Oh Mama! There's been a lot of buzz surrounding Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala's horror film, Goodnight Mommy after it premiered at Venice Film Festival last year. I even missed it when it was showing at AFI FEST so I am so happy that the trailer is finally here! I don't do well with horror films but after watching Jennifer Kent's The Babadook, I think I can watch anything. And by the looks of it, it seems that Goodnight Mommy would be on par with The Babadook in terms of providing jarring imagery, mommy issues, and psychological mind-fuckery. This trailer is bound to induce some blood-curdling yelps and come September 11th, we most likely will witness of one of the best horror films of this year!

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In the third episode of the Girl Talk SeriesMotherhood is Serious Business, Becky & Rea talk about their contrasting views of motherhood, careers, and life when they discover that their friend Sophie is pregnant. Entering our mid-twenties, the ever so pressing topic of marriage and motherhood all while juggling a career always seems to be on our minds. Although we might want to do it all: have a successful career as well as build a family, sometimes it's just difficult to manage especially given our individual circumstances in life. We explore the vast spectrum of different women who feel innately tied to motherhood to those who feel that maybe the idea of maternal instinct is a social construct that they simply don't possess. Whatever their take on it is, it is important to show the various viewpoint so we can shatter the societal expectations of women and support each other's decision no matter what. 



Previous Episode // Ep. 4: But That's Life, Right?
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Our favorite grrrlz are back! Amy Poehler and Tina Fey reunite after doing Baby Mama with another hilarious and riotous ride in Sisters. As seen in most films, women get a bad rep for being complete party poopers but nope, not this time! This time Poehler and Fey bring the fire when playing two sisters who decided to have a last rendezvous at their parent's house. And boy, do they bring the noise! I'm so glad to finally see women letting loose in an obnoxious, unfiltered, and of course, hilarious way as we normally do! Directed by Pitch Perfect's Jason Moore and written by SNL veteran Paula Pell, this film is going to be a blast especially starring Maya Rudolph, John Leguizamo, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena, and more! Sisters comes out Christmas and you bet your ass I'll be the very few people watching it by myself if I have to! 

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Oh snapz! Our favorite hip and uber talented Quebecois auteur, Xavier Dolan is here once again with another film called Tom at the Farm! Granted he made this film before Mommy which I saw a year ago at AFI FEST it but finally got a U.S. trailer so here it is! After the sudden death of his lover, Guillaume, Tom played by Dolan travels to his home in the country for the funeral. It's a sexually charged, psychological thriller that climaxes to a twisty and deceptive conclusion. 



Considering Tom at the Farm was the second film I've seen of his after Lawrence Anyways, I wasn't sure how to make of the film especially the ending. You can see my spoiler-filled review with Sales on Film here. In retrospect having seen most of his filmography now, I think I should revisit the film considering the film's Hitchcockian tones and feels is worth reanalyzing. Tom at the Farm opens on August 14

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In this second episode, Let's Have a Body Party, Alisha & Camille discuss body issues after watching Lily Myer's slam poetry of "Shrinking Women." In the video, Myer proclaims that women have been taught to grow in while men have been taught to go out. In a culture where women constantly have to filter their thoughts and habits, it's important to focus and point out how talking about our bodies affect our self-esteem and our health. Especially when you mix culture and parents into it. This is a topic that needs to be discussed time and time again and most people just think that Asians are "naturally" petite which is on the contrary. Alisha & Camille touch on this subject of body issues within our culture to shed more light on the pressures to be thin, food habits, and the misconceptions of Asian body norms. 

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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.

Girls are constantly being told that they can’t do what boys can, simply because…. biology. Alright, we get it! Now, shut up! I understand that we are physically not built the same way. But while we sometimes might not be able to carry something really heavy or open an insanely air-tight mason jar, it doesn’t mean we don’t have anything to offer. This is why it’s so obviously infuriating to tell a woman, a person who can bring life into this world, that they can’t do and don’t have the same power as men. This idea is one of the central themes in Karyn Kusama’s breakthrough debut, Girlfight, starring then fresh-faced newcomer Michelle Rodriguez as Diana Guzman. As the role that catapulted the now, Fast & Furious star to fame, the role of her lifetime gave us an unapologetically fierce and downright in-your-face Diana, a woman who fights (literally) against gender discrimination both in her private and public life.
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After I saw Alex Ross Perry's third feature, Listen Up Philip last year, I was completely blown away by his idiosyncratic and refreshing cinematic voice which cemented his status as one of the best American filmmakers of our generation! That is a loaded statement but when you can read my Listen Up Philip review and you will know why! So it's no surprise why I would be excited to see what Ross does next especially starring the incredibly dynamic and powerful actress, Elisabeth Moss in Queen of Earth. The film centers around what happens when two childhood best friends reunite for the summer. Sounds so innocuous huh? But blending the memories of the past and present, we witness as Virginia (Moss) begins to spiral out of control as the her and her bestie's (Katherine Waterston) lives begin to intersect. 



Written and directed by Perry, Queen of Earth has throwback feels to masterful psychological thrillers from the 70's (cough cough Hitchcock, who else!). While we saw Moss channel her paper-thin fragility in Philip, in Queen of Earth, it seems like she passes any coherent emotional state to soar straight into madness! The poster says it all with the manic stricken facial expressions that can send daggers into our hearts. Although the trailer is somewhat vague, I truly put full faith in Perry's ever so versatile vision that makes me believe in singularly unique cinematic voices once again! Queen of Earth comes out on August 26 & I cannot wait to descend down the rabbit hole with Moss!

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Oh man, I wasn't expecting this trailer at all! The trailer to David Ayer's much anticipated Suicide Squad is here! Partially because after it premiered at Comic-Con, WB failed to upload the trailer right away which resulted in shitty pirated footage being uploaded! So here it is! I am so amazed by the collection of A-list powerhouses in a "Superhero/villain film that just elevates the excitement that much more! Can we also talk about Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn for a sec? I almost crapped my pants (poo emoji)!!! She seems like the centerpiece of this entire film & I couldn't be happier. Her manic, dazed, and whimsical spirit makes her being a villain that much more dangerous! The film can't come soon enough! Suicide Squad comes out August 5, 2016!

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In this first episode, It's About that Hustle, Baby, Anh & Ellen talk about the tribulations of being an artist and all the emotional turmoil that come with the role. This is a conversation piece that we've all talked about over and over again, so much to the point of dizzying proportions. We've reached our mid-twenties and now what? With a mountain of college debt, the struggle to achieve our dreams gets increasingly harder and lost in the mound of bills, jobs, and projects. The surplus of anxiety and doubt that come with being an artist is the most unexpected and difficult struggle we've all experienced. Anh & Ellen dive deep within and reflect on their own artistic careers and identities while navigating through adulthood.



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Inspired by Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes, the Girl Talk Series is a showcase of two girls talking in the comfort of their own intimate space about topics that are most dear to them. Most of the work I do focuses on the representation of Asian American girls because I truly feel like we don't get our stories told without the filter of some outsider's perspective.  I felt thirsty and famished to see our stories told and instead of waiting for someone else to tell them, I decided to do it myself.

The Girl Talk Series is a passion project wholly done by yours truly from producing, directing, shooting,  and even editing. These are words and stories from real girls as they discuss topics like career choices, body image, motherhood, and even loss. I was very conscious about capturing female interaction and conversations in a casual and frank light that is a honest portrayal of how girls talk in their everyday lives. Stripped down and raw, it's a sneak peek into the sacred world of girlhood especially in the intimate space of their homes. 

These stories aren't specifically related to being an Asian female but our culture and environment very much has shaped our opinions and lives. I felt it was vital to embrace our identity down to the core which propelled me to encompass every aspect of this filmmaking process with Asian-American females from behind the camera (me, duh) to the front and even down to the musical choices of each video. I hope these words resonant with you as much as they did with me. I am so proud of these girls who let me into their homes and lives. They are truly speaking for so many voiceless girls out there that just want their experience to be heard. Thank you for tuning in and I'll see you every Wednesday!

XOXOXO,
So


Anh & Ellen


Alisha & Camille


Becky & Rea


Grace & Bomy
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Holy shiiiiiiiit! The Simpsons are always killin it when it comes to doing homages to revered auteurs from everyone from Hayao Miyazaki to Guillermo del toro! And now, here is Bartkira! Barkira is a parody mash-up of the lauded 90's manga and film, Akira and obviously The Simpsons! This is probably the coolest homage I have ever seen! Transforming the original Akira trailer, shot by shot, through The Simpsons lens is incredible to see! No way is this officially associated with Fox Animation but it's so great to see it be made and out there! Based on the idea by Ryan Humphrey, he has been making comics way before this trailer through the Bartkira project, a comic collaboration of Simpsons fans which is curated by James Harvey! So freaking tight! Check out their site to see more of the Bartkira project! www.bartkira.com



Now, the Japanese trailer!


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Year: 2015
Director: Sean Baker
Writer: Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch
Cinematographer: Sean Baker & Radium Cheung
Cast: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O'Hagan, James Ransone
Country of Origin: USA
Rating: R
Time: 88 mins.




I had the privilege of watching Sean Baker's Tangerine back in January at the Sundance Film Festival and named it one of the best films I saw there! Starring first-time transgender actresses and shooting on-location on the corners of Hollywood, specifically, Santa Monica Blvd--Tangerine is an explosive piece of cinema that pulsates with authenticity through their vibrant characters and riotous energy that has never been seen on screen quite like this before! The story follows two transgender sex workers, Sin-dee (Kiki Rodriguez) and Alexandra (Mya Taylor) on Christmas Eve. When Sin-dee finds out that her pimp has been cheating on her with another "fish" aka a real woman, "like with a vagina and everything," she rampages through town to seek revenge! Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned! Damn straight!


Tangerine caused a surplus of deafening buzz at Sundance after the screening because Baker revealed that the entire film was shot on the iPhone 5s. As incredible as that is, don't call this an iPhone film because it is so much more than that! Utilizing their ultra low-budget, Baker and his incredible team of long-time collaborators were able to make one of the most refreshing films of the year despite the budget due to their sheer brilliance and dedication to true filmmaking! You will not have a more fun time this summer than watching Tangerine on the big screen! I can't wait for the soundtrack and poster to be released so I can get my grubby hands on them!!! Tangerine comes out this week!

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When you hear the word Creed, a Rocky spin-off film directed by Ryan Coogler doesn't jump right into mind but here it is! The sophomore feature by Coogler follows Adonis Creed, the son of Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa's former rival, Apollo Creed where he will be trained by Balboa himself in order to gain a title! With the skillful hands of Coogler, I suspect that this film will be more emotionally driven provided by a top-notch performance by Michael B. Jordan! Naturally Slyvester Stallone will be making an appearance and I like their chemistry from what I see. Watch my reaction below which also includes remarks relating to the "Creed-munity" that is outraged by the title of the film! Creed comes out November 25! I can already hear the Oscar buzz!


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Year: 2015
Director: Gregory Jacobs
Writer: Reid Carolin
Cinematographer: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donald Glover, Gabriel Iglesias
Country of Origin: USA
Rating: R
Time: 115 mins.



You thought the first Magic Mike was good, wait till you see Magic Mike XXL! Taking over for Steven Soderbergh, his go to AD, Gregory Jacobs takes over and it is definitely bigger, badder, and a hell of a lot more fun! The most unexpected aspect of XXL is how much of the film is feminist as it is bromantic. Not only do we get to know the characters a little bit more but it's their individual characteristics that propel this film to be that much more touching and downright exhilarating! Their reinforcement of female empowerment was especially overwhelming as it was coupled with overflowing shots of the guy's chiseled bodies! As you can see Jenn and I freak out a little bit!



There is no better way to explain ever thought that conjured up in our heads while watching XXL better than this article right here! Although this film is empowering, it may lead many of the audiences to have unrealistic standards for men as these men are basically PERFECT--emotionally, physically, and spiritually! But who cares right?! Finally we have a film that caters to the female gaze and provides a narrative that is equally thoughtful and encouraging to the female sexual appetite! I anticipate that it will once again break records as this is one of the best summer films to watch! Hell, it might just be one of the best films to come out this year! Enjoiii! 

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Contrary to popular belief, it’s hard being in any minority group in America. Being a woman is hard enough, but imagine being a black and queer as well – you can just imagine the sorts of challenges you might run into on a daily basis. Rarely have I seen that perspective painted as vibrantly as it is than in Alike (Adepero Oduye), the central character of Dee Rees’ semi auto-biographical first narrative feature, Pariah. The film is a gorgeously shot one, which takes us through this woman’s first loves, friendship, family and heartbreak, pulsating with authenticity and heart. Oduye as Alike gives us a nuanced, complex performance that resonates through every scene. As she reclaims her identity and sexuality amidst the vicious prejudice of her own family, we get to know a girl takes charge of her life and realizes that only she can make the choices that will make her happy.

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Gaspar Noê is not n00b to making shocking and controversial films like I Stand Alone, Irreversible, Enter the Void, and now, Love. Noê has stated that Love will make girls cry and give boys hard-ons and he may be right! Although the trailer shows graphic sex scenes, it is paired well with a melodic and sweet tone that shows that the story is just as much emotional as it is physical. It's essentially a love story that celebrates sex in a joyous way as it should and in 3D! There will be definitely people grabbing at the screens for this one! And I don't expect anyone to tackle this subject better than Noê can! The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May where Indiewire claimed that it was some of the "most hardcore onscreen sex ever screened at the festival!" Alchemy is distributing the film but has not set a release date! Hurry up, people!

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French Canadian auteur Denis Villeneuve made his U.S. debut with Prisoners (see review) and then Enemy (see teaser) back to back in 2013! And now, he is coming out with Sicario starring Emily Blunt as Kate, a FBI agent who is enlisted by an elite government task force office to assist in the escalating war against drugs. The film premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival where it was competing for the Palme d'Or. Villeneuve revealed that screenwriter Taylor Sheridan had been asked to change the gender of the lead role which is played by Blunt. Good thing they didn't because especially with a female in the forefront, it's so interesting to see a character as complex as Kate to give more texture and layers to a story as dense as this one. 



Starring alongside Blunt is Hollywood powerhouses Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. The trailer doesn't give much away but you can bet that it's going to put Blunt in the hot seat that will really propel her to give one of her best performances yet. I already hear oscar noms ringing! Cinematography is done by Roger Deakins who Villeneuve has collaborated with before in Prisoners so you already know it's going to look gorgeous! Ya'll know I have a soft spot for Villeneuve as I've done one of my Director Series on him where I list in order my favorite to least favorite film of his! Definitely watch it before this film comes out so you can be well versed in his filmography! Sicario comes out September 18th

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Motherfucker is the fourth short of the Takeaway Scenes series where it is made by Anonymous, a group of anonymous people who must follow strict guidelines (listed here), one of them being that they all need to be shot in one take. I love the concept and the ego-less of the whole project as literally no cast & crew gets credited in this series. Adapted from the play, The Motherfucker With The Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Motherfucker follows a moment between lovers Veronica and Jackie after Jackie tells her that he got a job today. With most of these shorts, the story relies heavily on the actors as they have to carry the story on their shoulder but Veronica and Jackie succeeds effortlessly with their explosive energy and chemistry with one another. These Anonymous collaboration has the right idea about filmmaking that truly strips down the form to its bare bones that allows experimentation and story to be the main focus. I can't wait to see what they do next!

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I have a weak spot for Noah Baumbach, always have & always will. Since he started collaborating with Greta Gerwig, his films undoubtedly has a more feminine touch which is always greatly appreciated and needed in this male-dominated landscape of cinema! Co-written and starring Gerwig, Mistress America follows Brooke, an adventurous, YOLO-type, New York transplant, who brightens the life of her soon-to-be step sister Tracy (Lola Kirke), a lonely college freshman. I always fear that Baumbach will turn into a Woody-Allenish type that incessantly self-indulges in their own petty, white, upper-class problems. But Baumbach has proved time and time again that even though his films are mostly about white people, his vision and stories transcends representation and continues to be inventive, witty, and undeniably charming enough that I keep coming back for more!



The trailer itself doesn't particularly make me want to watch the film but that's what I said about Frances Ha but I fell so madly in love with it! I'm hearing through the grapevines that Mistress America is unlike any of Baumbach's previous films and it is quite more humorous and playful than anything they've seen from him! That statement alone makes me more excited to watch it than this lackluster trailer did! And good thing Sundance's LA-based NEXT FEST is going to screen it with a special performance by Sky Ferreira! SwOoOoOn! I'll definitely keep you guys posted about the event! Mistress America comes out August 14th!

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Lesbians in film usually fall into common stereotypes feeding male fantasy. There are rarely any on-screen depictions with women naturally drawn to the same gender and not merely “experimenting.” I’d always wondered if going to college was suddenly going to awaken my desire to fall into this same stereotype, and how genuine it would be. To me, sexual preference never seemed like a concrete decision but more like fluctuating wave, something to be reevaluated as life’s ebb and flow took over. But I’m A Cheerleader’s Megan however, played by Natasha Lyonne, breaks the mold in queer representation, being a refreshing example of a teenage girl unconsciously attracted to women without knowing it. She’s also a girl who does what she wants and sticks to her guns.



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I normally don't do trailer reactions for  horror films because I'm easily frightened by anything but when I heard that Guillermo del Toro was coming out with a new film, I knew I had to see what it was all about. And it's just my luck that Crimson Peak entails a ghost story which is my least favorite sub-genre within the horror genre! But with Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam taking the lead, no doubt will the film but thrilling in not only the content but the performances! A young author Edith Cushing (Wasikowska) discovers that her charming new husband Sir Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston) is not who he appears to be! Oh, that bastard! Seems like it will be mysterious and jarring enough especially with all the visual effects and dark storyline. Crimson Peak comes out October 16 just in time for Halloween!

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AHHHHHHH! It's here! It seems like I've been waiting forever to finally see a trailer for Jason Banker's hyper-realistic feminist superhero story, Felt for some time now. It's only been a couple of days since the teaser poster came out which is provocative to say the least! Now, they released a (explicit!) trailer and a new poster for all yall to see and I can't wait to hear what you think of it! Blending documentary and narrative forms, Felt follows Amy who is struggling to cope with her past sexual trauma and the daily aggression of a male-dominated society by creating an alter ego that re-appropriates the male form. 



I remember very clearly that I had a run-in with a horrible cat-calling incident right before I watched Felt which only added more fuel to the fire of my ever so growing fury. I had never seen a film that so rightly captured the daily assaults women experience in their lives in such an accurate manner. Chilling, raw, and downright soul-crushing, Felt is a film that truly demands to be felt! You can read my full review here. I am so beyond excited that it's going to finally come out in theaters on June 26th and VOD on the 21st! Make your calendars bbz, this is one film you cannot miss!

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

Kristen from Sales on Film and I are back with a whole new segment of Love It / Hate It and this time, we chit chat about David Zellner's polarizing Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter starring the ever so great,  Rinko Kikuchi. The story is based around the urban legend surrounding the death of a Japanese woman by the name of Takako Konishi. The media reported that she had died trying to find the treasure depicted in the Coen Brother's film, Fargo. In reality, Konishi was suffering from depression and had committed suicide. Zellner spins the tale to mesmerizing and at times polarizing proportions to tell one of the most interesting stories to come out in a while. Sales make her great points about the film which is undeniable but it was an unexpected spiritual experience for me. Tune in to hear more about it! 



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The official U.S. trailer and poster of Miroslav Slaboshpitsky's Ukrainian sign language film, The Tribe has been released and it is bloody beautiful! I saw the film last year at AFI FEST and there is no film I fell more madly and deeply in love with than this film right here that is wholly in Ukrainian sign-language, no translation. The film follows Sergey, a new student to a deaf boarding school as he navigates the school politics of the students and the culture within it. This film made me realize why I fell in love with cinema in the first place. Transformative, transcending, and powerful, The Tribe dares to grab you by your core and shake it!



The tagline to The Tribe is "Love and hate need no translation" which could not be more true in this case as Slaboshpitsky creates a singularly unique and universal piece of cinema that transcends all the barriers and boundaries of most films which is language. As his directorial debut feature, The Tribe is a groundbreaking and monumental film that needs to be experienced in its entirety! Look at the beautifully layered craftsmanship of the poster which presents the beauty within the harsh environment. Thank the heavens that Drafthouse Films is finally releasing the film on June 17th. Get ready to have your mind blown!


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I was lucky enough to have grown up in Los Angeles’ K-town, a city where Asians were one of the most dominant races. Eventually moving to the suburb of Torrance, I enjoyed the same type of cultural balance, a city filled with either white or Asian people. But despite being amongst flourishing Asian cultures, I still had my own run-ins with casual or unconscious racism, stemming from ethnicities who clearly had no knowledge of the political incorrectness that plagued such a so-called “diverse” environment. Though it was unbearable at times, I couldn’t help but imagine what it would be like if I were the ONLY Asian girl in small town just like Stars Hollow, from the TV show, Gilmore Girls. It was a perspective that actress Keiko Agena brought so well to her character, Lane Kim, who played the titular Rory Gilmore’s best friend. Agena’s Kim would become a powerful representation of an all Korean-American girl living in the states; and despite the fact we were in polar opposite environments, Lane was the epitome of that archetypal bi-cultural lifestyle that so many of us second generation kids have lived and breathed.

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I got the extreme pleasure of interviewing the filmmakers behind 3rd Street Blackout, Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf. Their film was selected as one of the very few gems for Los Angeles Film Festival's Feature Narrative section and I loved it so much! Witty, charming, and thoroughly relevant in our technology inundated realm, 3rd Street Blackout is a knock-out. Read below!


Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf, writers, directors and stars of 3rd Street Blackout, talked with Associate Programmer So Yun Um about their film, which also stars Janine Garofalo, John Hodgman and Ed Weeks. The story follows neuroscientist Mina and her hacker boyfriend Rudy, a picture-perfect, prototypical hipster couple who live, work and love across digital platforms. When Hurricane Sandy pummels the city and knocks out the power in their neighborhood, at first it is romantic. But when Rudy discovers an indiscretion that Mina kept secret, they must learn to navigate on analog terrain, or risk losing their relationship. 

Is this a story that happened in real life?

Negin: We were both in the hurricane zone after Hurricane Sandy. I was actually dating a guy and I had a relationship that was intensified because of the black out and I live on 3rd Street. And some of the characters [are based on real people]–like the chill master across the street is a real guy who’s played by Arthur French but the real chill master is a guy who appears in the film and says hello to the chill master. The guy at the card shop that I go to all the time plays the father of the actor who runs the card shop. There are real life people from the neighborhood. The band lives in my building and what not.

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

Kristen from Sales on Film and I are back with a whole new segment of Love It / Hate It and this time, we dive into Ryan Gosling's first feature, Lost River. Lost River really divided critics and audiences alike like I haven't seen in a long time and surprisingly, I was on the opposite end which means I liked it (as usual)! Kristen on the other hand had many valid points to make (as usual) and it's always interesting to see how we consume the same material but end with vastly different perspectives! I can understand everything Kristen says but the film catered to my aesthetic taste in tones, cinematography, story, and music despite a few mishaps here and there. Maybe I am too forgiving but it's no denying that this would be a great midnight classic! Am I right or am I right?!


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I am incredibly sad to state that I did not know about Josh and Benny Safdie's Heaven Knows What till I saw the film listed on this year's SXSW film roster despite the film having made so many festival rounds from Venice Film Festival to AFI FEST to even True/False Film Festival! But better late than never right?! I am so thrilled that I found out about them because this film looks like one hell of a film! Based on the experiences and unpublished memoirs of Arielle Holmes, Holes plays Harley, a fictionalized version of herself: a heroin-addict who is battling a manic addiction in the backdrop of NYC admist a craved love affair. 

I am posting two different edits of the trailer because I had first saw the Red Band Trailer and fell in love with the edit of it all and how through the midway point, there is this intense voice-over that reminded me much of Flosstradamus (who I'm obsessed with) that evoked this fantastically crazed world of absolute chaos! With this kind of music thrown into the mix, I better fasten my seat belts for one maniacal ride!



Official Green Band Trailer shows a more tender aspect revealing more of the love story between her and her boyfriend. A great new edit.



What I adore about Heaven Knows What's blend of fiction and documentary is that it encapsulates the raw and nitty gritty vibe of New York street life so accurately. Although, I've only been to New York City a handful of times, I've witnessed the unrest that occurs on the streets that normally one cannot get away with in a city like Los Angeles. The city plays just as big of a role as the characters in the film and it seems like just the kind of disorderly riot that I am normally drawn to! Heaven Knows What is coming out on May 29th which is only two weeks away so get ready!

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I don't know about you but I had to do a double take to make sure it wasn't what I thought it was! Provocative and jarring, the poster completely translates exactly what Jason Banker's new film, Felt truly represents. Blurring the lines between narrative and documentary, Felt follows the real-life story of artist Amy Everson (who co-wrote the script), as she struggles to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of a male-dominated society by creating costumes of alter egos that reappropriate the male form. 

I saw the film back in November at AFI FEST (read review) and never have I seen a film that was so viscerally raw and accurate to the daily experiences of a girl dealing with the consequences of living in a misogynistic and patriarchal society. As someone who gets cat-called and thrown sexist remarks on a daily basis, the film shook me to my core. Amplify Releasing is releasing Felt in limited theaters on June 26th before VOD platforms on July 21st. Don't miss out! 

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It's a long time coming but it's almost here! The official trailer for Mia Hansen-Løve's house music film, Eden is here! I had seen the film last November when it was screened at AFI FEST and even did a review with Sales on Film (watch here) where I rave about Hansen-Løve's portrayal of the real-life events that took place. Inspired by her brother Sven's career as a DJ (and co-writer), Mia constructs a beautifully simplistic yet refreshing take of a French DJ's career spanning twenty years, capturing the grim realities of adulthood as well as his rise and fall with swooning melancholia. This new U.S. cut of the trailer translates the film perfectly with serenading music provided by none other than Daft Punk. I had the extreme pleasure of interviewing Mia way back when about this film which is her fourth feature (read interview here). Broad Green Pictures will be releasing Eden on June 19th so get ready!

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

Kristen from Sales on Film and I are back with a whole new segment of Love It / Hate It as we talk about David Robert Mitchell's It Follows. It Follows made all the big film festival rounds starting with Cannes last year to AFI Fest to this year's Sundance and then it finally got released for the whole world to see what the hype was all about! Kristen disliked it and I liked it for various reasons for which I'm sure you can both agree on. She makes some valid points about the film's standpoint on gender and racial economics and so much more. And like always, there are certain things she disliked about the film which ultimately are the very reasons why I liked and appreciated the film as you will see in our discussion below! See which points you agree with more!



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I named Chloé Zhao's directorial debut film, Songs My Brothers Taught Me one of the best films I saw at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Set on the Great Plains and the Badlands of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, the film explores the bond between a brother and his younger sister as they navigate through their separate paths as they rediscover the meaning of home.  It was Zhao's sensual and delicate filmmaking style and approach to this beautiful story that truly captivated and moved me on an emotional and spiritual level beyond what I had ever expected. Through the eyes of the film's two youthful leads played by John Reddy and Jashaun St. John, we get a sneak peek into the usually reserved and rarely seen world of Native American people and culture with sweeping beauty and sincerity. The trailer is being released by Pharrell Williams and Mimi Waldês' company i am OTHER, so check it out below!



Songs My Brothers Taught Me is selected to screen in the prestigious 47th annual Directors' Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival this year. As one of the three female filmmakers in the program, Zhao is a visionary and tour-de-force filmmaker to be reckoned with. You can already tell from the trailer and poster that the film will be a poetic contemplation on a culture seldom seen on screen. The film provides a portraiture of the Native Americans living on this Indian reservation but the story goes beyond that, to tell an universal and potent story about one's identity and home. It was such a unique and breathtaking experience going into a film without knowing and expecting anything, only to come out questioning and reflecting on my whole existence and journey as a human being. I mean, THAT is powerful. I hope it gets U.S. Distribution soon because I need everyone and their mama's to see it ASAP!

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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.

As an asian girl growing up in the early 2000’s, I was fortunate enough to see the start of Asian American culture represented in popular media; naturally, I gravitated towards women like Lucy Liu and Margaret Cho. Since I didn’t discover Cho till much later, Liu was the first Asian woman that caught my attention on screen as Alex Munday in McG’s Charlie’s Angels. As an iconic group of female spies, Charlie’s Angels were monumental figures within pop culture and it was radical to see a Chinese American woman take over a predominately white role. Alex’s character defies all standards and expectations, mildly rooted in stereotypes but ultimately pioneering the face of a growing Asian American community that was famished to see representation.

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


Kristen from Sales on Film and I are back with a whole new segment of Love It / Hate It as we talk about legendary documentarian Albert Maysles' last film, Iris! To start off this beloved series, we changed it up a bit to discuss the first film that we both LOVED (gasp!). We may be going against the rules but hey, I wrote them so why not! Following a day in the life of 93-year old Iris, we witness her hectic yet luxurious lifestyle, knit-tight marriage, and singularly unique fashion influences and styles. As this is Maysles' last film, it is endearing and emotional to see yet another work that embodies his usual intimate and delicate approach of the portraiture of his subjects with incredible empathy and warmth. See what Sales and I had to say about the film as Maysles' #1 fangirls. 


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