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Movie Review: The Namesake

The Namesake

The NamesakeSo two weekends ago, Shaks, Suds, Michelle, Karlyn, Shane and I went to Varsity Theatre on University Ave. to watch The Namesake starring Kal Penn. (Yes, yes… the same Kal Penn of Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and Van Wilder fame).

Based on a book by Jhumpa Lahiri bearing the same name, the movie chronicles the immigration of a first-generation Bengali family, the Gangulis, and their struggles here in America. I must admit, I initially had a difficult time imagining Kal Penn in a family drama – but once I got over that conundrum, I found his portrayal of a culturally conflicted teen and young adult – one torn with internal strife between his Indian and American heritage – extremely raw, emotional, and realistic.

I was very impressed. So with that said, I give this film a Kanno two thumbs up seal of approval!

And if you ever do get a chance to see the movie, don’t forget to check out these links:

» 21 things you didn’t know about The Namesake
» Kal Penn’s blog about The Namesake

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Femme Capulet: Romeo and Juliet Remixed

The Capulets courtesy of John Berger @ Honolulu Star Bulletin

Last Friday, Kar, Michelle, Lyell, Shane, Melissa, Melissa’s friend, and I checked out a local play @ the ARTS at Mark’s Garage in downtown Honolulu. Since this play was directed and produced by one of the MBA’s very own, Tony Pisculli, we wanted to show our support as well as you know… “become cultured“.

“Femme Capulet: Romeo and Juliet Remixed” is a modern day remake of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. Staged in a strip club, the play stays true to its mold as it tells a tale of love between a patron of the club, Romeo, and Juliet, a young, naive waitress. From the voice on the mic – to the music selection – and the actresses (dressed in skimpy lingerie) actually giving simulated lap dances, the ambiance was great – I actually felt as though I was in the strip club; of course, not that I would know since I haven’t been to *that* many. ;)

As for the acting, I felt that Mercutio and Juliet’s mother really stood out amongst the cast. I also enjoyed Friar Lawrence – and loved the fight scene where Tybalt and Mercutio die. However, one thing that did bother me about the play was that being it was quote unquote “remixed”, it took me a while to discern who was who amongst the cast. Part of it was my fault since I had lost my program, part of it can be attributed to the scene selection and time constraints of the play, but I also felt that there are other things that could be done to allude to who’s who.

All in all, I really enjoyed watching the play and recommend everyone to see it – the topic was a little risque for me to invite my parents this go-around, so I’d say that it would appeal to everyone ranging from 18 – 40. A fascinating look at a modern day Romeo and Juliet, I give it two thumbs up and a Kanno seal of approval.

Great job Tony!

Check out what others have been saying about the play:

» John Berger @ Honolulu Star Bulletin in 2005
» John Berger @ Honolulu Star Bulletin in 2007
» Joseph T. Rozmiarek @ Honolulu Advertiser

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Living Pidgin by Lee Tonouchi

Living Pidgin CastLast night, my parents, Michelle, Kar, her sister and I checked out a local play @ the Kumu Kahua Theatre in downtown. Being an enginerd, I like to get out from the basement where “they” hide me and keep tabs on what the local art community is producing.

“Living Pidgin” by Lee Tonouchi is an eclectic array of Tonouchi’s essays, short stories, and poetry – delivered via hilarious short-skits (and I stress hilarious) all centered around the Pidgin language. The play was a little longer than expected – ~2.5 hours in length, but I swear I laughed the entire time. Since I know how locals think, this play is definitely worth every last penny of the $16 admission price (or $12 if you get a Credit Back card). For those of you with children – be warned, some vulgar language makes an appearance or two throughout the play.

I definitely recommend every local (and non-local for that matter) to see it – as it appealed to everyone ranging from 18 to 60+. Most definitely the hardest laugh I’ve had in months. So with that said, this play definitely gets the Kanno seal of approval.

Two thumbs up and a super boocuzlidat good time!

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Earthquakes… rock my world.

I was rudely awakened this morning by turbulence caused from the swaying of my entire apartment complex. After having been violently flung to the floor, I quickly began to recollect the prior evening’s events — thinking I was still somewhat in a drunken stupor.

Realizing that it wasn’t my head spinning, I gathered myself and sprinted down 12 flights of stairs to be greeted by a crowd of tenants who had gathered outside. A feeling of helplessness still lingers; one that I have never experienced in my 28 years of existence, and as I think back on the moment, it still feels all very surreal…

For the record, at 7:07 A.M. on October 15, 2006, a 6.7 magnitude earthquake, centered on the Kona side of the Big Island, rattled the Hawaiian islands. Shortly thereafter, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake followed by dozens of aftershocks sent tremors throughout the state. Though much of the structural damage occurred on the Big Island, Oahu, or at least my apartment building, wasn’t spared. Here’s the damage to our lobby.

Apartment damage

Check out my flickr set for more images!

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I’m officially a movie… dud.

Once upon a few blogs ago, I wrote about six excruciating hours as an extra on a relatively popular ABC television series. All my hard work finally came to fruition this past Wednesday as the second episode of this season’s Lost premiered.

And as much as I’d love to tell everyone of what a movie stud I am, my dad always told me, ‘honesty is the best policy‘. The result of six hours of filming, you ask? Well, put it this way – 6 hours of filming resulted in a 6 second clip in which you can barely make out the back of my head. So now that it’s cemented I’m an official movie stud dud, take a peek at my youtube to see what all the fuss is about.

Check out my youtube for clips of friends that were also extras!

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