I don't agree with the protest, mind you. This isn't like that production I just criticized for trying to put a white person in blackface for a black role. Cloud Atlas is expressly a movie that has various races and genders playing each other. That's one of its main points. So I didn't find it j ... More >>
Hollywood used to have a habit of putting slanty-eye makeup on non-Asian stars and passing them off as from "the Orient." Here are some of the more egregious examples:
Jimmy Castor was a smart aleck; a wise guy; a clean shit-talker with so much joie de vivre you had to laugh even when his truth-telling smacked you upside the head. So when he died this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 71 near his home outside of Las Vegas, far away from the streets of Harlem he o ... More >>
Frenemies? Self-important hipsters? No literary problem.
I usually don't channel-hop past 100, but the other day I did so out of sheer boredom, and at 109 I came across Boomerang, a living museum for all the cartoons baby boomers like me grew up on. Instantly turning into a child again--admittedly not a big leap--I got to relive the joys of The Fl ... More >>
Do you think Jackie Chan generally plays a chop-socky stereotype of a wisecracking, karate-chopping macho weirdo? Well, the good news is that's nothing new! Movies have long stereotyped Asians, generally pegging them as either inscrutable, evil, or stoic, and as villains, detectives, or whores. Art ... More >>
Some get by with subtlety, but thrashing ferocity works great too
Seeing It on Mulberry Street