be one of the most talked about and adored character in recent animation history. This little 13-year-old has changed my life for the better and hopefully many other young females and males. Read more here...
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As a long time Gregg Araki fan, I can tell you that I am overly excited for White Bird in a Blizzard to arrive. Although, Shailene Woodley is like the new Jennifer Lawrence and have inundated the Independent and mainstream film scene to the point of nausea, but I am interested in seeing her range as a troublesome teenager who, like the trailer, shows her indulging in some sexual activities amongst other things. This is quite an explosive trailer that exposes many hidden secrets within Kat's (Shailene Woodley) family when her mother Eve (Eva Green), suddenly disappears one day. Araki hasn't come out with a film since 2010 with Kaboom so I am elated to finally see another film by him. I'm also hoping they release another poster because the one above makes it seem like a sappy Nicholas Sparks romance film. Come on, you can do better than that. 


Araki is no ordinary Independent filmmaker that just dabbles in teenage coming-of-age stories but one who actively pushes the boundaries of conventional story-lines and characters to highlight the dark aspects of youth. Without a doubt, his masterpiece film Mysterious Skin starring Joseph Gordon Levitt is one of my favorite films of all time that is one of the most important and haunting LGBT film I have ever seen. JGL is mesmerizing in the film that'll leave you taunted and spellbound. And I am sure White Bird in a Blizzard comes will have the same effect! Gabourey Sidibe is also in it so it has to be good! Be sure to mark your calendar, the film comes out on VOD September 25 and in theaters October 24!

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This is my trailer reaction to Studio Ghibli's The Tale of Princess Kaguya from the Co-founder of the company, Isao Takahata. We are so used to seeing Ghibli films by Miyazaki but this time, we get a glimpse at the other  is based on a very popular 10th century Japanese folktale that is basically known to every Japanese child. The story centers around a Princess Kaguya who was discovered as a baby by an old man who sells bamboo. When Kaguya grows up, 4 men from prestigious families propose and Kaguya asks them to find memorable marriage gifts. The premise sounds like a rom-com but paired with the intensity of the soundtrack and the beautiful fluidity of the animation style, we just might have a hauntingly mesmerizing story on our hands. The Tale of Princess Kaguya already came out in Japan last year but it will hit US Theaters starting October 17th! It looks incredible! I cannot wait for it to come out!

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(2010, Xavier Dolan)

Grade: A
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Year: 2014
Director: Jeff Baena
Country of Origin: U.S.
Rating: R
Time: 91 mins

Just when we were all getting pretty sick of Zombie films, the co-writer of I Love the Huckabees (2004) and who is also Aubrey Plaza's boyfriend, Jeff Baena, decides to explore the world of the "zom-rom-com" with Life After Beth. We first witnessed the birth of the zom-rom-com genre last year when Warm Bodies made it's cutesy debut and it's clear that this is a genre that is here to stay. Although the zombie genre has been sucked dried, ripped apart, and pummeled to death at this point, props to Baena reviving it in this decently refreshing and endearing take on modern day romance with a black humor twist and the biggest help from its all star indie cast!

The film begins with Zach (Dane DeHaan) distraughtly asking the store clerk if they have any black napkins, it is assumed that he is going to the funeral. It is soon revealed that it is the funeral of his unexpectedly deceased girlfriend, Beth (Plaza) who got mysteriously got bit by a spider/bug (?) of sorts. After Zach has a grieve-induced bonding experience with Beth's parents played by none other than John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon, they soon become distant towards him upon learning that Beth crawled her way out of her grave and came back to life. Unable to process the logic behind such an act, Zach blindly becomes deliriously drunk in love (cue Bey's song!) by Beth's oddly normal and resurrected presence and embarks on adventures he regretted not doing with her when she was alive. Even though Beth has no recollection of herself dying or breaking up with Zach, she is not the same Beth they know and love. AKA, she is exactly everyone's worst nightmare. Beth is supersonically violent, aggressive, absent-minded, and physically filthy. I mean come on, she is a zombie who is technically deteriorating right before our eyes guys. 

All though the premise is treading on tepid waters, it is the indie cast that keeps this hellish relationship comedy afloat! For both of the leads, DeHaan and Plaza play characters they have not portrayed from their polar opposite roles in The Amazing Spiderman 2 and Parks and Rec, respectively. DeHaan is a Dracula reincarnated with his all black attire and his undeniably endearing and potently convincing love-strucken act while we see Plaza ditch her usual dead-pan stance to embrace a more dramatically colorful costume such as being a flesh-devouring zombie who is emotional! Horray! And who doesn't want to see Reilly and Shannon play delusional and lovable parents who just want their baby back! Awwww...

Clearly, this is a movie about puppy love because once Beth's mental and physical state starts rotting away, so does Zach's love for her. We all know how this story starts and ends but it's the immensely humorous and eerie vibes in between that keeps the film's heart beating a little bit louder and longer. With so many all-star players who I've mentioned and others I haven't (secret), Life After Beth is one of this year's feel good indie summer flicks that you won't regret watching. And if you do, you have my permission to ravage and ingest my flesh. ;D

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WHOA. Could this be it? Could Revenge of the Green Dragons (2014) be the next big all Asian-American cast film since Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)? I mean hell, Martin Scorsese is executive producing this 1990's NYC-set action crime drama with Andrew Lau & Andrew Loo who was inspired by Frederick Dannen's New Yorker article chronicling Asian-American gang life in Queens, NY. It's awesome to hear Scorsese and Lau sort of "reuniting" after Scorsese remade Lau's Hong Kong crime pic Infernal Affairs into his own Oscar-winning 2006 film The Departed! 


The story follow immigrant siblings Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu aka KevJumba) who join Chinatown's Green Dragons in pursuit of their own American Dream, only to find themselves at odds when Sonny turns against his brother and the organization. Ray Liotta and Harry Shum, Jr. (Glee) and Shuya Chang also star in this crime drama. It's heart-warming to know that YouTube status super stars like KevJumba was able to jump from the small screen to the big screen. It's known that the Asian American community is pretty knit-tight and it's obvious from YouTube that Chon, Shum, and Wu have all been  huge collaborators from the very beginning. This is our generations Better Luck Tomorrow! I am overly excited to see this film because it will discuss some of the same Asian American struggle that I have gone through and still do. Also, I love screaming AMURIKAN DREAM! 

Normally, I wouldn't feel so hopeful for another gangster-type of film especially with an all Asian American cast because come on, we all know for some reason there is a serious lack of Asian American films that are intelligently crafted, acted, and executed besides probably erm.. (mutters under breath) Better Luck Tomorrow (In love with this movie OBV). But considering Scorsese, Lau, and A24's stamp on it, I can only hope to turn this cynicism right-side up! It will also premiere at TIFF this September and will be available on DirecTV for 30 days starting September 11 before A24 takes it to theater in October. 

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Just as you thought the zombie genre was dead, Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan are here to resurrect it from the dead with Life After Beth! I didn't think I could take another zombie movie but seeing how these two Indie star powerhouses are starring in a movie where they play lovers, I might just reconsider. Along with Warm Bodies, this new "zom-rom-com" is making its waves and possibly here to stay. It premiered earlier this year at Sundance and is finally coming out this week! I already watched it so watch out for my review later on this week! I won't give anything away but if you like these two stars, I recommend you to watch as it shows a different side of their acting chops that you might've not witnessed before. And seriously, who doesn't want to see the usual Queen of Dead-pan, Aubrey Plaza be a flesh-eating zombie! At least you'll see more emotions from her than you would normally see in Parks and Recs! Life After Beth comes out this week.






They look great right?!
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