Dino-Ray Ramos is a movie hobbit, social media swaggerist, pop culture junkie, smart-mouthed Asian American warrior, and a well-rounded inhaler of all things entertainment. After uprooting from Texas, he migrated to San Francisco where he shares his irreverent take on high and low brow aspects of culture. In addition to feeding TheFinerDandy.com he writes for AfterElton.com, Hyphen Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. You can also boost his self-esteem by following his musings on Twitter
Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi successfully crossed over into the American market with The Brothers Bloom and even snagged an Academy Award nomination for her role in Babel. Things hit a little closer to home with her character in the Kaiju-centric Pacific Rim. She plays Mako in a post-apocalyptic world where huge Godzilla-like monsters emerge from the sea and badass soldiers like herself have to pilot huge Jaegers (robots, not the drink) alongside hotties like Charlie […] Continue »
Without a doubt, Park Chan-wook definitely knows how to tell a good story via stunning and shocking visuals and not just make it look like revenge porn (see Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance). His signature style unpredictable tension and dark characters is about to reach a broader audience with Stoker, his first crack at an English-speaking film. The movie stars Nicole Kidman as Evelyn and Mia Wasikowska as her daughter, […] Continue »
After watching the very first trailer for Pitch Perfect, I’ll admit, I immediately wrote it off as another irritating derivation of Glee. Even though it stars my beloved Anna Kendrick, I couldn’t wrap my head around this movie about university-level a capella competition. The trailer made it look too sanitized and sugary for my taste. I wanted something a bit more ironic, modestly crass, and clever — something that was a happy marriage of Bring […] Continue »
I am currently in Toronto for the Toronto International Film Festival (or “TIFF” as they call it in the biz). I have been here for over a week. I have seen almost 30 movies. The stadium-style seating movie chair has become an extension of my body. Nonetheless, there are plenty of Asian movies and movies of the Asian ilk. There are so many that I should probably write about all of them — including my […] Continue »
Here is my brief review of The Campaign: If you like to watch Zach Galifianakis act like Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell act like Will Ferrell AND you are dying to see them do it in a political race, then this is for you. Also, a little boy talks about making his farts glow via inserting a firefly in his butt. So there’s that. But I am not here to judge the movie (even though […] Continue »
The new show Sullivan and Son premieres this week on TBS and I am sure everyone is excited about it. I’ve been seeing tons of ads for this show that seems to have appeared out of thin air and I couldn’t be happier that there is a sitcom that not only has an Asian lead but also a very culturally diverse cast. We are definitely making strides folks. But the main question is, “Will I […] Continue »
Please watch this trailer of Quentin Lee’s White Frog…and for the love of God will you please just try to hold back your tears? The movie looks great. It has a top notch cast including Glee homeboy (Harry Shum Jr.), Asian chick from Twin Peaks (Joan Chen), the go-to Asian dude for everything (B.D. Wong), Lady Deathstrike (Kelly Hu) and the adorable wolf from those low-budget Twilight movies (Booboo Stewart). The story looks heartwarming and, […] Continue »
Whedonites and Firefly lovers rejoice! The beloved cult TV hit by Joss Whedon celebrates its 10th anniversary and will be doing a special panel at this year’s Comic-Con (which starts today) and I won’t be there (but Moye will)! I am a huge Joss Whedon fan. I’m mainly a Buffy guy, but that doesn’t mean I don’t support his other fine pieces of work, specifically his recent hits The Avengers and Cabin in the Woods. […] Continue »
I haven’t really cared about American Idol since my homegirl Kelly Clarkson won in the show’s debut season. This season is no different. The contestants were talented, but lacking in charisma. Essentially they are singing robots ready to be programmed by the A.I. machine to represent the show that was once exciting. Nonetheless, last night marked the finale of season 11. The two finalists were Phillip Phillips, a Dave Matthews clone in training and Jessica […] Continue »
I pride myself in patrolling movie and TV news and finding something relevant for our 8Asians readers — and I find TONS of news. Unfortunately I find SO much news that I get overwhelmed and have a nervous breakdown. I end up on the floor in a fetal position, crying. I’m totally joking.
When I first heard that Mindy Kaling’s pilot, The Mindy Project, was picked up by Fox, I was cautiously optimistic — not because I don’t like Mindy. I mean, who DOESN’T like Mindy? She’s so girly without being SO GIRLY. She’s the gal pal that everyone wants to sit at a coffee shop with for hours and talk smack about everyone who passes by. In any case, I was cautiously optimistic because I wanted to […] Continue »
SayWhat: Pacific Islander is just as a generic term that does not include the Philippines. How many people from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan argue that... – Are Filipinos Asian or Pacific Islanders?