Thursday, September 21, 2017

#1 Best Foreign Language #Film #romantic #Italian #movies

#1 Best Foreign Language Film is Cinema Paradiso 

Without a doubt this Italian classic, that is approaching 30 years old, should top any list of top foreign language films. For filmophiles or film students it is a constant in discussion and praise. I would guess the biggest draw of the film is it's countless homage to great filmmakers and the film world itself. If you are a fan of classic movies and for some unknown reason have let this film slip by, order it NOW and enjoy it on arrival.

I have always had a warm and sentimental place in my heart for this romantic film. My memories of lost loves, mentors, my home town, childhood and in truth memory itself, have kept it in my teaching of film for decades. Not a class that I've shared it with have been unaffected by the powerful blend of classic films, music and Italian culture creating a masterpiece that reminds us all what it was like to have dreams and loves, and how impossible it can be to hold on to both. Even just a few bars of the sound track still make me pause and smile at those Judy Jones that got away.

Not on a top 40 list of foreign language films? This should be the TOP of that list, enough said.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

#TOP2 Foreign Language #Films not on the TOP 40 List #Delicatessen #French

Sim's Scintillating PART 2 of the top 3 best foreign language films.

So it would seem logical that France would produce one of the best films I've ever seen. France has long been a contributor to the ethos of visual story telling and always with an open minded approach. As Hollywood continues to drive the middle path of mediocrity and predictability in order to appeal to the masses, French films often search for an expression that might not appeal to everyone, but just might take your breath away.

So Delicatessen was released in 1991, again probably a bit too old to make the list of 40 I recently read. I understand older films can be difficult to access.

So to enter the world of Delicatessen picture a post apocalyptic France in which food is scarce, people are out to survive at all cost, and within the gloom of fog and darkness rises a dingy apartment building seemingly alone at the end of the world. Here we have a building kingdom ruled by a butcher who has, because of his amazing and unique talent in being able to cut and prepare meat, create a self sufficient world of dysfunction within a world of doom.

Without completely spoiling the plot, know that -- when you watch this -- every character represents some facet or cross section or position, if you will, in society. That you will see through these characters the social interactions of those ignoring where the meat comes from and enjoying it's nourishment. #cannibals oops spoiler alert. But don't worry, redemption and  survival can be one in the same in the eyes of a #clown.

Still don't know if you want to watch it? Watch the trailer and I think you'll change your mind.

Friday, September 15, 2017

#TOP3 Foreign Language #Films not on the TOP 40 List #chocolate #Mexican


Now as an expat living in Thailand I must admit I find the term foreign film a bit elitist, snobbish and down right ignorant.  Americans often look at the rest of the film world as foreign, so for the sake of discourse I shall do the same concerning the  list I read. I certainly want to praise the compilers of the list for some seriously quality films, but how can they have missed these 3?

So here is the 3rd best film that should have made this list, the Mexican production, LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE. This Spanish language film was a sensation in the 90's and perhaps this is why the film has missed the list, because that was quiet a long time ago.

Produced and Directed by Alfonso Arau, the film was the highest grossing Spanish language film ever released in the United States. Its release in 1992 was highly anticipated, as it's based on a popular novel of the same title, and lingered in art house theaters for nearly the entire year. But again, 25 years is a long time ago and perhaps time has not treated the film well.

If you have never seen it, are a fan of magical realism or just had let it slip from your memory, I highly recommend it. It's a romantic piece but the passion within it is so strong you find yourself swept up in it's ever intensifying splendider. If you love MEXICAN FOOD, you won't want to miss this tantalizing example of the power of this cuisine.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Sim's scintillating Top 6 Reasons THOR would ROCK YOUR WORLD.

#6  Great hair, as a guy that is challenged with follicle count, I see this as a serious attribute. You young guys out there just don't get it, but every year the hair get's harder to grow; however, Thor's golden main never seems to abate in the least. 

#5  The guy can fly, now agreed most super heroes can do this, but somehow Thor does it with such style. 

#4 He is the God of Thunder. How awesome would it be to party with this guy? Need a little charge in the night, how about a massive Earth shaking clap of thunder.

#3 Well Thor is Royalty, the son of the ruler of Asgard, which means he will rule Asgard soon enough. Chicks dig a prince, it's hard wired into their DNA. 

#2 Loki constantly fools the naive God, imagine what his lover could talk him into.  I’d guess his gullibility would appeal to nearly every woman or man.

#1 He wields a MIGHTY BIG HAMMER!

Monday, September 11, 2017

TOP 5 Reason #WonderWoman Would Suck as a Girlfriend #comics

Sim Scintillating TOP 5 Reason Wonder Woman would Suck as a Girlfriend

#5 Relationships usually end, and just imagine dating after you were with Wonder Woman. Even gorgeous women would seem so average after being with her.
#4 I am entirely in favor of strong women with a self-reliant attitude; however, doesn’t every man want to be needed just a little bit. She not only wouldn’t need you she could do everything better than you.

#3 Every guy loves to have a beautiful woman on his arm as he goes about his life. Seeing others check out your date –- granted we aren’t supposed to admit this -– is a wonderful part of the social experience. The ‘well done buddy’ nods other guys give you are usually worth the trials of dating a beauty. Having admitted this, nobody wants their girl to draw the kind of attention Wonder Woman is going to attract. You couldn’t leave her alone for a second without some smooth talker with a Porsche, or at least a Porsche key chain, sauntering over to take his shot. 

#2 I talk in my sleep and I might accidentally say D.C. Comics suck, because I’ve always been all about Marvel. That might not go well.

#1 Lasso of truth, well enough said. 

Friday, September 8, 2017



As the United States is suffering from hurricane season, at the center of our universe a storm rages as well. If you have not seen this footage you have got to check it out. It's amazing! 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Sim’s Scintillating TOP 5 Reasons Your Cat Watches You

#5 Cat’s watch everything, their eyes don’t rest and you just happen to be in the way of their gaze. Don’t be a narcissist.

#4 Cat’s are ever searching for an advantage in every situation, if you are their source of food they are going to keep an eye on you.

#3 Your cat is trying to remember why they didn’t suffocate you while you slept. Cat’s have been known to steel the breath of children and since they may have let you get too old, it’s now the distant stare of regret that they missed their chance.

#2 Your cat is in love with you (wink wink) as much as you are in love with them.

#1 Your cat sees you as a furless freak of nature that lives for the soul purpose of providing them with food, water, and to scooping that poop out of their litter box. Wouldn’t you watch a gigantic bald creature that steels your feces and talks to you in an inexplicable baby babble? 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


The Ones Who Hear
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Sad to say the previous links to the book are no longer functioning, so simply click through and purchase from Partridge Publishers in Singapore.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017




Monday, August 28, 2017


I have been into zombie movies for far too long really. I love the construct of these pieces as they place humans -- trapped in a world where the dead are rising in much the same way water is rising in a flood film or tornadoes are spinning in a tornado film -- against each other and with each other as they attempt to survive. The best ones, of course, are when they take some real miss fits and put them into this survival situation and force them to work together despite drastic differences in background or mindset. So nothing ground breaking here, this is why we all love them.

So as the new zombie movie avalanche has continued to pile good, horrible, wonderful and innovative films in our hard drives I'd like to chime in on 3 people may have missed and really SHOULD NOT. So let's do it.

#1 if the British are the king of zombie movies and they can make a claim for this, the Korean's have struck a blow with the 2016 film TRAIN TO BUSAN. Probably the worst thing about this film was it's trailer and so sadly it's release was far from filled with fanfare.  Now to give you a simple NON SPOILER take on this film, it is WORTH the subtitles folks. Korean film makers are really good at hard core action films, but when they turned their attention to zombies they brought a soft heart and a brutal reality to bare. And what a great primes, 'you're trying to escape a zombie apocalypse by train, while the train, car by car, is becoming infected.' Mix in the love of a daughter for her father and a father for himself, the love of a teenage cheerleader  for her jock boyfriend, two sisters for each other and a muscle man obsessed with the survival of his unborn child and his wife and we are GO FOR AWESOME. Of course the key to all great zombie films is the villain and trust me, you'll be rooting for this guys demise louder than your neighbors will enjoy.


#2 has to be on my list as a personal preference because I am a teacher, love zombie movies and have always enjoyed either total realism in a zombie flick or laugh out loud humor. COOTIES, a 2015 comedy starring Elijah Wood as a sarcastic failed writer who looks down at his coworkers at a middle school where he finds himself a substitute teacher, is right up my alley. The piece makes fun of teachers, clueless principals, drug addicted bus drivers and even the chicken nuggets industry. I'd guess this one is for anyone who ever wanted to kill and eat their principal or who wanted to punch their students for trying to eat them. The humor is over the top and absurd so if you're not into that kind of thing in your zombie film, pass on this one, but if you do don't miss this little gem.


#3 JERUZALEM is a film I'm pretty sure everyone missed and I'd like to preface this by saying I raised this film above many others because it took a big risk in the technical production and it deserves a look for that reason if nothing else. Secondly it did some home work, which many zombie films could benefit from, and presented a cool back story from the history of Jerusalem. So the technical idea, let's tell a zombie story through google glasses. I thought I would hate this, but actually the longer it went the more comfortable I became and finally enjoyed this. The acting is also pretty good from this young cast and despite having ZERO start power they pull off a pretty cool story about 2 Jewish girls visiting Israel to party and chase men. The ending was especially creative and graphic and the final seen stayed with me for several days. It may be a bit uncomfortable at first, but please give this flick a chance and you may enjoy it.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#malllife #Thailand #BKK It's always cool in a Thai mall

I'm not sure what mall life is like in most countries, but in Thailand it is a culture of indulgence, beauty, socializing, business meeting, time killing, fine dining, easy dining, exercise, movie watching, dog walking, coffee drinking and well everything to put a smile on patrons faces and a fortune in the pockets of the stockholders of these establishments.

Bangkok malls are massive. A standard size would be four floors, although many have six, and they usually stretch for blocks and blocks.

When you go to the mall expect to be stared at if you don't dress up a little. Thai women might spend more time getting ready to go to the mall than they would getting ready to go to work. Thai men also dress to impress, especially in the posh malls like Festival Eastville.

As an American I know malls are a place you buy things and get out, but in fact in Thailand most people enjoy spending their time there in free air-conditioned luxury and either buying stuff or spending time. If you're visiting Thailand give yourself a day to visit our amazing malls!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

#COMICO presents #Chapter 10 #deathstick #Thailand #มังงะ #เซ็กซี่

Jealousy between beauties. The tension is rising in the village of the TREE-PEOPLE. Come visit COMICO and enjoy the entire comic for FREE.

Friday, March 3, 2017


I can hardly defend Thai films, although of course they have had some gems, but Thai commercials are amazing. They are powerfully inspiring and usually focus on social cohesiveness. Enjoy this piece and see what I mean. Sorry the English subtitles are a bit light, but I think the images and musical score says it all.