Interview: Gook Director Justin Chon

Reposting an old interview with the star, producer and director of one of my favorite films from last year. Tired of the limited roles available for Asian American actors in Hollywood, Justin Chon decided to create his own. Chon directed, produced, wrote and starred in his latest film, Gook. The second film he’s directed, Gook tells the story…

Art References in Bojack Horseman Only an Art History Major Would Get

A large source of the show’s comedy is its background jokes, which include parodies of LA landmarks, caricatures of celebrity culture, and a fair amount of animal puns. But oft overlooked are the works of art throughout the show. The paintings hung around Bojack’s home heavily reflect his inner turmoil and are representative of his character….

Podcast: The Future of the DC Extended Universe

Check out my latest podcast for the Moviegoer, where I sit down with my friend Red Joseph to discusses the future of DC Extended Universe, our thoughts on the films so far, and whether or not a DCEU actually even exists. Listen in to hear my thoughts on how the DCEU fairs against other cinematic…

Documentary Review: Dealt

What do you do with the hand you were dealt? If you’re Richard Turner, you make magic. Dealt, a recent documentary by director Luke Korem, follows the life and career of Richard Turner, one of the world’s most famous close-up magicians. If you ask Turner, he’s not a magician but a “card mechanic,” someone who…

How We Misrepresent Sexual Violence On Screen

Trigger warning: This article discusses sexual assault. Spoiler alert: This articles contains spoilers for Jessica Jones, House of Cards, Kimmy Schmidt, Downton Abbey, Gone Girland Game of Thrones. Over the past few years I’ve noticed an increase in the number of television shows and films that center around characters who are survivors of sexual assault, and initially I hailed this as…

Even After Wonder Woman, Studios Aren’t Choosing Female Directors

Fanboys and feminists cheered in unison as Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins officially signed on to direct the film’s sequel. Much of the summer, fans have been cheering on the success of Wonder Woman, the highest grossing film directed by a female director to date. Variety and other news outlets ran headlines like “Success of…

Toronto Film Fest Review: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart

Making its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, the documentary Sighted Eyes, Feeling Heart chronicles the life of Lorraine Hansberry, best known as the playwright of A Raisin in the Sun. Despite Hansberry’s profound influence and accomplishments, she has yet to receive a definitive document about her life..A Raisin in the Sun made Hansberry the first…

Toronto Film Fest Review: Boom For Real

Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the most influential artists of the 1980s, having catapulted to a meteoric level of fame. His abstract paintings comment on the disparities between people of different racial and social classes, and the individual’s role within society. But just a few short years before his first major exhibition, Basquiat was a…