Director screens film on Cambodian gambling community

Director and screenplay writer Caylee So spoke about making Paulina, a film that shows a Cambodian adolescent living in Long Beach who becomes addicted to gambling, at Cal State Fullerton on May 13, 2013. Above: Dom Magwili, an Asian-American studies professor at CSUF, participates in a discussion about the film Paulina, about a Cambodian-American adolescent….

Superhero: Batman, or Bruce Wayne? (Dark Knight Rises thoughts)

WARNING: SPOILERS Superman. Batman. Captain America. From their beginnings in the late 1930s, superheroes have always been larger-than-life heroes. They are willing to make sacrifices to save us from harm in ways ordinary humans cannot. Kids idolize superheroes. In one of the best parts in The Dark Knight Rises, John Blake (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a young police officer,…

Of Aliens and Men: Science Fiction, a Genre Code (Anthropology essay)

Wohoo, got to write an essay about science fiction! It was fun being able to write about The Hunger Games and X-Men! This is my final paper for my Language and Culture Anthropology class. We have to evaluate a code, which is a genre (like punk rock music, or fashion, or mystery novels). INTRODUCTION            …

Top 10 Superhero movies to prep for ‘The Avengers’

I made a last-minute decision to watch The Avengers at the midnight premiere tonight- I’ll get in line in a few hours. Talking about The Avengers… Here’s a list of my Top-10 Superhero movies! (Published in Wednesday’s The Daily Titan.) Fanboys Assemble! 1. The Dark Knight (2008) What’s so good about this film? Not its…

Happy Book Day! (And other thoughts on World Book and Copyright Day)

Today is World Book and Copyright Day, as celebrated by UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization). You can check out its history here, but the day “seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright,” according to UNESCO. Tonight is also World Book Night (unrelated to UNESCO), where volunteers…

Prepping for The Avengers

To celebrate The Avengers’ release May 4, I am currently writing a “Top 10 Superhero Movies” list for my school newspaper. My superhero journey took me to Iron Man 2 today. I don’t plan on getting into review mode, but the film is decent (better than I remember). And the Avengers and Thor references make…

Jennifer Lawrence shines as “The Girl on Fire”

My review was originally published Monday by my school newspaper, The Daily Titan. Katniss Everdeen captures the audience with her wit, charm and archery skills. Katniss (played by Jennifer Lawrence, last year’s Academy Award nominee for best actress in Winter’s Bone) is a 16-year-old girl living in District 12 in a post-apocalyptic America called Panem,…

Hollywood will shine Oscar-gold tonight

This is an article I wrote about tonight’s Academy Awards I wrote for my school newspaper this week, The Daily Titan.   Last year, The King’s Speech dominated the Oscars with four wins for Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Director (Tom Hooper) and Best Original Screenplay. This year, The Artist, The Descendants, The Help and War Horse will probably be its successor…

The Hobbit Film: First Thoughts

Studying for a test, I decided to put on some Lord of the Ringssoundtrack. It has been a while since I have listened to it, and I am surprised at how I am still in love with it. “Samwise the Brave” and “The Breaking of the Fellowship” are two of my favorites. The depth of…

Inception: A Perspective on the Imagination

Inception is the latest masterpiece by Christopher Nolan which deals with a concept so universal and yet so complex: dreams. The science-fiction thriller has grossed more than $150 million in its first two weeks, according to the Internet Movie Database. The cast is headed by Leonardo DiCaprio who plays Dom Cobb, one of the best…