Saturday, May 19, 2018

Lovely Books and Things - 5.19.18

Lovely Books and Things
My Weekly Books and Films Update

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1. CAAMFEST36 - film festival that highlights Asian related films and filmmakers

2. Watching the taped Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan

3. AND tea at a Crown and Crumpet event held at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel



You Think It, I'll Say It
by Curtis Sittenfeld
-Short Stories, Women's Fiction
Amazon | Goodreads

FOR Reese Witherspoon's book club May pick (here).

For Review:

Matchmaking for Beginners
by Maddie Dawson
-Contemporary, Romance
courtesy of Amazon Kindle First -Thanks!
Amazon | Goodreads

LOOKS and sounds cute.

AND watched: in theatre - part of CAAMFEST 36, celebrating Asian American film, music and food (details)

Jimami Tofu (2018)
Director/Writer: Jason Chan, Christian Lee
Stars: Jason Chan, Mari Yamamoto, Masane Tsukayama, Rino Nakasone
-Drama, Romance, Japan, Singapore | imdb | my rating: 5

A Chinese Singaporean chef, formerly working in Tokyo, finds himself in Okinawa begging a disgruntled old chef to teach him traditional Okinawan food. A top Japanese food critic finds herself in Singapore on an eye opening discovery of Southeast Asian cuisine. In reality both are looking for each other after an emotional breakup years ago. Emotionally crippled by their breakup he searches her home-town for her but discovers instead the art of traditional Okinawan food. Through it he learns the incredible balance of two cultures: Chinese and Japanese - a balance they never had in their relationship. When she suddenly appears in Okinawa looking to find closure he cooks and serves her their final meal. Through it she discovers what she had been yearning for all these years.

LOVELY picture postcard scenes of Okinawa and great intro to this island in Japan. Also delicious-looking foodie moments. And romance in the midst as well.

Nailed It! (2018)
Director: Adele Free Pham
Stars: Tippi Hedren, Kelvin Saint Pham, Charlie Vo, Olivett Robinson
-Documentary | website | my rating: 5

A fortuitous encounter with 20 Vietnamese refugee women and The Birds actress Tippi Hedren in 1975, sparks the Asian nail salon as we know it. In this hour long documentary, Nailed It presents a lineage of legacy moments in nails, like Mantrap, the first nail salon chain to cater to Black women in the hood. The democratization of the manicure fans the fire of Vietnamese “discount” nail salons blazing across the country. Through the international journey embarked upon by Nailed It director Adele Pham, this unique film captures an unforgettable and often hilarious saga born of tragedy, charting the rise, struggle, stereotypes, and steady hold Vietnamese Americans have on today’s $8 billion dollar nail industry.

HISTORY behind the nail salon industry and Vietnamese connection.

170 Bucks for a Cab, One Ride, One Night (2018)
Director: Ye Na Kang
Stars: Seul Lee, Minyoung Lee
-Short, South Korea | my rating: 5

When the party’s all over, all she’s left with is empty pockets. After paying $170 for one cab ride during a night of partying, Mija and her friend struggle to uncover the driving force behind the excessive fare.

FUN crazy attempt of two students trying to solve a mystery cab ride.

A Letter for Sang-ah (2018)
Director: Mina Fitzpatrick
-Short, Documentary, Family, South Korea | imdb | my rating: 5

A short documentary about the social stigma against unwed mothers in Korea, and the long-term impacts of overseas adoption.

INTERESTING historical and contemporary look at this issue.

Pragma (2018)
Director: Jihyun Park
-Short, LGBTQ, South Korea | my rating: 5

Yoo-Hee and Joo-Yeon fell in love in high school, but their school’s persecution of gays tore them apart. When meet again years later, sparks fly.

PEEK into the LGBTQ issue in South Korea.

Oh Lucy! (2017)
Director/Writer: Atsuko Hirayanagi
Writers: Boris Frumin, Atsuko Hirayanagi
Stars: Shinobu Terajima, Josh Hartnett, Kaho Minami
-Comedy, Drama, Japan | imdb | my rating: 5

A lonely woman living in Tokyo decides to take an English class where she discovers her alter ego, Lucy.

SERIOUS life changes for a middle-aged woman in a modern Japan with office setting scenes to a trip to California.

A Quiet Place (2018)
Director/Screenplay: John Krasinski
Screenplay: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck,
Stars: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski
-Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | imdb | my rating: 5

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

Oooooo. So quiet that you may feel uncomfortable eating popcorn during most of this film. Good suspense thriller with parts that can make you jump out of your seat. Got me thinking of parental love.


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  1. Ooh what a fun way to watch the wedding. :) And Nailed It looks interesting- I just watched Tippi Hedren in The Birds the other day.

  2. Attending the taped event looks like it was a lot of fun..and there was tea!

  3. The wedding was beautiful and so was her dress! Hope you have a great week and enjoy those books.

  4. I watched the Royal Wedding too and it was beautiful! Glad you had fun!

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  5. That looks like a fun way to watch the royal wedding :)

  6. The tea looks amazing! I haven't watched it yet but I have it recorded and I've been loving all the pictures. She looks stunning and they look so happy. Enjoy your books and have a great week!

  7. That looks like a wonderful way to celebrate a wedding! I really enjoyed You Think It. I just love Sittenfeld's writing style. She always makes me want to sit down in front of my computer. Happy reading!

  8. That looks like a fun royal wedding event. I watched the wedding in front of my computer while eating a burrito. Not very classy.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  9. Whew! Lots of five stars for your Asian movie festival. Oh how exquisite your tea and Royal Wedding watch were.

  10. I didn't actually see the Royal Wedding but bits and pieces off Twitter. I love watching anything about the royal family. So fairytale-ish <3

    Megan - Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest

  11. Such a fun way to watch the wedding:) I'm wanting to see A Quiet Place. Looks scary good.

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  12. Matchmaking for Beginners does look very cute.
    Happy Reading!

  13. I must be the only person on the planet not into the royals. I did feel for them as children when their mother died so tragically, especially after all the good things she had done. But their weddings are not my thing. :) It looks like you did it up right with some great decor and food, though.


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