REVIEW: Snowpiercer

International Cast 2In recent years, I’ve become increasingly interested in foreign auteurs making films either in Hollywood or with Hollywood stars (or, of course, a combination of the two). This certainly isn’t new, as we can always look to directors like Paul Verhoeven (Starship Troopers, Basic Instinct*) and Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Gravity), whose careers really took off after making forays into Hollywood-esque productions. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same for Asian auteurs; the one who was arguably the most successful was John Woo, but even a great film like Face/Off* was followed by a hollow Mission: Impossible II*.

It’s the same case for Korean directors as well (full disclosure: I’m Korean). I’ve long been a fan of Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy*), but I didn’t find Stoker engaging. Ditto for Kim Jee-Woon (A Tale of Two Sisters), whose English-language feature The Last Stand* I found lacking for an Arnold Schwarzenegger-fronted action film. That being said, I was relieved when watching Snowpiercer, directed by Bong Joon-ho (Memories of Murder), which bucked this trend. Better yet, it may be the best film currently playing in theaters at the moment (I’ve yet to catch Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Boyhood, both opening this weekend).

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Netflix Nugget: Let’s Go Exploring!

"Let's Go Exploring!"

“Let’s Go Exploring!”

Netflix streaming has a lot of gems. Some of them are easy to find, others take some finagling – word of mouth, the “you may also like” function of Netflix, and; more often than not; a drunken night scrolling through the bounty of B movies; never truly finding that white whale of an entertaining movie that you so desperately need.

But sometimes, when it’s daytime and you’re sober, you find something surprisingly worthwhile. When you’ve got good friends who know you, sometimes they send you something that warms the heart, stimulates the mind, tickles the pickle… you get the idea.

With that in mind, I’m looking to tickle YOUR pickle… with cool things that can be found on Netflix streaming. Today we’re reaching way back… back to my childhood. Today I’d like to encourage you to watch Dear Mr. Watterson, a documentary about one man’s journey to put together 90 minutes of Calvin and Hobbes nostalgia. Continue reading

MediaBrewPub Watches Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla (2014) IMAX Poster

Godzilla (2014) IMAX Poster

All of us were looking forward to this movie, and opinions were all over the place for this film. We can’t seem to agree if it was good, average, or terrible. Surprisingly Jun (our more ‘Film’ minded viewer) and Andrew (our entertainment value minded viewer) both agreed in their take on the film. A weird world we live in indeed.

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As a member of the Bruery Reserve Society, I was fortunate enough to get invited to their annual beer festival. With their anniversary beer being called Sucre, it was aptly named “Sucreversary”.

Here are some of the event specifics:

  • Venue: The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA
  • Invitees: All Reserve Society and Hoarder’s Society Members plus their guests
  • Breweries: The Bruery plus 26 Guest Breweries (Check out the list here along with what was poured)
  • Food: Provided by Beachwood BBQ and Chunk N Chip Truck
  • Perks: Glassware and unlimited 1 oz tastings
  • Cost: $60/person

So at $60 a person, this is not a cheap event. Going into this beerfest, I had high expectations. Fortunately, the Sucreversary did not disappoint. Continue reading

Godzilla (2014) Review

Godzilla ArrivalIn the ’90s, Americans had a chance to produce a film featuring their own take on Godzilla, and the subsequent 1998 film was as well received as New Coke. Over 15 years of denial later, we now get to witness their second chance, also called Godzilla. But this time, the King of the Monsters would walk in glory – or at least he would, if the film itself truly did justice to Godzilla. Director Gareth Edwards has meticulously crafted a film with a grand sense of scale but without a worthy emotional foundation.

(warning: spoilers after the break)

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