I’m a fan of fighting games, especially when it comes to the BABES of fighting games, so I’ll be doing something new. I’ll be posting an awesome image of a fighting game lady (either official or fan made) each week, so please marvel at the awesome art work and hopefully this will get the gaming itch going for some of y’all. This week’s focus will be on the supple kunoichi Taki from the Soul Calibur series who’s ready to kick some butt. En Garde!!!
So much has unfolded in the past day, and much of it is very sad. This is especially so since much of today’s violence happened in a concert and even during the France vs. Germany friendly. Please love your brothers and sisters everyone. #PrayForParis. The BBC will continue to provide live updates here. Stay strong France, and be united.
What started out as a query about the origins of General Tso’s Chicken evolved into a full-fledged exploration on both the dish’s namesake and the struggles of the Chinese-American immigrant community in Ian Cheney’s excellent documentary “The Search for General Tso.”
Collaborating with Chinese-American journalist Jennifer 8 Lee, Ian Cheney’s film explores the American love affair with General Tso’s Chicken in a very intriguing way. Instead of going for the jugular about the dish’s origins, it starts with the man himself, Qing Dynasty general Zuo Zongtang from Hunan Province, and his status in history. This is fleshed out as Cheney and the gang travel across Hunan, where they soon encounter the fact that General Tso’s Chicken is virtually unheard of in Mainland China. If that’s the case, how can anyone explain why the dish is so famous in America?
This question sets the tone for the film, as we not only observe how essential the restaurant business was for the livelihoods of America’s often marginalized Chinese diaspora, but we also see the importance of how the changing attitudes and tastes of Americans throughout the last 90 years created the environment that allowed dishes like General Tso’s Chicken to thrive. This is followed up with a very nice feel-good factor as we hear various testimonials from both authors and patrons alike, illustrating how much of an impact the Chinese restaurant scene has had on the lives of everyday Americans.
In the film’s final third, we get to the meat of the matter as Cheney hashes out who exactly invented the dish and how it found itself in the States. Playing out like a foodie detective story with multiple accounts of what took place, the last act becomes the most entertaining and eye-opening. This is especially true given that so many factors played a part in the emergence of General Tso’s Chicken, including television and presidential politics. This all culminates in a tantalizing recreation of the dish, which will make even its most harshest critics drool.
Ian Cheney’s “The Search for General Tso” is a fun yet touching look at what many believe to be America’s favorite dish. Although the driving force of the film is food-related, what makes it stand out to me is how well it paints the portrait of an often under-appreciated group of people behind the kitchen. I for one enjoy a bit of Chinese fast food every now and then (mainly Kung Pao Chicken), but after seeing this doc, I certainly feel that I’m less fussy about how in-authentic an Americanized Chinese dish can be, since it’s not only a sign of what it takes to survive sometimes in a harsh country, but that it’s also served by folks who probably have a life story that isn’t that far away from my own, or my family. If that’s the take-away that Cheney had in mind for his viewers, then the pats on our collective bellies are well deserved because this doc truly hits the spot.
I’m a fan of fighting games, especially when it comes to the BABES of fighting games, so I’ll be doing something new. I’ll be posting an awesome image of a fighting game lady (either official or fan made) each week, so please marvel at the awesome art work and hopefully this will get the gaming itch going for some of y’all. This week’s focus will be on the sassy Sambo master Blue Mary who’s sporting her Bomber jacket from her Fatal Fury 3 days. Shinkiro in the house SNK fans!!!
I’m a fan of fighting games, especially when it comes to the BABES of fighting games, so I’ll be doing something new. I’ll be posting an awesome image of a fighting game lady (either official or fan made) each week, so please marvel at the awesome art work and hopefully this will get the gaming itch going for some of y’all. This week, it’s none other than the Queen of Fighting Games, Chun-Li!! Rocking her SF4 alternate costume, Chun-Li is utilizing her Wong Fei-Hung pose for maximum hotness. Cheers gamers!
Yep, it’s that time of year again where I take it upon myself to review (and recommend) a horror movie, and for this year, I’m throwing my hat to Eli Craig’s 2010 horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs Evil. It’s become quite a cult hit in my opinion, and thanks to Netflix, the girlfriend and I have enjoyed it immensely. Part of its appeal to me might simply be how the gore works out, but much of it is because it’s horror comedy done right.
We’ve had a string of U.S. horror films that more or less paint hillbillies in a bad, or gruesome light, but TDvE turns that trope on its head by making a pair of them (the titular Tucker & Dale) our heroes. Thanks to some great direction, Tucker & Dale are met with intense suspicion in our film’s opening by your run of the mill college idiots who’ve come to the backwoods to party and be stupid. In reality however, they’re just two well-meaning brothers who’ve arrived to spruce up their new vacation home. What follows however is a hilarious mish-mash of coincidences, accidents and misunderstandings as our heroes are mistaken as killers by those same college idiots. This is especially so with Chad, the head honcho of this group who gets pretty unhinged as the movie progresses.
I’m a big fan of seeing movie tropes get turned on their heads every so often, and TDvE gets it right without any issues. The comedy here is hilarious, especially since the majority of it is concentrated on the kills which are either accidents, coincidences or are events that occur due to plain stupidity. I’ve done my best to avoid revealing too much about the film, but TDvE is a must watch in my book. The film’s got a neat way of portraying a horror film from a unique perspective, its source for comedic events is eclectic to say the least, and it even pokes fun at North American collegiate culture in ways that I found refreshing. Oh, and did I mention this movie is Canadian? Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is a big bag of win, especially if you’re NOT a horror fan, so enjoy the Halloween festivities, grab a bunch of your friends and watch this movie!
Yeah, I admit it, I was a big Power Rangers fan in my young years and continue to be to this day (mainly of the Saban days before Disney snatched the franchise. When I heard that Lionsgate had planned a movie reboot of the franchise, I felt skeptical given the whole remake climate that’s swarmed Hollywood in recent years. However, with news that the film might be canon with the extensive world that’s been built up in the Power Rangers Universe, things have looked a bit brighter from my perspective.
R.J. Cycler, Naomi Scott and Dacre Montgomery have already been cast as the Blue Ranger, Pink Ranger and Red Ranger respectively, and with news that Chinese-Canadian actor Ludi Lin will take the helm as the Black Ranger, I’m now pretty stoked on all sorts of levels. We haven’t had an Asian guy play a Black Ranger since the days of Johnny Yong Bosch as Adam Park, and those were some good days indeed. Here’s hoping that Ludi will rock the role as the Black Ranger and that he’ll kick all sorts of ass in the film. Asian Black Ranger? Count me in!