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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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On Whiskey and Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Book Cover Wonder Woman
2017
Patty Jenkins
Allan Heinberg
Charles Roven, Deborah Snyder, Zack Snyder, Richard Suckle
Gal Gardot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

Diana is a princess of the Amazons and trains feverishly alongside women warriors on a sheltered island, when American pilot Steve crashes onto the shores. Steve tells her about the war raging in the outside world. Convinced that she has the abilities stop evil in its tracks, Diana embarks on a journey, leaving the secure confines of her home.

I’m with Brian, my husband of nearly two years. We enter a fancy New York lounge and he immediately strolls toward the bar. i’m right behind him, waiting for him to order my go-to drink. The bartender does his thing and then comes back with the two beverages.
“Here you go,” he cheerfully says. “One Jameson neat and one Stella.”
He pushes the whiskey glass toward my husband and hands me the beer.

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The Danish Girl – LUCINDA COXON

The Danish Girl Book Cover The Danish Girl
2015
Tom Hooper
Lucinda Coxon
Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander

The Danish Girl is based on a 2000 novel by David Ebershoff and tells the story of real-life transgender woman Lili Elbe who was born Einar Wegener in the 1800s in Denmark. The film establishes Einar as a successful artist in a loving marriage with Gerda Wegener, a talented painter in her own right, and tracks the emotional and legal challenges as Einar begins her journey to transition, undergoing one of the earliest recorded sex-reassignment surgeries in history.

The telling of such a story comes at an apt time. Too long have trans experiences been marginalized and branded as too risqué or too perverse for mainstream consumption. There are powerful activists reigning the stage to raise awareness today, from Laverne Cox, a well-known cast member of Orange is the New Black to model Geena Rocero (watch her wonderful TED talk!), Hollywood has finally made the decision tell one of the many stories the community has to tell through its mainstream avenues.

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