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Gook – JUSTIN CHON

Gook Book Cover Gook
August 18, 2017
Justin Chon
Justin Chon
James J. Yi, Alex Chi
Justin Chon, Simone Baker, David So, Sang Chon, Curtiss Cook Jr., Ben Munoz

Set against the backdrop of the 1992 LA Riots comes the story of Eli (Justin Chon), a 26-year old Korean-American who, together with his brother Daniel (David So), owns a run-down shoe store in Paramount/South-Central Los Angeles. As the Rodney King verdict is reached, the LAPD is powerless against the erupting anger from the black community. The riots take place not too far from Eli's shoe store where Kamilla (Simone Baker), a motherless 11-year-old black girl, loves to hang out instead of going to school. Her older brother Keith (Curtiss Cook Jr), projecting his economic shortcomings, harbors hate toward Eli. Under the pretense of wanting to rob Eli's inventory of sneakers worth thousands of dollars, Keith confronts Eli.

Talk about breaking Asian American stereotypes in cinema! Justin Chon, writer, director and main actor of “Gook” brings to you the movie that many of us Asian Americans have been waiting for. He does what I’ve always wanted to do as an artist; he screams “Hey, your life is shitty, but so is mine. Quit pretending that I don’t exist.”

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Braveheart – RANDALL WALLACE

Braveheart Book Cover Braveheart
1995
Mel Gibson
Randall Wallace
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan

A thirteenth century Scottish warrior named William Wallace rallies his countrymen against the English to protect their lands and gain their independence.

Braveheart is one of those films that stays deeply etched in the memory of moviegoers. The 90s churned out some fantastic cinema when technology upped its game and seamlessly married stunt choreography with dramatic storytelling. Mel Gibson directed a rare gem. His movie became one of those films that one had to watch and re-watch.

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Small Great Things – JODI PICOULT

Small Great Things Book Cover Small Great Things
Jodi Picoult
Fiction
Ballantine Books
October 11, 2016
464

The highly anticipated new novel from # 1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult, who "writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships." (The Boston Globe)

Delivery nurse Ruth, a black woman, is given the directive not to touch the newborn baby of white supremacist Turk and his wife Brit. She is shaken by this injustice, for she has lived her life as an upstanding citizen. When the infant goes into cardiac arrest Ruth, being the only available caretaker nearby, takes a split second too long to help save his life. The baby dies at Ruth’s fingertips. Containing his grief from spilling into violence, Turk puts Ruth on trial. She now faces a life behind bars.

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