2015 Updates

2015 in Review: 5/4 – 5/10

Last week: Asians, Arnold Schwarzenegger and zombies, and gay panic.

At the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Part Un:

“This is the kind of thing it probably wouldn’t be wise to proclaim at a mainstream film festival. But this is a safe zone. There are few non-Asian people present, so it’s unlikely that an audience member will pop up with an ‘Um, actually’ response. Cheena encourages the irreverent atmosphere, jokingly asking whether there’s a developing ‘Asian Mafia’ within showbiz, ‘And if so, how can we join?'”

At the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Part Deux:

“Asian” is awfully broad. The term can be applied to more than half the Earth’s population, after all, which comes both from the specific geographical region it denotes and a global diaspora. The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival embraces the kaleidoscope of Asian identity. Which is evident from even the briefest glance at its programming. This was my first year attending the fest, and I wasn’t able to see nearly as many films as I would have liked (I didn’t even see as many as I’d planned to). But even that limited pool demonstrates the cinematic variety that a demographic often shunted aside as a “minority” has to offer.

The D Train Review

The D Train takes the cinematic trend of the “bromance” to a new, strange, and intriguing place, and then fails to do anything new, strange, or intriguing with it. It’s the kind of movie that only would have worked if it were done real indie style (ie without Jack Black and James Marsden) or if we lived in a parallel universe with a more sexually open-minded American public.

Maggie Review

Maggie might have gone completely under the radar, appreciated mainly at Fantastic Fest and by horror aficionados, were it not for the fact that it features Arnold Schwarzenegger. (As Wade, not Maggie. Obviously.) The hulking action star turning up in a low-budget, low-key drama has been a source of curiosity for many, and it’s an effective draw for the film. The most immediate question on potential viewers’ minds will be, “Is he any good in it?”

By Dan Schindel

Born and raised in Maryland and currently based in New York, Dan Schindel is an associate editor at Hyperallergic, freelance culture writer, and available for any copy-editing/proofreading needs you may have. This website was originally a blog called Days of Docs, and chronicled his attempt to watch and review a documentary every single day for a whole year. He was mostly successful at this, and now he knows everything. He puts this knowledge to use by writing about movies, TV, games, books, comics, art, and more.