PAC-ARTS 4TH ANNUAL SPRING SHOWCASE: Takei, Tony and Kung Fu Theater, Oh My!

By Dr. Craig D. Reid

Brochure PictureSpring is here…for real… and I don’t mean the season but Tony Jaa, who has legs of spring, as he returns to the screen in Tom Yum Goong 2 aka The Protector 2.  This is a literal proverbial, “He’s baaaaaack…and this time it’s personal,” film logline moment. There is nowhere in California where you can see this pseudo-pretentious picture on the big screen, which shall provide outrageous misfortune or providence to Jaa’s career pilgrimage, than at the 2014, Pac-Arts 4th Annual Spring Showcase. To be held at the Digiplex Mission Valley Theater in San Diego, CA from Thursday, April 17 – 24, Jaa has an elephant bone to pick with moviegoers worldwide since all that has being going on since Tom Yum Goong aka The Protector (2005).

tobetakei_midtown_comics-770x433Although it’s IRS crunch time today, we guarantee your mind wont be taxed like your income for you to enjoy what’s about to kick

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The Hobbit 2: Welcome to the House of Smaug – He’ll Pollute Your Senses

At its primeval parlay of powerful poetic pros and prophetic prowess, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is such a spine tingling psychotic film that if I saw this movie when I was a kid, I’d have had nightmares for months. The soul creepiness absorbs you, the places our heroes visit carry so much potential vivisection trauma that you can taste the oppressive decay in your mouth.

The integration of the real and computer generated sight gags featured during the handful of the requisite action pieces are so well timed that there are many moments where your buying the reality of the fights, which occur in a world where combative abilities are only limited by the imagination of the creators who dare to step out of bounds in a world that has no bounds.

It’s films like The Hobbit series that make critics come across as lawyers. Here we are looking for precedents and citing “case” studies of

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THOR: THE DARK WORLD – Thor-ougly Enjoyable

Speed of lightening, power of thunder…there’s no need to fear …UnderThor is here. But seriously, this is a well Thor-t out film and it is quite obvious that our pure Thor-oughbred Hammer Time hero is a Thor-n in the dark forces trying to knock out the Nine Realms with Aether, pronounced like the anesthetic ether, except it’s much more damaging.

Chris Ahem-sworth is trying to get our attention as he returns as the Mighty Thor in Thor: The Dark World, a sequel that is far superior to its 2011 Thor predecessor that saw Natalie Portman as “you” Jane, falling in love with the blond Norse God of “me” Tarzan Thunder. Thor, Jane, her snitty pal Darcy (Kat Dennings), who acts just like 2 Broke Girls, and mad scientist/loony bin dude Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgard) team up with a former villain gone Loki (Tom Huddleston) to take on the Dark Elf Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and his band …

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SDAFF 2013 BARK’s WITH PRIDE: Borders, Adoption, Romance & Kung Fu

By Dr. Craig D. Reid

It’s the time of the season, when cinema runs high, it’s SDAFF 2013 and it slides on in easy, so let me try with visual hands, to take your minds to the promise lands, to show all of you, that it’s the time of the season for Asian films. If you’re a child of the ’60s, this may sound like Zombie hoo-hoo, but anyone that attends the 14th Annual SDAFF (San Diego Asian Film Festival), by the end of the week, they’ll be brain numbed, because they’ve got the latest buzz in an active way…zom-bee. Rev up the engines, get ready to pay the Tull booth, because during the shuffling madness of SDAFF 2013, which trains into San Diego, California station from Thursday, November 7 – Friday, November 16, the locomotive breath will not slow down.

What also doesn’t slow down is the festival’s fearless leader, Lee Ann Kim, 1st generation Korean American …

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The Grandmaster: Martial Arts Secrecy

By Dr. Craig D. Reid

Since Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai’s dynamic epicpiece The Grandmaster was released in January 2013, reviews on both sides of the Pacific and Atlantic rims have been a plenty and it’s quite obvious, especially from Western critics, that they just didn’t get it and certainly missed out on the many purposely hidden martial arts cultural nuances.

Most Western critics truly have no clue or can even begin to comprehend what the real martial world encompasses. Instead, they hide their lack of knowledge and inability to research the topic behind bright Wizard of Oz-like curtains of embellished and flashy language detailing the movie’s plot, sensibilities, theme, character development (or lack thereof), cinematography, music and costumes. A handful seem a bit more schooled on Yuen Woo-ping’s martial arts direction and fight choreography than others.

Yes, yes, I hear you…that’s what reviews usually cover…and just how convenient is that?  Thus the difficulty of many writers to …

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