Friday, June 29, 2012

時尚達人 - Sleepless Fashion - Upcoming

時尚達人 (Sleepless Fashion) is being released in Taipei this weekend. The movie stars Vic Chou and Vivian Hsu. Fashion world Asian style. Let the walk off begin!

I am not sure I want to watch this. But I am a big Vivian fan and might watch it for just that.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

寶米恰恰 - Cha Cha For Twins - Upcoming

寶米恰恰 (Cha Cha For Twins) was released in Taipei this past weekend. The story of two twins in high school. And their problems with boys.

I'll be passing on this. I am much too old for this stuff now.

Friday, June 15, 2012

寶島雙雄 - Double Trouble - Upcoming

寶島雙雄 (Double Trouble) is being released in Taipei today. Ironically, it was release last weekend in Los Angeles in limited release on 12 screens for a $17,978 USD run.

The movie stars a bunch of Taiwan game show personalities and Jackie Chan's son, Jaycee Chan. A really weird mix. The trailer is pretty absurd too. Lots of action.

I will most likely look to catch this via DVD in the future.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

America's Best Dance Crew Season 7 - Katy Perry Superstar Finale

Last night was the tenth and final episode of the seventh season of America's Best Dance Crew. The super star for this week was Katy Perry. As is the final week, we had the two remaining crews do a farewell routine. This week, Elektrolytes was paired with Season 5 champions, Poreotix. 8 Flavahz was paired up with Season 4 champions, We Are Heroes.

After the four crews performed, Season 6 champions, I aM mE, brain banged the world with their final "current" champions tag performance. They showed the world that their Season 6 win was not a fluke. Pretty sick routine.

As the final minutes of the show rang in, Elektrolytes was named the Season 7 champions. Yupe, those boyz from the A to the Z. Also ending the "AZN" theme of ABDC as well. No one that I know of on Elektrolytes is AZN. Dang, it wuz a good run A Z Ns.

As I reflect on the season, I still harken back to Season 1, 3, and 5. Even season 6 is starting to make its way up there. Will Season 7 make it into my top seasons. The feeling is no. But you never know.

Thoughts on the next season. Bring back the dance crew all stars. I think they've already gone through their stable of all star artist. Here's my list again:
Season 1
-- Kaba Modern
-- Breaksk8
-- Fysh n Chicks
Season 2
-- SoReal Cru
-- Supreme Soul
-- Distorted X
Season 3
-- Beat Freaks
Season 5
-- Blueprint Cru
-- Hype 5-0
Season 6
-- ReQuest Dance Crew

There you go, 10 crews from previous seasons that will definitely give good performances. I think some of these crews have disbanded since elimination off the shows, but maybe they can get them to reunite.

Looking forward to Season 8, whenever that is. Hopefully there is one.

Friday, June 8, 2012

第一次 - First Time - Upcoming

第一次 (First Time) is being released in Taipei today. The movie stars Mark Chao and Angelababy. Looks like super glorified music video. Not the US type music videos. But the Taiwanese ones. The ones with elaborate stories that pull on all your emotions. Angelababy plays a gal with a life threatening illness. When Mark Chao walks into her life, inspiration happens.

Hey, I love rom-coms from Taiwan. I'll be sure to pick this on up and make it a movie night with my wie.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

America's Best Dance Crew Season 7 - David Guetta Challenge

Last night was the ninth episode of the seventh season of America's Best Dance Crew. The super star for this week was David Guetta. Each crew was given a medley of three of David Guetta's song, and props from the three songs' music videos. With only three crews left, ABDC went with a different format this week. All three crews performed to the medley and were critiqued. Mos Wanted Crew went first and 8 Flavahz followed. Elektrolytes ended it leading into a trio of crews performing to David Guetta's song. Nice advertising. Show up for a day, lend your name to be advertised.

Elektrolytes and Mos Wanted Crew fell to the bottom and had to do a dance battle to a song of their choice. When the dust settled, Mos Wanted Crew was let go by the judge. D-trix was visibly emotional during the recap and send off. When also means that this will be first time that no crews have AZNs. Weird. Nice. But sad at the same time.

I didn't agree with Jaycee's assessment of the crews, while Lil Mama and D-trix lent very little criticism this week. I would have kept Elektrolytes and Mos Wanted Crew for the finals. Like season one when Kaba and Jabba had to face off, the best two crews are not in the finals.

Friday, June 1, 2012

1000th Post!

I can't believe that I've finally made it to 1,000 post. One thousand! When I jumped on Xanga in 2006, I was doing research for my job. Which lead to sparse posting for 2 plus years. But for some reason, in the summer of 2008, I decided to go crazy. It took me over 2 years to add 400 posts. I already had 600 posts by April of 2010. But I've blogged a lot less since that time. Life has a simple way of saying, you've got too many things to do.

I've also had a hard time watching a lot of Asian stuff since summer of 2010. My watching use to be a 3-4 time thing a week. Now, its 3-4 every few months. I just don't have the time and the things being released are not all that interesting. And writing post is harder these days because I seem to spent more time on posts. Another sign of my aging mind.

On my 300th and 500th blog posts, I provided a little bit of 411 on populasian and my post. I'll be doing the same here again.

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History of Populasian
I would be lying if I said I came up with the term Populasian. It was actually a "project" that sprung to life in the fall of 1999, almost 10 years ago. A get together of a bunch of people that had grown up together from the late 80s through the mid 90s happened. We had all grown up, but now went to different universities and relocated out of the area. But, for some reason, we all got together that one day. As a result of that get together, we said, let's put up a website where we can keep track of each other and "write" stuff about the Asian American experience (much like what a facebook group does). Many names where thrown into the pot for the name of the website. I cannot remember the name I suggested. Populasian eventually became the unanimous winner. So, I happened to be the tech geek and set up the website. The website never came to be much other than me parking it as participation became like pulling teeth. Now, its resurrected as the name for my blog.