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Aug 28, 2010

Thai peppers as fiery snack, good and bad idea

The other day, I decided to snack on two Thai peppers with salt and monosodium. It tasted really good. At first, it proven not a challenge for my mouth. The burning sensation lasted no more than 5 minutes.

Thai peppers ripen from green to red.

Thai peppers ripen from green to red.

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Aug 23, 2010

Akira live adaptation film and localization

Feb. 14, 2010In latest movie rumors making its round in the Internet, James Franco is apparently in talks to play Kaneda. Wuzzah? more »

Aug 20, 2010

DVD Review: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

13+ | Color | 1978 | 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen | Director: Philip Kaufman

This is my favorite film adaptation of this story. The first film was based on a short story, and the short story was prompted because of one man’s solo war against communism. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin was a shithead more »

Aug 20, 2010

DVD Review: Akira

Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. Originally released in Japan, 1987. DVD technical details: Special Edition Collector’s Tin (2-Discs), 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, Color, English 5.1 (new translation) and Japanese 2.0 Dolby Surround sound; Distributed by Pioneer; MPAA Rating: R (for re-release);

Yamagata readies to inflict pain on a rival gang member.

Yamagata readies to inflict pain on a rival gang member.

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Aug 19, 2010

DVD Review: Abigail Leslie Is Back In Town

The beautiful Rebecca Brooke (a.k.a. Mary Mendum) plays Priscilla, a bored housewife who must face the return of her arch-nemesis Abigail Leslie, a woman whose sexual escapades have shaken up small-town Baypoint and disrupted Priscilla’s marriage.

Man-slut Beau really knows the moves and Priscilla can't resist. He's a real predator (nudge, wink).

Man-slut Beau really knows the moves and Priscilla can't resist. He's a real predator (nudge, wink).

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Aug 19, 2010

Eastfist.com Movie Review Rating System

I review movies based on only two criteria: entertainment value and enlightenment value.

  • Candy (entertainment value) – Some movies are guilty pleasures and need no justification for enjoyment. However, there are good fun movies and bad fun movies.
  • Lightbulb (enlightenment value) – If you want to be part of the avant-garde, look for the films stamped with a lightbulb. After a viewing, you’ll be smarter (or at least, you can claim to be smart).

Any combination of these two criteria out of five  each (5 + 5 = 10 max.) determines my opinion of how you might perceive the movie.

Aug 16, 2010

Superman: Man of Steel film (2012) casting and storyline

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS ALL RUMOR/SPECULATION. NO FACTUAL INFO UNTIL THE MOVIE STARTS ROLLING FILM. ALL POSTED INFORMATION IS TO FEED THE CESSPOOL, PROGRAM THE GHOST IN THE SHELL.

What we know:

  • 99.99% odds that Chris Nolan’s brother Jonathan will direct it. I think because J will have a better sense of how to depict an American icon. New frontrunners to direct, including Darren Aronofsky, Zack Snyder, Matt Reeves, etc. CONFIRMED: Zack Snyder is directing. Now people want to know who’s playing Superman.
  • Set for theatrical premiere Christmas 2012, a few months after premiere of Batman Begins 3. Theatrical premiere is June 14, 2013.
  • Likelihood of Lex Luthor and/or Braniac as the main villain(s). Confirmed: Villain is General Zod.
  • No Brandon Routh or any returning cast members from Superman Returns. UPDATE: I’m thinking Routh might get a second chance now. Doesn’t make sense marketing-wise not to re-hire him. Warner Bros. always plays things close to the vest. If you’ve already conditioned all the fans into thinking Routh is Superman, it’ll be too much effort to re-market a new guy. Odds are, Routh is returning as Superman. Doesn’t matter who Superman is played by (as long as he’s white), people will watch it no matter what. What a strange phenomenon.
  • Henry Cavill is the new Superman – Who is this guy? Doesn’t look like an epic hero type. Alas, must wait and see if Snyder can deliver.
  • Diane Lane is confirmed to be playing Ma Kent.
  • Kevin Costner is confirmed to be playing Pa Kent
  • Snyder hints that the new title will be simply “Man of Steel”, taking the Nolan approach similar to naming “The Dark Knight”. He also says there will be no references to any of the previous Superman films before. Confirmed: the official title is “Man of Steel”.
  • Amy Adams is confirmed to be playing Lois Lane
  • Michael Shannon has been cast as General Zod
  • Connie Nielson has been offered the role of Lara El; Russell Crowe has been offered the role of Jor El;
  • Rumor Neil Patrick Harris is Jimmy Olsen Character has been replaced with a generic female archetype Jenny Olsen

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Aug 12, 2010

Digitizing old media, i.e. cassette tapes

I was digging through old junk in the basement out of boredom (but mainly because the weather up here in the tundra has become a miserable, humid circus) and found my old portable cassette tape player. Cassette tape? Remember those? If you have the insight, it’s similar to more »

Jun 20, 2010

How to make big money with Google AdSense and WordPress

Yes, in theory, there are very successful bloggers out there. I am not one of them. What successful bloggers, and by successful I mean those making income, have is the time and the capital to start blogging in the first place. You can’t be Joe Sixpack and just sit down and start ranting about beer and pretzels and make shirtloads of money.

Either you work a part-time job, and on those sleepless days off you tickle more »

Jun 6, 2010

Agent S vs. Agent Blue: The Battle of the Future

Originally posted on May 16, 2010

Eastfist.com - Agent S vs. Agent Blue Gladiators Fight in 5050

The story I’ve been working on, but will never see the light of day… Because no one wants to see a mighty Asian-American superhero. Especially one that wears red and is the good guy. The bad guy wears blue. That would be a first in American story telling (as far as I know).

So some would ask: why not just make your hero wear blue? Well, it would lose a lot of the meaning behind the design of the character and story, wouldn’t it? Of course, the deeper meaning is only one aspect. There’s also action, drama, romance, time-travel, betrayal, explosions, all the makings of a blockbuster. All the while erasing Asian-American stereotypes with stylized stereotypes.

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