Monday, October 5, 2015

"I remember once, in Japan . . . "

Too Many Guns?
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I love action movies. I doubt direct correlations between pop culture violence and real life (Otherwise every 80s kid raised on Stallone/Schwarzenegger flicks would have become Eric Harris or Dylan Klebold). But in light of the gun violence epidemic, maybe some new narratives should be offered through entertainment. Maybe instead of ordinary guys pushed too far and embarking on violent revenge, how about violent guys giving up on revenge and seeking a peaceful, ordinary life?

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Hawaii (1966) PosterAloha (2015) PosterThe Descendants (2011) Poster

Hollywood movies set in or about Hawaii.

South Pacific (1958)
Starring Rossano Brazzi, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr

Blue Hawaii (1961)
Starring Elvis Presley, Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury

Hawaii (1966)
Starring Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris

The Hawaiians (1970)
Starring Charlton Heston, Tina Chen, Geraldine Chaplin

The Descendants (2011)
Starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller

Aloha (2015)
Starring Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone

There's a pattern here. Assuming you can create patterns with an overwhelmingly monochromatic palette.

Recent photo of me with my wife, son and cousins from our recent visit to my father's hometown of Eleele on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. My family has been there for four generations. Altogether, we represent a combination of Japanese, Korean, Hawaiian, Filipino and European ancestry.