Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Go See: "The Avengers"

I love an action packed film with action heroes!  What better way to enjoy 2 hours and 22 minutes of your life but to watch the latest film, "The Avengers", directed by the sci-fi junkie, Joss Whedon

It was star studded to the gills with Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo (he plays the Hulk), Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston (he plays Loki, Thor's brother and was also in War Horse).   Now I'm not into the comic books and don't know all of the back stories on the characters, (thank god they made them into movies!) but it was awesome to see all of these super heroes unite and fight the good fight.  You will be thoroughly entertained by all the special effects, especially if you live in New York City.  There was some bad ass fighting going on so am now inspired to take self defense classes. Enjoy!!

Can't Wait: Shanghai Calling

Yea, I'm going to admit it.  I do have a major crush on Daniel Henney, which would explain why I'm so excited to see this film that he stars in, "Shanghai Calling".  Directed by Daniel Hsia.  I got the opportunity to interview this first time director on the closing night at the 2012 Asian Pacific Film Festival and learned how thrilled he was to have worked with Daniel Henney, Eliza Coupe, Alan Ruck and Bill Paxton

"Shanghai Calling" is a romantic comedy about a NY attorney who relocates to Shanghai on an assignment and how he must deal with many cultural barriers, discover romance and save his job. 

This film doesn't have any US release dates but has most recently screened at a few film festivals.  Cross your fingers for domestic distribution!

Go See: Joyful Reunion

Wow, where has the time gone?  Well, it definitely flies by when you're having fun and I have been having soooo much fun!  (I just returned from a two week holiday in Korea and Thailand.)

So many things to catch you up on but we'll start here with a film that touched my heart...and my stomach!  I covered the red carpet for the 2012 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival on the closing night for Audrey Magazine and got to see a screening of the film, "Joyful Reunion" which was directed by Tsao Jui-Yuan.  This touching film (which was inspired by Ang Lee's "Eat Drink Man Woman") centered around two daughters, their relationship with their vegetarian restauranteur aging father and lost love.

Director Tsao Jui-Yuan describes his film, “If EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN is said to be a film that uses savory, affection and sexual desires to explore man and woman’s family relationship and social issues then, JOYFUL REUNION will instead be using the simplicity, neutrality and purity of food to portray a long-awaited love…of course, Ang Lee did a great job. I don’t expect myself to surpass his result, but I just hope both films will shine equally in their respective era.”

So, if you're a fan of foodie films such as "Eat, Pray, Love" and "Big Night", go see this film.  And also bring some tissue as there are quite a few touching moments!