Archive for the ‘Pop Culture/Media’ Category
Apr 14, 2021
My Top 5 Favorite Video Games of All Time

By Chongchen Saelee

I’ve been playing video games for most of my life (and contributed a lot behind the scenes as well). Most gamers are attracted to the visuals, the story, the music, the characters, the puzzles, etc. Everyone has their own taste. But here are my top 5 favorite video games of all time:

 

5.New Super Mario Bros (Nintendo DS, 2006)
Sure, the Super Mario games are gimmicky as hell, but seeing the new 3D + 2.5D graphics just adds so much more spectacle to it. There is also new gimmicky powers like Ice Flower, Propeller Suit, Giant Mario, etc. Playing on Nintendo DS doesn’t necessarily need to utilize those two screens all the time, but there are some levels that do and it’s cleverly designed. For the most part, you’re playing on only one of the DS screens and the other is a progress menu or for power-ups that you can tap with the stylus. A lot of the nostalgia for me is just the sheen of the new 3D graphics, which makes the previous Mario title Nintendo 64’s Super Mario 64 look antiquated.
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Jan 24, 2021
Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) Official Trailer #1

“Godzilla vs. Kong” is another sequel to the latest revamp of Godzilla movies “Godzilla” (2014), “Godzilla King of Monsters” (2019) and a crossover with the latest King Kong revamp “Kong Skull Island” (2017). In this crossover, it seems Godzilla has turned evil and Kong is now the hero of the show.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” will hit theatres and HBO Max on March 26, 2021.

Jan 20, 2021
Yojimbo (1961) Review

Yojimbo (1961) Review

By Chongchen Saelee

“Yojimbo” is my second favorite Akira Kurosawa film after “Seven Samurai”. Yojimbo means bodyguard in Japanese. It may seem like star Toshiro Mifune is playing the same nameless archetype, but they are indeed two different characters. In “Yojimbo”, Mifune plays a nameless wandering ronin (a masterless samurai) who is pushing 40 years old and stone broke looking for odd jobs or killing men for rice and sake. He wanders into a small village where two rivals gangs are fighting for control over the silk and sake productions.

The movie opens with the nameless ronin wandering aimlessly, he even picks up a branch and tosses it and whichever direction it points to is where he’s going. Along the way, he spots a young man arguing with his father about wanting to become a “gambler” because they make money, drink sake and dress in nice silk. He wants to live it up and die young, not live at home and work on a farm eating porridge, against his father’s wishes. In movie storytelling, it’s a small useless scene… or is it?

After a sniveling crooked constable (the equivalent of the town sheriff) alerts him how to make some quick ryo (money in ancient Japan), he goes to meet up with a local big shot. When asked what his name is, being nameless, he peers out into an open field of mulberry grass and names himself after it as “Kuwabatake Sanjuro” or Sanjuro for short. (more…)

Jul 15, 2020
Beautiful Rainbow Over Green Bay, WI July 15, 2020

The crappy cameraphone video doesn’t do it justice. But this just lays claim to witnessing something majestic in my backyard, something rare. Rainbows occur all the time, but sometimes not as even or pretty. I think I’ve only ever witness about 5 max rainbows in my lifetime. This one is the most pretty and even and an actual arch. All the other ones in my lifetime were bands or sheen only.

Feb 7, 2020
The Batman (2021) Latest News and Rumours


The Batman (2021)
Directed by Matt Reeves

What we know and what’s new

New Batmobile 2021

New Batmobile 2021

https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/4/21164886/batmobile-batman-matt-reeves-robert-pattinson-motorcycle-suit

We got our first “official” look at the new Batmobile, which is reminiscent of Fast and Furious souped-up muscle cars. Batman don’t got bat-friends, he got bat-family.

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https://movieweb.com/the-batman-cast-carver-twins-charlie-max/

Speculation is that these twins are playing Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. But my hunch is they are playing very small parts. Every horror occult movie needs to have their iconic twin terror scene, so if Bats is facing off with The Court of Owls cult, these twins will make an appearance or introduction to the cult in white skull makeup. Nothing big or fancy. It’s just a scene that calls for twins.

There’s also rumours that Johnny Depp is set to play the new Joker. In another universe, that might be 100% true. But if somehow that universe merged with our reality, it might be true too. But WB has to test that rumour with audiences first and not invest too much time on it. They probably might even have shot a small scene and shopped it around. If fans don’t like it, it might get cut. If fans do, it might become a reality. My problem is it’s too out of left field and might steal too much of Bat-tison’s spotlight.

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Jan 28, 2020
Solution: Laptop audio/video is slow, crackling, out of sync

Solution: Laptop audio/video is slow, crackling, out of sync
By Chongchen Saelee

If your laptop seemingly is slowing down in performance, you hear audio crackling, your video is sluggish and not synced with the audio, then make sure your laptop battery is in good condition. Odds are, your laptop is literally in its last breath of life, like literally only 10% health. Replace it with a brand new fully recharged laptop battery and see if this solves your problem! You’ll know your old battery is about to die if it is physically bloated. So time to throw it out and replace it. Hope that helps!

Dec 8, 2019
Wonder Woman 1984 Official Trailer Released

Seems a little limp. Color grading is awesome. Music is appropriate. But nothing particularly epic about it. The only thing that really sticks out is Wondie swinging on lightning bolts, which is surprisingly imaginative.

Nov 20, 2019
The Flash: A Body Horror Time Travel Crime Thriller (Fan Fiction)

The Screaming Horror Flash

The Flash: A Body Horror Time Travel Crime Thriller (Fan Fiction)
By Chongchen Saelee

My idea for how to do The Flash for the big screen. It would be a mix between Hellraiser, The Time Machine, and Altered States.

The basic premise is that Barry Allen is a crime scene investigator who can’t get over the death of his wife having found her skinned when he shows up by chance at a crime scene. So he makes a deal with The Devil in an attempt to bring his wife back to life. Of course, shit goes to hell when he’s working in the lab and is struck by red lightning, the building burns down, and his body disappears. Everyone assumes he’s dead. (more…)

Oct 7, 2019
The Dead Fish Trap: A Scary Southeast Asian Tale

The Dead Fish Trap

The Dead Fish Trap


The Dead Fish Trap: A Scary Southeast Asian Tale
An early Halloween treat from Chongchen Saelee

Deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia where it constantly rains and the dark brown earth is covered by darker shadows from the thick canopy above, the people struggle to survive day-to-day despite living in an environment that seems to be fertile with life and serene.

One day, along a stretch of man-made trail, which was no wider than 2 feet and was basically bare dirt surrounded by thick grass from all the years of people trekking the same path, a gang of young dirty starving but happy children none older than about 10 years of age were walking and chattering carrying a small worn-out wooden bucket filled with a couple small fish from a fishing outing by the creek earlier.

From the opposite end of the trail approached an old bald fisherman with spots on his bald scalp and he had a long unkempt white beard. The old man was really thin, his eyes were baggy and tired, and he was always smiling and humming old songs but his teeth were yellow and crooked and many had fallen out. The old man was carrying a crude fishing rod made from bamboo and had a fancy bamboo weaved basket, a decent size, which might hint for locals that he may be quite proficient at what he did. The old man had a pipe dangling in his mouth, although it wasn’t stuffed or lit. He enjoyed smoking opium while he fished.

When the old fisherman and the gang of youths eventually meet in the middle of the trail, the old man couldn’t resist the youths’ potent young energy. The old man asked to see what kind of fish the children had caught and they were more than happy to brag about their measly two tiny fish. The old man laughed loudly and insulted the children, calling them stupid and smelly and dispensed his tips and tricks on how to catch the biggest fish in the village, fish so big you could eat for an entire week. (more…)

Apr 12, 2019
Star Wars Episode IX Rise of Skywalker Teaser Trailer is Online!!!

Meh. Awesome CGI though. Music’s always good. But everything else isn’t. Nostalgia factor practically is gone. And nostalgia is a huge part of Star Wars success, a bunch of men who can’t grow up reliving their childhood about the first time they experienced “new worlds”. You can remedy that in real life by meeting new people and being more open-minded of people and cultures that are different than your own. Living on movies with people in green and blue makeup isn’t going to fix that.