Jupiter Ascending: Another Crazy Galaxy Adventure

By Dr. Craig D. Reid

JUPITER ASCENDINGWhat do you get when you cross The Matrix (1999) with Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), mix in a villain that pathetically and effeminately tries to act like Gary Oldman’s Zorg character from The Fifth Element (1997), a hero that’s part Lycan and Ryan Reynolds from Green Lantern (2011) and a universe that tries to explain crop circles and alien abductions via some crazy, overly contrived genetic science? Good guess…Jupiter Ascending, the latest sci-fi mind fender bender vehicle from Lana and Andy Wachowski.

What planet do you think might be involved in this caper that is going to decide the ultimate fate of mankind, animal kind and mother nature on Earth? Second good guess…Jupiter, who just also happens to be the name of the pseudo-earthling being the central spot of the film…not unlike her planet namesake also having a central spot.

JA-FP-0003Jupiter (Mila Kunis), an earth bound toilet bowl cleaner, becomes a spot …

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BIG HERO 6: Disney Marvel meets SONY HalWall

By Dr. Craig D. Reid

BayMax - soccerDisney’s dapper 3-D computer-animated cartoon, Big Hero 6, which looks more like a Pixar movie, but is a superhero film based on a Marvel comic book (thus look for the Stan Lee nod), has taken its portmanteau San Fransokyo (yes, a mixture of San Diego, Frankfurt and Tokyo) story location one step further. They further quasi-Tokyoed up the toon’s flubbery balloon-ish, untired Michellin, non chef pillsbury doughboy, marshmellow-esque hero by naming it after SONY’S betamax VCR line…Baymax.

Created to be doctor that also loves soccer, where was Baymax this past summer when Brazil’s Neymar was injured an unable to play in the World Cup semi-final? Developing a voice that’s a cross between the ever gentle, but possibly vicious robot Hal 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey with the gentle twang of Pixar’s Wall-E. Add in that the human hero is named Hiro and his soon to be five best friends are hi-tech geeks all

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SDAFF 14: And Now for Something Completely Different

By Dr. Craig D. Reid

The Bridal Rhyme, “Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue,” will bring unbridled martial arts cinema joy to the 15th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF 2014) in So-Cal as they’ll cut the sweet and succulent wedding cake from November 6-15. An additional 140 films from 21 countries will ensure that this wedding party will have many more anniversaries to come. Film lovers Lee Ann Kim, a first generation Korean American and the executive director of the Pacific Arts Movement, Chinese American Brian Hu (SDAFF’s artistic director and fellow fan of 1970′s kung fu films), the dedicated Pac-Arts staff and the selfless league of extraordinary volunteers will guarantee that this honeymoon will never be over.

Fearless leader Kim explains how the festival keeps improving and how it keep it’s menu fresh. “Years ago, we accepted films up to two years old…that’s not good enough anymore. Now films come out a month later …

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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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