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‘Fresh off the Boat’ Episode Review: “Family Van” and “Commencement”

Fresh Off the Boat, Season 6, Episodes 14 and 15: “Family Van” and “Commencement” Original airdate February 21, 2020. Synopses:  In episode 14, the family minivan acts up, inspiring a crisis for Jessica and Louis, who are torn between their … Continue reading

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Fresh Off the Boat Sails into the Sunset Tonight

After six seasons (that’s 116 episodes), Fresh Off the Boat calls it Friday evening with a two-part series finale.  The season’s fourteenth episode, “Family Van,” airs at 8:00 on ABC. When the trusty Huang family van takes a turn for the … Continue reading

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8mm Review: ‘Ms. Purple’

Ms. Purple Tiffany Chu, Teddy Lee, Octavio Pizano, and James Kang.  Written by Justin Chon and Chris Dinh.  Directed by Justin Chon. Kasie asks her brother Carey if he knows how she’s been getting by.  It’s an awkward moment; Kasie … Continue reading

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8mm Review: ‘Happy Cleaners’

Happy Cleaners (2019)Hyanghwa Lim, Charles Ryu, Yun Jeong, Yeena Sung. Written by Kat Kim, Julian Kim, and Peter S. Lee. Directed by Julian Kim and Peter S. Lee If it seems (and it does) that new Asian American filmmakers keep … Continue reading

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‘Fresh off the Boat’ Episode Review: “Mo’ Chinese Mo’ Problems”

Fresh Off the Boat, Season 5, Episode 5: “Mo’ Chinese Mo’ Problems” Original airdate November 9, 2018. The ladies will kick it:  While going door to door as a U.S. Census volunteer, Evan discovers there’s another Chinese family in the … Continue reading

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‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Episode Review: “Workin’ the ‘Ween”

Fresh Off the Boat, Season 5, Episode 3: “Workin’ the ‘Ween” Original airdate October 20, 2018. It’s the heart afraid of breaking Marvin and Honey ask Louis and Jessica to be their baby’s godparents.  Jessica eagerly agrees, mostly so Marvin … Continue reading

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‘Fresh Off the Boat” Episode Review: “The Hand That Sits the Cradle”

Fresh Off the Boat, Season 5, Episode 2: “The Hand That Sits the Cradle” Original airdate October 12, 2018. I’m goin’ out tonight: Jessica volunteers to take care of Honey’s zuo yue zi (“sitting the month,” which I just learned is a … Continue reading

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Non-Spoiler ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Episode Review: “Fresh Off the RV”

Fresh Off the Boat, Season 5, Episode 1: “Fresh Off the RV” (season premiere) Airs tonight, October 5, 2018 at 8:00. It’s the end of summer, 1998 in Fresh Off the Boat time, and it’s time for Honey to have … Continue reading

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8mm Review: ‘A Simple Favor’

A Simple Favor (2018) Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding.  Written by Jessica Sharzer (based on the novel by Darcey Bell).  Directed by Paul Feig. A Simple Favor is being marketed as a thriller, but it’s really more of a … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ by BTS

Love Yourself: Answer by BTS Big Hit Entertainment 2018 The new BTS compilation album (with 7 new tracks!) dropped August 24, and if you know even one person who’s a BTS fan, you knew about it probably a couple of … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Six Evolutions — Bach: Cello Suites’ by Yo-Yo Ma

Six Evolutions — Bach: Cello Suites by Yo-Yo Ma Sony Classical, 2018 And cello to you, too Yo-Yo Ma’s latest album dropped August 17, and it would have been great to review it then, but you know.  Crazy Rich Asians.  … Continue reading

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8Tracks Review: ‘Be the Cowboy’ by Mitski

Be the Cowboy by Mitski Dead Oceans, 2018 I haven’t told anyone Mitzki (Miyawaki)’s new album dropped August 17 and I planned to review it last week, but you know.  Crazy Rich Asians.  This one got a ton of advance … Continue reading

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