Archive for July, 2010

THE KING OF MASKS (1999)

July 23rd, 2010 by Planet Chocko

The King of Masks sounds like a high flying, kung fu fighting, revenge seeking type of movie similiar to the Masked Avengers by the Shaw Brothers, but slam on your brakes & abort this mission if you expect it to be because it’s not! The King of Masks was a refreshing & beautiful tale about […]

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MERANTAU: Film screening at NYAFF 2010

July 20th, 2010 by Planet Chocko

The screening of Merantau at the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival was much anticipated by…me! For one, it was the last day of the festival and secondly, I was yearning for a good old thrashing & bashing of a martial arts movie after watching a few dramatic films like Golden Slumber & Castaway on […]

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Murder City Devils, Obits, JEFF The Brotherhood and Silverghost at the Pool Party in Brooklyn

July 19th, 2010 by planetchocko

Another summer in Brooklyn can’t be complete without the FREE Jelly Pool Parties which happen every Sunday for the next couple of weeks at the Williamsburg Waterfront. All the bands that played the second of seven freebie shows were excellent. Silverghost (a duo from Detroit on keyboards and guitar) started the day followed by an […]

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NAOMI SHELTON & the GOSPEL QUEENS

July 17th, 2010 by Planet Chocko

Naomi Shelton, a sixties something Alabama native now Brooklyn nubian Queen lit up the platform with her funky soul & raspy vocals on the Stuytown stage in the Peter Cooper Village complexes of lower Manhattan in NYC! Miss Shelton’s mouth was glowing like the “Lopan” character from ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ when she sang! […]

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Zola Jesus played Other Music

July 14th, 2010 by planetchocko

The first impression I got when coming across Nika Danilova from Madison, Wisconsin a.k.a. Zola Jesus was…wow, this blonde goth girl is so young and tiny. All that gets thrown aside once I heard her powerful voice which sounds beautiful, confident and haunting all at the same time. The girl is no joke. At her […]

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GALLANTS

July 12th, 2010 by Planet Chocko

The screening of Gallants at the New York Asian Film festival on 7/8, the 2nd to last film of the event brought me tremendous happiness & sadness at the same time because we all knew it was near the end of the festival. The attendance of Bruce Leung & MC Jin at the Gallants showing […]

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GOLDEN SLUMBER

July 8th, 2010 by Planet Chocko

Golden Slumber, a mystery-thriller movie with hints of comedy & action was a nice introduction back into Japanese cinema for this neophyte! I thoroughly enjoyed the film with the few twists & turns offered into the plot even if it was mere fantasy than believable! I can’t wait to watch Yoshihiro Nakamura’s(Director of the movie) […]

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Berlin Street Art

July 6th, 2010 by planetchocko

most of these photos were taken in the Hackescher Market and Kreuzberg sections of Berlin and also by the East Side Gallery which is about a mile long stretch of what remains of the Berlin Wall. -chocko

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CASTAWAY ON THE MOON

July 5th, 2010 by Planet Chocko

I was stoked as all hell to check out “Castaway on the Moon” at the New York Asian Film festival on the 4th of July partly because I wanted to get a tasting of Korean cinema,partly because the synopsis of the movie sounded promising, & the rest of the the remaining “partly pie” was because […]

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ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW

July 3rd, 2010 by Planet Chocko

Echoes of the Rainbow was the last of a trifecta set of movies that I screened last sunday at the New York Asian film festival. It was a welcome relief to soak in a lighthearted drama as opposed to heavy intense CGI & glorified kung fu slaughterings. Hey, even a Hong Kong phooey kung fu […]

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EASTERN CONDORS

July 2nd, 2010 by Planet Chocko

It’s been a hot minute since the last time I watched Eastern Condors in the late 1980’s! This goes back to the time when Eric B & Rakim, Boogie Down Productions, Big Daddy Kane, & EPMD where called to order and when this skinny asian cat(Heathcliff now) held up a boom box to his shoulder […]

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Remembering BRUCE LEE!

July 1st, 2010 by Planet Chocko

After screening IP MAN 2 at the New York Asian Film Festival, I couldn’t help but reminisce about one of Ip Man’s most famous students, the late great Bruce Lee! I never get tired of watching a then 24 year old Bruce Lee doing an audition/screen test for a role in Green Hornet! He would […]

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