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Sunday Snippet: Han Solo (Star Wars)

April 19th, 2015

“Look, good against remotes is one thing, good against the living, that’s something else.” Unless you’ve been trapped under a tauntaun for the last week, you’ve probably seen the new Star Wars trailer. As we look forward to the seventh episode in the storied movie franchise, we must also look back at the original trilogy […]

In Defense of Trevor Noah

April 3rd, 2015

View image | Two months ago, Jon Stewart dropped an unexpected bombshell on the world when he announced that he would be leaving The Daily Show after hosting it since 1999. He didn’t say where he was going and he didn’t say who would succeed him as host. We still don’t know about the […]

Weekend Movie Reviews: Big Hero 6, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Dazed and Confused

March 6th, 2015

Big Hero 6 (2014) Walt Disney Animation Studios has come out with some terrific films over the years. They’re the ones responsible for everything from The Lion King to Wreck-It Ralph. And it is with a similarly “geeky” slant that they approached Big Hero 6 (though not as geeky as The LEGO Movie). What’s interesting […]

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Red Pockets Music Video

February 19th, 2015

As a kid, three of my favorite days of the year were my birthday (naturally), Christmas and Chinese New Year. The one thing all three of these days had in common was that I would get red pockets from my elders. Sure, the more “Western” relatives could give me actual gifts on my birthday and […]

Fresh Off the Boat Is Offensive and Ignorant

February 9th, 2015

An Asian-American family moves to a neighborhood where they are practically the only Asians, the family business is (literally) a Western restaurant, and the kids end up going to the restaurant after school to do their homework. That sure sounds a lot like my childhood, except I’m Canadian. My parents also didn’t produce a TV […]

Looking Ahead to the Blockbuster Movies of Summer 2015

February 2nd, 2015

As I said on Friday, we haven’t been going out as much and that would explain the lack of movie reviews on Beyond the Rhetoric lately. As Adalynn gets a little older and it becomes easier for us to head out for a few hours without her, though, that’ll change. And luckily enough for us, […]

Your Favorite Unconventional Holiday Movies

December 23rd, 2014

Everyone has their favorites. Some people are charmed by timeless classics like Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life. Others prefer slightly more modern fare like Elf or Bad Santa. And let’s not forget about all those great Christmas specials on TV too. But what about all those holiday movies that aren’t really […]

Why Aaron Sorkin Can Keep Doing Exactly the Same Thing (and I’ll Keep Watching)

December 19th, 2014

This past Sunday, HBO aired the final episode of The Newsroom, a drama that depicts the behind-the-scenes workings of a fictional news network akin to CNN. If the fundamental concept sounds familiar, it’s because Aaron Sorkin has effectively already done this before. Remember Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip? That was a drama that depicted […]