Sunday, August 19, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians (Romantic Comedy 2018)

So it seems like this has quickly become the third Team Yellow movie that has come along during my lifetime. First was The Last Emperor, second was The Joy Luck Club, and now this. I'm oddly a big fan of rom-coms, so it wasn't a problem at all getting me to watch this. The US equation for romantic comedies hasn't changed much over the years, so I'm used to most twists and turns that are created, artificial or not.

This movie was different because it injected a bunch of random cultural stuff regarding 'filiality' that you would honestly have to be an ABC to fully understand.

I'll be quick and say that the movie was pretty good. It was over the top with some of the "rich" scenes, but they were quick and fleeting so it didn't overstay its welcome. The main plot flowed quickly and it got to the point with regards to the cultural nuances that appear within Chinese families. I do have to say that real Chinese immigrant families and their odd cultural stuff has 20x more BS and wacky shit that happens in real life, but I think showing more than 1 topic would alienate any semblance of a Western audience, so they kept it very light.

I liked how they had a bunch of major Asian actors and some newcomers as well; it's a good mix. I the film makes a ton of money to show that there is indeed a separate demographic that can be profitable. The media is is currently eating this movie up, but its worth the hype if you like rom-coms.
Rating - A

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Out with the Lexus

Well it's about that time again, except it seems like it's every year that I'm changing cars. It's not that I really want to...it's just that I'm never satisfied with what I got and I'm trying to find that one even keel car.

So my NX was fine as a small CUV, but really I hated how the car handled. I'm so used to wagons or sedans and this CUV turned like a boat. Sure it was a sportier boat when compared to a real SUV or truck but still. Besides that the car really was good. I liked the seats and the sound system was excellent. 26 MPG is nothing to write home about but it was a tolerable MPG.

Here's the kicker though. I really hated how the car shifted. It had massive turbo lag and the whole 6-speed thing wasn't cutting it. The car really needed to be an 8-speed and then we could've re-evaluated the whole turbo thing. I'm still a fan of turbochargers, but they're certainly not engineered the same.

So when my registration for the year was up, I didn't want to pay for another year on this car so I upgraded again. This time it's a 3-year lease so I'm locked in; I'll see how I feel about doing a long-term rent. Hopefully it'll work out and I'll like the experience but we'll see. Mathematically it works out but I'm sure there will be other side things that I haven't taken under consideration yet. Right now I'm digging the brand new concept, paying less per month vs financing, and also having all maintenance and stuff covered for 3 years.

I decided to go with a BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid so I could plug it in at home. Initial feels are positive. I like how the car drives and I like plugging in my car for free or reduced price juice at home.